Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Enjoy Rooftop Dining At These Local Restaurants

02Sep

We know – at this point, you’re more than used to outdoor dining. However, what if that outdoor dining meant overlooking the entire city beneath? With the rooftop restaurants and bars that surround our Beacon apartments, you can do just that – all while enjoying an amazing meal.

If you’re ready to mix up your dinner with a sunset meal above and beyond what you’re used to – literally – check out these rooftop restaurants and bars located near your Beacon apartment. It’s sure to make for a meal to remember!

Rooftop XP at The Hyatt House JC, located at 1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cocktail destination which tops most of Jersey City’s must-see lists due to its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and beyond. 

The Rooftop provides year-round comfortable vibes with its retractable glass roof and walls which creates the perfect setting for lunch, happy hour, dinner and sunset cocktails with a view. On the weekend, it turns into a day and night hot spot featuring live DJs.

Skinner’s Loft, located at 146 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a family-run, upscale-casual restaurant and bar with a New American menu, craft brews and rooftop dining.

With a vibe that’s cozy yet full of character, you’ll find yourself gazing at the décor just as much as the views at Skinner’s Loft as its adorned with string lighting, a whimsical tiled floor and tons of flowers.

Rooftop XP at The Hyatt House JC 

1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 395-0500

Skinner’s Loft

146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-0600

Where to Play Summer’s Most Fun and Goofiest Game – Mini Golf

19Aug

With the sun shining and many of us searching for outdoor activities that will be fun for the whole family, a trip to the mini golf course may be just what you’re looking for this weekend!

Here in the Jersey City area, we have lots of options for mini golf through our local courses which offer beautiful scenery, interesting holes and an outing that’s both competitive and for all ages. Check out these courses near your Beacon apartment for the perfect Saturday afternoon outing.

Pier 25 Mini Golf, located at 225 West St, New York, NY in Hudson River Park which is 11 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a rain-or-shine course that at $5 for kids and $10 for adults, is an affordable way to have some fun.

They also offer mini golf party packages which include 20 games of mini golf as well as an hour and a half of table seating for up to 20 guests. A pizza party package is also available, which includes either 5 or 10 freshly-made pies.

Essex County Safari MiniGolf, located at 9 Cherry Ln, West Orange which is 20 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an award-winning 19-hole course featuring creatures including a life-sized gorilla and hippo.

For $12 for adults and $10 for kids, you can get away from it all for a bit at Essex County Safari MiniGolf which is associated with the Turtle Back Zoo. You can make your way around this course which includes winding rivers, a fountain, a rolling desert and palm trees.

Pier 25 Mini Golf

225 West St, New York, NY 10013

(347) 756-5813

Essex County Safari MiniGolf

9 Cherry Ln, West Orange, NJ 07052

(862) 520-5024

Where To Find Your Favorite Summer Foods in Jersey City

12Aug

Finally, we’re in the midst of summer when we can enjoy our favorite summer foods such as Italian ice, lobster rolls, French fries, burgers and fudge! And if you’re craving these indulgent staples, you’re in luck – we have so many restaurants near our Beacon apartments that we don’t have to travel far to get a taste.

Looking for these summer foods? Head to these eateries located near your Beacon apartment so you can get a bite of the beach. Don’t worry – you deserve a break from your swimsuit workout!

Just BeClaws, located at 280 1st St, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a family-style seafood spot serving po’ boys and shrimp baskets in a nautical-themed, industrial space.

At an early age, brothers Francis and Nambinh Tran were introduced to the restaurant industry when their family opened up their restaurant Miss Saigon in Jersey City more than 20 years ago. Inspired by the family business and their love of seafood – a staple in the Vietnamese culture – the brothers brought a little bit of flavor to Jersey City when they opened Just Beclaws in 2015.

Left Bank Burger Bar, located at 194 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an easygoing place serving all-natural burgers with an extensive selection of toppings, plus tap beers.

A relatively new fixture in Jersey City at three years old, Left Bank Burger Bar nevertheless has quickly gained popularity due to its delicious and unique burgers. There’s something for everyone here!

Just BeClaws

280 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 459-9100

Left Bank Burger Bar

194 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 630-4692

For a Homegrown Cocktail, Check Out These Distilleries Near Your Beacon Apartment

03Aug

During the summertime, there’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail to relax with at your Beacon apartment. However, here in Jersey City, you don’t need to go with run-of-the-mill liquors to enjoy with your cocktail of choice – you can purchase artisan spirits from nearby distilleries.

If you’re ready to mix up your summer drink with some high-quality, homemade liquors, stop by these local distilleries for rum, vodka, gin, whiskey and more that’s made with tender, love and care right here in the Jersey City area.

Corgi Spirits, located at 1 Distillery Dr, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a craft distillery which makes potato-based gins and vodkas as well as cocktails served at their tasting room.

Founded by Robert Hagemann right here in Jersey City and inspired by British distilling traditions and flavors, Corgi Spirits only makes their liquors in small-batches and they have a passion for producing spirits that perfectly reflect their bold, lively character.

Silk City Distillers, located at 321 River Rd # 5, Clifton which is 16 minutes from your Beacon apartment, focuses on bourbon and locally sourced ingredients. They utilize corn, rye and barley from a farm in Sussex and combine them with additional hand-milled grains to create a mash that is both prepared, fermented, distilled and aged on site.

The distillery is owned and operated by three lifelong friends and NJ natives who share the belief that great spirits should be created by hand with quality, local ingredients, and with the passion and dedication of being true to the complete process of distillation.

Corgi Spirits

1 Distillery Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 448-4184

Silk City Distillers

321 River Rd # 5, Clifton, NJ 07014

Outdoor Dining Is Open in Jersey City! Here’s Where To Get a Table

20Jul

After a long few months, you can finally give your Beacon kitchen a rest – outdoor dining is open for business in Jersey City and we are so ready to relax at a patio table with a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine.

Here in Jersey City, lots of our favorite local restaurants are offering outdoor dining and they’re thrilled to welcome back their loyal patrons after a long hiatus. If you’re looking to get some fresh air and finally enjoy a night out on the town, check out these eateries which are now open for outdoor dining with pleasant views, friendly service and, most importantly, top-notch cuisine.

The Lutze, located at 3 2nd St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an outdoor seasonal restaurant serving ample craft beers and cocktails plus burgers, crab cakes and raw bar eats.

Perfectly situated on the Jersey City waterfront, the Lutze offers amazing views of the New York City skyline which you can enjoy amid delicious food, drinks and games. Influenced by the diversity that has built Jersey City, the Lutze is a gathering place for neighbors and friends.

Porta Jersey City, located at 135 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a rustic chic Neapolitan pizza eatery also serving wine, beer and cocktails. A popular spot, they also have locations in Asbury Park and Philadelphia.

With a huge rooftop featuring two full bars with large-screen TVs and its own pizza oven, Porta Jersey City was made for outdoor dining! They also have street café tables as well – make sure you call ahead to make a reservation, since this restaurant fills up quickly.

The Lutze

3 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-8508

Porta Jersey City

135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 544-5199