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 bars, fine-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.
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Best Jersey City restaurants
Is New York’s best pizza in...New Jersey? This claim, one posited in a New York Times review, 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 Fico, layering mozzarella and ricotta with fig jam, proscuitto americano and arugula.
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 mapo tofu-inspired chili dogs, kimchi pulled-pork 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.
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 spicy lamb hot dog or red-velvet pancakes.
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 tuna tartare tacos and brioche-crusted Atlantic salmon.
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-inspird restaurant, you can find snacks like twice-fried duck bites and cocktails like the Biddy (mescal, artichoke amaro, passion fruit and wheat beer).
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—wonton ramen, pork shank chow fun 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.
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.
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, pan-roasted sea bass or grilled, aged rib eye.
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.
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 crabcake sliders, pot pies and even a house take on a TV dinner as a throwback. Ten-buck cocktails help ease the transition from dinner to dancing.