23 Mar Eat Along The Shore: Destination Waypoint 622 in Brielle
I am very excited and eagerly awaiting the latest addition to the Brielle dining and socializing scene called Waypoint 622. The name may confuse some at first but it is very appropriate and befitting. Originally known as Union Landing, the name of the port since the days of tall mast sailing vessels, Waypoint 622 refers to the port as entered as GPS coordinates. Waypoint 622 is emerging from the navigation of the 19th century and into the navigation of the 21st century. At the helm, steering the restaurant into the 21st century is Chef Dan Palsi. Chef Palsi is well known locally, having spent 15 years as executive chef at the exclusive and historic Manasquan Golf Club located about a mile upstream.
Renovations are underway, moving full speed ahead, and the restaurant will be opened this spring. The last date that I heard was the inside would open in April and the new deck would be opened in May. Waterfront construction is a lot more challenging than standard construction and some cold and inclement weather this season may have delayed that date slightly.
Once opened and in full in operation, the restaurant will feature dock and dine hosted by Hoffman’s Marina, the new owners of the property. Also featured will be a cook your catch option which invites patrons who arrive after a day of fishing, to have their freshly caught tuna, fluke or striped bass prepared to perfection. This is a feature that does not exist anywhere along the shore until the opening of Waypoint 622.
Brielle, for many who travel to the Jersey Shore, is simply a stop off for beer and ice before crossing the bridge, heading for Point Pleasant Beach and points south on Rt.35. For the savvy dining crowd, Brielle is a destination that has more excellent dining spots in a square mile than virtually anywhere else along the shore. It is well known by locals and informed visitors as the place to go for riverfront dining and cocktails. I believe that Waypoint 622 will be the next hottest destination this summer, offering all that can be expected at a riverside Jersey Shore restaurant and more. People from the golf club are sorely missing the culinary talents of Chef Palsi and I am sure they are as eager as I am to grab their first table at Waypoint 622. I am not privy to the menu being created by Chef Palsi, but I am hoping that Larry or Dan may see this post and offer further information. This restaurant should certainly bring a new and exciting dining experience to the Brielle waterfront.