April 23, 2021

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Asian-Owned Businesses to Support in Jersey City

The beauty of Jersey City lies within its melting pot of businesses offering residents a variety of cuisines and services to choose from. The hustle and grind for business owners never stop, especially during the pandemic, and Asian business owners are no exception to this. Asian-owned businesses refer to businesses whose owners are of Asian descent, from Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Pacific Islander, to Chinese, and more. Here is a list of Asian-owned businesses to support in Jersey City.

Please also read our statement and ways to help local Asian communities here as well as our list of Asian-owned businesses to support in Hoboken here.

See our guide to Black-Owned businesses to support here and Latinx-owned businesses to support here.

We know this is a growing list – please email [email protected] to add to it. – Team HG

99 Ranch Market 420 Grand Street 

99 Ranch Market is an authentic Chinese grocery store with additional locations all over the country. This market was founded in 1984 by a Taiwanese immigrant, Mr. Roger Chan, to fill the gap of Asian markets that seemed to be nonexistent during this time. 100 years later, this market has expanded its stores by offering online shopping, and even an app for same-day delivery. Customers are able to buy all types of Asian produce and items like beverages, meat, seafood, condiments, snacks, and more. The best part about 99 Ranch Market is the desire to give back to the Asian community, with its program “Gateway to Asia”, which encourages American families and global customers to experience Asian culture, in particular, Asian cuisine. 

Ahri’s Kitchen 227 7th Street

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Ahri’s Kitchen is a family-owned Korean restaurant near downtown Jersey City. The restaurant serves authentic Korean food in a chic environment. A group of two can easily have a full meal by sharing a few appetizers. Pro tip: Order the kimchi fried rice.

Amiya 101 Hudson Street

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The restaurant serves a modern north Indian fare with a light touch of fine dining. Crowd-pleasing options such as curries and samosas are served, but the menu also offers unique dishes less seen elsewhere.

Ani Ramen District Kitchen, 210 Hudson Street

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Ani Ramen believes that good food is a sign of love, and we could not agree more. The ramen is nurturing and delicious, offering a great ambiance for dining in Jersey City. Not only is ramen served on the menu, bao buns and small bites are also a fan favorite, with an extensive amount of sies and add-ons — and a cocktail bar, of course.

Baonanas 210 Hudson Street

Baonanas was founded by Jersey City natives Trisha Villanueva and Lloyd Ortuoste. This dessert shop is known for its unique flavors of banana pudding and Instagrammable aesthetic. The classic flavors which are all layered with sliced bananas include s’ mores, BlueBeary, and cheesecake, and the shop also carries non-banana flavors such as its Peachy-Mango Cobbler, Mocha-Cookie, and Lychee-Rose think a lychee-rose flavored mousse with layers of softened Nilla wafers and fresh lychees and strawberries.

Bang Cookies 128 Newark Avenue

Bang Cookies

Founded by George Kuan in 2016, Bang Cookies takes on the traditional cookie and makes it something to talk about. Baked with organic ingredients, Bang Cookies serves an array of flavors that are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth — and delivers for free in Hoboken + Jersey City. 

Beechwood Cafe + Market 290 Grove Street

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With an extensive weekend/weekday menu, Beechwood Cafe serves classic breakfast and lunch staples and is known for its freshness and variety. 

Bon Chon Chicken 172 Newark Avenue

Owned by Jinduk Seo and founded in South Korea, Bon Chon Chicken has made its way to multiple locations across the world, including Jersey City. It serves crunchy fried chicken, with a signature flavor and savory sauces to boot. 

CMH Asian Food Mart 217 Summit Avenue

CMH Asian Food Mart can be referred to as a “neighborhood store” — and for good reason. With affordable food options, patrons can buy all sorts of groceries here as well as prepared food. The store specializes in Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Philippine products.

East Flour 103 Christopher Columbus Drive

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East Flour serves Asian-American comfort food and is known for making all of its bread, noodles, and pasta by hand. It has a considerable menu with items to choose from, with an Asian mastery found throughout. 

Egg Mania 14 Liberty Avenue

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This cafe devoted to eggs was founded by five friends who missed the street food they had when growing up in India. Here, one can find curries, biryanis, kati rolls, with eggs boiled, scrambled, fried, or folded into omelets to accommodate all forms and flavors of Indian cuisine.

Future Restaurant 216 Newark Avenue

With good service and fresh ingredients, Future Restaurant stays consistent with delicious Chinese food for takeout in Jersey City. It has typical Chinese flair on the menu, as well as vegetarian options.

Grand Sichuan 342 Grove Street

Authentic Szechuan dishes are found at Grand Sichuan, offering great ambiance for sitting indoors, or contactless delivery. With a large menu, fresh ingredients, and affordable prices it is definitely on the list of being a Jersey City staple. 

Honest Restaurant 811 Newark Avenue #3808 

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The perfect place to fix your carb craving, Honest Restaurant’s style can be loosely described as “fast food” — quick dishes for breakfast, snacks, late-night comfort food, or really any meal of the day

Honshu Sushi Lounge 95 Greene Street

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Honshu Sushi Lounge was opened in 2005, and since then has become a Jersey City favorite, specializing in contemporary Japanese dishes. It is located in Downtown Jersey City and is a full-service restaurant, complemented by a full bar, also offering catering and delivery. Honshu is known for its fresh sushi and great ambiance, and customer reviews definitely agree. Happy hour is a must-try, with lots of drink and food specials to choose from.

Ichiban- To Go 365 Palisade Avenue

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Ichiban To-Go is a family-owned business, with its name meaning “number one” or “first place”. The eatery has provided 20 years of great food and service. The sushi from Ichiban is unmatched, along with its classic Japanese menu and extensive food options. Because of COVID-19, the owners of Ichiban had to revamp the business model, changing it from a catering service, to include delivery and takeout, as well as offering specialty menu items like sushi pizza and tacos.

J Nail + Spa 265 Grove Street

With good service, fast accommodations, expert manicures, and a large nail color selection,  J Nail & Spa is a go-to. The prices are affordable, and the location is right near the Jersey City path. 

JC Sakura Japanese Cuisine 362 Grove Street

Specializing in sushi and Japanese dishes, Sakura satisfies customers in Jersey City, especially with its service and friendly staff. From appetizers to dessert and everything in between, Sakura serves authentic Japanese food worth trying. 

Just Beclaws 280 1st Street

Francis and Nambinh Tran own and operate Just Beclaws, bringing Southern cuisine to Jersey City. It has an extensive menu that is far from boring, serving up seafood like lobster and crawfish to sandwiches and wings. 

Korai Kitchen 576 Summit Avenue

This family-owned restaurant is the first of its kind in Jersey City, serving traditional Bangladeshi food, prepared the old-fashion way. Since opening in 2018, Korai Kitchen has quickly become a Jersey City favorite. The eatery offers catering, weekly specials, and unique entrees that are sure to make your mouth water.

Milk + Cream Cereal Bar 175 Newark Avenue

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Cory Ng created Milk + Cream Cereal Bar, with the help of his best friends, Thomas, and Justin, in Chinatown NYC, with the vision to combine ice cream and cereal together. Now with a second location in Jersey City, its cereal flavors mixed with classic ice cream continues to create a nostalgic feel for customers.

Mithaas 795 Newark Avenue

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South Asian desserts are unique for their distinctive ingredients and subtle flavors. Pistachios and fresh chess are widely used, and they are spiced with cardamom, rosewater, and saffron.

Miso Ramen 189 Newark Avenue

Miso Ramen focuses on serving all different varieties of ramen, like chicken, tofu, and beef. The flavors range from spicy to savory, using a 20-hour process to create homemade goodness. 

More Express 281 Grove Street

This casual Thai eatery located in the heart of Jersey City serves up Thai curries, noodle dishes, and sushi. Labeled as “Thai street food” it is comfort food elevated, with an extensive menu and great ambiance to eat in, along with delivery and pick up available. 

Nails Tek 154 Newark Avenue

Nails Tek is a clean and sanitary nail salon located in Jersey City. The salon is open until 7:30PM, {Sundays its closes at 5:00PM which leaves ample time to make a last-minute appointment.

New Thanh Hoai 234 10th Street

New Thanh Hoai is a Vietnamese restaurant that offers dine and delivery. The eatery posts new items on the menu frequently and also has an extensive wine and drink list, as well as lunch specials that allow patrons to indulge in a combo platter.

New Zion Nails 248 Bay Street

New Zion Nails specializes in manicures, while also offers waxing, pedicures, and a range of nail styles to choose from in Jersey City.

Oriental Spa 300 Newark Avenue

Oriental Spa is known for offering body massages, leaving Jersey City customers feeling refreshed. The spa is clean and affordable, with quality massages and friendly staff.

Pariwaar Delights 827 Newark Avenue

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The restaurant has made a name for itself with its gorgeous biryani. The fragrant dish uses eighteen different spices, some shipped directly from India, and is cooked in the traditional “Hyderabadi dum style”.

Pinwheel Garden Dumpling + Noodle Bar 318 Communipaw Avenue

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This family-owned restaurant serves its customers using fresh seasonal produce and non-GMO, preservative-free ingredients. With many awards to speak of, Pinwheel Garden is known for bringing cultures together through its food. The menu is mouth-watering and includes dumplings, ramen, coconut curry, to name a few.

Pokay 283 Newark Avenue

Pokay serves up fresh poke bowls in Jersey City, varying from house favorites including a classic bowl to spicy options and build-your-own. Explore Pokay’s hot bowls, which are a unique twist on the classic cold, poke bowl and sure to satisfy a cold-weather craving.

Prince + I 80 Wayne Street

This hidden gem leaves its customers raving about the service and delicious Thai food. The outside is lowkey, but once you enter its doors, you will know right away that you are in an authentic Thai restaurant. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a menu on the smaller side, and vegetarian options for every dish. Patrons can order from Grubhub or visit Prince + I for an authentic Thai meal.

Rasoi 810 Newark Avenue

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One cannot talk about local Indian food without mentioning Rasoi. Since 1996, the restaurant has been serving delicious North Indian dishes with consistent quality and service.

Rickie’s Hair and Beauty Salon 544 Jersey Avenue

This salon is a full-service salon, offering haircuts, hair color, and much more, with skilled staff and a clean environment. The quality value at Rickie’s is spot on, and customers rave about the friendlessness of the staff, which is always a plus!

Saigon Cafe 188 Newark Avenue

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Kim Le, the owner of Saigon Cafe, has created an authentic, family-owned Vietnamese staple in Jersey City. Its large menu serves up Vietnamese dishes, from chicken to pork to vegetarian. Don’t forget to check out the long dessert list, with sweet dumplings available and banana bread pudding. 

Sapthagiri 737 Newark Avenue

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For a small eatery that is strictly vegetarian and kosher, the menu offers a stunning range of south Indian delicacies. Masala dosa is filled with potatoes, onions, green peas, and cashew nuts, all boldly spiced with ginger, turmeric, and cilantro.

Sen Hai 303 Newark Avenue

Sen Hai serves up Chinese food for pickup or delivery, offering patrons a classic Chinese menu with vegetarian options and a variety of beef, chicken, and fish. Moo Shu is also a featured menu item, along with Chef’s specialties.

Short Grain 183 Montgomery Street

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Short Grain specializes in your go-to neighborhood-style cafe, serving coffee, sandwiches, small plates, and brunch. The beauty of Short Grain is that mixed in with your classic breakfast staples like eggs and avocado toast, you can also find Asian-influenced dishes which they describe as “things we love to eat and recipes that reminisce our past, present, and future” on the menu. Make sure to take a look at the drink menu, offering Vietnamese coffee, matcha, and juices.

The Old Spot 523 Jersey Avenue

The Old Spot serves up authentic Chinese cuisine with friendly service and good vibes.

Tidal Poke District Kitchen, 210 Hudson Street, Plaza 3

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Tidal Poke serves exceptional poke bowls, located on the Jersey City waterfront. Using the freshest materials possible, Tidal Poke uses Hawaiin roots to make sure every bowl has variety, with a twist on traditional poke bowls. Patrons can build their own or choose from their classic list of bowls. Also serving smoothie bowls and catering for your next gathering.

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Written by: Jenny Schecher

Jenny is a proud Jersey girl raised in Monmouth County, who currently resides in Uptown Hoboken. She works as a Client Services Director in NYC and has a passion for event planning, acting, and writing. Jenny left the Garden State to attend Manhattan College and lived in NYC before returning back to Jersey. In her spare time, you can find her walking along the water taking endless pictures of the city skyline, or eating all of the pizza Hoboken has to offer.