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Red Bank

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Red Bank

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Red Bank [12] is a hip city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the United States of America. It is the Garden State's answer to Greenwich Village.

Get in

  • By bus (New Jersey Transit[13])
  • Train (Red Bank Station on the [New Jersey Transit Coast Line][14])
  • 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

Get around

Walking is also an option. The downtown section of Red Bank is perfect for walking.

There is a large municipal parking lot located in the block bounded by Monmouth Street, Broad Street, White Street and Maple Avenue, as well as at the Red Bank Train Station. There are seven municipal lots in downtown Red Bank providing 4-hour metered parking Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and free parking is available on Sundays. 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.


  • Count Basie Theatre [15] - Founded in 1926. It is named for the musician of the same name. It 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, referred to as the New Jersey tri-cities (Long Branch, Red Bank and Asbury Park), 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.

Also, if you're looking for a great park Count Basie Field [16] 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 Bobcats pop warner football team as well as other intramural sport teams. A lot of locals come to this part so visiting Count Basie is a great way to get a feel for the local population.

Also if you are looking to see a great attraction, check out Red Bank Catholic High School. This school is very old but still remains perfectly maintained to this day and 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, [1]. 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.
  • Clearview's Red Bank Theatre, 36 White St, (732) 777-3456 x721, [2]. 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.
  • Farmer's Market, Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, [3]. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Nirvana, 21 White Street, (732) 530-3334, [4]. upscale and chic contemporary boutique. clothes are pricey and very trendy. great shopping destination for younger people.
  • Funk and Standard Variety Store, 40 Broad St, [5]. Funk & Standard various odds and ends to check out.
  • Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash Broad St - The famous director Kevin Smith (director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl ) has a comic store here. It has a lot of collector's merchandise from the movies, as well as props from the movies. In addition, it carries a large number of comic books, graphic novels, action figures.
  • Coco Pari (Women's Clothes).


Red Bank has a lot of choice in restaurants.

  • Saim Garden (Thai), 2 Bridge Ave, (732) 224-1233, [6]. Good sate and original curries, but a little pricey.
  • Basil T's Brewery and Italian Grill, 183 Riverside Ave, 732) 842-5990, [7]. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m.. A delicious Italian Restaurant. Although a little pricey, everything is homemade and the fine dining atmosphere is more laid back than stuffy. It is a good place for a date or for a big group of friends. They have an enormous bar with homemade beers and an extensive wine list. Delicious food but be prepared to spend money!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Strollo's Lighthouse, N Bridge Ave, (732) 933-9803. Take your kids here on a summer night. Great italian ice and soft ice cream. Open only during the summer season.
  • 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.
  • Danny's Grill and Wine Bar, 11 Bridge Ave, (732) 741-6900 ‎. Great menu: everything from steak to seafood to sushi. serves alcoholic drinks. Good wines and coctails to complete the picture.
  • 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.
  • Blue Water Seafood, 9 Broad Street, 732-530-1906. $$$.
  • The Bistro, 14 Broad Street, [8]. The Bistro Offers a wide selection of menu items from Soups to Salads to Sushi and Dessert.
  • Pho Le Vietnamese, 90 Broad Street, 732-530-1598, [9]. This is one of the best authentic Vietnamese Restaurants in Monmouth County. $$.
  • 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.
  • Boondocks Fishery and Grill, 1 Marine Park, 732-747-7177. What a GREAT seasonal place to hang! If you like lobster, this is the place to be on Tuesdays! You get two (2!) one pound lobsters and sides for $24.95. You can get a selection of appetizers that range from cajun grilled tuna bites, blackened grouper fingers, garlic and peel your own shrimp. They also have a selection of many different types of seafood which you may order in a sandwich or a platter. Plus, it is BYOB so it keeps the costs of drinking down, too! $$.
  • 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.
  • Carlos O'Connor (Mexican Restaurant).



  • 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 Fix,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.

Ashes, 33 Broad St., a cigar bar/restaurant on the lower level and a dance club on top. Look for the lower level to be populated with successful, middle-aged men while the upper level may have more young people. Not a place to go if you don't want to spend alot of money.

The Downtown, at 8 W Front St., is a popular spot. It is swanky 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, [10]. good place to stay overnight. not as nice as the Molly Pitcher or Marriott but reasonable prices.
  • Marriott Courtyard Lincroft Red Bank, 245 Half Mile Road (off Garden State Parkway exit 109), 732-530-5552, [11]. Just like any other. Located near the Parkway but not walking distance to the city center.
  • Oysterpoint [17]. - 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 [18] 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.

Get out

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-