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Local Gems

Every downtown district has its own special characteristics, and sometimes a few characters as well! These are the “local gems” that distinguish one place from another. Downtown Trenton is known for its friendly coffee shops and cafes, personable barbers, unique nail and hair salons, authentic cuisines from around the world, vibrant art scene, numerous nonprofit organizations, historical attractions, unique architecture and, above all else, incredible community spirit. 

Here are just some of the many “local gems” that make downtown Trenton a welcoming capital city. We hope you get to know them all!

Sunrise Luncheonette

Sunrise Luncheonette

There is nothing quite like sitting down at the counter at a cozy luncheonette for an amazing breakfast and some friendly conversation. Sunrise Luncheonette at 26 South Warren Street has been providing attentive service and great food in a comfortable space for decades!

Next time you are in downtown Trenton, be sure to pop in and say “hello” to owner Moliere, who will welcome you with a warm smile and a menu full of home-cooked favorites like omelets, home fries, grits and more.

Open seven days a week. Call (609) 278-8994.

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1911 Smokehouse BBQ

1911 Smokehouse BBQ

Reggie Hallett is a man who needs no introduction in downtown Trenton. Yet we never get tired of singing his praises and sharing his successes. As the executive chef and co-owner (with his brother Maurice) of 1911 Smoke House Barbeque at 11 West Front Street, he has seen his restaurant expand to Newark Airport and Willingboro, NJ, in recent years. Not to worry, Smokehouse is still open 6 days a week in Trenton (closed Monday, open through 3:30 pm on Tuesday). Hallett is dedicated to the community and was recognized at Greater Trenton’s 6th Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration with the 2023 Business Impact Award.

Of course at the end of the day, you can’t “beat the meat,” as their slogan says. You can’t beat the vegan options at Smokehouse either. The food is legendary, the sauces are fire (sometimes almost literally), and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

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The Station Tapas and Bar

The Station Tapas and Bar

The Station Tapas and Bar at 14 South Warren Street in downtown Trenton is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.

The sleek bar and lounge area, with its historic train car vibe and welcoming atmosphere, has been intriguing curious passersby for months. It is certainly one of the most stunning spaces in Trenton, with a well-stocked bar, friendly staff, and a menu to appeal to all tastes. Start your day with an omelet, lox toast, buttermilk pancakes and other popular breakfast dishes. Or, for a special treat, try the “Station Waffle,” made with crispy pad do bono style yucca and melted cheese. It’s as delicious as it sounds!

Enjoy Empanadas, Spanish meatballs, sliders, a variety of sandwiches, Bravas Potatas and other small plates throughout the day.

The Station is open Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm, Friday, 8 am to 11 pm, and most Saturdays from 5 to 10 pm. Call 609-225-9130 for Saturday hours as the restaurant can accommodate private events on that day.

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City Deli

City Deli

Here are just a few of the many reasons to head down to City Deli II at 15 N. Willow Street for breakfast or lunch in downtown Trenton.

An extensive menu featuring diverse cuisines from Peruvian to Italian. American to Caribbean. Serving homemade soups, hot and cold wraps, paninis, club sandwiches and stromboli

Refreshing, healthy, fresh “detox” and “hibiscus flower” drinks to help you stay cool as the weather heats up

A lovely outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal

City Deli also accepst LoveLocal Community Gift Cards! You can buy one here: https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/trenton--nj...

Stop by and say hello to husband and wife owners Liliana and Cesar Pereda, who have been making homemade dishes and drinks since 1995. Open Monday-Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm. Phone: (609) 695-1119.

Visit Website
Henry’s Jewelers

Henry’s Jewelers

Henry’s Jewelers, this week's “Local Gem,” has plenty of gemstones and other Valentine’s Day gifts to love! ❤️ For 22 years, Henry’s has been selling stunning rings, bracelets, earrings, charms, necklaces and more, at its Capital Center location at 50 East State Street in downtown Trenton.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Henry’s is offering heart charms and heart rings at special pricing. Planning on popping the question? Henry’s offers diamond engagement rings from a quarter carat to a full carat.

The store is open Monday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Have a question? Give Henry a call at (609) 392-5334 💎

Visit Website
R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair

R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair

Dreary winter days can be hard on your soul, not to mention your soles! Shoes take a real beating this time of year. Fortunately, the fine art of shoe repair can still be found at R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair, 115 South Warren Street, in downtown Trenton.

Owner Robert Giaquinto loves what he does and where he does it. It is a passion for his craft and the camaraderie and support in downtown Trenton that keep the 62-year-old going, year after year. He hopes you stop in to say “hello” and, of course, to drop off a pair of shoes, a belt or a handbag for repair. “If it can be repaired, I can do it,” he says.

Visit Website
Sunrise Luncheonette

Sunrise Luncheonette

There is nothing quite like sitting down at the counter at a cozy luncheonette for an amazing breakfast and some friendly conversation. Sunrise Luncheonette at 26 South Warren Street has been providing attentive service and great food in a comfortable space for decades!

Next time you are in downtown Trenton, be sure to pop in and say “hello” to owner Moliere, who will welcome you with a warm smile and a menu full of home-cooked favorites like omelets, home fries, grits and more.

Open seven days a week. Call (609) 278-8994.

Visit Website
1911 Smokehouse BBQ

1911 Smokehouse BBQ

Reggie Hallett is a man who needs no introduction in downtown Trenton. Yet we never get tired of singing his praises and sharing his successes. As the executive chef and co-owner (with his brother Maurice) of 1911 Smoke House Barbeque at 11 West Front Street, he has seen his restaurant expand to Newark Airport and Willingboro, NJ, in recent years. Not to worry, Smokehouse is still open 6 days a week in Trenton (closed Monday, open through 3:30 pm on Tuesday). Hallett is dedicated to the community and was recognized at Greater Trenton’s 6th Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration with the 2023 Business Impact Award.

Of course at the end of the day, you can’t “beat the meat,” as their slogan says. You can’t beat the vegan options at Smokehouse either. The food is legendary, the sauces are fire (sometimes almost literally), and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

Visit Website
The Station Tapas and Bar

The Station Tapas and Bar

The Station Tapas and Bar at 14 South Warren Street in downtown Trenton is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.

The sleek bar and lounge area, with its historic train car vibe and welcoming atmosphere, has been intriguing curious passersby for months. It is certainly one of the most stunning spaces in Trenton, with a well-stocked bar, friendly staff, and a menu to appeal to all tastes. Start your day with an omelet, lox toast, buttermilk pancakes and other popular breakfast dishes. Or, for a special treat, try the “Station Waffle,” made with crispy pad do bono style yucca and melted cheese. It’s as delicious as it sounds!

Enjoy Empanadas, Spanish meatballs, sliders, a variety of sandwiches, Bravas Potatas and other small plates throughout the day.

The Station is open Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm, Friday, 8 am to 11 pm, and most Saturdays from 5 to 10 pm. Call 609-225-9130 for Saturday hours as the restaurant can accommodate private events on that day.

Visit Website
City Deli

City Deli

Here are just a few of the many reasons to head down to City Deli II at 15 N. Willow Street for breakfast or lunch in downtown Trenton.

An extensive menu featuring diverse cuisines from Peruvian to Italian. American to Caribbean. Serving homemade soups, hot and cold wraps, paninis, club sandwiches and stromboli

Refreshing, healthy, fresh “detox” and “hibiscus flower” drinks to help you stay cool as the weather heats up

A lovely outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal

City Deli also accepst LoveLocal Community Gift Cards! You can buy one here: https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/trenton--nj...

Stop by and say hello to husband and wife owners Liliana and Cesar Pereda, who have been making homemade dishes and drinks since 1995. Open Monday-Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm. Phone: (609) 695-1119.

Visit Website
Henry’s Jewelers

Henry’s Jewelers

Henry’s Jewelers, this week's “Local Gem,” has plenty of gemstones and other Valentine’s Day gifts to love! ❤️ For 22 years, Henry’s has been selling stunning rings, bracelets, earrings, charms, necklaces and more, at its Capital Center location at 50 East State Street in downtown Trenton.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Henry’s is offering heart charms and heart rings at special pricing. Planning on popping the question? Henry’s offers diamond engagement rings from a quarter carat to a full carat.

The store is open Monday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Have a question? Give Henry a call at (609) 392-5334 💎

Visit Website
R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair

R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair

Dreary winter days can be hard on your soul, not to mention your soles! Shoes take a real beating this time of year. Fortunately, the fine art of shoe repair can still be found at R. Giaquinto Shoe Repair, 115 South Warren Street, in downtown Trenton.

Owner Robert Giaquinto loves what he does and where he does it. It is a passion for his craft and the camaraderie and support in downtown Trenton that keep the 62-year-old going, year after year. He hopes you stop in to say “hello” and, of course, to drop off a pair of shoes, a belt or a handbag for repair. “If it can be repaired, I can do it,” he says.

Visit Website
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