Resident Renee Lucas asked me about my favorite coffee shops, and I thought this required a post rather than a simple response.
While I have yet to try every spot (most independent shops are far from my house), I asked my trusted friend and 20-year resident of JC to help me create the list.
Here are is our collective answer:
Beechwood Cafe: Nothing, nothing beats their inviting ambiance on a cold winter day. Lots of bright light, very friendly servers if you sit on the restaurant side, which I recommend you do, and that very special feeling when your hot chocolate or latte arrives in an oversize mug with beautiful designs on top. I was here on one of the saddest days of my life last year, but I couldn’t help but smile. (I’ve never had their breakfast dishes—served throughout the day—but I’ve loved every salad here.) This said, I’ve only visited during weekdays or weekends at non-busy hours.
Gia Gelato: This neighborhood spot has a variety of different coffees (as well as food and gelato). I’ve had regular over ice and a cafe mocha. Both were standard. While I haven’t tried the food, I hear it’s good, and the two gelatos I had here were lovely. GG also has “punch cards,” so your 10th coffee (or gelato) is free.
Goehrig’s Bakery: The coffee isn’t fancy, just your regular caf or decaf, but this place deserves a shoutout if you like good coffee. You know it’s good if it tastes great black. Their danishes and pastries and everything else are delish, too.
Mod Cup Coffee: While MC is on wheels (follow them @modcupcoffee on twitter for locations), I think we all died over Travas’ British accent and his explanation of the importance of fresh coffee beans (imported from the source and brewed within 18 days) at the farmer’s market this summer. Truly unique and very, very good.
Sweet Life Cafe and Bakery: At the corner of Jersey Ave. and Bright Street, this lovely spot has great coffee and a neighborhood, homey feel. I don’t know if they have an internet presence; Let me know, Jersey City!
Choc-O-Pain: The latte, pastries made on site and the quiche are winners according to my friend. The cozy atmosphere and nice art only add to the appeal. This comment was especially complimentary: Their chocolate pastry “soothes the soul.”
Sam A.M.: This place gets a lot of buzz, but since I don’t know anyone personally who’s been here, I’d just say enter at your own risk. Update: Read about my great visit here!
What are your suggestions, Jersey City? Let me know in the comments section.
Let’s get caffeinated,