I’m in love withHard Grove Cafe and think it is highly underestimated. Any night of the week, you can be transported to an island. Seriously, with the music, ambiance, and tropical cocktails, you will not feel like you’re in Jersey City. It’s vivacious, though, so just be sure you are in that lively-crowd type of mood.
A few weeks ago, I was there for dinner for the first time (I’d only been there for drinks before), and though online reviews said the service was terrible and my dining companion was apprehensive, both of us totally disagree after the experience. Perhaps that is because we have European roots and like a slow pace of life. I absolutely hate being rushed at restaurants. If my food comes out 10 minutes after I placed my order, I am turned off.
After a few freezing cold rainy days, it was finally decent in Jersey City. Dinner on the roof was in order! Iron Monkey, though it does not have the most spectacular view (partial, but includes the Freedom Tower), still has a great roof in terms of ambiance and friendly service. The food is always above par when it comes to standard bar fare, and this bar has over 300 beers—37 of which are on tap—not to mention everything’s reasonably priced.
My date and I started with the homemade crabmeat dumplings, a must-try. A party in your mouth with delicious soy-ginger dipping sauce, served over mixed greens for some balance.
Markers Restaurant in the financial district is offering a Groupon deal: $29 for a New American dinner for two gets you one shared appetizer, one entree per person, and one glass of beer or wine per person.Details here.
Nanking is offering a $39 Pan-Asian meal for one shared appetizer, two entrees, and two desserts. Details here.