By Chris Fry 

A secluded bar called 143 Social has quietly opened along Newark Avenue in Jersey City, but you’ll have to do a little work to find the craft cocktails and elevated small plates in this cozy space.

While many establishments utilize the pedestrian plaza along this strip of Downtown, 143 Social is decidedly tucked away. The chic lounge, which sports both bar and table seating areas, sits in the basement of 143 Newark Avenue below the recently opened Bareburger Kitchen + Bar.

143 Social boasts of their experienced craft bartenders who are constantly experimenting with new flavors and techniques. Food at the lounge focuses on small bites and a few dishes they have teased include crab croquettes with saffron aioli that are topped with pickled scallions and red tobiko.