On the Waterfront

mcloonesDon’t let the title fool you. This is no noir tale of broken down fighters, union bosses and pugilist priests. Although if you are as hungry as a dock worker after a full day’s shift, there might be some interest for you in the words that lie ahead. I’m talking food, people. Food, and lots of it. And as long as we’re gonna eat, we might as well make it someplace that has a view, before summer ends and winter takes away our ability to see past the snowflakes el nino is promising for this coming season.

Is there anything that beats a water view setting for a romantic dinner? OK, maybe a Parisian street café, but that’s a noir of another kind. We’re in New Jersey, the Garden State, but it could just as easily been named the Ocean State or the River State or the State of Bay. Even if you live inland, there’s an eatery on the water within driving distance from your home. We looked up and down, here and there to find a few interesting and diverse choices for you and have eaten at each and every venue recommended. Yes, it’s tough being an editor of an entertainment and lifestyle website. Tough and fattening. Here we go…

Moonstruck, Asbury Park
First of all, with an address like that, you would probable guess that it’s on the ocean. Not so fast Mr. Camerari. It’s actually located on a lakefront at the southernmost tip of town. One of the hottest spots at the Shore, the crowd is lively, thirsty and hungry. And Moonstruck caters to all three. The menu is varied and the drinks are made to perfection. Trust me, I’m pre-med.

The Swan Bar, Lambertville
This is the ideal spot for a first date or a romantic anniversary dinner. Trust me, I’ve done both and both times…Yes. The sunken landing overlooking a European brick courtyard with a fountain in the middle makes you forget that workplace you live in. More of a bar menu than a full meal but the art of bartending is not lost on these folks.

Frenchtown Inn, Frenchtown
In the historic village, of Frenchtown there is a place to go to time and time again. Get dressed up, wear the good shoes and don’t forget to accessorize because the classic and classy Frenchtown Inn is serving dinner. The menu is a great surprise as they prepare a combination of French Cuisine with Asian inflences. Hint: try the Sesame Seed crusted Tuna.

The Chart House, Lincoln Harbor, North Bergen
One of the best view of the Manhattan skyline and some of the best seafood dishes in the state are on tap at this landmark restaurant. Snapper Hemmingway, shrimp fresca and Dungeness crab clusters will get you started. The many specials will help you finish things off.

McLoone’s Pier House, Long Branch 
Restaurateur and marathon man Tim McLoone has done it again with another classy culinary establishment. The Pier House on the boardwalk in Long Branch offers up a diverse menu with the best in seafood and classic American dishes with a European flair thrown in for good measure.

No matter where you decide to eNJoy a romantic dinner in the state, think waterfront. Never far away from home and guaranteed to get a positive response from the one you love. Or from that business trip associate…

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