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Avenue Café – REVIEW (formerly Monterey [formerly Corbin & Reynolds])

So I went to Avenue Café (20 West Park Avenue ) this past Saturday night. It opened the previous weekend, but I like to wait a week before I try a new place. You need to let the dust wash off the pans. The previous-joint Monterey, which I reviewed a few times (onetwo)  was just a disaster & the Monterey-Hell’s Kitchen make-over didn’t make it any better.  While I appreciated the organic menu, it lacked identity and taste – and all with a high price.  So when I heard that Monterey closed, I wasn’t surprised.  Now we have Avenue Café.  How was it? Well, to sum it all up, it’s basically a glorified diner and I am perfectly fine with that.

When I go to a diner, I’m automatically in the mood for breakfast, no matter what time it is. So I ordered a Spanish Omelet which came with a spicy tomato sauce. It was delicious.  A little pricey, but delicious. Not greasy and they used real eggs. I’ve been to some diners that don’t (sad, but true).  The coffee, which is one of the most important aspects of a diner, was great too.  I drink my coffee black with no sugar, so I am a coffee snob; good coffee is very important to me.  My wife ordered minestrone soup and a chicken & veggie dish – all delicious.

The decor seems to be the same as the previous joint-Monterey and it should – they spent a fortune on it. It would of been a total waste of $ on a full-makeover.  Some of the colors might be different, but I can’t really tell when they’re washed out. Nothing bold, just safe and typical.  The place was crowded. We got there around 7:15pm and had to wait around 30 minutes before we were seated.

I, for one, welcome our new glorified diner to Long Beach. I will gladly pay the dollar or two more for a better meal than what is offered at other similar places. Just don’t go there expecting a fancy meal. We have enough places in Long Beach for that. This place is more affordable than Monterey and feels more fitted for our community. The sign outside says 24/7 which is freakin’ awesome. This town needs a place to go to at 3am when you are drunk and in the mood for cheezy fries and gravy. Not sure how long the 24/7 will last, but the location is perfect, the food is great and it steps up the game as far as diners go in a town already crowded with diners.

  • FOOD: Great
  • DECOR: A diner in Monterey-clothing
  • SERVICE: Typical Diner service: Old men wearing black pants, white shirts and black ties. Diner-professional.
  • PRICE: A few bucks more than your normal diner, but I think it’s worth it.


Side note: The owners of Avenue Cafe are actually the same people that owned Ocean Park Diner– which I am hearing will be converted into a bakery / ice cream shop. Not sure when and if that will happen. Can somebody place confirm that for me?




Monterey Restuarant Review (Take 2)

20 West Park Ave.
Long Beach, NY 11561


I first reviewed Monterey right after they opened and my first impressions were less than spectacular. Basically, it had great decor with mediocre food.  So, how did it go a second time around, seven months later with their new Hell’s Kitchen chef Heather West? Well, let’s just say that I would rather eat in a shittier-looking place with better food. I seriously doubt chef West has anything to do with the place, or Chef Gordan Ramsay would be pissed.  I really don’t even want to get into what I ate and and was wrong with it. If you need to really know, please read my first review and follow up. Both still apply today. Bottom line: If you want good food, there are cheaper places in Long Beach that offer much better cuisine. I had Paninis & Bikinis last night and that place is a thousand times better at a much better value.

A new chef is in town, straight from Hell’s Kitchen

I reviewed Monterey Restuarant right after they opened. Conversation heated up on LBfoodie.com where most people agreed that the food was extremely bland. I had to do a followup review after LBfoodie readers accused 165_heather-westme of not being mean enough towards the restaurant in my review. The problem is, I feel like I’m too mean to every restaurant in town. Just look at my latest Prix Fixe review. It’s not that I hate every Long Beach restaurant. I actually happen to like a lot of them. I just want some of them to step up their game because they could and should be better.  Like Rockville Center, Long Beach needs to be a restaurant destination town. It deserves to be. It is now, but it can be better. yes, I am being redundant on purpose.

Anyways,  Monterey Restuarant stepped up by selling its soul to the devil by summoning Heather West straight from Hell’s Kitchen as their head chef. I guess she’s good. I never watched the show, but she was the winner of the second season.  Has anybody tried Monterey with their new head chef yet? If so, how is it?  Where is Chef Ramsay when you need him?