“We’ve taken it to a whole new level,” says coowner Marty Verniero. This sprawling enterprise — a series of connected bars and restaurants stretching from Boardwalk to beach — packs them in every summer.
It is the Jersey Shore’s best-known bar, the mere mention of which is likely to evoke a cherished, albeit beer-sodden, memory.
Leave those Jersey stereotypes behind: It’s not all big hair and “Jersey Shore’’ wannabes out there.
You can find secluded hangouts just off the Parkway, the state’s best Reuben at a Shore bar, a mechanical bull minutes from Route 22 and Italian grandma-worthy broccoli rabe at a bowling alley.
While the open jam goes on hiatus through the summer, it’ll be back riffing on Thursdays in the autumn.
“We hit all different areas so it’s a great place to meet people.” Second Place Diva Lounge369 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair(973) 509-3000Third Place Clydz55 Paterson St., New Brunswick(732) 846-6521HAPPY HOUR Winner Famished Frog18 Washington St., Morristown(973) 540-9601Decompress with happy hour at this restaurant/bar, which cuts prices on food and drinks between 4 and 7 p.m. The appetizer menu includes veggie spring rolls, buffalo wings and bar pie, all for . The Frog also offers seasonal specials such as Three Olive Vodka Night, featuring a to menu of 15 different martinis and cocktails.
If nothing on the menu catches your fancy, you’re from another food planet.
Burgers, wings, mussels, cheesesteaks, clam strips, pastrami on rye, fish and chips, fettucine Alfredo, fried flounder, steak, seared ahi tuna — the list goes on and on.
On Thursday nights, Keith Mc Carthy and Lindsey Miller of the group Sunday Blues host an acoustic singer-songwriter showcase, with occasional guest artists.
Each performer gets 10 minutes at the mike, and the venue is set up with candlelit tables for a supperclub vibe.