Plan to visit Red Bank, New Jersey

One of New Jersey local newspapers dubbed Red Bank as ‘hip city’ because it’s a town that has everything.   It’s a great restaurant meca, has interesting shops for browsing and buying, excellent entertainment, exclusive hotels, and it’s right on the beautiful Navesink River.

Restaurant:
I highly recommend Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill, located at 183 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank.  This exceptional restaurant faces the Navesink, has plenty of free parking, and features speciality beer brewed right on the premises.  Their Italian grill menu has appetizing dishes like the Sunday Pasta Ragu, hearty rigatoni pasta with meat sauce, chunks of pork, beef, and meatballs.  This hungry man’s portion will definitely satisfy a big guy.  And leftovers can be taken home.

Basil T'sw

Outside Basil T's

Their salad of spring mixed greens dressed with blood oranges and tender floured calamari melts on your tongue.  They offer exceptional antipasto meats and cheeses with toasted, seasoned Italian bread, which is one of my favorites.

Hotels:
Directly across from Basil T’s is the Molly Pitcher Inn and the Oyster Point Hotel.  Two fabulous inns sitting right on the Navasink  River.   Sunday morning brunch at “The Molly” is a favorite of locals and visitors year round.

The Molly

The Molly Pitcher Inn

Entertainment:
The Count Basie Theater, famous for its year-round entertainment.  Performers from Vegas, Atlantic City, and the New York City area also perform at this venue.  New artists get their break at Count Basie and are welcomed with open arms by the local town folks and visitors from around  the tri-state area.
The Count Basie Theatre is a historic landmark that operates as a  theater for the performing arts in Red Bank, New Jersey.  It opened as the Carlton Theater in 1926 and was renamed in 1984 to honor jazz great and Red Bank native son, William “Count” Basie.  Seating capacity for approximately 1500.  The Count Basie Theatre box office is the only official ticketing outlet for Count Basie Theatre presented shows.
Two  River Theater
Two River Theater Company was founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz and is now under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. After producing seasons at Monmouth University in West Long Branch and the Algonquin Arts in Manasquan, Bob and Joan Rechnitz led a community effort to build a new, permanent home for the theater in the locale that gave the company its name, the peninsula formed by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers. In 2005, they opened their state-of-the-art, two-theater complex in Red Bank, which was designed by the renowned architectural firm Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.

Two River Theater (web photo)

Two River Theater (web photo)

Events:
“No Child” written and performed by Nilaja Sun and produced by Hal Brooks, has received spectacular reviews.  The show started November 1 and plays until November 20th.  Check the calendar of events for more information.   Alex Baldwin Unplugged will also make his second appearance at the Two River Theater.

Red Bank, New Jersey is indeed a hip city, one that you’ll want to visit over and over again.

Photos (other than noted in photo captions):  Patricia Florio

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