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Best Froyo in Jersey City

February 27, 2018

Spring is right around the corner but let’s be honest…froyo is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed all year round.  There are some great spots close to your Madox apartment which have froyo and also deliver it right to your door!

Downtown Yogurt – This is probably one of the most popular frozen yogurt spots in Jersey City.  There flavors are so good, you won’t even know it’s healthier than ice cream! There is a huge array of toppings, from cereal to candy of all sorts, mochi, boba, fruit, Nutella, sprinkles, cannoli cream, rainbow cookies, cheesecake bites, flavored syrups, and cookies. The Dole Whips (soft serve pineapple-flavored frozen ice which is best served with vanilla custard) seem to be a big hit in the community as well.  There’s seating inside along with outdoor seating for warmer months. In addition to their tasty frozen yogurt, the employees are extremely helpful and friendly and will let you test different flavors so you can perfect your cup or cone.  They also recently added an acai bowl counter.

Red Mango – Their award-winning, nonfat frozen yogurt has it all – calcium, protein and delicious flavor. Unlike other desserts that often contain artificial ingredients or excessive calories from fat and sugar, Red Mango frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat or lowfat, and certified gluten-free.

Torico Ice Cream – This establishment is known for their homemade ice cream and ice cream cakes, but they also have tasty frozen yogurt.


Downtown Yogurt

126 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Red Mango

30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310


Torico Ice Cream

20 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302




Dinner and a Movie in Jersey City

February 23, 2018

Just one of the many perks of living in Jersey City is having everything a few steps from your door.  Madox residents have a great movie theater just a 25-minute walk or 20-minute light rail ride away. The AMC in Newport Plaza has comfortable reclining chairs and is located in the mall so you can even shop and dine before your show.  We think the perfect date night could be dinner at Zinburger, which just opened, or Cheesecake Factory followed by a movie.  Two movies we recommend are Black Panther and Game Night.

Zinburger – If you love burgers, salads, milkshakes and wine than this is the perfect spot to check out before the movie.  Some of their favorites are the Zinburger (Manchego ehecse, zinfandel braised onions, lettuce & mayo), breakfast burger (fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, American Cheese, lettuce & mayo), Kobe Burger and the chicken sandwich.  If you have a sweet tooth you’ll love their dessert menu…trust us! They also have a nice outdoor dining terrace you can enjoy during the warmer months.

Cheesecake Factory – We are big fans of Cheesecake Factory’s happy hour which is Monday through Friday 4pm-6pm.  The happy hour menu includes $5.00 bites and drinks, making it the perfect spot before or after a movie.  Their regular menu has pages of items to choose from so you can’t go wrong dining here!



30-300 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07303



30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310


Cheesecake Factory

30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310



Mystery Mixology: A Jersey City Cocktail Competition

February 20, 2018

If you love artisanal cocktails, then you know Jersey City has some of the best bartenders and bars in New Jersey and New York that are close to your Madox apartment.  Have A Night Jersey City is teaming up with ChicpeaJC to find Jersey City’s best mixologist! Over the course of 4 weeks, your favorite bartenders throughout Jersey City will be mixing up some delicious concoctions.  The competition will also include mystery ingredients, so these bartenders will have to get creative! This is a fun community event that you don’t want to miss. Check out below for all the bar locations across Jersey City where you can watch the action and taste some cocktails. All these locales are within ten minutes of your apartment and a great place to hang out throughout the year!

If you want to try some awesome new drinks with your friends you can submit a FREE RSVP.   



135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302


The Hutton

225 Hutton St, Jersey City, NJ 07307



8 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Hudson Hall

364 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302


Mardi Gras at Liberty Science Center

February 13, 2018

This year Madox residents don’t have to travel to Louisiana to experience Mardi Gras because New Orleans is coming to Liberty Science Center February 15th for LSC After Dark: Mardi Gras.

At this masquerade bash you’ll submerge yourself in festive experiments, delicious drinks from Bourbon Street, and you’ll be rocking plenty of beads.  This event will include everything from learning the anatomy of a voodoo doll, aquatic creatures from the Louisiana Bayou, limoncello tastings courtesy of Jersey City Super Buy-Rite, to a tasty margarita bar.


As if that isn’t enticing enough, Midnight Market will also be attending the Mardi Gras festival serving delicious bites at $5.00.  They’ll have traditional New Orleans food such as beignets, pulled port sliders, muffaletta’s and more.  If you haven’t heard of Midnight Market they throw the best foodie nightlife events in Jersey City and NYC.  According to the owners, “Midnight Market offers a unique way for the community to connect over the love of food and a good party”.


Take full advantage of LSC After dark by experiencing Liberty Science Center’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! LSC is a nonprofit organization, and for an additional $5.00 donation, which supports their programs for 91,000 students from at-risk communities, you can see one of their stunning new planetarium shows. For all the Star Trek fans out there, for an extra $10.00 you can experience their premium exhibition, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience.


Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305


Valentines Day in Jersey City

February 9, 2018

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jersey City.  Whether you want to have a romantic dinner or try something new with your loved one, there are lots of options close to your Madox apartment.  Here are some ideas that won’t disappoint.

15 Fox Place – You don’t have to travel to Italy to taste true Italian food.  Dining at 15 Fox Place will be an experience you’ll never forget.  Their six-course, prix fixe feasts are culinary dreams-come-true, and the chef will prepare exquisite Italian and continental dishes using nothing but the freshest and finest ingredients of the season. These will include generations-old recipes such as “Nonny’s Ravioli” and Kathryn’s signature “Pollo Divino.”  Make sure to come hungry because the food is never ending!

Valentine’s Day Baking Class – Join veteran pastry chef and Jersey City resident Jen Benyamine on February 11th for an afternoon of cookie decorating in honor of Valentine’s Day. The Cookie Workshop will be held at the Brunswick Center and costs $45 per person. It includes cookies, refreshments, and all the utensils needed to churn out the perfect cookie. This class is BYOB so bring your favorite bubbly or wine!

Gelato Making Class – Bucket & Bay is celebrating Valentine’s Day  of the year with a special themed Gelato-Making Class. During the 2.5 hour class you’ll learn how to make their Rose Latte Gelato while enjoying aperitifs and samples of local food, and of course their gelato. Cost is $95 per person.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Bozzuto!


15 Fox Place

15 Fox Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07306


The Brunswick Center

189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City


Bucket & Bay

150 Bay St, Jersey City, NJ 07302




American Eats at Latham House of Jersey City

February 28, 2017

Jersey City doesn’t seem to disappoint when it comes to new restaurants.  June 2017 will mark Latham House’s one year anniversary but they are still receiving praise from all over the metro area.  If you’re someone who loves a nice rustic setting while enjoying dinner or brunch with friends, then you’ll want to make a reservation at Latham House of Jersey City ASAP!

It won’t be long until everyone in Jersey City is dining outside enjoying fresh air, drinks and of course…delicious food. Latham House has indoor and outdoor seating and has created quite a buzz in the community.  Their beautiful interior consists of dark wood, white walls and a long row of beautiful grey-marbled tabletops, all of which help the restaurant stand out.

Chef and owner, Dan Latham grew up in Upstate New York and studied cooking at the Culinary Institute of America.  Latham House serves American cuisine and the menu has influences from his up-bringing on the East Coast along with his wife’s West Coast background. Some signature dishes you can look forward to are the Cuban Reuben sandwich made with tender corned beef (cooked for 12 hours), special mustard sauce, spicy slaw and fries. Keep this sandwich in mind for St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking for a comfort dish, you must try their chicken pot pie or the Thai Bouillabaisse made with seafood in a curry coconut broth.  The burgers are also a popular item at this Jersey City eatery.

Stop by their happy hour every Tuesday-Friday from 2pm-7pm. We suggest their Turnpike Martini (Grey Goose Le Poire, pear nectar, lemon-ginger syrup) or the Latham Bloody during the weekend.

Latham House

299 Marin Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07302


Mardi Gras in Jersey City

February 27, 2017

You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Jersey City has a variety of places that are holding events and festivities the Big Easy style. Whether you love New Orleans for the decadent food, specialty cocktails, music scene, or traditions, here are some fun Jersey City places to check out this Fat Tuesday.

Jersey City’s South House will be hosting a Fat Tuesday Party all day on February 28th. The bar will be stocked with Fat Tuesday drinks including Carnival punch, hurricanes, “swamp water” shots, and Abita Purple Haze drafts. Popular for its great live music, South House will host Brooklyn’s High and Mighty Brass Band in the house. This dynamic group of talented musicians has shared the stage with famous artists like Galactic, DJ Logic, Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty. They have the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are coined “a party in progress” since they leave you extremely entertained and inspired.

Enjoy traditional Creole, Cajun, or Authentic NOLA inspired cuisine as a way to celebrate. Crawfish is a New Orleans specialty that is always on the menu at Just Beclaws in Jersey City. For beer lovers who want a more casual atmosphere, check out Zeppelin Hall’s Cajun food fest featuring a dozen Cajun dishes that will be available through March 12th. Pizza fans can observe the holiday at Two Boots with Jambalaya and limited edition Swamp Witch pizza made with Andouille and alligator sausage.

What to do this Weekend in Jersey City

February 22, 2017

Wondering what to do this weekend? Jersey City is full of cultural events that are fun to enjoy solo, on a date, with the family, or a group of friends. Check out what’s happening not too far from Madox this weekend.


Saturday February 25th:

Family Weekend Lab: I Scream for Ice Cream

Family Weekend Labs is hosting “I Scream for Ice Cream” program at Liberty Science Center from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in honor of February being Children’s Dental Health Month. Learn about dental health then stick around for LSC-made liquid nitrogen ice cream. Designed for families with children ages 5-11, Family Weekend Lab is $40 per person; $25 for LSC members and you can buy tickets at the Box Office or contact us to make reservations: 201-253-1310 or sales@lsc.org.


Meet and Greet with Elsa and Olaf

If your kids are Frozen fans then you are in luck because Elsa and Olaf of Disney’s Frozen are heading to Newport Skates, where they’ll meet and take photos with children from Jersey City! The characters will be at the rink from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM and the event is free to the public.


High Tea and Richard III

Transport yourself to England with High Tea and some Shakespeare at Jersey City’s St. Paul’s Church in Bergen from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Stratford-upon-Duncan presents a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Patrick Taaffe. Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to help cover the cost of the High Tea. RSVP to stratforduponduncan@gmail.com.


Prove It All Night! (WFMU Benefit!)

Enjoy a night of entertainment while supporting WFMU radio station at “Prove It All Night!” with Pat Byrne from 9:00 PM-Midnight at Jersey City’s Monty Hall.  This live DIY late night variety show hosted by Pat Byrne will feature stand up comedy from Seth Herzog (of Tonight Show fame), Mo Fry Pasic, and Carolyn Busa, live music from Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, surprise guests and more. Opening and closing the show will be special guest DJ’s, Sunshine & the Rain! This event is a WFMU benefit show with a suggested donation of $10, but $5 will get you in otherwise.


Sunday February 26th:

“Meet the Artist” Series – Winard Harper presents Neil Clarke

Close out the weekend with an evening of electrifying rhythm and interesting stories from famed percussionist, Neil Clarke. Clarke will be performing and offering an exciting Q&A at Moore’s Lounge (aka Bill & Ruth’s) on Sunday February 26th from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM.





Spend Valentine’s Day at Liberty Science Center

February 10, 2017

Get your friends and loved ones together for an after-hours adventure at Liberty Science Center. This latest LSC event’s theme is “Sexy Science” being that it’s the week of Valentine’s Day. This is an event that your science loving pals will love!

At this party, you’ll learn all about the laws of attraction that make us nervous when that special someone walks by.  There will be plenty of dancing and fun experiments as well.  If you don’t have anyone to go with, don’t worry! You can fly solo because you never know who you may have chemistry with! If that isn’t enticing enough, there will be a Foo Fighters laser show in their massive IMAX dome theater.

You can ride in style to the event thanks to Jersey City Day Trippers.  There will be a free shuttle service to Liberty Science Center from the Grove Street PATH station from 5:45pm through 8:00pm.

There are two events you can look forward to after the LSC after-hours event.  Dream Big: Engineering Our World, will transform how we think about engineering; from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and sustainable cities.  Secret Oceans 3D will also be a crowd-pleaser.  Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean.  He invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans.  Both films will be available February 17th.

Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Jersey City

February 9, 2017

There’s no quicker way to a person’s heart than through their stomach. Say ‘I Love You’ this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner!

Many Jersey City restaurants have specials this Valentine’s Day so you can enjoy some quality time and quality food with a loved one. Here’s a list to help you plan the perfect night. Don’t forget to make those reservations!

Fire + Oak is offering a Valentine’s Day menu featuring a special Lovers Bliss cocktail, which features rosé champagne, Tito’s vodka, fresh strawberry puree and fresh mint syrup. A delicious three-course prix fixe meal will be offered all evening long including appetizers, main courses and a decadent selection of desserts.

Fire + Oak

 (201) 610-9610

485 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310


Battello is the place to go if you really want to set the mood. Sip on wine as you gaze at the NYC skyline over the Hudson with your Valentine’s date. Enjoy Battello’s charming ambiance and Chef Ryan DePersio’s mouthwatering three-course prix-fixe menu, offered at $85 per person, complemented by an optional wine pairing at $25 ($50/reserve). Seating is limited so make sure to book your reservation soon!


(201) 798-1798

 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07310


Liberty House specializes in farm-to-table cuisine and boasts a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and lavish grounds. This Valentine’s Day, Chef Ken Trickilo has created a prix fixe menu for the special day. Enjoy a starter, main dish and a dessert for $85 per guest.

Liberty House

(201) 395-0300

76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 07305


Satis Bistro is celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with a prix fixe four-course menu starting at $95 per person with an optional $40 per person wine pairing add-on. Diners can look forward to an appetizer, pasta, entrée, and desert with specialties like beef carpaccio, lobster and crab pappardelle, filet mignon and chocolate couvert.

Satis Bistro

(201) 435-5151

212 Washington Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hosting your Own Oscar Party at Madox

February 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again! The Oscars will be airing this Sunday, February 28th. Here’s are some tips to help you win “Best Oscar Party” for 2016 if you’re thinking of hosting your own party this year at your Madox apartment.

During the Oscars you’ll notice that most of the celebrities are drinking champagne. You can buy an inexpensive gold champagne bucket and ask that each guest/couple bring their own bottle of their favorite champagne or Prosecco. To make clean up easier (also cost effective) you can buy the plastic champagne flutes and jazz them up a bit with gold and silver permanent marker. A martini bar is an easy way to entertain as well. Tito’s vodka is gluten free and a crowd pleaser, perfect for your at-home martini bar. Add some olives, tooth picks and plastic martini glasses and you’re all set!

Another fun idea is to create an Oscar photo booth. You can make cut out Oscars, your own party clappers and of course champagne glasses. Here are some other ideas for your photo booth. Don’t forget about the red carpet! Party City has a 15 foot red carpet runner for just $6.99, the perfect centerpiece for any awards-themed party.

As with any party, most importantly you need some good snacks for your Oscar party You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to keep your guests pleased, so here are some fancy finger food ideas:

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Food & Drink Buzz in Jersey City

February 18, 2016

Jersey City has long been a hub for food and drink in our area, but it seems there’s more delicious things to come in our city and around Madox! Check out some of the buxx we’ve been hearing about restaurant openings soon to come our way.

The Kitchen Step – Thirty Acres closed but a new restaurant has already moved in and there’s already a lot of anticipation for the opening this week! Ryan DePersio already has very successful restaurants such as Fascino (Montclair), Battello (Jersey City) and Nico Kitchen & Bar (located inside NJPAC).

The Draper is Park & Sixth’s new cocktail lounge located at Washington and York has been open for a couple of weeks and we’ve heard great things about it! They have signature cocktails and small plates making it a great late night spot.

Liberty House will be hosting a cocktail class on 2/17 from 7-9pm. The class will feature vodka (Ketel One) cocktails and appetizers will be provided! The class is $45.00 a person and you can reserve your spot by calling 201-395-0300.

Left Bank Burger announced a burger naming contest for their weekly burger challenges. They’ll post their burger of the week on Instagram and you can post your ideas there for a chance to win free a free burger! Instagram: @LB@_BURGERBAR

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening this summer in Newport at 525 Washington Boulevard (just steps away from the Pavonia Path station).

Harry Street Coffee is a small new coffee shop (located at 695 Bergen Ave) which serves a variety of teas, coffee and baked goods. This is already becoming a neighborhood hang-out. We are seeing a lot of new coffee shops in Jersey City! No complaints here!

Mardi Gras in Jersey City

February 7, 2016

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is a holiday celebrated as a day of feasting before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. For all of us who couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, let’s look at some places and ways we can celebrate here in Jersey City!

First, start off with some southern food! South House will be serving up some special Mardi Gras food and drink specials ($8.00 Hurricanes, $5.00 daiquiris, $5.00 rum drinks and $10.00 Absinthe cocktails). Hurricanes are a classic Fat Tuesday drink which includes lots of rum and fruit juice and is usually served in a large glass. They are so delicious and potent, most places only allow you to have two. Here’s the recipe in case you want to make some back in your apartment after the festivities. If you haven’t been to South House yet, you need to put this on your to-do list! They have live music, great food and drinks and an awesome downstairs rec room with pool tables, darts, shuffle board, vintage sofas and a bar. A perfect place to Celebrate Mardi Gras!

Zeppelin Hall and Biergarten will also be hosting a big party. On Friday and Saturday night there will be live music from Jane’s Rockin’ Country Band starting at 10 p.m. They’ll be serving a crawfish boil, shrimp and grits, gumbo, muffuletta sandwiches, po’ boys, and delicious beignets for dessert. The bar, which has a ton of beers on tap, will be serving Abita beers in honor of Mardi Gras.

HopsScotch will also be serving Shrimp Po Boy sliders and hurricane specials all day .

Make sure if you have a few Hurricanes you call a cab or have a friend who is a designated driver! Luckily, Madox is also in walking distance of most of the locations named above.

Celebrating Chinese New Year around Madox

February 4, 2016

Chinese New Year is China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important Chinese celebration for families, relaxing, gift giving and an official public holiday around the world, even in NYC. Besides the typical Chinese take-out, there are a few fun ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year with Madox as your home base.

Whether you’re traveling into New York City to celebrate, going out to eat or creating your own dishes at home, you’re guaranteed to have fun and enjoy good food and culture! This year the annual New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival will be held at 11am on February 8th, 2016.  The festival includes 600,000 firecrackers, dancers, singers and food vendors and will be held at Sara Roosevelt Park in New York City.  If you couldn’t skip work to attend the festival you can celebrate by going to the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade: Lion and Dragon Performance which will be held Sunday, February 14th from 1-3:30 pm on Mott Street in Chinatown, NYC.

If crowds aren’t your thing you can enjoy one of many Chinese restaurants in Jersey City! Food King on Newark Ave is known for their boneless BBQ ribs, crispy shrimp, dumplings and they also have vegetarian options available.  Old Peking located at 746 Montgomery St is also a popular spot for shrimp dishes, dumplings and chicken with broccoli.   Hosting your own Chinese New Year party at the apartment is also a great idea! Party City has awesome decorations and we’ve listed some easy recipes you can prepare for your guests! You can also supply your guests with tools and material to do their own paper cutting designs or upside down “good fortune” signs.

Enjoy Fresh Sushi at Honshu Lounge in Jersey City Near Madox Apartments

February 7, 2013

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 A short walk up a flight of carpeted stairs leads you to a place the flashing neon sign outside had promised, Honshu Lounge. This sushi hot spot in trendy downtown Jersey City is one worth visiting and located not too far from Madox Apartments. It has everything a good restaurant should offer. A relaxed, laid back ambiance, with clean, attractive décor that keeps your eyes happily busy as your meal is prepared by smiling chefs.