Summer and (hopefully) warm weather are fast approaching, and after a long day in the sun, there's nothing better than finding fabulous food in the cool shade just steps from the ocean.

This week's restaurant is all about putting a French twist on big city food trends and serving it up right in our backyard.

Avenue is a French brasserie within the upscale Pier Village in Long Branch.

St. Tropez, France native Dominique Filoni and sous chef Josh Sauer are serving up the traditional French fare like escargot and foie gras, as well as fresh seafood, chicken, and steaks, and other seasonal items that will make any Francophile happy.

Be sure to check out the Beach Bar come summer, and upstairs nightclub Avenue Nuit after dinner.

This is definitely a great 'date night' spot, or somewhere to celebrate a special occasion with a yummy meal!

For hours and reservations, call (732) 759-2900 or click HERE.