From restaurants and bars to boutiques and spas, it’s a pleasure for us to round up a list of new Hoboken + Jersey City businesses that opened in the last few months in midst of a global pandemic. We are also looking forward to new businesses opening later this summer and fall. A special shoutout to the businesses that were already established and are making do with the times to stay open as well! Get excited, because here’s a list of Hoboken and Jersey City businesses that have recently opened or have plans to open in the near future. Read to learn more about these new Hoboken and Jersey City businesses.
Annie & Em’s Bakeshop | 155 Third Street
A new gluten-free bakeshop is coming to town and setting up shop in the former home of beloved seafood restaurant and market, Tutta Pesca. Annie & Em’s Bakeshop is owned by sisters who are Hoboken residents but previously operated through pop-up markets in Monmouth and Mercer county areas. The brand’s mission is to provide premium gluten-free creations. In addition to always being gluten-free, the company has a selection of vegan items as well.
Camp Bow Wow | 1414 Grand Street
Dog owners will be happy to know that another pet daycare, Camp Bow Bow, has opened in Hoboken as of June 25th and is ready to take care of your little furry one when you’re unable to. The camp is made up of a 7,300 square-foot dog-friendly space at 1414 Grand Street, just around the corner from the Pilsener Haus Biergarten, and directly across from Carpe Diem restaurant.
Chip City | 113 Washington Street
Chip City, a New York-based cookie company, is opening an outpost on Washington Street at the former Imago Beauty spot. There is no official opening date for the Hoboken storefront, which is situated next to Shake Shack on 1st and Washington Street, however, it looks to be soon.
KikiLu Gelato | 900 Garden Street
An artisanal gelato and espresso bar called KikiLu Gelato is officially opening in Hoboken sometime in 2021. Hoboken Girl first reported that a Hoboken KikiLu could be coming to fruition back in November 2020. At the time, the owners of Italian spot Otto Strada said they were trying to take over the former Gold Cleaners location at 900 Garden Street. Now, according to the owner, KikiLu will be opening in Hoboken as planned in the coming months.
La Boheme | 233 Clinton Street
In October, the owners of Barbès (Lisa and Omar Balouma and Abdellah Ksiyer) confirmed that they would be taking over the former Cucharamama location. While Barbès is a Parisian bistro with a North African flare inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in Paris, the new restaurant will be heavily influenced by the south of France.
Mighty Quinn’s | 322 Washington Street
A new BBQ joint is making its way to Hoboken at 322 Washington Street. Mighty Quinn’s, the New York-born eatery, has “Opening Soon” signs posted on the storefront that once belonged to Total Nutrition Kitchen, the healthy food restaurant. Mighty Quinn’s has made a name for itself in the big city and hopes to do the same in the Mile Square. Mighty Quinn’s aims to open in Hoboken during the fall 2021 season.
Pour Amor | 23 Washington Street
A new specialty coffee shop called Pour Amor will be opening in Hoboken. It is run by two local business owners as a joint venture. The shop has an Instagram page that describes Pour Amor as “specialty coffee from around the world, each batch roasted to order. This guarantees blissful freshness and exquisite taste.” Although it is still unclear when Pour Amor will open, construction to overhaul the storefront has started.
Tastee Platters | 217 Washington Street
As of July 29th, Hoboken is home to a new halal restaurant, Tastee Platters. Located in the former Loquito’s storefront, Tastee Platters is now officially open to the public as the restaurant’s second location, after launching in Wayne just last year. The eatery specializes in classic halal food such as platters, pitas, salads, wings, and other sides.
Sangria | 800 Jackson Street
The space at 800 Jackson Street has been unoccupied off and on, having been home to Tilted Kilt, Taphaus, and the very short-lived Privé bar and restaurant. But recently, we’ve received some confirmed intel that the bar/restaurant sitting empty will soon be filled. Coming fall 2021, a Spanish tapas restaurant called Sangria plans to open in the space.
Sticky’s Finger Joint | 112 Washington Street
Sticky’s Finger Joint, a wildly popular New York-based fried chicken restaurant, is soon spreading its wings and bringing its chicken to Hoboken, in the former Cluck-U spot. The chicken poppers, crispy bite-sized fried chicken, are one of the mainstays at Sticky’s, but it’s really known for its chicken fingers.
SW3AT Sauna | 79 Hudson Street, Suite 104
SW3AT Sauna, the popular sauna studio located in downtown Jersey City, has expanded to the Hoboken. SW3AT is a veteran-, woman-, LGBTQ+-, and black-owned holistic sanctuary for those seeking to heal the mind and body with infrared heat therapy.
The Cookie Connect | 305 1st Street
A new late-night cookie shop is opening in Hoboken. The Cookie Connect, a business that has two other locations in New Jersey, is set to open its third location in Hoboken in the near future. The cookies come in all different flavors, 12 are featured at a time, such as fruity pebbz, Nutella stuffed chocolate chip, coconut caramel, fluffatella s’mores, and cinnamon roll. Milk is available for purchase as well because, well, what’s better than milk to go with cookies.
Tipsy Tie Dye | 155 1st Street
This summer, a new colorful business has taken over Sushi House’s location in Hoboken. Tipsy Tie Dye, co-founded by siblings Katie Tague and Kevin Tague, has been popping up at restaurants and bars for the last few years, and now, the tie-dye company is operating permanently out of downtown Hoboken. The front of the house will be a retail boutique featuring designers from the community and also dyeable merchandise. Customers will be able to pick t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and so forth, they would like to dye or choose from a selection of colored items. Tipsy Die Tye will also host happy hours and events; think “sip and paint-type concept”.
Vegbar | 464 Newark Street
A 100 percent plant-based eatery has recently opened in Hoboken. Vegbar’s menu consists of empanadas, burritos “with a Jamaican flare”, veggie burgers, wraps (such as the vegan jerk chick’n tacos, spicy hummus, and cauliflower rice black bean burrito), air baked fries, hummus, smoothie bowls, organic juices, smoothies, shakes, and specialty vegan baked goods.
Woodhouse Day Spa | 225 River Street
Back in March 2020, we got word that the W Hotel in Hoboken was about to get all the more luxurious, as the Woodhouse Day Spa was moving into the River Street hotel’s amenity space, where the former Bliss Spa was located. As of July 30th, Woodhouse Day Spa is officially open. The Woodhouse Day Spa in Hoboken offers massages, facials, body treatments, and waxing services.
Cafe Alyce | 641 Montgomery St
“The Medical Center Luncheonette at 641 Montgomery Street, directly across from The Beacon, has undergone a stunning transformation and reopens today as Cafe Alyce,” according to Jersey Digs. The newest addition to McGinley Square, comes with a breakfast, lunch, and coffee menu.
Café Lafayette | 74 Maple Street
One spot that has created a lot of buzz is Café Lafayette, located at 74 Maple Street. t. Café Lafayette opened its doors as of July and serves breakfast sandwiches, omelets, breakfast toasts, pastries, salads, and lunch sandwiches. It is a welcome addition to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.
“Chickies” restaurant opening in JC: It’s the old GP’s restaurant location. Going to be another Italian restaurant. Supposed to open pre-covid but was postponed. No official opening date as of yet nor any details on the menu and vibe.
Crab Du Jour | 125 18th Street
Seafood lovers will be thrilled to know that Jersey City will be home to a new but well-known crab spot, Crab Du Jour. The restaurant will be located inside the Newport Plaza in between Papa John’s and Popeyes. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because the Cajun seafood restaurant has locations in popular cities in and around the area, including Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, North Bergen, and Springfield, to name a few. The menu is inspired by classic Cajun recipes. crab, crawfish, calamari, and lobster are prepared fresh daily.
Dream Vista | 177 York Street
After opening its first location at 527 Monroe Street in Hoboken in the summer of 2020, Cafe Vista garnered much-deserved attention for its good quality coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as its unique design and Instagram-worthy vibes. Now, a year later, the cafe has opened its second location in Jersey City. Balsayat is a local mom and the visionary behind the cafe. She is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, and has made Hudson County home. Each piece in the café and each item on the menu has been lovingly picked out by her.
Flip Sigi | 190 Academy Street
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Manhattan-based Filipino taqueria Flip Sigi is making its way across the bridge and opening a location in Jersey City. Flip Sigi is known locally as the eatery that takes over the O’Bagel space in Hoboken, on Thursday through Sunday evenings. Highlights from the menu include burritos and rice bowls with signature Filipino fixings such as longanisa sausage and adobo chicken. On the dessert menus, guests can find traditional favorites such as handmade ube and calamansi ice creams.
Gaia + Loki | 346 Grove Street
Back in February 2021, Hoboken Girl got word that a new vegan restaurant was opening up in Jersey City located at 346 Grove Street. The eatery is called Gaia + Loki, land it will officially be opening its doors on August 4th. There is no word on what patrons can expect to see on the menu, but if the logo is any indication, there will be plenty of greens.
Heights Fitness | 338 Central Avenue
Heights Fitness, a new gym coming to The Heights, is replacing Lucille Roberts, which was located at 338 Central Avenue in Jersey City. With renovations underway, Heights Fitness is expected to open sometime in the next two months. Owner Brian Molyvade is working on bringing his vision to life and has already shared a glimpse of the space on social media.
Itto Sushi | 239 Barrow Street
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Jersey City residents can look forward to a new sushi restaurant called Itto Sushi now open as of July 20th, at 239 Barrow Street in the former Sol Azteca location.
Krewe | 673 Bergen Avenue
Coming soon to McGinley Square, nestled at 673 Bergen Avenue is Krewe, a New Orleans-style restaurant. The new restaurant was brought to life by a husband-wife duo who are Jersey City residents. Located in the former Honey Bakery, Krewe will specialize in New Orleans classics like shrimp etouffee, po’ boys, and jambalaya.
Meet Fresh | 525 Washington Street
The global franchise Meet Fresh has opened a new location in Jersey City. Found in 16 different states across the country, Hoboken Girl has learned that the Hudson County location has officially opened its doors in the Newport Tower and is known for having authentic Taiwanese desserts.
Nûrish | 346 Communipaw Avenue
Coming soon to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood – Nûrish is a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly café with sustainable meat options. The Brooklyn-based spot (located in Prospect Heights) announced via its website they will be expanding to Jersey City.
Perk Up Cafe | 197 Van Voorst Street
A popular Bayonne-based shop, Perk Up Cafe, known for specialty coffees and espresso, has officially opened its doors in Jersey City as of July 14th. PS – Perk Up Cafe uses coffee beans from across the Hudson River, Kobrick Coffee Co. which has had generations of roastmasters over 100 years.
PLNTD | 16 Erie Street
A new plant shop will be opening soon in Jersey City at 16 Erie Street called PLNTD. An idea imagined by sisters Danielle and Lauren Gambino is now in the process of coming to life, and it will be nothing short of a greenery takeover at the downtown Jersey City space. PLNTD, we’re told, will be a houseplant, wellness, apothecary, and home shop. The plants will be sourced from plant nurseries in New York and New Jersey.
Poor Man Vegan | 90 Monticello Avenue
A new vegan and vegetarian café, Poor Man Vegan, has opened in Jersey City. As of mid-May, the eatery welcomed local residents and has been sharing new items that have been added to the menu on its social media page, especially for its empanadas, which are served fresh daily, including flavors such as beef, chicken, barbecue chicken, spinach and cheese, taco, and Sloppy Joe.
Rewax and Unwine | 2 Division Street
ReWAX and Unwine is a family-owned business that creates and sells handmade organic coconut wax candles and hosts candle-making classes for guests to try their hand at creating them. The owners, Ashley and Femi, frequent advanced candle workshops, join fragrance discussion groups, and stay up to date on the candle industry, according to a statement on the website.
WundaBar Pilates | 65 Bay Street
WundaBar Pilates is coming to Jersey City in Fall 2021, according to the company’s Instagram post. The caption reads, “JERSEY CITY we’re coming for you!! Morning strolls with @martapicaportefitness as she gives us a sneak peek of the studio.” The new studio will be located at 65 Bay Street in Jersey City. The price of one class starts at $42 and customers can buy a 5-class or 10-class pack. One-on-one sessions are also available.