Inside This Edition: Marco Polo Restaurant
in Summit, NJ; Club Abyss in Sayerville, NJ; Movie Review - ANIMAL
HOUSE; Tony's Hot Dog Truck, Newark, NJ; Drive along northern New Jersey's
Food - April, 2002
Marco Polo Restaurant & Tavern in Summit, NJ, offers a most
relaxing and casual dining experience. Marco Polo Restaurant offers fine
Italian cuisine and I do mean fine. Diners can choose to dine upstairs for
a more formal atmosphere or downstairs for slightly less formal. Both
levels have exceptional fully staffed bars and superior wait staff.
Accommodations are also exceptional for parties with plenty of space. In
my opinion the best garlic bread in Jersey is on the menu. Also quite good
before digging into your entree is a nice cold anti pasta. This dish has
been slightly changed from the traditional version and I personally prefer the
traditional complete with roasted peppers and assorted meats. If you
prefer traditional, they will make it to your taste and are delighted to do so,
a mark of excellence for any restaurant. On a recent visit I had my
favorite, veal picatta and it was delicious as always. Others in the group
also raved about the chicken murphy and lasagna. One thing you can always
count on at Marco Polo is warm friendly service and consistently good food at
reasonable prices. A member of our group remarked how comfortable the
seats were which might not sound like much but sit in an uncomfortable
one. You won't find an uncomfortable seat at MARCO POLO as they have paid
great attention to detail to create a consistently great Jersey dining
Marco Polo Restaurant & Tavern - 527
Morris Avenue, Summit, New Jersey
Treasure - April, 2002
Tony's Hot Dogs in Newark, NJ, stands tall as it serves
the best push cart style hot dogs in all of New Jersey. There is an old
saying in Newark that you can take the kid out of Newark but you can't take the
Newark out of the kid. Many former Newark residents can't even stay out of
Newark with a place like Tony's parked on the edge of one of Jerseys most
beautiful parks. At the Park avenue entrance to Branch Brook Park, loyal
customers stand in often long lines to get their fill. Tony is truly
famous in these parts and it is quite common for folks to go out of their way to
have a couple of dogs from Tony's. The hot onions are the best I've ever
tasted and the dogs are always hot and fresh. No dirty water dogs at
Tony's as he takes pride in what he makes for his customers. A perfect
lunchtime getaway for city workers is Tony's especially in the summer. Tony
is second to none for push cart style hot dogs. You can never eat just one
at Tony's and for that matter anytime you want a great dog you will look for an
excuse to go out of your way to get one at Tony's.
Tony's Hot Dog Truck - Park Avenue
at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey
Review - April, 2002
Video Rental Pick:
ANIMAL HOUSE - rated R
Don't expect any major enlightenment from
ANIMAL HOUSE other than the futile attempt of the socially misfit to prolong
their adolescence. You can expect to laugh like crazy at this one no
matter how many times you see it. No other movie of this type has ever
captured so well the diverging reasons some go to college. Even the
literature professor isn't above the ridicule as he pays his bills while writing
his novel which he admits is a piece of crap. Freshman priorities are
misplaced for the incoming as they pledge allegiance to the frat, namely Delta
Tau Chi instead of their studies. Pre-med or Pre-law, it makes no
difference as these clowns struggle to stay in school and out of jail.
When life throws these guys a curve they just party harder. When things get
really hot for the Delta boys they take the party on-the-road in search of
good times and hot chicks. Their collective problems haven't gone away
when they return to face expulsion from college but they take it all in stride
and go down in true Delta style. The Homecoming parade is their final
stand and the war isn't over until they say it's over. No Delta ever
cracked open a book in ANIMAL HOUSE but they may have learned a thing or two
about life as their futures will surely choose them rather than the other way
around. ANIMAL HOUSE remains the best movie of it's kind to this day and
has never been surpassed despite numerous feeble attempts to do so. You
will always laugh when watching this one and laughing is a good thing.
Clubs and Nightlife - April, 2002
in Sayreville, on Rt. 35 North, has proven it can attract
quite an audience throughout the winter months as evidenced by the line of
people waiting to get in, and the filled to capacity parking lots.
So what is the big draw? Well,
let’s start with the sound system. Any
club that wants to rate as a top contender must have a primo sound system and
Club Abyss does not disappoint anyone. Chances
are, you will still be feeling the bass move you around well into the next day.
This place has the sound you need if you want to dance all night long.
It isn’t very often that I find myself getting totally immersed in the
music at a club, but the quality of the sound, the shear volume, and the energy
of the crowd can get me there in a hurry at Abyss.
A steady mix of top notch DJ’s, play cutting edge mixes to keep the
crowd entertained. On occasion,
Abyss has live performers. The
calendar of events can be found on their website at: www.clubabyss.com.
The lighting system with plenty of
effects also contributes to creating a serious club environment.
Get on the dance floor with some heart pounding music, throw in some neon
lights, strobe lights, and all kinds of other lighting systems, and it adds up
to creating a sense of detachment from the real world.
The crowd at Abyss is a young crowd.
Not the place to go if you are 50 something.
We’re talking mostly 20’s, some 30’s, and a few (I should say very
few) 40’s. A lot of singles head
to Abyss for a night out. Girls and
guys tend to come in small groups, increasing your chances of hooking up if
that’s what you are looking for. I
can’t imagine anyone single leaving without at least a phone number.
Unlike a lot of the shore clubs that
draw an incredible crowd between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Club Abyss has a
steady following year round. Have a great night out and let me know what you think.
Club Abyss - Rt. 35 North,
Sayerville, New Jersey
written by: James "Shoreguy"
New Jersey native & Jersey Spin contributor
Driver - April, 2002
Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City share
some of the most historic and scenic waterfront property along the Jersey
coastline. This is a Jersey Drive that is always changing as the
waterfront develops. First stop, Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
The park offers stunning views of Lower Manhattan as well as ferry service
to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty plus a beautiful marina, perfect for a
summer afternoon adventure. Venturing a little north is a newly
redeveloped Jersey City waterfront complete with new high rise residential and
corporate real estate. The revitalization continues with new building and
even a light rail New Jersey Transit line. Continuing on into Hoboken
along Washington Street there is always a good place to stop for a bite to eat
and more great views of Manhattan from their waterfront park. Climbing the
hill on past the Lincoln Tunnel further north is Weehawken, a most unique place
along the Jersey waterfront. Set on top of hundreds of feet of bedrock,
this community offers a very stunning view of Manhattan and on a clear day you
can see for miles. Looking over the railing of the steep cliff the
continued revitalization of this long neglected waterfront continues with new
marinas and commercial and residential construction. Looking over you can
also get a birds eyes view of Port Imperial which provides ferry service to
Manhattan and very quickly where this Jersey Drive ends.
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