What’s better than brunch? Brunch all day, that’s what. And that’s exactly what Gussy’s Cafe in downtown Jersey City offers. This charming spot run by the husband and wife team – Gus Theodosiou and Nicole Pina – opened last June and has been serving classic cafe vibes ever since. We recently took a trip to Gussy’s Cafe and couldn’t wait to share why this cafe should be on your radar — if it isn’t already. Keep reading to learn all about this community-focused cafe and how you can get discounted coffee daily (yes, you read that right).
Gussy’s Cafe Overview
Gussy’s Cafe is a contemporary American cafe at 292 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. The owners wanted to bring a classic cafe to the neighborhood and once they opened the doors in June 2022 their dream became a reality.
According to the website, Gussy’s is open Monday-Friday from 7AM-7PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM-6PM. Diners are welcome to order online for takeout or to order at the counter for dine-in.
The Hoboken Girl spoke with co-owner Nicole Pina last April before Gussy’s officially opened. During our conversation, Nicole said, “we are just in love with this area and we just feel like we want to give the people of Jersey City a very safe and warm space for them to come in and feel like they know us and that we’re part of the community.”
So far, they are living up to their plans. Aside from walk-in customers, Gussy’s is available for private parties, they occasionally host community events, and we were told that a running group regularly meets here on Saturday mornings.
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Gussy’s Cafe offers a full menu of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options. Whether you’re looking for something lighter or are craving comfort food, there’s something for everyone on this made-to-order menu. This spot even offers vegan options and a kid’s menu.
Here are some highlights:
- Homemade Pancakes
- Breakfast Grain Bowl
- Parisian Omelette
- Sausage Gochujang Breakfast Sandwich
Lunch + Dinner
- The Gussy Sandwich (fried chicken cutlet, bacon, cheddar, chipotle mayo on ciabatta)
- The Brekkie Burger (applewood smoked bacon, fried country egg, cheddar)
- Vegan Cobb Salad
- Chicken Waldorf Wrap
Gussy’s also features a full coffee bar with all of the classics plus unique offerings like the Rose Latte, Churro Latte, and Vanilla Jasmine Latte. Pastries and smoothies are also available.
Remember when we mentioned discounted coffee? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget (and know you didn’t either). From 3PM-6PM every day, Gussy’s Cafe takes 20% off specialty drinks and select pastries.
From the outside, it can be hard to get a sense of just how spacious and airy this cafe feels. But once we stepped inside, we immediately felt like this was a cafe where we could relax with a good book or chat with friends for a while. When we walked up to the counter, the server was incredibly friendly and gracious. They walked us through the menu and even mentioned a few specials, like a smoothie made with sea moss protein.
We found a spot at the bar and enjoyed people-watching from the large windows. In addition to the window seats, the cafe features tables and a corner booth. There’s WiFi so it could be a nice spot to sit and work for a while (but just don’t be that person who hogs a table for hours over one cup of coffee – wink, wink).
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Overall, Gussy’s Cafe feels like a safe bet if you’re looking for a weekend brunch spot. We tried a flat white and The BEC-ky Sandwich — bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant — and both were delicious. We got to the cafe around 9AM on a Saturday and, while there were plenty of other customers, we didn’t have any trouble finding a spot to sit.
We had a great visit to Gussy’s and we will be back soon — probably for a discounted afternoon coffee break.