18 hours in Red Bank: A guided debate of a colourful riverside town

February 12, 2015 - bbq set

The opening to Riverside Gardens Park, on West Front Street in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015.  

RED BANK — On a shores of a Navesink River sits a revitalized downtown heart brimming with informative offerings. 

Numerous restaurants, boutiques, galleries and bars — as good as a landmark behaving humanities core — line Red Bank’s neat, bricked sidewalks.

The small borough (just dual retard miles and 12,000 residents) has over a final 20 years fashioned itself into a area’s amicable epicenter, raking in a profits of a government-issued facelift.

Red Bank’s sell businesses were strike tough by a retrogression of a late ’80s, and a burg was designated a special alleviation district in 1991. As Front and Broad Streets were polished and redesigned, new businesses non-stop up.

Red Bank is now home to some-more than 60 restaurants, many are acclaimed as some of a best in a state. But there are oddities as good — take a retro arcade, famed comic book emporium or “gourmet cheesery.”

We spent a sprightly Friday in Jan down by a stream to take in one of Central Jersey’s go-to spots for high-quality eats, drinks and fun.

A pig roll, egg and cheese sandwich on an all bagel during Bagel Station in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015. (Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  

BAGEL STATION

168 Monmouth St., for breakfast

Our day began not on a downtown drag, though inland, nearby a some-more medium Red Bank sight station. Across a travel from a height is a rare Bagel Station, a breakfast and lunch mark home to a borough’s freshest sticky snacks. These are bagels we need not combat with; they are warm, soothing and flavorful. The customary “everything with cream cheese” was simply smashing and nonetheless a pig roll, egg and cheese was a tiny skimpy, it was some-more than adequate.

TRY:

– An all bagel with cream cheese – $2.35

– Pork roll, egg and cheese on a bagel – $4.50

COUNT BASIE THEATRE

99 Monmouth St., for shows

This Jersey landmark is mostly a initial passage between Red Bank and out-of-towners — propagandize buses move children on margin trips to see an educational matinee, or adults stop in for a unison or comedy show. The theatre, non-stop in 1926 and renamed in 1984 to respect famed jazz musician and bandleader William “Count” Basie, frequently draws top-tier talent to a stage. Bon Jovi played a uncover there in Jul 2014.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

– Feb. 16 – Foreigner

– Mar. 20 – Fifth Harmony

– Apr 10 – Jay Leno

A strawberry salad during No Joe’s in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015. (Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  

NO JOE’S COFFEEHOUSE

51 Broad St., for lattes and lunch

We stopped for lunch during No Joe’s, a 21-year-old investiture that’s a bit of a misnomer, for dual reasons. First, it’s called “No Joe’s” but it has an endless and well-prepared coffee menu. The banana bulb latte was sweet, though not too sweet, and a some-more normal drinks were good and fresh. Second, we wouldn’t design a avowed coffeehouse to have such good food. The strawberry salad, with goat cheese, candied pecans and hiss vinaigrette was tasty, and large for a price. Tons of attractive sandwiches on hand, too. The genuine kicker for No Joe’s is a staff — impossibly friendly.

TRY:

– Banana bulb latte – $3.75

– Strawberry salad – $10.95

JACK’S MUSIC SHOPPE

30 Broad St., for vinyl and new CDs

We walked reduction than a retard from No Joe’s to Jack’s, the place to go in Red Bank for a failing art of discernible music. What sets Jack’s detached from some other record stores in a state is it’s friendship to CDs. Yes, there’s vinyl here, though how many places still have a CD preference of an FYE or The Wall (remember The Wall?) and are still stocking all a new hits? Taylor Swift, The Black Keys — it was all there. The decades-old place also houses a good preference of selected rope t-shirts and maintains an instrument store downstairs.

TRY:

– Buying a really aged record and a really new CD

Walt Flanagan sorts comics with Michael Zapcic during Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash comic book store in Red Bank. (Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger) 

JAY AND SILENT BOB’S SECRET STASH

35 Broad St., for comics and Kevin Smith film minutiae

As a afternoon wore on we crossed Broad Street and ducked in Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, the colorful comic book shop, environment for AMC’s “Comic Book Men” TV uncover and de-facto Kevin Smith memorabilia headquarters. Books and toys line a walls for purchase, though a genuine pull here are a equipment displayed from Smith’s films. A set-used Silent Bob dress sits behind glass. The large Quick Stop pointer from “Clerks” is nailed adult above a counter. The “Buddy Christ” statue from “Dogma” winks and points from a back. Secret Stash is a must-stop for comic and film geeks alike.

TRY:

– To mark life-size statues of Smith’s superheroes Bluntman and Chronic in their “Bluntmobile.” Not as easy as you’d think.

RIVERSIDE GARDENS PARK

40 West Front St., for views of a Navesink

Despite a satirical cold, we wandered over to Riverside Gardens Park in a afternoon for a discerning viewpoint of a Navesink River, that borders a precinct to a north. From a small, multi-tiered park, visitors suffer a good viewpoint of a water, and a knowledge is many pleasing in a warmer months, when Red Bank books song events and cinema in a park.

TRY:

– Jazz in a Park (in warmer months)

Owner Chris Paseka shows off a cupcake during Sugarush in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015. (Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  

SUGARUSH

37 East Front St., for DIY cupcakes

Our after-lunch break came from Sugarush, a peppy bakery and candy emporium only over a intersection of Front and Broad. The place offers a Build-A-Bear -style cupcake procedure where eaters choose a form of cake, stuffing, frosting and toppings for their confection. The cupcake is assembled in seconds, and if a decision-making routine turn too cumbersome, Sugarush has a few go-to recipes. The thought is a fun take to prove even a many determining honeyed tooth.

TRY:

– A red velvet cupcake, with fudge stuffing, chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate-covered pretzels – $3

YESTERCADES

80 Broad St., for retro arcade games

We eaten a bit during YESTERcades, a pay-by-the-hour arcade that melds reversion arcade games with a latest video diversion systems. Most of a space is filled with some-more than 100 games from a ’80s and, some-more importantly, a ’90s. “Pac-Man” and “Frogger” are everywhere, though we can’t always find “NBA Jam” or a “Area 51” shooter games. Along a walls are seating areas with flat-screen TVs and consoles, from Super Nintendo to Playstation 4, and each gadget in between. The renouned reversion Nintendo 64 is a favorite and customarily occupied. All ages are welcome, and YESTERcades books parties, too.

TRY:

– An hour of “NBA Jam” (use Utah Jazz with John Stockton and Karl Malone) and “The Simpsons” (use Bart). – $8.75

The Navesink sushi hurl during The Downtown in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015. (Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  

THE DOWNTOWN

10 West Front St., for sushi and drinks

Red Bank is famous for a acclaimed restaurants — Via 45, La Pastaria, Teak and many some-more — though The Downtown, the borough’s many renouned watering hole, has a culinary high points as well. We stopped in around cooking time, for a juicy burger and an even improved sushi roll. The Downtown has a immeasurable sushi selection, and a Navesink roll, with crunchy shrimp, white tuna and a chili ponzu sauce, was fantastic. At night, a two-story place packs with a bar crowd, and a area’s many gifted cover bands play upstairs. But a churned throng comes for dinner. 

TRY:

– Navesink hurl (crunchy shrimp, white tuna, avocado and chili ponzu) – $14

– The Downtown burger (on toasted brioche) – $12

GOTHAM

Broad Street, for wine and jazz

From cooking we walked behind onto Broad Street and to Gotham, a swanky new loll and two-story bar certain to put vigour on a area’s other upscale spots. The taste is breach era, and vaguely “Batman”-themed, with waiters and bartenders in bowties and newsboy hats and a Caped Crusader memorabilia box in a back. Very beautiful, really costly art covers a walls.

Bartender Artie Homewood shakes a splash inside Gotham in Red Bank on Jan. 16, 2015. (Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)  

The throng this night was some-more mature than who The Downtown typically draws, and they systematic whiskeys and martinis from a endless bar menu. That’s a picture Gotham, that non-stop only before a new year, looks to grasp — lots of wine drinks and jazz. More than 80 whiskeys, Scotch notwithstanding, are on a shelves and live acts will be brought in regularly, they say. Lots of qualification drink here, too. Gotham also offers a tiny lunch and cooking menu.

TRY:

– Blood and Sand (Johnnie Walker Black, cherry heering, honeyed vermouth, orange extract and orange bitters) – $12

– Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon – $12

MAC ATTACK GOURMET CHEESERY

20 Broad St. For late-night comfort food

When it comes to late-night, after-the-bar eateries, JR’s comfort food has a new competitor. Mac Attack does all things grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese. Sober-up equipment operation from a elementary combo mac grilled cheese, to a some-more desirous smoked BBQ mac (with gouda and cheddar) and nutella grilled cheese, with mascarpone cheese served on brioche. “Gourmet” competence be a stretch, though a food is done to order, juicy and only about as many comfort as you’d need during 2 a.m.

TRY:

– Smoked duck mac – $6 for small, $10 for large

– White truffle mac – $8 for small, $13 for large

Bobby Olivier might be reached during bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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