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A Trip to Jane Doe Cocktail Bar + Restaurant in Jersey City

by Danielle Farina
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What do you get when you combine a Jersey City cocktail bar and an upscale taqueria? An Italian tapas bar in downtown Jersey City. That’s right — dullboy and Orale Mexica Kitchen have joined forces to create ‘Jane Doe,’ a moody lounge and bar characterized by the sound of vinyl records, the taste of curated cocktails, and the smells of “artisanal” pasta dishes. Located at 333 Newark Avenue, Jane Doe officially opened in August 2023. Read on for more about Jane Doe, a craft cocktail bar and restaurant in Jersey City.

About Jane Doe

In January of this year, an Instagram account by the handle @janedoejc posted six consecutive cryptic photos that together on the feed, displayed a neon sign reading “Jane Doe.” All captionless, these photos did little to explain anything at all — but from the account’s bio, “Coming Soon,” we were able to glean that something new was headed to Jersey City.

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After months of silence, the HDSID non-profit confirmed on Facebook that something new was coming to Jersey City, and it came in the form of an Italian tapas bar called Jane Doe. What’s more, the new project is a joint venture between two downtown Jersey City staples: dullboy (cocktail bar) and Orale Mexican Kitchen (upscale taqueria).

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Jane Doe is situated at 333 Newark Avenue, around the corner from other prominent JC businesses like Cellar 335, White Eagle Hall, and newcomer Madame, which took over the former Madame Claud Bis space.

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On its website, Jane Doe captures itself as triple threat: “restaurant, cocktail bar, and vinyls.” Accordingly, the “curated cocktails” and “artisanal pasta dishes” are accompanied by the sound of vinyl records, bringing a moody ambiance to an already explorative menu. The spot describes itself on Instagram as a craft cocktail bar and restaurant.

 


Jane Doe’s menu is expansive, with snacks, sharable appetizers, pastas, and entrees all available for the choosing. Here, dishes like a “Six Minute Egg” (soy balsamic marinated soft egg, prosciutto, rosemary salt), Octopus Carpaccio (thinly sliced octopus, salsamorrigio, fried capers, pickled fresnos, lemon zest, parsley), and Sausage + Peppers Piadina (not telling you shit) (this is seriously how it reads on the website), find a home in the same kitchen. Browse the full menu here.

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The cocktails are just as wide-reaching as their food counterparts. Customers can find lots of Japanese whiskey, bourbon, tequila, gin, and vermouth concoctions, all packaged neatly with names like “the naked + famous,” “el president,” and “water lily.” If you’re a liquor-avoidant, no worries — there’s a separate menu for wines and beers, which you can peruse to your heart’s content here.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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