These 15 Jersey City Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your MouthGet ready for some silly good eats.
1. Puerto Rican Prevails At ME Casa
356 Varick St
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 335 Reviews A hole-in-the-wall spot you practically have to stumble on to find, ME Casa is a Puerto Rican restaurant worth tripping into. Empanadas, sandwiches and stews are all house favorites. But it’s the mofongo—a savory meat and fried plantain dish—that will make you wonder why it’s taken you long to hear about the glory of Puerto Rican cooking.
2. Korean Fusion Kills At Kraverie
24 Mercer St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 348 Reviews We don’t know if the folks behind Kraverie are the first people on the planet to cross Mexican and Korean food, but they’re still bloody geniuses regardless. Are items like the Bulgogi Seoul Cheesesteak, Kimchi Cheese Fries, or crepes with Korean short rib “authentic”? We have no idea. Are they 100% taste bud annihilating? You better believe it.
3. White Star Bar Has The Best Burgers In Town
230 Brunswick St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 183 Reviews Burgers are good enough done basic, but when places like White Star treat their ground meat less like a fast food item and more like a high-stacked delicacy (without going crazy on the price), it makes you wonder why you’ve ever settled for Burger King or Mickey D's. White Star also doesn’t slack on sides like wings and mac and cheese, and it has a pretty stellar brunch situation working in its favor.
4. Craft Cocktails Meet Craft Burgers At Park & Sixth
364 Grove St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 268 Reviews A gastropub through and through, Park & Sixth is maybe the best Jersey City spot for getting elevated bar food. We’re talking gut-expanders like cheese steak spring rolls, gourmet burgers, and a steak and gorgonzola sandwich that will rock your world. Plus, they make just about the meanest sangrias and Bloody Marys you will ever have the privilege of putting your tongue near.
5. Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory Is A Breakfast Innovator
426 Jersey Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 660 Reviews How do you like your pancakes? Straightforward, smothered in syrup and whipped cream? Infused with bacon? Sweetened up with peanut butter and chocolate chips? Stuffed with Buffalo chicken? Brownstone Diner has you covered. It might sound gimmicky, but the fluffy, light, sweet and near-perfect cakes push the tastes beyond novelty to pure breakfast ecstasy.
6. Skinner’s Loft Will Elevate Your Breakfast
146 Newark Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 428 Reviews Skinner’s Loft is equally renowned for their filet mignon sliders with a side of stacked-to-the-sky shoestring fries and inventive breakfast dishes like white chocolate pancakes—both as good in real life as they look on paper. As a bonus, Skinner’s is one of the best Rooftop dining experiences in town, and the complementary muffins and biscuits are a delicious meal of their own.
7. Eat Like A Cuban King At Rumba’s
513 Central Ave
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 75 Reviews Cuban cuisine newbies and diehards alike can find something to love about Rumba’s. Cubanos, empanadas and meat-and-rice dishes are made to order with fresh ingredients, so on any given day you can expect a different menu, but considering how consistently tasty and generous the meals are, no need to worry about an “off night.”
8. Thirty Acres Is Haute, Hip, And Happening
500 Jersey Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 283 Reviews New York culinary vet Kevin Pemoulie’s Thirty Acres is the pride of Jersey City’s culinary scene for a reason. All the foodie scene buzzwords, like “farm-to-table,” “BYOB,” and “New American” apply, but even the buzziest spot wouldn’t work if the food wasn’t up to snuff. And Thirty Acres’ creative haute comfort food dishes like corn gnocchi with shrimp and duck fat potatoes aren’t just passable—they’re knock it out of the park.
9. Carmine’s Italian Deli Has Italian Cuisine Down To A Science
165 Mallory Ave
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 46 Reviews There’s probably about a thousand Italian delis in America with the name “Carmine’s,” but there’s probably none better than the one on Mallory Avenue in Jersey City. Otherworldly Italian subs on fresh bread? Obviously. But the delicatessen and catering outpost doubles as the best all-around Italian spot in town. Just look at that pasta. You won’t be getting endless plates of that at your local Olive Garden.
10. Hit Philippine Bread House For Primo Pastries
530 Newark Ave
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 142 Reviews If you’ve never had Pan de sal, it’s a slightly sweet Filipino bread that will make you reconsider the potential of flour and water. And if you’ve never had it a Philippine Bread House, leave where you are and go right now, because no one does it better. In addition to the bread and pastries, you’ll also find some cheap, worthwhile Filipino eats like stewed chicken pork and rice.
11. Get Your Delightfully Overstuffed Taco On At Taqueria Mi Mariachi
213 Sip Ave
Yelp: 4.5 Reviews - 49 Reviews What this tiny taco spot lacks in frills it makes up for in, well, pretty much everything else. The prices, portions and flavors of the authentic barbacoa, carne asada, and al pastor tacos make it the best spot of its kind in town. Go for a Jarritos soda on the side to round out an authentic Mexican meal.
12. Go Traditional Or Adventurous At Razza’s Pizza
275 Grove St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 220 Reviews Pizza purists are welcome at Razza, but they’re certainly limiting their options. The wood-fired personal pie spot features mad pizza creations like maple bacon and pumpkin pie, but also tosses a mean margherita if you’re looking to go classic. Oh, and their bread and butter is known for being the kind of food combo that can change lives.
13. Head To GP’s For Brunch Early And Stay For A Hearty Italian Dinner
236 Pavonia Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 103 Reviews GP’s is known for their stellar brunch, featuring inventive between-meals dishes like ricotta pancakes, peppery chicken hash, and a duck BLT. At night, GP’s doubles as one of the premiere Italian meal spots in town, with upscale takes on favorites like lasagna and chicken parm.
14. Treat Yourself To Marvelous Mediterranean At Gypsy Grill
187 Newark Ave
Yelp: 4 Stars - 158 Reviews Shawarma, pita, hummus and falafel, and everything else vaguely Mediterranean and occasionally healthy comes out fresh and delicious at this Newark Ave spot. They’re known for great combo platters, good for mixin’, matchin’ and samplin’, and the staff is notoriously hospitable.
15. Eat Like The Upper Crust (And Spend Like A Peasant) At Madame Claude
364 4th St
Yelp: 4 Stars - 208 Reviews Top tier French cuisine that won’t lay complete waste to your bank account? Where do we sign up? Everything on Madame Claude’s menu can be had for $22 and under, including brunch items like the delectable croissant, salmon, and egg sandwich, or heartier fare, like braised lamb shank and confit of duck. Their sweet and savory crepe collection is also tops. Feature Image Source: GP’s Hamilton Park via Facebook What’s your go-to for great grub in Jersey City? Tell us in the comments below!
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