Asbury Park is known for its lively nightlife and entertainment. And after years of economic downturn, you can now add to that list an impressive restaurant scene. Here, rustic pizzerias and cozy seafood joints are always bustling – even on cold February afternoons. Parking spaces are full, the sidewalks are packed, and empty tables are hard to come by. So if you’re a foodie looking for a fix, you better call ahead! Here are the best restaurants in Asbury Park, NJ to try soon.
Some of the Best Restaurants in Asbury Park, NJ
1. Pascal & Sabine
With great food and a classic brasserie setting, Pascal & Sabine is one of the most popular eateries in Asbury. Scrumptious bistro classics like steak frites and coq au vin fill the menu. You’ll also find an extensive wine list, beer, and cocktails. Whether you’re popping in for brunch or late-night drinks, this French kitchen will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
2. Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
It’s no secret that Jersey folks are crazy about Italian food. After all, we do it best! For homemade meatballs, slow-simmered gravy, and fresh pasta like nonna used to make, head to Stella Marina. This lively restaurant is located right on the water and is always packed. Ask for a table outside and enjoy gorgeous ocean views from the patio.
Cubacan Restaurant & Bar is known for its hip vibe and fabulous cocktails. Stop by during happy hour for tapas/drink specials, or reserve a table on the boardwalk for dinner. Not sure what to order? Indulge in the arroz con pollo with tender meat, saffron-flavored rice, peas, red peppers, and olives. Or try the hearty Cuban sandwich. Both will send you out happy and lure you back for more.
Housed in a Victorian-style building with lots of windows and wrap around porches, Moonstruck is a popular destination for date night. The first floor of this American-Mediterranean restaurant contains a cocktail lounge where guests may enjoy drinks and appetizers. The second and third floors offer two main dining rooms, each with their own bar and al fresco dining in the summertime. Flickering candles, live piano music, and wonderful views complete the romantic setting.
In the mood for sushi? TAKA is the place to go. This contemporary Japanese eatery serves up inventive appetizers, entrees, and a wide range of sushi rolls. (If you like spice, we recommend the habanero shrimp roll filled with steamed shrimp, jalapeño, and mango. It’s topped with wasabi mayo and habanero masago. Yum!) TAKA even has a full-service bar and lounge for your late night sushi and sake cravings.
6. Cross & Orange
Cross & Orange is a gastropub in the heart of downtown Asbury that offers upscale American fare made from scratch. While the eclectic menu changes each season, staples like the wild boar tacos always draw a crowd. The restaurant’s brunch menu and craft cocktails also provide some much-needed relief after a night out.
7. Frank’s Deli & Restaurant
Okay, so it’s not the most upscale establishment in town. But if you’re looking for Jersey classics like overstuffed sub sandwiches and pork roll egg & cheese, Frank’s is a must. A family-owned, cash-only luncheonette, this Asbury hotspot offers some of the best grub in town.
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For even more delicious eats, check out our blog about the best Asbury Park food trucks.