Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Your Guide to Project: Eats 2018


The biggest food festival of the year, Project: Eats, is back for the 5th year in a row! Project: Eats attracts thousands of attendees, all coming to enjoy food trucks, small businesses, and pop-up vendors from all throughout New Jersey and beyond. Located outside City Hall at 280 Grove St., it will run on Saturday 6/23 and Sunday 6/24 from 11am-7pm. 

Here is your guide to enjoying the festival:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Community News: Charity Bartender Drag-A-Thon, Angel Azul Celebrates 20 Years, Rose Wine Dinner & More

Before we begin with our more local Community News, I wanted to mention the current human rights crisis of children being separated from their parents at our borders which is nothing short of an atrocity. These are events happening in our greater national community which are contradictory to any kind of morality I can personally imagine and flat-out shameful. I urge you to take some time to learn more and I'm including a link (via Slate) to the best round-up I found of ways you can help, be it though donating time, money, or knowledge.

Now back to our regular Community News programming:

Jersey City

  • Join burlesque performer and censorship fighter Lillian Bustle and Pet Shop for Jersey City's first ever Charity Bartender Drag-A-Thon! Held this Thursday, 6/21 beginning at 9pm, all donations will go towards the Trevor Project. 
  • Project: Eats is back this weekend, 6/23-6/24, for it's 5th Annual Festival, celebrating food, drinks, and fun. Stay tuned for more info!
  • As part of the festivities, take advantage of FastBoy Delivery's Project:Eats special, where from now through 6/24, you can get free delivery with code PROJECTEATS18 when you check out. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Sweetberry Bowls Grand Opening, Famous Food Market, and More

Happy Weekend, Jersey City! It's gearing up to be sunny and hot all weekend and there are lots of ways to enjoy it, both indoors and out:

Photo from Sweetberry Bowls
Sweetberry Bowls Grand Opening, 179 Newark Ave:
Join Sweetberry Bowls known for their super fruit smoothie bowls and salads, this Saturday for their Grand Opening celebration. They'll be opening at 8am and the first 50 people to visit will get a free bowl.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Where to Watch the World Cup 2018


The four year wait is over and the FIFA World Cup is here! To help you experience this event, lots of places around Jersey City will be screening the games and offering specials. Here are some of your best bets for catching the World Cup Games:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Community News: The OAK on Pine Now Serving Brunch, PJ Ryan's Expands, Crepe Guru Launching Delivery & More

Jersey City
  • The OAK on Pine recently launched new lunch hours and a take-out menu, but this weekend, they also started serving Saturday Brunch! They're currently offering brunch, eat-in or take-out, from 10am-2pm on Saturdays.
  • Crepe Guru, opening soon at 110 Bright Street, will start offering delivery this Tuesday, 6/12 prior to their Grand Opening in August. Formerly located in Hoboken and known for their wide selection of sweet and savory crepes, Crepe Guru recently moved into the Bright Street location and are in the midst of setting up their permanent space. Delivery can be ordered via Uber Eats, Door Dash, Delivery.com, PostMates, and several other options. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Community News: Sweetberry Now Open, ME Casa Moving, and more.

Jersey City

  • Sweetberry Bowls has officially opened in Jersey City. Located at 179 Newark Ave, they launched their soft opening late last weekend and will be celebrating their Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting this Thursday at 12pm. Sweetberry is known for their customizable smoothie bowls and salads. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

National Doughnut Day 2018


Today is National Doughnut Day! Started as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army during the Great Depression and in honor of female volunteers who provided home-cooked meals and doughnuts to soldiers during World War 1, it has evolved into a day to celebrate doughnuts of all kinds.

Here are some ways to celebrate in Jersey City (including opportunities for free doughnuts):

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Community News: New Vegan Restaurant More Life, Full Moon Party at Luna and more

Jersey City


Photo from More Life Cafe
  • On Tuesday, 5/29, Luna will be hosting a Full Moon party which will celebrate their being open for one month as well as the current full moon cycle. There will be candle-lit dining as well was as an all-night Happy Hour. 
  • Congratulations to Harry's Daughter who received a mention on This is Insider Food.
  • New dedicated vegan restaurant More Life Cafe has opened near Lincoln Park at 191 Mallory Avenue, selling plant-based versions of comfort food, smoothies, salads and more. They're still in soft-open mode, but plan to hold a Grand Opening shortly.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Corto Starts Soft Open

Photo from Corto
New Italian restaurant Corto is getting ready to open to the public with a soft opening by reservation only today (5/25) and tomorrow (5/26).

Monday, May 21, 2018

Community News:Talde celebrates Filipino Restaurant Week, Koro Koro Back Open & More

Jersey City
Photo from Talde
  • Head to Talde any time through next Monday, 5/28 for their Filipino Restaurant Week with chicken adobo tacos, pork bbq, and mango pie for $35/person. 
  • Congratulations to Light Horse Tavern on celebrating 15 great years in Jersey City over the weekend. 
  • Komegashi Too is having a wine dinner this upcoming Wednesday, 5/23. There will be five different wines accompanying four courses. The dinner starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $75/person. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Flatbread Grill Opening Tomorrow 5/10


Flatbread Grill, a much-loved Mediterranean bakery and grill, will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their Jersey City location tomorrow, 5/10, at 11am.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Community News: Small Business Awards, Barcade's 7th Anniversary, and more

Jersey City
Photo from The Grind Shop
  • Congratulations to Lee Sims, Half Time Bar, Milk Sugar Love, Salerno Salumeria, Carmine's Italian Deli, ME Casa, Abbondanza Trattoria, Laico's, Whealth & Co, Dulce De Leche, Carmen Rosa's Bakery, The Grind Shop, and Gia Gelato and Cafe who were all honored and awarded winners at the 2018 Small Business Awards Ceremony by the city. The awards recognize small businesses in each ward of the city for their service and dedication to the Jersey City community. In addition, Bucket and Bay was recognized for their participation in the new Certified Green Business Program. 
  • The Grind Shop has brought back their La Colombe Draft Latte! It'll be available all spring and summer.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Three Fundraisers In Jersey City

 Jersey City always has you covered when it comes to eating and drinking well, but it's even better when you get to combine that with helping raise funds for a good cause. Check out these three fundraisers happening soon in Jersey City and show your support.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Community News: Firehouse Pizza Now Open, Reservoir Fundraiser, and more

Jersey City
Photo from Firehouse Blazing Pizza
  • Congratulations to Firehouse Blazing Pizza on celebrating their Grand Opening this past Saturday. The restaurant is now open at 488 Central Ave in the Heights. 
  • The Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance will be holding this year's Spring Annual Season Opener and fundraiser at Vaibhav at 737 Newark Ave on Thursday, 5/3. Single tickets as well as group tickets are available. 
  • The HDSID Farmers' Market at Grove Street is returning for the first time this season on Monday, 4/30. It will run every Monday and Thursday through December. 
  • Ozu Foods will be starting their summer hours this week and will only be serving lunch on Fridays from 11:30am-2:30pm. 

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.