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Where to Eat and Drink in Jersey Shore’s Asbury Park

The restaurant scene here is positively booming

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The Jersey Shore may knock old-school Italian and boardwalk fare out of the park, but it isn’t exactly known for innovative cooking. But head to Asbury Park — known as a blue collar, run-down boardwalk town that gave Bruce Springsteen his start — and today the restaurant scene is positively booming.

There’s Neapolitan pizza, all-day vegan diners, Korean tacos, a massive beer garden, sustainable Mexican, raw bars, a tiki parlor, and more — basically all the necessary buzzwords that define a modern dining scene. Here’s where to take advantage.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Frank's Deli & Restaurant

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1406 Main St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 775-6682
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Locals inhabit this quintessential Jersey luncheonette with diner classics and overstuffed sandwiches on its all-day menu. Special shout-out to the Taylor ham, egg, and cheese.

Frank's Deli Stefanie Tuder

2. Pop's Garage Mexican Cantina

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1000 Ocean Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 576-2181
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For a break from the beach, head to Pop’s on the boardwalk for sustainable Mexican food with a surfer vibe.

3. Porta

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911 Kingsley St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 776-7661
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Arguably the restaurant that turned the Asbury dining scene around, Porta now serves hundreds of Neapolitan pies daily. Toward the end of the evening, the massive space becomes a nightclub.

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4. Cardinal Provisions

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513 Bangs Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 898-7194
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A vegan-friendly hipster diner with NYC roots that’s only open for breakfast and lunch.

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5. The Bonney Read

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525 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 455-3352
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Cooked and raw seafood from a David Burke and Gordon Ramsay vet in a buzzy, sunny corner space.

6. Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room

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522 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 774-1264
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An OG of Asbury new-schoolers, Brickwall is a standard American bar from the same owners of Porta.

7. Talula's

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550 Cookman Ave #108
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 455-3003
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It’s all-local-everything at this pizza place with super-quality ingredients also used in seasonal salads and bowls.

8. MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos

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632 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 361-3684
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Just like its name states, affordable Korean fusion tacos (and burritos, bowls, and salads) are on the menu here.

9. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

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527 Lake Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 997-8767
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A bi-level, indoor-outdoor high volume, German-style beer garden with better food than it needs.

10. Brando's Citi Cucina

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162 Main St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 774-2222
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Old-school Italian with white tablecloths and a charming garden.

11. Taka

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660 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 775-1020
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Sushi and Japanese food serve the city in a big space with a full liquor license.

12. Kula Cafe

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1201 Springwood Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 455-0514
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This nonprofit cafe teaches front-of-house skills to locals in need.

13. Asbury Lanes

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209 4th Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 361-6659
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This legendary punk rock venue within a bowling alley is now reopen after a renovation, complete with a 24/7-on-weekends diner that serves up standard fare like breakfast, burgers, and boozy milkshakes.

Asbury Lanes Photo via Asbury Lanes/Facebook

1. Frank's Deli & Restaurant

1406 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Frank's Deli Stefanie Tuder

Locals inhabit this quintessential Jersey luncheonette with diner classics and overstuffed sandwiches on its all-day menu. Special shout-out to the Taylor ham, egg, and cheese.

1406 Main St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

2. Pop's Garage Mexican Cantina

1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

For a break from the beach, head to Pop’s on the boardwalk for sustainable Mexican food with a surfer vibe.

1000 Ocean Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

3. Porta

911 Kingsley St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Porta Porta

Arguably the restaurant that turned the Asbury dining scene around, Porta now serves hundreds of Neapolitan pies daily. Toward the end of the evening, the massive space becomes a nightclub.

911 Kingsley St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

4. Cardinal Provisions

513 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cardinal Provisions Stefanie Tuder

A vegan-friendly hipster diner with NYC roots that’s only open for breakfast and lunch.

513 Bangs Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

5. The Bonney Read

525 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Cooked and raw seafood from a David Burke and Gordon Ramsay vet in a buzzy, sunny corner space.

525 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

6. Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room

522 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

An OG of Asbury new-schoolers, Brickwall is a standard American bar from the same owners of Porta.

522 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

7. Talula's

550 Cookman Ave #108, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

It’s all-local-everything at this pizza place with super-quality ingredients also used in seasonal salads and bowls.

550 Cookman Ave #108
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

8. MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos

632 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Just like its name states, affordable Korean fusion tacos (and burritos, bowls, and salads) are on the menu here.

632 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

9. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

A bi-level, indoor-outdoor high volume, German-style beer garden with better food than it needs.

527 Lake Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

10. Brando's Citi Cucina

162 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Old-school Italian with white tablecloths and a charming garden.

162 Main St
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

11. Taka

660 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Sushi and Japanese food serve the city in a big space with a full liquor license.

660 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

12. Kula Cafe

1201 Springwood Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

This nonprofit cafe teaches front-of-house skills to locals in need.

1201 Springwood Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

13. Asbury Lanes

209 4th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Asbury Lanes Photo via Asbury Lanes/Facebook

This legendary punk rock venue within a bowling alley is now reopen after a renovation, complete with a 24/7-on-weekends diner that serves up standard fare like breakfast, burgers, and boozy milkshakes.

209 4th Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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