New year, new you? More like new year, new food...and drinks and cafes and self-care spots. You're going to want to check out all of these recently opened places in JC.
Cool Vines Powerhouse
Cool Vines' new location is much more than just a liquor store. The expansive space on the first floor of the Modera Lofts building now offers an extended selection of wine, beer, and liquor, plus gifts and prepared foods and pastries from other local businesses. That's not all—there is also a BYOB coffee shop, Butler Café, where you can stay and work or gather from your morning coffee all the way through happy hour. 350 Warren St.
NaanChing Bistro & Bar
NaanChing offers many different flavors around Asia—Chinese, Thai, and Indian cuisines. That being said, the menu is extensive, definitely come hungry, and come back often. They have everything from Thai curries to General Tso's Chicken and Spring Rolls to Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala. 103 Montgomery St.
Enjoy one more way to take care of yourself with Downtown's SW3AT Sauna. It's the area's first infrared sauna studio and is proven to help strengthen the immune system and provide joint and muscle pain relief. Each private sauna suite comes with a towel cooler, luxury bamboo antibacterial towels, and a built-in Bluetooth system. A 45-minute session starts at $40. 172 Newark Ave.
Blo Jersey City
Blo is your new go-to for blowouts and party-ready hair. Choose from one of their seven signature blowouts, extensions, braids, and even luscious curls. They also offer makeup, nail, and waxing services for the full package. They're open 7 days a week and will even book appointments as early as 7am Monday through Saturday, but walk-ins start at 9 or 10am. 160 Morgan St.
Central Bistro is the Heights' new Italian restaurant. Seven days a week you can get your fix of your favorite Italian comfort dishes. The BYOB spot also has salads, sandwiches, Mexican entrees—and brunch on weekends from 10-3pm. 403 Central Ave.
O Kafé has taken over in the former location of Smith & Chang. The new Hamilton Park coffee shop will still offer the signature beloved sandwiches of the previous owners, plus baked goods, açai bowls, and salads. It's a great spot for a WFH (work from home) day! 230 Pavonia Ave.
We've all been watching The Ashford get built—and it's finally open. The new giant on the Pedestrian Plaza features 5 levels and 17,000 square feet (including a rooftop) of bar, food, and entertainment space. This swanky hotspot is your new go-to for watching sports, lounging with a few cocktails, or for a Latin and American fusion culinary experience. The rooftop will also feature a raw bar. 145 Newark Ave.
Six26 Lounge & Rooftop
From the same owners as The Ashford, Six26—named after the day gay marriage was legalized—is Jersey City's biggest LGBTQ bar and lounge. The concept and décor is similar to its sister restaurant The Ashford, but the fare will be lighter and consist of mainly appetizers and finger food. 128 Columbus Dr.
We don't know about you, but we can never get enough Mexican food. Bayonne's Mezcal Kitchen just opened on Newark Ave right near the courthouse. The BYOB spot has all your favorite Mexican options such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. You can also find some different options like Carne en Salsa Verde (beef or chicken in a green tomatillo sauce), and avocado stuffed with shrimp. 665 Newark Ave.
The popular NYC grilled cheese shop, Melt Shop, finally came over the Hudson! They're situated inside the Newport Mall, so grab a portable shopping snack (because we all need sustenance to shop 'til we drop!). Not only do they have their signature sandwiches, but you can also get a salad, a variety of chicken fingers, and some seriously awesome sides like tater tots or tomato soup. Newport Mall
If you haven't had a chance to stop by their recently opened spot on the Newark Pedestrian Plaza, now you have double the opportunities to go try one of their delicious super-fruit bowls, salads, or smoothies. For a bowl, you can choose from either their menu options with a base of açai, pitaya, coconut, and greens or create your own. Same thing goes for their salads. Newport Mall
Written by Sasha Kleinman
Born and raised in NJ, Sasha is obsessed with everything Jersey City has to offer. She's 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 Departed Soles, or snuggling with your dog, Sasha is busy traveling the globe with camera (and fork) in hand. Follow her foodie-ventures @thehungrygrowlers!