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Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.5
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187 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

Patio Open with Covid-19 Restrictions

Starting Jun 23, 2020·Daily 10:00-22:00

Kindly note, there will be a 90 minute time limit for your reservation. Please help us keep our guests and staff safe by calling to cancel your reservation if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. Thank you all!

What 187 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StacyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When we arrived at the restaurant, employees were wearing masks and gloves, which was reassuring. Our table had a sign that it had just been sanitized, and we were spaced at least six feet from other patrons. Both the food and drinks at Proving Ground were excellent. I highly recommend the mussels with curry and white peach sangria. Excellent experience and beautiful views. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, good drinks

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vipMamacitax3
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Drinks and food were good...loved sitting out on the deck...live music, nice breeze, good service.

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MichaelC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Definitely recommend a visit. View on the patio was amazing. Our food was delicious. Had multiple apps and 4 meals between us.. Everyone was impressed with their food.. we will definitely be back!

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vipMichaelG
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary. Loved it!

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JFal
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, great food, excellent service. Make reservations in advance now with only outdoor seating.

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janec
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad to be back at PG
Matt our server was the best

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vipSusanW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. We will be back.

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Mom2twoboys
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor dining. The lobster roll was fantastic. The draft rum punch was good. We’ll be back

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MelissaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff was great with Covid rules, I felt good sitting outside and everything was handled well.

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vipLisaA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Good place to go for a casual lunch with a cute tiki bar, but packed with the shore crowd. Food is better than most dockside places, as is the view.

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SlinkyJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

It was wonderful to get out and enjoy waterfront dining again! We had a great table near the water, with plenty of distancing from the other tables. Food was good but the tacos were seriously overpriced: $21 for three small vegetable tacos. There should at least be a lower price for the veggie tacos vs. the meat versions. The blueberry margaritas were delicious! Our waiter was fine, but would disappear for long periods of time (understandable in the early days of reopening), and 90% of the time his mask was down below his nose (totally unacceptable). Advice for the management, enforce proper mask-wearing among your staff or we will not be returning or recommending this place to anyone else. Otherwise, a nice lunch by the water!

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SandraH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

I had a reservation for 2 at noon. It was my partners birthday and I left a message saying I wanted a table with a great view. There were plenty of tables since it was still early. Instead we got sat in the middle by the entrance with no view. They couldn’t accommodate a shaded table for us with a more clear view. Horrible.

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vipAnneH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful waterfront restaurant with tasty food. A summer ritual to visit and dine. Restaurant has dock and dine also. Fun to watch all the million dollar plus boats going up & down the waterway.

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SharisaL
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing! Everything was perfect especially the food!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Staff and service was awesome and respectful. All Covid-19 rules were obeyed and enforced. Party on.

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WilliamH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambiance. Even though I live just about 20 min from there, it felt like I was at a restaurant on vacation. I'll be back.

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Epinut
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice greeting and escorted us promptly to our reserved table out by the water. Our server was Joy and really sweet and efficient. We were on our one day honeymoon as with Covid we couldn't go away so opted for one day off. They seemed to be practicing all pandemic requirements and we felt quite safe. The sangria is fantastic. We had the burrata served with roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and proscuitto. Only complaint was there was only just one very small piece of burrata and only 4 pieces of crustini. The poke bowl was very fresh served with chunks of avocado but had no dressing on it so it was a little drab. I think it might have been a kitchen mistake. The scallops were fantastic! Very fresh and cooked to perfection. Good food, fun place.

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vipKath
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

One of our favorite places to be. Great food, service and fantastic view.
Highly recommend going.

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MicheleG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accommodating and sat us in the shade. Beet salad was delish, but would have been better if the pecans weren't pulverized so you couldn't taste them. Plain margarita fair.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience3

My waitress and food were GREAT! What was not good was making a reservation 2 weeks ago and then having it rain(which WAS NOT their fault) but having 6 empty tables with umbrellas and a hostess who refused to sit us as a table with an umbrella. She left us standing in pouring rain to check and came back and said we could sit in the picnic table area. We sat there but for the hour we ate those 6 tables covered with umbrellas were never sat at. Four of those tables were four tops - same as our party. I had a reservation and it was pouring rain when we were sat. Its the first time my family was out for dinner since the shut down & THIS was NOT the experience I hoped for. VERY disappointed - not sure I will be back 😔

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BobR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always loved Proving Ground, so I have no complaints. Thx. Pat

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maryellen123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great time! Food was delicious and we will be back!

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PMFinaldi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night out with my dear friends. We appreciated the docside seat. The fire feature was a fun surprise.
All food was great the tuna poke bowl was delicious however the portion was small.

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Jaybird
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

beautiful view of the original proving ground and Manhattan! Great service and excellent food!

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jerseygirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Friendly, staff with care given to the current social distancing issues. Server Kyle was terrific and took very good care of us. Crab cocktail was fresh and flavorful, tuna poke bowl also yummy. Favorite part of the meal was the very refreshing and tasty Caribbean Mule. Thank you Kyle for taking such good care of us!

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SandraJ
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

PG is beautiful, lovely sitting right on the water. Beautiful day, great service. Food is tasty but nothing out of the ordinary on the menu.

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VickiC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal on the patio .

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EdwardN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time there and it was a very nice place and atmosphere was pleasant

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CarrieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I have been to the Proving Ground in the past. The location is the BEST and the indoor and outdoor seating is fantastic with the view of Sandy Hook. Although I believe, with the Coronavirus outbreak, they feel that they are doing their best for non spreading of the virus, I was uncomfortable with some things that I saw. First of all, because of the virus, the volume of people was not there. The restaurant was less than 1/4 full, but Valet insisted on parking my car, or I was told I could have found somewhere to park on the street. Against my better judgement, I let them park my car, but did not see them wiping down my steering wheel, etc. The attendant did tell me he washed his hands. Not enough. Inside I noticed that when bussing the tables, the tables were wiped down with disinfectant, but not the chairs. Also when ordering coffee, the sugar container holding the sugar packets was placed on table instead of just the number of packets needed for the coffee. These seem like small things, but in the grand scheme of things, I believe that anything that can be done to contain the spreading of germs should be. I also believe that I DID NOT DO MY PART by mentioning these things to management. Hopefully they will see these comments and take them to heart.

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joanie
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The crab cakes were terrific. Service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive, but no at all pushy.

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EliseD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We loved the view. Food was excellent, especially the lobster, crab Mac and cheese.

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LisaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easy to get a table, food was excellent! I had the scallop special and it was on point. A really nice place to have a nice meal! Highly recommend

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BarbaraO
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a night out with friends or family . Service was top notch , food was excellent and the music the icing on the cake

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DarrelG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Winter here is likely a bit different then summer, so this review could be amended when we return, and we will. Good menu for all tastes, not super fancy, I ate with my 12 and 8yr old. Filet was good, not great, seafood risotto about the same. It's a solid spot for a family meal, maybe to meet some friends when you dont want to get too fancy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful view, fun atmosphere.

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KathyZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will be back.

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Pete
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good experience, wasn’t busy at the time. Service was good, one dinner was over cooked but was remade. Overall very enjoyable experience love the atmosphere.

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vipDiningduo
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We were hoping for a nice date night restaurant. This was a good restaurant but it was very noisy and ambience not conducive for romantic date night. Service was super rushed so we literally got entrees halfway through our appetizers. Desert was the same - super rushed. All told our entire meal was served within an hour which isn’t great when you want to lounge and enjoy your company. Better for family dining or friends get together

FAQs

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 872-2266.

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining is rated 4.5 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.