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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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So I LOVE Jersey City. I choose to live here over any NYC borough, but I do happen to have a few issues with the way we treat one another in the community.

There are two complete extremes: on one hand we have the warm and inviting community that promotes local businesses, farmers markets, the Groove on Grove gigs etc. The flip side to that is the groups of "stoopers" that sit on their front stoop with extremely loud music drinking copious amounts of alcohol and throwing the glass bottles all over the sidewalks. It's like an obstacle course every morning trying to dodge the broken glass all over Chris Columbus.

I don't know why there are some people in the community that do not care about their neighbors but I would love to see that change.

Additionally, I would love to see people actually follow traffic laws. I have witnessed 2 hit and runs in the past year. Why do people think it's necessary to drive at 50mph on a 25mph road? I don't know.

I agree with the argument that in large urban areas we are bound to find people of all demographics - some that go out of their way for their community and neighbors and some that are the exact opposite - but to make JC my idyllic neighborhood, I would love to see people

a) follow traffic rules - make way for pedestrians
b) not litter
c) be considerate of their neighbors and community
d) not drink alcohol in parks meant for children
e) do something about the school system in the area - help elevate the standard
f) bring in less important things like - more home stores and more boutiques (perhaps a nice baby store?)

And yes - PLEASE BRING IN A WHOLEFOODS OR TRADER JOE'S OR WEGMAN'S OR ANYTHING BETTER THAN SHOP RITE AND/OR PATHMARK

Posted on: 2014/7/29 13:50
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Re: What's going there?
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Anyone know what's happening with the empty store fronts on Grove street (there's one next to A1 deli and the Mxyplyzyk stores)?

There's also a vacant spot near the cigar shop on Grove (across from Orale). I think it used to be a Polish deli/diner. I hope it's not another pizza place!!!!

Posted on: 2014/7/28 20:56
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Re: Cherry Pick - Ice Cream
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The joy of being an adult -- I can have ice cream for dinner, which I did this evening. True Coffee is divine. Not overpriced at all. Next time, Mint Chip.


Agreed! It's not overpriced (and I had ice cream for dinner last night tee hee).

Only thing I would like to see changed is have to pay for a regular sugar cone. Most establishments include it in their pricing so I think to be competitive it may be a better idea to include it.

Delicious ice cream! I do love Torrico's which I still visit as often. I kind of split my calories between the two.

Posted on: 2014/7/28 19:40
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Re: What's going there?
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What's being built in the empty space on Jersey Ave between Choc-o-Pain and the soon-to-be Koro Koro Rice balls? Looks like heavy construction is underway there.


76 unit apartment building with ground-floor retail.

http://www.urbansquareproperties.com/#!copy-of-532-jersey-ave/camz


Thanks. Website says 11k square feet of retail space. Wiki of Trader Joe's says their average store size is 9,000-12,000 square feet. Hmmm....



I hope and pray this is true!!!!! It would be a much needed addition to the neighborhood!!!

Does anyone know what's happening with the old Europa Polish Deli? What about the Aquarium store?

Posted on: 2014/7/23 12:48
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Re: What's going there?
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This may be old news (and a repetition of a previous post). Here's what's going on on Newark Ave (per seeninjc.com)



Downtown Jersey City Bar and Restaurant News and Updates
A lot has been going on in the bar and restaurant scene in downtown Jersey City, happening too fast to keep the site as updated as Twitter, so here is a quick recap to keep everyone in the loop:

Greene Hook (Formerly Cityside Bistro)

The folks at Light Horse Tavern are opening a gastropub at 70 Greene Street in the spot that used to be Cityside Bistro. Via nemobeatz, founder of Lafayette Nextdoor (check it out!).

Raval at 136 Newark Avenue (Formerly Synergy)

Satis' owner to open a wine and tapas bar. Via nemobeatz, always in the know!

Departed Soles Brewing Company

Jersey City is getting its own brew! Departed Soles Brewing Co., a new company that brews gluten-free & regular craft beers, will be making its home at 150 Bay Street 2A.

Taphaus Biergarten (Crystal Point)

Work on a new beer garden, Taphaus Biergarten, is underway on the ground floor of Crystal Point (2 Second Street). No expected opening date, although their direct NYC waterfront views will surely make it a must-visit watering hole. Via reddit.

Porta

Porta, known for their Asbury Park pizza restaurant and dance club, is still at work on their Jersey City location at 135 Newark Avenue. Opening date is expected to be next month, July 2014. Check out this photo of their pizza oven being delivered! Via @corinne_v.

The Big Straw NJ

The Big Straw's new tea room and cafe at 276 First Street is also still under construction, opening date expected mid-to-end of July 2014. But you can still catch them at Groove on Grove to try their extensive variety of bubble teas!

Koro Koro Rice Ball Cafe

A new sign for Koro Koro Rice Ball Cafe has popped up at 538 Jersey Avenue (between Columbus and Newark, a couple doors down from Choc O Pain). Via ?@stevieshamrocks.

ME Casa Food Truck

ME Casa now has a food truck! Known for their highly praised Puerto Rican and Latin American dishes served at their restaurant at 356 Varick Street, ME Casa now has a mobile kitchen. Keep your eyes peeled for their bright yellow truck!

Talde Jersey City and Carrino Provisions (8 Erie Street)

Still under construction, but floor plans and pricing for the apartment rentals at Telco Lofts (also at 8 Erie Street) are now online.

Update (6/11/2014): The Jersey Journal is reporting a couple of new dining options at the Newport Centre Mall including Panera Bread and Potatopia in the dining pavilion currently undergoing renovations until October 2014.

Update (6/13/2014): BROA Cafe at 279 Grove Street also appears to be very close to opening, possibly within the next couple of weeks or so.

Update (6/16/2014): The new wine and tapas place at 136 Newark Avenue is going to be called Raval according to It's Jersey City.

Posted on: 2014/7/22 19:01
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Re: Jersey City considers turning Newark Avenue into pedestrian plaza
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It is coming up for a vote again tonight. Please go and speak in favor if you can. Unfortunately I can't make it tonight.


Where and at what time is it on tonight? Thanks.

Posted on: 2014/7/16 18:58
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Re: Jersey City considers turning Newark Avenue into pedestrian plaza
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Considering all the comments; the streets should be able to close to down to traffic from 5 pm onward on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid May to end of Sep.

The doc offices should be done by then, the rush hour traffic isn't going to be that much (maybe on a Friday, but it's small sacrifice) and we get our pedestrian plaza.

Win win?

Posted on: 2014/7/1 19:36
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Re: places to go running/jogging?
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So I'm still trying to find a place to run. I'm looking for something near downtown as I want to do this when I get home from work at about 6 pm everyday and I don't want to have to drive anywhere (lose my parking spot on the street). I also only want to do a mile or two at a time, which for me to get to LSP would add a couple of extra miles to that. Any other suggestions??


Start at Grove Street (midpoint in DTJC) and run towards Grand Street. Take a right at Warren and run towards the waterfront. Run around the water, and towards the Exchange Place PATH. You can keep going towards Newport - there is a pathway along the water front - that goes all the way. Cross over towards 1st street (or whatever that street is near the mall) and continue back to Grove Street. It's about 2.5 mi and is safe as there are many people running in the evenings.

I had created a map thru map my run to upload but I seem a little tech challenged this morning and am unable to do so.

Good Luck!

Posted on: 2014/6/27 14:01
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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In addition to the Embankment, does anyone know anything about the abandoned central railway station at Liberty State Park? I had heard in 2010 that they were looking to create a tram line from the terminal to Liberty Science Center. Any updates?


I believe that was killed by the Friends of Liberty State Park.

http://www.folsp.org/preservation/friends_opposes_train_tracks.htm



That's unfortunate. It would have been somewhat of a tourist attraction. Thanks for the response.

Has there been any discussion on the terminal itself (sans railway)? Maybe it could be converted into a marketplace (like Chelsea Market) or some sort of wedding venue/exhibition space/amusement park/some sort of indoor/outdoor sports venue?

It's such a beautiful building with amazing views. Too bad we are going to abandon it anyways.

Posted on: 2014/6/26 21:32
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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In addition to the Embankment, does anyone know anything about the abandoned central railway station at Liberty State Park? I had heard in 2010 that they were looking to create a tram line from the terminal to Liberty Science Center. Any updates?

Posted on: 2014/6/26 20:36
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Re: OPEN JERSEY AVENUE TO LIBERTY STATE PARK!!
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Only thing I would change about Jersey Avenue at the moment is, I would like to see it cleaned up with a little more landscaping. It's a little "raw" at the moment and the bridge connecting Jersey Ave to LSP could use a little TLC. put in a couple of tall trees/shrubs, get rid of the junk that's been abandoned there and maybe put in a few solar street lights (in case people are walking back around dusk, it's not too dark. Maybe even get a few volunteers from JC to invest their time into doing so?

LSP is a wonderful park and a real asset to the area, we should definitely make it more pedestrian friendly as access by car is pretty decent.

Posted on: 2014/6/25 17:03
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Re: How would you have planned JC's waterfront?
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Agree that our water front, albeit having better views than our northern neighbors (we have Statue of Liberty AND Manhattan!), we don't utilize the coast as well as we could. What I would have loved to have seen is more waterfront restaurants/bars/rooftop bars (again, compete with our Northern neighbors) and create a little bit of tourism.

Check out San Antonio river walk. Again, I hope our sleepy town doesn't turn into this exactly, but it would be nice have a nice row of water front restaurants and bars to enjoy the view (other than the 2 in LSP).

Posted on: 2014/6/25 16:45
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SOS!!! Wedding Album help needed!
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Hi, I am looking for someone to help with creating a wedding album from high resolution *unedited* images we received from our photographer.

Long story short, we had a falling out with the photographer and are not happy with the album we received and are trying to redo it.

Any help/leads will be greatly appreciated!!!

Posted on: 2014/6/20 19:05
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Re: Hudson Mall Chuck E. Cheese coming soon
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We are a sad society when places like this exist and survive. There should be a law against targeting kids with crap ... but what are the alternatives ?


Maybe an indoor sports facility (like a Dick's with a rock climbing wall?) or a bowling alley? Or something on a much smaller scale (and cheaper) of Chelsea piers? Maybe a 70s style roller rink? An old school style arcade with other healthful physical activities? An indoor mini golf course? Possibilities are endless...

ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN CHUCK E CHEESE

Posted on: 2014/6/16 13:50
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Re: Wall St. Journal story today on Fulop JC Rebrand attempt
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There are several things that our tax dollars can be spent on. Let's start by fixing all the red lights (many of them don't work), fixing the sidewalks (I sometimes feel like I live in a third world country with the sidewalks all broken and unkempt), fix the building department so that people can their TCO quicker (JC is the only place I have seen where it takes so long to open a store front/restaurant).

There are so many more....

Posted on: 2014/6/16 12:37
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Re: Jersey City DMV
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Unless your license is expired, I don't think you need to go there physically to change the address.

JSQ is a good place to go (I would boycott the Bayonne one altogether!). The few times I have been there, the service has been very quick and pain free. I suggest going after lunch between 3 and 5. That has always worked for me. Good luck!

Posted on: 2014/6/16 12:30
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Re: Hudson Mall Chuck E. Cheese coming soon
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Ugh. This is the exact opposite of what they need in this mall. What a way to go backwards.

Posted on: 2014/6/12 14:17
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Re: Jersey City considers turning Newark Avenue into pedestrian plaza
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I think this is a wonderful idea (sorry drivers I live car free so I am oblivious to traffic issues).

I appreciate the progress that JC has made over the past decade that I have lived here. It is turning into a very warm and welcoming community.

Posted on: 2014/6/2 18:00
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Late Sunday night, I waited 30 minutes at 14th St. for the PATH (11:45pm-12:15am). There were at least 100 people also on the platform.

When the train finally arrived, it was packed, so not everyone could get on--and the same thing happened at 9th and Christopher. So many people had to wait another 30 minutes for a train.

Does it really have to be this way, PATH? If you're going to have only ONE train serving Jersey City and Hoboken on weekend nights--instead of the THREE different trains that run during the week--perhaps it would be a good idea to run trains more frequently? Would it absolutely destroy the budget to have trains run at 20-minute intervals instead of 30? Or perhaps have separate trains to Hoboken while the WTC line is closed? Just asking.


ConstantReader: you hit the nail on the head! It seems as though the whole Hoboken thing needs to be addressed. There are more people that take the JSQ/NWK trains and so to meet demand, those trains should be more frequent.

Even when the trains are at their normal weekend schedule, Hoboken should have their own trains running less frequently.

The way the trains are set up currently makes no sense!

Posted on: 2014/5/27 14:17
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24 Hour restaurants?
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Are there any 24 hour restaurants in the DTJC area or any near any PATH station?

It seems as though City Diner was supposed to be a 24 hour diner but their hours are only until midnight.

I prefer a location downtown as it is walking distance for me but anywhere near a PATH train will do (hopefully it is safe!).

Posted on: 2014/5/27 13:50
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Re: Future of Newport Mall
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I think if JC was smarter than the average bear, we would have already tried to bring in the Nordstroms and Neimen Marcus type stores to the Newport Mall. Knowing that these stores are primarily mall anchor stores, and are less likely to head to Manhattan, we should have had them move into the mall already. I've lived in DTJC for over a decade and I have watched the mall change (for the better) and I mostly do my shopping there. What I feel they do need to improve on is the movie theatre.

Additionally, enticing shoppers to only spend 3.5% vs Manhattans' 8.75%, should help. And yeah, if BJs was smart, they would start a delivery service (for a nominal fee) to Manhattan. I know plenty of people who come to JC to go to BJs to get supplies.

Having said all of this; I think Newport Mall should remain. All they need to do is up their game. Bring in a few "high end" stores and make it similar to Short Hills so that more people from the surrounding Jersey Area will shop there.


It's not up to JC to determine what retailers are in the mall it is the task of Simon Properties, the owners of the mall to bring in high end retailers. JC demographics are the determiner as to what retailers will be in the mall. For now JC is still a dollar store demographic but that is changing.


Yep! That's what I meant. We should coax Simon Malls to bring in higher end store. Gone are the JC days of JC Penny and Sears. Let's bring in a Neiman Marcus and a Nordstrom!

Posted on: 2014/5/21 20:57
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Re: Future of Newport Mall
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Bring in a few "high end" stores and make it similar to Short Hills so that more people from the surrounding Jersey Area will shop there.


Wow... so you think that the Newport Mall, with a few "high end" stores, would be similar to Short Hills. That's a HUGE stretch. I have to question if you have actually been to SH. SH and Newport Mall couldn't be any more dissimilar in terms of ambiance, store selection, restaurants and clientele.


You missed the point entirely. The point is that we should try to keep Jersey residents from going into Manhattan to shop at high end stores. People who don't have access to cars can come easily to Newport via public transportation. And yes, in fact I only shop at Short Hills. Its an OK mall. It's dated and has an 80s feel to it just like Newport Mall. Store selection is a simple fix. Clientele is determined by store selection. Restaurants at Newport Mall will fail. There are far better options within the DTJC area than a mall could ever compete with.

Posted on: 2014/5/21 20:56
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Re: Future of Newport Mall
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I think if JC was smarter than the average bear, we would have already tried to bring in the Nordstroms and Neimen Marcus type stores to the Newport Mall. Knowing that these stores are primarily mall anchor stores, and are less likely to head to Manhattan, we should have had them move into the mall already. I've lived in DTJC for over a decade and I have watched the mall change (for the better) and I mostly do my shopping there. What I feel they do need to improve on is the movie theatre.

Additionally, enticing shoppers to only spend 3.5% vs Manhattans' 8.75%, should help. And yeah, if BJs was smart, they would start a delivery service (for a nominal fee) to Manhattan. I know plenty of people who come to JC to go to BJs to get supplies.

Having said all of this; I think Newport Mall should remain. All they need to do is up their game. Bring in a few "high end" stores and make it similar to Short Hills so that more people from the surrounding Jersey Area will shop there.

Posted on: 2014/5/21 14:43
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come to Jersey City!
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I would luv to see TJs in Bayonne. They could get a great deal on price/rent/city incentives......and it would serve as a magnet for people from JC and surrounding towns.
I keep hearing that they want a well heeled population....but with all that development(and lots of it in Bayonne too) why not get in early???

Wouldn't work out. You can't even get the Downtown folks to walk up Newark Ave. past Dickinson H.S. to Moloney's Butcher even when they want a butcher.


The whole idea of living in DTJC is that we live car free and that everything we need is within walking distance to a train or people's residence.

Opening a TJs in Bayonne and not in JC is just bad business. More people work and live in JC than Bayonne. There are a lot of people that park and ride the train into the city in JC. Which makes JC a better option that Bayonne.

I'm not saying that Bayonne should not get a TJs. All I am saying is that, JC is a better investment at the moment. Plus, there are a lot of retail options with plenty of parking that are close to the Grove or Newport trains that would be an ideal location for a TJs.

Posted on: 2014/5/19 15:27
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Re: Trader Joe's in JC/Hoboken?
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Agreed. But that doesn't mean it's not in the works!


I doubt it's even in the works, if 2 years later it's not even on the 'coming soon' list' :

http://www.traderjoes.com/stores/coming-soon.asp


I guess I was naive and a little too optimistic. With the crappy Shop Rite and Pathmark we don't have a decent grocer. A&P is a better option yet but doesn't work for people without a car.

Let's hope that we get some sort of decent organic/health food store soon. Seems like the area is going to need it with all the development going on.

Posted on: 2014/5/19 13:38
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Re: Trader Joe's in JC/Hoboken?
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Agreed. But that doesn't mean it's not in the works!

Posted on: 2014/5/16 21:40
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Trader Joe's in JC/Hoboken?
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Can anyone verify this? Is this just another fake out?

http://theboken.com/hoboken/trader-jo ... y-city-across-the-tracks/

Posted on: 2014/5/16 21:17
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Re: Porta Pizza Coming To DTJC
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Wow, let's put another pizza place in DTJC. Let's pik a location next to an existing Pizzeria and an Italian restaurant a few store fronts away.

It's sad we are not getting more varieties of restaurants in the area. Such an ethnically and culturally diverse area and all we get is another pizzeria!

Posted on: 2014/5/16 20:41
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Re: PRESERVATION OF POWERHOUSE TO BEGIN
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Based on the valid arguments posted in this forum, it might make sense to have a partial public/private JV. If somehow a JV can be established where a percentage of the powerhouse goes towards private developer to turn into a retail or commercial venue, then it would help both the city and it's citizens.

My main point is, at the moment it is an eye sore, but it has the potential of becoming a brilliant space for the city. It is a "beautiful" structure that highlights the industrial heritage of JC. HAving said that, financially it may make more sense to make it semi private space so that a developer (they usually have TONS AND TONS of money) to rehab it.

Posted on: 2014/5/14 13:36
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Re: Coming soon: Asian Fusion restaurant + Italian food
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did this over in Park Slope, but is Jersey City ready for $23 fried chicken? We shall see.


Talde will likely do very well in downtown Jersey City. Has been one of my favorite NYC eateries for years.


You obviously don't venture out much. There are a lot of restaurants that charge that much (or $12-$15 for a cocktail) that are "no name" restaurants. Try eating a $15 burger.

$23 for fried chicken or not, the clientele in JC will appreciate this sort of restaurant and it will flourish.

Posted on: 2014/5/14 13:18
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