Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Celebrating Fall in Jersey City

20Sep

The first fall weekend in Jersey City is looking beautiful and there’s some great events happening right outside of The Beacon!  Whether you want to enjoy a nice BYOB French dinner outside, throw back some beers at Oktoberfest or sip on a Guinness while you enjoy bangers and mash, you can find it all outside The Beacon.

Vogue Café will be hosting their “A Little Taste of France” fall dinner on September 27th at 6PM on their lovely backyard patio.  The event is BYOB and you can expect delicious traditional French cuisine and live music.  Kids are also welcome.  You can RSVP here.

Now that it’s officially fall you can have your first fall beer of the weekend on Friday, September 27th at Zeppelin Hall’s Oktoberfest. They’ll also be serving German cuisine such as Bratwurst, German pretzels, chicken schnitzel and have live German party bands.  Oktoberfest runs at Zeppelin Hall until October 20th.  For more information visit their website.

On Saturday, September 28th join the community in the annual Jersey City Irish Festival at Exchange place on the waterfront from 1-8PM.  They’ll have Irish food and beer (and of course Jameson), live music, bag-pipes and traditional Celtic gifts to purchase and you can enjoy it all while taking in the Manhattan skyline.

 

Vogue Café

177 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 763-6972

 

Zeppelin Hall

88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 721-8888

 

Jersey City Irish Festival

Exchange Place

All About Downtown Street Fair

18Sep

Downtown Jersey City’s premier event of the season is right around the corner! The annual All About Downtown Street Fair began in 2011 and featured over a hundred vendors selling a variety of products ranging from handmade jewelry to one of a kind artwork. Seven years later in 2018, the event brought over 40,000 people into downtown Jersey City and over 200 vendors selling everything from vintage clothes and handmade soaps to gyros and empanadas.

This is a fun filled all-day event. Local bars and restaurants set up outdoor beer gardens and rum bars and attendees dance to a variety of music. There’s no shortage of food as vendors feature cuisines from around the world that prove Jersey City’s title as the Most Diverse City in the United States!

If you’re planning on this being your “cheat day” we suggest starting with the No Forks Given booth.  These sandwiches are over the top and stuffed to the rim.  Try their famous fried chicken sandwich with special sauce and pickled onions.  You can also find their food truck at 2 Grand Street in Jersey City.  After your tasty sandwich head over to Glazed and Confused for some delicious donuts, canivale for their crazy milk shakes, or Freetown Road Project for some sweet banana cake.  This is Freetown Road’s first All About Downtown Street Fair, but you may have seen them at the Jersey City Night Market in Journal Square.  Chef Claude Lewis is the executive chef at Porta in Jersey City and also won Chopped on Food Network in March 2019.

 

All About Downtown Street Fair

Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Coles Street

 

Porta

135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 544-5199

Labor Day Weekend in Jersey City

28Aug

Labor Day is the unofficial “end of summer” and if you’re staying in Jersey City instead of hitting the beach, we have two activities that are sure to end your summer on a great note!

 

Liberty State Park –Liberty State Park is a green oasis in our very own Jersey City. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, Liberty State Park is one of the state’s most dramatic parks.  Grab some friends and enjoy a picnic or a BBQ and enjoy the beautiful views and fresh air!  If you have a larger group that wants to have a BBQ,  there are seven open-air, group picnic areas available for reservation. Each are equipped with eight picnic tables and one large, charcoal grill. There is no fee for the use of a group picnic area; however, a permit must be obtained prior to use.

 

William Wall – There are still some tickets available to board the William Wall boat on August 31st which is anchored in the middle of the Hudson River.  This is a hidden gem in Jersey City and is the perfect activity for Labor Day weekend! The boat has a full bar and you can bring your own food.  Your ticket covers a round-trip on their Admiral’s Launch water taxi from the Manhattan Yacht Club in Jersey City to the Honorable William Wall and back.  On your way back you’ll get dropped off at Surf City, where you can end the night with a few more drinks.

Liberty State Park

200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 915-3403

William Wall

Manhattan Yacht Club

140 Dudley St., Jersey City, NJ 07302

(646)787-6726

National Cheese and Wine Day in Jersey City

25Jul

Move over National Tequila Day, National Wine and Cheese Day is here! National Cheese and Wine Day originated in 2014 and is a day of pairing your favorite (or new) wine and cheeses which is a regionalized tradition.

The day encourages us to try wines and cheese in combinations we’ve never tried before.  Sampling the complexities in sweetness and acidity and comparing them at a tasting makes for an enjoyable experience. When we add friends to the adventure, the day becomes a celebration, too! Below are a few places in Jersey City where you can pair wine and cheese and feel like you’re in Napa Valley, France or Spain!

 

Third & Vine – If you love small plates, great wine and cocktails, and fancy cheese plates, you’ll have to check this spot out.  They have 4 categories of cheeses to choose from: soft, stinky, firm and blue and 8 different meats to pair it with.  You can also choose from 3 of their daily cheese and chatcuterie boards.

 

Satis Bistro – This restaurant serves brunch and dinner and also has a separate connecting wine bar that is gorgeous! Whether you want to sit at a table and order food, wine and cheese or just sit at the bar for a cheese plate and vino, you can do it all here.

 

Madame Claude Bis – An authentic French restaurant that has live gypsy jazz, French cheese and wines and a great ambiance.

 

Don’t forget to use #NationalWineAndCheeseDay when posting on social media.

 

Third & Vine

353 3rd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

 

Satis Bistro

212 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

 

Madame Claude Bis

390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

 

Hudson County Restaurant Week

21Jul

It’s that favorite time of the year again for Jersey City foodies…Hudson County Restaurant week! This year they’ve added even more restaurants with 3-course prix fixe lunches starting as low as $15.00 and dinners starting at $25.00. Here is the full list, but below are the new additions we think are worth checking out!

Harry’s Daughter – This Caribbean Gastro Pub is known for their Sunday BBQ’s where you can eat a delicious meal for $10.00, their flavorful brunch menu and their Caribbean décor.  For Restaurant Week they’ll have prix fixe lunch for $25.00 and dinner for $35.00.  Entrees off the dinner menu include double braised short rib, Mahi Mahi, Trinidadian Style Curry Chicken and Jamaican Ital Stewed Peas (vegetarian).

The Franklin – If you’re looking for a BYOB restaurant with excellent pasta, The Franklin is the place! They will also have both lunch and dinner available at discounted prices.  Customers can choice from wild mushroom risotto, cacio e pepe or braised short ribs for their entrees.

Jersey Social – Jersey Social serves contemporary American cuisine and cocktails with high quality ingredients and technique and service.  This is RB Hospitality Group’s newest location and first in NJ. The Michelin Starred Group has brought in acclaimed Chef Adin Langille (former Executive Chef at Fabric by David Burke, and Michelin Starred Junoon Restaurant) and world renowned mixologist Hemant Pathak to lead the culinary and cocktail program.  For restaurant week, their 3-course menu includes two burger options, spicy fried chicken sandwich, or a pasta dish.  You’ll also get a glass of wine on the house!

 

Harry’s Daughter

339 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

 

 

The Franklin

159 New York Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

 

 

Jersey Social

837 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07310