Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wurstbar Celebrates 1st Anniversary


This Thursday, August 17th, join Wurstbar as they celebrate their first anniversary.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jersey City Wine Fest Returns September 9th


The Jersey City Wine Fest is returning to Harborside this September. 

Community News: Piggyback Bar, Charlottesville, Ward Dinners

A note:
If you'd like to show your support for Charlottesville and help stand up against racism and neo-nazi behavior and violence, here are a couple of helpful links:
A Twitter thread with a variety of victim donation pages.
A list of organizations to donate to in Charlottesville and beyond whose missions are to improve the lives of residents and work towards social justice.

In addition, Jersey City Stands, The Hudson Pride Center, and The Jersey City Anti Violence Coalition Movement have banded together to host Stand for Peace on Monday on Newark Ave from 8-10pm.

Jersey City

  • Eater reports that Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao in the LES is opening an "Asian-accented tavern", Piggyback Bar, at Harborside. It will offer a mix of snacks and small plates with pan-Asian influences along with a number of larger entree dishes along with a full bar. It's currently expected to open in September. 
  • Battello had to temporarily shutter their doors this week, a month earlier than initially planned, so that necessary repairs could be made to the pier the restaurant is sitting on. They're anticipating reopening next spring. 
  • Third & Vine is hosting a Meet the Brewers Night with Transmitter Brewing this Tuesday, 8/15. There will be four beers paired with four cheeses for $35.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Midnight Market Throws a Foodie Luau


Midnight Market, the first and only night market in Jersey City, is changing up their monthly festival and will be throwing a summer-inspired Foodie Luau at Magnolia Landing (136 Magnolia Ave) in Journal Square this Friday, beginning at 5pm.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

La Festa Italiana 2017 is Here


La Festa Italiana kicks off today! The annual street festival hosted by Holy Rosary Church will run through Sunday 8/13, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all the rice balls, zeppole, and wine & peaches you can handle.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Community News

Jersey City

  • Via Hoboken Girl, Battello will be closing indefinitely in mid-September for repairs to the pier the restaurant is situated on. The repairs are scheduled to be completed by mid-Spring 2018.
  • Congratulations to Hooked JC for their mention on NJ.com's list of August's list of the 10 Hottest Restaurants in New Jersey. 
  • Congratulations to Torico for being named the best ice cream shop in Hudson County.
  • Newly opened Po-Kay celebrated their ribbon cutting last Thursday at 283 Newark Avenue. Stop in to try their poke bowls (including an octopus option!) any day of the week after 12pm.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekend Calendar of Events

August 4th-20th

  • Join Surf City for their Paella Festival! It starts this Friday, 8/4 and runs through Sunday, 8/20
  • For many restaurants, it's the last day of Hudson Restaurant Week! Try out someplace new or go to an old favorite and enjoy three delicious courses. Special note - Latham House, one of my personal favorites, has extended their Restaurant Week menu through Saturday. 
Saturday, August 5th

  • Marketplace JC is hosting the second event in their 4-part summer series, Magnolia Landing, this Saturday from 11am-4pm at the corner of Magnolia and Summit Ave. Join them for live music, craft and vintage vendors, and some great food including How She Snow, serving Taiwannese shaved ice/ice cream; Yum Shack with Vietnamese flavor-inspired bowls, tacos & more; Square One with their delicious chocolate chip cookies, healthys snacks, and much more. 
  • Bloomsbury Square is moving from their spot at 942 Summit in the Heights, so make sure to stop by this Saturday between 4:30-7pm to say goodbye, enjoy some final DIY activities, and complimentary drinks and treats.
Sunday, August 7th
  • The Riverview Farmers' Market is kicking off National Peach Month with the 6th Annual Perfect Peach Pie contest and Peach Party. Check out all the special peach-influenced menus from vendors throughout the event.
  • Stop by Bambino Chef at 213 Newark Ave for their Annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for No Kid Hungry. The stand will be open from 11am-2pm. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Guac Spot Joins the Harborside Pop-Ups


The Guac Spot will soon be permanently available in Jersey City as they open their own stand at Harborside near Exchange Place as one of the pop-up vendors.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Factory in Bergen-Lafayette Is Now Open


The Factory Restaurant and Lounge, 451 Communipaw Avenue, quietly opened its doors late last week to launch their partial soft opening.

Community News

Jersey City

  • Join Art House Productions for their Cocktails Under the Stars fundraiser at Charles & Co. on Wednesday, August 9th. There will be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and music. Tickets are $45 in advance.
  • Yelp is offering free food delivery from any of their partnered businesses from now through September 4th. 
  • Congratulations to Hudson Kitchen for making it to Top 10 Finalist round in Rising Tide's Start Something NJ challenge. They're officially in the running to win 10k to help grow their business. 
  • Congratulations to Pet Shop on celebrating their 1st anniversary! Join them on August 3rd for a never-ending happy hour, an Entenmann's donut buffet, and more. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Zinburger To Open Next Tuesday


After spending over a year in the build-out and hiring/training process,  Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar will open at Newport Centre, 30 Mall Drive West, on Tuesday, August 1st. Jersey City is the sixth New Jersey location for Zinburger after an Edison location opened in June.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cava and Choc O Pain Opening This Week

This week brings the opening of two new spots to Jersey City - both Cava and Choc-O-Pain will open their doors this Wednesday.

Photo by Choc-O-Pain

Monday, July 24, 2017

Community News

Jersey City

  • FastBoy Delivery is now offering Wurstbar for delivery. 
  • The next Jersey City Wine Fest has been scheduled for September 9th at the Harborside Atrium. Tickets are $60/each (designated driver tickets are $15) but they're offering a $20 off promo code EARLYBIRD through the the end of this week. 
  • Talde has scheduled their next Kamayan date for Tuesday, August 1st and they'll be bringing back a lot of the Filipino classics. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jersey City: 6 Things To Do in the Next 6 Days

Thursday, 7/20
  • Join Pret A Manger for a free breakfast and free lunch in honor of their Grand Opening at Newport on Friday. They will have 400 breakfasts and 500 lunches to give away. 
  • Explore and enjoy some science and food with LSC After Dark and Midnight Market's new event, Electric BBQ, an evening full of great food, music, and a lightning show. The party runs from 6pm-10pm

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Community News

Jersey City

  • Pret A Manger is opening at Newport Centre in Jersey City this Friday, 7/21. To celebrate they will be giving away 400 breakfasts and 500 lunches to the first guests on Thursday, 7/20.
  • Congratulations to Milk Sugar Love who was featured on News 12's Food Truck Friday. 
  • O'Hara's has put together a new brunch menu. 
  • Orale is hosting a special Mezcal event Monday, 7/17 from 4-6pm.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gringo's Announces Opening Date



After spending several months renovating and encountering some minor delays, Gringo's Taqueria has announced they will open to the public this coming Monday, 7/17.

Lutze Biergarten Expands with Lutze Eats


Lutze Biergarten at Harborside is expanding!

On Saturday, July 22nd, join them for the launch of Lutze Eats, a weekly pop-up food experience that will run every weekend through October 28th. Located at 3 Second Street, right outside the biergarten on the boardwalk, the market will feature a variety of vendors offering everything from Korean BBQ to waffle ice cream sandwiches.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 80 Years



This Friday, Krispy Kremes across the country will be having an 80th birthday celebration - which means a special deal for all of us.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Community News

Jersey City
  • Taphaus has started a petition to help them gain easier access to the patio outside their space from Crystal Point Condo Association.
  • Join Lucky 7's for their annual Rock N' Roll BBQ this Saturday, July 15th beginning at 1pm.
  • Congratulations to The Hudson Kitchen and Jersey Girls Food Tours for becoming semi-finalists in the 2017 Start Something Challenge by Rising Tiday Capital. 
  • Jerkin' Chicken is now holding an all-you-can-eat brunch every Sunday beginning at 11am. Tickets are $35/person for a maximum of a two hour seating and it's BYO. 
  • Dark Side of the Moo is offering free delivery when you order through their site or Eat24 from now through September.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hooked JC and Pinwheel Garden Opening In Bergen-Lafayette

Bergen-Lafayette's restaurant scene is continuing to expand with newcomers Hooked JC and Pinwheel Garden joining the ranks of what's up and coming in the neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of FB
Hooked JC, located at 467 Communipaw Ave only a couple of blocks from Berry Lane Park, is a new seafood spot owned and run by Tory Aunspach, a long-time chef who has cooked around the world and Natalie Miniard of JCity Realty.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jersey City Celebrates 4th of July 2017

The 4th of July is almost here and while it's tough to have it in the middle of the week, there are still a lot of ways you can celebrate before dragging yourself back into work on Wednesday.

Check the guide below to see what's going on, who's open, and who's closed. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pasta Dal Cuore - Non Solo Verdura: A Night of Vegan Delights


Pasta Dal Cuore is putting together a very special vegan dinner featuring fresh, handmade pastas and complex Italian flavors and they're bringing in some natural wines from Pet Shop to go with it.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Community News


Jersey City

  • Big Chef, a long time Jersey City staple for Americanized Chinese food, has been replaced by East Village, an Asian bistro and sushi bar. 
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is in the initial development stages to open a location at 499 Washington Blvd.
  • Basically every pizza place in Jersey City is on this list of Best Pizza nominees. Cast your vote every day until July 2nd to get help get your favorite spot into the semi-finals. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The 2017 Guide to Project: EATS

This weekend, The Jersey City Project is presenting Project: EATS, a TWO DAY event full of some of the best eats from vendors in Jersey City and beyond. There will be food stands, trucks, and other specialty gourmet vendors, along with a few special surprises over the course of the day. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been providing some inside looks at some of the vendors and to give you even more ideas on where to eat, check out my guide below. 

Project: EATS 2017 Meet the Vendor: Dark Side of the Moo

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Find out more about Dark Side of the Moo, a long time food truck and favorite neighborhood spot who will be bringing some extreme variety to Project: EATS

Photo provided by The Jersey City Project

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Prato Bakery

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Find out more about Prato Bakery, a favorite neighborhood spot, and learn some of their personal history as well as the history in their food.

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Gusti Di Sicilia

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

Meet Gusti Di Sicilia, a frequent vendor around Jersey City who focuses on homestyle Sicilian cooking. 
Photo courtesty of Gusti Di Sicilia FB

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Baonanas

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Check out Baonanas, a Jersey City born & bred company that started under unfortunate circumstances to end up setting its founders on a whole new path!
Photo courtesy of Baonanas FB

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: House of Gains

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Meet House of Gains, a family-run business focused on creating your favorite dishes with a healthier spin. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Bang Cookies

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Meet Bang Cookies who became an instant hit at Farmers Markets around town and recently opened a small production facility in the Heights.
Photo provided courtesy of The Jersey City Project

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Eemas Cuisine

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.  

This week, we're focusing on some favorite Jersey City vendors. Get to know Eemas Cuisine who made their debut at Project: EATS two years ago and have a remained a constant crowd-pleaser since.
Photo courtesy of The Jersey City Project

Monday, June 19, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Talde

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City.

Meet Talde, one of the biggest names in downtown Jersey City dining who will be bringing some of their most mobile eats to the event.
Photo courtesy of The Jersey City Project 

Hard Grove Now Open


Hard Grove Cafe is now open at 286 1st Street, the former Port-O Lounge. The restaurant opened on Friday in the new space after several setbacks at two previous locations.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Community News

Jersey City
  • The Midnight Market Family Day was delayed because of weather. The new date will be July 29th. 
  • Congratulations to Departed Soles on celebrating two years of distribution and all their accomplishments over the past two years.
  • The Grind Shop will be hosting a special brunch with Chef Eliott at The Baker Building on 6/25 from 1-4pm for $40/person
  • South House will be running a beer garden at this year's 4th of July Freedom and Fireworks Festival at Liberty State Park. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Moffle Bar

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

Meet Moffle Bar, a first timer at Project Eats with decadent desserts inspired by what the food community loves. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Bread and Spoon

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

Meet Bread & Spoon, a family-run specialty catering and baking company that loves connecting people through food. 


Photo courtesy of Bread & Spoon

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Waffle It & Co.

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

Meet Waffle It & Co., a Belgian-inspired waffle spot serving up creative sweet and savory items. 
Photo courtesy of Emily Tan

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Father's Day Specials 2017

Father's Day is coming up this weekend and while it tends to be less brunch-focused than its Mother Day counterpart, there are still some great food and family-friendly ways to celebrate.

Photo from Van Hook Cheese
  • Van Hook Cheese has gift boxes ready to go or you can create your own by mixing and matching your father's (or your) favorite products in the store including gifts like bacon marmalade, drink mixes, etc. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Louie's BBQ Pit

The Jersey City Project's Project Eats 2017 is back on 6/24 and 6/25 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

Meet Louie's BBQ Pit, a quality barbecue spot with Cuban touches from West New York inspired by the owner's son and the desire to make other people happy by feeding them. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Community News

Jersey City

  • Atlas House has introduced a new special - the Burger Lab. Every Wednesday, Chef Ralph will create a new burger for that day's menu.
  • The Central Ave SID and local Central Ave restaurants are working together to create a list of healthier options. 
  • Congratulations to White Star Bar on celebrating 12 years in business in Jersey City. 
  • Don't forget to buy your tickets for York Street Project's Evening Under the Stars this Thursday. Use code JC Eats for 20% off.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Bro-Ritos

In just over two weeks, Project Eats is back for 2017 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats!

Over the next two weeks, I'll be featuring interviews with some of the vendors who will be at the event, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

Meet Bro-Ritos, a local food truck serving up Mexican favorites with a twist and a first time vendor at the market.

Project Eats 2017 Meet the Vendor: Ace's Wings

In just over two weeks, Project Eats is back for 2017 with new vendors and returning favorites, all ready to serve up some delicious, indulgent eats. To help get you ready, I'm excited to be collaborating with The Jersey City Project to spotlight some of the vendors from this year's Project Eats!

Over the next two weeks, I'll be featuring interviews with some of the vendors who will be at the event, learning more about their business, their food, and what they love about Jersey City. 

To get us started, check out Ace's Wings, a Jersey City-based and family-inspired catering company and first time vendor at the market. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beat Street Restaurant Coming to 150 Bay St.



New hip-hop and 80's inspired restaurant Beat Street (an homage to the 1984 movie) is coming to 150 Bay Street, opening June 22nd. The 100 seat space will open inside Transmission and is run by the same owner, Howard Brunner, along with KC Macias and Chef Darryl Harmon.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Community News


Jersey City

  • Zinburger, wine and gourmet burger bar, has scheduled their opening at Newport for July 1st. 
  • Cocoa Bakery is participating in Confections for Comfort through Sunday, June 11th. Proceeds from their lemon-blueberry cupcake will go to Chemo Comfort, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients going through Chemo. 
  • Riverview Farmers Market has put together their schedule of events for June. 
  • The Riverview Jazz Festival will have events all week including several at Fox and Crow, Madame Claude Bis, The Archer and more. 
  • After a temporary pause, Mordi's is carrying Baonanas on the truck again.
  • The newest location of Brewshot is now open at the Cast Iron Lofts, 837 Jersey Ave. 
  • Sam a.m. has added huevos rancheros to their permanent summer menu - and they're also making some progress at The OAK on Pine
  • Milk Sugar Love will be parking outside of Charles & Co. every Thursday through August from 5-8pm for new event, Shops & Scoops.

Outside Jersey City
  • NJ.com put together a comprehensive list of all the summer food festivals around New Jersey.
  • Natalie Colledge of gluten-free Plum Bakery in Montclair was recently featured on Jersey Bites. 
  • Virginia-based Sedona Taphouse, serving over 500 craft beers, will soon be opening in Cliffside Park. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Calendar of Events

Friday, June 2nd

  • It's National Doughnut Day so swing by Krispy Kreme to pick up your free doughnut or Dunkin Donuts to grab a free doughnut with the purchase of a coffee. 
  • Today is JC Fridays with art events, performances, live music, and gallery displays up all over town - including in restaurants and bars throughout the city. The full listing of events is here.
Saturday, June 3rd
  • The Arlington Park Farmers Market starts back up for its third season! Come check out the beautiful park, pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, skincare, and more from 10am-2pm. For the full list of Jersey City Farmers Markets, check here
  • The Jersey City Craft Brew Fest is back at Harborside, running in two sessions. The first is from 12pm-4pm and the second is from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Use code JCEATS for $15 off the ticket price
  • Today marks the kick-off for the Riverview Jazz Festival which runs from 12-7pm at the Urby lot, 200 Greene Street. There will tons of great music, food trucks, vendors, and more. There will also be bands playing at Fox and Crow and The Corkscrew.  The festival runs through June 10th with events all over town. The full line-up can be found here

Monday, June 5th
  • Atlas House is celebrating Negroni Week (June 5th-11th) by hosting the official NJ Kickoff Party from 6-11pm. They're partnering with mixologists from all over the state who will take a turn bartending and showing off their Negroni week specials. There will be a 50/50 raffle where all proceeds will be donated to City Harvest along with a portion of the profits from the Negroni sales.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

York Street Project: Evening Under the Stars



Join York Street Project on Thursday, June 15th from 6-9pm for their annual fundraiser and street festival, Evening Under the Stars, with food tastings, drinks, and live music.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Construction Update in the Heights - Lo-Fi, Choc-O-Pain, & More

As more and more development takes place in the Heights and more residents flock to the neighborhood, the rate of opening for new bars, restaurants, and food options is steadily increasing. Three downtown businesses are opening new locations, several new spots are opening up, and some long-time Heights businesses are also expanding.

Most recently, The Cliff - a European-inspired and vegan-friendly cafe, and Pampita Meat Shop, an Argentinian butcher shop, opened their doors, but there's a lot more to come. 

Low Fidelity, known as Lo-Fi, is a new bar and restaurant being created with help from the team behind the Archer. Located at 328 Palisdae Ave in the former Trolley Car Bar space, the bar will feature several craft breweries on tap along with a specialized cocktail list and they're hoping to make as much use out of the backyard as possible. There's been a lot of progress in a relatively short time, most recently with awnings going up, and the owners are aiming for a June opening. 

Also soon to open on Palisade Ave, right next to Lo-Fi at 330-332 Palisade, is the newest location of Choc-O-Pain. This location will serve as their commissary and primary baking facility, supplying their other locations and will also have a retail storefront and cafe, offering their fresh-baked bread, pastries, sandwiches (including vegan options) and more. The space has undergone a huge amount of renovation and there have been several delays, but now they're getting very close to the finishing line. The awnings went up last week and they're also aiming for a June open. 

On Central Avenue, there's even more to come. Downtown favorite Cocoa Bakery will be taking over the former Goehrig's Bakery which unexpectedly closed almost three years ago and has remained empty since. Right now, the hope is to open the new bakery space sometime this fall, but there is no definite opening date. 

For those looking for even more baked goods, La Unica Bakery is moving into 454 Central Ave into a former formal-wear shop. An expansion of the Union City location, La Unica is known for their Cafe Con Leche, freshly-baked bread, and cuban sandwiches. There is no estimated date of opening, but considering they're changing from a retail shop to a bakery and based on the level of progress right now, I'd say it will be some time before we see it open.

Further south at 380 Central Ave, Gino's Pizza started construction on a new bar area and should have it up and running within the next several weeks. They remain open and are allowing full service in the meantime. 

Also performing an expansion is Renato's Pizza Maters at 278 Central Ave which will now include 274-275 Central Ave. They currently have both a sit-down dine-in area as well as a casual pick-up space, but they've taken the extra space to further build out their dine-in space, adding room for at least 50+ more diners. The expansion is anticipated to open later this year, hopefully by fall.

There are also plans for at least two more restaurants, a cafe, and another pizza place currently in the works to be opened within the next two years. Stay tuned for more definite dates as the openings get closer and further details on what else is to come!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Community News

Jersey City
  • Midnight Market is hosting a Family Day on June 17th from 4pm-11pm at The Beacon and it will include a screening of Mrs. Doubtfire. 
  • Third & Vine is going to start offering a limited selection of their condiments for sale- $10 for 10oz to be used on cheese or whatever else you might want.  
  • Eighty Mag and Gramforacause are teaming up to offer a Kamayan dinner to help support Church World Service in their work with refugee families in Jersey City. The funds raised will towards groceries for the families. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Specials 2017

If you're heading out of town for Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy! If you're staying in town, here's what's going on:

Events and Specials:


  • Iron Monkey has food and drink specials running all weekend including a BBQ platter and a $10 brunch special
  • Hamilton Pork will be open for their regular hours and will also be serving their brunch menu on Monday. 
  • Wurstbar is offering $5 Haus Dogs for Memorial Day along with their regular menu.
  • GP's is celebrating all weekend with brunch, lunch, and dinner every day from Saturday through Monday with a Memorial Day spin on their house specialty ricotta pancakes - served with blueberries, raspberries, and whipped cream. 
  • LITM and Hendrick's Gin are hosting The Garden Party: A 1920's Jazz Shindig on Saturday night beginning at 6pm. There will be Prohibition-Era cocktails, live music, lawn and card games and much more. Dressing up is optional. 
  • Left Bank Burger Bar has a variety of both food and drink specials all weekend including $5 sangria and margaritas, $5 burgers for take out, and $10 specials on Monday along with 10% off for veterans and civil service.
  • Talde is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Beach Party on Sunday from 12-8pm with a $30 All You Can Eat Menu featuring Jerk Chicken Wings, Lonaniza Burgers, and Hot Dogs with a ton of toppings, sides, and Filipino Coconut Fruit Salad and Funnel Cake for dessert. Tickets can be bought ahead of time or are $35 at the door. 

Special Hours
  • The Farmers Markets at Van Vorst Park and Riverview Park are on as scheduled, but the Grove Street Market on Monday is canceled because of the holiday, so plan ahead and stock up on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Seven Sheep Coffee will be open until 3:30pm Friday & Saturday, closed Sunday, and open until 3pm Monday. 
  • Squeeze'd will be closed on Memorial Day.
  • Ani Ramen (both locations) will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day

Keep checking back for updates on special menus and hours. 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Jersey City!