Friday, October 19, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: West Side Chili Cook-Off, Ghost of Uncle Joe's, and More!

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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Community News: PS Wine Bar Named 1 of 15 Best, Thinking Cup Cafe Now Open, Ghost of Uncle Joe's & Mine

Jersey City

  • Congratulations to PS Wine Bar on being named one of the 15 Most Important Natural Wine Bars in America! PS Wine Bar has become one of my personal favorite spots with a creative and innovative wine list that encourages experimentation. 
  • 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. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Where to Get A Thanksgiving Turkey in Jersey City

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:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Community News: PS Wine Bar Class, Graze and Braise New Menu, Lighthouse Fundraiser, and More

Jersey City

  • 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. 
  • Mordi's Sandwich Shop is now selling Fat Man Cookies, a new business based in Jersey City with a focus on making different styles and flavors of crinkle cookies. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: JCAST, Corgi Spirits 1 Year, Suwanna Food Pop-Up & More

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.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Community News: Van Hook Outpost Now Open, Baonanas Storefront Coming Soon, & more

Jersey City

  • 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

Friday, September 28, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Liberty Harbor Street Fair, Honoring Women Entrepreneurs, and More

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!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Community News: Baonanas Named Best Dessert, Chili Cook-Off, and More

Jersey City
  • 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". 
  • Registration is now open for the 4th Annual West Side Community Alliance's Chili Cook-off. The cook-off will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21st and registration is open until 10/15 - it's free to compete. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekend Round-Up:Oktoberfest, Seafood Festival, and More

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Community News: Corto to Launch Lunch Service, Diesel & Duke $1 Burger Day, Fort Lee Restaurant Week

Jersey City

  • 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. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Community News: Public School Water Fountains, Talde hosting a Kamayan Dinner, and more

Jersey City

  • 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. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hamilton Park BBQ Festival 2018

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. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Las Olas Hosting Evening of Fundraising for Immigrant Rights

Las Olas "Behind the Waves" Sushi Truck and Migrante New Jersey have teamed up to offer a special fundraiser with both dinner and entertainment.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Community News: Rustique Celebrates 7 Years with Free Pizza, Torico's Vegan Flavor, and more

Jersey City

Photo from Rustique

  • This Wednesday is Rustique's 7th birthday! To celebrate, they'll be giving away free slices of plain pizza from 12-6pm for eat-in or take-out only. 
  • Surf City is hosting a Claws 2 Menu Lobster Fest featuring 10 different lobster dishes. It's running every night through Sunday, 9/16.

Monday, September 3, 2018

JC Craft Distillery Fest Coming Soon

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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Your Guide to Labor Day Weekend - Who's Open, Who's Closed, & Events

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! It's the unofficial end of summer and if you're sticking around town, there's a lot of great ways to celebrate, but also some closures for the holiday weekend.

Read on to get the full guide to what's happening and where to go this Labor Day Weekend in Jersey City:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ruth's Chris Steak House Now Open At Newport

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. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Community News: Lobster Bake, Full Moon Party at Luna, and more

Jersey City
Photo from Liberty House

  • Liberty House is throwing their 2nd Annual Lobster Bake this Wednesday, 8/29. It begins at 7pm and is $65/person. Reservations are required. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: JC Pride, Thai Fusion Pop-Up at LITM, Shopping at Corgi & More

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. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Honey Bakery Has Closed; Now Catering Only

Honey Bakery, the much-loved Russian/Uzbekistan/Korean bakery and cafe, has closed for retail business and will instead be focusing on catering for the time being.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Community News: Egg Curry Now Open, Rosé & Cheese Pairing Class, Talde's New Prix Fixe, & More

Jersey City
  • 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. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: PRIDE Bar Crawl, Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, Marketplace JC and more

Happy Weekend Jersey City! This weekend has food festivals and cultural pride galore. Here's what's going on:

La Festa Italiana, 344 6th Street 
Having started on Wednesday, La Festa Italiana really kicks into high gear for the weekend,  beginning tonight from 5-11pm.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Community News: La Festa Italiana is Back, Wingin It and Crepe Guru Now Open, and more

Jersey City

  • 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. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: City Scavenger Hunt, PRIDE Block Party, Gelato Festival and More

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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Community News: Gelato Festival, La Cote starts Brunch, and more

Jersey City

  • 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.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: JC Food Truck Fest, la côte debuts brunch, Annual Peach Pie Contest & More

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.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Community News: Pasta Dal Cuore Wine Dinner, Zeppelin Hall Tulum Menu, and more

Jersey City

  • 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. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Jersey City Food Truck Festival, Krispy Kreme Birthday Celebration, and more!

Happy Weekend Jersey City! If you're staying in town, there's food trucks, doughnut specials,festivals, and more.

Here's what to check out this weekend:

Photo from Jersey City Food Truck Festival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hudson Restaurant Week, Summer 2018

Hudson Restaurant Week is back for the summer! Restaurants all over Hudson County are participating in the prix-fixe program which offers two or three course meals at a set price over the next two weeks.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Community News: Hudson Restaurant Week launches, Razza on TV, Liberty Prime expands happy hour

Jersey City

  • Hudson Restaurant Week begins Monday, 7/23 with 47 restaurants offering lunch and dinner deals throughout Hudson County and it will run through Friday, 8/3. 
  • Congratulations to Razza on being featured in new Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil for their excellent pizza including seasonal favorite, the corn pizza. 
  • Departed Soles was voted 3rd Best Gluten-Free beer in the USA Today Reader's Choice competition. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Angel Azul Celebrates 20 years, Marketplace JC and more

Happy Weekend, Jersey City! Here's what's going on:

Angel Azul Cafe Anniversary Celebration, 460 Central Ave
Angel Azul Cafe, a family-run coffee shop with Colombian/Ecuadorian pastries and platters, is celebrating 20 years in business. They'll have a celebratory ribbon-cutting and other festivities beginning around 11am. Their delicious cafe con leche will be free from 11am-1pm and only .20 the rest of the day.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Community News: Van Hook Events, Mordi's Sandwich Shops Expands their Hours & more

Jersey City:

  • Jersey City Bicycle Co. is celebrating their one year anniversary with some help from Prince of Pizza and Baonanas this Friday, 7/20 from 4pm to close. 
  • Van Hook has two events coming up this month: an American Wine & Cheese pairing with Jersey Wines & Spirits on Tuesday, 7/24 and Wine & Cheese of the Northeast in collaboration with Third & Vine on Sunday, 7/29. Tickets are $40 for each event. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Mt. Carmel Feast, Lucky 7's Rock & Roll BBQ and More

Happy Weekend, Jersey City! If you're staying in town, there are some great festivals and plenty to eat and drink. Here's what's going on:

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast, 7/12-7/16 - 99 Broadway
The Mt. Carmel Annual Feast is back again this year, running from 6:30-12am on both Friday and Saturday and until 11pm on Sunday. There will be music, rides, a nghtly 50/50, an outdoor Italian cafe and lots of great Italian/Italian-American food.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Community News: Lucky 7's Rock & Roll BBQ, French Week, & More

Jersey City
  • The City Council will be holding a special meeting to discuss the city budget this Tuesday, 7/10 beginning at 6pm. It's open to the public and will be held at City Hall. 
  • Lucky 7's Annual Rock & Roll BBQ is this Saturday, 7/14 beginning at noon. There will be a full day of live music, beer, whiskey, barbecue, cornhole, and much more. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Weekend Round-Up: Torico Celebrates 50 Years, Marketplace JC, and More

Happy Post-4th of July Weekend, Jersey City! While some addition rest & recovery might be in order, there's plenty going on in town so don't miss out. Also, don't forget, this weekend marks the start of the PATH closures so be prepared. 

Here's your round-up of what's happening this weekend:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July 2018

Happy 4th of July, Jersey City! Obviously, the major event is the Freedom & Fireworks Festival near Exchange Place (where there will be great food galore), but there are some other holiday and non-holiday events happening around town as well as quite a few closings.

Check out what's going on:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Community News: Battello Update, Satis Tapas & Sangria Dinner, and more

Jersey City

  • Left Bank Burger Bar was hit with some controversy this weekend when a picture was tweeted of their food truck entering the Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster. They later tweeted a clarification that they had been contracted by Trenton to sell food to the NJ state and local law enforcement and military staff that were working long shifts without the opportunity to leave the site to eat. 
  • Congratulations to Prato Bakery who celebrated the ribbon-cutting of their new location last Thursday. 
  • Battello has provided an update on their reopening after being shut down last summer for necessary repairs to the pier the restaurant is located on. The work has been delayed because of weather but they are hoping to move back in and reopen in early fall. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Community News: Rose & Cheese Pairing, Whealth & Co. Dinnner, and More

Jersey City
  • Beginning this week, WHOS Gluten-Free will now be open on weekday mornings serving coffee, pastries, and a light breakfast and lunch menu. 
  • The Jersey City Medical Center has opened a new Farmer's Market. It runs every Tuesday from 12-7pm and is open to the staff, patients, and the public. Vendors include Stony Hill Farms and Pickles, Olives, Etc. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

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: