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The article notes that "during the week" is better than weekends when the place is overrun by frat types, etc


NY Post:


Like its older sister, the new Fish operates in a gentrifying neighborhood; it’s built out of the back of an old convention center that now operates as a mall. Both bars showcase works by local artists and festive, Pee-wee Herman-esque interiors. And a PBR at Max Fish Beach Bar costs $3, just like on Ludlow Street.


But at the beach, you can slurp your beer with a deli-style sandwich, complete with chips and a pickle ($6). And rather than having a muted TV playing old movies, Asbury Park’s Max Fish offers the ocean as scenery. There’s even a large furnished deck that overlooks the water — making its seaside sister about three times larger than the original.


The biggest difference, though, says Rimkus, is that in Asbury Park, “You can smoke [on the deck] and you can dance and [nobody’s] going to stop you.”


Last Friday night, organic farmer and former musician Deb O’Nair — yes, as in “debonair” — seemed in her element at the new outpost.


“There’s a huge artistic community down here,” says O’Nair, who’s had a place in the East Village since 1977 and a second home in Asbury Park since 2006. A former vintage-clad punk rocker, she looks like she might have owned a record store in a John Hughes movie.


“The days I was hanging out in [Manhattan’s] Max Fish, it was all artists and musicians,” notes the former keyboardist for ’80s band the Fuzztones.


“Now that neighborhood feels like a big NYU dormitory.”


Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce executive director Jacqueline Pappas echoes that sentiment. She says Max Fish is a good fit for Asbury Park’s “gritty artistic community.”


“We’re still an urban city that has all the challenges of an urban city,” says Pappas. But, she adds, “Slowly we’ve had a New York influence weaving its way through, and it’s always well-received here.”


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/food/drink_like_fish_nBxXpm9tF4ni6SsbJ94wUO#ixzz1yepNbdhG

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