My hubs and I love this place. We go to AC just to go here. (Live in Northern NJ). This is a very old restaurant, like 125 years or more, but the inside is remodeled to look old fashioned and trendy at the same time. It retains a cool blk/white small hexagonal tile floor, lots of dark woodwork, white tablecloths, and a great bar and also a piano player.
It is very romantic if you want it to be. On this visit, we got to the bar early and the bartender (tall, dark haired, from Bulgaria, Mikal?) was an expert in mixing special cocktails. He made me a pear/pomegranate martini which was lovely and a Manhattan for my husband. The other bartender is very nice and friendly too; we remembered him from our last visit.
We had 8 PM reservations, and were shown to our table...and our waitress was capable and friendly...I ordered 8 oysters and they brought me an assortment of 3 kinds, and explained them to me which was very helpful, an oyster test-tasting if you will. Then I ordered the lamb, which I've had before and is always amazing. You receive about 8 chops, with potatoes and sautéed beets julienned or thinner as a garnish...it is super great.(about $30).
My husband had the scallops, which come with mashed potatoes and spinach, it is also great and is popular. For dessert, we had a trio of gelato, and we loved it.
Afterward, the bartender, Mr. Nice Guy, offered to make my husband a special drink. So we walked back over there and he mixed up a special cocktail, called "Penicillin", which had 2 single malt whiskeys, and a ginger-brandy mixture. There were about 7 steps to mixing this, and he took great care to make it Perfect. My husband loved it (although about $20!).
All in all, it was another great night in Docks and we wish we could treat lots of people we know to this place!~
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