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Entree - An upscale meat place but great food and service  (Moved to 4th and Monmouth)
Revolve- An upscale meat place with small menu. Currently serving (steak) appetizers, mains, and dessert.
Prime 95 - An upscale steakhouse and sushi and wine...great food and ambiance.
Ottimo- Dairy, upscale, great reviews, great lunch special
Estreia - upscale meat restaurant, a little noisy. Opens at 5:00pm
Pizzano- A pizza store with nice sit down area also has a large dairy menu
Upper Crust- A pizza store with nice sit down area also has a large dairy menu
Sushi Nation - Exclusive sushi spot. They also sell sushi in some other stores.
Kava - Nice coffee store with a drive-thru, they do events as well.
French Press - Nice coffee store
Cafoterria - New dairy place at the Avenue Shoppes at New Hampshire, a branch of Ottimo, also delivering to the business district
That Sushi Spot amazing sushi on Clifton Ave and they offer curbside pickup
Kalamata - nice dairy cafe attached to pizza store. Has Simcha room.
Lamp Post - upscale meat restaurant in Toms River
Loft
Tomahawk
Sugo

Fast Food

Meat

Glatt Bite- Massive menu with fast service and delicious American and Chinese food.
D'LUX- Massive menu with fast service. American, Chinese, and sushi
Yussies- Deli and sandwiches. Delicious fries.
Glatt Gourmet- best homemade take out food (also sandwiches and chinese)
Yapchik- Nice menu great homemade take out, or eat in
Bun- Nice new place, great burgers
Kosher Chinese- Chinese place on Clifton, recent change in ownership/name. Small, cheap, good food
Sushi Express- sushi and Chinese, they deliver 732-901-7874
South Side Sandwich Shop- Fast-food joint Extensive sandwich menu. Has delicious smoked Ribs/Lamb and chicken. Friendly service. SSSS now located on cedarbridge between Martin Luther and Arlington Ave.
Snaps- Fast food in Westgate
Glatt Gourmet- Down the 9, across from Bun. Good food, jammed Thursday nights
Pita Hut - (3 locations) Awesome Israeli food, free cholent on Thursdays with your purchase
Eat-A-Pita - Nice schnitzel/schwarma place, now with a hot dog bar, on Clifton
Keepshuto - Hottest up-and-coming place in town, right off Main and Clifton (Before Central)
Smokey Hill BBQ
Hamisada - Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine on the 9 just outside of Lakewood in Howell, Olympic Pita style
Flysh
Lipa's Munch

Dairy

Circa - Clean pizza store/cafe with large menu + sushi.
Pizza Place- A pizza store with a large dairy menu and very nice setting located in WestGate 732.730.1144
Pizza Plus - 4th st btwn Clifton and Lexington. Original Lakewood pizza store. Foods great. Best pizza around
J2- Pizza and sushi in Shoprite plaza. Pizza is good, great sushi.
J2 south - Pizza in the Evergreen plaza
That Sushi Spot- Clifton and Third, store was formerly California Swirls
Village Pizza (2 locatioons) - Pizza store with a dairy menu
Village Pizza South - Near Bais Shaindel, south side of the lake
Bagel Nosh - Legendary bagel store, needs no introduction
4 Corners (4 locations) , bagel store+ sushi ]
Out To Lunch - Nice, upscale dairy cafe across the street from Circa on Cedarbridge
Panini Cafe - NIce, new, sit-down place with iPads for ordering :)
Pop Up Pizza in Jackson Crossing (next to the WaWa outside Westgate)
Bagel King Great bagel store with drive-thru in NPGS Jackson plaza
Estyís Bestys Milchigs in Jackson next to NPGS

Ice Cream

Yismach Yisroel Westgate Westgate plaza
CREMEThe Avenue Shoppes, 12 America Ave
Sprinkles Gourmet Glatt plaza
Ritaís Open Spring/Summer, in the same plaza as Village Pizza South
Sprinkles South In the Closeout Connection strip mall, with Bun
Yismach Yisroel 4th and Lexington

Takeout

Aisle 9 (grocery)- Nice fleishig selection, arguably best sushi in town
Seasons (grocery)- Good fleishigs and bakery
Gourmet Glatt (grocery) Just about everything, North location is on County Line in Gourmet Glatt plaza next to Chase Bank and South location is in Seagull Square


Catering

R&S - Probably the oldest establishment in town. Most famous for their liver.
Simcha Caterers -
Greenwald Caterers - They have a sort of monopoly on large events/Simchos

Bakeries

Gelbsteinís - On Clifton, next to His Place
Hershelís in Amazing Savings plaza

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #320 on: July 28, 2021, 12:02:26 PM »


Seems from your quotes that @yuneeq is contradicting himself.


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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #321 on: July 28, 2021, 12:10:24 PM »
Seems from your quotes that @yuneeq is contradicting himself.

Correct - 1st visit at CharQ was during soft opening and judged more favorably based on that. Next couple visits I was underwhelmed.
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #322 on: July 28, 2021, 12:10:43 PM »
Seems from your quotes that @yuneeq is contradicting himself.


Seemingly, he prefers a better version of regular food over the more unique and creative ingredients and tastes.
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #323 on: July 28, 2021, 12:12:41 PM »
Correct - 1st visit at CharQ was during soft opening and judged more favorably based on that. Next couple visits I was underwhelmed.
I've been there after the soft opening and was more impressed than you. Same with Estreia. I was always underwhelmed at Entree because when I go to such a place I am not looking for a better version of regular foods.
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #324 on: July 28, 2021, 12:57:39 PM »
I've been there after the soft opening and was more impressed than you. Same with Estreia. I was always underwhelmed at Entree because when I go to such a place I am not looking for a better version of regular foods.
+1

I can make an amazing steak etc at home. This is why I generally order only appetizers at (higher end) restaurants - I feel like the creativity and unique dishes/flavors are there, as opposed to entrees which are typically "boring".

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #325 on: July 28, 2021, 04:20:43 PM »
I've been there after the soft opening and was more impressed than you. Same with Estreia. I was always underwhelmed at Entree because when I go to such a place I am not looking for a better version of regular foods.

Don't doubt it but do you know a lot others like that? Every time this conversation comes up in person I'm usually in agreement.

+1

I can make an amazing steak etc at home. This is why I generally order only appetizers at (higher end) restaurants - I feel like the creativity and unique dishes/flavors are there, as opposed to entrees which are typically "boring".

I do get bored from Entree (though the drinks set them apart) but I simply don't enjoy the others.
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #326 on: July 28, 2021, 09:11:01 PM »
Finally checked out CharQ tonight, and the food was definitely unique.

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #327 on: July 28, 2021, 09:17:37 PM »
Finally checked out CharQ tonight, and the food was definitely unique.
Took a few postersí advice and went for an appetizer and charcuterie board but didnít get a real entree (though the board was pretty big).

The soup was really good, steak tacos were excellent, not a huge fan of all the dried uncooked meat on the board (to be fair I generally donít like that so perhaps someone who goes for that would enjoy it), salad was quite good, and peanut butter chocolate brownie was fantastic.

Itís pretty expensive and I wasnít super impressed with the serving sizes even though others have said they found them really generous. All in all a very nice experience, food was very different and exciting. Ambiance was nice, one of the better waiter experiences Iíve had, and some small things like the soup poured at the table were nice touches as well.

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #328 on: July 28, 2021, 09:29:40 PM »
Took a few postersí advice and went for an appetizer and charcuterie board but didnít get a real entree (though the board was pretty big).

The soup was really good, steak tacos were excellent, not a huge fan of all the dried uncooked meat on the board (to be fair I generally donít like that so perhaps someone who goes for that would enjoy it), salad was quite good, and peanut butter chocolate brownie was fantastic.

Itís pretty expensive and I wasnít super impressed with the serving sizes even though others have said they found them really generous. All in all a very nice experience, food was very different and exciting. Ambiance was nice, one of the better waiter experiences Iíve had, and some small things like the soup poured at the table were nice touches as well.
Any leftovers?  :P

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #329 on: July 28, 2021, 09:33:29 PM »
Any leftovers?  :P
Na, we didnít get a main

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #330 on: July 28, 2021, 09:45:44 PM »
I do get bored from Entree (though the drinks set them apart) but I simply don't enjoy the others.
I didn't mean Entree's boring, I meant I find (literal) entrees/mains boring.


ETA: 'entree' in the U.S. typically is used as a synonym for the "main course", though I know many people who use it to mean "appetizer" (which I think is how the rest of the world uses it too).
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #331 on: July 28, 2021, 09:49:16 PM »
I can make an amazing steak etc at home.
My son grilled steaks tonight that were better and more precisely cooked than the one I got the last time I was at Entree.
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #332 on: July 28, 2021, 11:06:09 PM »
My son grilled steaks tonight that were better and more precisely cooked than the one I got the last time I was at Entree.
@aygart @Euclid

Instructions please. I couldn't grill a half decent steak if my life was in limbo. Always blamed it on Lakewood kedusha.

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #333 on: July 28, 2021, 11:50:31 PM »
@aygart @Euclid

Instructions please. I couldn't grill a half decent steak if my life was in limbo. Always blamed it on Lakewood kedusha.
First recommendation is to not burn it as much as your toast

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #334 on: July 29, 2021, 12:15:38 AM »
@aygart @Euclid

Instructions please. I couldn't grill a half decent steak if my life was in limbo. Always blamed it on Lakewood kedusha.
Was discussed just yesterday :)

A rib steak with good marbling definitely helps, but I can get the cheapest cut of London broil to be tender too. You can marinate the steak for several hours beforehand and that will help. Also use a meat thermometer and grill on high heat flipping once and take it off when it hits 130 degrees for medium rare.

A cheap Thermometer like this one is just fine. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01IHHLB3W?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

160 degrees for chicken and burgers.

When you flip you can baste the done side with a bit of marinade/wine etc. Let it hit 170 and you will get really tough steak every time.
Which cuts come out tough?

For a nice, thick-cut rib steak (with good marbling, hopefully), follow these directions:
Use a thermometer.
Use a 2 zone cooking system (have the heat only on one side of the grill).
Put the steak on the cold side of the grill with the thermometer probe inserted. Cover the grill.
When the steak hits about 110, get the hot (direct) side of the grill as high as it will go (for charcoal, have a half chimney of charcoal ready to go, and put them on the hot side of the grill).
Sear each side of the steak for about 1 minute (or until it gets nicely browned). At this point, the center of the steak should be around 120-125F
Let the steak rest off the grill (on a drying rack if possible, so that it doesn't lose its crispness)

For a thinnish (16-ounce range) rib steak, you can do all the cooking on the hot side of the grill with the cover open and the heat as high as you can get it. But you should still use a thermometer, particularly if you don't have experience doing this (successfully). Flip the steak every 30 seconds until the center hits ~120-125 (this is the safe way of doing it. If you are more confident, you can do it where you only flip once, but there's no great reason to do that. Flipping every 30 seconds will get you the best searing and most even cooking, with no experience.

For something like a skirt steak, it's extremely important to cut against the grain, and to make the slices somewhat on the thin side of things. If you cut with the grain it will be tough.


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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #335 on: July 29, 2021, 10:07:35 AM »
@aygart @Euclid

Instructions please. I couldn't grill a half decent steak if my life was in limbo. Always blamed it on Lakewood kedusha.
They sell meat thermometer that don't need a smartphone
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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #336 on: July 29, 2021, 01:24:04 PM »
They sell meat thermometer that don't need a smartphone
Picked one up in DB for $20 similar to this. It looked legit other than the magnets that stayed on the grill.

Was discussed just yesterday :)
I tried those instructions like Amelia Bedilia. I think I put the thermo in wrong. I just poked in from the top and let it go to 140 and the thing was very pretty on the surface but the color of a stop sign inside.

First recommendation is to not burn it as much as your toast
As soon as I bit into my stop sign steak, I put it back on the fire till it was way beyond that toast. Just to get even.

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #337 on: July 29, 2021, 01:51:47 PM »
Picked one up in DB for $20 similar to this. It looked legit other than the magnets that stayed on the grill.
I tried those instructions like Amelia Bedilia. I think I put the thermo in wrong. I just poked in from the top and let it go to 140 and the thing was very pretty on the surface but the color of a stop sign inside.
As soon as I bit into my stop sign steak, I put it back on the fire till it was way beyond that toast. Just to get even.
Very funny!
I use a thermometer that is mutar to use on Shabbos (for a choleh).

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #338 on: July 29, 2021, 02:36:39 PM »
Very funny!
I use a thermometer that is mutar to use on Shabbos (for a choleh).
Which thermometer is not mutar to use on Shabbos for a choileh? Sufak Choileh Sheyesh Boi Sekana is doiche Shabbos.

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Re: Lakewood, NJ Restaurants Master Thread
« Reply #339 on: July 29, 2021, 02:47:22 PM »
Which thermometer is not mutar to use on Shabbos for a choileh? Sufak Choileh Sheyesh Boi Sekana is doiche Shabbos.
Um... There are a few levels of Choleh below that level.

If someone has a headache or thinks they have fever, it's not a sofek sakanah. Most poskim hold that they can take their temp with a mercury-style thermometer because it's not yad soledes bo.