“People told us we were crazy,” says Shanti Mignogna, a former Brooklynite who moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, with her husband, Steve, in 2014. Back then, the seaside town’s reputation was as washed up as a Choco Taco wrapper at low tide. “We had no idea if we’d enjoy living at the shore, but we found our place here. There’s a great community filled with unwavering love and pride.”
Since the couple opened Talula’s— a beloved pizzeria and community hub—Asbury Park has blown up, luring fashion editors, urban surfers and Montauk types with its mix of creative-class luster and salt-weathered small-town charm. Here’s the new wave of restaurants and cafés that’s bringing everyone back to the beach.