Hudson County Newbies: Ani Ramen in Jersey City; The Cliff in The Heights; No. 18 Boutique in Hoboken

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The rain has cleared up, it’s warm out, and it’s fiiiinally the weekend. Saturdays are meant for exploration and trying new places, and so of course we had to share three Hoboken and Jersey City spots that recently opened and are must-visits. Grab your BFFs and get started on your adventure day, because here are three Hudson County newbies that you must head to immediately {in no particular order}: Ani Ramen in Jersey City, The Cliff in The Heights, and No. 18 Boutique in Hoboken. Brunch, bbq, and shopping — there’s something for everyone. 

Ani Ramen in Downtown Jersey City {218 Newark Avenue}

We’ve been anxiously awaiting this spot for months {ever since we taste-tested them at Mana Contemporary}, and fiiiinally, they’re open. This Japanese noodle house originated in Montclair, NJ, and it has opened another location in Jersey City due to its immense popularity. Offering ramen in every form you could ever imagine, it’s hard *not* to love this place — even for the ramen snobs among us. Tip: try the short rib ramen, Korean-fried chicken, or the pork buns {ohhh my gawd} — you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re thirsty, the Japanese whiskey is sure to please… they have a full bar!

 

The Cliff in Jersey City Heights {38 Congress Street}

^Icelandic-style skyr yogurt @ The Cliff

We shared the opening of this JC Heights cafe earlier this week, but it’s worth a second mention. Opened by a husband and wife couple, you’ll find a delicious array of brunch-like eats, with an Icelandic twist. A few of our favorites on the menu include smoked trout {straight from Iceland} with tarragon creme fraîche, hearty bread, greens and pickled vegetables; brioche French toast with fresh berries, toasted almonds, coconut and mascarpone; avocado on multigrain toast with poached egg, mushroom “bacon” and greens {warning: this is not your basic avocado toast}. While they have not debuted the lunch menu yet, you can expect it to feature sandwiches, soups and salads.

^Just had to post their brioche French toast to give you a visual [insert heart eyes emojis]

See More: How to Plan a Weekend Getaway to Iceland from Hoboken

No. 18 Boutique in Hoboken {1125 Maxwell Place}

Former pop-up shop No. 18 Boutique on Washington {originating from Summit, NJ} now has a permanent residence in the Maxwell building. The boutique is actually opening its doors today {aka Saturday, April 29th at 11am} — so if you head over soon, you’ll be one of the first to arrive! The boutique is owned by sisters Brianne and Nancy Tammaro and Hoboken resident Marisol Page, and features designer duds such as Haute Hippie, Rachel Zoe, N. 21, Les Petits Paris, and more. Can’t wait to check it out!

See More: 10 Places to Travel Outside of Hoboken

While we could go on and on about these new spots and more, we’ll leave the rest to you. Happy Saturday adventure day — make sure you tag us @hobokengirlblog and #HobokenGirl for a chance to be featured!


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.