Seedy Strip to Hottest Block

via New York Post: With the way this city’s trends come and go, the hot new neighborhood could be just around the corner. Then again, it could be a ferry ride away. Here are five newly hip strips in and around the city to check out — before they lose their curb appeal.


Jersey City residents Ceylan Jasari and husband Yonus (both seated) wait to play pool at South House. Jennifer Brown

Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Bustling, car-free Newark Avenue is where Jersey City, NJ, urbanites and nearby suburbanites meet to eat and drink with room to breathe. Given that it’s a mere 15-minute PATH train ride from the World Trade Center, New Yorkers in the know are heading there, too.

“Newark Avenue was a huge pull for me,” says David Hohensee, house manager and owner of the multistoried South House (149 Newark Ave.; 201-209-1316). “The walkway builds community.” The restaurant serves dishes like okra and brisket, while downstairs patrons can lounge on couches with cocktails like the Cajun Queen (vodka, olive juice, a dash of hot sauce, Sriracha sea salt and a blue cheese-stuffed olive).


Did you say @JCBrewFest?



Harborside’s Waterfront Property will be hosting an eclectic local variety of superbly fermented beer and cider in all styles combining the best elements of a Beer Garden with the staggering array of choices found only at a Craft Beer Festival. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft beer samples for the entire evening paired with live entertainment, Food and Interactive Games.

List of Beers and more info

Busy Busy Bee

2016-05-17_10-03-39Local Jersey City-grown business, Busy Bee Organics, continues to expand like a busy bee in downtown JC.

Founded by Michelle Berckes, CEO, Nutritionist, and Chef of Busy Bee Organics, the company has recently furthered the expansion into the retail market. Their delicious organic food is now being offered at BASE fitness at 70 Columbus.

Michelle is also offering cooking classes for residents at 18 Park and 225 Grand.  But she’s also offering classes for individuals and parties.

So busy, Busy Bee Organics and Whealth & Co. present organic, delicious & health supportive fare for the preschoolers at The Brunswick School! Check out the stand at the Groove Street Farmers Market on Thursdays.



A great choice of upbeat and informative cooking classes for both individuals and groups are also offered. From “Knife Skills” to a selection of “Healthy Cooking” and even “Kid-friendly” and “Girls Night Out”. See what’s cooking!

According to the website, At Busy Bee, we are dedicated in providing the “busy bees” of our community with health-supportive, flavorful grab and go foods for every lifestyle.  I dedicate my every day to help others gain clarity with eating habits and provide education in nourishing our bodies with each bite.

Health food does not have to be bland and predictable.”

All we can say is YUM!

Table Talk Live


Hudson Kitchen kicks off its new education series Table Talk Live this March with a networking event that will bring together food entrepreneurs in a lively discussion designed to celebrate successes, tackle challenges and explore creative opportunities for collaboration.

The open-to-the-public event will take place on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-9 PM at Art House Productions located at 136 Magnolia Avenue in the Journal Square section of Jersey City. The cost is $15, and attendees can register HERE.

Table Talk Live will be a quarterly event that connects industry professionals in a supportive environment. This quarter’s theme is “ Finding your Mix: Following Your Dreams as a Food

Entrepreneur .” Five panelists will talk about their diverse paths to making careers in the culinary industry work for them.

Event attendees will network with the local food community and sample a tasting menu from area startups. They also will hear about successes, challenges and lessons learned from our panel of entrepreneurs. The panel, moderated by Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson Jones, will feature:

  • Alissandra (Ali) Maffucci, food blogger, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and culinary entrepreneur, founder of Inspiralized and creator of the Inspiralizer;
  • Alysis Vasquez, executive chef and owner of the Jersey City Chef Collective & Supper Club, Chilltown Kitchen;
  • Dawn Pascale, founder of OM Sweet Home, a specialty bakery focusing on plant-based and gluten-free desserts & cakes for wholesale, corporate and private events;
  • Eddie Cotto, Jr., executive chef and owner of ME Casa, a Puerto Rican inspired  restaurant and catering company; and
  • Lloyd Ortuoste, cofounder of #Baonanas, an artisanal banana pudding company.

“We’re excited to launch Table Talk Live ,” said JohnsonJones. “In addition to our goal of

providing commercial kitchen and storage space, we at Hudson Kitchen want to be a resource for food entrepreneurs. We want to inspire, educate and empower. Our mission is to help food Hudson Kitchen presents Table Talk Live , a quarterly networking event series produced by AJB Events, a Jersey City-based event and design company. The next event will take place in June.

Hudson Kitchen is also launching as series of culinary business workshops set to begin in April.

Startups interested in providing sample food and beverages at the event should contact Hudson Kitchen at . Entrepreneurs interested in serving on an upcoming panel also should contact Hudson Kitchen.

About Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen seeks to help culinary entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with low risk in a healthy, professional and supportive environment through commercial kitchen and storage rental, consulting services and professional development courses. To learn more, visit , or call 646.319.5137.





Coming Soon to JC Heights

12573228_786022648191162_2410018656676271198_nChoc-O-Pain is a company specializing in French products, starting with slow and long fermentation breads, all sourdough based. The pastries “viennoiseries” and “tartes” are light and flaky and should transport you for a short time in France!

They are is opening a store at the 942 Co-op on Summit Avenue in The Heights and we couldn’t be more excited! The store should be opening VERY soon!

O Happy, Happy Day!

Welcome to The Heights!

safe_image.phpSomewhere in the holiday rush, JC FYI missed some BIG news! Wonder Bagels is opening an outpost in The Heights. The new store will be located at 331 Central Avenue between Griffith and Lincoln streets.

They are currently building out the store for a 2016 opening and we couldn’t be more excited. Sure, Wonder Bagels has their well-known downtown store on Jersey Ave, and four other locations in JC and Bayonne, but your really can’t have enough of their handmade deliciousness!

From their website:

For nearly two decades Wonder Bagel has worked on perfecting the art of creating handmade water bagels. Our bagels are made from scratch daily using only the finest ingredients available. Our dough is made and mixed daily on the premises using Pillsbury flour. Wonder Bagels’ old fashioned approach to making bagels allows each bagel to be handcrafted by our highly trained and experienced rollers. Our bagels are then placed into boiling water prior to baking; this process ensures the bagel remains moist and fluffy on the inside while crispy on the outside. Next, they are baked at 500 degrees, plain or with a variety of toppings to satisfy all palettes, until they are golden brown. Bagels are frequently baked through out the day to ensure our customers can enjoy a fresh and satisfying bagel all day long. At Wonder Bagel we strive that each bagel will be a delectable eating experience for all customers.

ChicpeaJC features 25 Senate Place


A recent blog post from ChicpeaJC features the new apartment community at 25 Senate Place in the Journal Square neighborhood.

Want to live in a luxury building without the crazy downtown prices? Well 25 Senate Place is here. A beautiful residential building that recently opened across the street from MANA Contemporary in Jersey City’s burgeoning Journal Square Arts District. The best part in my opinion? Modcup will open a Café on the ground floor. I am selling my home and moving here…yes the coffee is that good FYI.

Featuring 265 uniquely-designed rental residences, upscale amenities and a soon-to-open Modcup roastery and café, 25 Senate Place delivers a modern living experience to the neighborhood’s mosaic of repurposed warehouses and growing arts scene.

Continue reading on ChicpeaJC

C’mon and Give a Little

2015-11-19_11-29-52Thanks to Jersey City Eats, we have this great list of places to show your thanks this year by donating food and/or volunteering.

Please donate non-perishable food items to be given out to Jersey City residents in need through Team Walker – 373 Communipaw Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07304

Donations and volunteers are also being accepted by AngelaCares, who will be delivering turkey meals on Wednesday Nov. 25th. Please call 201-685-7273 for more information

Bambino Chef is holding their annual Sandwiches for Shelters on Nov. 21st and you can help by donating supplies or your time.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center is serving Thanksgiving dinner to those in need and are looking for volunteers and donations of paper goods, prepared foods, and other items.

St. Paul’s Church in collaboration with the Jersey City Homelessness Advocacy Group is hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving Day of Giving. Volunteers and food are needed.

Grace Church will be celebrating Thanksgiving the weekend after as part of their Feeding the Homeless breakfast every Saturday and Sunday and are always looking for volunteers.

Read the full story at JC Eats for more on JC Thanksgiving food!

Business Spotlight: Just Beclaws

2015-08-12_13-25-08Just Beclaws, the local eatery located downtown at 280 First Street, serves up delicious Vietnamese Cajun seafood. The restaurant is owned by brothers Namibinh and Francis Tran. It’s walkable from the Grove Street PATH station.

The unique dining spot seats 50 and boasts a nautical-inspired interior. The construction of the restaurant was completed by their father, Francis (Frank) Sr.,  who owns T & Son Construction after running his own downtown restaurant for 20 years. Come for the seafood, stay for the BYOB “boat-bar”!

Just Beclaws recently got a great shout-out from as an entry on their listing of “7 Seafood Boils to Try Before Labor Day“:

Just Beclaws’s Boils by the Pound
280 1st St., nr. Jersey Ave., Jersey City, N.J.; 201-459-9100. From $12 per pound.

At this dedicated boil joint owned by Vietnamese brothers, you can see the Asian influence on the mostly Cajun-style menu in options like adding noodles to your bag of mussels. Try the littleneck clams in the house sauce (with lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, butter, and clove after clove’s worth of sautéed garlic). Lots of the boils around town are pretty spicy, but Just Beclaws offers several milder sauces like a simple lemon pepper. Also: There’s a trough sink designated for post-pick cleaning, and the restaurant’s currently BYOB.

Check out their MENU and get crackin’!

Check out Le Grand Bazaar JC Tonight!

tumblr_nlc1ylVTx51tmhinao1_1280Le Grand Bazaar JC offers all sorts of shopping entertainment for the Friday night  crowd at the Grove Street PATH Plaza in downtown Jersey City

What might you find? Certainly vintage clothes and vinyl records and Indian food and classic tee-shirts and used books and antiques, just to name a few things. But the beauty of Le Grand Bazaar is that we never know which vendors will show up from week-to-week. So there will be endless surprises in store for the shopper, old junk from people’s apartments, new things from overseas, items found in Jersey City’s best stores. It’s a Friday flea market free-for-all, and if you can say that fast three times, you win!

The market is held “weather-permitting” and you can check back on their website for market updates.

Hours are from 1 PM-9 PM, sometimes a bit longer in warm weather.