• For a lively social scene, F&B and billiards, try Mr. G's in Carlstadt.
• For laughs, go to Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights.
• For cool jazz, hit Moore's Lounge in Jersey City.
For Some Knights to Remember
Mortal enemies locked in desperate combat before a gallery of fiercely partisan fans -- no, we're not talking open house at the U.S. Senate, but rather a joust as staged by Medieval Times in its Lyndhurst Castle location. Guests are served a four-course banquet and can cheer for any of six knights competing in the battle. After, enjoy a romp through the on-site Medieval Torture Museum.
In Liberty State Park, Jersey City, the Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, a tornado-force wind simulator, the world's largest IMAX dome theater and much more.
Prime Rib, Prime View
In Weehawken, on the Hudson River and directly across from Manhattan, the Chart House restaurant features specialties like Mac Nut Mahi and Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, along with fab views of the Big Apple from Midtown on south to One World Trade Center. Happy hour takes place weekdays from 4:30-6 p.m.
The Meadowlands Racetrack offers the thrill of the Sport of Kings all year long, whether live or on jumbo screens, and you can get in on the action for as little as two bucks. You can even buy an official track T-shirt on-site, in case you lose yours.