Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

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THE STORY BEHIND THE PROVING GROUND…

WE TOOK A LITTLE HISTORY FROM THE AREA WHEN NAMING AND DESIGNING THE RESTAURANT AFTER THE SANDY HOOK PROVING GROUNDS. ESTABLISHED IN 1874, IT BECAME THE FIRST US ARMY PROVING GROUND TO TEST ARTILLERY AND OTHER MATERIALS. AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT – TESTING NEW MENU ITEMS AND SPECIALIZING IN THE NEWEST CRAFT BEER AND COCKTAILS. WE LIKE TO MIX IT UP WITH OUR EVENTS, MUSIC, AND EXPERIENCE TO ALWAYS KEEP THINGS FRESH AND FUN.

Specials

HAPPY HOUR

BITES $6 Quesadillas, Mozzarella Wedges, Pretzel Loaf, & Chicken Tenders
$8 Cheesesteak Springrolls & Breaded Shrimp
$10 Mussels, Peel & Eat Shrimp & Bacon Wrapped Scallops
DRINKS $3 Yuengling Draft $5 House Mixed Drinks $6 ABSOLUT Mixed Drinks $6 House Wine $6 Lillet Wine Spritzers $6 Jalapeño Mule

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 26, 2019

Ends: April 27, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:30PM

LIVE MUSIC

We have Live Music almost every night of the week! Check out our Facebook or website for more info.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 23, 2018

Ends: November 24, 2117

Availability: Daily 7:00PM-11:00PM

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Good food and ambiance. Loved the beer selection.

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My food was good, my husbands was as well. Service was slow and we had a 1/2 hr wait to pay. I will try it again but if you are in a rush don't do it.

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, nice menu options and attentive service. Very nice experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The brunch was very disappointing. I ordered the toad in the hole was pretty sad and had zero flavor.

RD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This was a second visit to the Proving Ground for dinner following an initial visit for drinks and appetizers in the afternoon. Given that we very much enjoyed our first visit during the lunch service, we looked forward to dinner, assuming that the menu would be enhanced for dinner service. Unfortunately, it really wasn't. While there were the usual crabcakes and filet options, nothing really stood out that made us want to order from that side of the menu, so we stayed with appetizers, salads and sandwiches. All were food to very good (try the pretzel with beer cheese and mustard), but I guess we went in expecting more for dinner. We had a terrific table near the window and a very energetic, pleasant and helpful server, but she could not control the kitchen on a very busy night and our second courses came out while we were barely halfway through the first. Not good. The topper to a not so good visit though, was the Octoberfest band playing in the next room over. They were so loud that we could not hear each other at our table and ended up moving outside at the end of our meal. Others were leaving the room where they were playing and requesting other tables for the same reason. All in all: beautiful location on the water, very good drinks, need more creativity on the menu and, while the place had great and fun energy, need to consider noise level. Will certainly go back; just maybe not for dinner.

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting on the waterfront. Excellent service and food.

UG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here. Definitely will eat here again. Food was good. View was great.

GL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

With all my complaints I would run out of space . The only good thing was our Server Dan. Aka Sushi guy. He was called in to do serving and he was the best , he is an asset to that restaurant. So as I have learned previously the new owner doesn’t care about customers he just wants you in and out . To bad it was sold from Windansea, so much of a better place

MV
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a local place that I have frequented since they opened, and normally I would not make a reservation, but since I had family in town I did so we would not have to wait when we got off the ferry from a day trip to NYC.
They have done a terrific job in creating an environment that not only has great food, but great entertainment. It can get loud with the music when you are outside, or loud inside if there are big parties, however, it's not a negative unless what you're after is a romantic experience in which case you might want to just go earlier when it's more quiet.
In terms of the food, I had the chicken parmigiana and it was sublime. The pasta was not just cooked perfectly but had flavor to it. I would rank this in my top three of all time for this dish, that is how good it is. The rest of the dining party loved their food as well. The peach sangria was excellent, I will have it again next time.

My negatives. The server must have been at the end of a long day because he never asked us if we wanted a drink before he asked "are you ready to order". I understand at diners where you are there just to eat that this is what's expected, but at a full service restaurant with a bar, it's supposed to be the first thing you ask when people are seated. He came over promptly to make sure we had water in the glass but didn't take that opportunity to ask us about a drink. When he returned a few minutes later he only asked if we were ready to order and then I had to ask him if we could get a drink first. The other was that the entrees came out before anyone came to the table to clear our appetizers. If the plate from my appetizer is still in front of me when you're prepared to put my dinner plate down and there's no room to move it, does it go on the floor? The server could have taken away the plates even if that wasn't his job.

I will definitely be back and I highly recommend this place. Hopefully the negatives are worked out as those can be addressed.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Disappointed with the front hostess. It was a really nice night - a Tuesday and the place was busy but not packed (back to school week) - arrived and asked about outdoor seating and was told 35 minute wait. I could see from the upstairs that there were open tables so I went back downstairs to re-request. Nope. "just sat someone there" - would not go out and check the other tables to actually SEE what was happening - just a "nope" - no effort. So we sat upstairs watching at least 4 open outdoor tables for the next 40 minutes. No effort to say "hey something opened up" - really spoiled what could have been a great experience and excellent customer service. Like they didn't care. On the positive side our waitress Desiree was great.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Our server was excellent and the food and drinks were equally good! Beautiful views of the waterfront.

GV
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the perfect perch to enjoy an early dinner on a cool, crisp Summer Saturday. We truly enjoyed our dinner from start to finish...steamers, oysters, lobster bisque (as it was a little chilly by the water), fish tacos and homemade soft pretzels with crab dip. Our waitress Tara was sweet and attentive adding to our lovely evening. We will be back for more very soon.

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The server was nice but overwhelmed. Busy. My husbands burger was missing it’s bacon. My brew burger had a stale bun - not the pretzel bun that the other 2 people at my table got.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had heard about this place through my family. Since we were celebrating a birthday we figured to try it. The service was very good; especially when it came to my meal. I ordered a chicken parmigiana, a typical meal that I order when going out. For some reason, this one was unexpectedly spicy. I had my father try some, to make sure it wasn’t just me. He also tasted something spicy and said it was most likely in the sauce. When I brought it to the waitresss’ attention she immediately went and asked the chef about it. They said that there shouldn’t be anything to make it spicy like it was. They offered to bring me a new meal if I wanted. The manager also discounted the meal since I didn’t even eat it; which was great customer service. Overall, the Proving Ground was a nice place to eat with a nice view of the sunset over Sandy Hook .

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere excellent service

CD
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was wonderful and friendly. The view was beautiful and the food was on point

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time. Pleasantly surprised. Had the stuffed flounder--really good.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love both indoor and outdoor experiences

KF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Place is beautiful, food was great. We ordered the lobster bisque, 4 of each type of oyster offered, my husband got the tuna and I got seafood risotto. We enjoyed all items. My one small, minor note that I thought was odd is that we weren’t offered ground pepper or grated cheese as I feel most places do, but like I said minor! Would return.

SL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love everything about Proving Ground. I just wish the menu offered more options for this that don’t eat seafood.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From reception downstairs to getting seated and served, the staff made you feeled welcome. Our server was the right mix and we enjoyed having her. Food exceeded our expectations. The renovation truly has made it a place you can enjoy dining or hanging around the ground level. We’ll be coming back.

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for a summer evening. Even on a Monday they had live music until 10! Could have used some table lighting but overall it was great, food and service.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food arrived 75 minutes after we ordered. The explanation: our kitchen is too small.

KF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Burgers, appetizers and service were all great. Great job on the renovations and cannot wait for football season to make this our Sunday home.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good value. Nice find.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place—very accommodating too! Only complaint is the chairs are very difficult to move —the rubber pads STICK to the floor.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch outside.... just perfect! Staff was more than accommodating.... even shading our table with three umbrellas. Gorgeous spot!

LL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service-lovely evening by the water.

BR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, nice view. Food was good as expected.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambience. Back 3 times since in a month!

D
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This is really a bar with a view. Bar food. We waited over 30 mins for a burger and seared tuna with sesame noodles. When they finally came, the kitchen got the order wrong and both dishes looked so unappealing we decided we couldn’t eat either one. They comp’d our drinks and we left. There was a large bridal shower on one side, but that’s no reason for such shoddy food and service. Uggghhh.

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view is beautiful! Our server, Christian, was very attentive. Everyone enjoyed the food, especially the pan seared crab cakes.

DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink specials at the happy hour time frame

r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood! Service was very attentive. And you just can’t beat that view!

RN
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. All the happy hour dishes were superb. The drinks were delicious and refreshing. I think we had everything on the menu. Best Lobster Mac n Cheese. I don't usually order it out at restaurants but heard it was a must try and it was amazing. Great waterfront dining.
We just were waiting for the live music but they didn't start on time and we had to go.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Service very slow. Food mediocre

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food music was very loud for 11 am
Nothing was special except the view
There was no personality or character

AE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view! Service was very good. The server kept checking on us. I went on a Sunday for breakfast. I don't eat eggs so I ordered a grilled cheese with bacon and home fries which came from the kids menu. I would go for dinner next time.

ET
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, ambiance and crowd. This is not my first time dining, having cocktails and enjoying the band here but I brought friends this time and they loved it as well.

n
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Though it seemed hectic the service was spot on. Offering more drinks and even taking an item off the menu because the diner left a lot of it in the dish! Great water views and nice menu.