Historic Jersey City Businesses: Second Street Bakery


There’s usually a line out the door at Second Street Bakery; get there early because the shop runs out of product quickly. Opened in the 1920’s, Second Street Bakery still makes bread from the same coal fire oven. The bakery focuses on mostly savory baked goods and hearty hot and cold sandwiches.

Second Street Bakery is known particularly for its sausage bread, with big chunks of sausage baked right in, as well as other stuffed rolls, including broccoli and cheese, soups and antipasto. We love their eggplant parmigiana sandwich with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar. The one lone sweet is a ricotta pie.

Located at 402 Second St. Take Path train to Grove St. It’s almost a mile walk but worth it to see the neighborhood along the way. To make a day of it. It’s a close walk to the Historic Harismus cemetery after lunch.

Moloney’s Meats


Moloney’s Meats is a family owned and operated butcher that has been in business since 1875. Walk in and you’ll feel like you’re in a neighborhood hangout. Tommy, the owner, inherited the business and still works behind the counter everyday. If not chicken cutlets, there’s always sharp wit and laughter flying around inside.

Moloney’s meats are of high quality but don’t forget to grab a box of  their house-made ravioli. Another wise choice is a stack of their homemade burger patties.

Located at 627 Newark Ave. Take the Path train to Journal Square and it’s about a five block walk from there.