Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Asbury, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Asbury, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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NEPTUNE - Larry and Rob Feinberg have been everywhere for legal weed.Since the first states began selling recreational marijuana, the Feinbergs — brothers, just three years apart — have taken trips to Oregon. They routinely drive to Massachusetts to buy it. And they were among the first in line to buy legal weed when the first medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey began recreational sales in April.So when...
NEPTUNE - Larry and Rob Feinberg have been everywhere for legal weed.
Since the first states began selling recreational marijuana, the Feinbergs — brothers, just three years apart — have taken trips to Oregon. They routinely drive to Massachusetts to buy it. And they were among the first in line to buy legal weed when the first medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey began recreational sales in April.
So when Zen Leaf announced its Neptune dispensary would begin sales to recreational customers on Friday, the Feinbergs arrived nearly two hours early — and they weren’t even first in line.
“I don’t buy anything illegal anymore — I don’t care if it costs more or what,” Larry Feinberg said. ”I’d rather just buy from a legal place.”
“I’ll get gummies here today, and I’m going to see Steve Forbert at the Wonder Bar tonight,” Rob Feinberg said. ”I’ll just take that, buy a drink in there and it will enhance everything.”
At 9 a.m. on Friday, the doors finally opened for legal weed sales at Zen Leaf Neptune, the 18th medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey to begin recreational marijuana sales and just the second retail pot shop in Monmouth County.
“It took a little longer than we anticipated but, if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right — the first time,” Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said. ”This highway (Route 66) leads to four major highways. This location will bring people in here to get the product, get out of here and back on the road.”
Transitioning Zen Leaf Neptune into recreational sales had been part of Verano's strategy long before it ever opened. Emails from Verano executives to Neptune officials as early as October 2020 included estimates of the dispensary's tax benefits both as a medical and recreational establishment, and Verano executives on hand for the medical marijuana dispensary's April 2021 opening said "that's what we do in every market."
The only other dispensary in Monmouth County is Garden State Dispensary's satellite location on Route 35 in Eatontown, about six miles away. The Jersey Shore has long been a desert for cannabis, whether it's for legal weed customers or its more than 20,000 medical marijuana patients. Monmouth and Ocean counties represent the most and third-most patients of any county in the state, respectively.
But of the 86 municipalities in both counties, only 10 have ordinances approving cannabis sales, including Neptune. Its cannabis ordinance permits all classes of cannabis businesses, but sets a maximum of three dispensary licenses in the town, including Zen Leaf.
In recent months, the CRC has begun issuing conditional licenses to adult use cannabis businesses, including nearly 140 dispensary locations.
Mike Davis has spent the last decade covering New Jersey local news, marijuana legalization, transportation and a little bit of everything else. He's won a few awards that make his parents very proud. Contact him at [email protected] or @byMikeDavis on Twitter.
What better way to celebrate an anniversary than to get a personal greeting from the Boss?Asbury Park’s legendary Wonder Bar music club was the subject of a personal video anniversary greeting from Bruce Springsteen, hitting Twitter on Sunday afternoon, hours before a 20th anniversary show featuring former E-Street band drummer Vini Lopez and his current band, the Wonderful Winos.Seen in the video on the ...
What better way to celebrate an anniversary than to get a personal greeting from the Boss?
Asbury Park’s legendary Wonder Bar music club was the subject of a personal video anniversary greeting from Bruce Springsteen, hitting Twitter on Sunday afternoon, hours before a 20th anniversary show featuring former E-Street band drummer Vini Lopez and his current band, the Wonderful Winos.
Seen in the video on the Spring-Nuts Springsteen fan twitter page with a smiling Wonderbar manager Debbie Delise, Springsteen congratulated the club on the 20th anniversary of its renovation and reopening and talked about its role in the Asbury music scene.
“I wanted to congratulate the Wonderbar on being an Asbury Park institution and bringing so much love and character to our town,” Springsteen said.
“Thank you, Bruce, for everything,” DeLisa responded, who also gave a plug to the Boss’ former drummer’s show Sunday night.
The video was the beginning of a day where Springsteen got to enjoy Asbury Park like a local. He hung out in the bar and took a stroll on the boardwalk, without being mobbed by fans, said Stan Goldstein of Ocean Grove, who’s with been giving Springsteen-related tours of the Jersey Shore since 1999 with co-owner Jean Mikle. Both co-wrote Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore.
“I just gave him a quick hello, he said ‘Hi Stan’ and shook my hand,” Goldstein said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. “There was hardly anyone in the bar, no one was bothering him.”
A few people asked to take photos with him and Springsteen ran into Jarod Clemons, son of legendary E-Street band saxophone player Clarence Clemons and they sat at the bar, had something to eat and took a walk on the boardwalk for about an hour before coming back, Goldstein said.
“He hasn’t been around Asbury Park, it’s the first I’ve know of it happening in a few years,” Goldstein said. “It’s a big deal, that he’s hanging out in Asbury Park enjoying himself on a Sunday in the summer.”
Will Bruce join Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez on stage tonight? The rocker has enjoyed unscheduled returns to his Asbury Park roots to the delight of fans.
Springsteen last made a surprise guest appearance at the Wonder Bar on Saturday night, July 19, 2015, joining Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers on stage and playing for close to two hours. That performance ended with Springsteen playing “Light of Day” and dedicating it to the crowd of people who were standing on the street straining to hear the show.
That 2015 show was the third time Springsteen played the Wonder Bar stage. On July 17, 2011 he played nine songs with J.T. Bowen and the Sensational Soul Cruisers during a tribute to Clarence Clemons.
The video cameo congratulations were more in character for Springsteen, who’s taken a bit of a beating this week over ticket prices for the E-Street band’s upcoming tour.
A “dynamic pricing system” similar to Uber’s surge pricing during high ride demand, was criticized by fans and legislators alike for sending some floor tickets soaring to $4,300 each on Ticketmaster for the tour’s kickoff show in Tampa, Fla. Feb. 1.
“I’ve been giving Bruce tours for 20 years, this is pretty special,” Goldstein said of Springsteen Sunday sojourn in Asbury.
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Sammy Boyd was the epitome of the Asbury Park music and entertainment scene.Sammy, a promoter and restaurateur was a good friend of mine who passed away this week at the age of 75. His passion and love for the revitalization of Asbury Park was well noted as he served on many committees and boards to oversee the good changes that are happening to the bustling Jersey music capital.His ...
Sammy Boyd was the epitome of the Asbury Park music and entertainment scene.
Sammy, a promoter and restaurateur was a good friend of mine who passed away this week at the age of 75. His passion and love for the revitalization of Asbury Park was well noted as he served on many committees and boards to oversee the good changes that are happening to the bustling Jersey music capital.
His love for music and good entertainment was evident from his bringing top-tier music and entertainment acts to Asbury Park. Music legends like Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli, Gary US Bonds, Southside Johnny, The Weeklings Denny Laine from Wings, Tommy James, Leslie West from Mountain Felix Cavaliere from the Rascals and Pat Guadagno, just to name a few.
I had the honor and pleasure of hosting many of Sammy’s shows. It was always great seeing him and his big classic smile backstage always remaining cool even in the middle of minor chaos and problems that always happen when promoting a show.Sammy was always the first to step up when asked to help those in need. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Sammy lent his talent roster and time to put together several shows to raise monies for those hardest hit from the devastating damage.
His presence and time was always welcome at The Lakehouse Academy in Asbury Park, which provides underprivileged youth music lessons and skills in dealing with the music industry.
He was on the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and would help organize the pre and post-events to raise money for the parade.
It was always a great time with Sammy. I particularly enjoyed heading with him and his business associate Judi and usually band members and others to Kim Marie’s in Asbury Park after a show, sharing a bite, cocktails and great laughs.He supported me when I did my TV show in Asbury Park, would stop by shows that I hosted that he wasn’t directly involved with because he enjoyed the music and entertainment.
He opened Marusco’s Tomato Pies in Asbury Park, a great pizza place that was voted best pizza in Asbury Park in 2021. I was on one of my diets and I was doing a broadcast of my show and he brought over a large pie. Of course, my diet went out the window and my staff enjoyed the special treat that Sammy brought over.
Sammy was generous with his time, enjoyed supporting local New Jersey artists and was truly a legend in the business. I am honored to have known him. To his beautiful wife Eileen, his family, friends and Judi from Sammy Boyd Entertainment you all have my sympathy and thanks for sharing Sammy with the rest of us.
The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.
TOMS RIVER - Salad House, a restaurant chain that specializes in salads and other healthy options, is continuing its expansion at the Jersey Shore.Salad House will join Pizza Hut and AT&T Wireless as tenants at a new retail center at 1882 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, in the township's Silverton section. Last month, Salad House...
TOMS RIVER - Salad House, a restaurant chain that specializes in salads and other healthy options, is continuing its expansion at the Jersey Shore.
Salad House will join Pizza Hut and AT&T Wireless as tenants at a new retail center at 1882 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, in the township's Silverton section. Last month, Salad House opened in Red Bank, the restaurant chain's first location south of the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge.
It has leased a 1,917-square-foot storefront at the center, according to Mario Brunelli, vice president and principal at R.J. Brunelli & Co., an Old Bridge commercial real estate brokerage, who represented the landlord in the lease transaction. Salad House was represented by Dina Santarelli of Sabre Life.
Salad House complements the other tenants in the center, Brunelli said. There are not many fast casual salad restaurants in the area, he said. "For those that want a healthier option, they can go to Salad House."
Salad House allows customers to create their own salads with various types of lettuces, greens or grains. They choose from among 15 proteins, including tuna, salmon and steak, and can add vegetables and add-ons like crispy wontons, almonds, walnuts and roasted butternut squash.
The Salad House was started by Joey Cioffi more than a decade ago with a restaurant in Millburn. He took a concept popular in New York City and brought it to the suburbs.
Salad House is part of a healthy trend, a representative told What's Going There. "We do feel that everybody has been trying to eat healthier," said Jarrod Bravo, director of operations for Salad House. "Our brand is to provide food for the whole family."
With the opening of Red Bank in July, Salad House now has nine locations in New Jersey.
"As we have been expansively growing all of our North Jersey territories are sold out," Bravo said. "We decided to make the push to South Jersey," starting with Red Bank.
Toms River — run by co-managing partners Joey Colatrella; Philip Kaiser, the franchisee of Salad House in Red Bank; and Chaz Eicke, the owner-operator of Salad House in Westfield — will be Salad House's first Ocean County restaurant. Bravo estimated an opening in January 2023.
"We have three trusted owner-operators who have proven themselves who will be running that store," Bravo said. "We just think it is going to be a really strong area for our concept."
David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at the Asbury Park Press for more than 20 years. He writes APP.com's What's Going There column and can be reached at [email protected] Join his What's Going There page on Facebook for updates.
David Viana morphed a strip mall cooking school into one of New Jersey’s best restaurants — imagine what the James Beard Award nominee could do inside a historic Jersey Shore hotel.The Elizabeth native’s star has only risen since appearing on &l...
David Viana morphed a strip mall cooking school into one of New Jersey’s best restaurants — imagine what the James Beard Award nominee could do inside a historic Jersey Shore hotel.
The Elizabeth native’s star has only risen since appearing on “Top Chef” in 2019. Demand for tables at Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge (in that strip mall) has climbed at a commensurate rate with foodies clamoring for his creative dishes, immaculate plating and delectable duck. If Viana, 41, isn’t the biggest name in New Jersey food, he’s certainly on the short list.
So when the baseball-capped chef announced in March an Heirloom outpost was coming to the new Hotel Tides in Asbury Park (now called The St. Laurent Social Club), the hype began to build immediately — this surely would be the most anticipated new restaurant of 2022.
No pressure, right?
“I feel pressure every day, man. I live off it. It’s the fuel,” Viana told NJ Advance Media earlier this week. “There’s pressure every day, every dish. I love the pressure. I thrive on it.”
Thriving indeed. Heirloom at The St. Laurent, which opened to diners a little less than two weeks ago, is simply fabulous, a clean knockout at center ring.
With dishes featuring the same verve, flair and thoughtful touches as its Old Bridge counterpart in an even more alluring space — plus an impressive cocktail program — Heirloom at The St. Laurent isn’t just Viana’s greatest restaurant to date. It’s immediately the best restaurant in Asbury Park’s competitive foodie scene, and perhaps even the whole northern Jersey Shore.
“I don’t know if there are many places down the Shore that put that much love and care into every detail,” Viana said.
Heirloom at The St. Laurent’s pre-fixe menu is small, but every option is so enticing even a selection between two dishes deserves critical thought. The three-course menu is $89 per person — a casual Shore haunt this is not — but it’s worth the splurge. Viana’s acumen for classic and contemporary is exemplary and on full display here: duck with pickled melon, raw beef with pear, shellfish with curried gnocchi.
While this all may sound overly posh, Heirloom Kitchen owner Neilly Robinson explains the mission: “We call our cuisine the gateway to fine dining. It’s elevated, but it’s not overly fancified. We’re not using esoteric ingredients, instead we’re creating something that’s maybe a little more familiar and elevating it and is also crave-able.”
Let’s take it course-by-course:
First, the gem salad was tasty, highlighted by the fried manchego cheese, which registered like a smaller, sharper fried mozzarella stick and will have you questioning everything about our state’s favorite fried cheese. The steak tartare was lighter and sweeter than typical takes on the dish with Asian pear and ssamjang — a thick spicy Korean paste made with fermented soy beans and red chili paste. The scallops were perfectly cooked and paired with Masala curry gnocchi and sweet and sour eggplant. If you can only order one, go for the unbeatable tartare.
For mains, Viana’s locally famous duck, served with earthy beluga lentils, crispy kale and bright pickled cantaloupe balls, remained a king among kings. The skin was delectably rendered and crispy while the meat itself was rich, juicy and tender. The pork was a winner, too, cooked with charcoal jerk spice, carrot, coconut and red pepper jus to create a terrific blend of sweet and spicy to complement the succulent pig.
For dessert, the sesame and chocolate mousse with toasted meringue and miso sriracha caramel was another inventive combo as was the goat cheese panna cotta with macerated berries and golden beet sorbet — a clever sweet and savory combination that works brilliantly.
The french petit rolls with foie butter and apricot compote were an additional $18. Spend the $18. Trust us.
Let’s talk booze. Lead bartender Ricardo Rodriguez once worked at Broken Shaker, a Miami bar named one of the 50 best in the world. He’s now brought that talent to the Jersey Shore, nailing the classics with aplomb — the daiquiri was sweet, tangy and refreshing and the Manhattan came with a Luxardo cherry on a chilled metal spike — Heirloom is nothing if not meticulous.
“You’re doing your customers an injustice and if you’ve missed that attention to details because I think it makes a big difference,” Rodriguez said.
The Tropical OF, an old fashioned with coconut fat-washed bourbon, banana and tiki bitter will have you rethinking Don Draper’s favorite drink for the rest of your life. And while espresso martinis may be cliche — especially in the dead of summer — Rodriguez’s with aged rum and Maldon salt injects new life into the drink; a can’t-miss with dessert.
Across the board, the only dish that didn’t impress was the halibut; cooked tenderly, but under-seasoned. Still, the accompanying chanterelle arancini were scrumptious little salt bombs, and no quarrels with the cauliflower, sunflower seed coconut nage (similar to a broth) and mint oil.
Few restaurant dining rooms steal your breath the way Heirloom at The St. Laurent does, after an exhaustive renovation of the Hotel Tides interior, which involved completely rebuilding the previous hotel restaurant’s kitchen. The new space expands up Heirloom’s rustic, minimalist aesthetic in Old Bridge with a bright, breezy and beachfront feel — think Jersey Shore fine-dining meets Tulum (with fewer Instagram influencers).
The white-wooded dining room, white wicker light fixtures and oversized garage-style windows are inviting — even if you weren’t eating dinner here, you’d still want to hang out just to soak up the vibe. That you can do in the cocktail lounge at the front of the hotel, which in sharp contrast to the dining room is dark, and moody, pulsing like a New Orleans speakeasy.
“It’s almost a surreal vacation place,” Viana said. “You can almost close your eyes and think you’re in Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina, between the the silhouette of the building and the beachy vibes.”
Virtually no New Jersey restaurants in 2022 have experienced the level of expectation nor the locally cynical whispers of Heirloom and its accompanying St. Laurent hotel, which revamped a beloved LGBT icon in the shabby-chic Hotel Tides. The Tides had its own glorious hideaway restaurant, which we named Asbury Park’s best restaurant in 2019. But Viana and company were clearly up for the task in writing this critical next chapter. The combination of creativity and precise execution, gorgeous atmosphere and impeccable service makes this spot hidden on a residential street a worthy locale for destination dining in any season. Reservations should be coveted, like an heirloom.
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