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Best things to do in Jersey City

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“A mall in Newport, just next to the path station to transfer New York City.”
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Bakery
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“ Carlo's Bakery, featured on Cake Boss, is known for our delicious pastries, desserts & cakes. Carlo’s is a family owned bakery featured on the TLC hit show Cake Boss. Carlo’s, originally opened by Carlo Guastaffero in 1910, was acquired by Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1964. Since the untimely passing of Bartolo Sr. in 1994, matriarch Mary Valastro and her children Grace, Maddalena, Mary, Lisa and master baker Bartolo Jr. “Buddy” Valastro have expanded the business with the help of their spouses. Because of the Valastro family’s dedication to quality and excellence, Carlo’s has received national recognition. Master Baker Bartolo Jr. “Buddy” has been featured in numerous publications, such as M”
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Pizza Place
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“Great rooftop in the middle of downtown JC. Crispy thin brick oven pizza paired with flirty cocktails. Good place to meet locals to mingle.”
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Park
“Basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, and grass for laying or tossing a ball.”
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Restaurant
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“Mexican take-out joint with a handful of tables. This is a satellite location of another restaurant further south on Grove St, also called Taqueria Downtown, which is more of an eat-in place. Not really sure if this is authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex or whatever but it's pretty good!”
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Diner
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“Known to the rest of America because of Guy Fieri’s Triple D drive-by, Brownstone to Jersey City residents is just the local diner. The family-owned restaurant gets a lot of press for its pancake wraps, but the rest of the non-gimmicky menu is the smarter order. There are 27 varieties of pancakes on the menu, plus every other food group imaginable. It’s your standard NJ diner, but with a bigger emphasis on the quality of the food, which inspires lines out the door every weekend.”
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Park
“Historic public square with playgrounds, dog runs & community gardens hosting a farmer's market.”
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Bar
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“It's a bar filled with video games! It's like being a kid with an arcade literally a block away, except that you're adult and can have a drink too.”
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Restaurant
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“Street food gets an ultra-hip setting — graffiti-ed walls, neon lights, and bright colors — at Orale, where locals go for Mexican food and a raucous scene. There are plenty of easygoing tacos and guacamole to pair with a myriad of margaritas, and a very lively bar scene. It all adds up to make this an especially great place for groups.”
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Neighbourhood
“A district of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, that is sometimes referred to as "Wall Street West" due to the concentration of financial companies that have offices there.”
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Restaurant
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“Neapolitan pizza from a James Beard Award-nominated chef is the name of the game here. Chef-owner Dan Richer has landed a semi-finalist spot for the last two years as Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for his devotion to bread. At Razza, that translates to puffy pies with simple, local ingredients. Beware that the restaurant can run out of dough some nights, so come early.”
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American Restaurant
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“A DELICIOUS weekend brunch can be found here. It's right on the Newark Ave Pedestrian Street (closed to traffic), so the perfect place to stop after a stroll. ”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“It's an ice cream shop and everyone likes ice cream, especially when it's right across the street.”
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American Restaurant
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“Comfort food in a tasteful neighborhood setting. Their French Onion Soup dumplings are a hit.”
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Asian Restaurant
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“NYC chef Dale Talde transplanted his Brooklyn hit across the Hudson River, bringing his laidback Asian fusion style to downtown JC. The menu combines flavors from the Philippines (Talde’s heritage), Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and more on a menu that comes together to make sense. This 144-seat location is much more sprawling than the original, with industrial touches that hark back to its police station days, and plenty of loud hip hop to fill the space. Don’t miss Miss Wong’s, the “secret” speakeasy downstairs that often turns into a dance party on weekends.”
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French Restaurant
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“Madame Claude Bis has been serving up traditional French bistro fare alongside live jazz since 2002. It recently relocated to a larger space, allowing more flexibility with the food and the purchase of a coveted liquor license.”
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