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Dining Jersey Shore Style: What’s New for 2018

When it comes to dining, the Jersey Shore has some of the best culinary destinations, anywhere. We take our food pretty seriously and we revel in the myriad cuisines that are on offer up and down the shore. The fresh seafood, the ethnic dishes from all over the globe, the eclectic to the classic, food trucks, farm-to-table, small bites, the choices are endless and incredibly tasty.

From traditional institutions like Vic’s Italian American in Bradley Beach celebrating it’s 70th year to Bahr’s Landing in Highlands, a local favorite with one of the best views of Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline, the food is really, quite spectacular at the Jersey Shore.

Waterfront dining at its finest, unique interiors with original tin ceilings, crafted, curated menus and award-winning chefs. We have it all.

From the tip of the Amboys, all the way to Cape May, the shore offers so many restaurants, cafes, food, wine, and beer festivals and restaurant tours that you could literally fill your entire calendar with foodie delights. New restaurants and eateries are popping up everywhere, a very good thing for the serious foodie. Here are a few of the newest dining destinations at the Jersey Shore. Modine, Asbury Park

Low-country southern cooking in a lavish setting and overlooking the town center of Asbury. Set inside the beautiful corner building that formerly housed the Asbury Park Press, Modine offers classic dishes like fried chicken, biscuits, pork chops with grits and collard greens and coconut layer cake just like your grandmother used to make. This eatery also offers a full bar. Named for the grandmother of one of the chef’s, it makes for a homey, yet upscale charm that carries the low-country vibe.

601 Mattison Avenue

Reyla, Asbury Park

Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The creators of Costero have created a new space and a geographically different cuisine. Also located in the former Asbury Park Press Building, Reyla’s offers full plates-kebab, salmon, and tasty cocktails add crunchy snacks like hummus, taboulleh and couscous. perfect for late night or anytime. Distinctly Mediterranean.

603 Mattison Avenue Proven Poke Co. Asbury Park So you may be wondering, what is Poke? Basically, it begins with raw fish, is pronounced po-kay and is Hawaiian in origin. This new establishment is located on bustling Cookman Ave, in a block of restaurants. Its concept is simple with a laid-back atmosphere. We appreciate that this restaurant is into sustainability and ocean preservation. 644 Cookman Ave

Vic’s Italian American Restaurant. A Jersey Shore Institution: 70 Years of Tradition-Read Our Article About Vic’s Italian American Restaurant

2nd Jetty, Sea Bright

You are greeted by colorful directional signs that give distances to beaches of far away destinations. These signs set 2nd Jetty’s very cool, shore vibe. Classic, simple, satisfying seafood. The lobster roll is loaded with drawn butter. Other dishes to enjoy, the halibut tacos, seared corvina on chunky potato “risotto,” and, for the non-seafood lovers, short ribs and burgers. Closed for the winter, they will reopen in March.

140 Ocean Avenue

Angeline, Atlantic City Iron Chef Michael Symon has named his restaurant Angeline after his mother, he’s a good Italian boy that cooks. The concept, Italian of course. Symon, is a co-host of TV’s The Chew and if that’s not impressive enough, he’s also a James Beard award winner, he’s not a native, he’s from Cleveland, but his food will please any Jersey girl or guy. Mom’s Lasagne is the signature dish. Wood-fired meats and fish, classic Italian with a sophisticated vibe.

The Borgata, 1 Borgata Way

Charlie’s of Bay Head, Bay Head

In the aftermath of Sandy, this new eatery has risen. A spot with classic favorites, crab cake, clam chowder and hot mini-doughnuts. Beautiful views of Twilight Lake from your table.

72 Bridge Avenue

New Concepts Opening Soon

Farmly, Sea Girt Planned opening in May 2018.

Chef/Owner of Asbury park's The Bonney Read, James Avery, is creating a family-friendly, fast-casual brand that will offer meals especially made for those on the go. Roasted meats and sides, restaurant quality you have in or can take home, or to the beach.

The Atlantic House, Highlands Summer 2018

Rooftop bar, a large open dining space with giant widows for great dining on those summer nights and a menu of American and European small plates. On-tap beers and crafted cocktails. Coming soon, Sumer 2018. 67 1st Ave

Whatever your food passion, whatever spot is your go to dining place, come on down the shore and sample some of the new and the long-standing eateries that have made the shore a destination for the foodie in all of us. Plan to take in one of the many restaurant tours or food festivals right here a t the beautiful Jersey Shore.

For more information on dining at the shore and a schedule of the food, wine, beer and restaurant tours visit our Events Along The Shore page.

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