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NEW JERSEY - Part 2: Hamburg to West Berlin

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

In Part 2 of my New Jersey Travel Guide, I'll take you from Hamburg (the northernmost county in the State of New Jersey & the epitome of a small town) to Holmdel (where I grew up) which is full of parks with rolling green hills & vineyards to Bell Works which is an urban hub; a little metropolis in suburbia. A one of a kind destination for business, culture, technology, retail, wellness, dining, hospitality and more! Bell Works is the reimagination of the historic former Bell Labs building, designed by renowned architect, Eero Saarinen in 1962.

I will take you to Howell, to a unique converted barn space overlooking acres of land to a place called Yoga Barn which hosts a variety of classes, retreats, and events. We then stop in Jersey City (just across the Hudson River from New York) to a conscious vegan, vegetarian & plant based eatery.

I will also fill you in on my favorite spots in Little Silver, Lincroft, Long Branch, Manasquan, Middletown, Point Pleasant, Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Rumson, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Wall and West Berlin.


Things To Do:

Crystal Springs Resort

Hamburg, Vernon & Franklin, N.J.

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Accomodations | Golf | Spa & Wellness | Culinary | Meetings | Weddings | Celebrations | Activities

Nestled along the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, just an hour outside New York City sits one of the country's most spectacular resorts featuring 6 Top Rated Golf Courses, 10 Restaurants ( including a 4 star Restaurant + World Renowned Wine Cellar ), not one... but 2 Award Winning Spas! Also featuring, a best in class Wellness Program and gorgeously appointed guest rooms & luxury suites featuring stunning mountain and valley views!

Whether you are taking a quick family vacation, a romantic getaway or hosting colleagues, few destinations can match the warm welcoming splendor of Crystal Springs Resort. Come and see what makes this New Jersey's Favorite Resort and the #1 Golf, Spa and Culinary destination in the Northeast!



Turning Point

2132 NJ-35, Holmdel, N.J. (at the Commons at Holmdel)

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Daytime cafe (open: 7:30am - 3:00pm daily) serving breakfast, sandwiches, tea & coffee drinks in stylish surroundings.

Things To Do:

Bell Works

101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, N.J.

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Shop | Eat | Play | Learn | Move | Care

An urban hub; a little metropolis in suburbia. A one of a kind destination for business, culture, technology, retail, wellness, dining, hospitality and more! There is a gorgeous roofdeck as well to relax and enjoy while catching some rays of sunshine. Keep up to date with all the Bell Works Event Calendar here .

Bell Works is the reimagination of the historic former Bell Labs building, in Holmdel, N.J. designed by renowned architect, Eero Saarinen in 1962. Bell Labs was a birthplace for many leading technological innovations of the 20th century.

Fox Hollow Vineyards

939 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, N.J.

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Menus | Tastings | Live Music | Wheels for Amar'e

History: Fox Hollow Vineyards is centrally located on 94 acres in Holmdel, NJ. It is owned and operated by the Casola Family, 6th generation farmers who decided to diversify into vineyards and wine making for future generations.

Historic Longstreet Farm

939 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, N.J.

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Free weekend activities here

The sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been recreated on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. Longstreet Farm is open daily year round from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors may enter at their leisure, free of charge. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the farm is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pets are not allowed within the farm.

Longstreet Farm’s mission is to promote an appreciation for Monmouth County farm life at the end of the 19th century, preserving historic structures and practices through interpretive programs and tours. Livestock are an important component of this mission. The farm’s livestock are raised and cared for just as they were in the past – to meet the labor, food, and material needs of the farm. Mules and horses help plow the fields and harvest crops; dairy cows, chickens and pigs provide food to eat; and sheep are raised for meat and wool.


Things To Do:

Yoga Barn N.J.

134 Maxim Road, Howell, N.J.

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In a unique converted barn space overlooking acres of land, Yoga Barn N.J. hosts a variety of classes, retreats, and events. Yoga Barn offers private and semi-private classes in styles such trapeze, acro, partner, restorative, or beginner. Whether you're looking to further your practice or host a special event, Yoga Barn is here to help your ideas come alive!

Yoga | Events | Retreats | Sound Healing | Meditation | Private + Group Sessions

Health Coaching | Reiki Healing

Howell Living History Farm

70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, N.J. 08530

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A visit to Howell Living History Farm brings you back to the year 1900: horses and buggies traveled the roads of Pleasant Valley, and fields were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange hedgerows. It was a pivotal time in U.S. history, and saw the beginnings of exciting new technology that would challenge the power of the workhorse and the skills of craftsmen across the nation.

Howell Farm offers people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests the chance to learn about their rural history and heritage by rolling up their sleeves for hands-on activities, meeting interpreters in historic costume, and embarking on tours through a farm that's really working year-round.

Depending on the season, you can see and help farmers as they plant and harvest crops, care for animals, build fences, and raise barns – or do the cooking and chores that keep the farm running smoothly every day. Ice harvesting, maple sugaring, sheep shearing, and threshing are just a few of the activities you will find...and if you happen by on the right day, there might even be a hayride, music, dancing, or homemade ice cream in the mix. Stop by on a Saturday if you can – that's when most of the neighbors do!



Salt + Seed

210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, N.J.

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Conscious Vegan, Vegetarian + Plant Based Eatery. They say "variety is the spice of life" and I couldn't agree more. Show above is Salt + Seed's Vegan and Gluten Free original S+S Chocolate Cake, Rosemary Coffee Chocolate Chip Cake, Plain Cheesecake and Strawberry Cheesecake. And that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as their menu is concerned!



Turning Point of Little Silver

496 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, N.J.

They have many locations:

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Daytime cafe (open: 7:30am - 3:00pm daily) serving breakfast, sandwiches, tea & coffee drinks in stylish surroundings. I live their cold pressed juices like: "Kale To The King," "Just Beet It," "Walk On The Beach" and "Flight of The Juices"(where you can try them all). I also love their "I Can't Believe They're Vegan" Pancakes!

Sickles Market

1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, N.J.

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What started as a farm stand has become a destination for the best produce, plants, gourmet specialties, garden accessories and gifts at the New Jersey Shore. Sickles has been a Family Owned and operated business for four generations. Sickle's Market has been around since 1908 that's 111 years and counting of sharing quality goods!


Things To Do:

Thompson Park

805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J.

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Great for biking! Nice wide trails, several to choose from and great scenery! Thompson Park has opportunities for varied recreational interests including 14 miles of multiple-use trails (4.9 miles paved), a playground, a fishing lake for canoes/kayaks and electric-powered boats, a seasonal group picnic facility, Creative Arts Center, and off-leash dog area. The park also features tennis courts, two of which are also lined for pickleball. These courts are open daily on a first-come, first-served basis. A field is available for rental for rugby games only. Find out more about this and other athletic facility rentals in the Park System.

Sunnyside Equestrian Center

805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J.

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The Sunnyside Equestrian Center is the home of the Park System’s Equestrian Division. This division provides fundamental equestrian experiences for people of all abilities, with an emphasis on offering the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, helping them to develop to their full potential.



Living On The Veg

2613 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, N.J.

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Note: The L.B.I. location closes at the end of Summer & reopens in the Spring. Their Manahawkin location is open year round.

A warm, low-key vegetarian cafe with outdoor tables serving vegan deli wraps & sandwiches alongside fresh juices. Living On The Veg is one of the best vegetarian eateries in the city, and a must-go place for a cruelty-free and healthy meal. Aside from having delicious treats for breakfast, such as avocado toasts and scrambled wraps, this deli and juice bar also serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, and deli classics. Not to mention their burritos and smoothies, which will surely give you an extra dose of energy at any time of the day!

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The Juice Theory

87 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, N.J. (also located in Brooklyn, NY)

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100% Organic, Vegan, Kosher + Made Fresh Daily

There are so many great selections, from their Vegan Caesar Salad to the Me So Zen Salad (kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, roasted chickpeas, avocado, glazed tempeh with sesame miso dressing). I also love their "Really Good Veggie Burger Sandwich" (homemade mushroom burger, pickled onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, spicy mayo served on Ezekiel bread) and the Burrito Light (arugula, jicama, quinoa, black beans, spicy tempeh, roasted corn, avocado, sweet jalapeno).

The Herd Juicery

80 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, N.J.

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Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Plant Based restaurant, using high quality superfoods and fresh organic produce that is rich in taste and nutrients. The staff is always available to discuss any health concerns or to give some nutritional advice. I also love their informative Blog as well!

Fresh Pressed Juices | Cold Pressed Lemonades | Superfood Smoothies | Superfood Lattes | Smoothie Bowls | Salads | Sandwiches | Buddha Bowls | Toasts | Soups |

Shots | Grab 'n Go

Playa Bowls

88 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, N.J. (also located in Belmar, Red Bank & many more )

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Playa Bowls is your slice of summer, anytime. Using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, we serve healthy, delicious açaí, pitaya, coconut bowls and smoothies with sustainability and community in mind.

Trama's Trattoria

115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, N.J.

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Organic, Vegan, Made Fresh Daily, Kosher

Chef Trama has a strong following with food and wine aficionados due to his fierce commitment to quality, consistency and attention to detail. Chef Trama uses the highest-quality local, farm to table ingredients according to the seasons when they are at their optimum taste.

Chef Trama is a native New Yorker. From his earliest days helping out at his parent’s eatery and cooking with his grandparents, he has always had a passion for food and cooking. He began his professional culinary career behind the line at the River Café in Brooklyn under the tutelage of Charlie Palmer, the James Beard award-winning chef. River Café known for launching many world-class chefs has been referred to as the “Harvard Business School of Culinary Arts by the New York Times. Chef Trama went on to work with the renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent, founder of the Myriad Restaurant Group, which includes Nobu, Della Femina, Batard and Tribeca Grill.

Things To Do:

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

221 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Oceanfront Park - In the summer, this 38-acre beach park is a great place to swim, sun and surf. In the off-season, a nice place for quiet walks. Everything needed to enjoy a day at the beach is readily available during the summer months: snack bar, sheltered eating areas, volleyball area, outdoor showers and changing areas, guarded swimming, designated areas for surfing. Read more here.

Tony’s Place - named in honor of former Board of Recreation Commissioners Vice-Chairman Dr. Anthony Musella, is a universally accessible playground. It is the second joint venture playground project of the Park System, Challenged Youth Sports (based in Middletown) and Friends of the Parks. "Summer Fun at Tony's Place" is a program that provides free access to the playground during the summer for children with special needs and their accompanying families. Read more here.

The Skateplex - Located off Atlantic Avenue at the north end of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, the Skateplex is designed to allow skaters to move seamlessly through its features. The Skateplex is open year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk and use is subject to weather/safety conditions. Admission to the Skateplex is free all year. Read more here.

The Park System offers skateboarding lessons and one-day clinics at the Skateplex during the warmer months. Any upcoming classes will be list under Kids & Teen Sports & Fitness offerings on this registration page.


Things To Do:

Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway - 5.4 miles rail trail in New Jersey between Manasquan and Allaire State Park. The trail was constructed on a former roadbed of the Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroad and the Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad.


Things To Do:

Deep Cut Gardens

152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748

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Deep Cut Gardens is dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. The renovated Parterre features 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes. Please be aware that pets are not permitted at Deep Cut Gardens. Discover new ways to improve your home garden by taking a walking tour of the park, ask the staff horticultural questions, or visit the reference library. Garden programs and classes are also offered.

Huber Woods Park

25 Brown's Dock Road, Locust (Middletown Twp.), NJ 07760

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Nestled on a hill overlooking the Navesink River, the park was established in 1974 with a 118-acre gift of land from the Huber Family and the J.M. Huber Corporation. Huber Woods Park has grown to 381 acres of permanently preserved open space.

Besides forests and meadows, the site also features over 8 miles of multi-use trails and an Environmental Center. A visit to Huber Woods Park is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the facets of nature that are often taken for granted. While there, take a moment amid the scenic beauty and panoramic views to observe small things - sounds, smells, light and shadow, subtle hints of seasonal change. Relax in a meadow or take a walk along a wooded trail. Each experience will enhance your appreciation of the fascinating natural world around you.

Tatum Park

151 Red Hill Road (or) 144 Holland Road, Middletown, NJ 07748

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366 acres of rolling hills, open fields and bird-filled woods, as well as two Activity Centers, a playground and miles of scenic trails, for area residents to enjoy. The park is named for the Tatum family, who donated 73 acres of property to the county in 1973.

In 1981, a special wing funded by the Heath family of Middletown was built to honor Mary and Clinton Heath. In 1885, Clinton Heath, a freed slave from North Carolina, settled in Middletown. The Heath family was part of the migration of African Americans northward after the Civil War. The wing features a permanent display of memorabilia from the county’s early black community.

Walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians can watch the colors change each season on winding paths through stands of tulip trees, and red and chestnut oaks. Or, enjoy the quiet landscape on trails through beautiful fields and meadows. Cyclists and equestrians are restricted to the west side of the service road. Old farm roads at the southwest end of the park are great for mountain bicycles. Enter from Red Hill Road or Holland Road. (6.3 miles of trails)


Events For Persons with Intellectual + Developmental Disabilities & Their Families

The Arc of Monmouth County

The Arc of Monmouth’s mission is to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, services and supports, collaboration with community partners, and community education. TAOMC provides life-changing services such as family supports, residential and independent living options, recreational opportunities, adult day programs, and a college program affiliated with Brookdale Community College.

The Arc's Calendar of Events

The Arc's Calendar of Recreation


Grazing Tables and More by Gracie's Kitchen

Simple, seasonal and beautifully presented Grazing Tables / Charcuterie Boards / To-Go Boxes.

Visit Grazing Tables and More website here



Fresh Kitchen

2621 Bridge Avenue Point Pleasant, N.J.

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Their menu has been designed specifically to give you the maximum amount of nutrition along with an unbelievable amount of flavor and aroma. Fresh Kitchen does not use any salt or refined sugars. They use only Non-Gmo ancient grains, all of their lettuce and herbs are organic and hydroponic, all their vegetables are from local farms (except avocado, there are no Jersey avocados) and all their meats are are organic, grass fed, cruelty free with no antibiotics. Read more about the healthy ingredients that Fresh Kitchen uses here.


Things To Do:

Bayshore Waterfront Park

719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

Visit the website here

Located next to Monmouth Cove Marina, preserves a thriving coastal landscape on Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline. The Park System continues to add to this site's 229 acres in the Bayshore area. This park is also home of the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center (Seabrook-Wilson House), one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. This large frame building, dating back to the early 1700's, was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years.



Hoagie Haven - When I asked on Twitter what are some of your favorite spots in New Jersey, actor, Jon Tenney (True Detective, Scandal, The Closer, The Newsroom) who was born in Princeton answered:


Red Bank is an all-season destination to residents and visitors who look to retreat to the New Jersey coastline for relaxation without compromising their craving for culture. The town's rich historical roots, combined with world-class shopping, outdoor fairs, and festivals, are just some of the reasons families and friends journey to the riverside town. Traditional and contemporary art galleries, award-winning theaters and performing arts venues, gourmet and casual dining, luxury boutique hotels and pristine landscapes exemplify why residents and visitors, near and far, choose Red Bank.


JBJ Soul Kitchen

207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Community dining with dignity. Diners pay a donation to eat an American meal at Jon Bon Jovi's community restaurant. Your support makes it possible for JBJ Soul Kitchen to continue their mission of addressing issues surrounding food insecurity. All are welcome at JBJ Soul Kitchen where locally sourced ingredients, dignity and respect is always on the menu.

About + FAQs | Menu | Events | Get Involved + Volunteer | Shop | Donate

Cé La Vi

16 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Crepes! A charming , chandelier lit locale featuring sweet + savory crêpes, Belgian waffles, espresso & more!

KITCH Organic

75 Leighton Avenue, Red Bank, N.J.

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New Jersey's own Organic + 100% Gluten Free dedicated establishment! A rustic-chic nook with homemade, gluten free fare for breakfast + lunch + creative juices + smoothies! Central Jersey Native, Joe Durso’s love for food and working with the best ingredients stems from his belief that food is the most common bond in life, no matter who you are, food is something that fuels us all. His vision for KITCH Organic is to provide not only a place to eat, but a place where people leave feeling energized and rejuvenated by the nourishment that his talented Chefs have created for anyone to enjoy.

Good Karma Cafe

17 East Front Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Offers smoothies & a range of vegan and vegetarian dishes, such as pad Thai & pizza, in modest digs. Good Karma Café uses only the finest ingredients and guarantee that they are at least 90% organic. You can be sure that all of their staples, including vegetables, grains, beans, tofu, tempeh and nuts, are free of pesticides and are not irradiated. Whenever possible Good Karma uses local and fair trade products.

Karma 2 Go

1 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J. (located in the West Side Lofts - free parking in the garage)

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Karma 2 Go uses only the finest ingredients, guaranteeing that they serve whole food that is at least 80% organic. Providing fast, natural, vegan and vegetarian meals to meet your on the go needs.

Note: Karma 2 Go is the sister location of Good Karma Cafe. Karma 2 Go is takeout only and open: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 3:00pm.

Good Life Organic Kitchen

60 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

Visit their website here.

Check out the menu here.

Any craving can be satisfied with high-quality, non-GMO and organic food & drink at Good Life Organic Kitchen. High school sweethearts, Melvin and Anita Pierce have staked a claim in downtown Red Bank with their first-ever business venture and I am so glad they did! Anita & Melvin, who started dating before they graduated Red Bank Regional High in 2003, have opened a Good Life Organic Kitchen franchise at 60 Broad Street. There is an outdoor seating area that’s inset into the structure & protected from the elements – perfect for enjoying a kombucha and beet-and-quinoa burger on a nice day.

They serve juices, smoothies, protein bowls, local Greek yogurt parfaits, baked oatmeal, seasonal soups, sandwiches, salads and other plant based options. G.L.O. follows sustainable practices with eco-friendly disposables & composting & by serving the most nutrient-dense food & drink options for a feeling of vitality.

G.L.O. makes it their priority to find the healthiest ingredients from the best sources. That means they strive to source as close to 100% organic as possible while emphasizing support of small, local farms & vendors. All of their produce scraps are composted for future use. At G.L.O., their primary focus is making an impact on the health of the local community.

Playa Bowls

14 West Front Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Playa Bowls is your slice of summer, anytime. Using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, Playa Bowls serve healthy, delicious açaí, pitaya, coconut bowls and smoothies with sustainability and community in mind.

Sickles Market + Bottles by Sickles

200 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Sickles in Red Bank is a bit of the past, a bit of the future and about all things delicious! Covering the first floor of the newly renovated Anderson Building, Sickles will have the following departments & categories to shop from:

Butcher, Bakery, Catering, Fine Cheese, Gourmet Grocery, Deli and prepared foods, Produce, Sushi, Fresh Cut Flowers, Gift Baskets, Event Design and a coffee shop by Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co.

Additionally there is a brand new bottle shop, Bottles by Sickles on the premises! From fine champagnes and eclectic wines to craft beers and locally made brews to on-trend hard seltzers, decadent mixers, and festive tastings.

JJ Delicacies

21 West Front Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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At JJ Delicacies, you can find the best dessert in Red Bank! They use fresh, high-quality ingredients in everything they make. Try the most popular items on their menu: ice cream roll, bubble milk tea, and chef bowl. You can also build your own poke bowl! Win Li, owner of JJ Delicacies, was drawn to Red Bank’s picturesque downtown & affectionately named the establishment after her daughter, JJ. This family-friendly eatery has something for everyone!

Bombay River

90 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Drawing from more than 30 years of combined experience, the chef and owner team at Bombay River is delighted to be serving their twist on modern Indian cuisine which celebrates the flavors of the Far East. Sam Jain, owner of Bombay River, is thrilled to offer a menu that artfully blends Indian cooking, health-conscious cuisine, and fine dining at the 90 Broad Street location.

Juanito's Restaurant

159 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Juanito's is a friendly & traditional Mexican restaurant. Owner, Juan Torres, hails from San Diego, Jalisco & since 1995, Juan has been serving the most delicious plates cooked based on his family recipes.

Juanito's Restaurant offers an array of flavors to satisfy your Mexican food cravings, from a quick bite to a more hearty combination platter. Choose from their many options and 7 different salsas that will delight your senses. This is a BYOB restaurant so bring your favorite drink & enjoy a little piece of Jalisco in the heart of New Jersey! Juanito's also has a grocery store located nearby at 197 Shrewsbury Avenue AND Juanito's Bakery located at 186 Monmouth Street.

More Restaurants in Red Bank:

American Cuisine: 26 West: On The Navesink / The Bistro / Char Steakhouse / Jamian's / Molly Pitcher Inn / Pearl at The Oyster Point Hotel / The Robinson Ale House / Semolina / Red Bank Diner / Shapiro's New York Delicatessen / Toast City Diner / Elsie's Sub Shop

Asian Cuisine: Ban Khun Restaurant / Muang Thai / Teak / Temple Gourmet Chinese / Yumi / Oriental Empire

Irish Cuisine: The Dublin House Restaurant & Pub

Italian Cuisine: Birravino / Buona Sera / La Pastaria / Monticello / Neapoli / Patrizia's / Pazzo MMX / Urban Coalhouse Pizza & Bar / Mr. Pizza Slice (one day I saw Bruce Springsteen here!)

Lebanese Cuisine: Zaitooni Deli

Mexican Cuisine: Surf Taco / Linares Grocery & Mexican Food / Tacoholics

Pub Grub: Red Rock Tap & Grill

Seafood: Catch 19 / The Boondocks Fishery

Specialty: The Cheese Cave / Antoinette Boulangerie / Chocolate Works / Coney Waffle Ice Cream & Sweet Shop / Cupcake Magician / Lady K's Bake Shop / Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe / Strollo's Lighthouse

Coffee: Coffee Corral (coffee, espresso, organic teas, smoothies, superfood lattes, egg + no egg sandwiches, waffles, toast, pastries & snacks)



50 English Plaza, Red Bank, N.J.

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Purveyors of handcrafted goods, FORGE aka Alex Montaperto (owner) has curated a wonderful selection of goods ranging from modern home décor and ceramics to jewelry and beauty products— all produced by independent artisans and craftspeople using traditional and sustainable processes to create enduring products.

In today's world of mass-produced goods, FORGE strives to bring a sense of origin and purpose to the everyday objects in our lives. FORGE has paired their values and beliefs with an appreciation for design, function and craftsmanship to curate a collection of home and lifestyle products that keep small studios working, help independent craftspeople earn a fair wage for their skilled practices and minimize the environmental impacts of production.

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

Comic Book Shop

65 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (sometimes shortened to simply The Stash) is a comic book store owned by filmmaker Kevin Smith, and named after the fictional duo portrayed by Smith & Jason Mewes in Smith's View Askewniverse films. Merchandise includes comic books, comic-related merchandise, and View Askew film-related items (e.g., apparel, action figures, posters, etc.). The store is the setting for the reality television show Comic Book Men, and where the podcasts Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! and I Sell Comics are recorded, as well as select episodes of SModcast and Highlands: A Peephole History.

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash attracta not only the typical local customers, but also those from other states, countries & continents. Kevin Smith had his production designer on Chasing Amy and Dogma help design the store's appearance, and filled it with every prop & artwork possible from Smith's films, such as the Bluntman and Chronic pages from Chasing Amy that had been drawn by Matt Brundage & Mike Allred and the Buddy Christ statue from Dogma.

Things To Do:

Two River Theater

21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J.

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Two River Theater produces great theater created by award-winning artists. Visit their state-of-the-art facility for a wide range of classics, new plays, comedians, music concerts and musicals! Easily accessible by car, train or bus, tickets start at just $20. I surprised my family with tickets to see comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, television host AND winner of two Peabody Awards, Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj) here and it is truly an amazing venue. There are also a great selection of of restaurants within walking distance like: Triumph Brewing Company, Danny's of Red Bank, Karma To Go (vegetarian), Siam Paradise (authentic Thai), The Melting Pot (fondue) and The Greek Spot.

The Basie (Count Basie Center for the Arts)

99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

Visit their website here.

  • Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre - calendar here.

  • The Vogel - calendar here.

  • Concerts On The Green - calendar here.

  • Basie Center Cinemas - calendar here.

DETOUR Gallery

99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Other art galleries in Red Bank include: Beacon Fine Arts, Chetkin Gallery and The Art Alliance.


80 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Yestercades is a retro gaming venue in a colorful space with a nostalgic vibe, focusing on the "Golden Era of Video Games" featuring arcade classics like Donkey Kong, Frogger and PacMan. Yestercades is available for private parties.

Other fun things to do in Red Bank include: Try a mystery solving experience at Trap Door Escape Room, tap into your creative side at A Time to Kiln and strap on your ice skates at the Red Bank Armory Ice Complex (hockey & ice skating). The Red Bank Armory is a former armory that has been converted to an ice rink. The armory was built in 1914 for Troop B of the National Guard's Red Bank Cavalry & featured an equestrian riding hall. By the 1950s, it was used to store old tanks.

Enjoy spectacular signature events like the: Galleria Farmer's Market which runs every Sunday (Mother's Day through Mid-November) from 9am - 2pm. The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market offers fresh, locally-grown produce from some of New Jersey's finest farmers & also showcases unique crafts and wonderful eateries from about 40 vendors.

Red Bank's famed Antique District beckons to those who love all things with a patina of time. If you're looking for luxury antiques Stillwell House Fine Arts & Antiques may be the place for you. If you prefer an antique mall setting, be sure to visit Monmouth Street Emporium or the three buildings of the Red Bank Antique Center.

Health + Wellness:

Floatopia Spa

269 NJ-35, Red Bank, N.J.

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Floatopia is a sensory deprivation healing space for your physical body, mental & emotional health, and spiritual growth. Each of Floatopia Spa's unique float rooms contains a tub filled with warm water, hundreds of pounds of Epsom salt, and total silence. There is nothing holding you down. The sensation is likened to floating in outer space. There is no gravity. You are nowhere and there is nowhere to be. Just to be with yourself here and now.

Studies performed in the United States and Sweden indicate that floatation therapy delivers wide-ranging benefits including significant reductions in not only stress, but also chronic pain, swelling, headaches, depression and insomnia, all while lowering blood pressure & improving skin.

Doctors, athletes, and float enthusiasts are using Float Therapy for neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal, and hormonal balance. Floating brings the body back into homeostasis.

When you go to the Red Bank location, tell Melinda that Nicole DeRosa sent you!

ChillRx Cryotherapy

64 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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The skin senses the extreme cold during a 3 minute whole body cryotherapy session & signals the brain to go into "fight or flight" mode. The body is not in any real danger as it is only the skin that is being cooled. The brain responds to this perceived threat by triggering the following responses:

  • Norepinephrine & endorphins are released to increase metabolism & energy. This metabolic increase can last 3 to 5 days & may become permanent with repeated cryotherapy sessions.

  • In an effort to maintain core temperature, blood rushes to the core burning 500 to 800 calories. Calories continue to burn post-treatment as the body re-heats.

  • Endorphin release elevates mood, reduces anxiety, relieves insomnia & can lead to healthier choices.

  • Reduces fat deposits & cellulite by de-activating cold sensitive fat cells.

  • Enhanced blood flow stimulates fat cell detoxification & lymphatic drainage.


Whole Body Cryotherapy / Local Cryotherapy + CryoFacial / ChillSkin / ChillBody / Infrared Sauna + Light Therapy / NormaTec Compression Therapy / GAINSWave /

Drip Studio / ChillRx Acoustic Soundwave Therapy / Chill Slim Pod /

Celluma LED Light Therapy / Chill Stretch

Cherubini Chiropractic

140 Maple Ave. Red Bank, N.J.

Dr. Liza Cherubini + Dr. Casey Cherubini

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Connectivity - Therapy & Holistic Health

211 Broad Street, Ste. 102, Red Bank, N.J.

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CranioSacral Therapy | Physical Therapy Intensive Programs | HAPPEE BABY©

The Woodhouse Day Spa

73 Broad Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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A tranquil, transformational environment that's both memorable and healthful. From beginning to end, The Woodhouse's dedicated spa team ensures that your visit enhances your well-being. Upon entering, you're treated to a warm smile, a luxurious robe, and reflexology sandals that release the day's stresses. You'll relax in their Quiet Room, where a selection of specialty, loose-leaf teas begins your journey to relaxation and rejuvenation.

Spa Services

Facials + Skincare / Body / Hands + Feet / Specialty / Packages

Cleansing Concepts Spa

2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J.

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Vanessa Galati-Drew (owner of Cleansing Concepts Spa) turned to holistic natural medicine when she almost died after conventional methods failed to help her with her digestive issues & a misdiagnosed ruptured appendix. After exploring many different options, Vanessa discovered colon cleansing, a gentle internal bath that aids the body in the detoxification process. Cleansing helped her to heal & she has dedicated her life to helping others rebuild their health & well-being.

Vanessa has been helping people improve their quality of life through detoxification for 10 years. Her focus has been on the significant health benefits of detoxification through colon cleansing, ion therapy, infrared sauna therapy & living clay therapy. She’s learned that you can truly experience life-changing results that far supersede the temporary effects of laxative teas or over the counter detox programs.

Vanessa is a Certified Colon Hygienist (CCH) and Licensed Esthetician, Vice President of the Association of Colon Hygienists, a national organization & an active board member of IACH International Association of Colon Hygienists, and has been practicing since 1995.

Spa Services

3 Weeks 'til Wedding Detox / Bio-Electric Lymph Drainage / Clay Products / Chi Machine Colon Cleansing / Ear Candling / FIT Body Wrap / Infrared Sauna / Ionic Foot Detox / Lipo-Light / Wellness Cocoon / Ozone Steam Sauna

Giving Back + Donating + Volunteering

Lunch Break

121 Drs James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, N.J.

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In 1983, Norma Todd and the founding members of Lunch Break had a vision of a caring community — one in which its members are looked after, fed, and nurtured in soul and body. Working to alleviate hunger for underemployed people struggling to make ends meet, Lunch Break began offering individuals and families the assistance they needed for today, with the hope for a better tomorrow. Since then, Lunch Break have evolved into much more than a place for a hot lunch and a food pantry, improving on Lunch Breaks' legacy.

Decades later, Lunch Break continues to provide life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to the financially insecure individuals and families in Monmouth County and beyond. Over the years, through the support of individual donors, foundations, the corporate and business communities and a network of more than 2,000 volunteers, Lunch Break has expanded their feeding, clothing, outreach, mentoring, and social service programs. Lunch Break offers hope through their Life Skills Program, a job readiness initiative that helps clients gain the skills and tools necessary for self-sustainability.

It is because of YOUR generous donations, Lunch Break has been able to help our neighbors who experience poverty, hunger and isolation restoring their dignity. Giving local, stays local, helps locals.

Follow Lunch Break on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #whywebreak #givelocal

JBJ Soul Kitchen

207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J.

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Community dining with dignity. Diners pay a donation to eat an American meal at Jon Bon Jovi's community restaurant. Your support makes it possible for JBJ Soul Kitchen to continue their mission of addressing issues surrounding food insecurity. All are welcome at JBJ Soul Kitchen where locally sourced ingredients, dignity and respect is always on the menu.

About + FAQs | Menu | Events | Get Involved + Volunteer | Shop | Donate



Salt Creek Grille

4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, N.J. 07760

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Laid-back grill with burgers, steaks & other American cuisine plus a lively bar & river views. I think we eat here almost every week or weekend! The food and service is always exceptional!

My Mom LOVES the Cauliflower Steak and A Salt Creek Salad on the side. My Dad is a fan of either the Fried Chicken Salad or the Cheese Burger. I'm OBSESSED with the Superfood Salad and the Seared Ahi Sandwich is delicious as well. My brother is a LOVES their Baby Back Ribs.

The French Market

114 East River Road, Rumson, N.J.

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A Parisian dream set on the streets of Rumson. This sweet little gourmet cafe & caterers sell specialty gifts, home design items, plants & flowers. The food at this French market is delicious & unique. Their extensive mouth watering menu is filled with sweet & savory "Petit Designer Crepes," and Omelettes, French, Specialty & Classic Sandwiches, Paninis, Grain Bowls, Salads, Assiette Plates, Quiches, Soup du Jour and of course, French onion soup. The setting is very French country or Farmhouse, and it feels warm and cozy inside. I especially love having my meal in their greenhouse which is attached to the cafe! Be sure to save room for dessert! I can't wait to order my next birthday cake here as well!

The French Market has a deliciously divine Catering Menu that you can check out here. If you’re looking to impress your guests or need a platter to bring to a party, The French Market can create large plates too, filled with the best French cheeses, meats, bread & pastries this side of the Atlantic. They also fill out their repertoire with full off-site catering including delicious 7-course meals!


Things To Do:

Sandy Hook has the best trails! Flat, well maintained and beautiful scenery. It’s a walking/bike trail so no car traffic to deal with. It can get crowded at peak times, but if you time it right it’s so worth it! A nice trail, but best riding close to dawn or dusk. Otherwise, it's super windy.

Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook Unit - A 26,607-acre U.S. National Recreation Area in New York City and Monmouth County, New Jersey. It provides recreational opportunities that are not commonly found in a dense urban environment, including ocean swimming, bird watching, boating, hiking and camping.



1 East Church Street, Sea Bright, N.J. (also located in Tinton Falls)

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This is one of my most favorite spots in N.J. The beach is right behind Woody's, so you can have your fish tacos inside with the air conditioning or have them on the beach! Woody's menu is California coastal with a southwestern flare which includes their famous fish tacos, fresh seafood, and exciting southwestern creations. You will always find something satisfying at Woody’s. The specialty drink menu features Woody’s signature Orange Crush–which is not to be missed!

The Rum Runner

816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, N.J.

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The Rum Runner is one of our most favorite places to dine for all our special occasions. We've celebrated my parent's 47th Wedding Anniversary as well as my Dad & I's Birthdays here. For a starter, we love to share the lobster guacamole (comes with tortilla chips). I love their beet & farro salad, crispy cod or mahi tacos & their lobster roll is beyond delicious.

The Rum Runner is known for its seafood, clever cocktails, in a sophisticated, light-filled setting with spectacular views, a riverfront deck, terrific cuisine & live music. Aside from its main waterview dining room it also features "South", an indoor-outdoor room with moveable doors which creates an airy ambiance along with "upscale/casual" dining. Another feature is the "Loft" on the second floor which is ideal for private parties and, at a height of over thirty feet, has even more incredible views of both the Shrewsbury River and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Of course, it would not be a Tim McLoone venture without live music and piano bar located next to a roaring fireplace.



Fresh Kitchen

2204 Route 35 North Sea Girt, N.J.

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Their menu has been designed specifically to give you the maximum amount of nutrition along with an unbelievable amount of flavor and aroma. Fresh Kitchen does not use any salt or refined sugars. They use only Non-Gmo ancient grains, all of their lettuce and herbs are organic and hydroponic, all their vegetables are from local farms (except avocados, there are no Jersey avocados) and all their meats are are organic, grass fed, cruelty free with no antibiotics. Read more about the healthy ingredients that Fresh Kitchen uses here.




637 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, N.J. (The Grove at Shrewsbury)

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I'm obsessed with their Soba Noodle Salad which has pickled cabbage, spiced cashews, mango, golden raisins, avocado and citrus vinaigrette. I've tried making it at home but theirs is THE BEST!

My Dad (Papa Ed) loves "The Joey" Sandwich and that includes a crispy chicken cutlet, provolone, baby arugula, tomato, pesto aioli, balsamic on seeded Italian bread. Oh and don't forget the truffle fries!

My Mom (Mama Joy) before she went plant based, loved their Chicken Salad Pita Wrap which included: granny smith apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, red onion, cheddar, balsamic reduction + baby greens. For an appetizer, we love to share the Cannellini Bean Hummus which includes toasted flatbread, vegetables and olive tapenade.

Greens and Grains

454 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury, N.J. (Shrewsbury Plaza)

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Plant Based Food for Everyone!

Cold Pressed Juices + Smoothie Bowls + Smoothies + Grains + Wraps & Sandwiches + Greens + Salads + In A Cup + Paninis + Pitas + Snack Pitas + Desserts

Ocean Cafe

441 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, N.J.

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Breezy American eatery preparing health-conscious fare such as soups, summer rolls & sandwiches.




1202 Sycamore Avenue, Tinton Falls, N.J. (also located in Sea Bright)

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Woody's menu is California coastal with a southwestern flare which includes their famous fish tacos, fresh seafood, and exciting southwestern creations. You will always find something satisfying at Woody’s. The specialty drink menu features Woody’s signature Orange Crush–which is not to be missed!

Things To Do:

Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls, N.J.

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This Fort Monmouth Recreation Center is a 21,000 square foot building that is the Park System's first ever indoor recreation facility. Perfect for an array of programs including arts & crafts, sports, exercise classes, and special events, the Rec Center offers a wide variety of amenities including classrooms, gymnasium, and a game room. Learn more about all the exciting offerings which include: Open Gym & Pickleball, Basketball in a climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! The lobby table games include, air hockey and ping pong!

Fort Monmouth Recreation Center also includes an outdoor public swimming pool! Season and monthly passes will be available for purchase as well as daily drop-in passes. Early Bird Workout - Monday-Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. Get in some early morning exercise with their lap lanes! Monthly schedules will be posted on the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area here.



Ocean Organics

570 Fischer Blvd. Toms River, N.J.

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Organic | Non GMO | Soy Free | Plant Based | Vegan | Whole Food

A ​Family Owned and Operated Mom and Pop Shop Since 2013. 100% Certified Organic Plant Based Wellness Cafe. Organic Cold Pressed Juices, Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls, Locally Roasted Coffees, Herbal Tea Apothecary + Whole Food Menu. Certified Vegan Nutritionist, Naturopath, Holistic Remedies + Master Herbalist


Things To Do:

Shark River Park

1101 Schoolhouse Road, Wall, NJ 07753

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Take in some fresh air and the beauty of nature while picnicking in Shark River Park. The Park System's first park, opened in 1961, occupies 991 acres on either side of the Shark River in Neptune and Wall Townships and Tinton Falls. Its waterways, sandy hills, forests & ponds attract anglers & hikers in the summer & cross country skiers & ice skaters in the winter. Children can enjoy climbing, swinging and sliding on the playground year round.


Things To Do:

Diggerland U.S.A.

America's ONLY Construction Theme & Water Park

Drive + Ride + Soak + Slide

100 Pinedge Drive

West Berlin, N.J. 08091

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