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Oct 19, 2018

Best Business Lunch Spots in Jersey City

Image courtesy of Vu Restaurant

As one of the largest banking and finance centers in the United States, Jersey City is buzzing with commerce that rivals even Wall Street, the city’s Hudson River neighbor to the east. In fact, Jersey City’s downtown district Exchange Place is nicknamed “Wall Street West” due to the concentration of financial companies having offices there. Professionals working in the area are hungry for business, but when midday rolls around, they’re also hungry for a meal. Here are some of the best Jersey City lunch spots, whether it’s to dazzle clients, persuade prospective customers, brainstorm with a colleague or get down to business solo.

1. Vu

Impress your clients at this waterfront restaurant with New American fare, floor-to-ceiling windows and world-class views of the NYC skyline. The website even calls it “the ideal spot to meet colleagues for a business lunch.” With a stylish yet relaxed, quiet atmosphere, no need to worry about being able to hold an important conversation. It doesn’t hurt that it’s right down the street from the Exchange Place PATH station.

2 Exchange Place

2. Porto Leggero

You can’t make any list of Jersey City restaurants without mentioning at least one Italian establishment. Another waterfront eatery, Porto Leggero caters to the finance crowd on weekdays and families on weekends. The upscale setting boasts chandeliers, high ceilings and tall windows, with great food, wines and service to boot.

185 Hudson Street

3. Mathews Food and Drink

For a business lunch spot that’s just the right mix of casual and posh, check out Mathews Food and Drink. The inviting décor features white and blue tones, wood furnishings and natural lighting perfect for an intimate meeting. The food is fresh, the cocktails are crafty and the PATH train is just steps away.

351 Grove Street

4. Light Horse Tavern

Located in a restored 1850s building which served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, a business lunch at Light Horse Tavern will make you feel like a mover and shaker of days past. The airy design and contemporary American eats create a modern feel. It’s also just a couple of blocks from Liberty Towers and Goldman Sachs.

199 Washington Street

5. Fire & Oak

The classy ambience, gourmet comfort food and friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff make Fire & Oak ideal for a power lunch. Its location inside the Westin Hotel makes it über-convenient. Reviewers also say the service is fast, pleasing the quick business lunch crowd.

485 Washington Boulevard

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