Jersey City Gets its First Venezuelan Restaurant and a New Art Gallery


Novado Gallery

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Novado Gallery | Photo via Facebook

Novado Gallery has opened its doors not far from Exchange Place in the Powerhouse Arts District at 110 Morgan Street. The gallery opened for business on Thursday, December 1st.

On its Facebook page, Novado describes itself as a contemporary art and design gallery that features “works by artists that combine maturity of vision with a fresh approach”. The business is owned by Anne Novado, who previously was the director and curator of Gallery 4040 in Syracuse, New York.

The eight-story building occupied by the Novado Gallery was recently transformed into the Modera Lofts development by Mill Creek Residential. Previously, the building, which dates to 1905, was used as the Morgan Industrial Center and the Butler Brothers Warehouse.

El Cocotero

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El Cocotero, Chelsea | Photo via Facebook

Across town, an area restaurant is preparing for opening day at its newest location. El Cocotero is opening a restaurant in Jersey City’s McGinley Square neighborhood at 749 Bergen Avenue, between Montgomery Street and Fairmount Avenue. According to an employee, the business is slated to open next month.

El Cocotero currently operates one location on West 18th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and specializes in ‘authentic home style Venezuelan cuisine’, such as arepas and Pabellón criollo. It will be the first Venezuelan restaurant in Jersey City and one of just a few in the Garden State.

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Coming soon to McGinley Square | Photo via Facebook

Previously, the space at 749 Bergen Ave was occupied by Restaurante Delicias de Puerto Rico, Pho Thang Long Vietnamese Restaurant, and Surf and Turf.


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