Jersey City, New Jersey sits right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. So, whether you’re visiting Jersey City for business or heading into New York City for an extended stay, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy here during your off hours. Check out these highlights in our guide to things to do in Jersey City.
Jersey City Restaurants
Taste the best of what the Garden State has to offer
Liberty House Restaurant
At Liberty House Restaurant, guests enjoy farm-to-table American cuisine hand-crafted from seasonal ingredients by a team of culinary masters under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Ken Trickilo. The restaurant is part of a local farming cooperative, which enables it to take advantage of the Garden State’s finest and freshest fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats. And, the view here is nearly as incredible as the food.
76 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Whether you’re planning a corporate lunch or you are looking for a quiet and refined dinner location, Porto Leggero makes for the perfect choice. Set along the waterfront, this quaint fine dining restaurant is a star on the Jersey City culinary scene, thanks to its authentic and expertly prepared Italian cuisine. On a side note, this is also where you’ll find the best dirty martini in town.
185 Hudson St.
With its unabated view of the Manhattan skyline, the panoramic setting at Vu is magnificent. Located in the Hyatt Regency right along the Hudson River, Vu restaurant meets the needs of corporate visitors to the city, whether that need is a hearty breakfast, a working lunch, or an elegant dinner. Here, you’ll enjoy traditional American fare made with a twist, using the freshest seasonal ingredients.
2 Exchange Place
Carlo’s Bake Shop
You’ve seen The Cake Boss on TV, so why not take the time to visit his actual bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop, in nearby Hoboken, NJ? The Hoboken location is his flagship store, and here you can buy some of “Buddy” Valastro’s incredibly inventive cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. What better way to make a good impression at your corporate meeting than by bringing a box of treats from the Cake Boss with you? Stop by, taste, and see for yourself why Buddy has become a top figure in America’s baking scene.
95 Washington St.
Jersey City Attractions
Our country’s history and its future on display, and beer!
If you’re like most Americans, your life in this country wouldn’t be the way it is if your ancestors hadn’t made the trek across the Atlantic Ocean and entered the country at Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1954, more than 12 million immigrants passed through the now-quiet halls of Ellis Island, and visiting this National Park is humbling as much as it is awe-inspiring. Few attractions offer the perspective of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Liberty Science Center
The Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park, and it features 12 exciting galleries and the largest IMAX Dome Theater in the nation. There are hundreds of exhibits to take in here, many of which are comprised of concepts never before seen in the museum world. Or, just sit back and take in the crystal clear images presented on the theater’s massive 88-foot screen.
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Museum of Russian Art
Opened in 1980, The Museum of Russian Art (MoRA) has played a significant role in introducing Russian art and culture to the American people. The bulk of the museum’s collection is curated from human rights activist Alexander Glezer’s private collection. The exhibitions regularly include the visionary works of such artists as Erik Bulatov, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Evgeny Kropivnitsky, Lidia Masterkova, and Alexander Kharitonov, just to name a few.
80 Grand St.
Departed Soles Brewing Company
After opening in 2015 in Downtown Jersey City, the Departed Soles Brewing Company not only became the state’s first brewery to create craft beers using 100% gluten-free ingredients, but it also has a tasting room where you and your corporate colleagues can relax, unwind, and get to know each other a little better. Tours are also available.
150 Bay St. #2a
The Afro-American Historical Society Museum
The Afro-American Historical Society Museum was started by Captain Thomas Taylor to help Jersey City residents and visitors develop an appreciation for the historic and cultural heritage of African Americans. A visit to this museum is a stark reminder of where our country once was, and a hopeful vision of where it’s headed. Since 1984, the museum’s permanent location has been on the second floor of the Greenville Public Library.
1841 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City Sports
No home team of its own, but there’s no shortage of sports action in Jersey City
Football: New York Giants
The New York “Football” Giants are better known as the Jersey Giants by Jersey City residents. Why? Because the team doesn’t play their home games in New York; they play them in East Rutherford, NJ. Established in 1925, the Giants were one of just five teams that joined the NFL that year, and they are the only remaining active team from that group. And, with eight league championships, including four Super Bowl wins under their belt, the Giants have become one of the league’s more successful franchises.
MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr.
Football: New York Jets
One of the benefits for a football fan visiting Jersey City for business is that there’s a pro football game being played every Sunday because when the Giants aren’t in town, the Jets probably are. The New York Jets also play their games in East Rutherford, making it an easy trek for visitors to Jersey City to catch a Jets or Giants game. Although the team has only one Super Bowl win since being founded in 1959 (as the New York Titans), the team’s fan base is passionate about Gang Green.
MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr.
Hockey: New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils were founded in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts. The team then moved to Denver and were renamed the Colorado Rockies just two years later. In 1982, the team moved to East Rutherford, taking the New Jersey Devils name. In 2007, they moved yet again, this time to Newark, NJ, so no name change was needed. But, no matter where the team has been, victories have always followed. The Devils currently have three Stanley Cup Trophies to their name, and they enjoy one of the most passionate fan bases in the NHL.
Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St.
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