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January 12, 2009

If you like Soho, you'll love Red Bank

Though the Jersey Shore town of Red Bank has always been home to director Kevin Smith, it's much more than the ragtag places, slackers and drifters portrayed in his quirky films like Clerks and Chasing Amy. A ritzy downtown area, with its pristinely maintained old buildings, is home to hip young professionals and cash-heavy commuting bankers and lawyers. "Red Bank is the crown jewel of the Jersey Shore," says Maury Povich, who, along with his wife, Connie Chung, lives in nearby Middletown. "It's a happening town for couples and singles."As for celeb-spotting: Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, who both live just a few miles away, are frequent visitors to the shops, as is Debbie Harry. "Bruce comes and stays here for hours because nobody bothers him," says Kimberly Landau, who owns Coco Pari, a three-story boutique that's a hybrid of Intermix and Bergdorf Goodman.The dining is also top-notch. Swank restaurant Reds and the more casual Downtown Caf´┐Ż are owned by New York hospitality veterans Daniel Lynch and Matthew Wagman. Just five miles away in Rumson, Maury, Richie Sambora and Geraldo Rivera frequent NYC chef David Burke's Fromagerie. Maury insists, though, "Red Bank's not a pretentious town at all."getting there: The train trip takes one hour and 20 minutes from NYC's Penn Station to Red Bank Station on N.J. Transit; $11.75 one way.

Posted by riesambo at January 12, 2009 07:59 PM