Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.4
115 reviews
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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

What 115 People Are Saying
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L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love both indoor and outdoor experiences

KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good value. Nice find.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service-lovely evening by the water.

BR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drink specials at the happy hour time frame

r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RN
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service very slow. Food mediocre

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I was a little disappointed honestly. I had made a reservation a week in advance and assumed I would have a table outside but was told when I got there that reservations were for inside only?? that does not make sense to me. We would of had to wait 50-60 minutes. The service was good and the food was ok. The atmosphere was beautiful

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was awesome as usual. Only complaint would be the noise level was really loud for dinner time. Not sure if it was because the windows were closed but we had a hard time hearing each other talk at dinner.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, good selection of food and great service.

JP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

View of water , Valet parking . Food was good

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

This is probably my favorite location for the view and beachy ambiance. Definitely 5 stars for the patio and outside bar area.

However, 3 stars for the whole dining experience. We were seated upstairs in front of the window around 6:50. Gorgeous view!

Shortly after that our waitress, Ali G. Greeted us and took our drink order. Quite a while after we placed our order. We ordered two appetizers to share--the pretzel, burrata with greens and prosciutto followed by the lobster Mac & cheese for the entree. (Two of us--perfect amount of food plus leftovers)

At 7:47 our two appetizers came out. That's over 50 minutes from the time we sat down. Absolutely unacceptable. No sign of a manager but Ali was very apologetic. She was an okay waitress but could've made the situation better by offering us some bread like another server did. 5 minutes later our Mac and cheese was placed on our table. We could not enjoy our apps because the entree was going to get cold.

Never saw a manager.

Ali comped a round of drinks for us which was nice but totally unacceptable for the wait time.

This establishment has been open for about a year (according to the hosts) They need to figure it out now before the hot summer nights come.

I will return but most likely will not waste my time with trying to dine. Causal drinks would be best for this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Perfect for dock and dine

TK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, and beautiful view. Outdoor seating and bar is a plus. They lose a star for cleanliness though. The bathrooms on both floors were absolutely filthy and the floor of the main restaurant was dirty in the aisles and under the tables. Would go again though. Hopefully they fix these easily fixable issues.

j
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I booked on open table and specified it was my daughters 30 th Birthday when we arrived and I asked if we can have a table with a view I was quickly told no and I was hustled into a corner table with an obstructed view so I guess no one at the restaurant reads what we put on the reservation I was disappointed by this
I’ll probably go back but definitely not for a special occasion

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did such a great job redoing the restaurant! Loved the outdoor seating. The cheesesteak egg rolls were delicious! As well as the dynamite shrimp and the mahi maki fish tacos.

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we really enjoyed the food, service and ambiance, despite the fact it was a foggy night so we could not enjoy the view of the city. We will definitely go back.

There was a band playing that night and they were loud enough to be enjoyed but not too loud to make conversing with our family over dinner comfortable.

I have the feeling that on a busy night, it could get noisier.

We are definitely glad we went and will definitely go back multiple times.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Cold food. Crazy noisy

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Lobster and Mac, lobster bisque delicious. Mussels fra diavlo proclAimed one of the best my husband has had. Great selection of local beer on tap. Wonderful ambiance and cool decor. Can’t beat the view. Will try the outdoor bar and patio next time.

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food and the location is the best. We will be back.

S
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere- beautiful views of the water. Fun, friendly and festive. Service not perfect but pleasant and accommodating. Food is tasty. Worth the trip and will return.👍🏻

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Live music is a nice touch too.

JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Beautiful view of Sandy Hook Bay. Seared Ahi tuna was excellent. Slightly rushed when entree arrived as we barely started on appetizer. Good value.

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