Shop ‘Til You Drop!

  • The Stone Pony – 913 Ocean Avenue – The anchor of the Asbury Park music scene since 1974. Purchase holiday show tickets, cool merchandise and swag. The Stone Pony
  • Rebel Supply Co. – 550 Cookman Avenue – Half-new/half-consignment boutique with a diverse vinyl record section and offerings in housewares and accessories. Rebel Supply
  • Convention Hall – 1300 Ocean Ave – Shop for beachwear, jewelry, hand-made soaps, graphic tees, art pieces, and so much more. Convention Hall
  • Asbury Park Roastery – Two locations: 803 Second Avenue & 1300 Ocean Avenue (Conventional Hall) – Gift boxes of freshly roasted coffee, organic loose leaf teas, accessories and confections. Asbury Park Roastery
  • Hot Sand – 550 Cookman Avenue – Gift cards available. Learn the art of glass-blowing. Work with experts or purchase individually crafted creative glassware. Pieces are artist-inspired and functional. Hot Sand
  • Dollar Tree – 1105 Main Street – Large selection of Holiday decorations and extreme values every day, not to mention more thrills, more fun, and new items arriving every week! Dollar Tree
  • Ocean Grove – Main Avenue – Several notable places to shop: Main Avenue Galleria, Ocean Grove Trading, and Gifts by Tina, at 73 Main Avenue.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

Main Street — Cookman Avenue — Memorial Drive

  • Frank’s Deli & Restaurant – 1406 Main St. – Featured on the CNN food & travel show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Delicious soups, sandwiches, Greek fare, & more. Frank’s Deli
  • RBar – 1114 Main Street – New Orleans comes to Asbury. Savor the Blue Crab Beignets with Creole Remoulade, or delicious Chicken Hand Pies and homemade gravy. RBar
  • Los Barbaros Birria – 704 Main Street – features Mexican birria eats – tacos, quesadillas, tortas and mulitas, as well as birria ramen, birria pizza and agua frescas. Birria-style meat is spicy, stewed meat cooked in a beef broth. (732) 361-5460. Los Barbaros Birria
  • Cameo Love Market – 1213 Main Street – Mediterranean gastronomic market & bistro, farm to table, vegan friendly, with a tapas brunch to dinner menu, espresso bar and specialty drinks. Cameo Love Market
  • MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos – 632 Cookman Avenue – Offers fusion tacos, burritos & bowls, in a contemporary space – a healthier yet savory alternative to typical fares. MOGO Tacos
  • Cookman Creamery – 711 Cookman Avenue – Hand-crafted small-batch ice creams produced on-site. Offers a variety of flavors, both plant-based vegan and traditional dairy. Cookman Creamery
  • Rice Asian Cuisine – 718 Cookman Avenue – Offers a delicious and diverse selection of Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food. Rice Asian Cuisine
  • Dolce Fantasia – 521 Cookman Avenue – This fairly new restaurant offers authentic Northern Italian cuisine, delicious pastries, and dishes with a French flair.  Dolce Fantasia
  • Islander Caribbean Restaurant – 100 Memorial Drive – Known for its outstanding daily soup selections & chicken dishes: stewed, jerk and curry and for Sorrel, a Jamaican Holiday beverage. Islander Caribbean Restaurant

Convention HallOcean Avenue

  • Asbury Oyster Bar – Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue – This boutique oyster bar offers a scrumptious seafood sampler so you can try and savor a little bit of the best of everything. Asbury Oyster Bar
  • The Robinson Ale House – 1200 Ocean Avenue – Offers a vast beer and wine selection, variety of menu offerings, and live entertainment on the weekends.  The Robinson Ale House
  • The Break – 1000 Ocean Avenue – Famous “Break” wings, (Old Bay, Jerk, BBQ or Buffalo), traditional/signature sushi rolls, burgers, tacos, and more!  The Break

On the Move — Food Truck

Kiyah’s Kiye, Colorful Food Truck Credit: Kiyah's Kiye
  • Kiyah’s Kiye – Delicious dining – Food Truck style! APR Co-founder, Sheila Etienne, is related to the owner of this popular roaming eatery. Caribbean soul food offerings include: oxtails, mac & cheese, greens, empanadas, chicken wings and fish sandwiches. Lunchtime, look for this colorful truck parked on Banks Avenue between Emily and Bond, and on Lake Avenue at dinnertime.  For more information, visit Kiyah’s Kiye on Facebook: Kiyah’s Kiye 

Comment below with more holiday suggestions!

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