Mediterranean cuisine, featuring pan-seared mozzarella, osso buco and chocolate-hazelnut mousse
cake. Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Sat and Sun, 1–10
PM. $$. AX, MC, V. G
Stage Left Restaurant 5 Livingston Ave,
New Brunswick (732-828-4444). Contemporary
American cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and
steaks. L—Fri, noon– 2 PM. D—Mon, 5: 30–9 PM;
Tues–Sat, 5: 30–11 PM; Sun, 4:30–9: 30 PM. $$/$$$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Steakhouse 85; 85 Church St, New Brunswick
(732-247-8585). American cuisine, featuring prime Black Angus steak, lobster mac and
cheese, and bananas Foster. Mon–Tues, 11: 30
AM– 10 PM; Wed–Fri, 11:30AM– 11 PM; Sat, 5–11
PM; Sun, 4–9 PM. Live jazz Tues–Sat. $$/$$$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Gaetano’s; 10 Wallace St, Red Bank (732-741-1321).
Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pasta, seafood,
veal and chicken dishes. L—Mon–Sat, 11 AM– 3 PM.
D—Mon–Thurs, 4–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 4–11 PM; Sun,
1–9 PM (dinner only). $$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Il Fornetto Trattoria 448 Rt 9, Englishtown (732-
972-6663). Italian cuisine. D—Mon–Fri, 11 AM– 10 PM;
Sat and Sun, 11 AM– 11 PM. AX, D, MC, V. GI
The Mill; 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights
(732-449-1800). New American cuisine, featuring shrimp cocktail, filet mignon and “Old Mill”
cheesecake. L—Tues–Sat, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–
Sat, 2: 30 PM–CLOSE.; Sun, 4 PM–CLOSE. Brunch—
Sun, 11 AM– 3 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G
Molly Pitcher Inn; 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank
(732-747-2500). American cuisine, featuring lobster
and avocado martini, certified-Angus New York
sirloin and tequila-marinated skirt steak. Jackets
required after 5 PM. L—Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 3
PM. D—Sun–Thurs, 5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM.
Brunch—Sun, 11 AM and 1: 30 PM seatings. $$$. AX,
DC, MC, V. G ; I
Moonstruck;517 Lake Ave, Asbury Park (732-
988-0123). American-Mediterranean cuisine,
featuring seafood linguine, filet mignon and Asian
shrimp. D—Wed–Thurs, Sun, 4–10 PM; Fri and Sat,
4–11 PM. $$-$$$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Nicholas 160 Rt 35 South, Red Bank (732-345-
9977). New American and vegetarian cuisine, featuring lobster sous vide, braised pulled suckling
pig and warm gingerbread with apple compote.
D—Sun–Thurs, 5:30–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–
10: 30 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ; I
Pascal & Sabine 601 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park
(732-774-3395). French cuisine, featuring cheese
and charcuterie, coq au vin and bone-in Berkshire
pork chop. L—Mon–Fri, 11 AM– 4 PM. D— 5–10 PM.
Brunch—Sat and Sun, 11 AM– 4 PM. AX, D, MC,
V. GI ; (;;; 6/14)
Pastaio 1311 3rd Ave, Spring Lake (732-359-8177).
Italian cuisine, featuring ricotta gnocchi, meatballs
and gelato. L—Tues–Sun, noon– 2 PM. D—Tues–Sun,
5–10 PM. MC, V. GI (;;½ 6/13)
Piccola Italia 837 Wark Ave, Ocean (732-493-
3090). Innovative Italian, featuring house-made
gnocchi, day-boat sea scallops and short ribs. L—
Tues–Fri, noon– 4 PM. D—Mon–Sun, 5 PM–close.
AX, D, MC, V. GI
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