Monday, April 23, 2018

Community News: Bone-In Launches Go Fund Me, Hyatt House Grand Opening,

Jersey City
  • Bone-In has launched a Go Fund Me to help them outfit their new kitchen and banquet space on Lima Family Farms which will help them expand and grow their overall business of providing farm-fresh, whole foods to the community. 
  • Join Atlas this Thursday 4/26 for their High West Core 4 whiskey tasting and four course dinner. It begins at 6:30pm and tickets are $75/person. Call for reservations. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Farmers Market Season Returns for 2018

This Saturday marks the start of Farmer's Market season in Jersey City! Markets throughout the city will begin opening over the next several weeks and run through the fall and early winter, bringing fresh produce, healthy snacks, skincare, baked goods, fish, grass-fed meat and more.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Community News: Autism Dinner at Hard Gove, Bang Cookie in the NYT & more


Jersey City

  • This Thursday, 4/19 Smile Preschool is hosting an Autism dinner at Hard Grove Cafe. Tickets are $50 each. 
  • Congratulations to Bang Cookies for their recent mentions in the NY Times. 
  • Modcup and Word Bookstore have teamed up so that Word Cafe will be serving all Modcup coffee. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Luna Opens Next Week


New bar and restaurant Luna, owned and operated by the owners of Paisano's in Rutherford, is scheduled to open to the public next week.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Community News: Griot Cafe Menu Expands, Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's, FastBoy Celebrates 4 Years, and More

Jersey City

Photo from Griot Cafe

  • Griot Cafe has expanded their menu to include new hot breakfast specials like omelets, breakfast burritos, and more.
  • Congratulations to local delivery service FastBoy on celebrating four years in business! To celebrate, they're offering free delivery through Wednesday, 4/11.
  • Piggyback Bar and their creative takes on bar food were featured in The Digest. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pizza Vita to Open Today

Photo from Pizza Vita
The wait is over! Pizza Vita, known for their quick-cooking pizza truck, will be opening their new brick and mortar restaurant at 435 Palisade Ave today.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Community News: Marketplace JC Opening Day, Graze and Braise New Spring Menu, and more

Jersey City

  • A manager at Domino's on Communipaw Ave was attacked by two on-duty cops over a problem with their pizza delivery. The attack was caught on security tape and the two officers have been suspended without pay and face criminal charges.
  • A burlesque show scheduled to run at FM had to be cancelled at the last minute after city attorneys threatened the restaurant with fines and penalties for violating local obscenity laws. The decision has been unpopular with the local community and further action is pending. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter and Passover 2018

Easter is almost here and there's a lot of great places to order desserts, make brunch reservations, find gifts, and more. Here's a round-up of what to check out:

For Easter Treats:


  • Salerno Salumeria is carrying homemade Pizza Rustica, otherwise known as Easter Pie. It's a traditional Italian Easter egg and ricotta-based dish stuffed with assorted salumi then wrapped in a sturdy savory pastry. This is one of the only versions I've ever seen in Jersey City. They also have Easter Wheat Pie, which is a pie with a sweet ricotta and grain filling reminiscent of rice pudding. (453 Central Ave)
  • The Culinary Conference Center of Hudson County Community College is hosting an Easter Goodies class this Saturday, 3/31 from 2pm-4:30pm. They'll help you make handmade treats like chocolate bunnies, decorated eggs, and seasonal candy for $45/person. (161 Newkirk Street)
  • Milk Sugar Love has a variety of Easter treats available for order that can be picked up on Saturday or Sunday including Baby Chick Mac Daddy ice cream sandwiches, an adorable bunny cake with vanilla cake, strawberry ice cream, and chocolate cookie crunch, and pastel tie-dyed frosted cookies and cupcakes. (19 McWilliams Place)
  • Prato Bakery is accepting preorders of their Ciambelline for this Sunday only. The freshly-made doughnuts are a weekend favorite. Call 201-798-8900 to order yours for pick-up on Sunday. There is a minimum of three per order. (61 Erie Street)
  • Cocoa Bakery will be open Saturday and Sunday for pick-ups of preorders and will also have limited amount of pastries and desserts onsite including their special cream puffs. They will also have a small selection of Passover desserts. (275 Grand Street)
  • L'Atelier Du Chocolat has a variety of special Easter treats and chocolates available including egg truffles, duck chocolate molds filled with coconut cream, tarts, and more. (321 Marin Blvd)
  • Choc O Pain has a selection of Easter breads and desserts available including hot cross buns, Easter Brioche stuffed with dried fruit, and Easter candy available for baskets. (multiple locations in Hoboken and Jersey City)
  • Harborside is hosting a pop-up in the atrium with We Knead The Dough on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am-5:30pm with cakes, cookies, and Easter baskets read to go. (200 Hudson Street)
  • Lee Sims is well-stocked with chocolate bunnies, eggs, jelly beans, filled chocolates, and more. For a traditional treat, head here, but go before Sunday so you don't risk missing out. (743 Bergen Ave)

Easter Brunch

  • The Hutton will be open for brunch and dinner with several Easter-themed specials. (225 Hutton Street)
  • Liberty House is hosting Easter Brunch with a buffet from 11am-6pm for $58/adult and $29/child. They'll have a cheese and fruit station, fresh pastries, a carving station, a variety of salads, freshly made omelets, and more. Reservations can be made online. (76 Audrey Zapp Drive)
  • Atlas Public House will have a special $25 prix-fixe Easter brunch from 11am-3pm where you get your choice of two courses and a mimosa or bloody mary. (130 Newark Ave)

Closed

  • Torico will be closed on Good Friday, 3/30

For those celebrating Passover, the options are a little more limited, but there are a couple ways to celebrate:

  • Latham House will be serving brisket all weekend long. 
  • Cocoa Bakery will have some Passover desserts available in-store. 
  • Temple Beth-El is hosting Community Seders both Friday and Saturday night. Contact office@jcbethel.org for more information. (2419 JFK Boulevard)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Community News: 9 Bar Now Carrying The Lodg Doughtnuts, Koro Koro Reopening and more!


Jersey City
  • Madame Claude Bis and Lourdes of the Vine are teaming up again to offer more wine dinners this spring. First up, join them on Wednesday, April 11th as they sample regional wines from the Loire Valley. The tickets are $70/person for four courses and paired wines and reservations are necessary. 
  • Congratulations to Razza who received another glowing review and 8.9 rating from website The Infatuation.
  • Pasta Dal Cuore is celebrating Springtime on the Italian Riviera with Cool Vines in a special dinner this Tuesday. Make sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Crema is Now Open - and it's Great


New cafe Crema has opened at 695 Bergen Ave in McGinley Square. Shortly after Harry's Coffee abruptly closed last year, Crema took over the space, started renovations, and as of a few weeks ago, have opened their doors to the public.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Who's Open and Who's Closed for the 4th Nor'easter


The fourth (and hopefully last) Nor'easter of March has arrived and with it is predicted anywhere from 8-12 inches of snow. Your best bet is to stay inside, but in case you feel like venturing out, here's a list of confirmed opening/closings. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Community News: JGFT expands their Princeton Tour, Cafe Batata closed, Extended Ani Late Night Menu and more

Jersey City

  • In sad news, Cafe Batata will be closing their doors as of this Monday, 3/20. 
  • NJ Monthly recently featured Dan Richer of Razza. 
  • Ani Ramen has expanded their hours to include their full menu until 1am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am Friday and Saturday. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Join Pasta Dal Cuore for Springtime on the Italian Riviera


Join Pasta Dal Cuore on Tuesday, 3/27, for a five course dinner inspired by the tastes and style of the northwestern coast of Italy. Personalized takes on regional favorites from Cinque Terre and Genoa will be served with a focus on fresh spring ingredients and seasonal flavors. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Community News: Choc O Pain Delivering, Irish Cocktail Class at Liberty House and more

Jersey City


  • Congratulations to Andrea Salumeria whose Pete's Special Tuna sandwich was included on the list of 50 Restaurants for Your Last Meal in New Jersey.
  • Choc O Pain is now available for delivery from the downtown location via Postmates. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Storm Quinn Snow Day Updates


Winter Storm Quinn is here and is predicted to bring anywhere from 4-12 inches of snow (a totally normal range) with it along with high winds and rain although it seems like the worst of it won't hit until this afternoon. Your best bet is to stay inside, but in case you feel like venturing out, here's a list of confirmed opening/closings. 

Five New Restaurants Coming Soon to the Heights

Five new dining destinations are set to hit Jersey City Heights in the near future, continuing the rapid restaurant expansion in the neighborhood. While none of them have announced their official opening date, they are all expected to open their doors within the next two months.

Pizza Vita - Pizza Vita, known for their quick-cooking pizza truck, is opening a brick and mortar space at 435 Palisade Avenue. They currently have locations in Summit and at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City. This location will focus on the pizza, but have a somewhat expanded menu similar to what they offer at their Summit location. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Community News: Modcup Opens New Location, Women's History Month Cookie, Chili Cook-Off in Hoboken

Photo from Choc O Pain Bakery

Jersey City


  • Stop by Choc O Pain anytime this March for their special black and purple cookie honoring Women's History Month. A portion of all proceeds will go to I Am That Girl, an organization dedicated to providing empowerment opportunities, tools, and a community for girls everywhere. 
  • Modcup has opened a pop-up counter in Plaza 5 of Harborside. It opens at 7am every Monday through Friday. They also currently have the truck serving coffee in the atrium between Plazas 2 & 3. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Introducing The LoDG: Your New Craft Donut Craving

Disclaimer: These doughnuts were provided to me free of charge in exchange for feedback. However, I was not asked to write a post and all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you've probably seen me bemoan the lack of quality donuts in the area on more than one occasion. However, I have some exciting news - The LoDG is here to change all that.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Community News: Ai Pho and Vermicelli Now Open, Cider and Cheese Pairing, Girl Scout Doughnuts and More

New Thanh Hoai
Jersey City
  • Per JC Upfront, new Vietnamese restaurant Ai Pho and Vermicelli is now open at 515 Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Big Chef. 
  • Hidden Grounds is now carrying Dough Doughnuts on the weekends (which if you've never had them, are huge and delicious) and a selection of special treats from WHOS Gluten-Free on a daily basis. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Community News: Buffalo Boss Opening Soon, Frankie and Harry's Daughter Launch Brunch, and More

Jersey City

  • Corgi Spirits is enhancing your brunch drinking experience. Beginning this Sunday, they will have a food truck on site all Sunday to cover your brunch dining desires while they handle the drinks. 
  • Buffalo Boss, a wing spot owned by Jay-Z's cousin and financially backed by Jay-Z, is expanding into Jersey City. There are currently three locations open in New York and this will be the first New Jersey location. Buffalo Boss is known for their variety of 12 sauces which range in flavors and heat levels. It is scheduled to open at Newport Centre later this month. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hooked JC to Host Fancy Dinner Series

Photo from Hooked JC
Hooked JC, one of the best new restaurants in Jersey City, announced they will be offering special "fancy dinners" in their recently-opened back room.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Community News: The Royal Now Open, Harry's Daughter Launching Brunch, Pizza Across America & More

Jersey City
Photo from The Royal
  • The Royal, a new gay bar, opened this past weekend for the first time to the public. Located at 100 York Street in the former Lisbon space, The Royal is owned by the same team as Buddy Who's, located next door. They're still in soft open mode, but expect to have their Grand Opening within the next few weeks. 
  • Caribbean spot Harry's Daughter is launching brunch next Sunday. They haven't introduced the menu yet, but it looks like fruit-topped french toast will be there and if the dinner menu is anything to go by, we can expect some spicy and delicious meals. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Your Guide to Valentine's Day


No matter how you want to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, Jersey City has you covered. Here's your guide to some of the best Valentine's Day Events and Dinners in town:

Galentine's Day
Porta is hosting their Second Annual Galentine's Brunch this Saturday beginning at noon. They'll have special red brunch items like red velvet waffles, specialty cocktails, movies, a DJ, games like MASH, a braid bar by The Hair Room, and more.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Community News: Paisano's Opening Jersey City Outpost, FM Reopens as Live Music Venue, and more.

Jersey City
Photo from The Hudson Kitchen

  • If you're interested in starting your own food business, join The Hudson Kitchen and Hudson Community College for a one day Food Business Bootcamp, created specifically for new entrepeneurs and food startups. The class will cover everything from state regulations to how to make a business plan to pricing for profitability. Tickets are $225 but use code 50OFF to receive a $50 discount. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Super Bowl Events in Jersey City

Super Bowl LII is coming up this Sunday and I've got your guide on where to watch and what to order.

Where to Go
Piggyback Bar is hosting a viewing party at Harborside. They'll have the game playing on two 20' screens and for $30, you get your seat, an all inclusive buffet including suckling pig, ribs and more and drink specials all game long. Use code jc_eats for $5 off ticket price.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Community News: Eater names Best Indian Restaurants, Trivia at Ed & Mary's, Marketplace JC Returns

Jersey City
  • The Royal Men Foundation, in conjunction with Larsen's Restaurant, is holding a dinner fundraiser to help send 5 teens from each high school in Jersey City to a viewing of Marvel's Black Panther. The fundraiser is on 2/10 beginning at 4pm and tickets are $12 each. 
  • Two Jersey City restaurants made Eater's list of Best Regional Indian in NY and NJ: Sri Ganesh's Dosa House for their South Indian cuisine and Hyderabadi House for their specialties from the Hyderabad region.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Weeekend Events: Frankie Celebrates Australia Day, Rita and Joe's Final Weekend, Mutzfest

Starting to get a little winter stir-crazy? It's going to be in the 50s this weekend and there are some great ways to eat and drink well this weekend, so make sure to get out and enjoy!

  • Australian-inspired Frankie, which opened late last year, is celebrating Australia Day the best way they can - with an Australia Day Bash! The party begins at 5pm and runs all night, featuring specials on Australian favorites like fish and chips, meat pies, and Coopers Ale. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

B. Good Searches for 2018 Customer of the Year


B. Good, the fast-casual chain with a healthy and community-driven focus, has launched their search for the 2018 Customer of the Year with some exciting rewards for the lucky winner. The full announcement is below.

Your Guide to Hudson Restaurant Week,Winter 2018


Hudson Restaurant Week is back! If you're not familiar with Restaurant Week, restaurants around Hudson County (including Jersey City and Hoboken) offer special 2 or 3 course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, ranging anywhere from $18-40. It will be running for the next two weeks from now through Friday, 2/6.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Community News: Bucket & Bay Gelato Class, Bread & Spoon at P&K, Mutzfest in Hoboken

Jersey City
Photo from Bread & Spoon
  • Bread & Spoon has started selling their gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies at P&K Market. 
  • ME Casa has started offering $7.99 delivery and take-out lunch specials every Monday through Friday from 11am-3:30pm. 
  • Bucket & Bay is holding a Gelato-Making Masterclass on 1/25 focusing on speakeasy flavors like gelato infused with oak, smoke, and other liquors. Tickets are $95 each. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Exploring Rockin Mex

Rockin Mex, 2 Division Street, opened in late November with little fanfare or notice. Replacing local BBQ spot Legal Beans (although still affiliated), Rockin Mex advertises tacos, burritos, Mexican salads, and burrito bowls.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Community News: Pokay Tacos, Gin and Jupiter at LSC After Dark, Free Downtown Yogurt and more.

Jersey City
Photo by Pokay
  • Pokay is introducing a new menu item: poke tacos in nori shells! Tuesday is the first day they're available. 
  • Join Liberty Science Center and Midnight Market this Thursday 1/18 for Gin and Jupiter at LSC: After Dark. Brockman's Gin, Corgi Spirits, and Botanist Gin will all be there as well as some of Midnight Market's favorite vendors with $5 bites, intergalactic laser tag, an alien tribble filled ball pit and much more. Tickets are $20.
  • Next Tuesday 1/23, join Jersey Wine and Spirits and Van Hook Cheese for a night exploring the Wine and Cheese of Italy. Tickets are $40 and the event starts at 7pm. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hidden Grounds Now Open

Hidden Grounds launched the soft open of their new Jersey City space at 148 1st Street last week.With two locations in New Brunswick, Hidden Grounds has quickly gained a devoted following since it opened in 2013 with their attention to detail, style aesthetics, high quality coffee and unique offerings like their specialty chai teas.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ramen House Menya Sandaime Now Open

Photo from Menya Sandaime
New Tokyo-style ramen house Menya Sandaime recently launched the soft opening for their Jersey City location - just in time for the winter weather to settle in.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Community News: Liberty House Cocktail Class, Dumplings at Ahri's, and More

Bulgogi Dumplings from Ahri's Kitchen

Jersey City
  • Join Hudson Pride Center and Garden State Equality this Tuesday, 1/9, at Atlas, 130 Newark Ave, as they host an Evening with the Mayors of Hoboken and Jersey City and the LGBTQ community. The event starts at 8pm. 
  • On Monday 1/8, Dolya Cafe, 128 Newark Avenue, will be celebrating their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the HDSID and Mayor Fulop at 4pm. 
  • Prato Bakery has put together a special trip to Tuscany with a focus on enjoying the food and learning the cooking techniques of the region. The trip will run from 7/7-7/14. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bomb Cyclone Snow Day Updates


The Bomb Cyclone is here and is predicted to bring anywhere from 3-8 inches of snow with it along with freezing temps and high winds. Your best bet is to stay inside, but in case you feel like venturing out, here's a list of confirmed opening/closings. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018