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Nothing pairs with a good meal like an epic view. Bring your camera (and your appetite) to these next-level spots in northern NJ that boast gorgeous views of the Big Apple.
525 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken
Named after Hoboken’s most famous and beloved crooner, Blue Eyes sits along the Hudson. Soak up views of the Freedom Tower as you sample from a menu of Italian dishes like grilled branzino with fresh herbs, orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe and fresh pizza napoletana.
Get your fix of Mexican at this casual spot boasting fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas and other staples. Vegan at the table? The menu has highlights like potato crispies, pan fried plantain rolls stuffed with cheese, and veggie burritos and fajitas. Enjoy brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays including $5 mimosas and sangria.
1700 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken
This date night haven is all about seafood. Start with cornerstones like crab cake topped with avocado corn relish and lemon shallot butter, pepper seared ahi tuna tartare tacos or watermelon carpaccio. Follow up with panko-crusted chicken, spiced sofrito swordfish, lemon herb crusted salmon or Portuguese summer stew.
221 River St., Hoboken
Thanks to a partnership with Double Eagle Steakhouse, you can expect next-level hand-cut beef in the form of filet mignon, prime ribeye and prime rib. Other highlights include shrimp fettuccini, lemon dill salmon, grilled celery root steak or steak frites.
2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater
Talk about a romantic night out. You can’t go wrong with a breezy summer night by the water savoring dishes like creamy seafood risotto, pan seared Chilean sea bass over white soba noodles and enoki trumpet mushrooms and lamb shank with cauliflower and potato garlic mash. Enjoy the views during Happy Hour on weekdays or brunch on the weekends.
American Dream (Elizabeth), Hoboken
Score sophisticated views of Manhattan while chowing down on no-frills barbecue grub at the Hoboken location. Complete with an authentic Texas pitmaster, this resto is packed with Austin BBQ fare like pulled pork, juicy brisket, ribs and smoked sausage. Finish off the meal with a Texas-sized cookie, pecan pie or peach cobbler.
103 Montgomery St., Jersey City
Perfect for a special night out, this contemporary Japanese resto prioritizes freshness, comfort and seasonal offerings. From extravagant sushi and a stocked bar to samurai steak (ribeye marinated in soybean paste with wasabi miso sauce) to brothy udon and soba noodles, this spot has it all. Have you ever tried a Japanese brunch? Stop by on Saturday or Sunday to try steak and egg don, an egg omelet stuffed with chicken fried rice or sushi.
76 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City
This is arguably one of the state’s most raved about al fresco spots. With craft cocktails like Liberty Punch (gin, green chartreuse, lime, chamomile tea and rosemary), events like mixology classes and special food tastings and a sustainable, seasonal menu with tons of local ingredients, you can’t go wrong with a warm night on the patio. Scour the raw bar, bring your appetite for Berkshire pork schnitzel, charred cauliflower steak or spring lamb shoulder.
84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City
Think old-school fish house gone mod. Watch your plate be prepped in the open kitchen, sip at the outdoor bar on the split-level patio or make a date for brunch. If you splurge on dinner, try brined king salmon with leek and potato hash and spiced baby carrots, ginger glazed sea bass with shitake mushrooms in a coconut broth, or a duo of a NY strip steak plus braised short rib.
1 Pershing Rd., Weehawken
Greek and Mediterranean is always a win, but it doesn’t get better than Greek and Mediterranean with views of NYC through floor-to-ceiling windows on two floors. Signature dishes include the whole fish, which is displayed in the fish market, and saganaki flame served tableside. The restaurant’s full bar features wines from Greece.
200 Hudson St., Jersey City
This spot’s quite the mashup: NYC views from Harborside, hip-hop and reggae tunes, an urban gastropub feel, and an inspired Southeast Asian menu. Imbibe signature sips like Mister Softee (mezcal, pernod, orange, lemon,vanilla ice cream and orange bitters) or Yaya Papaya (gin, luxardo, salers, lime and papaya cordial – keep in mind, this drink contains fish sauce) before digging into charred edamame, noodles, Thai fried rice or Malaysian fried chicken. If you’re not quite full, a sticky toffee date cake or Thai s’mores sundae with coconut ice cream and candied peanuts may appeal to your tastebuds.
1 Exchange Pl., Jersey City
This stunning giant consists of multi-level indoor and outdoor spots to hang, The RoofTop and The Terrace. While the food is top notch (think roasted wild mushroom toast, baked crab fondue or fried Amish chicken wings), the star of this spot is the cocktail list. Sip Jersey-inspired libations like the Green Tea Long Island (vodka, gin, white rum, Nonino Amaro, green tea lemonade, lemon simple syrup) or Where’s Waldo (Knob Creek rye, absinthe, cognac, Demarara, Peychauds, walnut bitters).
Guttenberg, North Bergen, Clifton, Jersey City, Rochelle Park
Paradise isn’t as far away as you think. Come for show-stopping tropical drinks (mojitos and pina coladas, people!), authentic and reimagined Cuban food and lively music. Guttenberg’s location serves up the Instaworthy views of the city. Go for Cuban standards like Ropa Vieja (shredded beef simmered in a tomato-base sauce), carne con papas (beef and potato stew) and croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes). For dessert, savor flan de coco or head downstairs to the attached Cuban bakery.
40-4 Riverwalk Pl., West New York
Get a taste of 1950s Cuba: the glamour, elegance, music and, of course, the food. Sit in one of the two luxurious dining areas before making a trip to the bar for cocktails like Chili Chili Bang Bang (Don Julio Blanco tequila, ancho reyes chile, passionfruit and ginger beer). Take a seat on the patio or walk down to the water’s edge for stunning views of Manhattan after getting your fill of dishes pernil pork shank or filet mignon medallions. If you are coming with a group, consider sharing paella or a parrillida mixta (steak, filet mignon and shrimp with asparagus, chorizo and manchego fries). Before heading there, take note of the dress code requirements.
1 Marin Blvd., Jersey City
Get all the cozy magic of a Jersey shore bar without the traffic. Peep the Statue of Liberty as you explore all five on-the-water bars (including one completely devoted to frozen tropical drinks!) Keep it simple with classic bar food featuring chicken wings, burgers and, most importantly, sea fare like mussels, steamed clams and beer battered cod with fries.
2 Exchange Pl., Jersey City
Within the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Vu serves fresh fare with beyond satisfying views. Huge windows let in light and city sights, so savor those while you choose from different menus offered on Sundays and Mondays, and then Tuesday-Saturday. Indulge in drinks like the Hemingway daiquiri or a blueberry margarita.
7800 B River Rd., North Bergen
Start off with a bang, whether it be the raw bar, formaggi or cheese. Dinner is served every day beginning at 2 pm. Follow up with ricotta stuffed zucchini blossoms, crispy braised beef brisket with creamy polenta or baked lobster mashed potatoes. For your main, go for the seafood capellini, homemade spaghetti with littleneck clams, bone-in veal chop parmesan or gnocchi in a tomato pesto pork ragu. Oh, and you’ll want to leave room for dessert. Three words: Banana bread pudding.