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Christine's Atlantic Highlands NJ (Old AMA location)


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Christine's Atlantic Highlands NJ (Old AMA location)

jrvedivici | Dec 5, 2012 07:18 AM

Went here last night after hearing a bit of "buzz" for awhile about this place. It has been opened just about a month....for those of you who remember Ama nothing has really changed same "cozy" environment....even same color linens I believe.

We arrived around 7:30 there were 2 other tables in the place.....which for that new/size place on a Tuesday night isn't unexpected. We were greeted by the owner/chef Ron.....who sat us and introduced us to the waiter Ron...(For further purposes will be referred to as Ron2)

Ron2 greeted us as well and told use the specials...this is a BYOB so I did BYOB....and Ron2 offered us soda/mixers and informed us of the specials. After a minute or two Ron (no 2 so this is the chef/owner...try to keep track people) came over to let us know it was Ron2's first day and he had forgotten to inform us of one special which was a pounded Veal Chop Christine. The menu is rather simple.....nothing very adventurous on there one exception as an appetizer were Italian Egg Rolls...traditional Chinese egg roll shell or casing stuffed with 3 cheeses sausage and broccoli rabe.

Quiz: How do you get a fat man to eat broccoli of any kind????
Answer: Surround it with 3 cheeses and sausage and deep fry it!!

WOW let me tell you something.....this app alone will keep me coming back. Plate drizzled with balsamic reduction and served with a side of marinara. Delicious !!!!

We split/shared an antipasti salad it says on the menu served with Italian cured meats. It didn't say they were chopped and "in" the salad instead of sliced individually. Served with what I assume was the same balsamic reduction as drizzled on the app was very good even though not what I expected.

Entree's my friend ordered a NY Strip Steak special medium and I ordered the Veal Chop Christine. Food was served after a few minute break after the salad......presentation was nice the veal chop was pounded nice and thin on the bone. The steak was honestly just average....nothing wrong nothing great. I said to my buddy he was a dope for ordering a steak at a place like this. But it was what it my opinion a dumb order. The Veal Chop Christine was excellent although I didn't care for the sauce. This is just stating personal opinion I'm not going to sit here and bash the dish just because I didn't care for the pairing of the veal chop with the lemony almost picatta type sauce it was served with. (Minus any capers) The veal chop itself was EXCELLENT....and next time I would try it prepared another way.

No desert but I ordered a espresso and was offered and excepted a sambucca on the house.

All in all it is a good place and I would go back......although BYOB"s aren't my thing if I'm in the mood I would certainly go back and would recommend it. Great Italian food for there area which is rather thin in that dining option. Not as pretentious or pricey as AMA. Ron is a genuinely nice guy and has that nervous new owner energy about him which I can appreciate.

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