Guidebook for Jersey City

Steve & Kate
Guidebook for Jersey City

Parks & Nature

A great place to ride a bike, run, picnic or just relax. Incredible views of the NYC Skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We get to see her back. Directions: exit apartment and turn right. Turn right on Jersey Ave., cross the pedestrian foot bridge and you're in the park! Also, at the north end of the park take the tourist ferry to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. If you're up for a walk it's less than 30 minutes from Hamilton Park.
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Liberty State Park
1 Audrey Zapp Drive
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A great place to ride a bike, run, picnic or just relax. Incredible views of the NYC Skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We get to see her back. Directions: exit apartment and turn right. Turn right on Jersey Ave., cross the pedestrian foot bridge and you're in the park! Also, at the north end of the park take the tourist ferry to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. If you're up for a walk it's less than 30 minutes from Hamilton Park.
It's right across the street - you can't miss it! Citibike at the east end of the park. Also two tennis courts and a basketball court. A great place to relax and read a book. A fine destination after stopping at Basic Coffee Shop with your coffee and croissant to go! Farmer's Market every Wednesday.
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Hamilton Park
25 W Hamilton Pl
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It's right across the street - you can't miss it! Citibike at the east end of the park. Also two tennis courts and a basketball court. A great place to relax and read a book. A fine destination after stopping at Basic Coffee Shop with your coffee and croissant to go! Farmer's Market every Wednesday.

Shopping

It's a mid sized mall with the stores that you'd expect to find in a mall. Forget something? This is the place to go! Macy's, JC Penney's, Sears, CVS, and lots more! Also a movie theatre.
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Newport Centre
30 Mall Dr W
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It's a mid sized mall with the stores that you'd expect to find in a mall. Forget something? This is the place to go! Macy's, JC Penney's, Sears, CVS, and lots more! Also a movie theatre.
Ok not exactly "unique" but you sometimes Target just hits the mark! Also a pharmacy on site. About a 10 minute walk and a little tricky so follow the map or ask us for the direct route.
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Target
139 Flatbush Ave
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Ok not exactly "unique" but you sometimes Target just hits the mark! Also a pharmacy on site. About a 10 minute walk and a little tricky so follow the map or ask us for the direct route.
People travel from hundreds of miles to visit Iris Records. If you love vinyl records - this place is heaven! From Yelp: "I'm so glad I check my 'Nearby Feed', which was the reason I found out this place exist. I just bookmarked it to pass by one day. But then the wife wanted to enjoy the nice weather today and that was enough of an excuse to make a pit stop here. Got lucky finding street parking nearby as it's usually not an easy task in the area. Iris has a hefty selection of $1-$5 records , which is awesome. I mostly looked through their $1 Soul and Latin section. They also have a $1 rock section, which I must return for. Found a few gems for $1 and $5. Especially happy with one Latin record of a composer from my parents hometown in Dominican Republic. It's a Merengue and Bolero album from the 50's. It's priceless to me. But glad I only paid $5...Can't wait to return."
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Iris Records
109 Brunswick St
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People travel from hundreds of miles to visit Iris Records. If you love vinyl records - this place is heaven! From Yelp: "I'm so glad I check my 'Nearby Feed', which was the reason I found out this place exist. I just bookmarked it to pass by one day. But then the wife wanted to enjoy the nice weather today and that was enough of an excuse to make a pit stop here. Got lucky finding street parking nearby as it's usually not an easy task in the area. Iris has a hefty selection of $1-$5 records , which is awesome. I mostly looked through their $1 Soul and Latin section. They also have a $1 rock section, which I must return for. Found a few gems for $1 and $5. Especially happy with one Latin record of a composer from my parents hometown in Dominican Republic. It's a Merengue and Bolero album from the 50's. It's priceless to me. But glad I only paid $5...Can't wait to return."

Essentials

A nice little grocery store well stocked with staples and some more gourmet fare. A right on Jersey Ave. A short walk of less than 10 minutes.
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Key Food
574 Jersey Ave
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A nice little grocery store well stocked with staples and some more gourmet fare. A right on Jersey Ave. A short walk of less than 10 minutes.
The closest laundromat. We can also do a load of laundry for you. Just ask Kate or Steve!
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Hamilton Laundromat
292 7th St
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The closest laundromat. We can also do a load of laundry for you. Just ask Kate or Steve!

Entertainment & Activities

The closest movie theater. In Newport Mall next to the food courts.
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AMC Loews Newport Centre 11
30 Mall Dr W
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The closest movie theater. In Newport Mall next to the food courts.
IMAX and science exhibits, very close to Liberty State Park. See lsc.org for current exhibits.
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Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd
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IMAX and science exhibits, very close to Liberty State Park. See lsc.org for current exhibits.
An up-scale gym with a swimming pool, a short walk away.
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Hamilton Health & Fitness
161 Erie St
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An up-scale gym with a swimming pool, a short walk away.

Everything Else

Nothing fancy. A gym with machines and free weights. Day passes available.
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World Boxing Gym
29 Division St
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Nothing fancy. A gym with machines and free weights. Day passes available.
There is free street parking overnight, but during the day it can be more complicated. The parking garage is less than a 10 minute walk!
Newport West Garage
49 Mall Dr W
There is free street parking overnight, but during the day it can be more complicated. The parking garage is less than a 10 minute walk!

Drinks & Nightlife

From their site: ~~Port-o Lounge brings the essence of Traditional Portuguese cuisine to Jersey City. Our inspiration is the beautiful city of Porto reflecting its history, beauty, bohemian attitude, and the simplicity of its people that perfectly blends with the Historic Downtown of Jersey City. Port-o offers a Portuguese / new American full Menu including an array of Petiscos ( Tapas ), Selected Wines , Ports, Cocktails ,Coffees and refreshing Sangrias, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. After dinner Port-o turns into a hip lounge complemented by house specialty cocktails, in a stylish ambience. In the warmer season you can also enjoy outdoor dining at our private Patio.
Port-O
286 1st Street
From their site: ~~Port-o Lounge brings the essence of Traditional Portuguese cuisine to Jersey City. Our inspiration is the beautiful city of Porto reflecting its history, beauty, bohemian attitude, and the simplicity of its people that perfectly blends with the Historic Downtown of Jersey City. Port-o offers a Portuguese / new American full Menu including an array of Petiscos ( Tapas ), Selected Wines , Ports, Cocktails ,Coffees and refreshing Sangrias, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. After dinner Port-o turns into a hip lounge complemented by house specialty cocktails, in a stylish ambience. In the warmer season you can also enjoy outdoor dining at our private Patio.
Vintage arcade games and a huge selection of craft beer on tap. Who could ask for more? You don't have to go all the way to Brooklyn. There's a Barcade a short walk from Hamilton Park. Next to Porta Pizza. Also highly recommended.
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Barcade
388 Union Ave
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Vintage arcade games and a huge selection of craft beer on tap. Who could ask for more? You don't have to go all the way to Brooklyn. There's a Barcade a short walk from Hamilton Park. Next to Porta Pizza. Also highly recommended.
Great burgers, salads and appetizers, AND awesome bar. A few steps up from standard bar food. Vegan entries too. Thursday and weekend night's it can get a little crazy. You can still grab a quiet meal if you arrive early. Good selection of beer on tap. Not too expensive. This is the original and many feel the best location. Cheers!
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White Star Bar
230 Brunswick St
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Great burgers, salads and appetizers, AND awesome bar. A few steps up from standard bar food. Vegan entries too. Thursday and weekend night's it can get a little crazy. You can still grab a quiet meal if you arrive early. Good selection of beer on tap. Not too expensive. This is the original and many feel the best location. Cheers!

Food Scene

Not to be confused with Port-O lounge...both on Newark Ave. From the site: At Porta, we are committed to these details. From making our mozzarella in-house daily to sourcing our ingredients from local vendors, our focus on quality and freshness is second to none. Porta is listed as the top driving destination by Uber! It's popular for a reason.
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Porta Jersey City
135 Newark Ave
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Not to be confused with Port-O lounge...both on Newark Ave. From the site: At Porta, we are committed to these details. From making our mozzarella in-house daily to sourcing our ingredients from local vendors, our focus on quality and freshness is second to none. Porta is listed as the top driving destination by Uber! It's popular for a reason.
Korean cuisine - just the place to satisfy your craving for Kimchi! Solid entrees all around. Vegetarian options. Try the seafood dishes. Yum!
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Ahri's Kitchen
227 7th St
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Korean cuisine - just the place to satisfy your craving for Kimchi! Solid entrees all around. Vegetarian options. Try the seafood dishes. Yum!
A small Indian / American grocery store with some fine freshly prepared Indian Food! The only way to find out about how solid the food is by word of mouth. We recommend the Palak Paneer and Chicken Tikka Masala. Take out only.
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Prime Food Market
180 10th St
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A small Indian / American grocery store with some fine freshly prepared Indian Food! The only way to find out about how solid the food is by word of mouth. We recommend the Palak Paneer and Chicken Tikka Masala. Take out only.
This is the new location of ANTIQUE BAKERY (Pecoraro Bakery is no more) - moved from Hoboken in May, 2016. Antique Bakery is considered to be one of the finest Italian Bakeries in the US! Fresh baked Italian bread, and stuffed breads, including pepperoni and cheese, broccoli, also focaccia and garlic bread, A short walk from Hamilton Park. Awesome - check it out! From Yelp: "best bread ever. i get the medium whole wheat round sliced on a weekly basis. crunchy (but not hard) on the outside, fluffy and perfect on the inside. only $3.25. you gotta eat it fast though! since this is the real deal the bread turns after a few days. Rolls and specialty bread are great, too - service is fast and friendly."
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Pecoraro Antique Bakery
279 Newark Ave
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This is the new location of ANTIQUE BAKERY (Pecoraro Bakery is no more) - moved from Hoboken in May, 2016. Antique Bakery is considered to be one of the finest Italian Bakeries in the US! Fresh baked Italian bread, and stuffed breads, including pepperoni and cheese, broccoli, also focaccia and garlic bread, A short walk from Hamilton Park. Awesome - check it out! From Yelp: "best bread ever. i get the medium whole wheat round sliced on a weekly basis. crunchy (but not hard) on the outside, fluffy and perfect on the inside. only $3.25. you gotta eat it fast though! since this is the real deal the bread turns after a few days. Rolls and specialty bread are great, too - service is fast and friendly."
Solid mid priced Italian restaurant just a few minutes from where you're staying! Bring back leftovers and put them in the fridge for later. The portions are generous. Also brunch. From yelp: "...we were seated promptly and given a a "specials" menu in addition to the nightly menu. The waiter was so polite and very attentive! They also had s very nice and reasonable wine selection. (We ordered 2 bottles). We started with their famous meatballs (we now know why they are famous!!), They were outstanding! The beet salad look like a work of art and tasted even better. Three of us ordered veal saltimbocca, (2 without the spinach and they came out just the way we ordered) and also the chicken scarpariello. We were served promptly but NEVER rushed! We didn't have dessert due to a time constraint and being very full (the portions were very generous), we took home leftovers. But we will DEFINITELY return! Thank you GP's for becoming our new favorite spot in JC!!"
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GP's
236 Pavonia Ave
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Solid mid priced Italian restaurant just a few minutes from where you're staying! Bring back leftovers and put them in the fridge for later. The portions are generous. Also brunch. From yelp: "...we were seated promptly and given a a "specials" menu in addition to the nightly menu. The waiter was so polite and very attentive! They also had s very nice and reasonable wine selection. (We ordered 2 bottles). We started with their famous meatballs (we now know why they are famous!!), They were outstanding! The beet salad look like a work of art and tasted even better. Three of us ordered veal saltimbocca, (2 without the spinach and they came out just the way we ordered) and also the chicken scarpariello. We were served promptly but NEVER rushed! We didn't have dessert due to a time constraint and being very full (the portions were very generous), we took home leftovers. But we will DEFINITELY return! Thank you GP's for becoming our new favorite spot in JC!!"
Indian Food minutes away. Casual, eat in or take out. Also check out Prime Market (a hidden gem) for take out. Also in this guide. Blue Lotus on Yelp: "A really cute and small eatery that's tastefully designed, Blue Lotus highlights some of the typical Northern Indian cuisine that you'd expect, but they also have some unique regional dishes that are not as common. Husband and I along with his three cousins came here during the July 4th holiday weekend, and we loved everything about the place. The food was impeccably prepared, with a honest and refined flavor profile unlike I've ever had. The spices were fresh and pungent and the consistency of the sauces was smooth and rich without being artery-clogging heavy. Our favorites were the lamb rogan josh, with a tangy tomato base, and the Aloo Gobi, but everything was delicious. Naan was really good, but be forewarned that it is a La carte and you will want to order 2-3 pieces to sop up all that yummy sauce. The plating was simple yet elegant. I love the white minimal geometric bowls, and the white tablecloths. It matches the overall neutral decor with ornate wall sconces and an equally intricate entrance wall piece. There's also a small little fountain near the side of the entrance that was enchanting and soothing. Service was prompt but not rushed. Everybody was so nice and hospitable; I just wanted to get to know them even more. :) If I'm ever in the area again, I would definitely come back to enjoy the food, and would strongly suggest you to do the same."
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Lotus
131 Erie St
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Indian Food minutes away. Casual, eat in or take out. Also check out Prime Market (a hidden gem) for take out. Also in this guide. Blue Lotus on Yelp: "A really cute and small eatery that's tastefully designed, Blue Lotus highlights some of the typical Northern Indian cuisine that you'd expect, but they also have some unique regional dishes that are not as common. Husband and I along with his three cousins came here during the July 4th holiday weekend, and we loved everything about the place. The food was impeccably prepared, with a honest and refined flavor profile unlike I've ever had. The spices were fresh and pungent and the consistency of the sauces was smooth and rich without being artery-clogging heavy. Our favorites were the lamb rogan josh, with a tangy tomato base, and the Aloo Gobi, but everything was delicious. Naan was really good, but be forewarned that it is a La carte and you will want to order 2-3 pieces to sop up all that yummy sauce. The plating was simple yet elegant. I love the white minimal geometric bowls, and the white tablecloths. It matches the overall neutral decor with ornate wall sconces and an equally intricate entrance wall piece. There's also a small little fountain near the side of the entrance that was enchanting and soothing. Service was prompt but not rushed. Everybody was so nice and hospitable; I just wanted to get to know them even more. :) If I'm ever in the area again, I would definitely come back to enjoy the food, and would strongly suggest you to do the same."
Where do construction workers, tradespeople, firemen, and work from home locals go to pick up Italian deli sandwiches? Take out only. Closed during the evening. This is the favorite sandwhich spot in the neighborhood. People travel for miles to grab a chicken parm or other hot or cold entree. For you it's about a five minute walk. Check it out! From Yelp: "This is a hidden gem... It's small Italian deli and serves up dozens of combos of old-school Italian subs, along with daily specials. They also sell Boylan's sodas which are hard to come by.... The guys who man the counter are also warm and personable, don't be afraid to say hello. And tell them I sent you. Oh, one thing, the place closes at 3'ish."
Monmouth Street Grocery & Deli
500 Monmouth St
Where do construction workers, tradespeople, firemen, and work from home locals go to pick up Italian deli sandwiches? Take out only. Closed during the evening. This is the favorite sandwhich spot in the neighborhood. People travel for miles to grab a chicken parm or other hot or cold entree. For you it's about a five minute walk. Check it out! From Yelp: "This is a hidden gem... It's small Italian deli and serves up dozens of combos of old-school Italian subs, along with daily specials. They also sell Boylan's sodas which are hard to come by.... The guys who man the counter are also warm and personable, don't be afraid to say hello. And tell them I sent you. Oh, one thing, the place closes at 3'ish."
Out of the way - tucked into a quiet residential street. This is our preferred coffee shop and approximately 7 minutes from the apartment. Coffee is very good and also pastries and cupcakes.
Seven Sheep Coffee
342 7th Street
Out of the way - tucked into a quiet residential street. This is our preferred coffee shop and approximately 7 minutes from the apartment. Coffee is very good and also pastries and cupcakes.