Jersey City’s Dining Scene Has Finally Caught Up

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The Jersey City restaurant scene is BOOMING according to Eater NY! "In the last five years, downtown Jersey City has exploded with diverse restaurants, helped along by lower costs, a changing population, and the rezoning of main drag Newark Avenue into a partially pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants and bars. Among those new spots are uber-trendy additions like celebrity chef Dale Talde’s Asian fusion Talde, a Charleston-inspired Southern comfort food restaurant with a serious bar program called Mathews, and one of those aforementioned speakeasies with housemade charcuterie, The Archer." Legacy JC Monmouth Street Deli: This no-frills Italian deli has been around for 30 years and has held on through Jersey City’s rapid gentrification. That’s because here you’ll find affordable Italian comfort food classics that haven’t changed one bit — massive sandwiches and a daily-rotating hot bar. 500 Monmouth Street Golden Cicada: There sadly aren’t many dive bars in Jersey City, so the 30-plus-year-old Golden Cicada plays a critical role. Luckily, this one has plenty of personality, with cheap beer, a ritual of hazing newcomers with baijiu shots, and rowdy karaoke. 195 Grand Street Second Street Bakery: No more than five people can pack into this tiny deli/bakery that has been around for almost 100 years. Longtime locals go for the relatively inexpensive Italian sub sandwiches and meat-stuffed breads. 402 Second Street Trailblazing Newcomers Taqueria Downtown: This no-frills taqueria is always crowded, whether people are crammed into the chaotically-decorated space, or spilling onto the sizeable patio out back during warmer months. 236 Grove Street Razza: Tender Neapolitan pizza from a James Beard-nominated chef is the name of the game here. Beware that the restaurant can run out of dough some nights, so come early. 275 Grove Street Hottest New Spots Talde: NYC chef Dale Talde transplanted his Brooklyn hit across the Hudson River, bringing his laidback style of Asian fusion to downtown JC. It’s a sprawling space with flavors of Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and more on a menu that comes together to make sense. Don’t miss Miss Wong’s, the “secret” speakeasy downstairs that often turns into a dance party on weekends. 8 Erie Street Mathews: Charleston was the inspiration for this light and bright — and very on-trend — restaurant and bar. Owner Mat Kopec (White Star Bar) recruited One if by Land, Two if by Sea chef John Mecca to help execute what is admittedly a concept inspired by “the theater of a Keith McNally restaurant” and “Danny Meyer hospitality.” 351 Grove Street The Archer: The Archer may be the most Manhattan-feeling of any Jersey City bar, with its craft cocktails and housemade charcuterie. Sip boozy classics with a duck burger in the warm wood-filled, dimly-lit space, and feel right at home. 176 Newark AvenueRead More