Our 10 Favorite Restaurants in Jersey City

Want to know a secret? Jersey City is a great dining destination.  

Forever overshadowed by being so close to New York City, this town of a quarter of a million people has quietly been producing remarkable, off-the-radar restaurants. And it’s just across the Hudson River, literally one subway station away from the West Village. And yet, for many New Yorkers, it seems so far away. Their loss.  

View looking down a riverside promenade towards the Manhattan skyline
Jersey City is one of the best dining destinations in the greater New York area. Photo credit: Edward Mer

Jersey City is crammed with deliciousness. There’s a swath of newly pedestrianized streets that are flanked by bars and restaurants. There’s India Square, a section of the city that is mostly Indian restaurants. And there are a couple of Filipino enclaves. Not to mention arguably the best pizza around (sorry, Brooklyn). If that’s not enough to get you over the Hudson, the Paris art museum Centre Pompidou is opening a branch in Jersey City in 2023.  

Here are our favorite restaurants in Jersey City.  

Bread & Salt 

This Jersey Heights spot calls itself a bakery, but let’s be clear: people don’t pack the place to walk out with a loaf of bread under their arm. What began as a place known for making some of the best pizza in North America has turned into a place that also serves superlative sandwiches too.  

Bread and Salt’s post-pandemic hours are weird—at the time of publishing, they’re only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday—but the food here is excellent enough to schedule a feast that corresponds with their opening times.  

Domodomo 

The restaurant so nice they named it twice. Domodomo is an outpost of the original Greenwich Village restaurant. This high-quality, nicely priced sushi spot—the best in town, actually—is cheaper than the sibling eatery across the Hudson.  

Come at lunch and you can get five hand rolls for just under three Hamiltons. Or spring for the cleverly named “Domokase,” in which the chef will give you whatever he feels like for $85 (at lunch or dinner). There are a number of non-sushi hot and cold menu items too.  

Various pieces of sushi on a black plate
Domodomo serves up Jersey City’s best sushi. Photo credit: cottonbro

Hamilton Pork 

Located around the corner from Hamilton Park, hence the name, Hamilton Pork is a barbecue basilica, slow-smoking brisket, pulled pork, lamb belly, pork belly, and beef ribs until the meat is practically melting off the bone. One of the best restaurants in Jersey City, it also has an impressive line-up of tacos, burritos, nachos, and sandwiches.  

Barbecued ribs served on a wooden board
Hamilton Pork is the place to go for excellent ribs and other barbecue favorites. Photo credit: Jon Tyson

Hudson Hall 

Jersey City has a small number of great beer halls and beer gardens. Hudson Hall is one of the most ambient, serving up a menu of Central European fare that may take you back to that pre-pandemic trip to Prague, Munich, or Vienna.  

There are about 20 beers on tap and several more by the bottle. When you need to put something more solid in your stomach to prolong the day or evening for more beer, Hudson Hall has a list of smoked meat and sausages, as well as the usual American pub grub like nachos, avocado toast, and burgers. Hudson Hall is strictly BYOL: Bring Your Own Lederhosen.  

Chicken wings in a cardboard serving dish
Delicious hickory smoked and grilled chicken wings from Hudson Hall. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz

Korai Kitchen 

A good Bangladeshi restaurant is hard to find. At least in the New York area. But look no further than Jersey City’s Korai Kitchen, which serves up delicious Bangladeshi staples like various curries and a fall-off-the-bone goat korma that is, in and of itself, worth a trip to Jersey City for.  

La Brujeria 

It’s unclear if they perform any witchcraft on the food here, but the long list of Mexican food at La Brujeria is good enough to assume they might. If you’re near La Brujeria in the morning, the restaurant serves breakfast burritos and pozole, the spicy soup that many Mexicans swear is a great hangover cure.  

Otherwise, the spot serves excellent tacos in the form of lamb birria, lengua, tender beef cheeks, and pork belly chicharron. Among the millions of other items on the menu, La Brujeria also does a Mexican version of poutine, dumping melted cheese, pico de gallo salsa, and your choice of meat over a mountain of French fries.  

Person's hand squeezing a lime over a bowl of Mexican pozole soup
La Brujeria’s pozole is well worth the trip out to Jersey City first thing in the morning. Photo credit: Albany Capture

Rasoi 

Last year, CNN.com published an article stating that the best Indian food in the United States could be found in Jersey City—specifically, on Newark Avenue. That might be a bit of click-bait hyperbole, but it is true that 1) Newark Avenue is lined with Indian restaurants, and 2) they are very good.  

One of the best is Rasoi (810 Newark Ave.) which has been cooking up delicious northern Indian fare here since 1996. Get anything with lamb and you’ll be happy. And that’s no exaggeration.   

Razza 

In September 2017, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells penned a dazzling review of Razza and the headline accompanying the article read: “Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?” The answer was—and still is—a resounding yes.  

Dan Richer is the pizzaiolo behind Razza, making Neapolitan-style pizzas that are good enough to pass muster in Naples. Everything here is good but first-timers should gravitate their palates toward the guanciale or burrata pizzas to ensure edible bliss.  

White Mana Diner 

In 1939, Queens, New York hosted the World’s Fair. And at that event, a diner opened up called White Mana, serving up these things called “hamburgers.” Seven years later, the diner materialized in Jersey City and it’s been flipping fine cheeseburgers ever since. The prices are low, they only take cash, and the burgers are fantastic.  

Exterior of a red and white diner building
White Mana has been a Jersey City staple for nearly 80 years. Photo credit: A Continuous Lean

Würstbar 

This mecca of all things tubular meat is not the worst bar in Jersey City. But it is the Würstbar. The menu is loaded with delicious beer hall staples: giant pretzels, Mexican corn dogs (filled with queso fresco), and burgers. And, of course, there are multiple variations on the theme of sausage, including currywurst, that unique Berlin street snack.   

Würstbar has a massive selection of beers, both on tap and by the bottle, that is refreshingly not dominated by IPAs. And for those who prefer to pair wine with their tubular meat, the bar has four wines on tap. 

Hand cut fries topped with cheese curds, shredded pork, slaw, and other ingredients.
Vietnam meets Canada in the form of Würstbar’s delicious banh mi poutine. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz