Jersey City, where I grew up, has become a dining destination. While I have fond memories of the Canton Garden, Greenspans, Miss America Diner (still open), downtown Jersey City, which we never ventured to in those days, now has many neighborhood gems. One we recently discovered is Dolma on Grand Street.
This is a very small, 22-seat BYO restaurant so be sure to make a reservation. The limited menu is interesting with Eastern Mediterranean dishes offered, such as baked eggplant and feta; grilled octopus; spinach and feta borek teamed mussels and cockles in a fennel and raki broth with spicy Turkish sausage; and grilled fenugreek rubbed lamb chops.