Char- Red Bank, NJ
Char is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
To me, the cocktails are the highlight of the experience. Char is a fun spot for an after dinner drink, however I would recommend having dinner elsewhere. Martinis are made very well and the bartenders are attentive even when the bar is at maximum capacity.
I have been here multiple times, and they are very inconsistent. Seafood tower is beautiful to look at but always too appealing to the taste buds. It consisted of east coast and west coast oysters, lobster, and little neck clams. Oysters were not properly shucked. St. Louis ribs were served cold and were extremely fatty. This was a huge disappointment especially after being dissatisfied with the oysters. The thought of all the fat on those ribs makes me nauseas. French onion soup was very good. There was a lot of cheese on top and the flavor was very alluring.
The steak is what most people are going to come here for. Our very first experience here, we had the filet mignon. Char says they char their steaks at 1800 degrees. The filet mignon was good, but I wouldn’t say it was the best in the area. Shipwreck Point serves up a better steak for a similar price; for further north, Roots in Morristown is the same idea. Please take note that I have never been to the Char in the Bridgewater/Raritan area. This review is just for Char in Red Bank. Bottom line is that the steak was average at best for the price. What blows my mind however, was the next time we came in and ordered Kobe sliders. These were great. So you’re telling me that I can order magnificent kobe sliders for less money than the average, yet expensive steak? That is a huge problem to me. Additionally, Paul ordered a NY strip steak that was served cold. The inconsistency of this place is unbelievable. I’ve spoken to many people who have given this place many chances, and the overall conclusion is that the food is just not that good.