New Date Night Restaurants: Discover Bergen Lafayette

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Pinwheel Gardens

Communipaw Avenue in the Bergen Lafayette section of Jersey City is the place to discover creative foodies priced out of the ultra-hot downtown area. Here are some suggestions for taking your date night to a new level

Harry’s Daughter– a Caribbean gastropub run by Ria Ramkisson. Dishes to try include jerk chicken nachos, whole red snapper and daily roti specials are just a few of the wonderful offerings. The bar offers a wide range of cocktails including several crafted with the house-made ginger beer as well as the passion fruit guava rum punch.

Pinwheel Garden (pictured above) is a family owned grass-roots dumpling and noodle restaurant dedicated the freshest ingredients and collaborative dishes. Dishes not to miss include the scallion pancake (like you’ve never had before- a delicious many-layered creation) the spinach pie dumplings. the coconut curry (with char siu pork) and the glorious trinity ramen. This tiny gem is a find for anyone who craves fresh dumplings and noodles.

Hooked JC is a local Seafood shack decorated with vintage decor serving fresh seafood, chicken and vegetarian options; on a platter, poboy or salad. The fish is local and ridiculously fresh, the service is friendly and amazingly helpful, describing the fish available and the best way to have it prepared. This is the ultimate in dive-bar chic dining. Portions are significant and the fries are especially good!

Mordi’s Schnitzel Truck at 320 Communipaw Avenue is a popular food truck-turned-sandwich spot currently open from 7am-3pm with breakfast and lunch options. The menu features some favorites from the truck, but also includes a variety of other sandwiches – lox and cream cheese, roast beef, chicken parm, etc. According to Mordi, the idea is to serve food he’d want to eat – casual, familiar, and delicious. The shop is open for take-out and eat-in orders and they have a small selection of tables available both inside and outdoors. Down the line, they plan to open for dinner service as well, offering platters and entrees along with the sandwiches.

 

The Oak on Pine is a new take on traditional Southern dishes. Sweet corn fritters, or Crawfish mac and cheese to start, followed by
the salted honey fried chicken with mashed potatoes. The Grilled Trees sandwich offers vegetarians a satisfying mix of  eggplant, squash, peppers and fried onions and an ancho aioli, satisfying and hefty. Don’t miss dessert! Key lime pie is the Oak’s most popular dessert, served with house-made whipped cream. A tough choice considering seasonal cobbler is also offered.

 

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