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“They've hit their stride ....”
Review of Local Seasonal Kitchen - CLOSED

Local Seasonal Kitchen
Price range: $31 - $50
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: N. Central
Reviewed October 7, 2013

While we have always been enthusiastic about the imaginative, locally-sourced cuisine, we've had less than wonderful service here in the past (see previous reviews). However, after having returned twice now in the past couple of weeks, I am thrilled to report that Local Seasonal Kitchen has elevated its service to match its food!

It had been four months since we had dined here and made a last minute OpenTable reservation one recent Saturday night for 9:45 p.m. It was immediately obvious that there are now enough servers to handle the busy dining room. What was particularly impressive, though, was that while we did not make our reservation more than an hour ahead of time, Mike (manager) greeted us personally and made sure that our dinner more than made up for our experience the last time -- and we did not remind him about it at all! Our server was very engaged and seemed to believe in the food and the mission of the restaurant. Most importantly, she was on top of things like beverage refills and timing of courses. And, of course, everything was delicious! We had just spent the previous 24 hours dining at some NYC restaurants with decent reputations and we both agreed that our dinner that late night in Ramsey was better than any of the Manhattan restaurants we had just visited.

We were so happy about this positive experience that we were back a little over a week later with some friends who had not yet tried LSK and they were very happy. One of the nice features of the place is that if you don't bring your own alcohol they have some nice non-alcoholic beverages (like Fizzy Lizzy sodas) - sometimes the server doesn't mention them, so ask if you're interested. While you can't go wrong with any food choice, I'm particularly fond of the Avery Farm Hen Egg Raviolo as a starter - cutting into the brown butter-glazed plump Raviolo to release the unctuous egg is just a beautiful thing. Their salads are usually not just fresh but also interesting. If you're in the mood for comfort food, try the pappardelle with duck. And, always pay attention to their specials - my hubby loved his featured pork chop over veggies. Desserts are equally luscious and never boring.

As others have mentioned, this place is catching on, so make your reservations way ahead of time unless you are good with a super early or late time. While we have always been happy about the concept and the cuisine here, now they seem to be offering the full dining experience with great service -- we look forward to becoming "regulars."

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Thank Anne C
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Second time here. Very nice decor. The wait staff takes care of you in this BYOB; however, after they open the bottle they never fill your glass again?! Easy parking in front. I wanted an appetizer portion of a special pasta & they said no. Weird, because all the pastas are available as appetizer portions. Entree was Barnegat scallops. A bit salty, as my wife agreed. My pasta 9half portion ) appetizer was the spaghetti with Calabrian hot peppers was also salty with the sausage bits & guanciale. Lately when I have been going out the food seems to just be too salty & at home my gourmet cook spouse liberally uses salt to bring out flavor. Maybe bad luck; I will blame ordering wrong. Desserts were really imaginative . We will be back.

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Thank lfbmonkey
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

My husband and I were in "experimental restaurant night" mode so I made reservations based on the article in NJ Monthly and my boss's endorsement of Local Seasonal Kitchen. We had to settle for a 5pm reservation, but it was well worth it.
I liked the decor which was modern, tasteful and well configured considering the space- did not expect this considering the location in a simple strip mall. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We appreciated their observance of minor details.
Our first experience of the fresh, homemade ingredients was their bread. The polenta bread and rosemary bread were simlpy "make a meal of it" delicious.
Montauk Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi- Avocado, Persian Cucumber, Tamari and Summer Salsa Cruda, Sesame Bonito Crisp-this was prime quality and just perfect
Burratina- Fresh Mission Figs, Fig Jam, Frisee Salad and Pine Nut Brittle -on this evening they gave only half Burrata & half fresh mozzeralla. Too bad because the Burrata was out of this world.
Second course:
We split an order of :
Agnolotti-Jersey Corn, Chives, Crabmeat and Parmesan, Corn and Chive Broth-this was simply sublime.

Grilled "BBQ" Beef Short Ribs
Defiant Porter BBQ Sauce, Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes, Rainbow Carrots, Pearl Onions-very good, would get again.
Barnegat Light Sea Scallops
Pearl Barley and Farro Risotto, Squash, Spinach and Caramelized Onion Jus-another winner.
Summer Peach Crostata-Lavender Flower Infused Honey Gelato and Almond Brittle
At $13 we were expecting a really good dessert and thank God the pastry chef didn't disappoint.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Local Seasonal Kitchen. Although the prices are definitely on the high side, they justify it through the use of premium ingredients and a "house made" preparation for all their dishes.
Would love an encore.

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Thank Idania60
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Locale Seasonal Kitchen has been opened since a few months, and already it's virtually impossible to book a table between the usual 5:45 and 9:30 pm...as if we were in Manhattan. In any case, we like the creative food and the place. Service is also very nice and friendly (much better than the cold reception once you arrive at the place....as if we were in Manhattan!). Prices are also on the high side...as if we were in Manhattan, but in this case...rent is much cheaper! So what's the reason? To copy Varka and kill you with prices?? A slice of cauliflower with other veggies for $25? For real??
The fact that it is a BYOB is always a plus for us and last time we went (last Friday Sept. 6th), the waitress had the intelligence to bring us Chardonnay glasses after she noticed what kind of wine we had with us! A small touch, but it shows good training.
The only MAJOR problem with this place is the awful noise. Difficult to cary a conversation between 2 people, so imagine if you show up at 6. Diners seem to enjoy shouting from one side of the table to the other, and although I don't know what can be done, the management should try to do something about that as we would think twice before going back...but we will go back.

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Thank Johnnynose
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Although the menu was not huge, there were enough choices from each course for all of us. The food was excellent and the service friendly and efficient. We will return!

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Thank Lteitler
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