Top Notch! Like the name says the food is local and seasonal. Spring has just arrived so every dish had some beautiful bright young vegetables - how about a Ramps Risotto as a special. There was a great pear salad - not exactly novel, but the ingredients and expert touch made it special - perfectly cooked pear, top notch prosciutto, same level of blue cheese! (special) My app was shrimp in a broth with chilies - the shrimp fresh though not exciting but the broth was wonderful (special). A Tuna sashimi off the main menu was of very high quality and garnishes that highlighted the fish - not distracting from it.
Our mains - an excellent short rib but standard level for a top restaurant - others had some large and extremely tasty scallops, a Sea Bream, and a Sea Bass - all cooked absolutely perfectly and accompanied with excellent broths or vegetables. Portion sizes were spot on.
Desserts - have the chocolate one with the cream AND a few candied caramel-bacon-sea salt popcorn - forgot the name. Also, the cookies were good and accompanied by a MUCH too small but delicious root beer float.
Very nice breads. Hostess and manager were excellent and unobtrusive yet there just at the right times. BYO wines were handled very nicely - proper glasses, refrigerated or placed in coolers without having to ask, Have to love New Jersey liquor license laws. Our waitress seemed new to the role but was very well prepared - and the one time she was stumped went for the correct answer. How many times have you had a server just make up an answer - answer: too many.
Lovely restaurant, tiled floors but high ceilings kept the noisy level to a nice buzz - never loud. From the outside a plain storefront with a chinese takeout and a laundry as neighbors - once inside it is simply beautiful.
Yes, bring your larger wallet. With generous tip $340.
Note: The Specials list was relatively short - that's good - were read clearly, no phony French or Italian accent, with each price was stated. Another big plus in my book
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