New Restaurant Cilantro Coming to Jersey City

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New restaurant Cilantro is coming to the corner of Newark and Baldwin avenues in Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A sizable storefront across the street from the historic Brennan Courthouse will soon be home to a new restaurant that promises a diverse menu and late-night hours.


Workers have been on site for some time at 564 Newark Avenue, a 3,400-square-foot storefront at that road’s intersection with Baldwin Avenue. The renovation is a welcome sign for locals, who saw the longtime McDonald’s outpost get taken over by Hoboken’s Grubbs Take Away in 2019 for a brief run that lasted just a few months. The space has been vacant since January 2020.

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The corner space, long occupied by McDonald’s then Grubbs Take Away, has been vacant since January 2020. Photo credit: GRID Real Estate.

The endeavor is simply named Cilantro, with ownership registered out of a local residential building. Several banners that adorn the property advertise a veritable kitchen sink of food options that will be available, which include Danishes, pastries, and an all-day breakfast service.

Other dishes listed on Cilantro’s storefront include a wide range of fare like black bean chili, goat cheese and fig flat breads, margarita pizza, a grilled chicken panini, a Guinness burger, clam chowder, Irish nachos, chicken wings, and poutine.

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Cilantro at 564 Newark Avenue promises late-night hours seven days a week. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

Cilantro is apparently aiming to be a late-night food spot for the area, as signage on the door indicates that they are planning to be open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

This stretch of Newark Avenue had a pretty significant culinary rebirth going before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, welcoming varied restaurants like MezCal Kitchen, Banana King, Ling Long Xuan, Café Peanut, and Freetown Road over the span of about two years. The direct vicinity is also home to a significant amount of construction that includes the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex and a 300-unit residential project at 32 Oakland Avenue.

Cilantro does not appear to have any social media presence as of yet and it is unclear exactly when the restaurant intends to open.

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