Just a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City, the Jersey Shore is fortunate to have a huge variety of cuisines to choose from. And, of course, this includes sushi! You’ll find great sashimi and nigiri at a number of local restaurants, including Taka in Asbury Park, NJ. This contemporary eatery offers outstanding smalls plates, sushi, main courses, and more. They even make their own desserts! So if you’ve got a craving for Japanese food, we’ve got covered. Here’s what you’ll find at Taka Restaurant & Bar.
Taka is just one of many fantastic restaurants in Asbury Park! Learn more about our favorite hotspots when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of recommendations for great places to dine during your stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove.
Enjoy a Meal at Taka in Asbury Park, NJ
About the Restaurant
Takahiro Hirai was born in Kyushu, Japan’s Southern-most island. He studied economics at a university in Tokyo before coming to the United States to perfect his English. While in the states, he worked at well-known sushi restaurants in Miami Beach and Nantucket before moving to New Jersey in 1997. It was here that Takahiro joined the staff of Kessler’s Catering and started making sushi for large events. Soon after, he opened Taka in Asbury Park, NJ.
Today, Taka’s beautifully designed location on Cookman Avenue is a go-to spot for fantastic food and cocktails. The restaurant even has a full-service lounge that’s perfect for late night sushi and sake. Cheers!
Taka’s menu is not like most Japanese restaurants. Here, you’ll see appetizers like Caesar salad (with Asian-style dressing) sharing space with a list of sushi rolls, tempura, and sashimi. Feel free to start your meal off with a few small plates, then order a helping of Takahiro’s famous boneless short ribs. These tender beauties are served with fresh haricot vert and spicy wasabi whipped potatoes. You can also try the chicken katsu, tuna, or cast-iron tofu steak. We promise each dish will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Dessert is an absolute must at Taka. All of their sweet treats are made in house, including the ever-changing selection of sorbets. Not sure what to order? We recommend the green tea cheesecake, which features a creamy, Philly-style batter and just a hint of green tea. Yum!
Hours & Reservations
Taka Restaurant is open daily from 12 to 10 p.m. If you’re planning a special lunch, dinner, or party of any kind, call (732) 775-1020 to make your reservations.
Come Home to the Inns of Ocean Grove
Now that you know where to find the best Japanese cuisine in Asbury Park, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our Ocean Grove bed and breakfast is a quick 10-minute walk from Taka and is the perfect place to unwind after indulging. You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations, luxurious amenities, and beautiful views throughout your stay. We even offer a delicious homemade breakfast each morning! Check our availability and contact us today to reserve your room. We look forward to having you!
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