Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Get Your Valentine’s Day Chocolates From These Jersey City Chocolate Shops


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re looking for a box of the finest chocolates for your significant other or you want to treat yourself with the best sweets in town, we’re all booking it to our favorite chocolate shops in town.

In Jersey City, we have lots of options for stellar chocolate shops, which offer everything from upscale truffles to fun designs. Head to these shops or order from their websites in order to get your chocolates in time for the big day!

Lee Sims Chocolates, located at 743 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is a seven minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the same family and is still located in the charming retail storefront where they started business decades ago.

Their traditional window displays are locally famous for their mouthwatering appeal. Plus, they have thousands of customers all over the USA and beyond who use Lee Sims Chocolates as their dependable gift source and for personal indulgence in high quality chocolates at reasonable prices.

L’atelier du chocolat, located at 321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is run by Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd, who combines the finest selected ingredients and artisan techniques to create delectable treats.

L’atelier du chocolat proudly makes artisanal chocolates and serves them alongside cafe-style pastries and drinks. Their desserts are perfect gifts and they provide a variety of gift box size options as well as cakes for those extra-special occasions.

Lee Sims Chocolates

743 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 433-1308

L’atelier du chocolat

321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-9220

These Romantic Local Restaurants Are Perfect Valentine’s Day Destinations


Near our Beacon apartments, we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by a bustling culinary scene with restaurants ranging from casual hangouts to the finest romantic destinations. The latter will certainly come in handy later this month when we’re all looking for a romantic spot to take our special someone!

This Valentine’s Day, check out these romantic restaurants near your Beacon apartment for an intimate meal that you’ll never forget, or order takeout for a restaurant-quality meal at home. These restaurants offer delicious dining, impeccable service and jaw-dropping décor to boot!

Laico’s, located at 67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a long-running, brick-lined nook offering an array of Italian cuisine, plus cocktails and wine.

Opened by the Laico family in 1972, Laico’s has been serving its tried-and-true dishes even as its menu evolves with the times. For almost 50 years, long-time loyal patrons and newfound friends and customers have not been disappointed in their choice of dining at Laico’s. The cozy, friendly atmosphere gives both a traditional feel and a present-day vibe, setting the stage to satisfy established as well as contemporary tastes.

Madame Claude Bis, located at 390 4th St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cozy, dimly lit cafe serving up French bistro items which is owned by wife and husband Alice Troïetto and Mattias Gustafsson, who are both from France. 

Madame Claude Bis is a typical Parisian bistro serving oysters and specialties from all over France, using local produce as much as possible. It offers a charming, authentic and lively atmosphere as well as a French wine list and cocktail menu with a plethora of French cordials.


67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 434-4115

Madame Claude Bis

390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 876-8800

Craving Wings For Super Bowl Sunday? Order From These Jersey City Spots


This Super Bowl Sunday may leave both the stadium and bars devoid of their usual crowds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best parts of the “holiday” – beer, pizza, and of course, chicken wings!

With so many tasty spots specializing in chicken wings located near our Beacon apartments, you won’t need to wait long for that delicious delivery. Order from these eateries for a Super Bowl Sunday evening that will have you licking your fingers!

Ambassador Fish and Chicken, located at 493 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, serves fried fish and chicken, shrimp, Buffalo wings and more in a low-key space.

Since 2005, Ambassador Fish and Chicken has served the community with its Jersey City, East Orange, Newark and Irvington locations. They are committed to using the finest ingredients in their recipes – no food leaves their kitchen that they themselves would not eat! You are one step away from satisfying your chicken wings craving with their online ordering tool.

Cluck-U-Chicken, located at 586 West Side Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a fast-food chain specializing in wings and other chicken dishes, plus a variety of sauces.

Cluck-U Chicken started in 1985 in New Brunswick when a college student decided that his campus needed more than just pizza and burgers, and set out to create the best buffalo wings in the world the world. The unique recipes and sauces that he developed created a devoted following for food made from only the finest ingredients, including fresh chicken.

Ambassador Fish and Chicken

493 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 360-2817


586 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 946-2222

Where To Celebrate National Bagel Day on Jan. 15 in Jersey City


When it comes to comfort food, our local bagel spots know how to do it – there’s nothing like a hot bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel, or even just a freshly-made, still warm bagel smattered with cream cheese on a winter morning to take the chill out of that January air.

On National Bagel Day on Jan. 15, feel free to enjoy a bagel from one of these local spots without feeling even an ounce of guilt. With both the foodie-friendly holiday and all of us needing a dose of comfort food, dig in and enjoy!

JP’s Bagel Express, located at 52 Newark St, Hoboken which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a bagel cafe with breakfast and lunch fare including deli classics, juices, smoothies and coffee drinks.

JP’s specializes in hand-rolled bagels baked fresh all day as well as a large variety of whipped cream cheeses. Their menu also includes endless list of specialty hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, housemade salads and made-to-order sliced Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses.

O’Bagel, located at 600 Washington St, Hoboken which is 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is known for its breakfast bagels with spreads, along with sandwiches, doled out in snug, low-key digs with a patio.

It started with the vision of owner Sam, who wanted to put his expertise of hand rolling bagels into a suburban community that respects and appreciates fresh quality bread made from hand-selected ingredients. Five locations and many years later, their products are still always created fresh daily.

JP’s Bagel Express

52 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 963-5522


600 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 683-8600

Start Your Resolution Off Right at These Jersey City Healthy Restaurants


Many of us have set the same New Year’s resolution – to work on getting rid of those extra pounds and start eating better and working out after a holiday season full of delicious treats!

Of course, it’s not easy to turn down pancakes and bacon for a smoothie or a decadent sandwich for a salad, but here in Jersey City, we have lots of restaurants that specialize in delicious healthy cuisine. At these spots, you can have a meal that’s both tasty and good for you.

Plant Base, located at 370 Pacific Ave, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is on a mission to help people implement a happier and healthier lifestyle through plant based foods and ethical products sold in a zero waste format.

Plant Base offers a variety of ready-made, grab-and-go or eat-in menu items for breakfast and lunch, and a homestyle dinner menu that rotates daily. In addition to the ready-made food, Plant Base also offers a wide variety of package-free organic produce as well as body care and household cleaning products.

Honeygrow, located at 120 Washington St, Hoboken which is 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a hip counter-serve spot for locally sourced salads, stir-fries and fruit-honey desserts.

Founded by Justin Rosenberg eight years ago, Honeygrow brings people together over the highest quality, wholesome, simple foods. As a newly converted proponent of a plant-based diet, Justin decided to leave the cubicle world, train in a fine-dining kitchen, and pursue a life that spoke to his passion: creating wonderful things through the lens of nourishing foods.

Plant Base

370 Pacific Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(551) 256-3868


120 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 533-8089