As Jersey City keeps changing, so do the businesses. Sometimes we have to bid adieu to ones we love, but we can always expect some new favorites to come in their places!
Love carbs? Yeah, us too. Montclair and Hoboken's very own Flatbread Grill has joined the JC community, bringing their delicious homemade bread and Mediterranean cuisine along with them. The fast-casual restaurant is sure to satisfy your taste buds! 26 Journal Sq.
Sweetberry Bowls is bringing a dose of healthy goodness to Newark Ave, right on the new extended Pedestrian Plaza. Looking for something sweet but still healthy? Grab one of their made-to-order açai, pitaya, coconut, and green (kale/spinach) bowls or a smoothie. Just looking for a savory healthy meal or snack? They also have freshly made salads. In addition to made-to-order options, they have signature bowls and smoothies topped with all sorts of fruits and goodies. 179 Newark Ave.
Some of you may remember this Mexican restaurant at their old location in the Heights a few years back, and then they left good old JC for Hoboken, and now they're back again (we hope for good this time!). You can expect traditional Mexican items including quesadillas and their specialty burritos. 333 Palisade Ave.
The masterminds behind other beloved Italian restaurants and salumerias, Marc Magliozzi, Peter Fontana, and Drew Buzzio are bringing rustic Italian food to Jersey City Heights. The BYOB restaurant will offer food from Italy's Piemonte region including pasta made in-house and charcuteries of Italian meats and cheese from NYC's Salumeria Biellesse. 507 Palisade Ave.
More Life Café
Vegetarians, vegans, and vegetable lovers rejoice! More Life Café, a vegan spot, just opened up right near Lincoln Park. For all the carnivores and skeptics out there, we really think you should give them a shot, too–they've got pasta, Indian dishes, empanadas, mashed potatoes, and more–and based on their Instagram, everything looks amazing! 191 Mallory Ave.
After months of renovations at their storefront location, Koro Koro has finally reopened. The café specializes in Japanese-style rice balls, onigiri, stuffed with savory international-inspired fillings. The entire menu is gluten free, and some items are vegetarian and vegan. Almost everything on the menu is under $5, so treat yourself to rice balls, soup, salads, and even dessert. 538 Jersey Ave.
The downtown bakery moved a few blocks over this past month to a larger, more open space right off Newark Ave. They still have all your favorites–focaccia, croissants, and delectable sandwiches with Italian meats and cheeses–so head on over for a bite! 371 4th St.
The Lutze Biergarten
After a few days of being postponed due to rain, Lutze has officially re-opened for the summer! Enjoy their tasty booze, fun games, and a selection of food trucks with some of the best waterfront views the city has to offer. Plus, Pizza Vita will be churning out their delicious pies on-site. 3 2nd St.
Jersey City's own "beach" is back open for the summer! Surf City is a waterfront oasis located a short walk from the Downtown and Paulus Hook neighborhoods. Head over to enjoy a frozen drink (or a few), fresh seafood, poke, and sushi, and their cozy fire pits while the nice weather lasts! 1 Marin Blvd.
HDSID Farmers Market
If you live downtown or within walking distance (or if you take the Path to Grove St.), you can look forward to the HDSID Farmers Market returning come May as there are multiple locations all across the city. Find local vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to cookies or bread to homemade cheese. The market takes place every Monday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm until December. Grove Path Plaza.
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!