B2 Bistro & Bar - Blackened Rib-eye
Even with all of the places I've visited and reviewed, there will always be a place that I call my home away from home. Conveniently, this "home" is within a stone's throw away from my living coordinates. B2 Bistro & Bar is quickly approaching its second year of existence within Red Bank and I'm happy to have witnessed and be a part of that history. A fantastic bar with an ever evolving list of beer taps, B2 has been a mainstay on my radar because of its friendly staff, deep beer catalogue, and its ridiculous food.
Although this is within the Quick Bites section, it may as well also be a Quick Drinks section. Something a little different this time - Mike Molina whipped us up two drinks. Wanting to leave room for the big meal to come ahead, I decided to forego the plentiful yet wonderful carbs from beer. In lieu of that, drinks were had and enjoyed. A bourbon drink with orange zest and wedge in it, yes please! Don't be afraid to ask for a suggestion, but be kind and at least give the bartenders a baseline to go from, but they do get wildly creative - much appreciated too!
Because the menu is constantly being updated to match the season, I find myself trying new things at B2. I actually went back into my archives to see when my actual review for it came out... nearly a year ago: B2 Bistro & Bar. Time flies when you are galavanting all over the East Coast! Order some food and B2's house made bread will come ahead. Served with a side of pickled vegetables, the bread comes with the butter already baked into the middle. It's a great way to get your appetite going. My personal suggestion: Save some for the main meal.
So what was this mystical main course that prompted a weekend visit in the first place? The answer: The blackened ribeye. If there is one thing that B2 Bistro & Bar has never failed to deliver is a wonderful main course where the protein is a huge cut of meat. Yes, the blackened ribeye is worth $38, but it definitely is big enough to feed two people and the cut is absolutely worth it. It does come with some red wine onions and a roasted garlic along with three "dips", but the main star of this course is the ribeye.
It's seasoned exceptionally well and even though I usually love a cut of meat like this with slight seasoning, you can't ignore the three dips that it comes with. They further enhance the flavor and make this dish is a knockout. Chimichurri, bacon salt (I believe), and chorizo (I'm almost sure?) are the three that you can choose to further enhance your culinary experience. Try it alone first and then compare. Then have ask Mike or Michelle or Marissa for any of their signature drinks to complete the eating experience at B2.
If you're going for beer, the tap list is quite often updated on their website. If you're going for drinks, you won't be disappointed. If you're going for food, from the burger all the way up to the ribeye, you're sure to enjoy whatever ends up being on your plate. To my home away from home, I lift my glass... Salud!