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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

Bastille Day is July 14 – Here’s Where To Go for French Fare

13Jul

This July 14, we will celebrate the 231st anniversary of Bastille Day, which is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. However, you don’t need to have even stepped on French soil to celebrate – instead, you can head to one of the many French eateries we have in our Beacon neighborhood.

If you’re looking to enjoy authentic French dishes such as coq au vin, cassoulet and boeuf bourguignon on Bastille Day, check out some of these French restaurants nearby for a meal that’ll make you feel like you’re dining in the heart of Paris.

Madame Claude Bis, located at 390 4th St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cozy, dimly lit cafe with outdoor tables serving up French bistro items.

This typical Parisian bistro is owned by a French husband-and-wife team who have brought French specialties to Jersey City while still utilizing local produce. You’ll love their weekly jazz band, charming atmosphere and cocktail menu of French cordials.

Bistro La Source, located at 85 Morris St, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a restaurant with a patio serving French fare such as steak frites and mussels, plus fixed-price meals.

With over 25 years experience as a chef in some of Manhattan’s most prestigious restaurants, owner Bill Spitz takes great pride in the quality and presentation of each dish at Bistro La Source. Seasonal ingredients from local purveyor are always featured on the menu as well as hand-picked wine selections.

Madame Claude Bis

390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 876-8800

Bistro La Source

85 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 209-1717

Support These Black-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

08Jul

As protests and social change have made their way across the United States, many of us are trying to find ways we can help our black friends, family and neighbors make a change for the better.

One way we can be supportive in Jersey City is quite simple – we can support our local black-owned businesses by dining at their restaurants or purchasing goods from their stores. It’s a simple act in which we can make a difference!

The Grind Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Ave #3722, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a counter-serve café known for their La Colombe coffee drinks and pastries in a simple space.

Established in 2015, The Grind Shop is the result of three partners from varying fields of fashion, food, and design and their obsession with coffee and “coffee culture.” Since these friends call Jersey City their beloved home, they knew there was no better place to bring their business.

Jerkin Chicken, located at 234 West Side Ave, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an established, family-run restaurant doling out traditional Jamaican food in a laid-back environment.

For over 20 years, the Mckenzie family has been running Jerkin Chicken for the restaurant’s dedicated crowd of supporters. They started with a simple concept – to provide customers with an authentic taste of Jamaica, the Mckenzie’s native island. Of course, you can’t leave without trying their jerk chicken, which contains no GMOs, hormones or animal by-products.

The Grind Shop

360 Communipaw Ave #3722, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547-8377

Jerkin Chicken

234 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 285-5375