Whether it's during your lunch break or you're grabbing a quick bite on the go, it's easy to get stuck in a rut with the same old cheap fast food options. Here are some spots to shake up your routine with good local flavor that won't break the bank!
We probably don't need to remind you of their existence, but Wonder Bagels is a perfect place to grab a filling breakfast or lunch on a budget! There are multiple locations around the city for you to indulge in arguably the best bagels in Jersey City! 517 Jersey Ave.; 729 Bergen Ave.; 331 Central Ave.; 433 Sip Ave.; 431 Danforth Ave.
Koro Koro offers you healthy and delicious food on the go with tons of variety and lots of vegetarian options, with all of their prices under $10! They are quickly becoming renowned for their rice balls, which are filling and flavorful! Make sure to head over for their happy hour from 5-7pm so you can buy 3 rice balls and get 1 free! 538 Jersey Ave.
Subculture has found its way in to the hearts of Jersey City residents with its nearly endless gimmicky menu of absolutely delicious and extremely filling sandwiches! They offer extensive options of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, and salads, with nearly their whole menu remaining under $10! My personal favorite is the Freebird: a fried chicken sandwich with mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, and mac and cheese on Italian bread! 260 Newark Ave.
If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, then Bubby's is the spot for you to try! They have epically huge burritos with all kinds of options for fillings—and ample vegetarian options! 440 Jersey Ave.
If you're looking to spice up your regular takeout habits, this local Korean spot will have you covered! They have an extensive menu of Korean classics like dumplings, Korean wings, Bulgogi Bibim Rice, and ramen all for under $10 each! 227 7th St.
Diesel & Duke
Diesel & Duke's carefully curated limited menu offers the perfect selection of burgers and fries, including their signature S.P.B.B Burger (sriracha, peanut butter and bacon), which is a must-try! Their specialty poutines are also whole meals in themselves and will make you forget all about any McDonald's cravings you might have! 389 Monmouth St.
Griot Café is a hidden gem located in the Heights that has one of the most unique sandwiches around! The Griot Sandwich includes your choice of shredded chicken or pork, topped with their traditional slaw and seasoned with avocado, all on top of a plantain bun! They also have a ton of incredible quick and budget-friendly breakfast items which you can pair with their many healthy homemade juices or smoothies. 434 Central Ave.
At East Flour you can grab a quick wonton soup for under $5 as a fast and easy snack or lunch! Their whole menu offers interesting and delicious options with unbeatable prices! 103 Christopher Columbus Dr.
If you're looking for a quick treat to start your day off, a nice warm stuffed croissant from Vogue Café is the perfect choice! The ham and cheese croissant is to die for! 177 York St.
One of the best falafel spots in the city is also the perfect place to grab a quick bite for under ten bucks! Their sandwiches are always a great choice, whether you go for the falafel or shawarma you won't spend more than $8! 303 Grove St.
Too often the quick and cheap options are also unhealthy, Sweetberry is your solution! They're healthy, filling, and not too pricey at $10 per bowl! 179 Newark Ave.
The Little Sandwich Shop
This is a great place to grab a quick bite for breakfast or lunch, right next to the Grove PATH station, they have an extensive list of fresh deli sandwiches and the breakfast burrito is killer—it'll definitely set your day up right! 333 Grove St.
Written by Claire Layton
Claire is a quintessential Canadian girl looking forward to exploring JC one craft beer at a time! She is a graduate student of anthropology, spending all of her free time either at the gym, frequenting comedy bars, or scouring the city for free concerts.