We had been regulars to the Atlantic HIghlands location. When they moved to Sea Bright we put off going for almost two years because the new location has a liquor license (we are avid wine collectors and prefer to go to a BYOB and bring our own) and also because we had gotten a bit tired of the food in the Atlantic Highlands location, since we seemed to prefer certain things, not too big of a variety and thus ended up eating pretty much the same dishes.
We finally decided to try the new location located above one of the local beach clubs. Very nice ocean views if seated by the large picture windows. We went mid week so that it would not be too busy; also they posted on their web site that they ran specials during the middle of the week that were not available on the weekends. The night we arrived (this really had nothing to do with the restaurant or food) but a party seated at the one end of the large open room was so loud and was using pretty awful profanities, that we had to ask to please move us to a corner table around the bend. A mother and daughter who had just arrived did the same. Maybe the acoustics aren't too great in the room?
We were informed that the chef, Pat, had just left several days before and that the sous chef had taken over. Well, I guess we waited way too long!. We were taken aback but pleasantly surprised - the food was very good and well presented. The bread was the same crusty bread we always liked at the old Ama. We had a lovely salad and two different pasta dishes which were very good and very well executed.
The new young chef I believe had trained under Pat for a while and had worked at another of our better restaurants in the area,The Raven and the Peach in Fair Haven. He has learned his trade well. We wish him good luck and that he continues to cook the way he did the night we went.
We are planning on returning, but will most likely do so during mid week again in order to take advantage of their wines by the glass for half price. This way we get to sample several new wines without breaking the bank. They had a decent selection of wines by the glass.
Since it is located at a beach club, it will probably get pretty busy during the summer months. We went during the dead of winter and had to sit inside; did not pay attention as to whether they have outdoor seating - that would be nice in warm weather if available. Would suggest not going on a weekend night during the summer, try out during mid week first.
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