Basic Food & Beverage

Café and Coffee Shop$$$$
Hamilton Park, Jersey City
  • Paba B.
    "Best salad crazy salad."(3 Tips)
    AmAndA P.
    "Iced ginger tea.... Buy it"(2 Tips)
    Jeri L.
    "Love the soba noodle salad and fresh smoothies."(4 Tips)
    Christine D.
    "Mango tuna sandwich is a must have, trust me"(7 Tips)
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  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LoraJanuary 3, 2016
    Spicy kimchi ramen soup.. Yes please. Giving neighboring ahris a run for their money.. Bf says the best burger is good. Vegan friendly with many salad options. The coffee is just OK.
  • Rashida L.
    Rashida LeeLaAugust 27, 2013
    Sandwiches are pretty tasty. A little skimpy on the corned beef for the Rueben.. But they make up for it, with the "side". Cash only! (old school flo)
  • Hound About Town
    Hound About TownJune 22, 2012
    This is our go-to place for lunch! Friendly staff and I like the spicy chicken wrap, and iced coffee. Cash only, ATM on site with fee.
  • Christine D.
    Christine DaCruzJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The Sundubu (silken tofu) soup is delicious, particularly on a cold day. I'm not a vegetarian and am not the biggest fan of tofu but this soup hits the mark.
  • Rob G.
    Rob G.August 16, 2014
    Nice, but sadly, the coffee is undrinkable. Bitter, and no coffee flavor. We poured it out on the grass, and went to the ice cream store for coffee. Please get a new brew!
  • Session36
    Session36July 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice spot sandwiches coffee bagels smoothies salads.. The crazy salad is yummy as is the basic burger.. Wish they would change the menu a little as it's been the same a while.
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is THE meeting place for Hamilton Park / Downtown JC. Good veggie options, free wifi and always friendly people.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MAugust 25, 2013
    Apparently the only place in jersey city to get a real fruit smoothie. Very good too. Cash only.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DonohueSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Basically this place is an all around decent place to have some better than average coffee. The pastries are ok. But what is really good is the Moe's Egg sandwich. Ask them to add bacon.
  • Marissa L.🌟
    Marissa L.🌟August 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The unsweetened peach black tea is delish and is a better bang for your buck than any starbucks, dunkin donuts or Gloria Jeans.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McKeeNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The weekends are stroller central. The place is too small for that many strollers. Needs to be a rule that one person from a group goes up to order and then move back out of line to wait for your food
  • Holly M.
    Holly MooreJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have a cold, their hot ginger tea is wonderful and very soothing. Fresh ginger with a touch of honey.
  • Shubhra B.
    Shubhra BhatnagarDecember 11, 2012
    I support local businesses! Awesome lil' place where I study & ponder. Recommended items: Garden Burger/Avacado Salad.
  • Marc I.
    Marc IsikoffMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    But don't drink their coffee. Best in JC? Not even 10th best. Mike lives near there and roasts for Kobricks brand in Hoboken. Try that and be happier.
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaFebruary 17, 2011
    really unique muffin flavors, cappuccino is my fav. not a lot of seating so be prepared to take your food to go.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MooreNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The chocolate chip cookies are pretty amazing - more chip than cookie!
  • Mike A.
    Mike AldermanOctober 3, 2010
    If you like flavored coffee, they have a flavor of the day every day. I especially like Butterscotch Sunday.
  • Cindy
    CindySeptember 13, 2013
    Great little neighborhood cafe with free WiFi!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HJune 10, 2014
    Good coffee. By 1030 the pecan roll is stale do not get that.
  • Paba B.
    Paba BMarch 21, 2010
    Best salad crazy salad. Lil bit of everything . Best to order in spring - early fall. Outside of that quality hit or miss.
  • Marc I.
    Marc IsikoffNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid if you like decent food and service. A decade of decline for both. TJ Ward coffee is mud but they say best coffee in JC.
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienJune 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    ...Ham & Cheese Croissant and Ice Coffee for the epic win.
  • Caitlin M.
    Caitlin McglynnJune 16, 2014
    Nice low key place for juices
  • David P.
    David PerkMay 28, 2011
    You have to try the Bul-Go-Gi sandwich. It is great!!!
  • Christine D.
    Christine DaCruzMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Mango tuna sandwich is a must have, trust me
  • Jeri L.
    Jeri Lynn Astra HerbertOctober 21, 2013
    Love the soba noodle salad and fresh smoothies.
  • Ryan
    RyanAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this crazy salad
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MusgraveDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetarians: the garden burger is good.
  • Steven m.
    Steven marionJuly 10, 2010
    So happy when I find a coffee shop with almond milk! Thank you basic
  • AmAndA P.
    AmAndA PSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Iced ginger tea.... Buy it
  • Derek T.
    Derek TumoloDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Potpie is delish. Mac and cheese, kind of weak.
  • Damien S.
    Damien SpivakMay 16, 2013
    Great bagel and lox
  • Todd M.
    Todd McVeyAugust 11, 2011
    Just a good little place in da hood.
  • Shay
    ShayJune 8
    Cash only!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MusgraveNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Garden Burger is tasty.
  • Moses A.
    Moses AAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the Moe's Egg, of course
  • R
    RMarch 16, 2012
    Close to Hamilton Park!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MeagherAugust 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bibimbap. Delicious.
  • Sean
    SeanSeptember 21, 2011
    Get the mango smoothie
  • Mauro G.
    Mauro GagliardiFebruary 26
    Bulgogi aandwich
  • Bernadette C.
    Bernadette CruzOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast Burrito!
  • Ben T.
    Ben ThomaMay 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only!
  • charlotte S.
    charlotte SullivanApril 22, 2010
    lunch with a friend!
  • L
    LFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to Basic and get the smoked salmon on a bagel.
  • James V.
    James Vande WoudeFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Say hi to the mayor
  • Christine D.
    Christine DaCruzAugust 3, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    must try Tuna sandwich.
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