I know, I know, it’s a bold statement, but yes, the best ever. In fact, sampling the other plates around the table, there was nothing less than perfect. Even my side of roasted potatoes included duck fat, and what isn’t good roasted in duck fat I ask you?

If you have a chance to visit Manhattan, this is your first gastronomic stop on the island. Order the porterhouse for two, you can fight over the bone!

Start the night next door at the Standard Biergarten and enjoy a selection of authentic German beers on tap.  After you put your name in for a table at the Grill, they will call your cell when the table is ready. The only thing that bothered me all night was the fact that the want-to-be authentic benches were to damn close to one another and your back rest was the chap behind you. If only once and a while a corporate bar manager would actually sit and have a beer in their own bar, us customers would not have to trade back sweat with our fellow beer drinkers.

http://www.thestandardgrill.com/

This grill is a first class venue that has a loud trendy bar and adjoining dinning area with professional service.

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Liberty Landing Marina, NJ (NYC Harbor)

Most notably, NO WAKE in this protected marina! Decent floating docks, a few big face docks for the big boys and plenty of water!

The only negative thing that makes me always want to move to Newport Marina just up the block is that it’s a real pain in the ass to get home if you are having a late night out in Manhattan. There is a ferry on site but stops running around 7:30pm and if you take the 24 hour PATH train to NJ, it’s a $8 cab ride to the marina through a not-so-great area.

61' Marlow at dusk

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