• 6 New Places to Eat {and Drink!} in Jersey City

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    If you live in or near Jersey City, you already know that new bars and restaurants keep popping up every month {or sometimes, every week}. Take a jog around town and you’ll quickly be adding to your “must-try” dining list. But if running really isn’t your thing, you can skip the jog around because we’re here to tell you about these places — you can thank us later. Here are six new places to eat {and drink!} in Jersey City.

    FM Jersey City {340 Third St.}

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    Officially opened for business on May 11th and located on 3rd street in the historic downtown area, this place has a retro ’70s vibe {a time when FM Radio was “the thing”} and features comfort food with a modern twist. Not only does this place have a delicious menu {though truth be told, once we see burrata on any menu we are pretty much sold}, but the delicious entrees and appetizers come at affordable prices. Complemented by tall boys, a large selection of wines, and fun cocktails, FM Jersey City also has a ladies’ night on Thursdays featuring $5 well, draft and wine drinks. It’s pretty hard to say no to that.

    Ani Ramen {218 Newark Ave.}

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    Newly opened at the end of April {and sister restaurant to the Montclair location sharing the same name}, Ani Ramen is located on Newark Ave and features — well — all things ramen! You have your choice of 6 types of ramen with a variety of broths and your choice of protein adds. Not to be forgotten, you also have a choice of pork, shrimp or tofu buns on the menu, as well as a variety of cocktails including a few featuring traditional Japanese whiskey or Shochu, a type of Japanese grain alcohol. For late night eats, this place also features a smaller “midnight menu” with plenty of delicious noms available that will leave you thinking, why doesn’t every place have one of these?

    Squeeze’d Juice Bar {300 Coles St.}

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    Located within the Cast Iron Lofts, this retailer is better recognized as a mobile juice bar that travels around Jersey City. Having opened its first brick and mortar location in April, Squeeze’d offers locally sourced ingredients in the form of açai bowls and fresh juices {for those days when you need those extra nutrients}. Check out more information on this new spot in our HG feature.

    9 Bar Café {200 Greene St.}

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    This café is situated in the lobby of Urby, the new rental development on Greene Street next to Harborside Financial Center {you know, that thing they have been building for the last 4 years}. Sharing a sister location on Erie Street, 9 Bar is named for the amount of pressure needed in order to properly extract a perfect shot of espresso. Here you will find delicious breakfast and lunch options (chocolate croissant or frittata wrap, anyone?), including gluten free pão de queijo {all you need to know is it stands for Brazilian cheese bread} as well as some pretty creative salads and quiches.

    Lutze Biergarten {15 Second St.}

    Newly opened on Cinco de Mayo {check out HG’s feature on the opening} this biergarten is just one of the many fun happy hour hangouts that have cropped up in the Harborside Financial Center area over the past year. The open-air biergarten evokes a truly outdoors feel and is perfect for enjoying a nice day by the amazing waterfront and enjoying a beer after work/on the weekend.

    Red at Raval {136 Newark Ave.}

    Jersey City’s second speakeasy to open up in the last year {but more about those here}, this basement lounge is located under Raval on Newark Ave. and celebrated its grand opening on Cinco de Mayo. Equipped with live music and lots of fun artwork and décor, this place defines itself as a cocktail & dance lounge, perfect for cutting loose and enjoying some delicious drinks at the end of the night!

     

    Which one of these will you be checking off your “must-try” list? Share the experience with us on social @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl.


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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