New Kids on the Block: 11 {New Food Spots} Recently Opened in JC

New Kids on the Block: 11 {New Food Spots} Recently Opened in JC

Posted in Eats on May 01, 2018

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Jersey City is home to tons of amazing restaurants and bars, and the list never stops growing. Here's a roundup of some of the most recent openings around all JC neighborhoods.


From the same owners as Rutherford's beloved Italian restaurant Paisano's, Luna has transformed the former Park & Sixth spot to give you the moon. While the menu has classic Italian dishes like Cacio e Pepe, it also features other international dishes such as Churrasco and Empanadas. 279 Grove St.

Darke Pines

Sorry Arby's, Darke Pines has got the meat–the grass-fed, free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, all sourced locally. They've thought of every little detail, from soft, welcoming décor, to perfectly paired accoutrements, to charcuterie, sandwiches, stocks, and broths. They even have customized maps of their favorite local spots. 332 2nd St.

Sub Culture

Sub Culture is a new eatery in The Village focusing on all things sub, sandwich, and comfort food related. They've done a great job theming around both new and old popular movies and comics and have an extensive menu to choose from. Better yet–Celiacs can soon enjoy gluten-free options, too! 260 Newark Ave.

The East Flour

The East Flour quietly opened recently, just steps from the Grove Street PATH Station. This "snack bar" basically serves anything your heart desires, starting at 7am. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an offering of everything from eggs, salads, and sandwiches to traditional Chinese and Taiwanese dishes. 103 Christopher Columbus Dr.

Pizza Vita

Already a fan favorite at their storefront in Summit and their food truck, Pizza Vita has finally opened up their second location in The Heights. All of your favorite Napoletana pies are available from their wood-fired oven, heated to a toasty 900 degrees, and cooked within 90 seconds. If you don't feel like pizza, they also have pasta, salads, and homemade gelato. 435 Palisade Ave.

Firehouse Blazing Pizza

If there's one thing we can't get enough of, it's pizza–and Firehouse Blazing Pizza delivers on both food and theme. This family-friendly spot (kids will love all of the firehouse paraphernalia) is the brainchild of Felix Santiago, a retiree of the Hoboken Fire Department. Just opened this past week, they're currently serving pizza, salad, and pasta. 488 Central Ave.

Griot Café

Just a stone's throw from Firehouse Blazing Pizza, Griot Café is more than just a coffee shop. They will of course, be serving coffee, but also West African- and Haitian-inspired savory and sweet pastries, juice, and more. They also plan to have live performances and display local art in the near future. 434 Central Ave.

Rooftop at XP

This swanky new lounge just opened on–you guessed it–the rooftop of the (also new) Hyatt House. The gorgeous space features a retractable glass ceiling that can open up so you can soak up some rays while having a delicious cocktail and good food. 1 Exchange Pl.

Korai Kitchen

Korai Kitchen is Jersey City's first Bangladeshi restaurant, specializing in authentic fare that is all 100% Halal. The menu changes daily, but Hilsa, a popular Bangladeshi fish, is served every day. Head in for buffet-style lunch or dinner, or carry out starting from as low as $7.95. 576 Summit Ave.

MeltDown Grilled Cheese

MeltDown brings one of the simplest yet most satisfying comfort foods to downtown Jersey City: grilled cheese (& tomato soup). Whether you're nostalgic for your childhood or feeling cheesy, grab a sammy any time–they're open til midnight! Bonus: they also serve beer and wine. 150 Bay St.

La Côte

La Côte, the most quaint restaurant just opened up shop in Paulus Hook and we can't wait to people watch from the table pictured above with a glass of rosé in hand. The menu is inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras, so you can expect some decadent meat, fresh seafood, and authentic pasta.

Written by Sasha Kleinman

Born and raised in NJ, Sasha is a recent transplant to Jersey City and has become obsessed with everything the city has to offer. Sasha is a fashion copywriter by day, and die-hard Jane Do enthusiast and (vegetarian) foodie by night. When she's not stuffing her face at one of Chilltown's amazing restaurants, having a couple brewskis at the local brewery Departed Soles, or snuggling with your dog, Sasha is busy traveling the globe with camera (and fork) in hand. Follow her wide array of adventures @thehungrygrowlers!