Monday, October 23, 2017

Community News: Corgi Spirits Opening, Food Truck Permits, Graze & Braise at Grove St.

Jersey City

  • Corgi Spirits is opening to the public this Saturday! The initial opening celebration will run from 4pm-10pm and then they'll be open regular hours the following week. Corgi Spirits will offer both distillery tours and information and a tasting room with a selection of specially-crafted cocktails featuring their distinct spirits. 
  • Congratulations to Milk Sugar Love whose Mac Daddy ice cream cakes were featured on Thrillist.
  • Congratulations to Pasta Dal Cuore who Maltagliata Pugliese was recently named one of the 35 best pasta dishes in New Jersey by Pete Genovese. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekend Events: NYC Cider Week at Wurstbar, Hudson Hall Grand Opening

Friday, 10/20

  • Join Hudson Hall as they celebrate their Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting beginning at 4pm with live music, $5 house beers, and $10 pastrami sandwiches. 

Saturday, 10/21
  • Wurstbar is part of this year's NYC Cider Week and to celebrate, they'll be hosting a meet and greet with Steve Selin of South Hill and Phonograph Ciders starting at 5pm. They'll be offering five of his excellent ciders by the glass and will also be featuring a cocktail using his pommeau.
  • Join the Exchange Place Alliance as they host a hay maze and pumpkin patch in the Urby Parking Lot at 200 Greene Street from 11am-7pm. They'll have it both this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday.
  • LITM has a busy month full of Halloween activities including their Ghost of Uncle Joe's annual afterparty at 10pm with $7 iced tea cocktails and $7 nachos. 
  • Piggyback Bar opens this weekend for brunch, beginning at noon, and they'll also be offering dinner service on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sunday, 10/22
  • Join LITM for their Hurricane Irma Relief Concert along with Brockman's Gin and Out of the Margins Artist Alliance beginning at 9pm. $10 suggested donation. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Frankie Opens Today

Frankie, the Australian-inspired natural wine bar and eatery, is launching their soft opening to the public today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

6 Spots to Watch Football in Downtown Jersey City + Other Suggestions

This has certainly been an up and down football season and people all around the country are finding new reasons to tune in. Whether you're watching to show support for those taking a knee or just because you care how your team is doing, Jersey City has some great options for where to watch. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Community News: Doughnut & Beer Tasting, Piggyback Bar to Launch Brunch, Hudson Hall Grand Opening

Jersey City

  • Growing in Jersey City and Glam About Town are hosting a special Halloween Doughnut and Beer Tasting at FM on Halloween night from 7-10pm for $35/person. There are four pairings and the doughnuts are being provided by Glazed & Confused.
  • Australian-inspired natural wine bar and eatery Frankie will be opening to the public for dinner this week. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend Events: Apple Cider Donut Baking Party, JCAST, Roman Nose Anniversary

Friday, 10/13
  • Midnight Market is hosting a special foodie Halloween Bash in Kearny beginning at 6:30pm and running until 1am. All food and drinks are $5 and vendors like Dulcinea, Eemas, Angry Archie's, and Delenio will be there along with many more. 
  • The Harsimus Cove Cemetery is hosting a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show from 7:30-10pm. Snacks will be available for purchase and blankets, costumes, and audience participation are all encouraged.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Frankie Bar & Eatery Opening Soon

Frankie, the long-awaited contemporary Australian bar and eatery at Charles & Co., is preparing to launch their soft open. While they haven't announced a specific date, it's on track to open within the next week.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Community News: Pasta e Vino Opens, Satis Bistro Holds Wine Dinner, Shake Shack expanding

Jersey City

  • The transformation of Raval into Pasta e Vino has finished and Pasta e Vino celebrated their soft opening this weekend. 
  • Uncle Momo, a French Lebanese spot from Montclair, also opened their Jersey City location to the public this weekend. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Weekend Events: JCWSCA Chili Cook Off, Lafayette Oktoberfest, Mathews Brunch & More

Saturday, 10/7

  • Join Point Capital Development, Lucky 7's, and RDG Hospitality for the Lafayette Neighborhood Oktoberfest. The party begins at 12pm and runs through 8pm at the Baker Building, 234 Suydam Ave - there will be music, drinks, food from Mordi's Schnitzel, and more. 

Uncle Momo to Open This Weekend

Uncle Momo is opening this weekend in the former Marco and Pepe space at 289 Grove Street.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

LITM Plans A Busy Halloween Month

photo courtesy of LITM/Buko Media

LITM is known for their lively Halloween costume parties and this year is no exception. In fact, they're leading up to their Halloween party with a full month of costume-friendly celebrations including an after-party for ComiCon, for the Ghost of Uncle Joe's Annual concert and hurricane relief concerts. Read on to see what's happening.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Community News: Low Fidelity Serving Food, Mathew's Celebrates 1 year, Kona Beer Tasting Dinner & more

Jersey City

  • Low Fidelity Bar has started rolling out their food menu. They currently have seasonal salads and sides available along with Detroit-style pizza and they'll have more coming up in the next few weeks.
  • Congratulations to WHOS Gluten Free who will be officially open for brunch starting Saturday, 10/28
  • Squeeze'd has a lot to celebrate this month - they're celebrating their one year anniversary at 8 Springs Studio, they'll be opening a second location soon, and they've got new and improved pricing on their cleanse packages. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekend Events: $1 coffee at Grind, Departed Soles' Oktoberfest, Smith Wine Festival, & more

Friday, Sept. 29th

  • Swing by the Grind Shop to celebrate National Coffee Day with $1 small drip coffee.

  • Kick off the fall season with Oktoberfest at Departed Soles. They'll be releasing their very first lager, Helles Island and they'll have custom, limited edition steins available in the tasting room to give it a proper Oktoberfest tasting. They're also releasing Kimberly, a milkshake IPA.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Raval to Become Pasta e Vino

Passerby on the Pedestrian Plaza yesterday were taken aback to see a new sign at Raval, 136 Newark Ave, showing the name Pasta e Vino. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Community News: Apple Dessert Contest, Lafayette Oktoberfest, Darke Pines and more

Jersey City

  • This Sunday, October 1st, the Riverview Farmers Market will host the People's Choice Apple Dessert contest. Anyone is welcome to bring an apple dessert made with NJ apples and anyone is allowed to taste and judge for a $5 ballot fee. 
  • Congratulations to Whealth who have now officially opened for business 7 days a week at 615 Pavonia Ave. 
  • For the next week through 10/1, Third & Vine is featuring the gin-based Bee's Knees cocktail. $2 from every cocktail sold will go to organizations to help support and protect bees. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend Events: Hamilton Park BBQ, Hudson Hall Opening & More

Friday, 9/22

  • Whealth is hosting another Friday night dinner in their new cafe at Journal Squared. A $45 ticket will get you three courses of 2-3 farm-fresh tasting plates to share including this week's flambeed Peach Cassese.

Saturday, 9/23

  • This Saturday is the 8th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival! The Festival runs from 12pm - 8pm on 9th Street and W. Hamilton. There will be live music, vendors, and lots of barbecue! Look forward to food from Carlito's (try the brisket taco), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Hamilton Pork, Pet Shop (vegan options), Milk Sugar Love, and more. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Park & Sixth Closed

Although no formal announcement has been made, Park & Sixth reportedly closed their doors a few weeks ago after months of whispers it was for sale.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Community News - Pinwheel Garden soft opens, JGFT expands, Smith Wine Festival

Jersey City

  • Congratulations to Razza on receiving a three star review from the NY Times this week. 
  • The Pinwheel Garden, a new dumpling and noodle house in Lafayette, has started hosting soft opening events for a select audience. They anticipate opening to the public at large next month. 
  • The 8th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival takes place this Saturday 9/23 from 12-8pm in support of the Hamilton Park Conservancy. Expect a variety of barbecue vendors, drinks, music and more. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Community News: Old World/New World Wine Class, JC West Side Chili Cook-Off, and more

Jersey City

  • The JC West Side Chili Cook-Off has been announced! It will be held on Sunday, 10/8 beginning at 12pm. If you're interested in competing, read the rules here
  • Congratulations to Bambino Chef on being featured on News 12 New Jersey to share some healthy, simple, fun lunch box ideas. 
  • Join Chris Leo of PS Wine Bar and Lourdes of the Vine for an Old World vs New World Wine Class on Tuesday 9/26 at 7pm. Tickets are $45/person.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Weekend Calendar of Events

Thursday, Sept. 7th

  • Join WomenRising at Lutze Biergarten from 4-10pm for their first Sip to Support event. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to WomenRising,a  community-based organization focused on empowering and helping women in Hudson County through a variety of services ranging from counseling to shelters to job placement. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Whealth Opening Soon in Journal Square

After two and a half years of planning and construction, Whealth is getting ready to open their cafe at Journal Squared, 615 Pavonia Ave, to the public this Friday.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Community News: Ed & Mary's, Piggyback Bar Hiring, O'Leary's Pig Roast & more

Jersey City
  • Congratulations to Rustique Pizza on celebrating 6 years in business, to Sam a.m. for celebrating 4, and Van Hook Cheese on celebrating their one year anniversary.
  • 9th & Coles has officially rebranded and reopened as Ed & Mary's, named after the owners. It will continue to operate as a neighborhood pub and community-oriented space with comfort food, their variety of American and craft beers, and traditional cocktails. 
  • Hudson County Community College is holding a series of family-friendly culinary classes from September through December. Right now, the classes are $29/person per class. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Specials 2017

Labor Day Weekend brings with it the unofficial end of summer, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy saying goodbye. Here's what's happening:

Events and Specials:

  • Rustique Pizza is celebrating their 6th anniversary! Stop by the shop for a free plain slice between 12-5pm to help them celebrate.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Departed Soles Fundraising for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

On this week's Community News, I listed some organizations to donate to and ways to help in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and now there are also some local ways you can help. 

Photo from Departed Soles
Departed Soles is launching their new gluten-free New Jersey Ninja tonight and for every sale of packaged goods (cans and growler fills of any of the available beers), $1 will go to hurricane recovery efforts. New Jersey Ninja is a unique beer, a light blonde ale made with New Jersey honey, organic green tea, and 100% malted, gluten-free grains. There will be several other gluten-free and definitely not gluten-free options available. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Community News: Hurricane Harvey Help, Porta expanding, Jersey City Fish Stand & More

Over the past weekend, Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding throughout parts of Texas, displacing thousands, destroying homes, and injuring many others. If you'd like to help, here are some good options:

Jersey City

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend Calendar of Events: Pride, Boxing, and Dinner in the Park

Friday, 8/25
  • It's the 2nd Annual Summer Sendoff Dinner at Van Vorst Park, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $20, bring your own dinner and drinks, and they'll provide tables, flatware, plates, music, and a special ice cream dessert. 
  • There are a variety of Pride events all weekend long and Friday's festivities include a comedy night at Transmission from 7-9pm and a 70s dance party at FM beginning at 10pm
Saturday, 8/26

  • Saturday marks the actual Pride Festival beginning at 1pm on the Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza. There will be music, dancing, drinks, and food along with an After Party at Transmission from 9pm - 2am.
  • Enjoy dinner at Van Vorst Park with the JC Parks Coalition for their Six Ward Dinner Series and fundraiser. Dinner is being prepared by Chef Steve of Caribbean Delicacies. Tickets are $35 for three courses. 
  • I don't really understand the appeal of boxing, but if you do:
    • O'Leary's will be screening the fight for $25 at the door with plenty of great food and drinks.
    • Lutze Biergarten is hosting a viewing inside the Harborside Atrium. $30 presale and $40 at the door with VIP and bottle service available. 
Sunday 8/27

  • To cap off Pride Week, join FM for their After Pride Hangover Brunch with music, a special menu, and of course, drinks. The performance starts at 1pm and reservations are recommended.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Burger Eatery Closed; Now Vintage Burger

More information is now available about the changes at the former Burger Eatery. After a disagreement, the partners in Burger Eatery have parted ways and the shop is being reopened under new management as Vintage Burgers. They have put up a new logo and are currently open, although more changes are forthcoming including a different menu. 

It appears Burger Eatery, 1st and Erie, has closed and is under new management.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Community News

Jersey City

  • Brightside Tavern is offering an Eclipse Special: Happy Hour will begin at 1:30pm and run until 7pm.
  • Porta is also celebrating the eclipse with a rooftop party between 1-4pm. Make sure to bring elcipse glasses to protect your eyes!
  • This Saturday, join the Jersey City Parks Association for the next event in their series of Ward Dinners at Van Vorst Park . Chef Steve from Caribbean Delicacies will be catering the event which will run from 5-7pm. Tickets are available here for $35/person. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Low Fidelity Now Open (for previews)

Photo courtesy of Low Fidelity

Low Fidelity, aka LoFi, the newest bar from the team behind The Archer, has begun their soft-opening with some preview nights.

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'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.