A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of fine dining fare at Remington's, located in Manasquan.
Remington’s fine-dining menu highlights a constantly rotating à la carte selection of seasonal delicacies from the Jersey Shore and its surrounding areas, paired with a world-spanning wine list. Initiate ingestion sequences with the duck quesadillas featuring pulled barbecued duck garnished with papaya pico de gallo and lime-cumin crème fraiche ($13). The local fluke is cajoled from nearby waters onto a plate served with lentils, sautéed yellowfoot chanterelles, and chive oil ($24). Crash fang ferries into the seared day-boat sea scallops, accompanied by butternut squash puree and applewood-smoked bacon and splayed across a steamy bed of scallion risotto ($28).
Lonely comestibles find their perfect match in wines available by the glass, such as the 2008 Guarniente sangiovese ($8) or the Lamberti prosecco ($9). Remington’s hand-painted artwork reflects local flavor as a 5-foot-long freshwater aquarium entertains diners with card tricks by its inhabitants.
Through a set of solid mahogany doors, the dining room at Remington’s teems with seasonal dishes inspired by the Jersey Shore. Executive Chef Dominick Rizzo gathers ingredients from farmers, fishmongers, and local cheese makers from the tri-state area, letting the harvest inform his constantly changing menu of upscale American cuisine. Recent dishes have included locally caught fluke sautéed with yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms and served with lentils and a drizzle of chive oil. For libations, Remington’s sommeliers refer to a long list of wines from Europe, South America, and California. All this good cooking comes with good scenery to match—there’s a 5-foot freshwater aquarium decorating the dining room, alongside hand-painted murals of beaches, ocean scenes, and Moondoggie’s leash.