New on the Jersey City waterfront: a destination for drinks and small plates after work, dinner service, and weekend brunches.
Guests will return on the regular to relax in Lokal Eatery & Bar’s attractive, trendy setting while enjoying a stunning, sweeping Manhattan view through the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows. We recently visited on a Sunday evening and had the opportunity to see New York City become illuminated as night fell and boats floated lazily by on the Hudson River.
Designed by the award-winning firm Abraham John Architects, the dining space can accommodate 200 seated guests and includes an open-air patio. There’s even a selfie space in the back lounge area, and a specially designated wall to showcase accomplished neighborhood artists.
The Food and Drink
The restaurant strives to incorporate fresh, locally sourced ingredients from all over the Garden State. Executive Chef Walter Donadio has created a contemporary American menu that has options to please all tastes, styles, and dietary preferences. Donadio has over 20 years of experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens, and he has developed an outstanding menu for Lokal Eatery & Bar.
Award-winning mixology consultant Tess Sawyer has created the beverage program. Working with the team, she has designed innovative cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. Guests can also enjoy a fine selection of wines, beers, and spirits.
A Word with the Owner
Owner Mona Panjwani has been a resident of Jersey City for over a decade. “Our mission at Lokal is to showcase the best the state has to offer and provide a place that reflects the culture of Jersey City,” she said. “We recognize the changing spirit of the area and are excited to create a hub that makes locals feel welcome.”
Start your Lokal Eatery & Bar experience with a signature cocktail. The Elliot Stubb is a beautiful combination of honey from New Jersey, yuzu juice, lemon juice, aquafaba, vermouth, and NJ’s state fruit: blueberries. Once you select your food, knowledgeable servers are happy to help you make just the right drink selections.
The array of fine fare ranges from the raw bar, soup, and salad to a nice variety of fresh seafood, meat, pasta, and vegetable dishes. Small plates are ideal as starters or for table shares. The housemade flatbreads have a light crust, a perfect platform for their toppings. We savored the one with feta and artichokes. The trio or homemade hummus is a customer favorite as are the tender, flavorful pan-seared scallops.
Mushroom lovers will be delighted by the wonderfully seasoned mushrooms al ajillo. Large plates include the braised short ribs that are marinated and cooked to perfection. Other large plates include chicken paillard, crab risotto, and Atlantic wild cod. Menu items are a delight for both the eyes and the palate.
Desserts are a great way to finish off your meal. Use that bit of sweet as an opportunity to linger a little longer and appreciate the spectacular view. Luscious Panna Cotta is a favorite as is the Chocolate Pot of Mousse.
Lokal Eatery & Bar can also accommodate private parties. The location is easy to access with convenient parking and mass transit options.
Lokal Eatery & Bar
2 Second Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302