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Madame Claude Bis has been serving up traditional French bistro fare alongside live jazz since 2002. It recently relocated to a larger space, allowing more flexibility with the food and the purchase of a coveted liquor license.
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Madame Claude Bis
390 4th Street
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Madame Claude Bis has been serving up traditional French bistro fare alongside live jazz since 2002. It recently relocated to a larger space, allowing more flexibility with the food and the purchase of a coveted liquor license.
While the name is more wine bar, Cellar 335 is straight-up tiki with food that spans the globe like spicy cornbread, hamachi tartare, and avocado fried rice. The space is a little scattered, with its dated black leather tufted banquettes and red touches alongside a more modern living wall and local street art, but the playful cocktails and tasty food are reasons enough to return.
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Cellar 335
335 Newark Ave
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While the name is more wine bar, Cellar 335 is straight-up tiki with food that spans the globe like spicy cornbread, hamachi tartare, and avocado fried rice. The space is a little scattered, with its dated black leather tufted banquettes and red touches alongside a more modern living wall and local street art, but the playful cocktails and tasty food are reasons enough to return.
No more than five people can pack into this tiny deli/bakery that has been around for almost 100 years. Longtime locals — usually Jersey City police officers, firefighters, or other neighborhood workers who have been stopping by for years — go for the filling and relatively inexpensive Italian sub sandwiches. Don’t miss the loaves of meat-stuffed bread, or the cinnamon dessert variety, though. Cash only.
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Second Street Bakery
402 2nd Street
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No more than five people can pack into this tiny deli/bakery that has been around for almost 100 years. Longtime locals — usually Jersey City police officers, firefighters, or other neighborhood workers who have been stopping by for years — go for the filling and relatively inexpensive Italian sub sandwiches. Don’t miss the loaves of meat-stuffed bread, or the cinnamon dessert variety, though. Cash only.
Known to the rest of America because of Guy Fieri’s Triple D drive-by, Brownstone to Jersey City residents is just the local diner. The family-owned restaurant gets a lot of press for its pancake wraps, but the rest of the non-gimmicky menu is the smarter order. There are 27 varieties of pancakes on the menu, plus every other food group imaginable. It’s your standard NJ diner, but with a bigger emphasis on the quality of the food, which inspires lines out the door every weekend.
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Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory
426 Jersey Avenue
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Known to the rest of America because of Guy Fieri’s Triple D drive-by, Brownstone to Jersey City residents is just the local diner. The family-owned restaurant gets a lot of press for its pancake wraps, but the rest of the non-gimmicky menu is the smarter order. There are 27 varieties of pancakes on the menu, plus every other food group imaginable. It’s your standard NJ diner, but with a bigger emphasis on the quality of the food, which inspires lines out the door every weekend.
This no-frills Italian deli has been around for 30 years and has held on through Jersey City’s rapid gentrification. That’s because here you’ll find affordable Italian comfort food classics that haven’t changed one bit — sandwiches such as chicken cutlet with eggplant, mozzarella, marinara sauce, and grated cheese ($8.75) or soppressata with smoked mozzarella, roasted peppers, and balsamic vinegar ($7.50). Plus, a hot bar rotates daily with entrees that run the gamut from meatball parmigiana to chicken Francese to sausage, potatoes, and onions (all $7.25).
Monmouth Street Grocery & Deli
500 Monmouth St
This no-frills Italian deli has been around for 30 years and has held on through Jersey City’s rapid gentrification. That’s because here you’ll find affordable Italian comfort food classics that haven’t changed one bit — sandwiches such as chicken cutlet with eggplant, mozzarella, marinara sauce, and grated cheese ($8.75) or soppressata with smoked mozzarella, roasted peppers, and balsamic vinegar ($7.50). Plus, a hot bar rotates daily with entrees that run the gamut from meatball parmigiana to chicken Francese to sausage, potatoes, and onions (all $7.25).
Sausage and beer dominate the menu at this buzzy German gastropub. There’s no less than 19 varieties of sausages and hot dogs (plus 70 beers and 38 ciders), ranging from a simple, street-style dog to a duck sausage with fig mustard, arugula, goat cheese, and honey. Poutine rounds out the men, which leans toward stomach-lining drinking fare.
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WÜRSTBAR
516 Jersey Ave
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Sausage and beer dominate the menu at this buzzy German gastropub. There’s no less than 19 varieties of sausages and hot dogs (plus 70 beers and 38 ciders), ranging from a simple, street-style dog to a duck sausage with fig mustard, arugula, goat cheese, and honey. Poutine rounds out the men, which leans toward stomach-lining drinking fare.
Opened in 2014 by a Jersey City native, Pasta Dal Cuore is both restaurant and shop, providing pastas and sauces made daily for takeaway or dining in. On the menu, raviolis swap out, with flavors like cannellini bean and sundried tomato or beef short rib, while pastas include linguini, pappardelle, fettuccine, and more. BYOB.
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Pasta Dal Cuore
527 Jersey Ave
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Opened in 2014 by a Jersey City native, Pasta Dal Cuore is both restaurant and shop, providing pastas and sauces made daily for takeaway or dining in. On the menu, raviolis swap out, with flavors like cannellini bean and sundried tomato or beef short rib, while pastas include linguini, pappardelle, fettuccine, and more. BYOB.
Sometimes you just need pasta vodka, and when that’s the case, Buon Appetito has you covered. Don’t expect the most mind-blowing Italian food you’ve ever had, but an above-average plate of chicken parmigiana or a standard pizza, delivered to your door, will do just fine.
Buon Appetito
520 Jersey Avenue
Sometimes you just need pasta vodka, and when that’s the case, Buon Appetito has you covered. Don’t expect the most mind-blowing Italian food you’ve ever had, but an above-average plate of chicken parmigiana or a standard pizza, delivered to your door, will do just fine.
Left Bank is just a bar with great burgers, no more, no less. Most of the “signature” options can get a little too crazy — the “Ghostface Killer” has an espresso-rubbed patty, ghost pepper jam, smoked gouda, sweet potato bacon tots, red onions, and mustard barbecue sauce — but if you stick to the plainer patties, you’ll have the very American experience of top-notch burgers with some beer in a rowdy bar.
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Left Bank Burger Bar
194 Newark Avenue
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Left Bank is just a bar with great burgers, no more, no less. Most of the “signature” options can get a little too crazy — the “Ghostface Killer” has an espresso-rubbed patty, ghost pepper jam, smoked gouda, sweet potato bacon tots, red onions, and mustard barbecue sauce — but if you stick to the plainer patties, you’ll have the very American experience of top-notch burgers with some beer in a rowdy bar.
The Archer may be the most Manhattan-feeling of any Jersey City bar, with its craft cocktails and housemade charcuterie. Sip boozy classics with a duck burger in the warm wood-filled, dimly-lit space, and feel right at home.
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The Archer
176 Newark Ave
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The Archer may be the most Manhattan-feeling of any Jersey City bar, with its craft cocktails and housemade charcuterie. Sip boozy classics with a duck burger in the warm wood-filled, dimly-lit space, and feel right at home.
Ask any youngish local for a favorite Jersey City restaurant and Taqueria will be the answer. The no-frills taqueria is always crowded, whether people are crammed into the chaotically-decorated space, or spilling onto the sizeable patio out back during warmer months. Either way, tacos ($3.75 each) are the obviously popular order here, though you can’t go wrong with a torta or plato, either.
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La Taqueria Downtown
236 Grove St
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Ask any youngish local for a favorite Jersey City restaurant and Taqueria will be the answer. The no-frills taqueria is always crowded, whether people are crammed into the chaotically-decorated space, or spilling onto the sizeable patio out back during warmer months. Either way, tacos ($3.75 each) are the obviously popular order here, though you can’t go wrong with a torta or plato, either.
NYC chef Dale Talde transplanted his Brooklyn hit across the Hudson River, bringing his laidback Asian fusion style to downtown JC. The menu combines flavors from the Philippines (Talde’s heritage), Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and more on a menu that comes together to make sense. This 144-seat location is much more sprawling than the original, with industrial touches that hark back to its police station days, and plenty of loud hip hop to fill the space. Don’t miss Miss Wong’s, the “secret” speakeasy downstairs that often turns into a dance party on weekends.
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Talde
8 Erie Street
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NYC chef Dale Talde transplanted his Brooklyn hit across the Hudson River, bringing his laidback Asian fusion style to downtown JC. The menu combines flavors from the Philippines (Talde’s heritage), Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and more on a menu that comes together to make sense. This 144-seat location is much more sprawling than the original, with industrial touches that hark back to its police station days, and plenty of loud hip hop to fill the space. Don’t miss Miss Wong’s, the “secret” speakeasy downstairs that often turns into a dance party on weekends.
Neapolitan pizza from a James Beard Award-nominated chef is the name of the game here. Chef-owner Dan Richer has landed a semi-finalist spot for the last two years as Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for his devotion to bread. At Razza, that translates to puffy pies with simple, local ingredients. Beware that the restaurant can run out of dough some nights, so come early.
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Razza
275 Grove Street
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Neapolitan pizza from a James Beard Award-nominated chef is the name of the game here. Chef-owner Dan Richer has landed a semi-finalist spot for the last two years as Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for his devotion to bread. At Razza, that translates to puffy pies with simple, local ingredients. Beware that the restaurant can run out of dough some nights, so come early.
The menu changes daily at this sibling Portuguese collaboration. Upstairs, the sister runs a home goods and accessories shop, while downstairs her brother cooks traditional Portuguese using local ingredients. Dishes could include chorizo bread, chickpea salad, grilled sardines, squid stew, and more, all in a charming, basement setting. BYOB.
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Broa Cafe
297 Grove St
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The menu changes daily at this sibling Portuguese collaboration. Upstairs, the sister runs a home goods and accessories shop, while downstairs her brother cooks traditional Portuguese using local ingredients. Dishes could include chorizo bread, chickpea salad, grilled sardines, squid stew, and more, all in a charming, basement setting. BYOB.
Charleston was the inspiration for this light and bright — and very on-trend — restaurant and bar. There are obviously Southern dishes like deviled eggs and sweet corn fritters on the menu, but there’s also a firmly updated take, such as with the vegan coconut Carolina rice. Owner Mat Kopec (White Star Bar) recruited One if by Land, Two if by Sea chef John Mecca to help execute what is admittedly a concept inspired by “the theater of a Keith McNally restaurant” and “Danny Meyer hospitality.”
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Mathews Food & Drink
351 Grove St
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Charleston was the inspiration for this light and bright — and very on-trend — restaurant and bar. There are obviously Southern dishes like deviled eggs and sweet corn fritters on the menu, but there’s also a firmly updated take, such as with the vegan coconut Carolina rice. Owner Mat Kopec (White Star Bar) recruited One if by Land, Two if by Sea chef John Mecca to help execute what is admittedly a concept inspired by “the theater of a Keith McNally restaurant” and “Danny Meyer hospitality.”
This Asian cafe is pitch perfect for Instagramming with its pretty interior and colorful fare. But unlike some places, the food here is also great IRL, whether you just need a matcha latte or some Counter Culture coffee and a Balthazar croissant, or something heartier like the pork belly sandwich.
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Short Grain
183 Montgomery St
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This Asian cafe is pitch perfect for Instagramming with its pretty interior and colorful fare. But unlike some places, the food here is also great IRL, whether you just need a matcha latte or some Counter Culture coffee and a Balthazar croissant, or something heartier like the pork belly sandwich.
Street food gets an ultra-hip setting — graffiti-ed walls, neon lights, and bright colors — at Orale, where locals go for Mexican food and a raucous scene. There are plenty of easygoing tacos and guacamole to pair with a myriad of margaritas, and a very lively bar scene. It all adds up to make this an especially great place for groups.
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Orale Mexican Kitchen
341 Grove Street
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Street food gets an ultra-hip setting — graffiti-ed walls, neon lights, and bright colors — at Orale, where locals go for Mexican food and a raucous scene. There are plenty of easygoing tacos and guacamole to pair with a myriad of margaritas, and a very lively bar scene. It all adds up to make this an especially great place for groups.
Every New York neighborhood needs a go-to Chinese spot, and Grand Sichuan is downtown Jersey City’s. There are all the classic American favorites — beef with broccoli, orange chicken, lo mein — but the far more interesting dishes lie on the Sichuan side of the menu. Mapo tofu and dan dan noodles are options, or you can veer toward pickled pepper with frog, spicy rabbit in a hot pot, or dry and sauteed pig intestine with pepper. It’s worth branching out. The Pepto pink interior is plenty comfortable for dining in, while takeout and delivery are always available.
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Grand Sichuan
342 Grove Street
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Every New York neighborhood needs a go-to Chinese spot, and Grand Sichuan is downtown Jersey City’s. There are all the classic American favorites — beef with broccoli, orange chicken, lo mein — but the far more interesting dishes lie on the Sichuan side of the menu. Mapo tofu and dan dan noodles are options, or you can veer toward pickled pepper with frog, spicy rabbit in a hot pot, or dry and sauteed pig intestine with pepper. It’s worth branching out. The Pepto pink interior is plenty comfortable for dining in, while takeout and delivery are always available.
Best cajun crabs in town! Just go here! BYOB
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Just BeClaws
280 1st St
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Best cajun crabs in town! Just go here! BYOB
It’s all about unique, creamy gelatos here, made from grass-fed cow milk trucked in from an Amish farm in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. That precious milk is the base for unusual flavors such as purple sticky rice, mango smoked cardamom, pineapple cilantro, rose latte, and tarragon. Then there are the alcohol-infused options, like the Black Label vanilla (infused with Johnny Walker). You could just come here for those — or you can stay for a while thanks to the free Wi-Fi, Choc-O-Pain pastries, and ModCup coffee (both JC companies). Don’t miss the outstanding affogato.
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Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co
150 Bay Street
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It’s all about unique, creamy gelatos here, made from grass-fed cow milk trucked in from an Amish farm in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. That precious milk is the base for unusual flavors such as purple sticky rice, mango smoked cardamom, pineapple cilantro, rose latte, and tarragon. Then there are the alcohol-infused options, like the Black Label vanilla (infused with Johnny Walker). You could just come here for those — or you can stay for a while thanks to the free Wi-Fi, Choc-O-Pain pastries, and ModCup coffee (both JC companies). Don’t miss the outstanding affogato.
Great korean food - low-key cafe style
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Ahri's Kitchen
227 7th Street
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Great korean food - low-key cafe style
Bakeries
Originally open for 35 years in Hoboken (it’s now under new ownership), Antique Bakery took over Pecoraro in JC in 2016, bringing its breads (everything from sesame to pepperoni- and mozzarella-stuffed), mini pizzas, and Italian sandwiches and cookies with it. It was an institution over in Hoboken — garnering fans such as Frank Sinatra — and the quality is no less here in Jersey City.
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Pecoraro Antique Bakery
279 Newark Avenue
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Originally open for 35 years in Hoboken (it’s now under new ownership), Antique Bakery took over Pecoraro in JC in 2016, bringing its breads (everything from sesame to pepperoni- and mozzarella-stuffed), mini pizzas, and Italian sandwiches and cookies with it. It was an institution over in Hoboken — garnering fans such as Frank Sinatra — and the quality is no less here in Jersey City.
Wonder Bagel is the only bagel game in town, but it’s a good one at that. Bagels are baked all day on premises, and just like any good bagel shop, there’s an endless variety of flavors and cream cheeses. But unlike NYC bagelries, this proud NJ business has the cult favorite local tradition of Taylor ham. Beware of extra-long lines on the weekends.
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Wonder Bagels
517 Jersey Avenue
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Wonder Bagel is the only bagel game in town, but it’s a good one at that. Bagels are baked all day on premises, and just like any good bagel shop, there’s an endless variety of flavors and cream cheeses. But unlike NYC bagelries, this proud NJ business has the cult favorite local tradition of Taylor ham. Beware of extra-long lines on the weekends.
Au Bon Pain
101 HUDSON ST
Grocery Store
Grocery store for all you need
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Key Food
574 Jersey Avenue
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Grocery store for all you need
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ShopRite
400 Marin Boulevard
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Parks
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Liberty State Park
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ハミルトン・パーク
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Sightseeing
Go to the plaza for the best NYC views anywhere!
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Exchange Place
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Go to the plaza for the best NYC views anywhere!
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リバティー科学センター
222 Jersey City Blvd
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Best views of the statue of liberty and NYC
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Liberty State Park
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Best views of the statue of liberty and NYC