Red Bank is a quaint, beautiful & hip little city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the United States of America. It is an upper class town with many different attractions and activities to offer to those who are interested. One of the coolest little neighborhoods on the East Coast.
By car – Always the safest bet for locals or anyone with a car available to them. Parking can be an issue especially at the town’s peak times.
Parking meters are in session Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., anytime outside of those hours it is free, yet often difficult to snag a spot on active nights. There are seven small municipal lots in downtown Red Bank providing 4-hour metered parking as well as one large municipal parking lot located at the intersection of Monmouth Street, Broad Street and White Street.
Central Parking System can provide paid parking in their brand-new, four-story, 330-space parking garage of the new Red Bank Corporate Plaza, located just 2 blocks from the Count Basie Theatre at the intersection of West Front Street and Pearl Street (Route 35) in Red Bank.
You may enter the garage after 5:00 p.m. and exit before 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday. Garage parking is not available for matinee performances at this time.
There is permit parking spaces on Monday-Friday from 9AM-2PM located on Gold St, Great Swamp, Mechanic St, Union St, Wallace St, White St. After 2PM these spaces become metered parking and after 6PM on weekdays and Sundays they are free parking.
By bus – Busses run about every hour going in and out of town. Fees vary, but are never too expensive, usually below $5 especially for locals. (New Jersey Transit)
Train - (Red Bank Station on the [New Jersey Transit Coast Line])
Taxi/Limo service (Red Bank Yellow Car Co. (732)747-0747, Rumson Yellow Cab (732)671-4600, Arrow Limousine Nationwide (800)882-776 )Red Bank - Middletown Yellow Cab Red Bank area 732-671-4600
Airports: Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ ; La Guardia New york, New York; J.F. Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY
Once you are into town, it is perfectly safe and most likely in your best interest to walk around. The downtown section of Red Bank is perfect for walking. Lots of exciting sights to see as well as stores to shop in, artwork to look at and restaurants to eat at.
Count Basie Theatre – An old, yet still very popular source of entertainment since 1926. Hosts plays, political commentators, and has hosted arena-scale concerts by world-famous musical acts. It attracts crowds primarily from the bohemian-like town of Red Bank and its neighboring communities, as well as from nearby New York City. The theatre is known for first class entertainment in an intimate setting, and is divided into four sections: the large orchestra, the small lodge, the large balcony, and the smaller upper balcony. Be sure to provide yourself with ample amount of time to find parking on performance nights, the town tends to be very busy hours before and after shows at the theatre especially on weekends. With the limited parking issue, people are often late for a show because they can not find a place to park!
Count Basie Field is a large recreational park consisting of two basketball courts, a football field with running/walking track, baseball and soccer field, a playground, and a small pond with a picnic area. Also, Count Basie is home to the Red Bank Catholic Casey’s, a Irish-catholic private high school located in town. A lot of locals come to this park to watch the high school/intramural events so visiting Count Basie is a great way to get a feel for the local population.
Red Bank Catholic High School A historic, religious high school and home to about 2,500 students. The school has a local reputation of providing its students with an expanded education producing well developed young men and women with an immense amount of school spirit as well as holds a lot of tradition. It currently functions as a private Catholic school, has great athletics and provides education for students from over 67 different communities.
Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Ave, ☎ 732-345-1400, . A professional not-for-profit regional theater company providing outstanding plays and educational programs for audiences of central New Jersey and beyond. Two River was founded in 1994 by Joan and Robert Rechnitz and over the past 16 seasons has grown into one of the most vital and dynamic arts organizations in the region.edit
Clearview's Red Bank Theatre, 36 White St, ☎ (732) 777-3456 x721, . A small movie theater with only two screens showing both new releases and independent films. Call ahead or go online to see what's playing.edit
Farmer's Market, Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, . There is a farmer's market every Sunday from 9am-2pm in the Galleria Parking lot that offers locally grown produce and unique crafts and eateries.edit
Chris's River Marina, West Front Street, ☎ 732-741-9676. You can experience some of the best crabbing on the Navesink right here in Red Bank. Located near the Galleria under the bridge. Concrete landing, restrooms, and there is a fee to launch but you are almost sure to catch many crabs.edit
Red Bank Marina, 261 West Front Street, ☎ 732-741-3320. 7 am- 3:30pm. Rent a row boat rental for $50 for the day for crabbing along the Navesink River. Friendly owner and excellent crabbing.$5 for 3 bunker at Red Bank Marina. They're cut into 3 pieces so you get 9 pieces of bait for $5. edit
Work Out World, 30 West Front Street, ☎ (732) 450-8822. Monday-Thursday 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m.-7p.m. Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.. A sanitary place to stay in shape, with a friendly community. Offers personal trainers and moderately priced memberships as well as temporary guest passes.edit
Nirvana, 21 White Street, ☎ (732) 530-3334, . upscale and chic contemporary boutique. Clothes are pricey and very trendy. great shopping destination for younger people. edit
Alex and Ani, 12 Broad Street, ☎ 1(732)268-7274, . Bangle bracelet boutique following the trend brought to the tri-state from New England. Often collected by women of all ages. Great idea for a souvenir or gift. edit
Alex and Ani
Dor L’ Dor, 25 Broad St, . Monday - Thursday 10am - 7pm Friday to Saturday 10am - 8pm Sunday 11am - 6pm. A women’s fashion boutique targeting young-middle aged women offering mostly European inspired styles.edit
Dor L' Dor
Quicksilver, 8 White Street. Known as “The Silver Source” since 1972, a small handcrafted jewelry shop with a large variety of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even picture frames. Tends to get a little expensive but the quality is usually worth your money.edit
DISH: A Resturant (American Bistro), 13 White Street, ☎ 732 345-7070, . Highest rated restaurant in all of Red Bank’s dining choices by “Zagat”. Offers fine dining with a variety of cultured plates. BYOB, with a liquor store conveniently close-by. Offers a pre-fixed menu and plates are usually big enough to bring home leftovers for the following day. Almost always packed, especially on weekends, so it is suggested to call to see if reservations are available. A place everyone would enjoy. edit
Surf Taco, 35 Broad Street, ☎ (732)986-1800, . Fun, cool place located in the center of town. Quick, counter-service and also sit down restaurant for tasty Mexican, shore style food.edit
Saim Garden (Thai), 2 Bridge Ave, ☎ (732) 224-1233, . Good sate and original curries, but a little pricey.edit
Broadway Diner, 45 Monmouth Street, ☎ (732) 224-1234. 24/7. A great diner located in the center of town on Monmouth Street. It is close to the bars and the stores. Reasonable prices and good service. Good place to start off your morning, or end after a long night. edit
Juanito's, 186 Monmouth Street, ☎ (732) 747-9994. located on Monmouth Street a block away from Count Basie Theater. Well prepared Mexican food with good prices. You can sit down or take out. Really good chips and salsa, and the combo meals are a good deal. Lunch prices are a bargain. Dinner can be a little more but still affordable for all ages. edit
Strollo's Lighthouse, N Bridge Ave, ☎ (732) 933-9803. Great italian ice and soft ice cream. Open only during the summer season. edit
China Garden, 220 Shrewsbury Ave, ☎ (732) 219-9732 . More of an take-out restuarant but its one of the best chinese spots in town. $5 Lunch specials available from 11:30-3:30. edit
Elsie's sub shop, 74 Monmouth St, ☎ (732) 741-7682 . gaurenteed to be one of the best subs you have ever had! Everything from fresh bread, quality meats, to great service. Add a bag of chips or homemade potatoe salad to complete the entre. edit
Blue Water Seafood, 9 Broad Street, ☎ 732-530-1906. $$$. edit
The Bistro, 14 Broad Street, . The Bistro Offers a wide selection of menu items from Soups to Salads to Sushi and Dessert.edit
Pho Le Vietnamese, 90 Broad Street, ☎ 732-530-1598, . This is one of the best authentic Vietnamese Restaurants in Monmouth County. $$. edit
Boon Docks Fishery and Grill, 1 Marine Park, ☎ 732-747-7177. Experience great views of the Navesink in this great seasonal restaurant. This is one of the only restaurants on the water. On Tuesdays they offer a deal- get 2 one pound lobsters and sides for $24.95. This restaurant is also BYOB so you can keep the cost down on your liquor bill. The appetizer menu ranges from cajun grilled tuna bites, blackened grouper fingers, 1 1/2 lb steamers, garlic and peel your own shrimp. You have a choice between a selection of seafood which you can get in a sandwich or a platter. Its a must try.edit
Sugarush, 37 E. Front Street, ☎ 732-414-9044. Make your own cupcakes with their very own cupcake bar. Kids will enjoy this original experience of making their own cupcakes. From freshly baked cupcakes & cookies to custom cakes and customizable cupcakes to candy, cake pops and sodas, sugarush truly is a sweet experience.edit
Carlos O'Connor (Mexican Restaurant), 31 Monmouth St Red Bank, NJ 07701, ☎ (732) 530-6663, . $$. edit
There is a Starbucks on the corner of Broad Street and White Street. On the opposite side of Broad Street almost across the street is
No Ordinary Joe's cafe. Its menu is smaller than Starbucks, but is an independent place. This is a good place for those sick of the taste of or disillusioned with Starbucks. Also serving good java is Zebu, on Broad Street. There is a Dunkin Donuts located on Water Street by the river.
The Globe, 20 E. Front St, located at the corner of Globe St. and West Front St., is an old, very popular bar. Drink prices are average.
The Fixx, 26 W. Front St, located on West Front St., was known as Chubby's up until 2009. It's more greasy than swanky, but still a cool place to go. A great place to meet young people.
Brannigan’s, 14 Wharf Ave., A fun place to drink and hangout with music, sports, dollar beers, friendly bartenders and a bar with open space to meet people and enjoy a laid back night. Usually contains a mixed crowd of people.
The Downtown, at 8 W Front St., is a popular spot. It is swcanky by nature of its nonchalant brick walls and black painting, and is small and noisy. If you enjoy a happening scene, go here. Drinks can be expensive.
The Dublin House, located on 30 Monmouth St., is a popular place, especially in the summer. It has a large outdoor table area, which usually fills up quick on most summer weekends. Drinks here a reasonable, and expect the place to be crowded and full of good-looking locals.
The Blue Bay Inn is a boutique hotel in Atlantic Highlands (a 10 minute drive). It is very upscale and is also close to the Sandy Hook beaches.
Extended Stay America, 329 Newman Springs Road, ☎ (732) 450-8688, . good place to stay overnight. not as nice as the Molly Pitcher or Marriott but reasonable prices. edit
Marriott Courtyard Lincroft Red Bank, 245 Half Mile Road (off Garden State Parkway exit 109), ☎ 732-530-5552, . Just like any other. Located near the Parkway but not walking distance to the city center.edit
Oysterpoint. - Try to get a room overlooking the the Naversink River for a beautiful sunrise in the morning which makes your day. In case you're in a hurry skip breakfast (but don't forget the take away complimentary coffee and cakes).
Molly Pitcher Inn has beautiful English style entree and rooms. Watch out when a 'small' room is offered though. This hotel has views of the Navesink as well as an International Bar, Restaurant, pool which overlooks the Molly Pitcher Marina and the Navesink River, fitness rooms, and wireless internet. The beds are also very comfortable. Rooms run from $179 up to $279 for a junior suite. Prices are subject to change at any time.
If you would like to visit Sea Bright, the local beach, there is a bus that leaves every hour starting at 5:10 am during the weekdays and every hour starting at 6:47 am on the weekends. The bus leaves from the Red Bank Rail station and cost $2.35 one way.
Bus Schedule- http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0835.pdf