Monmouth EatBeat - 26 West on the Navesink
26 West | 26 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 | (732) 852-2650 | 26westonthenavesink.com
Owners | Gregory Milano, Edie Milano, Vince Gifford, and Jean Jaslovsky
Executive Chef | Meg LaManna
Open | June 5th, 2017
Greg’s Favorite Dish | Block Island Lobster Roll served on a New England roll
with white wine, garlic butter, and chives
Signature Dish | Grilled Swordfi sh over fettuccine and clams topped with bruschetta
Signature Dessert | Seasonal fruit tarts
Hours of Operation | Monday-Thursday: 12 pm-11pm, Friday: 12 pm-12am,
Saturday:12pm to 12am, Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
If you’ve ever been to iconic New England, where the breeze is ever-blowing, the shoreline beckons and the seafood is to-die-for, you likely long for a return visit. No worries; 26 West on the Navesink, Red Bank’s newest eatery, is the closest you can get to heavenly coastal cuisine south of Nantucket.
Restaurant owner Greg Milano felt an unmistakable vibe the first time he looked out onto the Navesink River and saw the marina and boat club. He knew the scene was perfect for a spectacular seafood spot where the varied menu features fresh, locally sourced fare.
“Freshness is a top priority. If we buy it close we know it’s as fresh as can be,” Milano promises. “We offer elevated farm-to-table approach. We have a beachy vibe without being a seafood shack.”
The newly opened restaurant features mouth-watering seafood in a family atmosphere where diners can’t help but feel as though they are on vacation. Chef Meg LaManna enjoys bringing her creativity to the place.
For starters, Chef LaManna tempts the palates of adventurous diners with Smoked Escargot or Grilled Octopus. For tamer tastes, try the Crab Cake or Bruschetta. Next, move on to the Raw Bar featuring daily ceviche and oysters, sourced from both U.S. coasts.
Next course, enjoy a classic fish and chips, a decadent Pistachio Crusted Yellowfin Tuna or one of 26 West’s savory and mouth-watering lobster rolls. (Milano’s favorite is the Block Island Lobster Roll served on a New England roll with white wine, garlic butter, and chives.)
And, of course, leave room for dessert. Try the exquisitely prepared, and locally sourced, fresh fruit tarts and or a slice of the creamiest cheesecake ever served.
While the culinary lineup is unmistakably seafood-focused (and will change as the seasons do), there is plenty for a landlubber, as well. Organic chicken dishes and plenty of kid-friendly fare (think chicken tenders, fries and fi sh nuggets) round out the menu.
Adults are invited to enjoy a “mixology experience” designed by head bartender Christopher James, featuring an extensive wine list, multiple craft beers on tap, creative cocktails, and more.
In fact, the restaurant features two bars which set the stage for a variety of dining options. Window seating is popular in the back room as the sunset view is spectacular.
But wait, there’s more! An extravagant addition to the restaurant is coming this fall. “Just wait until you see the view from the rooftop. Talk about a killer view,” Milano says. “If you think the street-level view of the Navesink River is beautiful, just wait until you’ve seen it from above.”
Private parties are booking now, with seating for up to 150. The rooftop dining area will accommodate approximately 40 people additional.
The building was previously a nightclub and more recently a Mexican eatery. However, with its reconstructed overhaul inspired by the wharf-like area and its welcoming interior maritime
decorative touches, 26 West on the Navesink promises an authentic coastal dining experience.