Everyone knows that setting a calendar reminder 28 days in advance is the only way to get a reservation at Pizzeria Beddia in Philly or Carbone in Manhattan, but you should also keep it in mind if you plan on eating at Black Eyed Susans in Harvey Cedars. This BYOB spot is constantly packed with people celebrating special occasions, like a kid’s completion of freshman year, or an anniversary (while their freshman kid raids their liquor cabinet back at the house). The reason this white tablecloth restaurant is constantly slammed is the seafood-focused American food, like doughy, charred gnocchi with big chunks of lobster, and tender tilefish over thick vichyssoise.
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Kubel’s opened in 1927, and this Barnegat Light bar is still a good spot to get some beers and fried clam strips during Happy Hour.
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Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon
If you want to eat overlooking the water on Long Beach Island, do it at Parker’s Garage in Beach Haven.
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