The 10 Best Things to Eat Right Now in Jersey City

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All photos by Adam Robb
If you haven't yet learned to navigate your way to Jersey City, let us help you out: Take the PATH during the week and a newly discounted weekend ferry service from the World Financial Center. If it's been awhile since you've been there, you're missing out on a crop of good restaurants. Here, we've rounded up Jersey City's 10 best plates on menus right now, from meatball banh mi and pork belly guac to black and white seafood noodle bowls an ocean apart and river away.

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10. Spring Pie, Razza, 275 Grove Street, Jersey City
You know what you're getting when you duck into spinoffs of John's and Two Boots, so take a chance on Razza, a bare-bulbed tavern from the team behind the pies at Maplewood's Arturo's. The wood ovens here bake dough made with a wild yeast culture worthy of a dissertation into golden crusts; the ever-changing spring pie is topped with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, and whatever's growing in chef Dan Richer's garden, including these spring onions and asparagus.

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9. Market Fish Mazemen, Union Republic, 340 3rd Street, Jersey City
After Communipaw Avenue early gentrifier MAE closed its doors in late 2012, chef Gregory Torrech and partner Noah Sexton relocated downtown and opened this cafeteria in what would become Urban Ready Living highrises. Union Republic combines all-day coffee shop, butcher counter, grocery, and noodle bar, (and soon, a bar for drinking, too). While the long winter made Torrech's nose-to-tail ramen a must-order, this summer, we're favoring the market fish mazemen, a lemon scented no-broth noodle bowl topped with charred sugar snap peas and a cod croquette that pierces as easily as the soft egg beside it.

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8. Spaghetti Nero, Thirty Acres, 500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City
Momofuku vet Kevin Pemoulie has made seasonal pastas a menu staple at Thirty Acres since its opening, and the from the three current incarnations, we're digging this creamy abyss of squid ink spaghetti tangling silky cuts of sea urchin, wispy sprigs of parsley, and rough chopped jalapeño that brightens the bowl and dances on the palate.

Location Info

Razza

275 Grove St., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Union Republic Restaurant

340 3rd St., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Thirty Acres

500 Jersey Ave., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Mordi's Food Truck

, Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

IncrediBalls Food Truck

, Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Orale Mexican Kitchen

341 Grove St., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Park & Sixth Gastropub

247 Washington St., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Sam A.M.

112 Morris St., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Carmines Italian Deli

165 Mallory Ave., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant

Maritime Parc

84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City, NJ

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
BertBacharat
BertBacharat

Tacos from Taqueria? Park Tavern burger? 2 points sandwich from park and sixth?

Torricos? This list is severely flawed....

soulsarerecycled
soulsarerecycled

Author needs to go beyond the Grove St. PATH/Downtown (ok, to his credit there's ONE place on the West Side listed) to discover places like the Heights and Little India, where ESTABLISHED restaurants, delis, salumerias and eateries have been serving some the top things to eat in Jersey City for years.  There is life beyond the downtown.  Otherwise this article should be called Top Ten Things to Eat in Downtown JC....

timspc.tm
timspc.tm

The best thing to eat in Jersey City has been and will continue to be the burger at the Park Tavern.

MordisFoodTruck
MordisFoodTruck

@lifevicarious Thank you for the post! And for including us!! The photo is terrific! And what great company we're in! Such a compliment =)

thebentley
thebentley

Pretty comprehensive list, but you left off the pork chop or filet mignon spring roll at Edward's Steakhouse. They deserve a shout out due to the fact that they opened a serious eats location in Jersey City when people laughed at such a thing. All the steaks are great but the pork chop is a secret weapon!

nothormelspam
nothormelspam

@soulsarerecycled Please tell me one of these wonderful Heights restaurants.  Seriously, I live there, and I have yet to find a place that has food that is anything better than mediocre (besides Pollo Supremo.)

jacob14957
jacob14957

@thebentley  No slights to anyone on the list (all deserving) but I don't think  "comprehensive" is accurate.   In addition to Edwards, there are dozens of great places to eat, including home-made ice cream at Torico's, among others.   You cannot begin to cover the food scene here in a 10 dish list.  

soulsarerecycled
soulsarerecycled

You're kidding, right? Pollo Supremo? Wow. You've never been to Sabroso? Rumba's? Renato's/Pizza Master, Andrea's, Rizzos? Podewitz? All of these places have standard dishes/specialties that are loved by locals for years. Where have you been?

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