Here is my 2013 roundup of the Red Bank restaurant scene, originally posted elsewhere:
We have lot's of mediocre Italian at high prices, some of it from the people who pave the Garden State Parkway. A new steak house, Char, that charges an arm and a leg for average boerf (Peter Lugers is cheaper). Nicholas, a pretentious yawn in recycled bank building with no view. The Fromagerie, which sux even when David Burke isn't chugging down the cellar and buggering the sous chefs. Blue Water Seafood, who torched my wife's diver scallops the last time out, underneath they looked like a Malibu hillside after a wild fire. Dublin House for Shepard's Pie that would choke an Irish famine victim. Lots of hipster bars: Red, Downtown, Jamians with indifferent food, stale beer and an obnoxious crowd. I particularly enjoy people playing poker at the table next to me as a part of the fine dining experience.
We do like the Brother's for thin crust pizza, North of the Border for tacos (if you can get past the hygiene), Pho Le for a quick Vietnamese lunch, Barnacle Bills for the ambiance, and Via 45. But that's about it.
Please chime in with your thoughts.