I’m always looking for great places to eat, and Waypoint 622 in Brielle is definitely going to be a new hot spot. First impression of the restaurant, before we even got to eat, was how amazing of a location they have. It’s located in Brielle overlooking the Manasquan River. It’s such a gorgeous view and you can watch the boats go by while you eat.
The outdoor space has plenty of seating, including a large bar that gets busy when the weather is warmer. There is plenty of seating around the bar and near it, and is a great place to grab drink. Currently (in November) it’s tented off, but when it’s not chilly you can look out onto the water.
Inside, the restaurant has wine on display. This photo is from a room that can be used for private parties.
The restaurant also has a handcrafted bar made from red wood and mahogany. The detail in the bar was beautiful, and even had some local NJ beers on tap.
While we were there we got to meet Executive Chef Daniel Palsi who created Waypoint 622’s eclectic menu. One of the things he told us about was a special they do called the “Catch and Cook” (offered everyday), where he will prepare fish that you personally caught! The table next to us did that, and the food that was brought out to them looked and smelled amazing. It’s definitely something to look into.
One of the things I loved about the restaurant is that everything is made fresh and made to order (farm to table). Nothing is frozen and heated up when you get there. You really can’t beat that kind of quality in a restaurant. The menu is very “land and sea” so we got a try a lot of different things from both sides of that, including their Tuna Tartare prepared with cilantro, greens, crostini and a lime vinaigrette.
Also starting us off was their Beef Carpaccio made with a grain mustard sauce and a basil oil drizzle.
Next came an IPA bacon…yes…I know. It’s made with a seasonal IPA beer and a honey glaze. Simply delicious! This is also a good time to add that the presentation of the food is incredible. Each plate looks like a work of art.
Their crab cake, which is their most popular appetizer, is a “pure” crab cake made with a grain mustard sauce and fresh mango pico di gallo. You can even eat that flower.
Next we moved on to an arugula salad – made with goat cheese, beets, pickled red onion, tomatoes, brandied pecans tossed in an aged sherry vinaigrette. Delicious!
We had two entrees, the Pork Cutlet Milanese with an arugula salad and a Rainbow Trout with Seasonal Veggies and Potatoes:
The Pork Milanese can be found on their menu, but the Rainbow Trout was a special that day. The chef is always creating new things, but I’m sure you can ask for it though.
Last but not least, we got dessert! Their dessert is also made to order and served hot. We got an homemade apple crisp and a homemade chocolate chip bread pudding served with ice cream.
If we weren’t full before, we definitely were when we left.
The restaurant also offers a private dining experience with Chef Dan Palsi called the “Chef’s Table”. Available for 6 to 8 people, you will be introduced to skills for preparing a unique meal in the kitchen of Waypoint 622. It’s a unique experience with five courses which start at $75 per person. Email email@example.com if you’re interested.
Overall, this is a great restaurant that has something for every one. They also have a gluten free, vegetarian and kids menus. They are open year round so definitely stop by any time!
Address: 622 Green Ave, Brielle, NJ
Phone: (732) 528-6665
For a menu and additional information visit their Website