All photos by Adam Robb The fried chicken and waffle sandwich at Taphaus, a new "gastrogarden" at Crystal Point.
Restaurants are few and far between along the stretch of Jersey City's high-rise-dominated waterfront walkway that sits between the Colgate Clock and Hoboken Terminal. Most of the eateries that are there lack access to the unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline on display through the glass walls of Taphaus (2 Second Street, Jersey City; 201-626-6000), now open at Crystal Point. Reality star chef Chris Nirschel describes the 200-seat, 48-tap beer hall as a "gastrogarden." He serves more than 40 sub-$20 savory plates, many of which are on the cusp of gimmicky, including wontons stuffed with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, fried chicken and waffle sandwiches, and buffalo-sauced rock shrimp.More »