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Jersey City reminds me of parts of Brooklyn with row houses and brownstones. On the other side of the Hudson River from Manhattan, it is becoming a prime residential area for people working in the city. There are many new restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Make sure to check out:

Skinner’s Loft:  At 146 Newark Ave. I enjoyed a fun brunch with my nephew, a resident of Jersey City. This is a two level restaurant in an historic building plus roof top bar. It is open for brunch and dinner and features an contemporary American menu. The eggs Florentine with poached eggs over housemade buttermilk biscuits, smoked salmon, sautéed spinach and hollandaise sauce hit the spot.

South House: At 149 Newark Ave., across from Skinner’s Loft, is a great casual spot. with an eclectic decor, that features Southern specialties.

Talde:  Talde gets great reviews as a casual Asian-American  restaurant. It is open for dinner and brunch on weekends.   8 Erie St.

Taqueria Downtown: I really liked the atmosphere of this casual Mexican restaurant.  236 Grove St. @ Grand. 

Burger Eatery: This a a recently opened casual dining spot with a good selection of burgers and sandwiches. 238 First St.

Dullboy:  This a fun spot for food and great specialty and classic cocktails. 364 Grove St.

On my last trip, I really enjoyed Thirty Acres for brunch at 500 Jersey Ave. It has since closed and replaced by Kitchen Step featuring a modern American menu. It is on my list for next time.

Choco O Pain: This French Bakery & Café, at 530 Jersey Avenue, has great pastries and good coffee. Don’t miss the chocolate and almond croissant!

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar: This is a casual spot for coffee at 581 Jersey Ave. It has good coffee and nice staff!

Torico Homemade Ice Cream: Since 1968, this is the perfect spot for a break on a hot summer afternoon particularly with its many tropical flavors influenced by Puerto Rico. 20 Erie St. at 1st.

Another good ice cream option is Cherry Pick Ice Cream Parlor  at 305 Grove. St.

Word: After a reference in the NY Times I visited Word at  123 Newark Ave. It is a great bookstore and coffee shop/cafe. Check out their website for special events. 

On my next trip, I must go to the sleek Maritime Parc along the water with great views of the Manhattan skyline. It is at located at 84 Audrey Zapp Dr. in Liberty State Park. It was just featured as one the top restaurants in the state by NJ Monthly.

I also want to try Latham House at 299 Marin Blvd  and Greene Hook at 70 Greene St. which both get good reviews.

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