Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: Exceptional, well executed, artfully presented, and prepared with fresh high quality ingredients.
Service: Professional, and attentive. Meals are presented under silver domes and removed as the wait staff offers a confirmation of the ingredients.
Ambiance/Decor: Elegant, yet tastefully understated.
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars - One of the best restaurants in New Jersey
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who are willing to venture to a destination restaurant for world class food in an understated elegant setting.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer simpler food, fewer fine dining amenities, and a more casual setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Peruvian River Paiche; The Roasted Breast of Pheasant & Sausage, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Brioche Bread Puret; and The Bourbon Braised Suckling Pig with Parisienne Apples, Toasted Pecans, and Maple Jus
Liquor: Full service bar. extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Restaurant Nicholas is a destination restaurant and one of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Located in Red Bank on the border with Middletown, the restaurant is situated near the Navesink River..
The upscale, elegant atmosphere offers the perfect setting for a fine dining meal of gourmet caliber. A great place to celebrate a special occasion or a special date.
Restaurant Nicholas is owned by acclaimed Executive Chef Nicholas Haray and wife Melissa. Chef Haray received his formal Culinary training at Culinary Institute of America and later honed his culinry skills under famed Chef Jean-Georges in NYC. He is also the author of "The Nicholas Cookbook", and a very competent sommelier with weekly articles in the Asbury Park Press.
Executive Chef Haray, is assisted by Chef Kevin Koller, Prior to coming to Restaurant Nicholas, Chef Kooler worked in the kitchen at the Crystal Springs Resort's well-known fine dining venue, Restaurant Latour.
The food is exceptional, well executed, artfully presented, and prepared with fresh quality ingredients.
They offer seasonal Prix-fixe menus for three courses, a Chef's tasting menu, and a four course vegetarian (no-meats or seafood) menu.
For a special dining experience, they have a chef's table with your own private booth where you can view the behind-the-scenes workings of a their kitchen.
The wait staff is professional ---- well trained, friendly and anticipatory, but not intrusive, and dressed in vests and ties. he service is enhanced by the continued presence of Nicholas and his wife, Melissa, onetime sommelier at Tabla in New York.
As an example of the attention diners receive, meals are presented under silver domes and removed as the wait staff offers a confirmation of the ingredients.
The dining room is elegant, yet understated, smartly done up with creams and beige tones and a large colorful chandelier with blends of red, orange, and yellow. The bar 'N' has an attractive large granite top.
While most of the tables are spaced apart for quiet conversation, there is a line of tables that are relatively close together. For a romantic dinner, asked to be seated at one of the tables spaced apart from the others.
Bar N Provides an attractive setting for enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail or to meet friends for an after work drink, Bar N also offers an a la carte menu and a rotating three-course tasting menu that changes daily.
With the restaurant run by two former sommeliers, the wine list is a good match for the food: extensive, well priced, and with several unusual and hard-to-find options.
In line with their commitment to detail and fine dining with all the amenities, diners are given a small gift of chocolates or breads when departing.
Not recommended for children.
Note: They do not accept Discover or 3rd Party gift cards.
Restaurant Nicholas is open five days/week:
Dining Room Hours Tuesday –Thursday 5:30–10 PM, Friday–Saturday 5:30–11 PM
Bar N Hours Tuesday - Saturday for Cocktails at 5PM
They are open Thanksgiving Day and feature a three course traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. Also open on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve,
(updated: December, 2019)
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