In the past, Jersey City had an image problem, especially when people compared it to the neighboring New York City. Nonetheless, Jersey City has built housing and attractions to become a more prominent city—and it has succeeded.
The city has built itself into a family-friendly, artistic, and affordable location. A lot of people who have been priced out of New York’s Manhattan and Brooklyn have found homes in Jersey City.
The city has art galleries, restaurants, and various entertainment facilities which offer a great night out. One of Jersey City’s attractions is the Taste of Culture Festival.
What is the Taste of Culture Festival?
The Taste of Culture Festival is a celebration of Jersey City’s cultural diversity through cultural performances and ethnic food. The annual festival is relatively young. It’s only in its fifth year.
This year it will be held on Thursday, May 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers. It’s free, and it’s easy to bring family and friends for the experience.
What Else to Do in Jersey City?
The Taste of Culture Festival is being held in late May, which is springtime in Jersey City. So if you are in town for the festival, you can enjoy a long weekend with various other activities perfect for adults and kids.
Whether you are with the kids or your friends, the RPM Raceway offers excellent entertainment. There are go-karts, arcades, and refreshments for both kids and adults. The race track offers solo races, with groups or you could participate in one of its tournaments.
You can take an odyssey through models and exhibits at the Liberty Science Centre. The center offers exciting tours on topics ranging from the environment, health, animals, and inventions. It is billed as one of the world’s largest and most advanced planetarium. It also houses the biggest IMAX Dome theater in the United States along with a Real 3-D theater.
Jersey City is America’s most culturally and ethnically diverse city. Its diversity is garnered from the millions of immigrants who have flocked to America for the American Dream. To understand the city’s roots, you can take a ferry to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a principal immigration port in the 1900s. The monument is America’s most prominent symbol of hope, diversity, and opportunity.
If you are more inclined to shopping, then there is the Newport Centre. The mall is accessible from the Bergen Light Rail, the PATH, and it is near the Holland Tunnel. It has over 130 specialty shops along with 19 eateries. With no sales tax, you can shop until you drop.
Where to Stay in Jersey City?
Staying in New Jersey City has a lot of charms, but it is also advantageous because it is a short distance away from New York City. So you can enjoy attractions from both cities, especially NYC’S renowned Broadway theatres. You can even enjoy a stay at a hotel near the Statue of Liberty.
The Hyatt House Jersey City uses spacious rooms and homely amenities to create a residential feel to its hotel. The Hyatt House Jersey City is conveniently located near New York City and offers great views of the Big Apple. It is a pet-friendly hotel with a fitness center, restaurant, free WiFi, and business services. Commutes are easy as it is located near the light rail and the PATH.
The W Hoboken is located in the Mile Square City. It offers beautifully-designed rooms and suites that offer stunning views from the waterfront. It also has top-notch gym facilities, restaurants, and bars.
Where to Eat in Jersey City?
If you enjoy the cultural food at the Taste of Culture Festival, then you will be delighted at what Jersey City has in store for you. It is filled with culinary pleasures from its culturally diverse community.
If you are up for a random night, then you should eat at Bread and Salt. It’s a recently opened restaurant by the baker and pizza maker Rick Easton. Your meal will most likely be random because there is no menu, and their kitchen only sells what it can make at the time as a lot of dishes sell out.
Ani Ramen has been barely open for three years and has set taste buds alight with its hand-rolled ramen noodles and bao buns. The Japanese restaurant is family-themed, it’s even in the name, “ani” means brother.
Battello (Italian for boat) is renowned Chef Ryan DePersio’s modern Italian restaurant. It has a luxurious, industrial decor serving a seafood-inspired menu.
Eat Your Heart Out
If you have a love for food, then the Taste of Culture Festival is your kind of event. Not only can you enjoy the festival, but you will have even more things to taste, learn, experience, and see in Jersey City.
*Disclaimer: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this event may get canceled. Please check on the event’s website for further details.