510 Summit Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 795-9393
Cuisine: American
Price: $$

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  • Hours
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Friday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday: 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sunday: Closed
    Bar open until 2am
  • Parking Availability Parking on Site
  • Meal Times Served Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
  • Attire Casual
  • Bar Full Bar
  • Amenities TV, Billiards / Pool, Private Party Room
  • Banquet Facilities Over 100 People
  • Special Needs Organic Menu Items, Booster/High Chairs
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Live Music, Fireplace, Family / Children, Bar Scene, Sports Bar
  • Reservation Information Suggested
  • Payment Methods Amex Discover Mastercard Visa


The Newkirk House, also known as the Summit House, located at 510 Summit Avenue is the oldest surviving structure in Jersey City. The two story Dutch Colonial building, composed of sandstone, brick and clapboard dates back to 1690, when it was known as the Blue Point Tavern. It was cited on a British army map drawn in 1781 for General Henry Clinton during the Revolutionary War. The building was constructed on nearly two acres of land granted by the English governor Philip Carteret to and Englishman, John Berry from Barbados in 1669, who in turn sold the site to Samuel Edsall, a "beaver marker" from Bergen, that same year. Mattheus Newkirk from Holland bought the property some time afterward, and remained in the family until it was sold in 1889. Newkirk family members were active local politics - John and his son Jacob were both Hudson County freeholders; Jacob also served as a Jersey City alderman in the mid-nineteenth century. The building was used as an orphanage by the Queen's Daughters of Jersey City, and then by a succession of retail businesses. In 1928, the old Newkirk property line and building were changed when the present Summit Avenue was rerouted and the front of the building altered to accommodate the redesign of the street. In 1979 it was purchased and readapted by Coneco, inc. to become a restaurant. During the renovation, it was revealed that the original structure was only one story. The outer walls are of two feet of stone fitted in lime and mortar. Beams of timber in the basement are six by twelve inches and those on the second floor are four by six inches spaced four feet apart. Eith inch wood pegs, rather than nails were employed during the time of construction. Today the building is Sanai's Restaurant which is currently owned by L. Terry Dehere, former NBA Athlete, Vice President of the Jersey City School Board, and Community Activist

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Rated 4 out of 5 by 65reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by We have never had a bad experience w/Sanai and we've been going there at least once amonth. Feb 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by The restaurant was freezing cold, we had our coats on for the entire meal. The music was a radio station that was very loud and very inappropriate for dining, including radio ads. Jan 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Get the chipotle wings, my favorite Jan 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by appetizer - wings were great , the calamari we're ok but small , tasted a little frozendinner - steak was great and perfectly cook , the mashed potato was great and perfect portion ,the sliders were also perfectly cooked Jan 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Place was empty on a Saturday night, not in a great neighborhood of town, loud dj in the basement, food was mediocre at best, if we did not have a gift certificate I would have walked out.. Dec 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by This gift certificate stated that there is parking in the premise but there is no customer parking on the premise Aug 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by The food was great but the service was extremely poor. The atmosphere also is more targeted to a bar/club scene than a restaurant. Jun 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very good atmoshpere & food. A little difficult finding parking on the street. Jun 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent food. and the employees were very helpful. Jun 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by They didn't have half the items on menu. We had to ask for steak knife, ketchup, salt & pepper, no bread was served, waitress was nice but was not experienced at all. Was never asked if we wanted dessert. May 31, 2014
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