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Jersey City Food Truck Fest

July 25, 2018

If you’re someone who loves sampling delicious food from some of the best food trucks in the tri-state area than you’re in luck.  On Saturday, July 27th, Madox residents will be able to indulge in a variety of cuisines such as empanadas, pizza, doughnuts, cupcakes, cheesesteaks, seafood, pad Thai, tacos and areppas and more.

Warung Roadside – This truck aims to recreate the Bangkok streetcart experience with delicious pad thai and thai bbq made in a way that honors Thai traditions. They source many ingredients from Thailand and use local organic produce whenever possible and antibiotic and hormone free meat from local farms.  Warung Roadside prides themselves on being committed to using ecofriendly serving trays, plates, and utensils.

Philly Fry – This company believes in doing one thing and doing it really well: French fries. As a small business, they’re constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries, using fresh ingredients and inventive combinations to change the way that people think about French fries.

Whether it’s a festival, corporate party, or wedding, Philly Fry is your go-to mobile food vendor to deliver a classic Philadelphia French fry with a new and delicious twist.

 

Mordi’s Schnitzel – Mordi’s Schnitzel Truck was opened in April 2014 out of the love of two things – Israeli street food & Jersey City! They have a simple but important goal: to provide excellent customer service and quality, homemade Israeli street food from the freshest ingredients possible. Some items off the menu which are hits are the schnitzel cutlets, falafel sandwiches and any of their sub sandwiches!

 

There will also live music and a beer and wine garden for anyone who is 21+

 

Warung Roadside

 

Philly Fry

36 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

(609) 675-0085

 

Mordi’s Schnitzel

320 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(551) 697-4805

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson County Restaurant Week

July 23, 2018

Summer Restaurant Week is finally here! Jersey City residents have two weeks to enjoy discounted three course dinners and two course lunches from some of the finest restaurants in Hudson County.  Each restaurant lists their mouth-watering dinner and lunch menu, making it a tough decision on where to choose.  They’ve also added some new participating restaurants close to your Madox apartment.  Here are some places that won’t disappoint:

Edwards Steak House – If you’re a meat lover, Edward’s should be your first choice for Restaurant Week. On their menu, they have their 6 oz petite filet, Hudson Valley grass fed steak frites, baby lamb chops and their steak for two special which includes two appetizers, 38oz bone-in ribeye sliced for two, mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and two desserts.

Laico’s – This classic Italian restaurant is a hidden gem in Jersey City. Some of their customers have been eating there for over 45 years and have had nothing but excellent experiences.  You can’t look at their Yelp reviews without getting hungry – they have 165 reviews and 4/5 stars.  Some favorites from their three-course dinner menu are the grilled prime pork chop, eggplant rollatini and the stuffed shrimp with crabmeat. For dessert, go with the homemade pound cake.  It’s simple, but delicious!

Amelia’s Bistro – This restaurant serves American food in a cozy and dimly lit ambiance.  They also have tables outside where you can enjoy the summer breeze. With over 443 reviews on Yelp, it’s no surprise that Amelia’s is a favorite in Jersey City.  It also happens to be just a couple minutes away from your Madox apartment.  If you’ve been here before for Restaurant Week, you’ll be happy to hear that they have kept their same three-course dinner ($30.00) and two-course lunch ($17.00) menu.  What we love about Amelia’s is that the food is always consistent and delicious.  Our two favorite dishes off their Restaurant Week menu are the chicken sauvignon and the braised boneless beef short ribs.

 

Edwards Steak House

239 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201)761-0000

 

Laico’s

67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 434-4115

 

Amelia’s Bistro

187 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-2200

Famous Food Market in Jersey City

July 19, 2018

The best part about the summer is spending time outside. This often means trips to the beach or some destination that takes time, transportation, and effort. If you are looking for something easy and local all while being outdoors then you’re in luck. Every weekend until October 28th, Madox residents can enjoy Famous Food Market, the family friendly and FREE entry event that takes place every Saturday and Sunday at Harborside JC.

Famous Food Market is a spin off event from Famous Food Festival. The Famous Food Festival is a traveling organization based in NYC that provides both new and well-known vendors a chance to showcase their talents, creativity, and delicious works of art while bringing together their local community. It’s aim is to provide the tastiest, flavorful foods that America and its vast range of cultures have to offer in your neighborhood. Famous Food Market does just that by allowing you to “taste the world” at their food market every weekend until the end of October. They also have local craft vendors if you’re looking for something for your home or a great gift.

Come out and meet your neighbors and small business owners in Jersey City. Some of the vendors participating are well-known in Jersey City like Taste of Poland, Left Bank Burger and Olala Empanadas and but there are a lot of new and unknown gems to discover. Check out the directory for a complete list of food and craft vendors.

 

Harborside JC

210 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

(201) 716-8000

 

Taste of Poland

174 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 993-7512

 

Left Bank Burger

194 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 630-4692

 

Olala Empanadas

600 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 360-3546

 

 

 

 

Bastille Day in Jersey City

July 13, 2018

On Saturday, July 14th, come and enjoy all things French with friends and family at Bastille Day in Jersey City held at The French American Academy! This French holiday is a symbol and celebration of liberty, worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be launching this event. Here are some things you can look forward to:

 

Entertainment: Food (French cuisine, Crepes, French specialties, French wine and French beer). Games for kids, live French music from the well-known Jersey City band Manouche Bag, dance performances, and a mime.

 

Booths: Shop the French-themed market booths lining 3rd Street, indulge yourself in savory crepes, macarons, pains au chocolat, croissants and quiches from Choc O Pain. If you want to enjoy the live French music with an alcoholic beverage, Madame Claude’s and Atlas will have a booth set up where you can purchase Bordeaux or Burgundy wine and cold French beer. At this event, you’ll be able to taste a whole variety of French cuisine. Discover artisanal foods of France right here in Jersey City!

 

French American Academy

209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 338-8320

 

Madame Claude’s Wine

234 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 386-9463

 

Atlas

130 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8353

 

 

 

Summer Music in Jersey City

July 9, 2018

We still have two fun-filled months of summer left. While hitting the beach and laying by the pool is fun, don’t forget that Jersey City has a few places where residents can enjoy free music.  Two of our favorite places to enjoy live music this summer are Liberty State Park and J. Owen Grundy Pier.

Every Sunday and Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Liberty State Park hosts Summerfest 2018.  Pack a blanket, gather some friends and enjoy live tunes on the Hudson River with the beautiful Manhattan backdrop. Each week they’ll have different genres of music such as jazz, classic rock, pop, folk, indie and much more.  It’s a wonderful way to end the week or to get some fresh air after a long day at work.

Take a midday music break down on the water at J. Owen Grundy Pier.  Nearly every Thursday this summer, The City of Jersey City, the Office of Cultural Affairs and RiverviewJazz are welcoming a range of jazzy artists for two full hours of groovy tunes.  The pier stretches out onto the Hudson River and has incredible views of the Manhattan skyline.  They have benches available, but feel free to bring your own comfy chair. All events are free, family-friendly and barrier-free. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the Harborside Atrium, 34 Exchange Place.

 

Liberty State Park

200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 915-3403

 

J.Owen Grundy Pier

Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 547-4449

 

 

Visit These Theme Parks Near Your Madox Apartment

July 27, 2017

With the weather finally nice and hot, those with a thrill-seeking attitude are starting to head to local theme parks for some weekend screams and roller coasters alongside friends and family. There are always new rides to check out and fried food favorites to enjoy!

Here in Jersey City, we are surrounded by amazing theme parks that make for a fun weekend getaway and ideal summer destination. If you love to get your adrenaline pumping, head to one of these parks this coming weekend and enjoy the beautiful summer weather!

Land of Make Believe, located at 354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope which is about an hour from your Madox apartment, is a great theme park for the kids since most of its rides are geared towards those under eight years of age.

For 60 years, the Land of Make Believe has been entertaining families from the tri-state area. Family favorites include the million-dollar Action River Ride, the brand new Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, Buccaneer Pirate and Wading Pool, Tilt-A-Whirl, Civil War Locomotive, a hayride, Old McDonald’s Farm and the Middle-Earth Theater.

Morey’s Piers, located at 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood which is about two and a half hours from your Madox apartment, makes for a great weekend getaway in the family-friendly waterfront city and pier of Wildwood.

With various piers and rides including the Mariner’s Pier, Surfside Pier and Adventure Pier as well as the Raging Waters Water Park and Ocean Oasis Water Park, there’s certainly something for everyone in Wildwood at Morey’s Piers.

 

Land of Make Believe

354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope NJ 07844

(908) 459-9000

lomb.com

 

Morey’s Piers

3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood NJ 08260

(609) 729-3700

moreyspiers.com

 

 

Play Some Mini Golf Near Your Madox Apartment at These Local Courses

July 21, 2017

From the interesting courses to the adorable statues and pretty shrubbery and waterfalls, everyone likes to get away for an hour or two with the family for some mini golf in the warm weather regardless of their golf skills.

Being that mini golf is such an ideal and low-key weekend activity, there are tons of mini golf courses located near your Madox apartment that are fun for the summertime. Read on to find out which course you can head to this weekend for some fun.

Monster Mini Golf, located at 49 E Midland Ave, Paramus which is about 20 miles from your Madox apartment, is a monster-themed mini-golf chain featuring a glow-in-the-dark indoor course, plus arcade games and a DJ.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or the hundredth, you feel the excitement and adventure of playing mini golf among a scary but cool monster décor with custom and animated props at every turn. All locations are unique and custom designed.

Essex County Safari MiniGolf, located at 9 Cherry Ln, West Orange which is 20 miles from your Madox apartment, is an award winning 19-hole course. Experience a taste of Africa as you putt around a life size gorilla, hippo and many other African creatures!

Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, adults can get their admission for $10 each and children for $8 each. An ideal locale for birthday parties and other events, stop by this fun golf course today to see what they’re all about.

 

Monster Mini Golf

49 E Midland Ave, Paramus NJ 07652

(201) 261-0032

monsterminigolf.com

 

Essex County Safari MiniGolf

9 Cherry Ln, West Orange NJ 07052

(862) 520-5024

turtlebackzoo.com/discover/mini-golf-safari

Where to Get a Hot Dog This National Hot Dog Day

July 17, 2017

There’s nothing that says “summertime” like a hot dog fresh off the grill, coated in any of your favorite toppings such as mustard, ketchup, relish and more. To celebrate the famous hot dog, National Hot Dog Day is well on its way on July 19 and there’s only one – and very easy – way to celebrate, which is of course by enjoying a hot dog.

Although we have tons of upscale, fine dining restaurants here in Jersey City, we also have laid-back, casual eateries where you can enjoy a hot dog this summer in your shorts and T-shirt. Read on to find out what the best hot dog joints are near your Madox apartment!

Five Guys, located at 286 Washington St, Jersey City which is about half a mile from your Madox apartment, is a fast-food chain with made-to-order burgers, fries and hot dogs, plus free peanuts while you wait.

Their hot dog options include the classic hot dog, cheese dog, bacon dog and bacon cheese dog, among many other menu selections such as burgers, sandwiches, French fries, shakes and other drinks.

Checkers, located at 823 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City which is about two and a half miles from your Madox apartment, is a chain eatery serving fast-food classics like burgers, hot dogs, French fries and shakes.

The hot dog selections includes the grilled hot dog on a toasted bun; the chili dog, which is a grilled all-beef hot dog smothered in meaty chili and covered with red onions; and the chili cheese dog, which is a grilled all-beef hot dog smothered in zesty chili and crowned with cheese.

 

Five Guys

286 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 433-6700

gofiveguys.com/menu/jersey-city

 

Checkers

823 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City NJ 07304

(201) 413-5458

checkers.com

Restock Your Wardrobe This Summer at These Local Stores

July 12, 2017

Now that summer is in full force, you may be looking in your closet wanting to see some new swimsuits, shorts, tank tops and sandals. It may not be close to Christmastime, but there’s no reason not to treat yourself with a new summer wardrobe!

Luckily for Madox residents, Jersey City is a bustling city filled with boutiques that make restocking for the summertime simple and fun. Read on to find out what shops you should check out this weekend for swimsuits, summer attire and more.

Tias, located at 277 Grove St, Jersey City which is half a mile from your Madox apartment, is a stylish shop featuring women’s fashions by up-and-coming designers, plus accessories and furniture.

Some of the current trends that can be found at Tias include high-waisted pants, trousers, casual dresses, day to evening dresses, maxi dresses, midi dresses, bodysuits, crew neck shirts and t-shirts and tank tops for the summertime.

Mint Market, located at 303 1st St, Hoboken which is about two and a half miles from your Madox apartment, is known for their vintage-inspired clothing, jewelry and handbags for women in a narrow, stylish storefront.

Mint Market started in the summer of 2013 with a tiny, off-the-beaten path location in founder, Valerie Duardo’s hometown of Hoboken. Now going on its fourth year, the store expanded to Jersey City with a second location on Grove St. to revisit its original roots as a shop selling both well-curated vintage and contemporary items.

 

Tias

277 Grove St, Jersey City NJ 07302

(201) 451-9358

tiasplace.com

 

Mint Market

303 1st St, Hoboken NJ 07030

(201) 706-8380

shopmintmarket.com

Where to Find Barbecue This Fourth of July

July 1, 2017

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and there’s not a more traditional way to celebrate than to enjoy some smoky, fresh barbecue right from the grill. From ribs to chicken and more, every American loves a heaping plate of barbecue to celebrate our country and the summertime.

Luckily for Madox residents, there are tons of spots for barbecue in your Jersey City neighborhood in case you don’t feel like firing up the grill this Fourth of July. Read on to find out where you can find the best barbecue restaurants for you and your friends and family without having to stand in a long line at the grocery store.

Hamilton Pork, located at 247 10th St, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, serves Texas style BBQ plates, sandwiches and signature tacos paired with cocktails and beer in rustic digs.

Make sure you try some of their favorite meats, such as their brisket, pulled pork, lamb belly, pork ribs, turkey breast, chicken, pork belly, gigantic beef rib, prime rib, pulled chicken and baby back ribs. They also offer tacos, sandwiches, dessert and brunch.

Carvao BBQ, located at 686 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is about two miles from your Madox apartment, is known for their open-pit BBQ meats and cocktails served in a casual eatery with rustic decor and flat-screen TVs.

Carvao, the Portuguese word for charcoal, is an idea that stemmed from the owners’ love of open flame cooking. It is essentially a mix of traditional and new: a modern take on the classic BBQ restaurant that we all know and love.

 

Hamilton Pork

247 10th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 957-7245

hamiltonpork.com

 

Carvao BBQ

686 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 369-6955

carvaobbq.com

Summer Bucket List in Jersey City

July 26, 2016

There’s many events to still look forward to in Jersey City as we approach the month of August. It’s hard to keep track of all the happenings in Jersey City so we thought we would help you out by listing some fun upcoming events in our city.

La Festa Italiana –A week of fun, delicious food, drinks and live entertainment.  This is one of the biggest events in Jersey City and brings in thousands of people. We can’t wait to indulge in some Italian food and drinks!

Jazz for Lunch – What’s better than a picnic at J. Owen Grundy Pier? Free jazz on the pier during your picnic! August looks like it has a great line up with some talented jazz acts.

Free Outdoor Yoga– Enjoy the last free outdoor yoga on August 20th at J. Owen Grundy Park.  Bring your mat, towel, water and don’t forget your sunscreen! This is a perfect way to start your Saturday and enjoy beautiful views of Manhattan.

Rock Transmission with Mule Kick– Come rock out at Transmission on July 27th with Jersey City’s first resident band.  Members of the band have performed with Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes.

Food Truck Festival – The Jersey City Rotary Food Truck & Music Festival is a free event at Exchange Place Plaza featuring the best food trucks from the Tri-State area and beyond, live entertainment and arts & craft vendors. Come hungry!

Outdoor Music Festival in Jersey City

July 19, 2016

It’s festival season and Jersey City does not disappoint this summer.  This Saturday, July 23rd, Chickpeajc and HayOner Present Forever Young: An Outdoor Music Festival in JC.  It is a celebration of arts and culture and will be the first of an annual festival showcasing local artists and vendors. This event aims to bring together a diverse community with a wide range of music and activities that allow people to let loose, have fun, and get to know each other.

 

This festival is for people ages 18+ and will feature local musicians from all genres.  There will be a host of bands but some confirmed acts are 7 TRiiiBES if you’re into hip hop, JC’s own rock and roll star Debra Devi, Bodega Dream which is a fusion of Hip Hop Indie Rock and Afropunk, and a bunch of DJ’s spinning awesome music you can dance to all night.  Make sure you go hungry because there will be food trucks and vendors like Left Bank Burger and Milk Sugar Love if you want to beat the heat with some delicious homemade ice cream.  Other vendors include Taproot Organics, House of Gains, 90s Hip Hop Junkie, Ed Harbison, and Villainous NY.

 

This event takes place from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Liberty State Park at The Pop Up Project at 1 Edward Hart.  The Pop Up Project is a beer garden for all you craft beer fans and will serve other cocktails and spirits.  This venue hosts special events like the Forever Young Festival and each weekend from Friday to Sunday they have food trucks, live music and art installations.

Beach Party at the Jersey City Waterfront

July 13, 2016

Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline along with live music and food vendors at the 14th Annual Newport Green Beach Party.  The weather forecast looks great and based on the previous years, it’s an event the whole Jersey City community enjoys being a part of. Guests are invited to purchase dinner from local restaurants which will set up around 5:30.

Some of the participating restaurants are: Cosi, Raaz, Loradella’s and Bwe Kafe.  Last year Raaz, an Indian restaurant, was a big hit with guests who waited patiently for their famous chili chicken and chicken kebab.  Bwe Kafe opened in 2013 and serves delicious Haitian coffee and treats to both Hoboken and Jersey City.  Hopefully they’ll have some iced coffee available! Loradella’s will be serving their tasty pizza while Cosi will most likely serve sandwiches and salads.

Get there early and bring your blanket so you can sit enjoy over 8,000 square feet of authentic sand, dozens of Adirondack chairs and umbrellas while listening to The Fuzzy Lemons and the Benjamin’s.  The Fuzzy Lemons are more geared towards kids but the Benjamin’s perform over 200 shows and events per year at some of the Tri-States hottest bars and clubs.  They are full of energy and cover songs from all different eras, but focus on the most current and popular songs out today.

Summer Ice Cream in Jersey City

July 11, 2016

What’s more satisfying than ice cream on a warm summer’s day? Jersey City has some of the best and unique ice cream spots in Hudson County.  Whether you’re looking for ice cream sandwiches, interesting flavors, ice cream cakes or vegan/gluten free/nondairy options, we have it all! Each of the following stores are special in their own way (and delicious).

Torico’s has been a neighborhood favorite since 1986.  They usually have a line formed out the door but its quick and worth the wait! Torico’s has been recognized by publications such as The New York Times for their 65 homemade flavors, fresh and natural ingredients and customer service.  Some of their favorites are green tea, coconut cream, pistachio, strawberry cheesecake and their passion fruit sorbet which is perfect for summer.  They also sell birthday cakes.

Milk Sugar Love churns delicious ice cream made from organic milk and cream and they use all fresh New Jersey produce for their unique ice cream flavors.  MSL prides themselves by working with farmers and local artisan producers to create fresh and delicious desserts.  In 2013 their chocolate peppermint ice cream was named one of the best dishes of the year by Pete Genovesse of The Star Ledger.  They serve specialty flavors such as honey cornflake, bacon breakfast, carrot cake, rose pistachio and beer’n’pretzels.  Their ice cream sandwiches are also a hit.  If you loved fruity pebbles as a kid than you’ll want to try their fruity pebble mac daddy!

Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co has been committed to creating eccentric and fresh flavors since they opened.  The owners make sure they use the best ingredients possible and only products they love.  Bucket & Bay uses 100% grass-fed milk and this shop is unique because they serve alcohol infused gelato! Some of the local favorites are black label vanilla (alcohol infused), strawberry & port (alcohol infused), rose latte and toasted coconut.  Check out their website for upcoming gelato making classes and private events.

Where to Find the Best Lobster in Jersey City

July 1, 2016

Summer is the season for beaches, sun, cocktails, and of course lobster.  Luckily Jersey City has some amazing places to get your lobster fix.

 

Surf City has all the above with their summer Lobster Fest.  This venue is located directly on the water with incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and boasts a beachfront, a full service bar, and fire pits at night.  Surf City’s lobster fest started June 30th and will run until July 10th featuring a dozen lobster dishes.

 

Lobster nights are now being offered at two other restaurants in Jersey City as well.  If you have a case of the Mondays then Amelia’s Bistro has the cure.  With a purchase of any cocktail from their specialty drink list you can get a 1¼ pound lobster.  Hamilton Inn is your spot for Tuesday nights with their lobster shindig.  For $21 for one or $38 for two you get a 1¼ pound lobster, corn, and potatoes.

 

If you’re craving a delicious lobster roll then hit up The Angry Crab.  The Angry Crab is a food truck based in Jersey City and travels to different locations everyday.  They are known for their roll that is stuffed with juicy tender pieces of lobster tails that are spiced perfectly leaving an explosion of flavor in your mouth.  They have a large following so be prepared to see a line but know they are completely worth the wait!  Follow them on Twitter @theAngryCrabNJ or check out their website.  Another great place for a lobster roll is Just BeClaws which serves Southern cuisine with a Vietnamese influence in downtown Jersey City.  They offer a nice Cajun twist by cooking their lobster lightly in butter, as opposed to mayonnaise, and using spices that give it a nice kick and its wow factor.  Just BeClaws also serves lobster by the pound if a roll just won’t cut it.  Go to their website for their full menu and details on hours and location.

Solar Panels Are Now Installed at Madox Apartments!

July 5, 2012

On Friday, the first set of solar panels were installed on the roof of Madox Apartments to provide over 32kW of electric back to the grid. The power that one solar panel, or “module,” can produce is rarely enough to meet requirements of a home or a business, so the modules are linked together to form an Photovoltaic array.