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 4.1 out of 5 by 72reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The vibe and interior is nice but there music is too ghetto Sep 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Overall (i.e., food, service, décor) Sanai is the best restaurant in the Journal Square area. Located in the Newkirk House, the oldest building still standing in Jersey City (the lower half was built in 1690), Sanai's is named after the daughter of former LA Clipper Terry Dehere, the owner and homegrown star. The restaurant serves excellent "bar food", and the staff is always friendly. As Journal Square continues to transform (a 42-story building has been proposed for the lot next to Sanai's), the restaurant is well situated to benefit from the transformation. If Sanai's could upgrade its menu to something beyond bar food, it could become the premier location in Journal Square. Paid parking is available at the PATH station across the street, otherwise you'll be at the mercy of the street-parking gods (honestly, just save yourself the money and headache by taking the subway). Sep 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by The room was quite warm. Sep 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great food and service. Jul 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Friendly, efficient and prompt staff, excellent food and atmosphere is rustic but accommodating! May 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grace treated us very well. She checked on us several times to make sure our food was excellent. May 16, 2015
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
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