We all know living in Jersey City is a fun time, but some of the places we go may not be very parent-friendly. Here are some great places downtown to take your parents to without worrying about if you left your dignity there last Saturday!
Left Bank Burger Bar
This place is definitely parent-friendly. It has both indoor and outdoor seating, and bolsters a welcoming upscale pub feel. With plenty of burgers to choose from, as well as vegetarian options, you can't go wrong here. 194 Newark Ave.
Bistro La Source
This French bistro is quaint and cozy. Take your parents here and they will be impressed with your palette, as well as with the prices! Make sure you come on a Monday for the mussels special! 85 Morris St.
Ani Ramen is not your typical parent-friendly place, but the food and environment will prove how ramen can become a weekly dinner. Personally, my parents set aside a night to go here every time they visit me so its #parentapproved. 218 Newark Ave.
Frankie offers a tropical, floral feel with lush leaf prints carried throughout. Your parents will love this relaxed atmosphere as they sample countless types of wines. This Australian-influenced restaurant will be sure to impress. 264 Grove St.
Recently opened Luna offers a unique atmosphere inside of a refurbished bank. The fusion of rustic and simple and clean is exemplified not only in the décor but also in the food and drinks. 279 Grove St.
For the parents who love a good beer, Taphaus should be one of your top choices. Located on the water with a view of New York City, your parents will love the views without all of the chaos of NYC. 2 2nd St & 201 Marin Blvd.
Ed and Mary's
This 'Mom and Pop' restaurant blends a family atmosphere with pub fare. Your inner child will be brought out when you try their homemade grilled cheeses. You'll feel right at home with your parents by your side! 174 Coles St.
The Kitchen Step is the place to go for comfort food. Offering delicious staples ranging from Ricotta Gnocchi to a Buttermilk Chicken Breast, your taste buds will thank you. But with this neighborhood bistro's inviting atmosphere, your parents will thank you, too. 500 Jersey Ave.
With an ambiance of local coffee shop and upscale restaurant, Beechwood Café is the place to go for a weekday or weekend dinner, brunch, or just for drinks! 290 Grove St.
For the sushi lovers in your life, this is the spot for you. Their menu offers traditional Thai noodles and rice, as well as fresh sushi. The inside décor is welcoming, and they even offer outside garden seating for those nice spring nights. 281 Grove St.
Pasta Dal Cuore
How can you go wrong with homemade pasta? The answer is you can't…. Everyone will thank you for taking them here, that is, after they come out of their food comas. 527 Jersey Ave.
Alex's is a truly family-friendly restaurant. Chances are the owner Alex will at least come introduce himself. Your parents will feel right at home with not only the hospitality, but also the traditional Italian fare. 346 Grove St.
White Star is perfect for those picky parents. It offers steaks, fish, lamb, pastas, and sandwiches, as well as their staple Pat LaFrieda burgers. There is something for everyone here, not to mention everything is super tasty! 179 Warren St & 230 Brunswick St.
Rated one of the Top 50 Restaurants in NJ by Zagat, Satís is the place to visit. With formal dining, as well as a quainter wine bar, this will sure make a great impression on your parents! 212 Washington St.
Written by Angela Ashman
Angela is a graduate student of cultural anthropology. While living in JC for the past two years, she has developed quite a taste for champagne, eclectic bars and exploring dog parks with her adorable cardigan welsh corgi, Olive. Follow her adventures with Olive on her Instagram @angie_ash!