Nothing pairs with a good meal like an epic view. Bring your camera (and your appetite) to these next-level spots in northern NJ that boast gorgeous views of the Big Apple.

Blue Eyes Restaurant

525 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken

Named after Hoboken’s most famous and beloved crooner, Blue Eyes sits along the Hudson. Soak up views of the Freedom Tower as you sample from a menu of Italian dishes like grilled branzino with fresh herbs, orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe and fresh pizza napoletana.

Charrito’s Taqueria

Hoboken, Weehawken

Get your fix of Mexican at this casual spot boasting fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas and other staples. Vegan at the table? The menu has highlights like potato crispies, pan fried plantain rolls stuffed with cheese, and veggie burritos and fajitas. Enjoy brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays including $5 mimosas and sangria.

Chart House

1700 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken

This date night haven is all about seafood. Start with cornerstones like crab cake topped with avocado corn relish and lemon shallot butter, pepper seared ahi tuna tartare tacos or watermelon carpaccio. Follow up with panko-crusted chicken, spiced sofrito swordfish, lemon herb crusted salmon or Portuguese summer stew.

Del Frisco’s Grille

221 River St., Hoboken

Thanks to a partnership with Double Eagle Steakhouse, you can expect next-level hand-cut beef in the form of filet mignon, prime ribeye and prime rib. Other highlights include shrimp fettuccini, lemon dill salmon, grilled celery root steak or steak frites.


2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater

Talk about a romantic night out. You can’t go wrong with a breezy summer night by the water savoring dishes like creamy seafood risotto, pan seared Chilean sea bass over white soba noodles and enoki trumpet mushrooms and lamb shank with cauliflower and potato garlic mash. Enjoy the views during Happy Hour on weekdays or brunch on the weekends.

House of Que

Also: American Dream in East Rutherford

Score sophisticated views of Manhattan while chowing down on no-frills barbecue grub at the Hoboken location. Complete with an authentic Texas pitmaster, this resto is packed with Austin BBQ fare like pulled pork, juicy brisket, ribs and smoked sausage. Finish off the meal with a Texas-sized cookie, pecan pie or peach cobbler.

Liberty House Restaurant

76 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City

This is arguably one of the state’s most raved about al fresco spots. With craft cocktails like Liberty Punch (gin, green chartreuse, lime, chamomile tea and rosemary), events like mixology classes and special food tastings and a sustainable, seasonal menu with tons of local ingredients, you can’t go wrong with a warm night on the patio at Maddy Rose. Scour the raw bar, bring your appetite for Berkshire pork schnitzel, charred cauliflower steak or spring lamb shoulder.

Maritime Parc

84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City

Think old-school fish house gone mod. Watch your plate be prepped in the open kitchen, sip at the outdoor bar on the split-level patio or make a date for brunch. If you splurge on dinner, try brined king salmon with leek and potato hash and spiced baby carrots, ginger glazed sea bass with shitake mushrooms in a coconut broth, or a duo of a NY strip steak plus braised short rib created by Chef Chris Siversen.


1 Pershing Rd., Weehawken

Greek and Mediterranean is always a win, but it doesn’t get better than Greek and Mediterranean with views of NYC through floor-to-ceiling windows on two floors. Signature dishes include the whole fish, which is displayed in the fish market, and saganaki flame served tableside. The restaurant’s full bar features wines from Greece.

Piggyback Bar

200 Hudson St., Jersey City

This spot’s quite the mashup: NYC views from Harborside, hip-hop and reggae tunes, an urban gastropub feel, and an inspired Southeast Asian menu. Imbibe signature sips like Mister Softee (mezcal, pernod, orange, lemon,vanilla ice cream and orange bitters) or Yaya Papaya (gin, luxardo, salers, lime and papaya cordial – keep in mind, this drink contains fish sauce) before digging into charred edamame, noodles, Thai fried rice or Malaysian fried chicken. If you’re not quite full, a sticky toffee date cake or Thai s’mores sundae with coconut ice cream and candied peanuts may appeal to your tastebuds.

Rooftop at Exchange Place

1 Exchange Pl., Jersey City

This stunning giant consists of multi-level indoor and outdoor spots to hang, The RoofTop and The Terrace. While the food is top notch (think roasted wild mushroom toast, baked crab fondue or fried Amish chicken wings), the star of this spot is the cocktail list. Sip Jersey-inspired libations like the Green Tea Long Island (vodka, gin, white rum, Nonino Amaro, green tea lemonade, lemon simple syrup) or Where’s Waldo (Knob Creek rye, absinthe, cognac, Demarara, Peychauds, walnut bitters).

Rumba Cubana

Guttenberg,  North Bergen, Clifton, Jersey City, Rochelle Park

Paradise isn’t as far away as you think. Come for show-stopping tropical drinks (mojitos and pina coladas, people!), authentic and reimagined Cuban food and lively music. Guttenberg’s location serves up the Instaworthy views of the city. Go for Cuban standards like Ropa Vieja (shredded beef simmered in a tomato-base sauce), carne con papas (beef and potato stew) and croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes). For dessert, savor flan de coco or head downstairs to the attached Cuban bakery.

Son Cubano

40-4 Riverwalk Pl., West New York

Get a taste of 1950s Cuba from acclaimed NJ Chef David Burke: the glamour, elegance, music and, of course, the food. Sit in one of the two luxurious dining areas before making a trip to the bar for cocktails like Chili Chili Bang Bang (Don Julio Blanco tequila, ancho reyes chile, passionfruit and ginger beer). Take a seat on the patio or walk down to the water’s edge for stunning views of Manhattan after getting your fill of dishes pernil pork shank or filet mignon medallions. If you are coming with a group, consider sharing paella or a parrillida mixta (steak, filet mignon and shrimp with asparagus, chorizo and manchego fries). Before heading there, take note of the dress code requirements.

Surf City

1 Marin Blvd., Jersey City

Get all the cozy magic of a Jersey shore bar without the traffic. Peep the Statue of Liberty as you explore all five on-the-water bars (including one completely devoted to frozen tropical drinks!) Keep it simple with classic bar food featuring chicken wings, burgers and, most importantly, sea fare like mussels, steamed clams and beer battered cod with fries.

Vu Restaurant

2 Exchange Pl., Jersey City

Within the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Vu serves fresh fare with beyond satisfying views. Huge windows let in light and city sights, so savor those while you choose from different menus offered on Sundays and Mondays, and then Tuesday-Saturday. Indulge in drinks like the Hemingway daiquiri or a blueberry margarita.

Waterside Restaurant and Catering

7800 B River Rd., North Bergen

Start off with a bang, whether it be the raw bar or cheese. Follow up with ricotta stuffed zucchini blossoms, crispy braised beef brisket with creamy polenta or baked lobster mashed potatoes. For your main, go for the seafood capellini, homemade spaghetti with littleneck clams, bone-in veal chop parmesan or gnocchi in a tomato pesto pork ragu. Oh, and you’ll want to leave room for dessert. Three words: Banana bread pudding.

Editor’s Note: All photos are courtesy of the respective restaurants or their Facebook pages.

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