The 50 restaurants in Jersey City that matter, ranked worst to best

{We made the top 10!}

It’s no secret: Jersey City’s dining scene has exploded over the last decade and played a major role in New Jersey’s second largest city reclaiming its place as one of the state’s grandest cultural epicenters.

The sprawling town’s eclectic cuisine runs the gamut from Zagat-rated, New York Times-coronated artisan pizzerias and French bistros to divey Szechuan spots and taco joints. There is a restaurant to fit any palate and budget. 

Though dining in a city with as many options can be overwhelming — where does one even begin? 

Satis is more appealing than most of the European-style bistros in Jersey City due to its elegant atmosphere and decor, strong drinks and the scrumptious dishes in Paulus Hook. The patatas bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) appetizer was massive and flavorful, and the hanger steak was juicy. But it was the red wine pappardelle with braised oxtail that blew us away — the pasta was excellently cooked, the red wine sauce was tangy and oxtail tender. You’ll spend a pretty penny here, but the portions are large enough that you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.
You gotta try: The Red Wine Pappardelle ($26)

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