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A taste of Jersey City? Where should I go for a self-guided tour of Jersey City?

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mar5 Jul 9, 2012 11:46 AM

Hi - Sometimes friends and I take ourselves on self-guided food tours...all kinds of Chinese out in Flushing....each picking our favorite bites of food in Manhattan....or sometimes around our own neighborhood in Williamsburg....a stop at Fatty Cue for brisket buns...La Superior for tacos...Forcella for fried pizza...

This time my in-laws want to check out Jersey City. I've never done anything but just drive through JC...what are the best, tastiest, most original morsels we could check out there on a Sat. afternoon walk?

Thanks!

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    fourunder RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 12:05 PM

    Laico's
    The Lighthorse Tavern
    Ibby's Falafel
    Komegashi Too
    Pecoraro's Bakery
    Max's of Manila

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      rwilenker RE: fourunder Aug 1, 2012 05:00 PM

      Substitute Gypsy Grill on Newark Avenue for Ibby's.

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        lalanyc RE: rwilenker Sep 14, 2012 11:31 AM

        No, don't. Gypsy Grill is disgusting. Ibby's, though sometimes inconsistent, is far better.

        I also wouldn't overlook Little India by Journal Square. Rasika is a solid choice. Plenty of little Philippine restaurants up that way too.

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      NJfoodLover RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 12:15 PM

      Soul Flavors - Grove St
      The Hamilton Inn - Jersey Ave
      Taqueria Downtown - Grove St
      Andrea's Salumria (amazing sandwiches) Central Ave
      Second Street Bakery
      Two Pitas in a Pod - Food Truck - Mediterranean Food

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        NJfoodLover RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 12:32 PM

        Soul Flavors - Grove St
        The Hamilton Inn - Jersey Ave
        Taqueria Downtown - Grove St
        Andrea's Salumria (amazing sandwiches) Central Ave
        Second Street Bakery
        Two Pitas in a Pod - Food Truck - Mediterranean Food

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          vicious knishes RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 12:33 PM

          Some of my favorites;
          Pecoraro's Bakery
          Philipine Bread House
          Monteleone Bakery
          Kwality Ice Cream
          Mi Mariachi Taqueria
          Morgan Seafood
          New Park Tavern

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            vicious knishes RE: vicious knishes Jul 9, 2012 06:00 PM

            And I almost forgot Nha Trang and the 2 vietnamese bodegas in that vicinity. Get an avacado smoothie if you're not ready for "food" food.

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            tom246 RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 01:21 PM

            Don't forget The Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory.

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              coldbeer RE: mar5 Jul 9, 2012 01:56 PM

              Modern American Eatery
              Thirty Acres
              Satis
              Casa Dante
              Madame Claude

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                mar5 RE: coldbeer Jul 9, 2012 02:10 PM

                thanks for all these great suggestions! please let me know if there are any stand-out/must-have dishes at any of these places or any others people continue to suggest!

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                bifpocaroba RE: mar5 Jul 10, 2012 05:07 AM

                fourunder nailed it with his first two suggestions.

                Laico's
                The Lighthorse Tavern

                Coldbeer mentioned a place a few weeks back and he is always spot on with his recommendations.

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                  don515 RE: bifpocaroba Jul 11, 2012 03:38 PM

                  Used to live 2 blocks from laico's living in Pittsburgh now. When driving back to NJ I put an image in my head of that copper ice bucket on the bar with my Martini glass in it...

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                  dock RE: mar5 Jul 13, 2012 09:41 AM

                  torico's ice cream. bet you never had ubu ice cream before. and taqueria has terrific fish tacos and posole on weekends. laico's is a trip, very jersey. but why would you go to the lighthorse tavern? it's good, but not unusual. i think you might prefer the vietnamese places on newark or the indian on newark ave. and soul flavors does have amazing fried chicken. compare it to pies and thighs and let me know. i haven't been to thirty acres yet but it sounds like a place that fits right in billyburg.

                  1. Disneyfreak RE: mar5 Apr 4, 2014 07:49 AM

                    Someone bumped this up the other day with a post about their tour company. I gather that post was deleted -- thumbs up!

                    But now I'm wondering about updates from folks on places for a self guided tour of Jersey City. Any thoughts?

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