VIPJC Taste Of Downtown Jersey City | Beyond The Plate Food Tours

Just a stone’s throw away from downtown Manhattan, Jersey City’s incredibly diverse culinary scene has emerged as its own treasure trove. Join us on a progressive tasting journey through local establishments offering some of the most delicious food and drinks in town!  

What to Expect

» With 100’s of restaurants to choose from, our Jersey City Food Tours make it fun and easy to taste your way through the local food scene. 
» Food-focused tour with sprinklings of arts, culture, and history. 
» Exclusive access to restaurants with opportunities to meet chefs, restaurateurs and other industry experts, learning more about the food & drink you’re sampling, and the people who work passionately to prepare it.
» A casual afternoon out amongst foodie friends, with opportunities to make some new ones.
» Most tours are centered around the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza so expect to visit spots both on the main drag and off the beaten path.

» Count on a mix of four unique hand-picked restaurants, varying from classic Italian (it is Jersey after all!), Mexican fusion, new American, Portuguese and so much more. We currently offer four different tour options to choose from. 

Exact tour details, including meeting location and parking information, will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to tour start.

  • Runs Weekly Saturday or Sunday

  • Historic Downtown Jersey City

  • 4 Tasting Locations, plus Dessert

  • Approx. .5 miles, ≤ 10 minutes walking between each stop

  • 3-4 Alcoholic Beverages [non-alcoholic beverages available]

  • Rain or Shine

  • Tours led by Fun & Friendly Local Experts

  • Limited to 16 Guests


Audrey B.

Such a fun time! Did the tour in Jersey City with a group of girlfriends and loved it. You get a VIP experience with reserved spaces, face time with owners and chefs, and amazing menu/drink pairings. As someone who frequents Jersey City for the bar scene, I was introduced to a whole new side of the food scene and am so excited to come back to these places. Great for a group of friends or corporate event!!” 


How does this work?

Your tour guide will meet you at the first location and will guide you through the whole experience, walking from stop to stop. All locations and menu items are curated in advance, so your only job is to show up, have a great time and enjoy all the food and drinks. Are you hungry yet?! Choose a date from the calendar, and book online in just a few steps.

Feel free to watch our video highlighting our amazing food tours!

I bought a gift certificate for the Taste of Downtown Jersey City Food Tour. Can it be used for any of the above tours?

Yes, please call 551-233-9553 or email us for booking. The only one it will not apply to is the Booze n Bites Tour.

Wait, so do I need a group to book? Who is this tour made for?

Anyone can sign up for a tour! The minimum number of registered guests must total 4 or more, which can consist of a mix of individuals, couples, or groups. We keep the experience intimate so tours cap at 16 people. (Sorry, but no pets!) Kids are welcomed but we find most people prefer leaving them with a sitter! Perfect for first-time tour goers, and both locals and visitors alike. Jersey City is constantly changing. Even if you’ve taken this tour before, no 2 tours are the same! Come back and see where we’re touring now.

Do we tip at each restaurant?

Nope! Payment and tips to each restaurant is taken care of by us. Much like the rest of the hospitality industry, if you feel like your tour guide did a great job, the standard in the industry is 15-20%. Tips are not required, but they are very much appreciated.

How much food can we expect? What about alcohol pairings? What if I don't drink?

We recommend having a light breakfast! By the time we’ve tasted our way through 4 locations, there will not be a need for dinner after. There are generally 3 drink pairings on every tour and will usually be a mix of select wines, cocktails or beers. Alcohol can be substituted for non-alcoholic beverages.

Got More Questions? Visit our FAQs page for more info.