To us, making the most of a trip means looking for the best restaurants in town. Here’s where to eat and drink at Journal Square, New Jersey:
1. Cellar 335
Cellar 335 is a tapas-style restaurant with a homey atmosphere and warm ambiance. Inside the darkened interior, you’ll be served by professional, courteous staff who can recommend food depending on your preference. The menu price is reasonable and there are a few specialties that can’t be found anywhere else. Notable standouts include hummus, crispy duroc ribs, Korean style wings, oysters and fried rice. The theme changes according to the season. Cellar 335 has a rather extensive list of liquors, cocktails and alcoholic beverages to satisfy your thirst.
2. Rumba Cubana
Eating at a family-owned restaurant means the dining tables are spotless, the staff are genuinely friendly and there’s plenty of people hanging around. Such is the case with Rumba Cubana, a casual Carribean-Cuban bar that serves soul food staples and then some. A huge mural of Cuba sets the tone, and the inviting full bar is always open and accommodating for those who crave spirits. Ask around and you’ll find that the most ordered food are the guacamole appetizer, the house steak and the Lanchita De Regla.
3. Spice Spirit
Spice Spirit manages to separate itself from dozens of Chinese eateries due to its masterful cooking. You’re given a huge menu with plenty of gastronomical choices ranging from staples such as won ton, dim sum, noodles and sweet and sour pork to specialties such as vegetarian Dan Dan noodles and cumin style lamb and chicken. The staff is very efficient – soon you’ll have steaming plates of food served in front of you which is great!
4. Hooked JC
Craving for some fresh seafood and original American fare? Hooked JC is located at Communipaw Avenue and has everything you need. Though it’s primarily a seafood specialty restaurant, there are non-seafood goodies as well. Notable selections include the fried oyster poboy with hand-cut fries, the lobster roll platter, fish prepared according to your preference, i.e., grilled, fried or blackened, hush puppies and the fresh catch. The hole’s interior is designed in a quirky manner and yet somehow manages to feel right at home and stimulate your appetite at the same time. Try it and you’ll definitely come back for more!
5. Korai Kitchen
Korai Kitchen is a Bangladeshi buffet style spot where you can get hot, delicious food at an affordable price. The menu changes every day but you can be sure to catch Bengali staples such as various curries, pyaj pakode, eggplant mash, pumpkin with shrimp and rice and daal, among others. The atmosphere is amplified by traditional music blasting from the speakers. Korai Kitchen is the first of its kind in Jersey City and undoubtedly one of the best.
Robongi will surely satisfy your sushi craving anytime during the day. The rolls are varied and there’s something for everyone. Outstanding choices include the spicy salmon roll, shrimp tempura roll, the crab roll, lobster roll, toro and staples such as yellowtail, salmon and white tuna. It’s a BYOB place, so feel free to bring in your wine or favorite liquor to complement the tasty and fresh seafood.
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