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Brickwall's friendly ambiance livens up the final block of Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, revitalizing a once-forgotten neighborhood with warming food and local events. An industrial-style interior sets the stage for an eclectic menu of updated homestyle plates, sporting appetizers such as cajun seared shrimp with parmesan grits ($12) and savory main courses such as a dry-rub half-rack of ribs ($15). More herbaceous hankerings can be answered with earthy eats such as potato, pesto, and parmesan fusilli ($14). Satisfy a sweet tooth with a single dessert of blueberry cobbler, or swaddle a whole mouth's worth with a half-dozen post-dinner dishes (desserts are $3 each, or $15 for six). The tavern's extensive drink selection includes ample offerings of wine, beer, and creative cocktails to wet the whistles of patrons lacking their own camel-like water supply.

522 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park,
NJ
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Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza introduces the "old world" art of Pizza Making. At Tommy's we carry on this tradition by using only the finest ingredients for our Pizza. Our Pizza is baked in a coal fired oven at temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees providing an authentic crispy crust that enhances our top quality toppings.

2105 State Route 35
Oakhurst,
NJ
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Studio owner and award-winning dancer Dianna “D” Dray calls ballroom dance “therapy for the soul.” With her fellow instructors, she hosts these unorthodox therapy sessions, basing the lessons on the philosophy that “anyone can learn.” On Latin Days (Mondays and Thursdays), the teachers lead salsa, rumba, cha-cha, and samba classes. Other days feature ballroom dances such as the foxtrot and the tango (Tuesdays), and freewheeling swing and hustle classes (Wednesdays). D also leads classes specifically for brides- and grooms-to-be, teaching them the steps to gracefully handle their first dance as a married couple, whether it’s a tactful waltz or a classy hokey pokey.

611 River Road
Fair Haven,
NJ
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Harrigan's has been serving up Irish hospitality by way of fresh seafood, steak, and sandwiches for more than 25 years. Commence evening eating with a lip-smacking starter from the dinner menu, such as potato skins loaded with corned beef, jack cheese, and sauerkraut ($8.99). Make Irish eyes smile from lid to lid with Guinness-kissed beef potpie ($14.99) or Irish-whiskey chicken marinated with Jameson. Nautically nosh on the surf o' turf ($18.99), or challenge butter- and garlic-infused steak, paired with fries or frizzled onions ($15.99), to slake demanding dental requests. Harrigan's also houses a fully stocked bar backed by bartenders friendly enough to rotate customers' frowns 90 degrees.

703 Baltimore Blvd
Sea Girt,
NJ
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Atlantic Standard came by its name through the twin goals of its owners: to make dishes from scratch with seasonal Atlantic ingredients, and to set the standard for the culinary industry. Under the watchful eye of experienced chef and owner Bradley Rodriguez, the kitchen staff plates flavorful seafood dishes, brick-oven pizzas, and contemporary entrees bolstered by house-made pastas.

3602 State Route 35
South Amboy,
NJ
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Since taking over the 17 Thomas Street location in 2005, J. O'Neill's Place owners Jennifer O'Neill and Shannon Lalley have overseen a complete facelift of their restaurant. The most recent update transformed the dining area into a bistro-like space, where romantic lighting casts shadows across sleek hardwood floors. More than just a welcoming ambiance, J. O'Neill's fills bellies, too, including with its fresh fish and shrimp during its popular Fish Fry Fridays.

17 Thomas St
Sayreville,
NJ
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