In 1969, insight and keen observation were wed in Red Bank. The end result was not just a restaurant, but an institution. From humble beginnings, Danny’s is now one of Red Bank’s most storied restaurants. The NJ steakhouse is where luminaries from entertainment, sports and politics, as well as the local public, all break bread. In other words, it’s the place to be for good meals, good friends and good conversation.
The Story Behind Danny’s Steakhouse
Before the steakhouse, Danny Murphy spent time training with his mom, owner of the Friendly Luncheonette on West Front Street. She later ran another restaurant, The Brothers, where Danny would make pizzas. Though it later became a steakhouse, Danny got his start opening an Italian restaurant specializing in pasta and pizza. In fact, Italian fare dominated the menu for the next 25 years. Until a surge of new Italian restaurants in the area made Danny reinvent the space as a steakhouse.
Danny spent more than a year researching the beef industry; learning about cattle stock, beef quality, cuts and aging, as well as finding a top supplier. With the same dedication to quality, he further expanded his menu to accommodate his clientele by adding fresh seafood and sushi.
Danny’s appeal ranges from the food, to the ambiance, to the people. The sushi is so fresh it swims to your table; the pungent aroma of the marinara sauce renders the sweetness of the tomatoes and basil. The conversation you overhear may be serious or sensational, and you can gaze at the photos of celebrities who grace the walls and always count on a friendly greeting from the staff or the patrons.
Replete with character, attitude and swagger, with a heart larger than the town – Danny’s brings a smile to your face as well as your palate.
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