Seating at this small restaurant is limited to a couple of booths and a bar, which makes O’LaLa Empanadas a great place to order to go. Food is made to order, so do not go in expecting fast food service. However, the food is scrumptious and fresh and well worth the wait. Entrees served include roast pork and fried fish along with a variety of empanadas, including a mac’n’cheese empanada.
O’LaLa Empanadas, 600 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA +1 201 360 3546
Rumi Turkish Grill
This elegant little Turkish restaurant is located on Jersey City’s waterfront. The restaurant offers up an amazing appetizer sampler with dips and hummus and airy, warm pita. The wood exterior and large bay windows give the restaurant an inviting, cozy aura. The restaurant is BYO and casual, with indoor and outdoor seating, and the menu also has vegetarian options.
Rumi Turkish Grill, 60 Sussex St, Jersey City, New Jersey USA +1 201 332 1010
This restaurant has a small, intimate atmosphere located one block from the lovely Hamilton Park. The interior offers plush chairs and oriental rugs, and every day, a lunch buffet is served and each evening dinner is provided a la carte in a cozy setting. Blue Lotus prides itself on providing Indian cuisine from all over India, and they offer Indo-Chinese cuisine like chili paneer as well as lamb saag and samosa. This restaurant is a gem and a worthy stop.
Blue Lotus, 131 Erie St, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA +1 201 216 9038
Fiesta Grill is a family owned Filipino restaurant, dishing out authentic Filipino bites in a casual dining atmosphere. The food is served cafeteria style in this little deli-hub and includes popular dishes like pork barbeque on a stick and batchoy. Be warned, this hole-in-the-wall does not accept credit cards, so bring your cash and your appetite and prepare to feast Filipino style.
Fiesta Grill, 655 Newark Ave. Jersey City, New Jersey, USA +1 201 656 7060
This laid back joint offers Latin authenticity, wowing locals with dishes like the camarones al ajillo and the mofongo. If cheap, authentic Latin food is the way to your heart, walk your belly into El Sabroso and dig in.
El Sabroso, 414 Central Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA +1 201 216 1497