Author: Sophia F. Gottfried

Sophia F. Gottfried is a North Jersey native. She's happiest when discovering hole-in-the-wall food gems, traveling and trying to visit every coffee shop and farmers market in Jersey City, where she lives.
After going vegan five years ago, Marcell Portes found that many eateries in Jersey City lacked edible choices. So last May, he opened his own vegan restaurant, More Life Cafe, on the city’s West Side.

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For rewarding food, atmosphere, variety and value, these new restaurants have earned enthusiastic followings.

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There's a shortage of Persian restaurants in Hudson County. So in October, longtime Hoboken resident Maryanne Fike opened one to share her cuisine with the community.

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Run in collaboration with Ani Ramen in Jersey City, this sweet speakeasy probably won’t stay secret much longer.

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The six-month-old restaurant has brought authentic Italian comfort food—what co-owner Drew Buzzio calls "cucina povera"—to the developing Jersey City Heights neighborhood.

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The Jersey City neighborhood has been attracting newcomers priced out of downtown. Now, restaurants and bars are following suit.

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