OUNT ME AMONG THOSE CHARMED by the Oscar-winning French
film The Red Balloon. Director Albert Lamorisse famously cast his
own kids, Pascal and Sabine, to play the young protagonists, also
named Pascal and Sabine, of this beloved 1956 short. Pascal finds
a red balloon that follows him around his Paris neighborhood. After bullies
destroy the balloon, all the balloons of
Paris flock to Pascal and carry him on
a joyride over the city.
I felt metaphorically lifted and
transported by Pascal & Sabine, the
modern-minded, retro-inspired brasserie opened by the Smith company
in December. It’s Smith’s fourth
Asbury Park restaurant, following the
industrial-chic gastropub Brickwall
EDITED BY ERIC LEVIN
REVIEWS BY PAT TANNER AND ADAM ERACE
GATHER NO MOSS: From left, Pascal
& Sabine’s Paul Holzheimer, Neil West
and Grace Crossman are among the top
chefs the Smith company moves among
its restaurants to keep them fresh.
FOOD: French brasserie
AMBIENCE: Urbanity at the Shore
SERVICE: Engaged, adept, informed
WINE LIST: Small, discerning; about
half the bottles are $50 or less; many
sold by the glass; 19 European beers
PRICES: Appetizers, $7 to $22;
entrées, $10 to $30; sides, $6 to $10;
HOURS: Dinner: Daily, 5 to 10 PM.
Lunch: Monday through Friday,
11 AM- 4 PM. Brunch: Saturday and
Sunday, 11 AM- 4 PM.
AX, D, MC, V, X
601 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park
Soar at the Shore
Asbury Park’s hippest restaurant creators
take you on an enchanting culinary ride.