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Jan/Feb 2014 Vol 3 • no 1

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JANUARY Entertainment & Event Calendar

984 Rt. 33 Freehold, NJ 07728 Phone # 732--462-3090 fax # 732-462-0501

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Sunday

984 Rt. 33

Monday Tuesday Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Cabin

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BRIAN KIRK JOE MOONDOGGIE &BARACATA THE JIRKS Coors Lt. Acoustic 5-8p Party with us 2ND Prizes Given Away Every Quarter 24 25 22 23 19 20 Super Bowl 21 Feb. FRANKIE LETS GET PRIME RIB ITALIAN NIGHT POKER NIGHT8P & BUD LT. DRAFTS $2.50 COORS COORS LIGHT LIGHT PINTS PINTS $2.50 BUD $2.50 Yuengling Pints $2.50

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PRICE $2.50 domestic Drafts NIGHT PIZZA $14.95 and WINGS

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RIB NIGHT $14.95

Half Price Plain Pizza and Wings During the Game Band ROASTED Band SPECIALS PHIL ENGEL EDDIE TESTA $12.95 $16.95 BAND $2.50 BUD & BUD LT. DRAFTS $2.50 BUD & BUD LT. DRAFTS BAND Coors Lt. Acoustic 5-8p Steve Burgos 29 LETS GET 30ALL YOU CAN 31 EAT BBQ RIBS Band984 Rt. 33 Freehold, NJ 07728 ROASTED BRIAN KIRK $ 13.95 $12.95

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Tuesday

Wednesday

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Chef Specials ALL DAY!

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Letter to Our Readers

It’s our time to boast! Yes, this February 2, billions of people from around the globe will watch and experience the first-ever “New Jersey Super Bowl.” While most media outlets have been referring to this cold-weather stadium event as a New York attraction, it’s really our time to shine. In this issue’s main editorial, read about all the planning and organizational activities in our state that have been going on leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. There are few things that can relax the mind and renew the spirit as a great dinner in a cozy and friendly atmosphere with good food and delicious drinks. The Cabin Restaurant in Freehold offers such an experience. After 30 years, patrons keep visiting and revisiting this iconic venue. Read more about it in this month’s Restaurant Profile, then give it a try. Looking for a terrific local band to go out and listen to? Find out where Matt O’Ree and his band are performing and go listen to them. Matt has been entertaining audiences locally (and worldwide) for years. His music, albums and awards are all a tribute to his talent and that of his mates. Brought up on the music of the likes of B.B. King, Jimmy Hendrix, Chuck Berry and ZZ Top, the band’s music is varied, upbeat and totally enjoyable. Take a moment and review this issue’s Band Profile Over the past year, our regular contributor Steve O has interviewed standup comics with varied background ranging from a neurosurgeon, to a lawyer and a deli owner. This month, a banker turned standup comic. Read about Geno Bisconte, a stand-up comic, writer, video blogger and low-budget movie actor. As we begin the New Year, it is our hope that you will continue to look forward to and enjoy the editorial features and the dining and entertainment information provided by Venues NJ. It is our mission to provide timely features and listings to help you in your desires to get out and enjoy life. And thank you for your kind words and support.

Bob Byrne, Publisher LIKE US!

In This Issue:

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Sports Bars & Quiz ............................................................................ 6 Restaurant Profile.......................................................................... 10 Band Profile .................................................................................... 12 Libations ........................................................................................... 16 Main Feature: NJ’s Super Bowl XLVIII....................................... 18 Catering ........................................................................................... 22 BYO Restaurants ............................................................................. 24 Two on the Aisle ........................................................................... 26 Comic Relief .................................................................................... 27 Dining Pleasures ........................................................................... 28 Happy Hours ................................................................................... 30 Where it’s happening! .................................................................. 31 Concerts & Theater ........................................................................ 32 Plugged into AC ............................................................................ 33 Venues NJ Cares ............................................................................. 34 The Last Word ................................................................................. 34

Publisher Bob Byrne rfbyrne@att.net

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Editor Lisa Schofield

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Contributing Writers Clare Marie Celano Steve Ortlieb Tim Kolupanowich

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PRO SPORT SCHEDULES

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Colorado 9:00 PM Phoenix 8:00 PM St. Louis 7:00 PM Washington 7:00 PM NY Rangers 12:30 PM St. Louis 8:00 PM Dallas 8:30 PM Nashville 8:00 PM Colorado 7:30 PM Edmonton 7:00 PM Washington 8:00 PM Columbus 7:00 PM

Thu, Jan 16 Sat, Jan 18 Sun, Jan 19 Tue, Jan 21 Thu, Jan 23 Sun, Jan 26 Wed, Jan 29 Fri, Jan 31 Tue, Feb 4 Thu, Feb 6 Fri, Feb 7 Thu, Feb 27

PGA Pro Tour Schedule

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Detroit Ottawa Washington NY Islanders St. Louis New Jersey NY Islanders NY Islanders Colorado Edmonton Pittsburgh Chicago

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National Championship

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Jan 23 - 26 Farmers Insurance Open Torrey Pines (South), La Jolla, CA

NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series Sat, Feb 15 8:10PM The Sprint Unlimited Daytona International Speedway

Jan 30 - Feb 2 Waste Management Phoenix Open TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Thu, Feb. 20 TBD Duel 2 Daytona International Speedway

Feb 6 - 9 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA Feb 13 - 16 Northern Trust Open Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA

WATCH ALL YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS @

Feb 19 - 23 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, AZ Feb 27 - Mar 2 The Honda Classic PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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WEDNESDAY ½ Price Appetizers 8pm – close

$2.50 Miller Lite $3 Heineken & Heineken Light

Barao vs. Faber

THURSDAY

UFC 169 SAT. Feb. 1

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by CLARE MARIE CELANO

here are few things in life that can relax the mind and renew the spirit as a great dinner in a cozy warm atmosphere with wholesome food and wonderful spirits can, especially when it is all offered wrapped in the warmth of a log cabin setting. Visit The Cabin Restaurant on Route 33 East and find out why patrons have continued to return over and over again since it was built in 1983. The eatery was built by owners (and brothers) Rod and Tom Cunliffe as a sports bar. In 2000, The Cabin suffered a large fire that damaged its interior. The Cunliffes had sold the restaurant in 1990 but took it over again

something for everyone’s palate. Enjoy appetizers such as Stuffed Portabello Mushroom, a portabello mushroom stuffed with spinach and mozzarella, served with a roasted garlic cream sauce; or Boneless Wings with Buffalo or BBQ sauces served up with bleu cheese and celery; or Corned Beef Reuben Fritters, diced fresh tender corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing breaded with panko bread and cracker meal and served with honey dijon dressing. Shrimp Dumplings, Clams Casino, Baked Mac and Cheese, Clams on the Half Shell, Cabin Nachos and Beer Battered Onion Rings are among the other numerous appetizers. Soups and sandwiches are also plentiful at The Cabin. Enjoy a hearty French Onion Soup or Homemade Chili, along with a delicious Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich with sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and red onions served on French bread drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette Or, try the delicious Black Russian Sandwich which offers lean, tender pastrami on hearty pumpernickel bread topped with cole slaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese, baked and served open face. Beef lovers can sink their teeth into the Philly Style Cheese Steak Sandwich, smothered in mushrooms and melted American cheese. Bring the family to enjoy a freshly made pizza

And when it comes to entrees -- bring your hunger because you are going to be more than satisfied! Try the Chicken, Veal, Eggplant or Shrimp Parmigiana or Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca or Chicken or Veal Marsala, Deep Fried Shrimp, and Fajitas. A large selection of pastas, including Alfredo, Penne Vodka and Linguine with Clam Sauce are also among the choices. And there is so much more. The Cabin’s extensive menu is a key attraction for regular visits. The popular eatery also offers a special children’s menu that includes Linguine or Angel Hair Pasta, Cheeseburger, Chicken Fingers, and Grilled Cheese. Happy Hour is on tap Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. From fancy Martinis to yummy Irish coffees, to Hot Rum Chatas and The Cabin’s own creative concoctions, there is something for everyone. Enjoy weekly specials, such as Half Price Pizza and Wings on Monday nights, Prime Rib Night on

after the fire; they renovated the restaurant in 2002 to a great response from regulars and new customers alike. Improvements included a new kitchen, a pizza oven and new floors, among other things. Since its reopening, diners have returned repeatedly for its great eats, its friendly veteran staff, and its live weekend entertainment. The Cunliffes didn’t just create a restaurant -they created a sports bar destination. From colorful and bright beer and liquor signs to its numerous flatTuesdays, All You Can Eat Roast Wednesdays, Italian screen TVs complete with the NFL ticket and other Festival Night and All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs on sporting events, The Cabin is a relaxing place to enjoy Thursdays and Seafood Specials on Friday nights. a cocktail and food with company or by yourself. Spend Sunday afternoons at The Cabin to watch your The sports bar theme is accented by hunting-lodge favorite seasonal sport. pieces (mounted fish and game), that always spark Although The Cabin is a family-oriented conversation. Although the decor exudes a wilderness restaurant during daylight hours, it is also the source theme, you won’t have to hunt down your own dinner. from a menu that will satisfy everyone. Choose from of great late-night entertainment with live bands The Cabin’s chefs prepare mouthwatering, fresh meals Plain to Sausage, Peppers and Onions; a White Pizza, often playing classic rock. and the menu is truly extensive. From appetizers to a Margarita White Pie, even a Grandma Pie, which True to its logo, The Cabin reminds folks that it sandwiches and entrees, to juicy burgers and steaks, offers fresh mozzarella, fresh plum tomato sauce and is the premier place “Where there are no strangers -to a special pizza menu and kids’ menu, there’s fresh basil and garlic. just friends you’ve never met.” To Advertise Call 732.995.1714 • www.venues-nj.com Jan / Feb 2014 10

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att O’Ree became captivated by the guitar when his older siblings came home with all kinds of records and he turned his instant love of blues music into a career that has led to multiple awards and trips around the world. His father also played the guitar, but he says it’s Jimi Hendrix, most notably the album “Are You Experienced” that really got him hooked. Other big influences growing up were B.B. King, Chuck Berry and ZZ Top.

O’Ree currently has three albums available for purchase. His debut album, 88 Miles, was released in 1998 and was followed by Chalk It Up in 2001. His latest is 2005’s Shelf Life, which, along with 88 Miles, is available for purchase on iTunes. Shelf Life received a host of attention and won numerous awards at the Asbury Park Music Awards including Best Blues Band, Best Guitarist, Best Local Release and Song of the Year for their track “Saints & Sinners.” The album was even featured in an issue of Guitar World Magazine who called him “2006’s new guitar hero.”

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time and they always discussed playing together and they finally joined forces after he left the band Days Awake. Bennert got his start when he was 23 by filling in with O’Ree so they too have known each other for quite some time. He was a full-time member of R&B band Big Baby Ernie for 12 years before deciding to join O’Ree after seeing one of his shows soon after winning Guitarmageddon. Hummel has been playing drums since he was 10 and has worked with Lady Gaga, Anthony Krizan of The Spin Doctors and John Ginty of Citizen Cope, among many others. “I definitely feel like the best success I’ve had is the past five years because I finally have the right people,” he says. “It’s like colliding planets they finally lined up and I’m fortunate enough to have all those guys.” ’Ree, who also works as a private guitar instructor, has played across the United States and overseas, including going to Italy and Greece to play with The Blues Brothers. He has opened for bands like Foreigner, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult and Styx But despite all his travels and experiences, he continues to play a lot around New Jersey. Three of his favorite venues are Sayreville’s

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Starland Ballroom and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony and The Saint. There is more to come from Matt O’Ree as he recorded a DVD while performing at The Saint in Asbury Park this past summer. It’s scheduled to be released this Spring along with his fourth studio album. The DVD is currently in post production and he is waiting on a number of guest musicians to finish up their performances for the album. O’Ree will be out in Anaheim at the end of January playing at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Convention. The annual convention, allowing dealers, distributors and musicians to buy and sell instruments and products is one of the two largest music product trade shows in the world. He currently has 12 local shows scheduled for February including an acoustic performance at Woody’s Tavern in Farmingdale on Valentine’s Day, three shows at the Colts Neck Inn and two at MJ’s in Matawan. For more information on the band, tour dates, album sales and much more, be sure to visit mattoree.com.

Aside from those honors, he also won Guitarmageddon in 2006, a contest hosted by B.B. King and John Mayer and run by Guitar Center and Guitar World Magazine. He beat out over 4,000 other musicians for the title of King of Blues in addition to an endorsement from Gibson Guitars, a shopping spree at Guitar Center and a car from Scion. “Of course it was such a great honor just to be a part of the contest let alone be fortunate enough to be able to win the whole thing.” O’Ree said. “What that help was even just as simple as iTunes downloads and getting other people around the world to notice.” The current lineup for the band includes Eric Safka on keyboard, Scott Bennert on bass and John Hummel on drums. Aside from winning Guitarmageddon, O’Ree considers assembling his current lineup to be the biggest reason for his success. “I still feel that’s the longest struggle for any musician to try to find the right people to play with that are on your team.” O’Ree has known Safka for a long 12

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The Hot Toddy INGREDIENTS: • 1 oz brandy, whiskey, or rum • 1 Tbsp honey • 1/4 lemon • 1 cup hot water • 1 tea bag PREPARATION: 1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey. 2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter. 3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea. 4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

inter drink recipes Classic Tom & Jerry

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INGREDIENTS: • 1 egg • 1/2 oz simple syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar • 1 oz dark rum • 1 oz Cognac or brandy • Hot milk or hot water • Grated nutmeg for garnish

INGREDIENTS: • 2 oz whiskey or apple brandy • 1 tsp sugar • Hot apple cider • Lemon wedge for garnish • Cinnamon stick for garnish • 2-3 whole cloves for garnish PREPARATION: 1. Coat the bottom of an Irish coffee glass with honey. 2. Add the whiskey or apple brandy. 3. Fill with hot apple cider. 4. Stir well. 5. Garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick, and cloves

Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

PREPARATION: 1. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and beat them separately. 2. Fold the beaten eggs together and place into an Irish coffee glass. 3. Add the sugar or simple syrup, dark rum, and brandy. 4. Fill with hot milk or hot water. 5. Stir well. 6. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

• 1 cup PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur • 4 lemons, sliced • 2 oranges, sliced • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg • 12 whole cloves • 4 cinnamon sticks • 2 cups sugar • 1 1/4 cup water • 2 bottles red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot) PREPARATION: 1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, combine all ingredients. 2. Heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. 3. Remove from heat and strain. 4. Return liquid to pan and serve warm. (Serves 8-10)

Mulled White Wine w/ Pear Brandy

INGREDIENTS: • 1 750 ml bottle dry or off-dry white wine (preferably Riesling or Grüner Veltliner) • 1 piece star anise • 2 1/4-inch slices fresh ginger • 3 green cardamom pods • 3 whole cloves • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey, or to taste • 1/4 cup pear brandy (Poire William) • 1 Asian pear PREPARATION: 1. Put the wine in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan with the star anise, ginger, cardamom, cloves and honey (start with 3 tablespoons and adjust later if necessary). Set the pan over medium heat and bring just to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let the wine mull for at least 15 to 20 minutes. 2. Taste the wine and add more honey if you’d like. Gently reheat the wine until it starts to steam, then turn off the heat and stir in the brandy. Divide among 4 mugs or heatproof glasses, putting a few of the spices in each glass if you’d like, and add a slice of Asian pear. Toddy away! (Serves 4)

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n February 2, our oft-maligned great state will redeem itself from the tarnished reputation brought about by narcissistic and felonious “housewives,” and drunken “Jersey Shore” wastrels, both of which painted ugly and untrue pictures of who we really are. During the two weeks leading up to February 2 -- New Jersey turns into The Super Bowl State. For the first time in many years, this epic gridiron event will take place in a cold-weather stadium, as MetLife has gotten the official nod to be host stadium for this most watched NFL Championship. It will be the first time the Super Bowl is hosted in an open-air stadium in a winter location: in 1982. It was held at the Pontiac Silverdome (Michigan, home of the NFC Detroit Lions) and in 1992 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota, home of the NFC Minnesota Vikings) -- both toasty warm inside. Sadly, the legion of fans of our local teams -- dreaming about an NFL “subway matchup” -- were heartily disappointed as both the New York Jets (AFC) and the New York Giants (NFC) failed to even enter the playoffs, as both could only muster up mediocre season records. At the time of this writing, our other “local” team, the Philadelphia Eagles, had their wings clipped and will be at home watching the game like all of us. When it was announced several years ago that our great state would be the focal point for this world event, our savvy tourism marketers sprang into action to capture visitors who would alight here from all over the nation and the globe. Somerset County is one keen example. It created a website “thebiggamenj.com” to promote itself. Its homepage asserts: “Welcome to TheBigGameNJ.com, your Big Game information destination! ... Breathtaking scenery at every turn combined with convenient public transit options and easy access to MetLife Stadium, Somerset County, NJ is the perfect home

away from home for avid football fans.” Why is this site such a savvy move considering that any time of year, New Jersey is a magnificent, fun-filled destination? Because, according to Meadowlands Liberty region officials, Super Bowl XLVIII will attract numbers of people far in excess of the 82,500-plus ticket holders. “For two weeks, athletes and their families, coaches and staff, event management teams, sports professionals and enthusiasts, vendors, media crews, politicians, actors, actresses and thousands of regular Joe’s who simply want to enjoy the Super Bowl atmosphere will be in town celebrating the tradition of America’s greatest game.” NJ 101.5 personality Steve Trevelise, reported on the radio’s website (nj1015.com, Sep. 17, 2013) that the premium seats cost $2,600 each; this is about double the price from last year’s event at New Orleans’ Mercedes Benz Superdome, priced at $1,250 for similar seats. Second-tier tickets at MetLife are $1,500 ($950 in New Orleans), but the cheapest tickets are about $100 less -- costing fans $500 per. Oh, and those suites? More than any other Super Bowl, they’re hot commodities in what would likely be frigid weather. Our esteemed gridiron venue has 220 suites, each comfortably accommodating 12 to 30 people. In fact, this year’s starting price is $400,000, according to Jayne McManus, reporter for ESPNNewYork. com (January 3, 2014), who retrieved that figure from Robert Tuchman, president of Goviva, which arranges corporate travel packages for the big game. Tuchman stated that he anticipated that some suites may sell as high as three quarters of a million bucks, and explains to her: “It’s not so much about premium luxury like it’s been in the past. What people are playing for is warmth -- that’s why you have a value of 100 percent over what you might see in other years.” To put it into non-Super Bowl perspective, McManus, in her column, quips, “That warm suite will simply cost you the

median price of a modest house in the New York City suburbs. And rather than being the investment of a lifetime, it’s an investment of roughly six hours. “ The high number of luxury suites was an attraction for the league to place its biggest game here in our laps. The threeyear-old, $1.6-billion stadium was conceived and built from partial motivation to host a future Super Bowl, according to New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli, (November 28, 2013). In contrast, the former Giants Stadium was erected at a paltry cost of only $75 million in 1976. Bagli adds that many hotels are taking full advantage by doubling their rates. The other big allure of the big game, TV advertising, will be making us laugh, making us sick, making us want to defenestrate our TVs, or making us roll our eyes, at record epic costs -- because at this point, approximately one-sixth of the earth’s population (about one billion people) will be tuning in. The very fact that this will be the first-ever outdoor Super Bowl in winter, with the real possibility of deep-freeze that may be accompanied by sleet, ice or snow -- or heaven forefend the occasional blizzard -- the National Football League has sprung for what it calls Warm Welcome giveaways -- 80,000 commemorative seat cushions (but without built-in butt warmers), hand warmers, ear muffs, lip balm, tissues and NFL quarterbackstyled mufflers. If any locals have been lucky enough to snag a ticket, those will e-Bay quite nicely. And there’s a huge pie to be split -- according to Bagli, the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee estimates that between New York and New Jersey, the event and related activities should bring in about $550 million. Jersey-side attractions close to MetLife that are likely to benefit from swells in attendance include Medieval Times, The Aviation Hall of Fame, New Jersey Naval Museum - USS Ling, Meadowlands Racetrack, Liberty

Science Center, Meadowlands Environmental Center, Yogi Berra Museum, the IZOD Center and various movie theaters, according to insidethehuddle.nynj.com (notice which state initials are listed first). That host committee itself is an example of what makes our state great -- the friendly synergy between the Jets and Giants; it is co-chaired by owners of both teams and has served as the “go to” planning organization for everything “Super Bowl” including coordinating and hosting the all-important Media Day in Newark’s Prudential Center. The spending on the committee’s entire activities is approximately $70 million, according to spokesperson Alice McGillion, as told to reporter Ted Sherman of the Star-Ledger (NJ.com, December 2, 2013). New Jersey cities and communities nearby the stadium complex have been getting quite creative in providing celebratory activities. A challenge from the start, however, has been the focus on nearby Manhattan, ostensibly because it is the most famous city in the world -10 blocks of its famed Broadway will be morphed into “Super Bowl Boulevard.” No matter any herculean effort, we’re still the appendage -- the big stem of the big apple. But we will certainly be holding our own and likely exceed expectations, because that’s what we Jersey people do. Jersey City’s new mayor, Steven Fulop, told Hudson Reporter staff writer E. Assata Wright that his municipality is teaming up with Hudson Coun-

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city has also pledged its partnership for the Super Bowl exhibition “Gridiron Glory,” now through March 2 at the Liberty Science Center. Oh, and both teams are supposedly staying at the Westin Hotel and the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Meanwhile, eateries and pubs in the urban hub comprised of Jersey City,

Bayonne, Weehawken and Hoboken will be hosting a very special restaurant week in celebration of the Big Game, January 27 through February 2. Visit hudsonrestaurantweek.com for more info. And, on Friday, January 31 and February 1, you can get into the football spirit and enjoy food and drink on Sail gate Cruises in Weehawken (spiritofnewjersey.com). Boarding at 12:30 pm, and sailing from 1:00 to 3:00 pm ($49.90 per person), enjoy DJ entertainment, football theme, and a special tailgatestyle buffet menu. The Newark Museum will be hosting the “Largest Indoor Tailgate Party” on January 28, from 1:00 to 8:00 pm; this event will feature favorite tailgate foods, football legends and a battle of the beers. For more info, visit nynjsuperbowl.com. If you possess an NJ Transit pass (monthly, weekly, SuperPass or other), that will entitle you to discounts at participating restaurants, hotels and other food establishments as part of NJ Transit’s “Championship Dining Program.” No matter where you watch Super Bowl XLVIII, we in New Jersey can take unabashed pride that our state will be in the spotlight as the real “winners” hosting this legendary ultimate football combat. And unlike NYC, Super Bowl XLVIII is our “empire,” if only for two weeks.

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Yes, Jersey’s not only “in da house”; we are owning it for this year’s Super Bowl. If you’re partying for the big game here are three cocktail recipes sure to make your guests bust some TD celebration moves. (And no, no “manhattan” versions here!)

Super Sunday Punch Bowl of Freedom

· .5 oz Lime juice · Fentimans Tonic Water Glass: Tall Add the gin, bitters and lime juice to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and stir briefly.

Vodka Grape Sparkler (courtesy foodnetwork.com and Bobby Flay)

(courtesy of liquors. com and mixologist Mike Ryan)

6 Cinnamon sticks 25 Whole cloves 1 tsp Whole allspice berries 1 (750-mL) bottle 100-proof Bottled in bond bourbon · 1 (750-mL) bottle Laird’s Apple Brandy · 25 oz Ruby red grapefruit juice · 25 oz Honey · 10 oz Sweet tea Garnish: 1 apple, cored and sliced Glass: Punch

2 pounds fresh red seedless grapes, plus 1 cup sliced

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Wrap the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in cheesecloth, tie into a bundle and place in a punch bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly. Fill with ice, stir and garnish with apple slices. (If assembling ahead of time, refrigerate and add the ice just before serving.)

1/2 cup clover honey 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup vodka, very cold 1 bottle rose sparkling wine, very cold Blend the whole grapes, honey and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Blend in batches, if necessary. Drain the grape mixture into a pitcher. Add the vodka and sliced grapes. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Add the rose to the mixture just before serving and serve in red wine goblets.

Pink Plymouth Gin and Tonic (courtesy of liquors.com and Brian MacGregor)

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My, how they do go on, these two. In the absurdly enjoyable revivals of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” which opened in repertory on November 24th at the Cort Theater, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart make a most persuasive case for conversation as both the liveliest and loneliest of arts. Hearing two such lions of the British stage (who also happen to be knights of the realm) swapping dialogue so dexterously, you may find yourself wishing that you could sound just like them. Granted, we average citizens of this planet are seldom if ever as epigrammatic as the blokes portrayed by Mr. McKellen and Mr. Stewart — a couple of swells, on the one hand, and a couple of bums, on the other. But listen closely and you’ll become aware of the blaring S.O.S. that weaves its way through everything they say. They are speaking, like you and me, to fill a void, to pass the hours, to assert their identities, to pretend that they’re truly connected to someone, anyone else. Making noise is what they do to keep out the silence that’s waiting to step in and devour them. Of course, they like to hear themselves talk. It’s how they make sure they’re alive.

Directed by Sean Mathias, with sturdy supporting performances by Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, these productions find the pure entertainment value in existential emptiness. I have never before heard American audiences respond to any production of Pinter or Beckett with such warm and embracing laughter. Watching these tales of aging British poets and woeful French vagabonds, the audience is truly in on the joke of how hollow even our most elaborate conversational rituals are. This is largely thanks to two stately showboats who know how to spin arcane philosophical head scratching into remarkably accessible high comedy. Only the sourest theatergoers will begrudge themselves the joy that Mr. McKellen and Mr. Stewart derive and impart from embodying this contradiction. These shows are an irresistible celebration of two actors’ love affairs with their scripts. Not that the physical side of things has been neglected. Mr. McKellen, in particular, not only talks the talk but also walks the walk in both shows, with a beautifully pained limp for “Godot,” and for “Land,” a sprightly heel-to-toe gait that gives

new life to the notion of pussyfooting. He and Mr. Stewart prove equally adroit in executing what might be called tragic pratfalls. Mr. McKellen plays Spooner, a shabby, selfstyled artiste who finds himself in the baronial digs of Hirst (Mr. Stewart), an eminent man of letters. If the play has a narrative arc, it would be that of Spooner’s trying to ingratiate himself into the employment of his newfound, wealthy friend. The tension rises when Hirst’s thuggish and possessive manservants, Foster and Briggs, show up and point out the intruder in their midst. But “Land” is basically a couple of white guys (and very British guys, that’s important) sitting around talking. And drinking — a lot. And swapping memories that may or may not be accurate, and that they may or may not have in common. This staging makes the clearest case I know for “Land” as Pinter’s appropriation and devastation of the classic drawing-room comedy. And I will forever cherish the memory of Mr. McKellen’s nimble Spooner and Mr. Stewart’s increasingly paralytic Hirst doing their best to one-up each other, in authoritatively delivered nonsense.

In this rendering, “Godot” comes across as a strikingly sentimental work, with Mr. McKellen and Mr. Stewart shifting from the barbed thrustand-parry of Pinter’s ambiguous adversaries to a tone of cozier interdependence. As the haplessly cerebral Vladimir (Mr. Stewart) and the more instinctual Estragon (Mr. McKellen), two tramps in a wasteland of eternal sameness, they are perhaps on occasion a little too adorable in their cycle of squabbles and reconciliations. Mind you, it could be argued that everything that is said and done in both “Land” and “Godot” is only diversionary, a way of both marking time and ignoring its inevitable toll. “That wasn’t such a bad little canter,” Estragon says to Vladimir, after they have engaged in several styles of conversation and confrontation, all done with vaudevillian panache. “Yes,” answers Vladimir, “but now we’ll have to find something else.” Of course, they do just that. What choice do they have, any more than we do? Fortunately, when the interpreters are Mr. McKellen and Mr. Stewart, that something else is something else again.

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Fords McLoone’s @ Favorites 3 Lafayette Rd. 732-512-5025

Freehold

A Little Bit of Cuba 2 E. Main Street 732-577-8506

Brielle

Simkos Grille 403 Higgins Ave. 732-528-9989

Colts Neck

The Chubby Pickle 23 Bay Ave. 732-872-7000 Claddagh Irish Pub 297 Bay Ave. 732-291-0099 Havana 300 Shore Drive 732-708-0000

Basile’s 536 Park Ave. 732-866-4085

River Rock 1600 Rt. 70 732-840-1110 Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza 515 Rt. 70 732-262-5180

Chilango 272 Bay Ave. 732-708-0505

Lusty Lobster 88 Bay Ave. 732-291-1548

The Cabin 984 Rt. 33 732-462-3090 Café Calore 3333 US Hwy 9N 732-462-2233 Court Jester 16 E. Main Street 732-462-1040

Off the Hook 1 Navesink Ave. 732-872-2006 Twin Light Taphouse 128 Bay Ave. 732-872-1345 Windansea 56 Shrewsbury Ave. 732-872-2266

Colts Neck Inn 6 Rt. 537 732-462-0383

Market Yard Grille 18 E. Main Street 732-431-3220

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club 1200 Ocean Ave. 732-744-1400

East Brunswick

Metropolitan Café 8 E. Main Street 732-780-9400

Tavern on the Lake 101 Main Street 609-426-9345

Park 33 618 Park Ave. 732-761-1300

Holmdel

Avon

Gusto Grill 1050 Rt. 18 N 732-651-2737

Clementine’s Café 306 Main Street 732-988-7979

Brunswick Grove 327 Milltown Rd. 732-254-0495

Belmar

Tilted Kilt Rt. 18 South 732-992-8532

Brandl 703 Belmar Plaza 732-280-7501 Klein’s 708 River Road 732-681-1177

Matisse 1301 Ocean Ave. 732-681-7680

Vivas 801 Belmar Plaza 732-681-1213

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Citricos 812 Main Street 732-988-6565

Bay Ave. Trattoria 122 Bay Ave. 732-872-9800

Farmingdale

Woody’s Roadhouse Tavern 105 Academy Street 732-938-6404

The Harrison 808 Fifth Ave. 732-774-2200

For Your

For Your

Stella Marina 800 Ocean Avenue 732-775-7776

Bradley Beach

San Marzano 31 E. Main Street 732-845-5400

East Windsor

Solo Trattoria 7 South Street 732-780-2337

Eatontown

Lakeside Manor 410 Hwy 36 S 732-739-2700

Brewster’s Pub 529 Rt. 130 N 609-448-2258

Bogart’s 613 Hope Road 732-542-1836

Fair Haven

La Fandy 609 River Road 732-530-3338

Hightstown

Villa Soma 37 West Main Street 732-946-8857

Howell

Hazlet

Highlands

Bahr’s Landing 2 Bay Ave. 732-872-1245

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McDonagh’s 2 West Front Street 732-264-0999

Little Silver Sickles Harrison Ave. (off Rumson Rd) 732-741-9563

Village Bistro 151 Markham Place 732-450-0444

Long Branch

Draft House 100 Brighton Ave. 732-272-1598 Dino’s 444 Ocean Blvd. N 732-923-0033 Jack’s 149 Brighton Ave. 732-870-8800 Pearl of the Sea 46 S. Broadway 732-263-1050 McLoone’s Pier House 1 Ocean Ave. 732-923-1006 The Mix 71 Brighton Ave. 732-923-9100

Ivy League Rt. 9 N & E. 3rd Street 732-370-2206

Wine Loft 32 Laird Street 732-222-7770

Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi 21 S. Hope Chapel Road 732-367-3333 Solo Bella 426 Chandler Road 732-961-0951

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Keyport

Burlew’s Seafood & Steak 59 West Front Street 732-497-0500

Chapter House 1454 Rt. 9 S 732-462-0056

Jackson

Park East 3352 Hwy 35 S 732-739-2002

Surf Taco 21 S. Hope Chapel Road 732-364-8226

Manalapan Mezza Luna 357 Rt. 9 S 732-536-0207

Spargos Grille 130 Rt. 33 732-294-9992

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The Sycamore Grille @ Knob Hill 1 Shinnecock Drive 732-792-9909

Neelam 1178 Rt. 35 @ Village Mall 732-671-8900

Marlboro

Millstone

Brioso’s 184-Rt. 9 N 732-617-1700

Luchento’s 520 Rt. 33 W 732-446-8500

Nonna’s 190 Rt. 9 N 732-536-9050

Monroe

Rosalita’s 180 Rt. 9 North Marlboro, NJ 732-617-0099 Sam Vera 476 Rt. 520 732-834-9889 Fireside Bar & Grille 133 Rt. 79 732-780-7900

Matawan

Bart’s 74 Main St. 732-566-0267 MJ’s Buttonwood Manor 845 Hwy 34 732-566-6220 Café 34 Hwy 34 732-583-9700 La Riviera 113 Main Street 732-566-8400 Mediterranean Chateau 27 Freneau Ave (Rt. 79) 732-758-0800

Middletown Baja Fresh 500 Rt. 35 S 732-758-0058

Heavenly Ham Hwy 35 & S Union Sq. Mall 732-842-1115 MJ’s 1005 Rt. 35 N 732-796-1400

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Ryan’s Pub & Sports Bar 299 SpotswoodEnglishtown Rd (732) 251-1709

Neptune

Frankie’s 414Rt. 35 S 732-892-6000 Martell’s 308-310 Boardwalk 732-892-0131

Red Bank

Basil T’s 183 Riverside Ave. 732-842-5990 Buona Sera 50 Maple Street 732-530-5858

Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn 132 East River Road 732-530-2882

St. Stephen’s Green 2031 Rt. 71 S 732-449-2636

Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave. 732-933-9272

Applebee’s 14 Park Road 732-935-1158

Sea Bright

McLoone’s Riverside 816 Ocean Ave. 732-842-2894

Sea Girt

Union Beach Cervino’s 300 Union Ave. 732-888-0737

Seaside Park

Piero’s 1411 Rt. 36 732-264-5222

Kelly’s Tavern 43 Rt. 35 S 732-775-9517

Dublin House 30 Monmouth Street 732-747-6699

MJ’s 3205 Rt. 66 732-918-9700

La Pastaria 6 Linden Place 732-224-8699

Pete & Elda’s 96 Woodland Ave. 732-774-6010

Melting Pot 2 Bridge Ave. 732-219-0090

CJ McLoone’s 560 Shrewsbury Ave. 732-758-0800

Old Bridge

New Corner 22 E. Front Street 732-530-1007

Fuji Rt. 35 & Treasure Is. Plaza 732-544-8828

Savanna 10 Bridge Ave. 732-741-6333

Shadowbrook 1 Obre Place 732-747-0200

Siam Garden In the Galleria 732-224-1233

South Amboy

Big Ed’s BBQ 305 Hwy 34 Na 732-583-2626 Café Luna 3679 Rt. 9 N 732-965-5490 Pine Tavern Rt. 34 & Cottrell Rd. 732-727-5060 Salsarita’s 3843 Rt. 9 N 732-591-0333

Pt. Pleasant 709 709 Arnold Ave. 732-295-0709

Sogno 69 Broad Street 732-747-6969 Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza 2 Bridge St. 732-212-1700 Zebu 20 Broad Street 732-936-9330

Rumson

Barnacle Bill’s 1 First Street 732-747-8396

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Toms River

Mulligan’s 1850 Hooper Ave. 732-255-3900

The Downtown Street 10 W. Front 732-741-2882

Benvenuti 3857 Hwy 516 732-607-1115

MJ’s 1213 Sycamore Ave. 732-542-3131

Woody’s Grille 1 E. Church Street 732-976-1300

Don Chuchos 1647 Rt. 35 N 732-531-7555

A Tavola Rt. 9 S @ Deep Run Shopping Ctr. 732-607-1120

Tinton Falls

Rod’s 597 Washington Blvd. 732-449-2020 Bum Rogers 2207 SW Central Ave. 732-830-2770

Shrewsbury

Shogun Legacy 1536 North Bay Ave. 732-286-9888

Union Beach

JakeaBob’s 910 Union Ave. Union Beach, NJ 732-264-3730

Wall

Applebee’s 2007 Hwy 35 732-280-3676

Blue Moon 114 S. Broadway 732-525-0014

Four Winds 1310 Jefferson Ave. 732-223-9579

Landmark Tavern & Cafe 117 N. Broadway 732-721-6812

Big Shots Sport Bar 780 Rt. 1 North 732-750-5050

South River Ria Mar 25 Whitehead Ave. 732-257-1100

Chris Michaels 40 Oakwood Ave. 732-634-5355

Spring Lake

Black Trumpet 7 Atlantic Ave. 732-449-4700 The Mill 101 Old Mill Road 732-449-1800

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Woodbridge

Rugs & Riffy’s 493 Rahway Ave. Woodbridge, NJ 07095 732-636-3747 The Shannon Rose 855 St Georges Ave. 732-636-6100

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Wednesday, Jan. 15 Colts Neck Inn – Matt O’Ree Band MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke MJ’s / Middletown – Bruce Foster MJ’s / Neptune – I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Game On Riverwatch - Tomardo Thursday, Jan. 16 Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Matt O’Ree Duo MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke MJ’s / Neptune – Chris Thomas MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Russell & Shawn Friday, Jan. 17 The Cabin – Joe Baracata Colts Neck Inn – Rock It Fish & Friends Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – NJ Party Band Duo MJ’s / Middletown – Me & Bobby D MJ’s / Neptune – Lisa & Wendy MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Seth Tieger River Rock – Mark Burg 4pm7pm; Mike Dalton Band @ 10pm Riverwatch – Nicole & Denise Ryan’s Pub – Blame It on Richie Saturday, Jan. 18 The Cabin - Moondoggie Colts Neck Inn – Bonefide Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Different Strings; Modern DJs MJ’s / Middletown – Russell & Shawn MJ’s / Neptune – Jody Joseph MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Karius Trapp River Rock – Lisa & Wendy 3pm-7pm; Club Night 10pm Riverwatch - Trax Sunday, Jan. 19 Riverwatch – Trivia Night Tuesday, Jan. 21 Fireside Grill – Trivia Night MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke Wednesday, Jan. 22 MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke MJ’s / Middletown – Matt O’Ree Duo MJ’s / Neptune – I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Game On Riverwatch - Tomardo Thursday, Jan. 23 Fireside Grill – Local Acoustic Night Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Bob Garaffa MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke MJ’s / Neptune – Brew Crew MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Clifton Brothers Friday, Jan. 24 The Cabin – Eddie Testa Band Colts Neck Inn – Gill Cruz Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Rich Genoval MJ’s / Middletown – Jeff Pilgrim MJ’s / Neptune – Alter Ego MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Paul Baccash River Rock – Johnny Moon 4pm7pm; Innocense @ 10pm Riverwatch – Lance Stark & Pete Keghlian Jan / Feb 2014

Applebee’s / Tinton Falls 14 Park Rd., Tinton Falls 732-935-1158 Ryan’s Pub – War Hammer Metropolitan Café - DJ Rugs & Riffy’s – Applebee’s / Wall Saturday, Jan. 25 MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music The Roast of Ryan Kane 2007 Rt. 35, Wall The Cabin – Phil Engel Band MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke Tuesday, Feb. 18 732-280-3676 Colts Neck Inn – Strictly 60’s MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music Fireside Grill – Trivia Night Big Ed’s B•B•Q Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night 305 Route 34, Old Bridge 732-583-2626 MJ’s / Matawan – Friday, Feb. 07 MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night Big Shots Sports Bar Andy & Joe; Modern DJs The Cabin – Twice As Good MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke 780 Rt. 1 North, Woodbridge MJ’s / Middletown – Swamp Eddy Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment Wednesday, Feb. 19 732-750-5050 Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Neptune – Lee & Sheri MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke Blue Moon 114 S. Bway, S. Amboy MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music MJ’s / Tinton Falls – MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music 732-525-0014 MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music Different Strings MJ’s / Neptune – Brass Rail MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music Riverwatch – License To Chill I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake 80 Rt. 79, Matawan 732-290-8400 MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music 3pm-7pm; Club Night @ 10pm MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Trivia Night Brickhouse River Rock – Johnny Moon 4pmRiver Rock – FunBox duo Riverwatch - Tomardo 979 Cedarbridge, Brick 7pm; Event Horizon @ 10pm Sunday, Jan. 26 Thursday, Feb. 20 732-279-3743 Riverwatch – Lisa Bouchelle Riverwatch - Trivia Night Metropolitan Café - DJ Buffalo Wild Wings / Brick Rugs & Riffy’s Tuesday, Jan. 28 MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music 2770 Hooper Ave., Brick 732-475-7645 Rugs & Riffy’s – Seven Stone Fireside Grill – Trivia Night MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke Bum Rogers Ryan’s Pub – Black Night MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music 2207 SW Central Ave., Seaside Park Saturday, Feb. 08 MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Live Music 732-830-2770 The Cabin – Undercover MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke Friday, Feb. 21 Burlew’s Seafood & Steak Metropolitan Café - DJ Wednesday, Jan. 29 The Cabin – Joe Baracata Band 59 West Front Street, Keyport 732-497-0500 MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music Colts Neck Inn – Matt O’Ree Band Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment The Cabin Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke 984 Rt. 33, Freehold MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – Karaoke MJ’s / Middletown – Seth Tieger 732-462-3090 MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – CJ McLoone’s 560 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music River Rock – Joe Faronea 3pm I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake 732-758-0800 MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music 7pm; Club Night w/DJ @ 10pm MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Game On Café Luna River Rock – Mike Dalton Duo Riverwatch – Ballyhaunis Riverwatch - Tomardo 3679 Rt. 9N, Old Bridge 3pm-7pm; Rugs & Riffy’s – Black Rose Thursday, Jan. 30 732-965-5490 Mike Dalton Band @ 10pm Sunday, Feb. 09 Metropolitan Café - DJ Claddagh Irish Pub 297 Bay Ave, Highlands Riverwatch – TBA Riverwatch - Trivia Night MJ’s / Matawan – Lakeside Lee 732-291-0099 Rugs & Riffy’s – Nine Deez Nite Tuesday, Feb. 11 MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke Colts Neck Inn Ryan’s Pub – The Butchers Fireside Grill – Trivia Night MJ’s / Neptune – Steve Reilly 6 Rt. 537 732-462-0383 Saturday, Feb. 22 MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night MJ’s / Tinton Falls – The Back Beat The Cabin – Upside MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night Friday, Jan. 31 Court Jester / Freehold E. Main St., Freehold Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke The Cabin – Brian Kirk & The Jirks 732-462-1040 MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music Wednesday, Feb. 12 Colts Neck Inn – Bad Neighbors The Downtown MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment 10 W. Front St., Red Bank 732-741-2828 Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music Dublin House MJ’s / Matawan – Seth Tieger MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – 30 Monmouth St., Red Bank MJ’s / Middletown – River Rock – Mark Burg Band I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake 732-747-6699 Melissa Chill & Rob Dye 3pm-7pm; UFC 170; Club Night MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Trivia Night Fireside Grill MJ’s / Neptune – The Neighbors Riverwatch – Gary Philips Riverwatch - Tomardo 133 Rt. 79, Marlboro 732-780-7900 MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Martin Rivas Rugs & Riffy’s – Trash Mavericks Thursday, Feb. 13 Gusto’s Grill River Rock – Fever Duo 3pm-7pm; Sunday, Feb. 23 Metropolitan Café - DJ 1050 Rt. 18N, East Brunswick FuzzPops @ 10pm Riverwatch - Trivia Night MJ’s / Matawan – Blues Night 732-651-2737 Riverwatch – Stormin Norman Groove Tuesday, Feb. 25 MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke Ivy League Rt. 9N, Howell Ryan’s Pub – Simple Bob Fireside Grill – Trivia Night MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music 732-370-2206 Saturday, Feb. 01 MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Live Music Jack’s Goal Line Friday, Feb. 14 The Cabin - Moondoggie MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night 149 Brighton Ave., Long Branch Valentine’s Day Colts Neck Inn – Golden Seal MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke 732-870-8800 The Cabin – Phil Engel Fireside Grill – UFC 169 Wednesday, Feb. 26 JakeaBob’s 910 Union Ave., Union Beach Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke 732-264-3730 Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music Landmark Tavern MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – 117 N. Broadway, South Amboy MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake 732-721-6812 MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Trivia Night La Riviera 113 Main St, Matawan MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music River Rock – The Amused Duo Riverwatch - Tomardo 732-566-8400 River Rock – The Fusspops @ 10pm 3pm-7pm; Club Night @ 10pm Thursday, Feb. 27 Maloney’s Pub Riverwatch – Trax Rugs & Riffy’s - Derailer Metropolitan Café - DJ 117 Main St., Matawan 732-583-4040 Rugs & Riffy’s - Undercover Ryan’s Pub - Annual Beach Party MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music Market Yard Grille Ryan’s Pub – Ridgemont High w/ Summer Bob MJ’s / Middletown – Karaoke 18 E. Main St., Freehold Sunday, Feb. 02 Saturday, Feb. 15 MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music 732-431-3220 SUPER BOWL XLVIII The Cabin – Eddie Testa Band MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Live Music Martell’s Tuesday, Feb. 04 Metropolitan Café - DJ Friday, Feb. 28 Boardwalk, Pt. Pleasant 732-892-0131 Fireside Grill – Trivia Night Martell’s – The Cabin – McLoones @ Favorites MJ’s / Matawan – Trivia Night Back To The Beach Party Chris Daniels & The Proof 3 Lafayette Rd., Fords MJ’s / Neptune – Trivia Night MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music Fireside Grill – Live Entertainment 732-512-5025 Metropolitan Café - DJ MJ’s / Tinton Falls - Karaoke MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music McLoone’s Pier House MJ’s / Matawan – Live Music Wednesday, Feb. 05 MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music 1 Ocean Pl., Long Branch 732-923-1006 MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music MJ’s / Matawan – Karaoke MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music Metropolitan Café MJ’s / Neptune – Live Music MJ’s / Middletown – Live Music River Rock – Jay & Rob Duo 3pm8 E. Main St., Freehold MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Live Music MJ’s / Neptune – 7pm; Club Night w/ DJ @ 10pm 732-780-9400 River Rock – Undisputed @ 10pm I Love the 80’s w/ DJ Jake Riverwatch – Phil Engel Band Mediterranean Chateau 27 Freneau Ave. (Rt. 79), Riverwatch – License To Chill MJ’s / Tinton Falls – Trivia Night Rugs & Riffy’s – Shore Sounds Matawan Rugs & Riffy’s – American Chaos Riverwatch - Tomardo Sunday, Feb. 16 732-780-9400 Ryan’s Pub – Southern Steel Thursday, Feb. 06 Riverwatch - Trivia Night MJ’s Middletown To Advertise Call 732.995.1714 • www.venues-nj.com 1005 Hwy 35N, Middletown

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732-796-1400 MJ’s Neptune 3205 Rt. 66, Neptune 732-918-9700 MJ’s Tinton Falls 1213 Sycamore Ave, Tinton Falls 732-542-3131 Molly Maguire’s 132 East River Road, Rumson 732-530-2882 Nonna’s 190 Rt. 9N, Marlboro 732-536-9050 Off the Hook 1 Navesink Ave., Highlands 732-872-2006 On the Deck 2 Simon Lake Dr., , Atlantic Highlands 732-872-1424 Park 33 618 Park Ave, Freehold 732-761-1300 Pine Tavern 154 Rt. 34N, Old Bridge 732-727-5060 PK’s Shamrock Rose 415 18th Ave., Belmar 732-681-3111 Park East 3352 Rt. 35S., Hazlet 732-739-2002 Prime 34 1212 Rt. 34S., Aberdeen 732-441-9663 River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar 1600 Rt. 70, Brick. NJ 732-840-1110 Riverwatch 799 Rt. 70, Brick 732-920-8900 Rosalita’s 180 Rt. 9 North, Marlboro 732-617-0099 Rugs & Riffy’s 493 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge 732-636-3747 Ryan’s Pub & Sports Bar 299 Spotswood-Englishtown Rd Monroe Township (732) 251-1709 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave, Rumson 732-933-9272 Shogun Legacy 1536 North Bay Ave., Toms River, NJ 732-286-9888 St. Stephen’s Green 2031 Rt. 71, Spring Lake 732-449-2636 Sunsets 302 S. Concourse Ave., Neptune 732-775-9911 Surf Taco / Jackson 21 S. Hope Chapel, Jackson 732-364-8226 Tavern on the Lake 101 Main St., Hightstown 609-426-9345 The Shannon Rose / Woodbridge 855 St. George’s Ave. , Woodbridge 732-636-6100 The Sycamore Grille 1 Shinnecock, Manalapan 732-792-7722 Tilted Kilt Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick 732-992-8532 Tim McLoone’s Supper Club 1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury 732-744-1400 Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza/Brick 515 Rt. 70, Brick 732-262-5180 Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza/Red Bank 2 Bridge St., Red Bank 732-212-1700 1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury 732-744-1400 Twin Light Taphouse 128 Bay Ave., Highlands 732-872-1345 Windansea 56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands 732-872-2266 Wine Loft 32 Laird St., Long Branch 732-222-7770

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CONCERTS &

THEATER Wednesday, Jan. 22 Jay Z

Friday, Feb. 14 Marc Anthony

Friday, Jan. 24 Nick Hexum Quintet

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 14 & 15 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam

Prudential Center Newark, NJ

Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ

Izod Center East Rutherford, NJ

Thursday, Jan. 30 Bradford Marsalis

Count BasieTheatre Red Bank, NJ

Monday, Feb. 17 Harlem Globetrotters Izod Center East Rutherford, NJ

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 07 & 08 Memphis, The Musical

Thursday, Feb. 20 Foreigner

Saturday, Feb. 08 A Valentine Doo Wop

Saturday, Feb. 22 Josh Turner

State Theater New Brunswick, NJ

Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

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State Theater New Brunswick, NJ

Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

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Saturday, Jan. 18

Friday, Feb. 14

Tropicana Sinbad

Caesar’s Venessa Williams

Saturday, Feb. 15

Boardwalk Hall Luke Bryan, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell

Friday, Jan. 24

Harrah’s Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

Saturday, Feb. 22 Borgata Ralphie May

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 24 & 25 Boardwalk Hall Indoor Auto Racing

Saturday, Feb. 22 Tropicana Carlos Mencia

Saturday, Jan. 25

Caesar’s Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

Friday, Feb. 28 Harrah’s Michael Bolton

Saturday, Jan. 25 Borgata John Pinette

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A relaxing cross between Margaritaville and Tommy Bahama

Happy Hour

Sunday Brunch

LUNCH - Mon. - Sat. 11:30am - 3:00pm — 10:30am – 2:00pm Includes-choice of: BRUNCH Sun. 10:30am - 2:00pm 3 Cold Salads • Soup • DINNER (Summer Hours): Scrambled Eggs • Bacon • Sausage Toast • 4 -Chafing Dishes Hot Entrees French KITCHEN: Sun. Thurs. closes at of 10pm; Fri & Sat 11pm 2 Carving Stations • Pasta Station • Omelet • Dessert Station BAR: Sun. - Thurs. closes at Midnight; Fri Station & Sat 1:30am Kids under 10 eat free with each adult order

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to 10 booths featuring Jewelry, SnowUpPerfume, Crab Lotions, Day Clothing, Crafts

and-other stuff! 1lb. Snow Crab Entreé $20.neatper person nd Feb. 22 th Feb. 14 Sept. 11th … Ladies Shopping Day Extravaganza

Make your Reservations Early

Up to 10 booths featuring Jewelry, Perfume, Lotions, Clothing, Crafts and other neat stuff!

Mon - SatDaily 2pm11:30am - 6pm / Sunday - 6pm All Day Beer Fourdifferent different4oz 4ozglasses glassesserved servedon onaapaddle) paddle) Beer Flights* Flights* $5.00 $5.00 (*(*Four

Featuring Featuring 1/2 1/2Priced PricedAppetizers Appetizers••16 16Draft DraftBeers Beers•$5 •$5Svedka SvedkaVodka VodkaDrinks Drinks $4 $4House HouseWine Wineby bythe theGlass Glass••$2 $2Yuengling Yuengling&&Coors CoorsLight LightPints Pints Relax Relax&&Enjoy Enjoywatching watchingour our10 10HDTV’s HDTV’s

Daily Specials

Monday - Trivia Night Tuesday - LOBSTER NIGHT; $5 BURGER NIGHT (BAR ONLY) Tuesday Lobster Night Wednesday – LADIES NIGHT: Live Music 6pm – 9pm Wednesday Live Music 6pm – 9pm Thursday––Ladies PRIMENight: RIB NIGHT Thursday – Snow Crab Night; Live Music Friday & Saturday - LIVE MUSIC 8pm 7pm - Midnight Friday & Saturday - Live Music 8pm - Midnight Sunday Brunch - 10:30am – 2:00pm $19 Sunday Brunch - 10:30am - 2:00pm $21.95 Adults/$10.95 Kids (10 & younger) Sunday - TRIVIA NIGHT; 50% off Bottles of Wine Early Bird Specials - Sunday thru Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

January/February Entertainment Football Sundays!!! Wed. 01/15 Tomardo Wed. 02/05 Tomardo Join us for FOOTBALL SUNDAYS

Fri. 01/17 Nicole & Denise Fri. 02/07 Lisa Bouchelle Sat. 01/18 Jarrett Dean Sat. 02/08 Sun. 02/09 Ballyhaunis Sun. 01/19 Trivia Night Trivia Night w/ Hot Buffet Wed. 01/22 Tomardo Wed. 02/12 Tomardo on&Select BeersFri. 02/14 Fri. 01/24 & Specials Lance Stark Shawn Mars Pete Keghlian Sat. 02/15 Phil Engel Band Giant / Jet T-Shirt Sat. 01/25 License To Chill Sun. 02/16 Trivia Night Sun. 01/26 Trivia Night Wed. 02/19 Tomardo Giveaways Wed. 01/29 Tomardo Sat. 02/22 Gary Philips Fri. 01/31 Stormin Norman Sun. 02/23 Trivia Night & Gary Philips Wed. 02/26 Tomardo Sun. 9/1 Rhyme & Reason Mon. 9/16 Trivia Night Sat. 02/01 The Amused Fri. 02/28 License To Chill Mon. 9/2 Gary Philips Tues. 9/17 Gary Cook Thursday Nights Tuesday Nights Tues. 9/3 Gary Cook Wed. 9/18 Tomardo Wed. 9/4 9/19 Lefty ar Tomardo lympics Thurs. Thurs. 9/5 Lisa Bouchelle Fri. 9/20 Nicole & Denise Fri. 9/6 in 5Undisputed Ballyhaunis Compete different events Sat. 9/21 9/7 Billy Lawlor Mon. 9/23 Trivia Night uSat. Gold Mon. 9/9 Trivia Night Tues. 9/24 Gary Cook uTues. Silver 9/10 Gary Cook Wed. Tomardo Call 9/25 for details uWed. Bronze 9/11 Tomardo Thurs. 9/26 Lisa Bouchelle or email Thurs. 9/12 Floyd Murray Fri. 9/27 High Tide Awards Fri. 9/13 License To Chill & Vintage Johnny captain.riverwatch@gmail.com Sat. 9/14 Phil Engel Band Sat. 9/28 Brue Crew Mon. 9/30 Trivia Night

Valentine’s Day Cruise up to the marina dock @ Riverwatch Menu September Entertainment Tie up & come inside for lunch/dinner or Call ahead and we’ll have your meal ready for pick up beverages available in plastic containers) See website(select for See details our complete menu on our website.

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First there was Sinatra, then Martin, then Darin … First there was Sinatra, then Martin, then Darin … Every Wednesday

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Every Wednesday 6pm – 9pm 6pm – 9pm

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Join us @ CM’s Newly Renovated Sports Bar for Super Bowl XLVIII

SUPER BOWL XLVIII

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Over 70 HDTV’s (2) 3D VIP Viewing Rooms Drink Specials & New Bar Menu Giveaways during Game

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