It’s always exciting when a fresh, new business opens up in Downtown Jersey City. Signage recently went up for Cafe Tabarka at 18 Erie Street, which is taking over the former 9 Bar Cafe space next to Torico. Cafe Tabarka is rumored to be owned by the same team behind Cafe Dolma and, if that’s true, guests can expect this new spot to be a top-notch Mediterranean-inspired cafe. Keep reading to learn more about the new Cafe Tabarka opening in downtown Jersey City.
Cafe Tabarka Signage
Erie Street is home to some of the best eateries in downtown Jersey City, so we were sad to see 9 Bar Cafe close last May. But when we found out on Reddit that signs were up for Cafe Tabarka in the same space, we had to go check it out for ourselves.
Signs are officially up at Cafe Tabarka but there’s very limited information about the new cafe. It looks like there will be tons of indoor seating and a nice coffee bar with a large pastry case.
The spot may be doing a soft opening as one Reddit user said they enjoyed a latte and raisin roll, but there’s no information on opening hours on the door or anywhere online, yet.
The Historic Downtown Jersey City Instagram account @hdsid_jc also posted on October 18th, 2023:
“A new cafe is coming to Erie Street – right next to Toricos! Taking the place of 9barcafe – the Cafe Tabarka is rumored to be Mediterranean-based coffee and eats. What do you know about the new cafe? We’re excited to welcome this new cafe to Downtown Jersey City!”
A response in the comments suggested that the new cafe is being opened by the team that runs Cafe Dolma. HG reached out to the Cafe Dolma team for additional details.
New Openings in Jersey City
Cafe Tabarka is the latest in a string of new openings + announcements in Jersey City. Whole Foods Market is finally set to open on November 9th, 2023 and Jersey City residents can expect a lot of excitement, free coffee and pastries + special savings for the first visitors on opening day.
Jane Doe, a sleek space with a combination of craft cocktails, vinyl + artisanal Italian dishes, opened in August at 333 Newark Avenue. Grind Coffee has a new pop-up inside Milk + Cream Cereal Bar located at 175 Newark Avenue which means downtown Jersey City residents don’t have to worry about staying caffeinated. Popular Newark Avenue beauty spot Suite Tee opened a second space at 172 Newark Avenue. The newly rebranded LaKoet + Co. Salon has also moved to 160 Newark Avenue.
News recently broke that Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts is getting a ton of new NYC-based spots like Tacombi, Daily Provisions + Han Dynasty. Plans are also underway to bring Topgolf + some yet-to-be-announced eateries to Jersey City’s Harborside Complex, which has buildings at 150, 200, and 210 Hudson Street. It’s so exciting to see so many new places opening up in downtown Jersey City and will be fun to watch the neighborhood continue to grow and change.