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These Caterers Are Offering Beautiful Charcuterie Boards for the Holidays


Anyone with an Instagram account has seen in the past few months how charcuterie boards seem to have exploded in popularity as people have tried their hands at their own meat and cheese board creations. This holiday season, those charcuterie boards will be even more popular as we create spreads for family and friends.

If you would rather leave charcuterie to the experts, you can call these caterers located near your Beacon apartment for a personalized board that will have your visitors both snacking and snapping photos.

Lighten Up Caterers, located at 255 Armstrong Ave, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a 30-year-old company which offers an array of charcuterie boards using organic ingredients and suitable for 15-500 people.

With Lighten Up Caterers, you can get beautiful, distinctive food at an affordable price. The common standard is always satisfaction, regardless if the event is a wedding brunch, a conference for Rutgers Business School, opening parties for Broadway shows, or City Hall events.

Hudson Tea House & Co. Corporate Catering, located at 411 Monmouth St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, uses use simple and fresh ingredients and seasonal produce from local farms every day to bring you the best meals and charcuterie boards for all occasions.

The Hudson Tea House & Co. Corporate Catering team has over 25 years of experience catering to corporate and private clients in the tri-state area, and their goal is to take your vision and make it a reality with great food and service.​

Lighten Up Caterers

255 Armstrong Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 209-9325

Hudson Tea House & Co. Corporate Catering

411 Monmouth St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 275-0603

Craving Holiday Cookies? Visit These Jersey City Bakeries


There’s no tasty holiday tradition quite like holiday cookies, when we finally get the chance to enjoy those classic sugar cookies, gingerbread men, shortbread, thumbprint cookies and more. But, as anyone who has anguished over a mixing bowl knows, baking cookies is no easy task!

If baking isn’t exactly your thing, leave the holiday cookies to the experts this year and instead, visit these local bakeries before your cookie exchange. No one needs to be the wiser that your cookies didn’t come from your Beacon oven!

Cocoa Bakery, located at 275 Grand St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a quaint storefront with breakfast pastries, cookies, classic baked goods and espresso drinks, plus a snug patio.

Since their opening in 2013, Cocoa has been a popular spot for cookies, pastries, coffee and made to order cakes for all occasions. Residents and visitors, as well as Jersey City eateries, have been loyal customers. Owner and Chef Jessica Isaacs is directly involved in all aspects of its creative, culinary and business operations. 

Prato Bakery, located at 371 4th St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a quaint Italian cafe with handcrafted, sweet and savory Tuscan specialties and cookies, plus espresso and cappuccino.

Prato Bakery opened in 2015 after four years in New York City. The goal has always been the same: to bring the Italian and Tuscan authentic baking tradition to the U.S. The bakery, named after the hometown of the owner and baker Simone, offers a variety of baked goods handmade every day in the premises.

Cocoa Bakery

275 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 830-3430

Prato Bakery

371 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 798-8900

Enjoy Your Holiday Dinner at These Jersey City Restaurants


If you’re planning on hosting Christmas dinner this year, you’re probably already planning on spending every minute from when the kids open their presents to when they go to sleep cooking in your Beacon kitchen. However, with all of the amazing restaurants nearby open for Christmas dinner, there’s no need to spend Dec. 25 cooking over a hot stove.

Kick back this Christmas and enjoy items such as baked ham, prime rib, roasted Brussels sprouts and gingerbread without ever picking up a single pan. These eateries near your Beacon apartment have all of your Christmas wishes on their tables!

Blue Eyes Restaurant, located at 525 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a light-filled, modern Italian restaurant with a Frank Sinatra theme and a riverfront patio with skyline views.

If you’re looking for a taste of Italy this Christmas, then Blue Eyes Restaurant is the place to go – they have a wood burning oven made out of bricks that has been flown from Naples, Italy, to offer you the most authentic pizza Napoletana. Plus, they serve a variety of pastas, appetizers, paninis, desserts, gelato and assorted coffees.

Porto Leggero, located at 185 Hudson St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an upscale, chandelier-filled venue serving Italian fare in a high-ceilinged space with tall windows.

Fully exposed behind a two-story wall of glass, the modern interior is softened with mahogany archways, tumbled brick and richly textured upholstery. The finely appointed tables are dressed in white linen. Although waterfront restaurants are plentiful along the Gold Coast of the Hudson, few have a cuisine comparable to Porto Leggero.

Blue Eyes Restaurant

525 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 683-6861

Porto Leggero

185 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

(201) 434-3200

These Local Bars Are The Perfect Hangouts for Thanksgiving Eve


Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes may be a Thanksgiving Day tradition, but there’s another tradition for Thanksgiving Eve – grabbing a drink (or two!) at your favorite local bars to relax before the big day. 

In Jersey City, we have a ton of bars to choose from, including everything from swanky cocktail bars to casual pubs. Choose the one that fits your mood and pick up anything from a cold beer to a fine glass of wine on Nov. 25!

Corkscrew Bar, located at 61 Congress St, Jersey City which is 11 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an easygoing tavern pairing draft beer and cocktails with burgers and pub fare in a simple space with TVs.

Established in 1976, the Corkscrew Bar has been around for over 40 years, evolving and changing with the community. They’re known for their delicious burgers and wings, local beer, refreshing drinks, sports, trivia, live music and more. It’s many locals’ home away from home!

Lucky 7 Tavern, located at 322 2nd St, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a popular, dimly lit joint offering a wide range of whiskeys, BBQ, bar bites, DJs and a jukebox.

Lucky 7 Tavern has been a fixture in downtown Jersey City for years. People fill into Lucky’s to have a drink and enjoy excellent bar food including authentic Southern BBQ. They also offer a large selection of bottled beer and 14 beers on tap, which you can sip on among sporting events shown on their seven flat screen HDTVs.

Corkscrew Bar

61 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 239-0087

Lucky 7 Tavern

322 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 418-8585

Shop For Thanksgiving at These Jersey City Grocery Stores


Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means one thing – your state-of-the-art Beacon kitchen is about to get some serious use! But before you start logging hours cooking on Nov. 26, you’ll have to fill up your shopping cart.

If you’re looking for top-quality meats, vegetables and more to serve to your family on Thanksgiving, look no further than these grocery stores located near your Beacon apartment. These stores offer huge selections, great customer service, fresh fare and more!

Hudson Greene Market, located at ­­77 Hudson St, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an airy grocery carrying specialty and gourmet food, much of it organic, plus cooked meals and coffee.

Hudson Greene Market is a neighborhood store and considers their customers’ needs in every item they stock. They put their customers’ needs first, offering delicious homemade items that make your life easy. Whatever your pleasure, they have it, including salads, sushi, sandwiches, bagels, hot foods and more. 

CTown Supermarkets, located at 885 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is a 13 minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is a supermarket chain selling groceries and other merchandise such as beauty products and cleaning supplies.

Since they opened their doors in 1973, CTown has remained committed to supporting their local communities. All of their stores are independently owned and operated and dedicated to serving the needs of their unique customers. With 130 stores and counting, finding one close your Beacon apartment has never been easier.

Hudson Greene Market

­­77 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 434-2080

CTown Supermarkets

885 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 795-1740