Skip the potluck and enjoy the melting pot that is Jersey City! Prepare to roll deep in delicious comfort food and get cozy at these ethnic restaurants great for your whole crew.
Max's Restaurant, Cuisine of the Philippines
Nothing says family like Filipino food where you literally eat 'family style' with generous plates of fried rice and sautéed noodles. With their signature fried chicken and sizzling plates of pork belly, who needs turkey? They also offer halo halo, a classic Filipino dessert with shaved ice in milk with flan and a scoop of ube (purple yam) ice cream.
Vaibhav Indian Spice Journey
Looking for a daytime get together or have some vegetarians in your midst? Vhaibhav has you covered with lunch buffet for $13.99 on weekends and $11.99 on weekdays from 12pm-4pm. They feature a wide range of South Indian food that varies each day, chaat and dosa stations, and fresh naan by request. This place brings the heat for you spice lovers and gives adventurous foodies a chance to try out different Indian dishes.
It wouldn't be Jersey City without mentioning a chill pizza joint. Imagine being able to order 13 different styles of piping hot brick oven pizza partnered with substantial beer, wine, and cocktail lists. Porta can keep your adult pizza party going with DJs on Friday
nights and live music on Saturday
nights. They are even running an awesome holiday event starting the day after Thanksgiving called Pizza & A Porta Tree
. For $40 you get two margherita pizzas, a carafe of house wine or pitcher of domestic beer AND a Frasier fir tree! Porta could possibly be the best #Pizzagiving option in town!
Written by Stephanie Sumulong
Jersey City born and raised, Steph loves that Chilltown is finally flourishing with new small businesses, restaurants, and bars opening at an incredible pace. She has a passion for photography, international food, and live music. One of Steph's shining moments was winning a Gothamist foodie photo contest for a seat as a citizen judge at the 2015 Street Food Vendy Awards. Come discover her latest explorations on instagram.com/stephsumu or scroll thru her visual journal seesteph.com.