Bayonne’s Perk Up Café Opens New Outpost in Jersey City

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Bayonne’s Perk Up Cafe is now open in Jersey City at 197 Van Vorst Street on the ground floor of The Quinn. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A cozy spot serving breakfast and lunch in the Peninsula City has headed north for its first expansion and has officially taken up residence on the ground floor of a modern development.


Perk Up Café has operated out of its Broadway storefront since 2014. Per the Jersey Journal, Jersey City natives and co-owners Neil Bojarski and John Nardone opened the restaurant to fill what was then a void along Bayonne’s main street.

The business has just launched its second location at 197 Van Vorst Street inside the base of The Quinn. The latest location of Perk Up Café faces a pedestrian plaza sandwiched between the building and the adjacent Lenox complex, which allows some space for outdoor seating along the relatively quiet street.

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Perk Up Cafe’s sunny interior. Photo via Perk Up Cafe Instagram.

Perk Up Café serves Kobrick Coffee beans that are ground to order, and the food menu features a diverse mix of breakfast sandwiches, Danishes, muffins, bagels, croissants, and breakfast burritos. Several versions of avocado toast are available, as are fully customizable omelets and frittatas.

The restaurant also features a “bistro breakfast” portion of the menu consisting of more substantial items like s’mores French toast, pancakes, poached eggs with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and several varies of grilled cheese. Lunch-forward items at Perk Up Café include sandwiches, wraps, and salads.

Perk Up Café’s Van Vorst location sports a modern look and features great natural light thanks to large windows at the storefront. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and has started a Jersey City-specific Instagram account, which can be followed at the handle @perkupcafejc.

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