We all need to get outta the house and out on the town sometimes. I’m talking about date night. It is so important for you to have a little “you” time away from your kids. There are so many places to go and take a breather with your significant other in the area. So, call your most trusted babysitter and step out on the town!
Keeping It Local
If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, don’t fear – keep it local! Staying close to home means that you dictate when you arrive home, not the traffic or PATH train. Start with some drinks at Barcade, which offers a happy hour from noon – 8pm Monday through Friday with $1 off beer, well drinks and wine. If you are a beer enthusiast, this is the place for you! Also, don’t forget to bring some of those quarters lying around the house. Rekindle your youth and play one of the many arcade machines, which are only $.25. If you are in the mood for a smaller locale and cocktails, try LITM. They have happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm – 7pm with $4 house martinis (15 flavors), select beers and $5 house wines. Plus, there are always specials. They also offer food.
Choosing where to dine in Jersey City is hard to do. There are a lot of good places to choose from. If you are the mood for fun and eclectic food try Thirty Acres. Their menu changes frequently, so check their website to see the latest one. They open at 6pm for dinner daily and take reservations for certain tables in the restaurant and they keep a portion of tables open for walk-ins. They also now offer a great selection of wine and beer. If you are looking for an upscale steak dinner, try Edward’s Steakhouse. They open at 4pm for dinner except for Sundays when they are closed. The menu includes raw bar selections, salads, chops and steak (of course). You can make reservations via Open Table. If you are in the mood for a more laid-back date, and you enjoy great pizza, try Razza. This is one of my date night staples! Their menu includes small wood-fired pizzas, salads and small plates. The drink menu offers a tasty selection of beer, wine and cocktails. They open at 5:30pm for dinner every night except Sundays, when they are closed. They do not take reservations, so you can expect a wait on the weekend.
The obvious companion to dinner is a movie. Check out Jersey City’s own Landmark Loews Theater. Their schedule usually consists of classic films. Currently, you can enjoy Halloween-themed flicks like “Frankenstein” and “Nosferatu.” On Saturday, November 1 at 7pm is “The Shining Night.” View the film starting at 7pm and join the masquerade after party with costumes, entertainment, light refreshments and more! Or you can enjoy a live theatrical performance right here in JC. The Attic Ensemble is performing “Blithe Spirit” through November 2 at Barrow Mansion. Tickets are $22/person.
Speaking of Halloween events, after you party with the kids during the day, drop them off with the babysitter for an evening of spooky fun! The Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Halloween Closing Party begins at 7pm, right after the kiddie event. You can have fun with other grown-ups in costume until 10pm. Enjoy fall-themed foods, beer, warm cider and more. All your favorite Halloween tunes will be playing all night and gear up for a Thriller Flash Mob! Keep the party going as long as you (and the babysitter) want in one of the great Newark Avenue establishments. Another fun Halloween-themed option for adults is the Riverview Jazz Day of the Dead Party. This fundraiser/opening party takes place on Saturday, November 1 from 8pm – 11pm at Grace Church Van Vorst and will feature live music by Beninghove’s Hangmen, DJ Pat Longo spinning the hits, food provided by Taqueria Downtown, Dia de Muertos puppets and art by local artists, sangria and beer and more. Tickets are $10/advance and $20/door.
Night in NYC
Staying local certainly has it’s benefits, but we live so close to one of the most exciting cities in the world (besides our own), so you may as well take advantage of it sometimes. Getting into the city is easy and quick…the hardest part is figuring out what to do!
As there are countless options, here are some downtown Manhattan options that are easy to get to (and some of my personal faves):
Movie night is a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening. The largest theater that’s close is the Regal Battery Park Stadium 11. Located at 102 North End Avenue in downtown Manhattan, it’s quicker to get to than most of our local North Jersey theaters. You can walk from the WTC PATH station or take a very short walk from the World Financial Center ferry. While you are there indulge in a bite at Shake Shack, which has a location right near the movie theater. If you are in the mood to walk around the area and in the mood for seafood, check out Luke’s Lobster for a lobster roll. For a sit-down dinner, you may want to try Blue Smoke’s Battery Park location and dine on some BBQ. If you are in the mood for small plates and inventive cocktails, head over to the Dead Rabbit on Water Street. The upstairs parlor offers communal punch and 72 historically accurate cocktails dreamed up by the 19th Century’s most celebrated bartenders.