Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Where To Find Apple Cider Near Your Beacon Apartment


There’s nothing like a glass of hot apple cider in the midst of autumn – especially if that cider is homemade right from the orchard. Being that Jersey City is full of hip bars and restaurants, we’re lucky to live by lots of destinations featuring local cider, and even hard cider, all season long.

If you’re looking for that perfect glass of cider, check out these nearby places for a sip you’re sure to savor all season long. It’ll be difficult to return to the typical glass of wine or beer after these ciders!

WÜRSTBAR, located at 516 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cool spot offering a variety of sausages, beers and ciders in a rustic space with an old-school flair.

WURSTBAR features one of the largest selections of ciders in the city, with styles including semi-dry, dry, semi-sweet and farmhouse. Their ciders hail from all over the world, from as far as France.

Barcade, located at 163 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a festive venue pairing classic video games with craft ales and ciders, plus familiar pub grub in an airy locale.

Barcade focuses craft spirits and cocktails. The menu consists primarily of sandwiches, appetizers, and shareable plates with creative variations of classic pub food and regional specialties. The beer and cider selection is only American, featuring local, regional, and national craft breweries and cideries, and only on draft so as to reduce waste and energy.


516 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8396


163 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-4555

Indian Cuisine Is Always On The Menu At These Authentic Eateries


Here in Jersey City, we are surrounded by a bustling culinary scene that allows you to travel the world via plate, all without ever going further than a few miles from your Beacon apartment. This includes our local Indian eateries, which offer all of your authentic favorites like chicken tikka masala, biryani, naan, samosas and more.

Ready to indulge with some delicious Indian comfort cuisine now that fall is here? Stop by these Jersey City Indian restaurants for outdoor dining or takeout.

Amiya, located at 101 Hudson St, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, offers refined, contemporary Indian cuisine in a fine dining setting which is the perfect atmosphere for a night out on the town or a simple afternoon lunch.

Amiya is headed by Chef Girish, who juxtaposes the traditional qualities of Indian cuisine that diners crave with ingredients not traditionally seen on a typical Indian menu. The delightful menu is inspired by Chef Girish’s deep knowledge of Indian cuisine, his skill and his boundless imagination.

VaibhaV Indian Restaurant, located at 737 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a relaxed BYOB eatery providing an array of traditional Indian fare.

Vaibhav aims to bring the essence of the rich Indian heritage of taste and culinary culture. Their chefs excel in treating diners with the most delectable spreads and they have proven themselves over the years to be a sophisticated yet comforting destination.


101 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-8000

VaibhaV Indian Restaurant

737 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 533-9500

Celebrate National Guacamole Day on September 16


No matter the upcharge, we’re all usually on the same page when it comes to guacamole – yes, please! No one can resist a hearty bowl of guacamole, especially if it’s freshly made and mixed with all of your favorite Mexican toppings alongside a bowl of tortilla chips.

Luckily, here in Jersey City, we have lots of authentic Mexican restaurants that specialize in guacamole which will have you coming back for dip after dip, especially on National Guacamole Day on September 16. You’ll certainly need a second order of chips – or two – to finish off these delectable bowls!

Orale Mexican Kitchen, located at 341 Grove St, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a buzzing hangout with quirky “Day of the Dead” decor, big tequila menu and classic comfort food.

Orale is a fun and unique space to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with a bar that includes some of the best handcrafted cocktails. They offer tons of guacamole varieties, including those made with crispy braised pork belly, a house special blend and agave.

Gringo’s, located at 12 Coles St, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a modern taqueria offering spirited takes on Mexican street food and a vast tequila collection.

Gringo’s is inspired by the fusion of ancient techniques and modern dining sensibility. It’s where the best of Mexican and American cuisines become one to provide the most unique tastes unavailable anywhere else. Through collaboration of shared culinary cultures, they’ve crafted an unforgettable experience of diverse flavors through relatable food and exciting cocktails.

Orale Mexican Kitchen

341 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-0001


12 Coles St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 389-4110

Enjoy Rooftop Dining At These Local Restaurants


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


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