Between Point Pleasant and Manasquan is Brielle which is a lovely residential town along the Manasquan River. It also has some great restaurants and is known as the charter fishing boat capital of New Jersey. The Shipwreck Grill, at 720 Ashley Ave., has excellent food and is on the river and near the boat marinas. I recently went back for a fun dinner with my nephew. I enjoyed the raw clams and the shrimp bucatini, a pasta with shrimp, plum tomatoes, garlic, capers, Thai basil and a shaved riccota salata. It is more of a fine dining experience compared to many of the more casual venues nearby.
One of the old standards, Union Landing at 622 Green St., closed and has been remodeled and re-opened as Waypoint 622. I enjoyed a lovely dinner in the inside dining room of spaghetti and clams.
The River House is also a good place to eat with views of the Manasquan River and Inlet at One Ocean Ave.
Mariner’s Cove is known for its wonderful breakfast menu with over 200 omelette combinations, a good choice of waffles, pancakes, crepes and French toast. You might try going during the week, as weekend mornings can be crowded. 712 Union Ave.