Monterey again

A response to my Monterey review which seems to be generating some noise from both LBfoodie.com & insidelongbeach.com


I didn’t say it was the best place in the world and I didn’t say it was the worst.
I merely said that the food was a little bland. That is coming from somebody who eats steamed veggies and brown rice all the time. If it was bland for me, it would be extremely bland for somebody who doesn’t eat healthy. I also said to give them a chance because they’re a brand new restaurant.

I never said the menu was healthy, the owner told me. Monterey had a sign on the window before they opened that said “Healthy California cuisine” or something to that effect. That is why in my review I keep bringing up the “healthy food” aspect. Maybe the food is far from being desirable to those who eat breaded fish and french fries all the time. Monterey isn’t trying to be that type of place. They are going for something different. Eat some steamed broccoli once in a while and you will know what I mean.

Here is a summary of my review:
1. Hummus – good
2. Southern Asian Fusion “BBQ spring rolls” – they were fine, but not too many appetizer choices for non-seafood eaters.
3. Fllet mignon – good meat. cooked perfectly, but bland.
4. Seabass – cooked perfectly, but too sweet. too much sugar.
5. no dessert.
6. As far as being “healthy” that is what the owner told me. So I assumed everything on the menu was supposed to be “healthy” but we know that wasn’t the case.

-Anthony

Monterey review (New Restaurant!)

Monterey
20 West Park Ave.
Long Beach, NY 11561

www.montereyny.com

Located at the former Corbin & Reynolds ‎, Monterey opened their doors last Friday. My dad always told me never go to a restaurant the day it opens; that’s when they clean the dust off the pans. So I waited a few days and ended up going last night.

My wife and I were immediately greeted by the owner/manager. He seemed like a really nice guy and asked us for feedback since they’re still trying out the menu. Fair Enough. He also said how they’re focusing on healthy food and that Long Beach is the “test market” for what will be a local franchise.

The decor was very nice; not hip or trendy. It was cute and unique to the area. You can tell they spent a boat load of money on this place. The decor reminded me of a modern version of Coastal Grill – lots of blues, whites and wood.

On with the food:

So the waiter came and said they don’t have specials yet because they’re currently promoting the new menu. I thought that was a good idea. They have a lot to deal with getting the place going. The first thing they need to do is make sure the menu works before they go with the bells and whistles.

First came bread, butter and homemade hummus which was pretty good. The hummus was made with sundried tomatoes, oil and garlic. A good bread dip. It tasted healthy – no sugar or overuse of salt.

We weren’t in the mood for salad, so we decided to split an appetizer. Now since I don’t eat seafood (what kind of Italian am I?) my appetizer choices were limited. All but two of the appetizers were seafood based. We went with the Southern Asian Fusion which is a fancy way of saying “BBQ Chicken Spring Rolls”. They were good, but they took forever to come out of the kitchen. As soon as they did I didn’t even think about taste. They were a little greasy and deep fried – not the healthiest thing in the world for a place chanting “health”. They came with a cilantro sauce which was light and seemed tasty as I shoved the rolls down my throat.

For the main course I got a the filet mignon with spinach and mushrooms. Now there are two ways you can go about this dish: It was either healthy or bland. Since Monterey is a “healthy restaurant” I am leaning towards the healthy side, but I am sure most people will go with the later. The meat was cooked very well and was top notch. The spinach and mushrooms were healthy, but a little bland.. May I suggest a little garlic? I did like how everything tasted together and all the food seemed fresh and good quality.

My wife ordered the Sea Bass with brown rice. She said the fish was cooked to perfection, but it was too sweet as if they cooked it with sugar. She felt like she was eating dessert. She also said the brown rice was a little too bland. We eat brown rice all the time so she was hoping it would have been better since she had better.

Speaking of dessert, we didn’t order any. While waiting so long for our BBQ Chicken Spring Roll appetizer we ate too much bread.

So would I go back? Sure, why not. My wife and I generally eat healthy, so it was nice to go to a local place a few blocks away from our house where every item isn’t breaded. We are going to wait awhile for the food to be adjusted and time tested. Some of our meal was bland and there are ways to make healthy food taste great; we do it all the time at home. Monterey is a new place and they spent so much time & money getting it going, so it’s only fair to give them a chance. We didn’t see the manager/owner on our way out, so maybe he will read this and take my review as feedback.

– Anthony, seabythecity.com

My restaurant Reviews:
Monterey
Nick Diangelo’s

Please read this Monterey review and other restaurant reviews at LBfoodie.com! You can also find the menu for Monterey at the LBfoodie.com as well.

Bits & Pieces

  • That new healthy California-style restaurant Monterey opened last Friday. I went there last night. Look for my review later in the day at LBfoodie.com
  • Parking Study Public meeting this June. This meeting will focus on the commercial district. See the full public notice below if you don’t feel like downloading the PDF off the official Long Beach site which can be found here.
  • The Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market kicks off its second week today between 11am to 7pm. Stop by for some cheese, bread, fruit & veggies.
  • The bayside development is being held up by the economy. I’m guessing you can say the same about the Superblock.
  • This summer we will see two new things on or near the beach: Pedi-Cabs & Umbrella/Chair Rentals (cha-ching $$$$$). Oh wait, I mean three new things; more tourists.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – Taken from the City of Long Beach site

The City of Long Beach will be holding two public meetings to discuss:

Long Beach Parking Solutions

Over the past several months, the City has been working with Level G Associates, a nationally recognized parking consulting firm, to explore solutions for Long Beach’s chronic parking problems, including parking meters. Level G’s most recent studies have focused on the central business district along Park Avenue — between Long Beach Road and Magnolia Boulevard. As part of the study process, we are inviting local citizens and business owners to share their concerns about parking in this area of Long Beach.

The meetings are open to the public and will be held in City Hall, 6th Floor on:

Tuesday, June 16th from 10AM to 12 noon
And
Tuesday, June 23rd from 7 PM to 9 PM

The two meetings will be identical in format but are being held at separate times of the day as a convenience to our residents and business owners. Meetings will commence with a brief presentation outlining the study results and will be followed by questions, answers, and public comment.

Beach Passes

Beach Passes go on sale today at the Beach Park Office, Veterans Park behind the Long Beach Arena. I’m not sure if they’re the same rate as last year, but I’ll post the prices as soon as I get them.(photo by me)

Pedi-Cab info

The City Council Agenda for May 5th, 2009 contains the wording for pedi-cabs. You can download the full agenda here. All of this is public info. I’m still not sure if pedi-cabs will work in Long Beach, but if it takes more cars off the road then how can I be against it? The one year trial was a good idea. Now we have to just wait and see…

Also for all you pedi-cab fans, Rickshawforum.com has lots and lots of info on pedi-cabs. You gotta love the internet….

City of Long Beach, NY – City Council Agenda
May 5, 2009 Item No. 7
Resolution No.

The following Resolution was moved by
and seconded by :

Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a
Trial Contract for Pedi-Cab Taxi Services.

WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach is interested in providing pedi-cab taxi
services within the City of Long Beach as an environmentally friendly, inexpensive and
convenient alternative for the residents and patrons of our City to get to their destinations safely;
and

WHEREAS, Beachside Pedicabs, Inc., Long Beach, New York has proposed this
service for one year on a trial basis limited to six pedi-cabs; and

WHEREAS, each pedi-cab will be issued a permit to operate within the City
subject to a licensing fee as set forth in the contract;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it

RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the
City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to enter into a one year trial contract with
Beachside Pedicabs, Long Beach, New York for pedi-cab taxi services within the City of Long
Beach; and

RESOLVED, that said agreement shall contain such other terms and conditions as
the City Manager and the Corporation Counsel shall deem necessary and proper.

Fresh Food!

The Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market: open 11am to 7pm. With the way the weather has been, good thing it wasn’t rained out! I got there at 6:55pm. Most of the vendors were packing up, but I was still able to make a quick purchase. I’m going to try to get there earlier next time.

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