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A Trip to Cafe Tabarka in Downtown Jersey City

by Stephanie Brown
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It’s always exciting when a fresh, new business opens up in Downtown Jersey City. Back in November, signage went up for Cafe Tabarka at 18 Erie Street — which has now officially taken over the former 9 Bar Cafe space next to Torico. Cafe Tabarka is owned by the same team behind Cafe Dolma, and it’s a cozy Mediterranean-inspired cafe. Keep reading to learn more about Cafe Tabarka in downtown Jersey City.

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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.

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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!”

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Cafe Tabarka officially opened its doors in November 2023. The spot comes from the team behind Cafe Dolma, another Jersey City favorite at 270 Grand Street. The menu is smaller in comparison to its sister restaurant, but the selection of coffees and pastries are just as delicious. There are a number of tables and large windows with serene sunlight. As of late, it’s one of our favorite spots to WFH, or catch up with a friend over coffee.

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Right now, Cafe Tabarka doesn’t have an Instagram or website, but per Google, the shop is open from 7:30AM – 4PM on weekdays, and 8AM – 4PM on weekends.



Other New Openings in Jersey City

As always, there are a string of new openings + announcements in Jersey City. Just last week, we reported that beloved Hamilton Park deli Cangiano’s is opening two new locations throughout Jersey City — one of which will have an extended menu featuring pizza, gelato, and other Italian specialties.

An array of new boutiques have opened too: Cranky Angel, a vintage clothing + accessories shop, celebrated its grand opening at 304 Newark Avenue on March 2nd. Sirena, a Santa Barbara-based boutique is opening its second-ever location on Newark Avenue sometime this spring. And on the food frontier, lots to be excited about — the highly anticipated wine bar + restaurant, The Alps, opened in The Heights in February. 87 Sussex, from the team behind Satis Bistro, is now serving upscale American eats at 87 Sussex Street.

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News broke in October 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.

Stay tuned for updates about Cafe Tabarka via @thehobokengirl on Instagram and TikTok, and let us know when you try this new spot.

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