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Owners of Carvao BBQ + ITA Open Taco Bar in Jersey City

by Diana Cooper
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There’s a new taco restaurant in town. Taco Bar, located at 684 Bergen Avenue, has officially opened in Jersey City’s McGinley Square. A small bar with a simple menu, Taco Bar fits in perfectly with the other restaurants in the area. Read on to learn more about Taco Bar.

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Timeline of Opening

Once a former Chinese take-out restaurant, the space at 684 Bergen Ave has turned into a spot for dinner, late-night dining, and drinking. Owner Steve Papas previously opened the nearby hotspots Carvao BBQ and ITA Italian Kitchen. Carvao BBQ opened in July 2015 and ITA Italian Kitchen opened in February 2020.

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After launching its social media in October to gain some buzz, Taco Bar officially opened in November 2021. In December, Taco Bar posted on its Instagram, “We, here at Taco Bar, want to thank each and every one of you who have supported us this year. We look forward to serving you many more tacos in 2022!”

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(Photo credit: @tacobarjc)

About The Menu

There’s something for everyone at Taco Bar including those who are vegan and vegetarian. For appetizers, patrons can choose from a selection of chips and guac, chips and salsa, esquite (Mexican corn salad), and rice and beans. 

The various tacos to choose from include carnitas (slow-roasted pork), grilled shrimp, steak, and birria. There is a vegan taco option, which is made out of roasted delicata squash, black beans, and pumpkin seeds.

Individual tacos cost less than $5 and three tacos cost $11-$12, making this new quaint restaurant an affordable dining option.

A specialty item Taco Bar serves is birria ramen, which is Ana’s birria with ramen noodles in consommé with radish, lime, cilantro, and onions. 

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(Photo Credit: @tacobarjc)

The bar has specialty cocktails, all of which are $10 or $11. Some cocktails include Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, made with Chile tequila blanco, Cointreau, cucumber water, lime, and simple cilantro; Flor De Jamaica made with hibiscus infused gin, lemon juice, agave syrup, and egg white; and Demora made with tequila, lemon, simple syrup, blackberry liquor, and berry marinade. More cocktails can be found here.

The dessert selection consists of churros with a side of chocolate ganache, the gluten-free dessert Pastel Maya, and Chamoyada (also called Mangonada), which is a mango smoothie made with house-made chamoy, mango chunks, and tamarindo candied straw…and it’s a must-try. Per its description, it’s “sweet, spicy, sour, salty, and tangy all in one blended beverage.”

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(Photo credit: @tacobarjc)

Check It Out

Taco Bar is now open from 7PM to 12AM Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays. Customers have the option of dining in or taking the food to go. Taco Bar is also available on select delivery apps like DoorDash.

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This new eatery joins the growing list of taco and Mexican restaurants in Jersey City including Gringo’s (12 Coles Street), Mocajetes (520 West Side Avenue), Taqueria (236 Grove Street), and Taqueria Gardenias (392 Communipaw Avenue) among others.

Follow Taco Bar on Instagram here. The website, tacobarjc.com, will be updated soon.

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