The Kitchen Step is a great choice if you’re looking for a nice group brunch or date spot in the Downtown area of Jersey City. The menu is modern American, with mostly locally sourced food, including a section for “Snacks” that - unless you’re casually eating buffalo sunchokes in front of your TV every night - will impress you. Go for the classics, like a perfectly-dressed kale casear salad and a burger with aged cheddar and bacon. And even if you don’t order the burger, ask for a side of herbed fries.
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Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
Porta is a pizza place in Jersey City with picnic-style seating and lots of families and groups.
Grove Corner Bar
Grove Corner Bar is a sports bar near the Grove Street Path station in Jersey City.
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The Happiest Hour
For those times in your life when you just need a stiff drink and delicious burger in the West Village, The Happiest Hour is the move.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
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Loring Place is an upscale Greenwich Village spot that should please just about everybody.
Houseman is a fantastic neighborhood restaurant in a neighborhood you probably don’t spend much time in.
Motel Morris is a slightly retro, motel-themed restaurant in Chelsea that’s cool enough for date night and nice enough for dinner with the parents.
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