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The best hidden gems in Red Bank

Locals are perhaps aware about what Red Bank has to offer. You’ll be surprised, though, that there are still some things that most people living around the area may not be aware about. Sure, you have some of the popular hotspots throughout town, like some of the various restaurants around and entertainment venues, that bring in visitors and traffic, but there are the interesting finds off the beaten path.

Yes, you’ll need a watchful eye in order to spot some of the hidden gems in Red Bank, but once you do uncover some of them, you may be surprised by what they offer. We’ve scoured Red Bank for the best hidden gems, so find out what they are below. What are some of your favorite hidden gems? Let us know, so we can share some of them as well and update this guide too.

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Roadside Hot Dog Truck by The Galleria

Image courtesy of Yelp via Sebastian B.

Location: 3-71 County Route 13, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Anyone who’s driven into Red Bank from Senator Kyrillos Bridge on the west side may perhaps glimpse a hot dog truck all by itself on a small parking lot. At first glance, you may not think much about it, but then something invisible simply compels you to investigate it.

The G & G Hot Dog Truck may not be there all the time, which makes it a hidden gem because it’s also renowned around the area. You’ll find it parked there typically during lunch hours, so make sure to swing by and order yourself a hot dog. Even though there’s nothing ornate about these dogs, it’s just the convenience of it being there when you least expect that makes it a destination to check out if you’re ever lucky to spot it.

Juanitos Market’s authentic produce & meats

Image courtesy Google Street View

Locations: 197 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Grocery stores aren’t too hard to find around the area. In Red Bank alone, you have Food Town and Sickles Market — with each catering to different clientele. However, a hidden gem can be found over on the west side with Juanitos Market off Shrewsbury Avenue.

It’s a hidden gem mainly because of its authentic selection of produce and meats for a fine Mexican cuisine you can whip up. The international market also features a selection of treats you won’t find elsewhere in other local groceries — like its chicharon.

Cookie Jar Sundae at Char Steakhouse

Location: 33 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Desserts come in all flavors and sizes in Red Bank. For example, have you checked out some of the sideshow desserts offered at Coney Waffle? They’re ridiculously ginormous! While you can certainly treat yourself to something grand like that, many people aren’t aware about the specialty dessert that Char Steakhouse offers with its Cookie Jar Sundae.

If you can somehow consume every bit of it, you’ll be astounded by its sheer grandeur. Featuring vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanut butter, Oreo crumbles, chocolate cake, macerated berries, Macadamia nuts, caramel, whipped cream, and a triple chocolate chip Nutella cookie all contained in a cookie jar, it’s a hidden gem that’s big in size, but relatively affordable for its price.

Riverside views from Oyster Point Hotel’s bar

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Location: 146 Bodman Pl, Red Bank, NJ 07701

If there’s one thing in abundance in Red Bank, it has to be bars and restaurants. Whether it’s downtown or on the west side, you’re bound to find one that suits your interest. There are in fact a couple of rooftop bars as well to check out. While it’s known as a destination for visitors, the Oyster Point Hotel has a neat hidden gem with its bar and restaurant.

Not only are the dishes amazing from its dining restaurant, but it’s one of the few places situated right along the Navesink River for some amazing views. None of the other restaurants in Red Bank can claim to have the same views as the Oyster Point Hotel. Like we said, it’s not the first place that comes to mind for most people looking for a meal or drink, but it’s undeniably one of the few that will treat you with its views.


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