No offense to New Jersey, but even the few spots that are right on the water in Manhattan are just looking out on, well, New Jersey. The waterfront in Jersey City, on the other hand, has unimpeded views of the Manhattan skyline, and no place has a better vantage point than Battello. That makes this Italian-leaning spot popular for private events and business dinners, but if you’re not looking to commit to mushroom-crusted wagyu or $36 scallops, it’s also an impressive place to meet someone for drinks and an excellent burger at the bar.
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Whether or not you live in Jersey City, you should eat at the 20 places on this guide.
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Korai Kitchen is a Bangladeshi spot in Jersey City with a delicious, $20 buffet that changes daily.
Head to Skinner’s Loft when you’re looking for rooftop drinks in Downtown Jersey City.
Pasta Dal Cuore
Pasta Dal Cuore is a BYOB Italian spot in Jersey City that serves some very good housemade pastas.
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Katie O’s is a counter-service soul food restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that makes fried chicken to order, and really good potato salad.
Life Pancake Company
Life Pancake Company is a diner in Jersey City where you should eat giant stacks of pancakes on weekend mornings.
Untitled at The Whitney
Dinner in an art museum, from Danny Meyer and Michael Anthony. Untitled at The Whitney is anything but boring.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
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