A walk down Main Street is a favorite pastime of boaters. Here’s
Street’s Algonquin Arts
Theatre (732) 528-9211 presents a year-round schedule of music,
drama, and film.
find needlepoint to Louis XIV furniture at the Eclectic
Mix (732) 223-7170 and perhaps that antique knickknack. Also check
out the offerings at the Main Street Art Gallery Phone: (732) 223-1268
and the Eagle Glass Studio/Cain
Gallery (732) 528-8696.
150 wreck sites in his cadre of diving opportunities, Capt. Steve Nagiewicz
(732) 477-8404 will make your visit an adventurous one. Nagiewicz’s
Diversion II dive boat is regarded as one of the best operations in the
Beach (732) 223-2514 has 12 lifeguard stations and a flag system designating
swimming, rafting, and surfing areas. The recreational beach has a volleyball
court, and Tuesday evenings in summer are for league play. The inlet beach
has some of the finest surfing on the East Coast, and even if you don’t
hang ten yourself, you won’t be disappointed at the show the locals
put on. Daily beach passes are five dollars.
Shore Catch Guide Service
(732) 528-1861 offers saltwater fly-fishing from the beach in a 4x4 or
aboard its custom-rigged Parker 21-foot center console boat. Guides Jim
Freda, Shell Caris, and Darin Muly, along with captains Brian Pasch and
Gene Quigley, will give you a day to remember.
You can find any kind of cuisine in and around Manasquan. Here’s
for the gumbo at the Bayou
Café (732) 223-6678 and you won’t be disappointed.
Other dishes include crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, crab cakes, Bayou chicken,
and blackened shrimp or filet mignon. And don’t worry about how hot
you order it, as the volunteer fire department is close by.
Colonial Inn (732) 223-2033 serves Italian specialties and house favorites
family style. I suggest you order the thin-crust pizza as an appetizer
for the table before you even look at the menu. Harpoon Willys
(732) 223-8880 is a favorite with the locals. Seafood, steaks, and pasta
are featured. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared
good food and professional service, the big draw at O’Neill’s
Bar & Grill (732) 528-5666 is Jim O’Neill, who runs his establishment
with an “open arms” attitude. It’s no wonder the place
is always crowded, especially since reservations are not accepted. Start
with the fresh, warm crab dip or roasted clams before diving into a bowl
of New England clam chowder. Have a Caesar salad next, and then choose
from meat, fish, fowl, or pasta. The wine list is extensive, and there
is dancing to live music.
down, Giamano’s (732) 775-4275, in nearby Bradley Beach, is
one of my all-time favorite Shore places. Chef Stefan Manno’s Chicken
Scarpriello is superb, the pastas are wonderful—notably the bolognese—and
the daily specials are, well, always special. Don’t pass up the sautéed
portabello mushroom appetizer, and order the hot sauce with the calamari.
Make reservations well in advance, especially on the weekends, and don’t
forget Grandma Manno’s homemade ricotta cheesecake for dessert.
other favorite Bradley Beach haunt is Vic’s (732) 774-8225,
where the thin-crust pizza may just be the best you’ve ever had and
the pasta fagioli is unforgettable. While I have difficulty accepting
the fact that Vic’s stopped making its own birch beer soda, I must
admit the IBC bottled root beer is not bad.
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