Recently had multi-course, multi-hour lunch at Half Moon with a friend who lives in the Provence Region of France. We both agreed that the salad, the foie gras, the lamb and desert were the best lunch we have ever had. Let me repeat - ever, thanks to Bass the Executive Chef and Mike. The salad had carmalized goat cheese with hint of honey white balsamic dressing surrounded by expertly shaped cucumber bowl. The foie gras (when available) was combined with a berry compote of raspberries, blue berries and was devine. Not done yet, followed by rolled lamb atop whipped potatoes, finished with a great cheesecake with carmelized sugar top. Bass grew up in Paris, has been a chef at other fine dining establishments and is a trained pastry chef. When you go, do not shy away from inventive ingredients. Yet, if you are seeking other favorites, like a hamburger, consider the California Burger Salad. Or calamari, graham cracker coated, sweet with spicy dipping sauce. Half Moon is the name of Henry Hudson's ship which discovered the river flowing by NYC and the Barnegat Bay and now its name sake restaurant has discovered some of the best food in the region. It's your mission - visit and enjoy.
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