My wife and I want to get a gift certificate for a nicer restaurant for my in-laws for Christmas. They live in Asbury Park and are pretty sophisticated eaters (I know they have enjoyed Le Bernardin and the French Laundry and have spent a considerable amount of time in France). They also like the reubens at Kelly's in Neptune, so they are not totally high-end...but that wasn't really what I had in mind for a nice gift!
I thought of Avenue because I remembered the Gourmet review but all the terrible Chowhound reviews have effectively deterred me. We don't know the area -- we live in California. Is there anything in the area that's maybe a little bit new and interesting, but solidly good? Price is not an issue as long as it's worth the money.