Jersey Shore Restaurant Week 2022

It’s that time of year again that restaurants and locals alike look forward to on the Jersey Shore: the 13th annual Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.

From November 4-13, 65 restaurants from Keyport to Seaside Park will participate in the 10-day event.

The first Restaurant Week event began in November 2009 and attracted 56 restaurants. Chairman Jim Flynn said it was created to help restaurants at two traditionally slow times of the year for them, namely November and April.

November is usually a slow month as it is after the busy summer and fall seasons and before the holidays. So it’s a period of calm, explained Flynn. The same goes for the month of April, as restaurants come out of the winter months and before the summer season picks up speed.

He said restaurants love this special week because they’re getting business during a time when they don’t usually have much.

“The second benefit is for the consumer, because they have the opportunity to try restaurants that they may have never visited before or thought were too expensive,” Flynn said.

Moonstruck, Asbury Park (Photo credit: JSRW)

Moonstruck, Asbury Park (Photo credit: JSRW)

How does Jersey Shore Restaurant Week work?

The restaurants offer a three-course meal for $40. They offer a choice from a menu of three starters, three starters and three desserts.

“During Restaurant Week, 80% of people who attend try a new restaurant,” Flynn said.

Participating restaurants are beginning to submit their menus. You can see a lot of them here.

Fratello’s in Sea Girt has been attending JSRW for 13 years now as well as Grandma’s Meatball in Manasquan, Flynn said. But 21A on Broadway at Long Branch and Catch 19 at Red Bank are new entrants. All of David Burke’s restaurants: The GOAT in Union Beach, Drifthouse in Sea Bright and Red Horse in Rumson are also participating.

Johnny Piancone’s, Long Branch (Photo credit: JSRW)

Johnny Piancone’s, Long Branch (Photo credit: JSRW)

How does JSRW help small businesses and the local economy?

Flynn said not only are people trying new restaurants, but they’re also going out 50% more during Restaurant Week than during a normal week.

This floods the communities of diners who are there almost every night for the 10 days, he added. This, in turn, helps the economy as there are a lot more people around.

Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt (Photo credit: JSRW)

Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt (Photo credit: JSRW)

Are there any special events held during JSRW?

Yes. Two special events are underway. The first is called the “Dream Dinner Party” on Thursday, November 3 at Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake. Five great chefs from the region are invited to come and each cooks a separate dish. Consumers can enjoy the cuisine of top chefs under one roof in one night.

This year’s theme is for chefs to cook iconic dishes from famous New York restaurants that no longer exist.

“For example, we’ll do Newburg lobster from Delmonico, black bean soup from The Coach House, steak Diane from the 21 Club,” Flynn said.

All dishes will also be accompanied by wines.

The second special event is Tito’s Cocktail Challenge, Sunday, November 6, at Reef and Barrel, Manasquan.

It’s a competition between the bartenders of the region to be crowned champion of the Tito cocktail. Consumers show up, try all the concoctions and vote for their favorite.
Tickets for both special events can be found here.

Mantoloking Road Alehouse, Brick, NJ (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Mantoloking Road Alehouse, Brick, NJ (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Some participating JSRW restaurants:

21A on Broadway, Long Branch
801 Artisanal cuisine and spirits, Belmar
Al Ponte, Neptune
B2 Bistro & Bar, Red Bank
Avenue, Long Branch
Atlantic Deep Sea Fishing, Point Pleasant Beach
Bar Anticipation, Lake Como (lunch only)
Beijing Bistro, Red Bank
Berkeley Cut Steakhouse, Seaside Park
Smoked meats and poutine from Berg, Belmar
B2 Bistro, Point Pleasant Beach
Brandl, Belmar
Cantina branch, long branch
Blu Cave, Oceanport
Brooklyn Bistro, Toms River
Bum Rogers Crabhouse, Seaside Park
Outlet 19, Red Bank
Centrada, Red Bank
Hotel Crab’s Claw Hostel
David Burke’s Drifthouse, Sea Bright
Elbow Room Bar & Kitchen, Bradley Beach
Fratello Restaurant and Lounge, Sea Girt
Grenville Hotel and Restaurant, Bay Head
Grandma’s Meatballs, Manasquan
Pub Harrigan, Sea Girt
Johnny Piancone, Long Branch
Killer Pies, Asbury Park
La Cipollina Ristorante, in full ownership
Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park
La Dolce Vita, Belmar
Mantoloking Road Brewery, Brick
Marandola, Bradley Beach
Maya, long branch
Mister C’s Beach Bistro, Allenhurst
Hotel Molly Pitcher Hostel
MonAlyssa Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Point Pleasant
Moonstruck, Asbury Park
Mr Shrimp, Belmar
Ohana Grill, Lavallette
Pearl at Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank
Prime 13 Point Pleasant Beach
David Burke’s Red Horse, Rumson
“An Italian Tavern” by Rella, Brielle
Scarborough Fair, Sea Girt
The Black Swan, Asbury Park
Breakers on the ocean, Spring Lake
The Bonney Read, Asbury Park
David Burke’s Goat, Union Beach
The Melting Pot, Red Bank
The Restaurant at Sea, Point Pleasant Beach
The salt whale, Manasquan
The Shrimp Box, Point Pleasant Beach
The Shore House Bar & Grill, Point Pleasant
The Whitechapel, Long Branch projects
Triumph Brewing Co., Red Bank
Windward Tavern, Brick
Woody’s Roadside Tavern, Farmingdale

Grandma’s Meatballs, Manasquan (Photo credit: JSRW)

Grandma’s Meatballs, Manasquan (Photo credit: JSRW)

It’s a great opportunity for the consumer to get out there, Flynn said. The past two years with the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult for everyone, especially for restaurants.

“It’s a way for the consumer to show their support for the restaurant industry and it’s a way for the restaurant to give back to the consumer who supported them, by providing a great value meal,” Flynn said.

There will be another Jersey Shore Restaurant Week in April 2023.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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