Thanksgiving For All At Iron Monkey

IM_thanksgivingThe Iron Monkey Bar & Restaurant (97 Greene Street) will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26 where it will open its doors and serve meals to its Jersey City neighbors in need.

Last year, the Iron Monkey served over 500 meals and hopes to increase that number to 600 meals served this Thanksgiving. While many of its invited guests are from local retirement communities, anyone in Jersey City in need of holiday cheer is welcome to participate.

Meals will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be served during four separate seating times. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling the Iron Monkey at 201-435-5756.

For more information, click here.

A Holiday Thanks!
JCG

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Comfort Food for Cloudy Days

cozystormOh the overcast sky, the chilly nip in the air, the fear of imminent Hurricane Joaquin…

All reminds us that Fall is well under way in Jersey City, which means that right now, your body craves snuggly comfort foods.

Thank goodness Jersey City has an endless supply of places to satisfy that need.

Click on the below links for my reviews of restaurants/cafes that cater to comfort on every level.

Sam A.M. Cafe

More Cafes

Skinner’s Loft

Park & Sixth

Laico’s

Union Republic

9th and Coles

Pizza Masters

Iron Monkey

Jersey Girls Village Food Tour Spots

GP’s

Abbey’s Pub

Rizzo’s Pizza and Bakery

There are so many awesome restaurants in Jersey City. I’ve covered plenty more than these on my (this) site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare/Swarm and for the Jersey City Independent’s magazine and website.

These are just picks for our impending weather.

And, if disaster strikes you and not me, do stop by and do refuel here as many did during Sandy.

Be well and warm on,
JCG

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What’s Happening In Jersey City This Weekend? 6/28/13

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The Weekend is upon us again in JC, woohoo!! Here’s what’s happening:

 

Friday 6/28/13

Kayaking on the Hudson River at Liberty State Park from 10am-12pm. Must be 16 years or older, $15 per person. Arrive 30 minutes early. Must pre-register. Reserve your spot here.

Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art, jewelry and other crafts. 3pm-9pm. The rescheduled Groove on Grove collaboration for JC Fridays starts at 5pm. So you’ve got everything in one spot: Live music, art, shopping and food, all from our local musicians, artists and vendors.

Brightside Tavern (141 Bright St.) hosts its monthly comedy show at 8pm. Performers include Aalap Patel, Chelsea White, David Foster, Ryan Rummel, Pat Bryne, Nate Fernald and host Gordon Baker-Bone. Tickets are $10. Call (201) 435-1234 for reservations.

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Saturday 6/29/13

Van Vorst Farmer’s Market Stop by Van Vorst Park (Montgomery St. & Jersey Ave.) from 8:30am-3pm to gather all of your local produce.

Sweep & Lafayette Rising Street Festival From 8am-6pm. The S.W.E.E.P is a community effort to clean up the Bergen-Lafayette region (Ward F) Meet at 314 Pacific Ave. 8am – 12pm. Following, MC CDC will be a daytime street festival featuring art and music. Rock out to DJs, participate in live painting, and support the many vendors that will be occupying the block. More info here.

A free Biking Safety course is being held at PS 3 (111 Bright St.) from 9am-5pm. Sign up here.

Ed’s Exchange Merchant Market Shop the flea or sell your own goods. 10am-6pm at McGinley Square (672 Bergen Ave.) Tables are $10-20.

Jersey City Art School (326 Fifth St.) is hosting a two-day digital photography course from 11am-2pm (Saturday & Sunday). Learn about the functionality of your camera and how to best utilize them. Rules about composition will also be taught. $95 for two days. More info here.

Art House Productions presents “Font of Knowledge” at their theater (1 McWilliams Place) at 8pm. Tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $18 for GA, and $12 for students and seniors. Purchase here.

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Sunday 6/30/13

Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30am, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya (275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.

Farmer’s Market at Riverview Fisk Park. Buy farm-fresh produce and unique local goods from 9am-2pm. Plus, FREE YOGA TODAY!! (Ogden Ave. & Bowers St.) Details here.

Block Party Exhibition at Liberty Science Center 10am-4:30pm.

Cake Boss’ Fondant Layer Cake Class Learn how to make cake at either 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm (631 Grove St.).

Pop-Up Shop With Stella & Dot Shop the new collection, meet stylist Ali and enjoy drink specials at the Iron Monkey from 3-6pm.

Salsa Under the Sun! Yesenia Peralta hosts salsa lessons from 6-7pm at Boca Grande (564 Washington Blvd.) $10 per person.

 

Let me know what you plan to do or did this weekend: tweet @jerseycitygia or email me at jerseycitygia@gmail.com

Enjoy,
JCG

 

 

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Iron Monkey

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.

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