Escape from New York: Jersey City and Other Hidden Treasures Outside of NYC
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I’ve been a proud Jersey City resident ever since our family moved here from the Philippines in 1995. This pride has only grown in recent years as my adopted hometown developed in ways I never anticipated, overcoming its dodgy reputation. Now, I can show off buzzy new restaurants, hip cafes, and the best views of lower Manhattan. In fact, there’s no better day-trip target from New York City.
The Jersey City food scene has exploded in recent years, with Orange and Olive’s 10-course chef’s menu being a popular choice (Photo: Orange and Olive)
Jersey City, a diverse hamlet of 250,000, has been spoiled with new dining options. Not five years ago, eating out for locals often meant going to Manhattan or — God forbid — neighboring Hoboken. But now we can try the always-changing 10-course chef’s menu at Orange and Olive in the Heights. There’s also Milk Sugar Love, an ice cream parlor in the Hamilton Park neighborhood that focuses on organic ingredients and innovative flavors such as rich caramel corn that reminds me of mais con yelo, a chilled treat from the Philippines.
The organic and flavorful treats at Milk Sugar Love (Photo: Milk Sugar Love/Colleen White)
And there’s more to come: On July 26, the Jersey City Project launched Project: Eats, a street fair celebrating our expanding culinary landscape. It attracted roughly 10,000 diners. In addition to proven favorites, there were stalls teasing us with samples from soon-to-open eateries. Broa should be welcoming guests to its Grove Street location any day now; during Project Eats, it served a fragrant selection of savory Portuguese snacks, from crispy codfish croquettes to tender pork loin bifanas.