7 Reasons to Drive to Asbury Park

By Kelly Dobkin  |  September 21, 2016
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The Jersey Shore has a bad rap in the food department, but Asbury Park is slowly but surely turning that image around by filling up with gourmet eateries, craft-coffee shops and trendy watering holes. Here are seven must-visit restaurants and bars for your next trip down the shore. 

  • The Asbury
    A former abandoned Salvation Army building was transformed into this multi-concept hotel which opened this past May, the first new hotel in town in over 50 years. The space features a stunning rooftop bar and lounge as well as a beer garden.

    210 Fifth Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-774-7100

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    Cardinal Provisions
    This newcomer which opened last winter is a favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch spot with dishes like chile deviled eggs, chicken and waffles and biscuits and weird hash (roasted market vegetables, home fries, sage sausage, pecorino, sunny up egg and herbs, pictured). The spot is open every day from 8 AM–3 PM except for Wednesdays and often hosts pop-up dinners at night.

    513 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-898-7194

  • Pascal & Sabine
    From Asbury Park–based hospitality group SMITH, this take on the French brasserie transports diners with classics like coq au vin, Dover sole and moules frites. On Monday–Fridays from 4–6PM, enjoy $4 beers, $5 wines and $7 classic cocktails. Afterwards, wander down to the nearby boardwalk and channel Springsteen while you digest.

    601 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park; 732-774-3395

  • Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
    This 6,000-sq.-ft. Austro-Hungarian indoor beer hall from Radegast founder/Czech expat Andy Ivanov boasts a 9,000-sq.-ft. rooftop garden and 41 local and imported beers on tap, including a house brew. There's also a full food menu from a Michael Mina alum with options like housemade sausages, Wiener schnitzel and oysters braten (baked with pretzels and sauerkraut).

    527 Lake Ave., Asbury Park; 732-997-8767 

  • Porta
    ​Because no visit to Jersey would be complete without pizza, get your slice at this hip Neapolitan pie joint/nightclub. Also from SMITH group, Porta features a no-frills atmosphere, similar to Roberta's in Brooklyn, with communal table seating and string lighting overhead. Pizzas range from marinara to carbonara and pastas include classics like cacio e pepe to lemon risotto.

    911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park; 732-776-7661

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    The Stone Pony
    The legendary venue where acts like Bon Jovi and the Boss cut their teeth, this bar is a must-visit during any trip to AP. The drinks aren't anything to write home about, but pound a whiskey or a beer here before or after dinner and check out the nightly live music acts

    913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park; 732-502-0600

  • Cafe Volan
    ​This Brooklyn-esque third-wave surf-inspired coffee shop is your morning go-to for a serious cup of joe. Co-owners Paul Cali and Doug Parent run the show at this java hut in Downtown Asbury and serve up La Colombe and Counter Culture beans as well as a selection of pastries.

    510 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park; 732-455-3399