New Jersey October 28, 2017
You’ll Never Run Out Of Things To Do In This Tiny New Jersey Town
New Jersey does small towns right! We’ve got Haddonfield and Cape May, Cranbury and Clinton, but that’s only the beginning. One of my absolute favorites is Red Bank! You’ll never be bored in this little riverfront town.
Red Bank is a tiny town of just around two square miles.
But you'll find 12,000 residents and tons to do in this vibrant town on the Navesink River! It's got art, entertainment, excellent dining and so much more. Below are just a few of the things that make Red Bank great!
You can find all sorts of antique treasures here.
If you're into antiquing, you're headed to the right place. According to Patch, Red Bank has the largest antique district in New Jersey. The Antique Center of Red Bank is housed in two buildings and offers thousands of unique vintage and antique goods. Riverbank Antiques is another local favorite, offering mainly furnishings. You'll find everything from towering cabinets to tiny signs in a variety of styles - Victorian, Early American, Industrial Salvage, and more.
There's a vibrant art scene.
Red Bank is a cultural hub, bursting at the seams with art and entertainment. The 1500-seat Count Basie Theater offers film, plays, live music, and other performing arts events. It has hosted well-known entertainers including Bill Maher and Andrew "Dice" Clay, among others. Two Rivers Theater is somewhat smaller, but still offers quality shows and performing arts workshops.
If fine art is more your thing, check out one of the many galleries. You can find everything from photography to pottery. Popular choices include the Chetkin Gallery, Mudslingers Pottery, Beacon Fine Arts Gallery, and McKay Photo Studio & Gallery.
And there's plenty of other entertainment, too.
If you're looking to travel back in time, visit Yestercades - an incredible retro arcade. Enjoy both arcade and pinball games dating back to 1977. Titles include Ms. Pacman, Mortal Kombat II, Frogger, Tron, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and many more!
Of course we can't forget about comic book heaven - Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. Opened by Kevin Smith, of "Clerks" and "Jay and Silent Bob" fame, this shop is known the world over to comic book lovers. It has some of the best comic book memorabilia around and is the filming location for reality television show, Comic Book Men.
And delectable dining options abound!
Any town with good food is a favorite of mine! Red Bank does not disappoint. Visitors can also enjoy mouthwatering Italian food at Birravino. The restaurant is owned by Vic Rallo, the host of Eat Drink Italy. The Cheese Cave (try the Four Cheese Melt or Grilled French Onion Sandwich), Catch 19 (an eatery with an art gallery), and O Bistro Francais are other local favorites.
A can't miss eatery for all New Jerseyans is the JBJ Soul Kitchen. The kitchen was founded by Jon Bon Jovi to support the local community. Meals have no fixed prices, customers donate to pay for their food. If they cannot afford to pay, they may volunteer instead.
These are just a few reasons to love Red Bank – I don’t want to give away all of its secrets! There is just so much to discover, you have to visit for yourself. Maybe you’ll fall in love with the desserts at Whipped Creperie, or find bliss at The Woodhouse Spa; whatever you do, it’s worth the trip. To top it all off, Red Bank is centrally located an hour from North Jersey and Manhattan and under two hours from Cape May. While Red Bank is incredible, there’s more to explore – for the perfect little New Jersey town for foodies,