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About Our Wine Dinners

Our guest speakers all have a direct hand in the wine-making process. We only invite the owner, winemaker, or general manager to speak to us, never a salesman or the regional sales manager of a wholesale company etc., etc.

Not that there aren't some great people in that end of the business. We just like to use our long-standing relationships to bring you some insight right from the source. We are honored that these folks think so much of us as to make us a premier venue for this sort of thing.

Wine is about people. Wine is about dining. Wine is food.

Wine is about a common experience.

We hope that you can join us for some of these uncommon common experiences.

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Upcoming Events

[Except where noted, prices are per person and do not include tax or service.]

Tha Stage Left Wine Dinner Club: Get 20% off all wine purchases in both restaurants for the entire next calendar year! Just come to six wine dinners in a calendar year and you're automatically a member.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Theater Menu at Stage Left (Quite the Bargain!)

  • Beginning Friday, March 13
  • Offered Every Night Until 6 PM Sharp
  • Just Show Your Tickets

It's been a while since we offered a specific pre-theater menu, so we thought it time to reintroduce one. This menu will be available to theater-goers alongside our regular menu until 6 PM. We would encourage you to check out the schedules at the George Street Playhouse and The State Theater for a whole slew of great shows heading to town.

View the menu

Call 732-828-4444. $39.00

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Morel of The Story: Ramps Are Not Alone
MorelsThe first morels of the season have arrived! My Heaven it's been a long winter, and while spring weather struggles to poke it's head out from behind Mr. Winter's frosty coat, the foods of spring have begun to arrive. Last week we introduced ramps, those lovely first delicate shoots of spring onions that signal the beginning of the season of plenty. We continue to serve them this week, both pickled and fresh with pureed leeks and some lovely local scallops.

Today the first morels of the season arrived. The finest expression of morel I ever had was at my first visit to the famed Alain Ducasse restaurant in Paris. This was more than 16 years ago, long before Ducasse came to New York, even before he relocated to the Plaza Athénée Hotel.

It was my first visit to a Michelin 3-star restaurant. Ducasse was located Le Parc – Sofitel Demeure Hôtels. It was a wondrous lunch and it cost a month's pay, but I learned so much. Some of the dishes were very complex. I expected that. What I did not expect was that some were exceedingly simple presentations of nature's complex and wonderful tasting foods. The simplest of all was a bowl of morels, roasted perfectly and served with an optional finherb cream. I was floored. It was both decadent and simple? Was it supposed to be eaten on its own or spooned over other things I asked. The waiter answered, "Oui." I got it. It was simple and it was perfect. That dish has inspired a large part of what we do and what we care about.

As of today, and as long as we can get good morels, we will serve a bowl of morels with finherb cream optional. Welcome to spring my friends.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. Price varies by menu selections.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Stage Left Butcher Shop Is Open for Memorial Day Weekend
We've Got Great Meat! 

For Memorial Day Weekend, we're making selections of the meats we use in the restaurant available for our guests to take home and grill at your family's cookout. We've spent years cultivating relationships with purveyors who meet our exacting standards. You cannot find this kind of meat in any supermarket (or even in most quality butchers). The Stage Left Burger is included.

21-28 Dry Aged Prime Angus Porterhouse (3 lb) $85 each
Dry Aged Bone-In Filet Mignon (Amazing) (1 lb) $45 each
Whole Tenderloin of Beef: Cleaned - Ready-to-Cook (~3 lb) $125 each
Berkshire Pork Porterhouse Chops (14 ounce) $12 each
Nature Veal Porterhouse Chops (approx 16 oz.) $20 each
Stage Left Burger 11oz (w/ 3-yr cheddar, roll, chipotle) $10 each
Amish Bacon $8 lb
Wild Boar Chili (Great for Chili Cheese Dogs) $19  1 qt
Pulled Pork $15 lb
Wagyu Flatiron $25  7-8 oz

*All weights are approximate; to order, call 732.828.4444 or email

To guarantee delivery, orders must be received by Thursday, May 21 at 5 PM

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selections.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

You got to FIGHT for your RIGHT to PAAAARTY! 
(with lobsters and soft shell crabs)


Okay, so I've had more than one glass of that rose; but it's created the perfect mindset to inform you of our plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. We're ringing in the summer in Stage Left on Sunday, May 24th with Lobster and Soft Shell Crabs. Weather permitting, we'll be seating in the sidewalk cafe; but whatever the weather, crustaceans will abound and the cellar is brimming with the wines of summer.

Lobsterbaby01And that's a picture of a cute lobster-baby...just because.

We'll be seating for dinner from 4-10 PM. We'll be offering a complimentary glass of Bandol rosé (the favorite summer wine of Provence), with any entree, including our Lobster Rolls, Soft Shell Crab sandwiches or even our famous Stage Left burger. Come share in a toast to summer number 2015! Make a reservation here.

Call 732-828-4444. Free

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Wines For Summer: Walk Around Wine Tasting
Saturday, May 30 - 2:30 - 5:30 PM


Spring is a time when most wineries release their new vintages. Mark and I have tasted thousands of new wines in 2015 and we would like to share some of our extraordinary finds with you. To that end, on Saturday, May 30th, we will host a walk-around wine tasting with more than 20 of our new finds. We will have everything from great summer Rose, German Riesling and White Burgundy to Italian country wines, red Bandols from near Provence, remarkable Cru Beaujolais and sparkling Moscato.

The tasting will be from 3:30 to 6 PM and the cost is $25, which will be credited toward your first case of wine, should you choose to purchase a case. Reservations are required. Please call 732-828-4444 to reserve a spot.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. $25, credited toward your first case of wine

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Dinner-Theater Package

Enjoy a night on the town with a great performance at The State Theater and a fabulous dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Park once. We’ll pick up the tickets and have them waiting for you here. Dine before or after the show and it’s all for one very reasonable price.

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Prices are per person plus tax, service and beverage. Please visit the State Theater's website for performance details.

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