Late last year, downtown Fort Lee was transformed by the opening of Hudson Lights, a community located just off I-95, I-80, and the George Washington Bridge. Walkable and energetic, Hudson Lights is proving to be one of the most in-demand addresses in the area. But this is much more than just a place to hang your hat, as residents enjoy access to dining, shopping, entertainment, and essential services right outside their door.
It all starts with the posh iPic Theatres, an eight-screen 533-seat multiplex showing first-run movies in a luxury setting. The first dine-in cinema in Bergen County, iPic gives moviegoers the comfort of seating pods that include pillows and blankets and the convenience of ordering food and drinks straight to their seats, delivered by “ninja servers.”
Dining here includes much more than just classic candies and gourmet popcorn flavors. Chef Sherry Yard, an alumna of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant empire, designed a menu of grab-and-go dishes that can be eaten quietly — proactive perfection for mid-movie meals. Dishes come from City Perch Bar + Kitchen, an on-site restaurant that offers seasonal American fare for lunch and dinner — no movie ticket required. The menu features seafood, flatbreads, and skillets, along with a cocktail list that incorporates local flavors and a well-curated collection of mezcals, cognacs, and whiskeys. City Perch has also become one of Fort Lee’s most bustling brunch destinations.
You’ll find plenty more to eat just steps away. Paris Baguette serves cakes, croissants, and its namesake bread, made with quality ingredients, authenticity and over 70 years of tradition. Gaonurri expands here from its original Midtown Manhattan location, serving Korean fare for lunch and dinner, along with drinks and even a tasting menu. Prefer pizza? Anthony Franco’s, a North Jersey institution, offers classic New York style along with Sicilian and specialty slices and pies. And when it’s time for dessert, visit 16 Handles for countless combinations of frozen yogurt and tasty toppings.
If you’d rather burn calories than consume them, spin studio CycleBar is just your speed. Of course, residents can also take advantage of a private, state-of-the-art fitness center with weights, cardio, and even a yoga studio. Linwood Wines is a cork-popper’s paradise, while SeeSaw offers fine fashions.
For prescriptions and other essentials, CVS is a convenient choice. Capital One offers an ATM and full-service banking, while a location of European Wax Center and Tutti Nails & Spa will keep you looking your best. More retailers are still to come, so keep your eye on this vibrant new addition to the downtown Fort Lee scene.
Leasing is now available for the first phase of Hudson Lights’ 276 Manhattan-style residences, ranging from studios to three-bedroom penthouses with pricing starting at $2,150 a month. These homes include expansive windows offering skyline and river views, along with access to private amenities that include an outdoor pool, rooftop terrace, lounge, and kids’ play area.