Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

It’s Summer – and That Means Ice Cream! Where to Get The Best in Jersey City

24Jun

After a chilly spring, topped with a worldwide quarantine, it’s safe to say we could all use a good ice cream pick me up right about now. Finally, the time has come – it’s warm enough to enjoy a delicious ice cream cone from one of the many ice cream parlors we have near our Jersey City apartments!

If you’re ready to indulge in a cone, check out one of these parlors for ice cream you can receive through takeout or delivery. Plus, many of them offer walk-up windows, making getting a cone to-go easier than ever.

Conez – Not too far from home, Conez is a colorful mom and pop shop that has dozens of hard ice cream flavors, quite a few soft-serve and specialty sundaes to choose from! You’re all set to stop in and get some for your family, just remember to wear your mask and keep a safe distance when on-line.

Torico – A Jersey City staple since 1968, Torico is offering both pick-up and delivery for all it’s hard ice cream flavors. You can still also get their ice cream cakes, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches, and all their other special ice cream delights as long as you put in a special order ahead of time. Their special ice cream flavors change seasonally, so we’re excited to see what they have in store for us in this summer!

Conez

415 Martin L King Drive Jersey City

New Jersey 07304

Torico

20 Erie St. (corner of First Street)

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Celebrating Both Your Parents in Jersey City This Father’s Day

17Jun

If your Mother’s Day was like most of us, you probably had to forgo the flowers and the brunch this year and settle for a Mother’s Day visit by Zoom. With dear old Dad’s special day coming up this June, we’re sure many Fathers are ready to share a bit of the glory this year since their female counterparts had to skip out on this year’s celebration. Here’s a fun way to combine Mother’s and Father’s Day this June, all with easy, safe things you can do around your Jersey City apartment.

The first thing you should do is pick a nice place to celebrate. While we understand many residents may still not feel safe having extended family come into their apartments homes, we do recommend some of our local parks for an outdoors, socially distance celebration. NJ Parks are open again and waiting for visitors – as long as everyone is respectful, wears their masks, and keeps a safe distance from fellow visitors. Liberty State Park is a great option for both Mom and Dad, as it has sweeping views of Manhattan, shady spots for picnic areas, and plenty of room if Dad wants to throw around the football. Just make sure to bring a blanket, as picnic tables and other facilities are still closed to public access.

While most restaurants are still not open for guests, most are open for take-out, so bringing a picnic to the park has never been easier! While usually Mother’s Day and Father’s Day might have very different meals, we suggest going with something everyone can enjoy and a New Jersey staple at that – diner food! Liberty Park Café and Diner is right across the street from the Park, so you can order your food, pick it up, and still set out the picnic blanket while it’s still hot. With cuisines as diverse as our city, there’s something for everything at this little Jersey City eatery.

Not sure what to give mom and dad as a gift? With most retail stores still closed, shopping can be difficult these days. As for mom, you can never go wrong with flowers, and lucky for us, plant nurseries have stayed open during quarantine! 14th Street Garden Center is Jersey City is still open, and they are offering curbside pickup if you call in your flower order ahead of time. However, shopping is still an option as well, as long as you wear a mask.

What about Dad? Finding a gift for the patriarch of the family is always difficult, especially when you can’t walk around our local malls to shop for something fun. How about a growler of local craft beer for your day in the park? 902 Brewing in Jersey City is still open for curbside pickup, and Dad will love one of their summery seasonal beers, or one of their regular go-to’s like Jersey Lager.

Liberty State Park

200 Morris Pesin Dr

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Liberty Park Café and Diner

14 Burma Rd

Jersey City, NJ 07305

14th Street Garden Center

793 Jersey Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07310

902 Brewing

101 Pacific Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07304

Celebrating National Hamburger Day on May 28th in Jersey City

27May

Cooped up in our Beacon apartments these past few weeks, many of us have been yearning for the nice weather and summers perks that come with the upcoming season. While the beaches will open this Memorial Day, we know they’ll be crowded and it will still be safer to stay at home in Jersey City. But don’t fret! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and with summer comes a treasured American tradition – BBQing – and May 28th offers a whole new reason to celebrate – National Hamburger Day!

If you want to take advantage of this special day with a delicious dinner of a burger and fries, order it from some of these top-notch eateries located throughout the Jersey City area. Beef, turkey, salmon, vegan, you name it… these local burger joints have something for everyone, and they deliver right to your apartment!

Dark Side of the Moo – There are tons of fast food places in in Jersey City where you can grab a delicious cheeseburger, but we guarantee you, there is only one place where you can grab a kangaroo burger. Say what!? That’s right, Dark Side of the Moo, Jersey City’s only exotic meat restaurant. While their daily specials vary, on any given day you can find alligator, yak, bison, and yes, kangaroo, on their burger menu. For traditionalists, they also have plenty of beef varieties, and for vegetarians, they even have a vegan menu! There’s something for everyone at Dark Side of the Moo, making it the perfect melting pot for this American holiday.

Five Guys – A national favorite, and for a good reason, Five Guys serves up the traditional, greasy, delicious hamburgers we all know and love. You can get a regular hamburger delivered to your Beacon apartment, or even a triple stacker with cheese, just make sure not to forget a bag of their amazing Cajun fries!

Dark Side of The Moo

52 Bowers Street

Jersey City, NJ 07307

Five Guys

101 Hudson St

Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

Having Happy Hour Delivered to Your Beacon Apartment

13May

Just because the taproom for the time being has become your Beacon kitchen doesn’t mean you have to forego your taste for craft beer or favorite wine. Instead, you can utilize the delivery and curbside pickup being offered by breweries and wine and liquor stores around Jersey City!

If you’ve been craving a cold one but just any old beer won’t do, check out this local brewery who are still doing their part to serve the community with their delicious brews. We also have several options for wine and liquor!

Departed Soles – In business in Jersey City since 2015, Departed Soles Brewery aims to have a beer line-up as diverse as our city. There’s something for everyone here, and COVID19 has not stopped their brewmasters from brewin’. Call in your order and pickup at their store, or for Memorial Day weekend, they are offering curbside delivery in Jersey City.

CoolVines – Our go-to wine store has always been CoolVines, and with the current times, they’ve became a staple for many Jersey City residents these days! Offering delivery through their website, CoolVines still has all the same great wine and liquor selection they’ve always had over the years. We look forward to the days where we can have them host another Happy Hour on our terrace!

Departed Soles Brewing

150 Bay St #2A

 Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

CoolVines

350 Warren St

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Bringing Cinco de Mayo to Your Beacon Apartment

04May

We may not be able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at our favorite Jersey City Mexican restaurants this year, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate! Thankfully, lots of local Mexican restaurants are currently hard at work cooking up authentic dishes available for takeout, and many deliver right to The Beacon! Just check your DoorDash, Seamless or Grub Hub account for the dozens of different options.

If you want to celebrate this fun holiday in your Beacon apartment with some delicious enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and burritos, give these local Mexican eateries a call. Below are a few of our favorites for a Mexican meal.

Surf Taco – Located in Hoboken, but still close enough that they’ll deliver right to your Beacon apartment, Surf Taco isn’t the most authentic Mexican eatery in our area, but it’s certainly one of the most popular! With a baja California/Tex-Mex twist to their menu, Surf Taco’s delicious coastal takes on tacos and burritos will have you craving the sounds and sights of the NJ Shore (which don’t worry, is still opening up this summer!) We love their mango shrimp tacos for an extra summery vibe to your Cinco de Mayo.

Molcajetes – Located much closer to The Beacon, on the West Side of Jersey City, Molcajetes is another great option for getting a delicious Cinco de Mayo feast delivered right to your apartment. Much more authentic than other local places, Molcajetes packs in the flavors and the freshness with their homemade Mexicans meals. This place has all the traditional favorites like quesadillas and burritos that Americans love, and a ton of other delicious dishes, like nopales and cebollitas, that most Americans have yet to discover, give them a try this Cinco de Mayo!

Surf Taco

62 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Molcajetes520 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304