Screw that "summer bod", there are carbs to be eaten! Many of the newly opened business focus on Italian cooking (hey, pizza!) and baked goods and pastries. There's also one new spot bringing the heat for all the spice-seekers out there. Oh, and we can't forget the wine!
The Heights' newest wine shop specializes in organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. Owner Laura Marchetti's goal is to carry wine from every region. Once the shop is out of soft-open mode, they'll also start carrying beer and having wine tastings. Bonus: it's right near BYOB spots The Franklin and Corto, so grab a bottle and go have a bite! 43 Bowers St.
Cocoa Bakery has already been in their downtown location for 5 years now, and finally brought their sweets to The Heights! They have every pastry imaginable to satisfy your sweet tooth—from muffins, scones, and granola to cupcakes, cheesecakes, and pies. They also have made-to-order cakes like their other location. 475 Central Ave.
Bread & Salt
While The Heights just lost beloved pizza spot Pizza Vita, they've just gained the newly opened Bread & Salt in its former location. James Beard award semifinalist Rick Easton has graced Chilltown with his Roman-style pizza, meatballs, and sandwiches on their famous house-made bread. 435 Palisade Ave.
Café Peanut is the kind of place you can bring your laptop and hang out all day. Its eclectic and cozy and you can tell it'll become your regular coffee shop in no time if you live in the area. They've got a complete coffee and tea menu for the caffeine-seeking, as well as sandwiches, salads, and homemade pastries. 586 Newark Ave.
Formerly known as Marco's Italian Deli, Casalingo—or "homemade" in Italian—promises to be even better than its former iteration. Also in The Heights, this can be your new go-to place to get authentic Italian cuisine like pizza, pasta, salads, and much more. 457 Baldwin Ave.
Green Pear Heights
Joining most of the other new businesses in the Heights is Hoboken's Green Pear Café. Unlike their original location, this one will be focusing on dinner. Head over for a great meal and a live show from local performers—or even an open mic night to show off your chops! 93 Franklin St.
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!