Restaurant Nicholas, Red Bank NJ:
A Dining Review

Restaurant Nicholas, Red Bank NJ
Restaurant Nicholas
160 Rt 35 South

Best 2018 New Jersey Restaurant

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  American

Price:  Very Expensive

Food Quality: 4 Stars

Service: 4 Stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

One of the best restaurants in New Jersey

The service is professional --- knowledgeable and well trained.

Value:  Good

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 Review

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, graduating at the age of 17, and later honed his culinary 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.

Exec Chef Haray, is assisted by Chef Kevin Koller recently promoted to chef de cuisine. 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 prepared and with very creative presentations.

They offer seasonal Prix-fixe menus for three courses, a Chef's tasting menu, and a four course Garden (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, The 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 smartly done up with creams and beige tones and a large colorful chandelier with blends of red, orange, and yellow.

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.

Restaurant Nicholas is open six days/week: Sun–Thu 5:30 –10 PM & Fri–Sat 5:30–11 PM

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, 2018)

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