No offense to New Jersey, but even the few spots that are right on the water in Manhattan are just looking out on, well, New Jersey. The waterfront in Jersey City, on the other hand, has unimpeded views of the Manhattan skyline, and no place has a better vantage point than Battello. That makes this Italian-leaning spot popular for private events and business dinners, but if you’re not looking to commit to mushroom-crusted wagyu or $36 scallops, it’s also an impressive place to meet someone for drinks and an excellent burger at the bar.
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Whether or not you live in Jersey City, you should eat at the 20 places on this guide.
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White Mana Diner
White Mana is a 24/7 diner in Jersey City that’s been serving small, inexpensive smash burgers since the 1930′s.
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Summit Diner is a classic rail car-style diner where you’ll find one of the best Taylor Ham and eggs in New Jersey, or anywhere.
Walker’s is a Tribeca landmark – a prime example of a Classic NYC Establishment, and a low key spot that attracts an older crowd who enjoy a good burger and some Sports on TV.
The Rag Trader
The Rag Trader is a restaurant in the Garment District with a large bar area that’s great for groups.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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