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The sadly defunct Hojo in Asbury Park, NJ.
Holly Eats has a great rundown on finding Jersey Hot Dogs!
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Asbury Park
Asbury Park used to be a wonderful seaside resort.  It is also the home of the Stone Pony, where "the boss" got his start. 
Now however, the town has fallen on hard times with never finished development and the shells of a formerly busy town.  When traveling through NJ, you MUST visit this place and walk on the boardwalk.  You will see the shell of an amusement pavillion, an old Howard Johnsons that once had a theater on top of it, and a very unique convention center on a pier that, believe it or not is still being used.  You can take in a gig at the newly opened Stone Pony, too.  Just take the Asbury Park Exit and head east towards the ocean.  You cant miss it.   Bring a camera.

Live Music
The Stone Pony-913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (732-502-0600)
The Saint -601 Main St.-Asbury Park, NJ  (732) 775-9144
Asbury Lanes, 209 4th ave, Asbury Park, NJ-gonna be a bowling alley too.

News about Asbury Park at

Atlantic city

There are 2 must do things in Atlantic City, model for the monopoly board:
Go to the Steel amusement pier behind the Trump Taj Mahal, and ride the crazy mouse, a combination rollercoaster/tilt-a-whirl.  After the ride you can also walk down the boardwalk and hit some taffy places that look like they are stuck in time.

The other, more important thing to do in AC is go to The White House Sub shop where the Sub Sandwich was invented.  Even Sinatra used to eat there.  They are constantly getting fresh french bread which they hollow out and fill with high quality italian cold cuts, lettuce, tomato and an amazing hot pepper relish.  The relish is not overly spicy, but for the faint of heart, they also make a great cheese steak sandwich.  NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!!!
White House Sub Shop-2301 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ  (609-345-1564)

Beach Haven, NJ

Uncle Wills Pancake House-3 south Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ (609)492-2514.  Old fashioned/new fangled pancake house with great omlettes and things like strawberry pancakes.  Yum.

NJ Music Scene Info:
The Aquarian
Jersey Beat
NJ Rocks
Jersey Shows
Jersey Music
Birthplace to Baseball and Frank Sinatra, Hoboken is really just a nesting ground for people who work in Wall Street now.  Washington Street has tons of bars and restaurants, though few have hipster potential, despite the proximity to NYC which is just a 15 minute PATH train ride away.
It does have
Maxwells, however.  Maxwells is a normal sized bar/restaurant with a tiny performing room that attracts many major acts.  Sometimes you can see a band like Stereolab play here to a crowd of 125 before they do a gig across the Hudson for 3000. 
There is a thai restaurant here that used to be my favorite thai in the NYC area.  It is located at the corner of fourth and Washington and is called Bangkok City Thai Restaurant 335 Washington St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 792-6613.  I can't vouch for the quality lately though, since I haven't been for a while.
Also Try SRI THAI,
recommended by a HT user.  Its on the Corner of 3rd and Bloomfield, 234 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken-(201) 798-4822
Slices as big as your head!  Benny Tudino's Pizzeria 622 Washington St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 792-4132
uses a yard wide pan for its slices which are very doughy with a mild sauce and quite good.
For the most incredible fresh mozzarella and great sandwiches made with italian cold cuts head to Fiore Deli Of Hoboken 414 Adams St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 659-1655. Their fresh mozzarella is so good that Frank Sinatra had them send it to him in California.  Yum!

Hoboken area Bars/Clubs

Uncle Joes, 154 First St., Jersey City, NJ (201) 659-6999

Best sub in the world at White House subs in Atlantic City!

Blackwood, NJ
(philly suburb)
Record Store
Full Circle Records-1031 Little Glouchester
Blackwood, NJ 08102-856-227-0662

Mastoris Diner
-famous for homemade cheesebread and cinnamon bread- 144 US Highway 130, Bordentown, NJ 08505

East Hanover, NJ

Jimmy Buff's-Said to be the originator of New Jersey Italian Hot Dogs.  Deep-fried dog  stuffed into puffy bread they call pizza bread, but its not pizzaish, topped with peppers and  onions, and fries.  In case I am unclear, the fries are on the sandwich. 354 New Jersey 10, East Hanover NJ 07936
Morristown, NJ
The Morris Museum has the largest collection of music boxes in the world it is believed.  Cooler than it sounds.-6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

New Brunswick-

Venues- The Clinic-stand-up comedy club in New Jersey that just started having the occasional rock show-193 Hamilton Street in New Brunswick.

Passaic Park, NJ


The Loop Lounge
-373 Broadway Passaic Park, NJ 973-365-0807.
2 Rooms, 2 DJs, Live Bands.

Patterson, NJ

Patterson has a waterfall that is the second largest in the Northeast.
GREAT FALLS/S.U.M. National Historic District, McBride Avenue Extension and Spruce Street, Paterson-The City of Paterson’s Great Falls Visitor Center is located across from the Great Falls at 65 McBride Avenue Extension, offers guided walks featuring an overview of the District, its significant industrial architecture, history, and current projects. For information about Visitor Center hours and services call 973-279-9587.Princeton, NJ

Record Store
PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE-20 South Tulane Street, Princeton, NJ 08542,  1-609-921-0881-huge collector oriented record store.  About one hour by car from Philly or NYC.

Sussex, NJ
Jump out of an airplane with
Sussex Skydiving at the Sussex Airport.  You get a nice view of NYC before you go splat.

Stanhope, NJ

Live Music-
Stanhope House, 45 Main Street , Stanhope, NJ  (973) 347-0458

Vineland, NJ
DRIVE IN-  2203 S. Delsea Drive Vineland, NJ 08360: 856-696-0011
Watch the Tram Car, Please!
Wildwood, NJ

Old fashioned amusement piers line the boardwalk in this town.  They have a tram that has a womans voice going "watch the tram car please" running on the boardwalk.  This town is best appreciated by getting a room and spending a few days.  Definately worth a trip.

Four of the amusement piers are run by
Moreys Piers.  You can buy a pass for one or all the piers.  They have some very decent coasters here, one of which, the great white, is among the best wooden coasters.

The Moreys site has a whole list of lodging, but one of the freakiest places to stay is the Rolling Stones Themed
MEMORY MOTEL. Wierd......

Also, you can try the
Lollipop Motel, 23rd and Atlantic, WIldwood 609-729-2800.

Theres live music at the Hurricane East, or just the Hurricane, 218 E. Schellenger Ave. Wildwood, but its gonna be trashy!  Can't find links to the listings.

I will leave the dining to you.  The boardwalk has your standard vacation staples-Pizza, Frozen Custard and Fudge. 

Also in southern Jersey, in the town of Delran near Philadelphia, you will find the L & M Bakery, said to make amazing Creme Donuts.  Also recommended are the chocolate covered crullers and chocolate covered cinnamon rolls.  Yum.   L & M Bakery 11 Saint Mihiel Dr  Delran, NJ (856) 461-1660-take out only.

Princeton, NJ has an alternative paper called

Marlboro, NJ


Spikes Fish Market and Restaurant-448 Rte. 9 N., Marlboro, NJ, 732-972-6066-Nice basic Seafood Joint, where nothing is fried.

Stone Harbor, NJ
Ice Cream-
Springer's Homemade Ice Cream, 9420 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, 609.368.4631