At South Fin Grill, the ocean breeze mingles with a menu of upscale seafood and steakhouse dishes praised by New York magazine. Amid what critic Ethan Wolff describes as a "priceless" ocean view, servers roll out lobster, crab, swordfish, and salmon incarnated as pasta, soup, and sushi dishes. The "turf" portion of the menu showcases grilled new york sirloin, filet mignon, and barbecued pork, but the focus once again turns seaside at a raw bar that features clams and oysters kept fresh by pearl-shaped breath mints.
Beams of blue and yellow lighting hover above the interior dining tables, each blanketed with a white tablecloth and centered with a flickering candle. Outside, the ocean deck's sea-blue umbrellas shelter views of the boardwalk, ocean, and seagull beach volleyball tourneys. The restaurant bolsters its elegantly plated cuisine with occasional entertainment acts, which have included DJs.
Aside from about 20 grams of protein, what do ahi tuna and steak have in common? They’re both black stone items on the menu at The Cambridge Inn. Diners get to step into the role of chef and cook the thick cuts tableside over heated black stones themselves. That experience anchors a staggering menu of new american eats that covers a wide swath of the culinary landscape, from steaks, burgers, and ribs to veal saltimbocca layered with prosciutto and mozzarella. Paired with sandwiches, salads, and more than 20 appetizers, the almost-steakhouse food is served in smaller lunch portions. It’s also incorporated into the Friday night all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet, and the Sunday champagne brunch, complete with an omelet station and a Virginia ham carving station, which is just like any other ham-carving station, only the chef dresses like Edgar Allan Poe.
In a favorable review, the New York Times called Just Restaurant "a party waiting to happen," noting its playful decor and eye-catching culinary presentations. In describing the party bona fides, the article might also have mentioned the attendance of cool kids. The colorful scene has attracted a Zagat rating and a stylish clientele—including Jersey Shore alum Deena Cortese and Melissa Gorga from The Real Housewives of New Jersey—who gather in the neon-lit dining room to savor freshly marinated seafood and tender meats. Some of the finest dishes include a 28-day dry-aged in-house New York strip steak and seafood items such as a crab cake trio and volcano seared tuna. Executive Chef Jonathan Vukusich equals the glamour of the clientele by artfully layering his dishes with top quality ingredients that appeal to both the eye and the palette which are presented by a friendly and knowledgable staff. The bar, meanwhile, contributes to the celebratory scene with specialty cocktails, and the extensive, carefully selected wine list provides many choices to pair with meals.
Its location across the street from the Middlesex County Courthouse flavors the atmosphere at Mike's Courtside Sports Bar & Grill, which blends judicial trappings such as wall-mounted gavels with sports memorabilia autographed by local athletes including Derek Jeter. The servers' T-shirts proclaim, "You've been served" as waiters and waitresses sling plates of rib-eye burgers, 12-inch personal pizzas, and other satisfying comfort grub. Two bars—one on each floor—serve up six rotating draft beers and more than 30 bottled brews as sports fans watch games on 1 of 13 MLB-package-equipped HDTVs. Mike's Courtside Sports Bar & Grill also features year-round outdoor seating and hosts Friday and Saturday night performances by live DJs and holograms of dead DJs.
Located along the banks of Farrington Lake, Lago has immersed visitors into its romantic lakeside scene since 1975. On the outdoor patio, rustling trees and rippling tides create an intimate backdrop as diners sit down to a menu filled with upscale American cuisine. The restaurant places special emphasis on seafood, a fitting trait considering its watery surroundings. The seafood fra diavolo presents a melange of nautical nourishment, including sauteed scallops, shrimp, mussels, and clams. But much like wearing a snorkel while riding the bus, many of Lago's dishes combine the best of both worlds, such as the surf and turf, which teams up a petite filet with a succulent lobster tail.