Solid Russian chow and a hopping weekend party scene are the draws at Rendezvous. Chicken Kiev and potato vareniki (boiled dumplings) are top-notch, says RGR, who figures beef stroganoff or Ukrainian borscht with sour cream will also hit the spot as winter nears.

Much of the menu is devoted to small plates (crepes, cured meats, smoked fish, etc.). There are also special set menu deals for groups–a popular order on Friday and Saturday nights, when there’s dancing and live music. “It’s Brighton Beach comes to Manalapan,” writes RGR, “except here, in order for the vodka to flow, attendees have to BYO.”

Rendezvous Restaurant [Monmouth County]
520 Rte. 9 N #1, near Covered Bridge Blvd., in Home Fashion Center, Englishtown, NJ

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