Café Lafayette Opening in BeLa Neighborhood of Jersey City

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Over the past year, the hidden gem of Bergen-Lafayette has continued to gain popularity as Jersey City’s newest hot spot, with new buildings popping up and new businesses slated to open. One new spot that is creating a lot of buzz is Café Lafayette, located at 74 Maple Street in the retail space in Bela {one of the neighborhood’s newest luxury buildings}. Café Lafayette is expected to open in the coming weeks at the beginning of April. Hoboken Girl chatted with owner Patrick Kang to get a little more information on this new café in Jersey City. Here’s what we know.

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The Background

Patrick Kang is originally from Forest Hills, Queens, and grew up in North Bergen, NJ. He earned his Hotel Management degree from Johnson & Wales University and worked in hotels in New York City for almost a decade. Patrick decided it was time for a change.

His brother, James Kang, opened Basic Café in Hamilton Park in 2001 on the corner of 8th Street and Erie Street, and in 2016, Patrick decided to join him in the venture. Patrick ran the café with him from 2016-2019 and then decided he wanted to branch out and start his own venture. The opportunity presented itself in late 2019, and that’s when Café Lafayette became a reality.

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Patrick told Hoboken Girl “It was always a dream of mine to open a little café/coffee shop of my own one day. I have always loved seeing people’s reactions when you give them good service. I feel like it’s the small things that make them feel special and I love building relationships with the community and the happiness we can bring by serving fresh, quality products”.

When the pandemic hit, all operations to move forward with the build-out were put on hold until September 2020. 

The Menu

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The café will be open between 7AM and 6PM seven days a week and will focus on breakfast + lunch.

The cafe will offer breakfast sandwiches, omelets, breakfast toasts, pastries, salads, and lunch sandwiches. It will also feature made-to-order smoothies + cold press juices to provide some fresh and healthy options.

Patrons can also expect quality ingredients like bread from Hudson Breads and deli meat from Boar’s Head. Café Lafayette will also carry a signature gourmet coffee blend, branded Café Lafayette, handcrafted and designed by the owner from their artisanal roaster in Virginia.

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To honor Patrick’s Korean American heritage, the café will also include some popular Korean items such as Korean chicken + waffles, bibimbap {think Korean rice with mixed vegetables and meat}, spicy ramen, and udon to name a few. Vegan and gluten-free options will also be available. 

Patrick shared with Hoboken Girl, “My vision is to bring quality, friendly service to the community and build lasting relationships with our customers and eventually implement ways to give back to the community.” 

Cafe Lafayette is sure to be a great addition to this neighborhood and will also have outdoor seating as the weather gets nicer. Follow it on Instagram for the latest news.


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Evelyn is a born and raised Jersey Girl and is a local influencer {@thefoundrygirljc} in Jersey City. She has a degree in marketing and business from Syracuse University, and currently works freelancing in social media. She has lived in both Hoboken and Jersey City and is very committed to supporting local businesses and being a local resource to all her friends and neighbors. She is an animal {dog} lover and claims to know more animals in Jersey City than people {really}. When she is not freelancing, she can be found hanging out with friends at local spots in Bergen-Lafayette and attending social and networking events in Jersey City and Hoboken.