If you’re mapping out a one-day itinerary of places you must eat in Jersey City, this ice cream spot in Hamilton Park (there’s also a location in The Heights) needs to be on it. The flavors change often, but along with the usual suspects, you’ll find delicious, experimental options like brown sugar oatmeal and rosemary toffee pine nut. And if you leave without trying an ice cream sandwich here, you’re doing it wrong.
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Citi Grill is a West African spot in Jersey City that’s a great option for takeout and delivery.
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Ling’s is an iconic food cart on Canal Street in Chinatown that’s been making spherical dough puffs since 1982.
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Ray’s is a classic, cash-only spot in the East Village that serves soft serve, fried Oreos, and milkshakes all year round.
Paul’s Daughter is a counter-service spot on the boardwalk in Coney Island that has everything from lobster rolls to soft serve.
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Bread And Salt
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Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a food hall on Park Avenue in Midtown East with a bunch of options for a quick lunch.
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