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Dining with Draz: Char-Kol

This month, we celebrate the magical return of spring with a little magic of our own, found at Char-Kol. This wow-er of a restaurant opened seven months ago and transformed the corner of South Street in Freehold to one of those chic spots you find in Los Angeles, New York and Atlantic City. I can

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Dining with Draz: Prima Pizza

Every neighborhood has one of those places – a homey little spot that turns out delicious and dependable food, the kind of place you visit pretty often, especially when you don’t feel like cooking or maybe a quick pop-in for lunch. Jeans and sweatshirts are just fine, and the food is always good. Are you

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Dining with Draz: Café Luna

This month, we headed up to Old Bridge to Café Luna. It has a big, illuminated sign that’s hard to miss from the highway. The interior is modern and minimalistic, chic and sophisticated with icy whites, silver and brown accents. It has a New York feel and attitude; in fact, the restaurant’s first location opened

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Dining with Draz: The Polo Club

They say good things come to those who wait, and The Polo Club has proven that saying is true. One look at the Polo Club’s rich interior, and it was love at first sight. It’s remarkably large on the inside, with brick walls and wood panels, big tables with gorgeous furniture, oversized fireplaces, cozy dining

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Dining with Draz: Al Ponte

A month or so ago, I started getting text messages from Al Ponte. First, I thought it must have been from a guy I went to school with. Then, I learned it was a brand-new Italian Restaurant and that Al Ponte translates to “at the bridge,” and that’s just where they are. Al Ponte is

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Dining with Draz: Il Colosseo

We love your recommendations. While it’s true that some work out better than others, this one was a winner. Thank you to reader Ellen for suggesting Il Colosseo in the Union Square Mall in Red Bank. This little gem is about a year old and is developing a loyal following. The neatly casual décor is

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