September's been a bountiful month when it comes to openings around Chilltown. There are so many new cuisines to try, a coffee shop you're probably already familiar with, and a gym to burn off all the things you'll eat.
The waterfront bar that was once occupied by Taphaus has been converted into the lively space that is Lokal. The only thing the same about the space is the amazing views of the NYC skyline. The cocktails and food are—you guessed it—designed using fresh, local ingredients. Plus, the giant bar tops and cozy couch areas make this a great place for groups. 2 2nd St.
Row House 70 Hudson
A new kind of workout now calls JC home. It's always fun to try out new fitness classes and their workouts sound both addictive and kicka$. The exercises target muscles throughout your whole body, so you're sure to feel that good kind of sore the next day. If you're interested, they offer a free class for first-timers. 70 Hudson St.
Nukkad came to town and just spiced things up (wink, wink). The Indian café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving South-Indian delights (along with your familiar Northern favorites). Definitely pop in for a dosa and a mango lassi ASAP. 105 Greene St.
Bao by Kaya
Who doesn't love buns? The fluffy, savory treats are basically irresistible and Bao by Kaya's pack so much flavor. But they also have more than buns—they specialize in Taiwanese dishes like rice platters with different proteins. They even have vegetarian and gluten-free options! Newport Mall
It's a good thing we really love tacos because BYOB restaurant Sol Azteca just opened up downtown. You might remember they were open in a previous location before, but the new spot is much larger and nicer. Expect Mexican street food dishes like tacos (duh), huaraches, quesadillas, and flautas—all for under $20. That's a steal in downtown JC! 328 Montgomery St.
We are always down for a delicious bowl of health. Frutta Bowls is the perfect place to start your day, put a pep in your step, and eat something delicious without feeling guilty. They have fruit-based bowls, oatmeal, toast, smoothies, and coffee, because what would a morning be without coffee. It's not exclusively for breakfast either, so head here for a light, tasty meal anytime. 100 Town Square Pl.
You're probably already familiar with the popular coffee shop. They've now opened up in the Exchange Place area with a full café. Pop in if you work in the area or are heading to the nearby Path station for a dose of caffeine and a small bite. 30 Hudson St.
Tribos Peri Peri
The cozy spot on Columbus has a new restaurant—Tribos Peri Peri—and their Portuguese-inspired menu sounds really promising. If you're familiar with peri peri, you know the dishes here are going to be nice and spicy. But don't worry, they have other sauce options for the spice intolerant and plenty of mild apps, salads, and rice bowls. 109 Christopher Columbus Dr.
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!