• 13 New Hoboken + Jersey City Restaurants That Opened {or Are Opening Soon}

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    During the last few months in Hoboken and Jersey City, we have seen an uptick in new restaurants and eateries. If you’re so excited to break your normal local routine and try something different, here’s your opportunity. Whether you’re craving a new taco or ramen place, or are seeking out a classic pizzeria in a new space, we’ve listed every new restaurant in the area so you don’t waste any time going back and forth with your friends with the usual questions — Where do you want to eat? No, where do you want to eat? Skip the fuss and get ready to finally pick a place. Keep reading to discover 13 new restaurants that have opened in Hoboken + Jersey City {or ones that are opening soon}. 

    Hoboken {What’s Already Open}

    La Bouche Café {207 Washington Street}

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    New to Washington Street is La Bouche Café, the newest + recently moved Hoboken location of the original La Bouche on Garden Street. Having relocated to Washington Street in spring 2019, La Bouche is known for its French and Mediterranean breakfast delicacies. La Bouche offers BYOB brunch and even provides mixers for those looking to mix up their own Bellinis. You can find the new La Bouche at 207 Washington Street — the former site of jewelry store Thumbelina.

    Pico Taco {70 Hudson Street}

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    Having opened in spring 2019, Pico Taco is the latest taco spot in Hoboken. With hand-crafted tacos and freshly-made tortillas, this new Mexican eatery offers menu items such as $3.50 tacos and authentic Mexican beverages. Located at 70 Hudson Street, Pico also has sustainable packaging for to-go options, too.

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    Proven Poke Co. {1401 Hudson Street}

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    Having opened in April 2019, Proven Poke Co. has brought savory Hawaiian flavors to Hudson Street in Hoboken. With other locations throughout NJ, Proven Poke Co. boats a menu riddled with choices — think tuna, shrimp, crab, octopus, scallops, and more. Plus, the menu even has options for vegans and vegetarians.

    Jersey City {What’s Already Open}

    Ghost Truck Kitchen {356 Varick Street}

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    Ghost Truck Kitchen in Jersey City, which opened in April 2019, is inspired by food truck culture and seeks to rebrand takeout by focusing on organic and antibiotic-free, quality foods. Here at 356 Varick Street in Jersey City, you’ll find burgers, garlic bread grilled cheese, wings, rice bowls, and so much more. Oh, and PSA — GTK is not a truck.

    Hybrid Coffee {2nd Street}

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    Located at Exchange Place in Jersey City, Hybrid Coffee opened in April 2019 and is a lifestyle coffee company with a tiny little, coffee-serving truck. It’s mobile, so it travels around Jersey City in search of people in need of coffee, and as they say on their website, they just love good coffee.

    Los Dos {100 York Street}

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    At 100 York Street in Jersey City, you’ll find a quaint Mexican cantina called Los Dos, which opened in spring 2019. With plates that are served either “shared” or “a la carte,” you can grab any classic Mexican fare at Los Dos: nachos, tostados, burritos, tacos, quesadillas — you name it. You’ll also find fries, hot dogs, chips + salsa, and meat options featuring shrimp, Mahi Mahi, and more.

    Milk Sugar Love {394 Palisade Avenue in the Heights}

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    Milk Sugar Love’s second location, which opened in May 2019, can be found in Jersey City at 394 Palisade Avenue serving heapings and heapings of ice cream flavors and toppings. Milk Sugar Love ice cream is made by hand from grass-fed, organic milk and cream and, naturally, all of the finest produce. From cones to sandwiches to literal ice cream tacos, you’ll find everything your sweet tooth desires at MSL.

    Ohlala French Kitchen + Dessert Bar {688 Bergen Avenue}

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    Ohlala is the place to go in McGinley Square. This eatery, which opened in March 2019,  serves pastries, desserts, and more. As a French kitchen with crepes and more at 688 Bergen Avenue, this place does way more than just the sweet stuff. You can also find savory dishes here like curry chicken, chicken + waffles, and vegan sandwich options.

    SaGoTo Bubble Tea World {654 Newark Avenue}

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    If you’re craving bubble tea in Journal Square, stop by 654 Newark Avenue in Jersey City and grab some delicious boba at Sa-Go-To {which opened in late February 2019}. Tapioca bubbles sweeten up the delicious teas, along with sugar, milk, and fruit, and the drinks come available in mango, honeydew, green or black tea, and of course, taro tea.

    Sober Shot {514 Jersey Avenue}

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    Jersey City has a new coffee shop spot that promises to deliver on “more than just coffee.” With a titular drink called the Sober Shot, sparkling green and black teas, and an “egg box” of custard eggs, Sober Shot, which opened its doors in April 2019, is open seven days a week, on weekdays from 7:00AM-7:00PM. The signature namesake drink here is an iced drink with espresso and sparkling water; it’s fizzy, foamy, and all of those bubbles open up all the unique flavors in the espresso.

    Tony Boloney’s Jersey City {363 Grove Street}

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    A Hoboken fan-favorite, the new Jersey City location of Tony Boloney’s recently opened up in spring 2019 and believe us, it’s worth the visit to 363 Grove Street. Tony Boloney’s — which originally launched in Atlantic City, NJ — is locally famous for its unique pizza creations. From taco to ramen to tikki masala pizza, there’s a specialty slice for all kinds of taste buds. Oh, and if “traditional” pizza is more your speed, who can forget Tony Boloney’s notorious baby-sized slice — it’s one for the books.

    See More: The Best Hoboken Pizza Spots {According to Your Cravings}

    The Franklin {159 New York Avenue}

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    The Franklin is a new Italian restaurant in Jersey City Heights which opened in spring 2019. On the corner of Franklin and New York Avenue, The Franklin took over the former Tropicana spot at 159 New York Avenue and now offers dishes like antipasto, risotto, and BYOB brunch on the weekends.

    District Kitchen {210 Hudson Street}

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    Jersey City’s first-ever food hall is called District Kitchen and it opened in March 2019 to much excitement. With 13 different delicious eateries ranging from vegetarian options, ramen, poke, kimchi, Belgian waffles, and more, there’s something at DK for everyone, all in one place. To check out a full list of all the eateries located in District Kitchen {at Harborside in Jersey City}, click here.

    What to Look Forward to {Opening Soon}

    Café Esme {485 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City}

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    Café Esme is a new storefront eatery at 485 Marin Boulevard in Jersey City. With a morning-friendly menu of coffee and pastries, Esme isn’t open yet but is definitely a spot to look forward to. The building department is currently reviewing Esme’s permits, but construction on the 700+ square-foot space {and outdoor seating area} will start once the permits are approved.

    Muteki Ramen {533 Washington Street,  Hoboken}

    Muteki Ramen was approved to come to Hoboken back in 2017, but recently, signage finally went up at 533 Washington Street, signaling to locals Muteki is coming sooner rather than later. The space will obviously serve ramen, and as it stands right now, it looks like it’s going to have an outdoor cafe area.

    Newport Eats Diner {25 River Drive, Jersey City}

    After being vacant for nearly five years, Newport Eats Dinner is taking over the old Skylark space at 25 River Drive in Jersey City. Not much is known about the eatery itself, but we do know that it’s owned by the LeFrak Organization. Though the site has been vacant for a while, the 10,604-square-foot property still has a full liquor license.

    Piki Poke {535 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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    Just a few doors down from Muteki Ramen is Piki Poke, a Hawaii poke bowl place that uses the freshest and most sustainable sushi-grade fish available. Fish at Piki arrive whole — and never frozen, BTW! — and there are tons of combinations of bases, sauces, and toppings patrons can choose from and enjoy.

    Which new restaurant in Hoboken and Jersey City are you going to try first?

    Comment below!


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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer and social media consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared in Seventeen, Life & Style, Darling Magazine, and more. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton and writing a memoir.


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