Our Weekend Picks: Brazilian Food, New Exhibit, Hair Salon, Woodshop Class, + Kayaking

It’s time for The Friday 5! Every Friday, our team will recommend five, must-try things to do locally, whether it be a new beauty treatment, a delicious dish, a kicka$$ workout, and more. Read on to discover this weekend’s suggestions, all based in the Hoboken and Jersey City area, curated by our team of locals. We’ve got Brazilian food, a brand new exhibit, a salon for selfcare, kayaking, and a DIY woodshop class. 

Dinner + Cocktails at Tamborim | 130 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

Tamborim

Tamborim Bar & Grill opened its doors for the first time on December 8th, 2020, and is the first and only Brazilian restaurant in Jersey City. Located right on the pedestrian plaza strip of Newark Avenue, the restaurant concept, menu, interior, and overall vibe are all inspired by Brazil. Patrons can look forward to vibrant dishes and cocktails that are both delicious and completely IG-worthy.

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The Hoboken Historical Museum‘s New Exhibits – The Avenue: A History of Washington Street” & Donna O’Grady’s “Light at Play in Hoboken | 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken

Hoboken Historical Museum

This brand new exhibit is an ode to Hoboken’s Washington Street, showcasing all of its vibrant history. It packs in hundreds of artifacts and photographs from beloved businesses from past and present. “Visitors can figuratively stroll the length of ‘The Avenue,’ teleporting back and forth in time, as they search for artifacts from their favorite businesses. Stretching the full length of the Museum’s north wall, an enlarged, detailed reproduction of the 1951 Sanborn fire map (from the Jersey City Library’s Hudson County History collection) shows every building block-by-block from Observer Highway to 14th Street,” the Museum explained. There is a continuous panoramic photo of contemporary Washington Street on the ceiling.

In the Upper Gallery, Donna O’Grady’s collection features charming Hoboken landscapes. Her love of living in Hoboken inspired her latest series of about a dozen paintings, including some nocturnal scenes. She explains, “I love the warm and inviting feeling I get from the glow of strung lights outdoors at restaurants, that soft, intimate spotlight cast on tables where friends gather at the end of the day at the local ‘streeteries’ to share a meal.”

A Self-Care Treatment at Nulux | 106 River Drive S, Jersey City

Nulux

This brand new salon and spa located in downtown Jersey City, just a ten-minute walk from Hoboken, has everything you could need for a perfect day of self-care under one roof. From a full list of hair services, nails, massages, lash lifts, botox, and facial treatments, Nulux has you covered. Some of our HG team members stopped in for a cut, blowout, and a massage and we highly recommend! The staff is super kind and helpful and goes the extra mile to make you feel at home.

Water Sports at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse | Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken

hoboken cove boathouse

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse is a volunteer-based non-profit that provides free water sports programs and access to local waterways for locals to enjoy. Visitors can choose between paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing. Although the organization accepts walk-ins, reservations are recommended. If you are not vaccinated, Hoboken Cove asks that you wear a mask. All of the activities are free but donations are suggested.

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Woodshop Class at the DIY Joint | 51 Harrison Street #A207, Hoboken

the diy joint

For DIY-lovers, this is the perfect activity. Women-owned and operated, the DIY Joint hosts cool woodshop classes for kids and adults. There’s an object chosen for each class so you can choose what object you’d like to make, similar to a paint and sip class where you can choose the design of the painting. Guests have build side tables, centerpieces, desks, and much more!

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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.