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 beckons exploration. Join us on a progressive tasting journey through 4 downtown Jersey City establishments offering some of the most delicious food and drinks in town! 

This up and coming city has quickly evolved into a hub for local culture, art, and cuisine. In between tasting locations, we’ll wander through the recently-extended pedestrian plaza, admiring nationally acclaimed public murals, sprinkled with fun facts and history from your local expert tour guide. Aside from the plentiful and diverse food and drink, you’ll have the chance to chat with chefs and owners, as they share their stories and love for food with us

Whether this is your first visit or you’re a longtime local, gain a fresh (and tasty!) perspective on New York’s unofficial sixth borough.

  • Runs Weekly Saturday or Sunday [2:00-5:00PM OR 3:30-6:30PM]

  • 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

What to Expect

» Exclusive meet & greets with chefs and owners of locally owned restaurants, learning about the food & drink you’re sampling, and the people who work passionately to prepare it!
» Enjoy the relaxed pace and the comfort of sitting down at every stop
» No over-scripted robotic tour guides here! Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will make you feel right at home.
» A casual afternoon out amongst foodie friends, with opportunities to make some new ones.

With 100’s of restaurants to choose from, this tour features four hand-picked restaurants in one afternoon, making it fun and easy to explore the local food scene! 

No need to cross the river into NYC! Jersey City is easily accessible via 24-hour PATH train from NYC. Meeting location steps from Grove Street stop.

Option 1 [3:30-6:30PM] View Map »

Where to Meet

» The tour begins at Luna, located at 279 Grove Street (a 5 minute walk from the Grove Street PATH. Please see host who will show you where the group is seated. Your guide will greet you inside wearing a Beyond the Plate t-shirt.

Where We’re Eating

Luna: Kick off the tour with a signature cocktail made with Jersey City’s own Misunderstood Whiskey, paired with Argentinean-Italian specialties
Broa: Be surprised by Chef and owner, Mike Casalinho’s ever-changing chalkboard menu of Portuguese specialties paired with Portuguese all-natural wine.
Ani Ramen: It’s not just about the ramen! Indulge in pillowy bao buns, sake-soy glazed chicken wings, blistered shishito peppers and a choice of signature cocktail.
Gringos: Not your average taco joint, Gringos serves up fun and unique taco creations like chicken and waffle tacos, paired with signature margaritas.
Bang Cookies: We’ll send you home with an organic cookie from Jersey City’s favorite organic cookie shop!

Option 2 [2:00-5:00PM] View Map »
Wurstbar: Specializing in fine sausages (beef, rabbit, duck, lamb, venison, kielbasa and many more), we’ll start the tour with fun and creative ‘dogs and poutine tastings, paired with beer or cider.
Frankie: Get a taste of down under at this Australian restaurant meets all-natural wine bar, while admiring the gorgeous art-deco design.
Porta: A staple in downtown Jersey City, you’ll have a new appreciation for Neopolitan cuisine after spending a half hour or so with one of our most passionate chefs, Steve Spinelli. Wash it down with a cocktail made with Corgi Gin, Jersey City’s first and only distillery since prohibition.
Pasta Dal Cuore: BYOB restaurant and pasta shop, you’ll be blown away at Chef-Owner, Elena’s creations of Italian-inspired street food and pasta dishes, paired with Italian all-natural wine.
Torico:  We’ll end with something sweet from downtown Jersey City’s oldest ice cream shop, sampling one of their 60+ flavors.

Things to Know When You Book a BTP Food Tour

» This signature tour is our most popular and tends to fill up quickly! We advise booking well in advance. Advanced purchase is required.

» The tour begins inside the first restaurant location listed above. Your guide will greet you inside wearing a Beyond the Plate t-shirt.

» You will be asked for your dietary restrictions at checkout. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, beef or pork. 

» Once ticket is purchased, more detailed information along with important parking instructions will be emailed to you 24 hours before tour start time.

» Lineups are subject to change based on restaurant availability and tour size. We work with other fabulous in restaurants in town, so if certain restaurants have private events going on that day, we’ll substitute one great restaurant for another!*

Our Jersey City food tours are proudly sponsored by local spirit brands, Misunderstood Whiskey and Corgi Spirits. Expect to sample signature cocktails featuring Misunderstood ginger-spiced whiskey or Corgi Earl Grey Gin.


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!

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 8 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?

Did you watch our video? It’s okay. 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.