Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City

broa-1496152784via Eater.com – In the last five years, downtown Jersey City has exploded with diverse restaurants, helped along by lower costs and the rezoning of main drag Newark Avenue into a partially pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants and bars.

Here now, a guide to the best of them, including old-school Italian, James Beard-nominated pizza, Asian fusion from a celebrity chef, and several speakeasies.

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JC is NJ’s Favorite Downtown

2015-09-10_11-16-25This month’s issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine names Jersey City’s Downtown as their pick for “Favorite Downtown”.

Tammy La Gorce reports on the cultural revival of Jersey’s 2nd most populous city.

Anthony ”Dancing Tony” Susco has lived in Jersey City for 20 years. As the organizer of a pair of the city’s best-known cultural events, Groove on Grove, a free downtown block party and music series every summer Friday, and Ghost of Uncle Joe’s, the annual Halloween party at the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, he’s a familiar figure around town. Lately, Dancing Tony has observed that his city—New Jersey’s second most populous, with 265,000 residents—is in the midst of a painful but promising adolescence.

“It’s almost like the kind of growth spurt where your voice is changing and you get this uncomfortable moustache starting to come in,” he explains. “Every other street, there’s some construction happening. There’s so much new stuff nobody can keep up with it.”

That is not to say Jersey City is a Wild West of urban development. Mayor Steve Fulop and the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District are keeping an eye on things. Fulop says franchises and chain stores have been capped at 30 percent of total businesses. The intention: “To highlight the great restaurants and artistic businesses we’re known for,” Fulop says.

The revived downtown area—where dining and shopping options seem to increase daily—radiates out from the Grove Street PATH station and east to the historic Hudson riverfront neighborhood, Paulus Hook.


Jersey City named one of top East Coast places for foodies

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BuzzFeed features Jersey City again with it’s new listicle 10 East Coast Neighborhoods That Fit Your Personality.

Claiming it’s rightful mantle as The Foodie Destination, Jersey City’s restaurants couldn’t be happier. Here’s what BF had to say:

Just a hop, skip, and a tunnel away from Manhattan, Jersey City has a lot to offer — from spectacular views to super-fine waterfront dining. Plan on eating sammies for lunch at Andreas Salumeria and a big, Italian dinner at Porto Leggero. Skip dessert and head toBarcade for drinks and games, if you’re not too full.

Check out the full list HERE.

Good Morning at Sam A.M. Cafe

SamJC FYI has been hearing a lot about Sam A.M.  and all of it has been delicious!

Open for coffee, breakfast, and lunch, Sam A.M. is busy building a loyal following. According to their website, “Sam a.m.’s menu is seasonally driven, drawing on the strengths of local farmers, butchers and bakers. Our menu is small and rustic by design, with a philosophy that we start with great ingredients and just help them toward making a beautiful expression of flavor.”

Located in Paulus Hook at 112 Morris Street. Open daily from 6:30am – 6 pm, the kitchen closes at 2:30.  Weekends 8:30 – 3:30.

It’s Time To Eat!!

hudson restaurant weekHudson Restaurant Week is finally here and JCFYI couldn’t be more excited!!

Hudson Restaurant Week is a bi-annual culinary celebration that promotes Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey during slow times of the year: January and July. It was created in January 2005 through conversations with local restaurants. The event and Get Out Hudson magazine were created by entrepreneur, Tamara Remedios.

Check out JC participating restaurants HERE!

It’s Cold But Torico’s Ice Cream Still Hits the Spot!

ToricosIf you haven’t checked out Torico’s Ice Cream yet, well, what are you waiting for?!!

Open daily from 11am – 10pm, this premium ice cream shop at 20 Erie Street scoops up the fun!

Here’s what they say:

Here at Torico Ice Cream Parlor, we offer delightful flavors from out of the past made from an old fashioned formula blended from the finest of ingredients. We also proudly introduce you to new and exotic international flavors.

Chose any of our 60+ premium ice cream flavors and create an unforgettable sundae, Torico Triple delight or old fashioned milk shake. 

For a lighter treat try one of our sherbet, sorbet, italian ice, slushies, ice cream soda, floats or fruit smoothies. 

For those who prefer yogurt or diet ice cream, we can blend any of our 24 natural flavors to satisfy your craving.

Our Coffee Mini Bar offers hot or cold blend of our rich choices: espresso, americano, cappuccino, cafe latte, hot chocolate, ice latte, ice mocha, ice coffee, ice tea 

Freshly made ice cream cakes for any occasion are ready for pick up or order and customize a cake for your special event.

Just try one of our famous creations and you will instantly taste the full good flavor.


Visit Torico’s now and avoid the Summer lines!!!

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Hudson Restaurant Week Is Almost Here!

Hudson Restaurant WeekHudson Restaurant Week is a bi-annual culinary celebration that promotes Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey during slow times of the year: January and July. It was created by Get Out Hudson magazine in 2005 through conversations with local restaurants. The event and magazine were created by young female entrepreneur, Tamara Remedios.

Click HERE to see which restaurants are participating!