City Guide to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey

City Guide: Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey

Welcome back everyone! Thankfully, it is starting to feel like spring in the Greater New York City Area. If you are anything like myself, I tend to become a hermit during the colder months (of course, whenever I am not traveling). This past weekend was the first time in a while where the weather was actually beautiful, so I took full advantage of it and headed into the city.

On Saturday, my good friend Courtney and I attended a fun yoga and wine tasting event with my friends Dina and Liz. Their company is called Yoga Wine Party, which describes exactly what they do! The event started with an hour of Vinyasa yoga with Dina (of Yoga with Dina) and it was followed by wine tasting with Liz (of Wine with Liz). This fun event was hosted at Yo Yoga’s rooftop space in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It was such a perfect day to enjoy the weather, work out and have a great time!

It is events like these that make me love my home city because they are unique, fun and an awesome way to spend a day with friends and family. Even though NYC offers countless events, eateries and leisure activities throughout their five amazing boroughs, you could also experience as much fun in, what is known as, the “sixth boroughs” of Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey. Now, don’t get confused, NYC doesn’t actually have a sixth borough, but there have been silly rumors of adding Hoboken/Jersey City to the NYC subway network before. (I don’t know why or how because they are in New Jersey, but it’s a cool thought.)

Hoboken and Jersey City are located right across the Hudson River, facing the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, New York. It is super easy to get from NYC to Hoboken and Jersey City and I definitely recommend making your way over there during your grand NYC adventure. Today, I am so excited to provide you with a great city guide to Hoboken, Jersey City and the area surrounding these towns. You will find recommendations of places to eat, drink, relax and have fun!

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There is nothing better than starting your day off in Hoboken or Jersey City than with a delicious brunch. New York City isn’t the only place where you can find a swanky restaurant with bottomless mimosas, comforting coffee and delicious French toast or eggs benedict. Here are some of Hoboken/Jersey City’s best brunch/breakfast spots.

Birch – Hoboken, NJ: If you are looking to have a celebratory brunch or just have a fun morning with friends, then Birch is the place for you. Who doesn’t want sprinkles with their mimosas? Plus Birch is like being at a day club; get dressed up and dance the morning away!

Elysian Café – Hoboken, NJ: Elysian Café is the oldest operated restaurant in Hoboken. This adorable café features a delicious French bistro-style menu with a great drink selection.

Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory – Edgewater and Jersey City, NJ: Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory offers an endless amount of buttermilk pancake options along with salads, sandwiches and so much more! Get ready to fill up your belly at this amazing breakfast spot.

The Hamilton Inn – Jersey City, NJ: If you are looking to savor delicious and sustainable food, then The Hamilton Inn is the perfect place for you. Awarded as one of Open Table’s Best 100 Brunch Restaurants in the country, you could find everything from brioche French toast to Ahi tuna burgers.

Halifax – Hoboken, NJ: Halifax is one of the best bottomless brunch spots in Hoboken. This great restaurant offers northeastern farm and coastal cuisine, with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. It is the perfect place to start your morning.

Buddy Who’s – Jersey City, NJ: Known for their famous cereal-stuffed pancakes, Buddy Who’s has recently been the most featured restaurant in the foodie media. As seen on Insider Food, this awesome spot offers Fruity Pebble pancakes, Lucky Charm pancakes and so much more!

The Ainsworth – Hoboken, NJ: Offering a new take on classic American favorites, The Ainsworth is an adorable brunch spot to start your day. Not only is the inside of The Ainsworth beautiful and charming, there is outdoor seating for those gorgeous spring and summer days.


Just like in NYC, you could find all kinds of top-of-the-line food in this area such as artisan pizza, fresh sushi, tasty Mexican, delicious seafood, savory vegan and so much more! One of the top reasons why I enjoy spending time in Hoboken or Jersey City is because I haven’t found a bad restaurant yet! No matter where I go to eat in this area, I always leave the restaurant feeling satisfied. Here are both my friends’ and my own favorite selection of places to eat in the area.

Otto Strada (Italian) – Hoboken, NJ: This amazing Italian restaurant is definitely my favorite in the area. Even though this restaurant doesn’t take reservations, you could always put your name in, take a walk around the charming neighborhood and return to an amazing meal you will never forget.

Ayame Hibachi and Sushi (Japanese) – Hoboken, NJ: Hibachi is one of my favorite types of meals to get when I go out to dinner and there is no better place in Hoboken than Ayame. Located on the famous Washington Street, this delicious Japanese restaurant has a plethora of tasty options to choose from.

Porta (Pizza) – Jersey City, NJ: Located in both Jersey City and Asbury Park, NJ, Porta is an eclectic and fun pizza joint for all to enjoy. At the Jersey City location, you could enjoy artisanal Neopolitan pizza while sipping on a fresh brew. This is the perfect place for friends and family, plus they have a rooftop!

South House (Southern Comfort) – Jersey City: South House brings an infusion of Austin, Texas straight to Jersey City. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Jersey City, South House is the perfect place to enjoy ‘farm-to-glass’ crafted cocktails and delicious southern bites.

Luke’s Lobster (Lobster Rolls) – Hoboken, NJ: Luke’s Lobster is a food truck that parks itself in the heart of Hoboken, Jersey City and Pier 13. On the truck, you could find the BEST lobster, crab and shrimp rolls; lobster mac and cheese and so much more! It is hard to find good lobster rolls in New Jersey, so Luke’s Lobster changes all of that.

Tidal Poke Co. (Hawaiian) – Jersey City, NJ: Located on the Jersey City waterfront, Tidal Poke Co. brings Hawaiian flavors to New Jersey. They are known for their delicious poke, which is made using sashimi grade seafood and is fully customizable.

Blue Eyes Restaurant (Italian) – Hoboken, NJ: Hoboken was once home to the legendary Frank Sinatra. Blue Eyes Restaurant is an Italian eatery and café dedicated to Frank himself. It is here where you could enjoy pasta, paninis, salad and a drink overlooking the beautiful NYC skyline. What better way to enjoy a dinner on the Hudson than by having Frank serenade you throughout the restaurant?

Gringo’s Tacos (Mexican) – Jersey City, NJ: As the most talked about taco restaurant in the area, Gringos combines the best of Mexican and American ingredients to make an unbelievable culinary experience for all!

Grand Vin (Wine Bar) – Hoboken, NJ: If you are looking for a cute restaurant that offers great wine and food, then Grand Vin is the place for you! This local, friendly and upscale restaurant is Hoboken’s newest hot spot and features an array of crafted ingredients.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors:

From beautiful parks to scenic piers, lively biergartens to relaxing spas, there are an endless amount of options to enjoy some time outdoors in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Pier 13, Hoboken, NJ: If you are looking to get the vacation experience during your time in the Greater NYC Area, then Pier 13 on the Hudson River is the perfect place. You can enjoy a beautiful day relaxing by the water with a cool beverage; taste some of the best foods in the area by visiting one of the Pier’s food trucks; cool off by paddle boarding or kayaking and so much more!

Surf City, Jersey City: Located along the Hudson River in Jersey City is the famous Surf City. This spacious bar and restaurant is the perfect place to feel like you are at the beach. There is a sanded area with palm trees and fire pits. You can’t tell me that you wouldn’t want to spend a summer day or evening at this place!

SoJo Spa Club: SoJo is pretty much a spa amusement park that overlooks the NYC skyline. As a reimagined Korean bathhouse with traditional spa treatments, SoJo offers outdoor pools and baths that overlook NYC, saunas and therapy rooms, a relaxation lounge, bathhouse and dining experience. It is the perfect place to relax and recharge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Walk Along the Hudson: One of the best ways to take in the priceless views of NYC and the surrounding areas is by walking along the Hudson River. It is here where you could catch the sunrise or sunset, stop in a café or restaurant and admire the beautiful buildings.

Sip on Fresh Brews at a Biergarten: Besides Pier 13, Jersey City and Hoboken offer some great beer halls where you could enjoy delicious German beer and food while savoring the gorgeous weather. Lutze, Zeppelin Hall and Pilsener Haus are three awesome biergarten options in the area where you can’t go wrong.

Stroll through the City: There is nothing better than taking a walk through a cute downtown area. Both Hoboken and Jersey City are the perfect places to enjoy a lovely stroll on a nice day. In addition to everything I mentioned above, there are many more great restaurants and eateries, coffee shops, dessert places – including the famous Carlo’s Bake Shop, clothing boutiques, bars, small and large businesses and so much more!

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I hope you all enjoyed reading my city guide to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey. No matter what time of the year you decide to travel to the Greater NYC Area, there is always something going on. Whether you are savoring a delicious meal, doing yoga in the park or having fun with friends at a rooftop, you will sure have an amazing time.

If you have any questions about Hoboken, Jersey City, NYC or just travel in general, please send me an email at or contact me via social media @brown.eyed.flower.child.

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