• 5 Quaint Outdoor Dining Spots in Jersey City Edition

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    Outdoor dining is a hot commodity, especially in the summer — and sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to embrace it + add some food and cocktails. In Jersey City, there are a bunch of dining hot spots popping up around town, but where do you go if you want some peace and quiet and an enjoyable outdoor experience? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Jersey City outdoor dining spots that have the perfect amount of ambiance {and delicious food, of course}.  Here they are:

    1. Light Horse Tavern {199 Washington St}

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    Light Horse Tavern is nestled in the heart of Paulus Hook and with that location comes less crowds and less noise. The outdoor seating is set on one side of  the restaurant with just a few tables making it really cozy.  They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner and serve everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to Cubans and aged Ribeye.  Between the umbrellas, potted flowers and greenery, beautiful brick and gorgeous wooden doors, you will feel like you’re taken back in time.

    2. Razza {275 Grove St}

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    Razza calls downtown JC home and is one of the busier locations on this list {if there is a line its worth the wait!}, but it’s definitely deserving of a mention.  Best known for their {drool worthy} artisan wood fired pizza, this restaurant prides itself on sourcing from local farms and you can taste the freshness in every bite.  With just a few picnic tables set on the sidewalk you wont feel any overcrowding — and you may even make a few new friends – multiple parties may be seated at one table.  Advice: Get the bread and butter.  Yes this restaurant charges for it, but once you take that first bite, you’ll be happy to pay the four bucks {and then some}.

    3. Dolma {270 Grand St}

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    The newest addition to Jersey City {on this list} is making quite a name for itself.  You can’t miss this little pink building – it seems to pop up out of nowhere {set in nook between Bright St and Grand St}.  This delicious Mediterranean eatery is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday {closed on Mondays} and serves brunch on the weekends.   The inside is small and intimate but there is a large patio space that seems to be sprouting tables lately.  The food is amazing and to top it off… it’s BYOB.  Grab that rosé, and they’ll put it on ice!

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    4. Kraverie {24 Mercer St}

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    The once owners of two of JC’s most popular food trucks {Lucinda Creperie and The Krave} now operate together out of Kraverie.  This place boasts one of the most {if not the most} unique menus in Jersey City serving Korean BBQ and crepes.  The flavor combinations are amazing and are a must try!  Kraverie is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but we suggest going with a small group as the outdoor seating area is small {but quaint} with excellent people watching opportunities.  May we suggest ordering the Korean Crepe for your first visit?  It’s the ultimate fusion of Korean and French cuisine and the very bones of the restaurant.

    5. Broa {297 Grove St}

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    Also on Grove St, this location is different from the rest as it rests on the garden level which lessens the hustle and bustle {but not completely} of downtown.  The mouth-watering Portuguese tapas menu changes almost daily, and the chef and owner will walk you through it if you ask {menu is on the wall when you walk downstairs, so take a peek before sitting}.  The outdoor space is small and intimate — with floors covered in wood and beautiful mosaic tile.  Also a wonderful BYOB choice, so if you don’t come prepared, run down the street to Cool Vines, tell them you are dining at Broa, and you’ll receive 10% off your bottle {or bottles}!

    Other restaurants with outdoor dining options {that have been mentioned before} include: Skinners Loft, Satis, Raval & Taqueria Downtown to name a few. We just love dining al fresco, that is for certain.

    Where is your favorite place to dine outside in Jersey City?

     


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    Christine is a born-and-raised Jersey Girl who landed in Jersey City several years ago. After a year of living in JC and absolutely loving it, Christine and her husband decided to make it a little more permanent and buy their own little piece of downtown Jersey City. When she isn’t crunching numbers as a merchandise planner in NYC, you can find her strolling down Newark Avenue heading to Barre, running along the waterfront, trolling the awesome JC vintage shops or discovering another great place to grab a bite to eat. If she’s not enjoying all that Jersey City has to offer, you will most likely find her on her couch…watching Bravo.