A Rumson, NJ Restaurant Review
26 Ridge Road
Fare: New American
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
A destination restaurant with a famed chef; Ideal for celebrating special occasions.
Provides all the fine dining amenities including table linens, special attention to detail, and a well trained, professional staff.
Some of the menu items are "very pricey".
Noise Level: Low - moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared, creative food with old world style fine dining amenities
Not Recommended For: Diners who may prefer a less costly alternative in a more casual dining ambiance without the fine dining amenities.
Recommended dishes:When available; House Dry Aged Steaks; Black Sea Bass with Soba Noodles, Baby Bok Choy, Water Chestnuts,and Lemon Grass Ginger Broth; and The Scottish Salmon with Broccoli and Polenta.
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
David Burke, renowned as an innovator in gourmet dining, has returned to his beginnings after stints at The River Cafe, The Park Avenue Cafe, and David Burke & Donatella in New York City.
The setting is in a stand alone old mansion with several dining rooms that have recently been refurbished with understated, cream colored walls. There are two fireplaces and a curving wall of windows in the 65-seat main dining room create a bright, sunny atmosphere in spring and summer which transitions to warm and cozy come autumn and winter
The atmosphere is old world elegant and frequented by the over 40, high income crowd.
The kitchen is run by Chef Burke and Executive Chef Phil Deffina, A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
The menu is well prepared and creatively presented using fresh local ingredients and organic products.
The service is professional and very attentive.
For a more intimate setting, go to the cozy nook on the first floor dining area.
There is no children's menu.
They are open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve & New Years Day and for Sunday Buffet Brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
(updated: November, 2014)
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