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Ladies’ Choice – Three Date Spots on a Budget

If you’re thinking of taking your significant other, crush, or friend somewhere special; let’s face it, Jazmazz’s, SPU’s in-house café isn’t cutting it anymore. No one wants to be taken on a “cheap date.”

Three lovely ladies (who wished to remain anonymous) here on campus describe what they qualify as being a good date destination. Here are the top results based on their answers. These places are sure to get a second date without busting your wallet.

Lady #1- “I want to go somewhere different… I like to try new foods other than the typical pasta at a mundane chain restaurant,” RP said.

Mantra via Mantra.com

Mantra (restaurant) –253 Washington Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

Often garnering positive reviews from newspapers such as the New York Times and Star Ledger, Mantra is a crowd pleaser. The foods are as rich in flavor as they are in color; with daring items such as Chicken Makhni and Lamb Vindaloo will have you coming back for more. Orange and red walls give a bright backdrop throughout the restaurant and adds to the South Asian theme. Prices range from $8.00 – $26.00, but with plenty of options you can create a great experience fitting your budget.

Lady #2 “The spot should be interesting… something different from the norm,” said HC.

Barcade (bar/arcade)- 163 Newark Avenue., Jersey City, New Jersey

For those of the legal drinking age, Barcade is the perfect mixture of bar, arcade and restaurant. There are other chain bar/arcades places out there but Barcade is vastly different. Conceived by four college friends, the bar combines their love of draft beer and nostalgia of 80s arcade games. Barcade is very affordable with prices varying from $2.00-$15.00 dollars.

Lady #3 – “It can be hanging with my friends or with my crush but a place with live entertainment is right for me,” VJ said.

Photo Credit – Michelle Raghunandan.

Saint Peter’s University (Performing Arts Center) – St.Aedan’s Church 800 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey

Newly established SPU’s performing arts center is close to campus. The center known as the PAC is aiming to be a cultural hub for the arts and entertainments. Some upcoming events includes a comedy show with Bill Cosby and “An Evening Doo Wop.” Tickets for the show are a little pricey ranging from $45.00-$149.00 However prices are subject to change. Tickets for the Bill Cosby Show have been reduced to $20.00.


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