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The best Jersey City restaurants

The best Jersey City restaurants give NYC serious competition, from waterfront gastropubs to fine dining establishments
FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge
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By Alyssa Ammirato and Dan Q Dao |
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Just a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Manhattan, there are plenty of things to do in Jersey City. Sitting right on the Hudson, the bustling enclave has also become a culinary hub in its own right, complete with waterfront restaurants and barsfine-dining restaurants and a critically acclaimed pizza joint slinging pies that (gasp) rival those across the river at the best Italian restaurants in NYC. Whether you’re in the mood for Filipino or French, check out our guide to the best Jersey City restaurants for your next destination dining.

Best Jersey City restaurants

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Razza restaurant in Jersey City
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Debra L.
Restaurants

Razza

Is New York’s best pizza in...New Jersey? This claim, one posited in a New York Timesreview, caused an understandable kerfuffle among the city’s za fanatics. We’ll let you be the judge, but one thing is for sure: there are indeed some damn good pies here, from the tried-and-true Burrata to the gussied-up Guancia, layering mozzarella with guanciale, shaved onion and pecorino

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Piggyback Bar restaurant in Jersey City
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sasha K.
Restaurants, South Asian

Piggyback Bar

Ben Byruch and chef Leah Cohen, proprietors of acclaimed Lower East Side Southeast Asian eatery Pig & Khao, debuted this pan-Asian gastropub concept in September 2017. The menu here is naturally playful—think sriracha buffalo wings, pho-inspired disco fries and Filipino spring rolls, or lumpia—to go along with a selection of 12 on-tap brews. Beyond the plate, the best part of eating here is grabbing a sidewalk table to soak up right-on-the-water views of the Manhattan skyline from Harborside, the sprawling development in which the restaurant is located.

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Skinner's Loft
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nic A.
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Skinner’s Loft

Nestled in the heart of the Grove Street neighborhood—and elevating your dining experience with towering ceilings, exposed-brick walls and a romantic rooftop—Skinner’s Loft is a family-run joint that brings elegance and a relaxed evening out to the table. Dinner and brunch menus include modern dishes like a whiskey-smoked beef brisket or red-velvet pancakes.

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Liberty House Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Vinnie Amessé
Restaurants, American

Liberty House Restaurant

The ideal location for a special event, whether you’re booking a room or a table for two, Liberty House has some of the best NYC views this side of the Hudson. Even better, the menu will make it so you don’t miss Manhattan for a second, with fresh, farm-to-table offering like safron braised mussels and whole Mediterranean Branzino.

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Dullboy negroni
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

Dullboy

For dinner and drinks (or one or the other), Dullboy satisfies cravings for a finely-crafted cocktail, indulgent oysters or a bone-marrow burger. At the creative, literature-inspired restaurant, you can find snacks like duck fat tator tots and cocktails like the Biddy (mescal, vermouth, amaro and apple bitters).

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Kung pao chicken wings at Talde
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Talde

Top Chef alum Dale Talde slings fare that stays true to his Asian-inflected ethos at this Jersey City outpost of his titular Charleston-inspired eatery. Think a selection of noodles—crispy oyster and bacon pad thai and mayitake mushroom dan dan—and Singapore chili clams—and more composed entrees that range from garlic soy butter skirt steak to hot and sour crispy salmon. Pro tip: The space is also home to the subterranean speakeasy Miss Wong’s, which hosts parties on weekends.

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Light Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Light Horse Tavern
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Light Horse Tavern

If the building itself—restored and airy—or the restaurant’s historical ties (it’s named after Virginian patriot Henry Lee III, aka “Light Horse Harry”) don’t immediately draw you in, the food sure will. Opt for items from the raw bar or heartier plates like classic meatloaf or grilled, aged rib eye.

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Madame Claude Bis restaurant in Jersey City
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tiffany B.
Restaurants

Madame Claude Bis

A mainstay of the neighborhood since 2002, this twee bistro offers French bites and a raw bar for Jersey City grubhounds. The decently lengthy menu stays true to classics—a selection of moules frites, savory crepes and charcuterie boards—that include entree staples like steak frites and duck confit.

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Satis Bistro
Photograph: Courtesy Satis Bistro
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Satis Bistro - Jersey City

You can expect a complete experience when you come to Satis Bistro, whether you opt for tapas at the wine bar or a table in the cozy, rustic dining room. Higher-than-high ceilings and a Mediterranean-inspired menu make a meal here an exercise in elegance, whether you’re dining out for brunch, dinner or dessert.

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FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge
Restaurants, American

FM Jersey City

The best of the ‘70s—especially the legacy of rock, funk and soul—serve as the inspiration at this gastropub newcomer. The colorful decade also informs the menu: Order nachos, mozzarella sticks and even a house take on a TV dinner as a throwback. Ten-buck cocktails help ease the transition from dinner to dancing.

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Fire & Oak
Photograph: Courtesy Fire & Oak
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Fire & Oak

If your appetite for brunch includes room for bottomless Bellinis and mimosas, look no further than Fire & Oak. It’s tucked into the Newport Westin, serving up waterside views of the Hudson and Manhattan skyline, and offers a wide selection of salads, burgers and seafood entrées.

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White Star
Photograph: Courtesy White Star Bar
Restaurants, American

White Star Warren Street

It’s everything you could want from an American eatery, without any of the excess frills you don’t have time for. Burgers are the focus at both locations of this homegrown chain, with options like an eight-ounce Pat La Frieda blend topped with aged cheddar and sugar-cured bacon, and a veggie variety with avocado and chipotle mayo.

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