Dating. Some say it's a dying tradition, but thank you to all those who are keeping it alive. A lot of thought goes into date night, but more important than what you wear or the time you set, is the location you select. Should you find yourself in the dreaded "You pick the place" situation, there are tons of date-worthy establishments in Jersey City.
Whether it's your first date, fifth date, or you're a couple, our top choices for the best date night spots won't disappoint!
Contemporary American cuisine in a boho chic atmosphere. This three-story restaurant is sure to make your sweetie feel relaxed. They have a patio, bar area, dining room, and rooftop seating. Be sure to be seated in the 2nd floor dining room or rooftop, just trust us on this one! Skinner's Loft also makes a great date spot because of the versatile menu options. Split some small or share plates over a bottle of wine, or order your own entrées…also over a bottle of wine! 146 Newark Ave.
The Kitchen Step
If you're really looking to knock the socks off your date, bring them to The Kitchen Step. Test your chemistry over the #WeirdScience cocktail for two. Who doesn't love a good kooky cocktail? A clean, green, and vibrant atmosphere with some very delectable bites. Can't agree on what type of food you want? The Kitchen Step's diverse menu offers many flavors of the world. 90% of dates that start at The Kitchen Step do well at the door step, it's been proven. 500 Jersey Ave.
Grabbing a drink on your date? The Bistro is the perfect intimate setting, especially if you're lucky enough to snag one of the bar stool tables. You and your date can enjoy a private conversation side by side with ample opportunity for some "accidental" brushes. There is something so classic about its minimal interior with white tile floor and black trimming, a single red rose on every table. Located right across from the Grove St. PATH station, your date shouldn't have any trouble finding this place! 146 Newark Ave.
Sexy, funky, but elegant décor in a dimly lit atmosphere, Raval has date night vibes for sure. The cocktails are delicious and so decently priced! The menu is easy and typical, but in a good way. Share some tapas (aka appetizers) or choose from a selection of yummy sandwiches. If you're hitting it off with your date, take the party of two downstairs to Red, the basement cocktail lounge that's "Sicker than your average." Red is open Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm, and the DJ starts the beats at 10. 'Cause there ain't nothing wrong with a little bump and grind if you're hitting off with your date. 136 Newark Ave.
The Lutze Biergarten
Biergartens make great date spots, but The Lutze makes our list because it's a casual and lively outdoor environment right on the water. Trying a new draft, splitting some oysters, or playing one of the many games guarantee you and your date will have a blast. You may be eating at a picnic table or chilling out on lawn chairs, but the view of Manhattan and the trees covered with string lights makes for some very romantic surroundings. Who needs to stargaze when you have the scenery at The Lutze? 15 2nd St.
Written by Kaitlyn De Leonardis
Jersey City born, Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. From 9 to 5 you can catch her managing and marketing storage bin pick up & delivery service StorageBlue Now. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!