Sunday, November 30, 2014

Community News

  • Unfortunately, Ahri's Kitchen, originally slated to open tomorrow, has hit a lot of red tape and their opening will be delayed until late winter/early spring.
  • Sweet Jumbles, local marshmallow maker, is running a sale on Marshmallow of the Month Club memberships through the end of tomorrow. 
  • Check out this interview with Oh Honey from Chicpea.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving in Jersey City 2014

Wondering what to do and where to eat before, during, and after Thanksgiving? Here's a list of what's happening in Jersey City.
  • La Conguita is already offering turkey specials and will be open from 8am-5pm on Thursday and 8am-10pm on Friday.
  • Taphaus will have $5 Jameson and Fireball shots and $1 off all drinks, beer, and wine on Wednesday to celebrate Thanksgiving Eve. 
  • Pint will be open until 2am on Wednesday and open from 5pm to 2am on Thursday in case you need a late night to recover from a day with the family.
  • Me Casa will be open on Thursday by reservation only and will be serving a special turkey stew.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Community News

  • If you missed them, there were two articles that came out over the weekend talking about the growth in Jersey City, one from The Daily Meal specifically about it becoming a dining destination and the other from the NY Times showing the overall culture changes in progress.
  • Talde JC and Carrino Provisions are holding Open Calls on Monday and Tuesday for positions in their soon-to-open restaurants.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Get Your Thanksgiving Orders In!

The weekend is here! AND it's the weekend before Thanksgiving so here's a list of  holiday specials around Jersey City.

Choc-O-Pain is offering 10% off all holiday bread, tart, and pie orders (they have gluten-free desserts too) if you order before 7pm on Sunday.

Milk Sugar Love has a special Thanksgiving dessert menu available that you can order from online.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Community News

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Walk Down Erie St.

It seems like new restaurants are being announced by the day in Jersey City and Erie Street in particular is the recipient of a lot of new development.

Beginning on Erie and Newark, I took a walk going north towards Hamilton Park and saw a space in development every couple of blocks. While most of the spaces being worked on had papered-up windows, progress is definitely being made.

First up, of course, is the much-anticipated and long-awaited Talde and Carrino Provisions. They've been estimating an opening sometime in November which seems possible, but not guaranteed. But looking around, the space has definitely come a long way. All the construction areas blocking the sidewalk are gone and most of the renovation work seems to be done. While the windows are covered up now, on a previous walk-by, there was furniture and shelving in place and signs were up.

Down the block, in what used to be Balance Hair Salon, there will be a new coffeehouse called 9 Bar Cafe and per WiredJC, they're hoping to be open in approximately 5 weeks, around mid-December. I tried googling the name and didn't come up with much besides a coffeehouse in London, so that's still a bit of mystery.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Kitchen at Grove Station Opens Today!

Today is opening day for The Kitchen at Grove Station, a new restaurant opening at 299 Marin Boulevard on the bottom floor of the International Financial Tower at Pershing Plaza. The restaurant, which took over a lunch counter, is a mix of a cafe and an upscale, but relaxed, New American restaurant that will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Community News

  • Congratulations to Talde for being included on FoodRepublic's list of 20 Major Restaurant Openings this winter.
  • Downtown Yogurt is now serving up hot chocolate for only $1
  • Satis Bistro is celebrating their anniversary by putting together a "Greatest Hits" menu and help by voting for your favorite dishes.
  • Battello is hosting a special event next Tuesday, Nov. 18th that will feature dinner and a book signing with Enrica Rocca. Reservations are required.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pasta Dal Cuore Opening Tomorrow

After dealing with some unexpected inspection and permit delays, I'm happy to announce that Pasta Dal Cuore, 527 Jersey Avenue, is opening (EDIT) tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/4) at 10 a.m., selling fresh pastas and daily specials like vegetarian, meat, and cheese raviolis and gnocchi.

Elena Cartagena, the owner of Pasta Dal Cuore, is a graduate from the FCI Italian program where she first began to form the idea of her own specialty pasta shop. After working around New York (including a stint at Eataly) and then traveling through Italy for six months to gain inspiration and knowledge, Elena decided to make that idea a reality by opening up a shop in Jersey City where she grew up and has long resided. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Community News

  • Congratulations to Razza on being named the 5th best pizzeria in the state.
  • Check out this profile of Taphaus, the new beer garden near Newport, in the Village Voice.
  • Congratulations to Maritime Parc and Thirty Acres for being included on this list from the Star-Ledger of New Jersey's Top Power Restaurants.
  • Battello is looking for line cooks.
  • Park & Sixth recently signed a new lease and will be moving from their current location to take over the space previously occupied by The Merchant. The plan is to open in December.