Nightlife in Jersey City

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LITM, an acronym for "love is the message," houses a triple threat of restaurant, lounge, and gallery in its chic, 1,800-square-foot storefront. Creative flavors and contemporary presentation upscaleize its bar classics and gourmetize its entrees. House-made preparations, such as hand-rolled gnocchi with basil pesto ($15) and the hand-pounded veggie burger ($14), are abundant. Reignite the great atmosphere-versus-hydrosphere debate with citrusy chicken paillard ($18) or tea-crusted tilapia ($23). Sophisticated desserts, such as the Belgium chocolate cake ($8), assist adults in reliving the wildest sugar-rush of their youth.

140 Newark Ave
Jersey City,
NJ
US

The culinary wizards at Lamp Post Bar and Grill stack succulent sandwiches, stir up rich entrees, and pour thirst-quenching brews in a comfortable setting. Feasts kick off with one of several taste-bud-tickling appetizers, including roasted button mushrooms stuffed with spinach, ham, and cheese that get messy when pushed through actual buttonholes. Twelve sandwich offerings teeter appealingly on table-bound plates; the Otto Betz pulled-pork sandwich fills beleaguered bellies with slow-roasted pork shoulder mixed with Carolina-style barbecue sauce, with coleslaw and hash brown toppings to add a satisfying crunch. Five cheeses intermingle in the rich sauce that tops Lamp Post's mac 'n' cheese snuggled beneath a panko, bacon, and parmesan crust in an effort to promote inter-cheese cooperation among the warring swiss and cheddar tribes.

382 2nd St
Jersey City,
NJ
US

In 2004, five longtime friends decided to turn their love of American craft beer and classic arcade games into a business model. The result was Barcade, which unleashes night owls upon dozens of 1980s arcade consoles as bartenders pull from a nearly equal number of taps. Their rotating selection of American craft beers features creations from such breweries as Allagash, Founders, and Victory, each pint the ideal complement to vintage games ranging from Galaga and Centipede to Donkey Kong and Q*Bert. In addition to their unending search for the tastiest brews and the best games, the owners also commit to running their business in an ecologically conscious manner. At any given time, at least 75% of their beer list is made up of styles brewed within a few miles of the bar, allowing them to return empty kegs to their original breweries for cleaning and reuse. They garnish their cocktails with compostable and sustainable drinking straws and stirring sticks, and sling them atop a bar constructed from found and recycled materials. Even the electricity used to power the arcade machines hails from local wind farms, where farmers spend all day blowing out birthday candles.

163 Newark Ave
Jersey City,
NJ
US

Honshu Lounge owner and executive sushi chef tucks fresh seafood and veggies into rolls in ways that are pleasing to both the eyes and the tongue. He wraps the Honshu roll—stuffed with yellowtail, avocado, tuna, and salmon—in a sheet of special seaweed that’s marbled with white and green, and sprinkles vibrant-red tobiko onto the White Pearl roll’s pale salmon. Orange dollops of spicy sauce pop against the slices of green avocado that sit atop the Dynamite roll, and the Red Phoenix roll is known to spontaneously burst into flames before re-rolling its shrimp-tempura center.

The interior of the eatery is also infused with pops of color, from the traditional Japanese kimono in golden and violet hues to the blue lights that illuminate the sushi bar. Strings of holiday lights and the occasional mistletoe dangle above tables decorated with stir-fried noodles and steaks glazed in teriyaki sauce.

31 Montgomery St
Jersey City,
NJ
US

Hudson Mall Cinemas brings all the laughs, drama, and action of the day's biggest blockbusters to its screens. Conveniently located in the Hudson Mall shopping center, the theater also hosts birthday parties for movie-lovers of all ages and frequently shows Bollywood movies for foreign film fans.

701 Route 440
Jersey City,
NJ
US

JCDA has been in business for over 35 years. The school provides the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential artist and the recreational dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards of self-discipline, confidence, physical fitness and a greater appreciation of movement and music.

107 W Side Ave
Jersey City,
NJ
US