Jersey City

New York's outdoor rinks feature picturesque views of Central Park, the skyline and the Rockefeller Center tree.

Last week, I had dinner at Jersey City’s Amelia’s Bistro where sixth generation rum maker Roberto Serrallés was promoting his distillery’s Caliche Rum.

Hop across the Hudson River and spend your Saturday in Hoboken and Jersey City at three free events worthy of a ride on the PATH train.

Recently I had a 9C Signature Burger from 9th and Coles Tavern in Jersey City, topped with Jersey’s notorious Taylor Ham, a fried egg and much more.

Tucked into the tree-lined streets of the Hamilton Park neighborhood of Jersey City, The Hamilton Inn is a sunny restaurant with a full bar and varied menu. Throughout the day, light pours in through the windows of the corner space, while the evening brings cozy, warm lighting from dimmed overhead lamps.

Looking for a pizza made with unique, local and high-quality ingredients? Try a pie at Jersey City’s Razza. The restaurant’s personal-sized pizzas are perfect for one, or good for sharing along with an appetizer or salad. I’ve dined there twice and tried two of their frequently changing specials: gnocchi with pork and a sausage-and-mushroom topped pizza.

A charming French bakery and café with locations in Hoboken and Jersey City, Choc O Pain offers a variety of pastries and hot drinks. Choc O Pain’s Hoboken location is more spacious with two floors of seating, while their Jersey City café is much smaller and cozier.

Outfit your home and yourself with furniture, accessories, clothing and jewelry from Kanibal Home. The Jersey City-based shop features vintage pieces, local designers’ clothing lines and plenty of DIY workshop events.

One of Jersey City’s newest restaurants, the recently launched Left Bank Burger Bar, quickly became one of my favorites when I stopped by for dinner a few weeks ago. The burger joint—named for its location, left of the Hudson River—offers beef, chicken, turkey and veggie patties as well as plenty of topping options.

A few weeks ago, I crossed the Hudson River to Jersey City, NJ for dinner at Thirty Acres. Only a few blocks from the PATH train at Grove Street station, the restaurant is easily accessible from Manhattan and located in a cute neighborhood perfect for walking around as you wait for your table.

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