The Archer is a pretty ideal option for casual dates in downtown Jersey City. The dark cocktail bar on Newark Avenue has candlelit tables and booths, excellent mixed drinks, and Happy Hour everyday. Just don’t bring anyone who might not be able to focus on your questions about college roommates and celebrity crushes once they see the bow and arrow and giant deer heads on the walls.
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Life Pancake Company
Life Pancake Company is a diner in Jersey City where you should eat giant stacks of pancakes on weekend mornings.
Taqueria Downtown is a fun spot to get margaritas and the best Mexican food in Jersey City.
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At The Fly, you eat chicken and drink wine. In other words, it’s pretty ideal, and you should grab some dinner at this Bed-Stuy spot.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
Sayra’s Wine Bar
Sayra’s is a nice little wine bar in Rockaway Beach with bar food that’s more upscale than most of the other places in the area.
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Razza is a wood-fired pizza spot in Jersey City that’s well worth a trip from New York. Or from anywhere else.
Good Night Sonny
Good Night Sonny is a cocktail bar in a busy section of the East Village, and it's a surprisingly nice place to have a drink.
Bread And Salt
Bread And Salt is a BYOB pizza spot in Jersey City that serves some of our favorite slices around NYC.
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