Cellar 335 has transformed their space for the holidays to run their new themed pop-up: Sleighs n Leis. It's a tiki-themed Christmas with a specialty cocktail menu including frozen spiked hot chocolate, Rum Rum Rudolph, and others.
Hooked has launched three new delivery-only restaurants: Green Things focusing on salads, Lit Burger with a variety of burger and tater tot creations, and Comfort Cookery with homestyle comfort food , all available through UberEats.
After Sol Azteca filed suit against their landlords at 328 Montgomery where they've been struggling to open up for over a year, the truck they were running in the meantime disappeared off the streets and was no longer available on delivery platforms. As one of my favorite sources of Mexican food in Jersey City, this was a huge loss.
Razza is offering reservations to their collaboration with Marc Vetri, author of Mastering Pizza and chef/founder of some of Philadelphia's most critically acclaimed restaurants. The dinner is a three course dinner taking place on 12/5 and will include some of the pizzas from the book. Tickets are $65/person and come with a signed copy of the book, but remaining reservations are limited.
While not open to the public, Honey Bakery is now accepting orders throughout the week which can be picked up or delivered on Saturday. They're offering their full range of menu favorites along with some specialty items, all their baked goods (including the cottage cheese cookies!) and items are available in larger format catering, as individual meals, and some are even offered frozen for home cooking. Orders can be placed through their Square store and Honey Bakery is even offering some specialty Thanksgiving dishes which can be ordered through Monday for special pick-up or delivery on Wednesday. Don't miss your chance to try this local favorite!
Via Reddit, Melt Shop is expanding into Jersey City with a new location in the food court of the Newport Mall. Known for their burgers, grilled cheeses, and tater tots, this will be Melt Shop's first location in New Jersey.
Third & Vine is having an All About Sicily dinner on Thursday, 11/15 beginning at 6:30pm They will have five courses with wine pairings and tickets are $65/person.
LITM is celebrating 15 years in business this upcoming Saturday, 11/17, with a quinceanera-themed party. They'll have live music, a DJ, dancing, food, cocktail specials, and much more. The party begins at 7pm and goes to 2am.
Celebrate NYC Cider Week with Wurstbar this Tuesday. Steve Selin from South Hill Cider will be there as well with some special selections. Wurstbar has also launched their November special, The Leftovers - a duck sausage with stuffing, gravy, cranberry suace, walnuts, and sage.
Happy Halloween, Jersey City! While the weekend was full of Halloween celebrations, there's still one more night of spooky fun, so don't retire your costumes just yet!
Here's where to go:
HDSID Family Halloween Bash, Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza
From 3pm-7pm, head to Newark Ave by Grove Street for the HDSID Family Halloween Bash with candy, costumes, face-painting, a bouncy house, and more family-friendly fun.
Hudson & Co., a new nautical gastropub opened up at 3 Second Street on the waterfront late last week. The restaurant can seat approximately 300 people and serves traditional bar and grill food including steaks, salads, and burgers, but also has a heavy emphasis on fish dishes including a sushi bar.
Happy Weekend Jersey City! Halloween festivities are starting early with lots of events going on all weekend. There's pumpkin carving, pumpkin patches, movies, costume contests, and much much more. Friday, 10/26
Harborside is hosting the "Ultimate Halloween Party" from 8pm-1am. There will be a DJ, costume contests, food vendors, bars, a photo booth and much more. Entry is $20/person online and $30/door.
Oliva Market is now open in the former Tender Shoot location. They have a small selection of prepared food, drinks, snacks, fresh produce, and dairy.
Ani Ramen is holding a special Soul of Sake event, hosted by Miss Sake USA, this Tuesday, 10/23. Tickets are $42 and include two sakes, two Suntory whiskeys, three appetizers served family style, and a bowl of ramen of your choice.
This Thursday, 10/25, join Satis Bistro for A Taste of Spain - a four course dinner and wine pairing for $75/person
Happy Weekend, Jersey City! The weekend is full of fall events like hot chocolate and s'mores at Lutze's End of Season Party, a Chili Cook-Off, and The Ghost of Uncle Joe's along with much, much more. Here's what's going on:
Shucktoberfest, Zeppelin Hall
Head to Zeppelin Hall this weekend for their three day long Shucktoberfest featuring oysters on the half shell for $1.50 each. They'll have live 90s bands on Friday, a DJ on Saturday, and football all day Sunday.
New coffee shop Thinking Cup Cafe opened quietly last week at 201 Warren Street in the former Two Aprons space. They describe themselves a fast casual restaurant specializing in Mediterranean-American inspired cuisine, carrying soups, sandwiches, pastries and more.
While Thanksgiving still seems quite a ways away, now is the time to plan. Several local vendors have started accepting turkey reservations and it's worth getting them in early! Here are the best places to begin making your Thanksgiving plans:
PS Wine Bar is hosting an introduction to natural wines, "What is Natural Wine?", featuring seven wines, information, and fun. The class is this Thursday, 10/11, from 7-9pm. Tickets are $50/person.
Jersey and Co. Gelato has started offering hot drinks as we move into the colder weather. Right now, they're offering hot chocolate, a pumpkin spice latte, and a chai latte, along with their regular coffee menu, all made in-house.
Happy Weekend, Jersey City! This weekend is full of art, anniversary celebrations, and delicious things to eat.
JCAST, all over the city JCAST is the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, taking place throughout Jersey City, showcasing performance art, tours, art installations, and more. There will be events and exhibitions all throughout the weekend, including at several restaurants and cafes.
9 Bar, Choc O Pain, Hard Grove, Mision Burrito and more will have art displayed in their spaces, open for anyone to check out and several spots are open late including WHOS GF who will be open for extended hours throughout the weekend.
Van Hook Cheese opened their grilled cheese-focused outpost near Hamilton Park at 232.5 Pavonia Ave over the weekend. They'll be open from 11am-7pm during the week and 11-6pm on Sundays initially and hours are subject to change.
Baonanas announced they'll be opening up their first official storefront later this year! They have a spot in the West Side/Bergen Lafayette area and are hoping to open by November or December.
Congratulations to Razza on being named the second best pizza in the country, according to The Daily Meal. They specifically called out Razza's Bufala Pizza made from water buffalo in Sussex County. Dan Richer, owner of Razza, also recently sat down with Justin Naylor of Old Tiago Farm for an interview.
Happy Weekend Jersey City! We've got street festivals, brunch parties, and more happening this weekend.
National Coffee Day at The Grind Shop
This Saturday is National Coffee Day and to celebrate, The Grind Shop is offering $1 small drip coffee all day long. Stay tuned to their IG for more surprises and specials as the day goes on!
Congratulations to Baonanas who took home the Best Dessert award from this year's Vendy Awards honoring mobile vendors from all over New York and New Jersey.
New Goan restaurant Bombay to Goa, located in Journal Square, received a rave review from Grub Street this week for their Ros omelette, a pepper and onion-stuffed onion covered with a rich chicken and coconut based gravy. It was called "One of the World's Great Egg Dishes".
Happy Weekend Jersey City! Although festival season is beginning to die down as we head into the colder months, there's still some great outdoor events to enjoy.
Oktoberfest, Zeppelin Hall Oktoberfest officially launches at Zeppelin Hall this Saturday. It will run through October 14th and features Oktoberfest beers and German dishes along with German party bands every Friday and Saturdday from 9pm - 1am.
Join the Jersey City Public Library for their fundraiser at PJ Ryan's Squared this Thursday, 9/20. Tickets are $20 and include food and drinks.
Corto announced they'll soon be launching lunch service. While no official date has been announced, more information and the menu will be coming soon.
The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is hosting a special evening called Slice of History: Pizza & Jersey City. Scott from Scott's Pizza Tours will be there to cover the history of pizza in Jersey City along with a variety of featured pies. The event is on Tuesday, 10/23 and tickets are $25.
With the ongoing and worsening budget shortfalls in our school system, Jersey City Public Schools are continually without water for students. Because of lead contamination, drinking fountains and sinks are unusable for drinking water and instead, the school system relies on outside bottled water because of the lack of budget to replace. However, it's expensive and the bottled dispensers often run out, leaving students without water for the day. To provide a more successful and environmentally sustainable solution, student Harshal Agrawal has started a petition proposing line filtration and lead testing.
Talde is holding a special Kamayan dinner this Thursday, 9/13. The theme is Magellan's Takeover and the dinner will have a Spanish influence. Tickets are $75/person for all you can eat and drink.
The 9th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival is officially here! Held as a fundraiser for the Hamilton Park Conservancy, the BBQ Festival is a yearly event full of live music, family-friendly activities, drinks, and of course, lots of barbecue.
The Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest is less than a week away! Featuring over 100 styles of spirits from all over, the event will also have distillers and master blenders there to discuss their work and the drinks they create. Read below for more info and everything you get to try.
Popular steakhouse Ruth's Chris opened their newest location at Newport Centre on Monday, celebrating with their traditional steak-cutting ceremony and introducing attendees to their new, more modern look.
Happy Weekend Jersey City! We're starting to wind down the summer with the final few weeks of outdoor festivals and events, so make sure to take advantage of it while you can! Here's what's going on:
"Grillin & Chillin" BBQ at Zeppelin Hall It's the last weekend for Zeppelin Hall's bbq-fest with two specialty grill menus, a Brazilian Rodizio themed-menu and a Smoke Haus BBQ menu representing different regions of the US. The Rodizio menu contains dishes like Picanha made with tri-tip, chimichurri, yucca fries and more while the Smoke Haus menu has entrees like Austin slow-cooked brisket and St. Louis-style pork ribs. Ideal for meat lovers, this will run Friday through Sunday only.
New vegetarian Indo-Chinese restaurant Egg Curry opened up this weekend at 280 Central Ave in the Heights. They will be closed on Tuesdays, but otherwise open from noon-10pm during the week and noon-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
La Festa Italiana returns this week for its 115th year! Running from Wednesday 8/15-Sunday 8/19 from 5pm-11pm, the festival is one of the biggest events of the year and includes favorite traditions like the 50/50, live music, zeppoles, wine and peaches, and of course, the rice balls.
Crepe Guru officially celebrated their soft opening last week at 110 Bright Street. They've had the kitchen open for a while for pick-up and delivery, but have now actually opened the storefront up to customers. Formerly located in Hoboken, Crepe Guru is known for their sweet and savory crepes.
Happy Weekend, Jersey City! Pride is officially here and it's a weekend full of fun events, city spirit, and lots of great food. Here's what's going on:
Scavenger Hunt, City-wide
Beginning at noon, you can join a city-wide small business scavenger hunt, hosted by JCEDC Small Business Services. You'll receive clues to figure out which local businesses are part of the hunt, visit them to either make a small purchase or complete a task, and whoever visits the most businesses wins. You are allowed to work in teams and you must visit at least one business in every ward to be eligible to win. The scavenger hunt will run all weekend and close with a special party and award ceremony with prizes like a night at Hyatt House, gift cards and more beginning at 2pm on Sunday.
Head to Liberty State Park on 8/11 and 8/12 to join in on Gelato Festival 2018, part of a world-wide, three year long competition leading up to the 2021 Grand Finals in Italy to win the title of Gelato Festival World Master.
Happy Weekend Jersey City! Here's what's happening around town this weekend:
Restaurant Week, throughout Hudson County
Tonight is the last night to enjoy Restaurant Week in Hudson County. Get more info on participating restaurants here, and enjoy something delicious like this double cut pork chop from The Barge Inn, part of their Restaurant Week menu.
Join Pasta Dal Cuore and Jersey Wine & Spirits for their new collaboration, Bella d'Estate Summer Wine Dinner, a seasonal five course dinner featuring seafood and paired wines from Jersey Wine & Spirits and Sicilian winery Firriato. The dinner will be next Tuesday, 8/7.
Zeppelin Hall is offering a special menu from now through August 19th, featuring cuisine from Tulum, Mexico. Dishes include fried oyster tacos, moljacates for two, and more. This is the first menu in a series, exploring cities and dishes from around the world.