So I had a rough day, and due to the impending bad weather last night my appointment canceled, so I decided to treat myself. I've been meaning to try this place for close to a year now, Sandy unfortunately added to my delay. Now re-opened for two weeks as pointed out by my pal MGZ, I decided to take the trip down.
I pulled up and there is ample on the street parking, however I should have read the instructions on the automated parking meter, receipt thing prior to inserting my $20. NO CHANGE NO REFUNDS. So if anybody wants to go park at the Point Pleasant inlet let me know, I have pre-paid parking till November.
Entered and walked right up to the bar, which is very ample in size with 20, 25 stools at least. I sat down by the service bar, cause that’s where you can always have the bartenders attention as she is making the drinks for the restaurant, and you can pick up some gossip from the servers. Got my drink, looked at the menu and placed my order. The bartender Michele was very nice, very efficient, and we knew some common people in the industry. My order consisted of, shrimp cocktail and one off each of their oysters. (blue point, cape may, malpeque) as appetizers, and the 16oz NY Prime Time Strip, ordered medium, side of cream spinach.
Bread was served with two kinds of butter. Appetizers were served shortly thereafter and to my relief they were truly “jumbo” shrimp. Nice and large and cooked firm with a nice “snap” when you bite them. The oysters were delicious and fresh tasting, however they were a little “warm” like room temp, not very chilled. I’ve never noticed the temp of oysters before but for some reason these just seemed a little warm. Finished everything off and we were off to a good start.
Steak was served and it looked good….proper size, first cut through the middle showed a very red and fleshy inside. I order my steak medium, but will eat it rare, which this was certainly more rare than even medium rare. No biggie, I didn't make mention and just took my first bite. Excellent steak….house steak sauce a little too bbq-ish for me…..but the steak was very good. The cream spinach was excellent as well.
Desert consisted of a blueberry crème brulee’s and a double espresso and a Grand Marnier all of which were excellent as well.
Bread was a pop over, flakey hollow pastry more than bread. Not that I was bad, but if I’m at a steakhouse, I want bread I can sink my teeth into.
Appetizers, although I ordered a shrimp cocktail, it came out as 1shrimp and 3oysters, I pointed it out to Michele and they brought out the 2 other shrimp to complete the order. I asked the food runner for some extra hot horseradish he returned with a creamy horseradish most likely for the steaks. I just left it at that. The original 1 shrimp three oyster’s were served with out a lemon slice, but one was provided on the second order of shrimp.
Entrée’s, the steak was served on a cool or room temp plate. I can’t stand steaks served on a non heated plate, pet peeve I guess. It is said to be served with maitre d’ butter, to which I asked Michele to be generous with, when the steak was served the butter wasn’t even fully dissolved, and not very generous. No real problem because the steak was excellent and I had the creamy horseradish sauce to dip. The cream spinach while excellent in flavor was whole leaves, not chopped. I prefer creamed spinach to be chopped as it’s just easier and less sloppy to eat.
Desert; Crème Brule’ was excellent just a bit small on the serving size. About half of what I would say a traditional order of crème brule’ normally is.
Last critique of the evening, the manager, at $156. for dinner for one, this is a “higher end” establishment. Have your manager wear a suit. He looked like he came out of any TGIF or Applebee’s with his Haggar Slacks and shirt and tie. I did find it slightly amusing as a guy and girl walked in, the guy wearing a baseball cap and sleeveless basketball jersey. The hostess apparently instructed the man, no hats in the restaurant, which he complied, took it off and even walked it out to the car. Upon his return I assume he was told by the manager, no sleeveless shirts. They then left.
I had never been here prior to Sandy so I understand there have been some changes, new front door, lobby area, new bar etc. It’s a nice cozy place, dining room is smaller than I had imagined but not uncomfortable at all. I will definitely be back, the miscues are just my honest critiques of the place. After chatting with Michele the bartender she has only been there 2 weeks, since they reopened. I’m sure a majority of the staff had to find other employment during the 6+ month closure, so many I guess are still feeling their way around. Great location, great steak and if your in the area and in the mood I strongly suggest you give it a try.
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