Monday, September 29, 2014

Food Events This Week

Tonight is the night for Liberty House's Laird's Applejack Cocktail Class. It begins at 7pm and runs until 9pm. It's $40pp and includes appetizers. Call 201.395.0300 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Community News

  • Congratulations to Ahri's Kitchen who reached their kickstarter goal! There's still time to add your support.
  • Taphaus, the new beer garden opening in Newport, has been busy with final touches and they're aiming for an opening day of October 6th.
  • Krispy Pizza has officially opened in Jersey City.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Events

There's a lot going on this weekend Jersey City! Here's the line-up:
The weekend kicks off with the start of Oktoberfest at Zeppelin Hall.

On Saturday, there's a long list of options:
Pacific Flea is having one of their Big Flea events this Saturday with live music, art, and food by Nu Bar.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oktoberfest at Zeppelin Hall

Summer has ended, temperatures have dropped and fall has officially begun....which means it's time to join in with Zeppelin Hall as they begin their month-long 6th Annual Oktoberfest celebration.

(she is not guaranteed to be there)

Hamilton Park BBQ This Saturday!

This Saturday is the 5th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival!

Organized by SILVERMAN, the BBQ Festival benefits the Hamilton Park Conservancy and always draws large crowds. It runs from 12pm-8pm at Hamilton Square. The festival will have live music all day, family-friendly activities like face-painting & a bouncy castle, and even a mechanical bull.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Community News

  • The ME Casa Express Truck has posted a new menu.
  • This Thursday, join Satis Bistro for their Oktoberfest celebration, a $45 4 course menu with beer pairings.
  • If you want to get the insider scoop, specials and coupons from Left Bank Burger Bar, text BURGERBATTLE to 22828 to join their mailing list.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekend Events

There's a lot going on this weekend, Jersey City!

Get ready for fall with Pint's Pumpkin Oktoberfest tonight.

Tomorrow, there's the All About Downtown Street Fair which will be full of fun, food, and shopping.

Saturday is also the day for Washington Park Live, an arts and music festival from 10am-6pm. There's a ton of bands, art installations, a beer garden, food & drinks provided by ModCup, Lizzmonade, El Chilango, Orange and Olive Caterers and more.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The All About Downtown Street Fair Returns for 2014!

This Saturday is the HDSID All About Downtown Street Fair with live music, family-friendly activities, and over 125 local vendors for you to check out, offering everything from jewelry to furniture to lots and lots of food.

Special Alert - National Cheeseburger Day!

Today is National Cheeseburger Day and Left Bank Burger Bar is celebrating with $5 Bankrupt burgers all day!


If you're looking for some places to drink over the next few days, there are a couple of events happening in Jersey City that could probably help you with that.

Iron Monkey is holding the Boulevard Brewing Company Launch Party tonight, beginning at 6pm. There will be a glassware giveaway and an autographed poster.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Downtown Jersey Construction Updates

Over the past year, there's been a lot of construction going on in Downtown Jersey City as more and more restaurants move in. A couple have opened up, but here's an update on some of the ones we're still waiting for.

Raval - Advertised as an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar & Lounge, Raval is taking over the former Synergy Gym space on Newark Avenue. They don't have a set opening date yet, but are in the midst of construction  and hope to open by mid-December.

Porta -  The opening of Porta on Newark Avenue in Jersey City has been eagerly anticipated for quite some time. They've already got a very popular location in Asbury Park and although Jersey City has a pretty solid pizza scene, I think this will be an excellent addition, especially with things like their vegan pizza and rooftop bar. After a few delays, Porta is now hoping to open up in October.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Community News

  • Ahri's Kitchen, the Korean restaurant coming to Hamilton Park, has reached over 50% of their kickstarter. They also updated the menu on their site so you can see what they'll be offering.
  • Tres Cuartos, formerly known as Laguna Lounge, was featured on Spike TV's Bar Rescue.
  • Dark Side of the Moo has started carrying frozen to go packs of meat at their trucks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Events

The Burger Battle at Zeppelin Hall continues this weekend and will run all through next week.

Join JC Families this weekend at Riverview Park from 10am-5pm for the 28th Annual Park Fest & Flea Market. There will be lots of vendors, kid-friendly activities, free zumba, food, live music & more.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Pasta Store

A new sign went up over the former Europa Meat Market on Jersey Avenue. The store has been sitting empty for a long time ago, but a couple months ago, permits went up and work started. There's been a bit of clean-up, some equipment removal and some equipment installation, but not a lot of information has been forthcoming.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Events

Tonight marks the return of JC Fridays and this time, Jersey City Ties and Thirsty Quaker are joining forces to throw an End of Summer Lot Party with live music, comedy, beer, and food!

The Brunswick Street Block Party will be running from 6-11pm on Brunswick between 1st & 3rd Streets. Live music, the  Another Man's Treasure showroom, and cold brew cocktails from Mod Cup!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet the Vendor: Hoboken Farms

Welcome to Meet the Vendor, a series on Jersey City Eats profiling different vendors from all the Farmers' Markets around Jersey City. We have a wonderful and constantly growing market scene in Jersey City with unique and dedicated vendors. 

Today's vendor is Hoboken Farms who can be found at various markets throughout Jersey City, New Jersey, and New York.This profile will be a little different because I was able to actually speak with Brad Finkel, owner of Hoboken Farms, and we had a great conversation about the history and growth of Farmers' Markets in Jersey City and his company's story. Thanks for participating, Brad!

Tell us about yourself. 
Since 1992, Hoboken Farms has offered an expertly curated selection of locally baked artisan breads, fresh mozzarella cheese, pasta, and organic, grass fed meats.  Their Big Red Marinara Sauce is sold at Whole Foods MarketBed Bath & Beyond,  and was named Best Marinara Sauce in the country by the Wall Street Journal and took 2nd place in a taste test run by the Star-Ledger this year.  In 2011, Hoboken Farms opened their first Awesome Sandwich Shop in Summit NJ. In 2012 the company formalized a partnership with Equinox Gyms and opened Hoboken Farms Juice Bars located inside their new Summit and Paramus facilities.

While orginally located in Hoboken, several storm-related problems over the past few years forced Hoboken Farms out of their location and almost caused them to close. Luckily, they were able to relocate to Clifton, but are looking for locations back in Hudson County.

What other markets do you participate in around Jersey City? Any outside of Jersey City?
Hoboken Farms participates in 30 markets across New Jersey and New York. They are one of the original vendors at Hamilton Park and at Van Vorst, for 13 and 12 years respectively and have been at Grove Street since its inception. One of the major appeals, according to Brad, is that Jersey City not only wants to have big farmers' markets, they want to have great ones with great vendors and there's constant effort to make that happen.

The first market they ever participated in was in Englewood in the 90s before farmers' markets were widespread. It was informal, just some friends putting together some tables and vending and the first week, Brad showed up with 50 lbs of mozzarella along with a friend who brought 50 baguettes and they sold out in an hour. The next week, they showed up with 100 lbs of mozzarella and 100 baguettes and they sold out in half hour, and it just hasn't stopped, "Our way of doing business [the markets] sort of became the cool thing to do."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ahri's Kitchen Launched a Kickstarter

Ahri's Kitchen, a new casual Korean restaurant coming to Downtown Jersey City, launched a kickstarter yesterday.

Andrew and Aena, the force behind Ahri's Kitchen, decided to open their restaurant after finding a lack of quality Korean food in the area. They've named it after their daughter and to keep it a true family effort, Aena's mother, who has restaurant experience in Korea and China, is coming from Korea to handle the kitchen so we should be able to count on authentic, homemade dishes. Currently, they're anticipating having items like kalbi, bulgogi, jeon, and Korean ramen on the menu and will be serving not only meat-oriented Korean dishes, but traditionally vegetarian and vegan ones as well.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Community News

  • Congratulations to Sam a.m. on celebrating one year in business! Best wishes are also in order for Sam and Amanda who got married this weekend.
  • Rustique Pizza is celebrating their third anniversary this Tuesday and they'll be offering free plain slices from 12pm-5pm.
  • Congratulations to Do You Tea, a frequent visitor at the 6th Borough Market, who signed a lease for a space in Jersey City Heights. They will be located at Summit Ave and Zabriskie along with Bloomsbury Square
  • Koro Koro  got a nice mention in the Village Voice.