From the same owner as Two Aprons, Dolma, 270 Grand Street, opened up a couple months ago, initially serving weekday lunch and more recently adding a weekend brunch. They'll also soon be adding in dinner, but in a move I personally can appreciate, are moving slowly, making sure the service and menu is under control and that they're fully prepared. The attention to detail and emphasis on good service is immediately apparent and for a fairly new restaurant, it appears to be running almost seamlessly. I was blown away by the easy, relaxed attitude of the servers and staff and the quality of my whole experience.
The menu is made up of some small appetizers, salads, larger entrees, and a very generous lunch special which includes soup, salad, and a sandwich. It's something you can easily customize depending on your appetite and interests.
I also got the chance to sample the creme brulee while I was there since the owner was handing some out to everyone and while I would have loved a slightly thicker shell on top, the eggy, vanilla flavor and smooth creaminess of the custard was outstanding. Well worth the indulgence and since it's a relatively small serving, it's enough to satisfy without being overwhelming.
All in All
Dolma (no website or social media as of now) is one of the best new restaurants to open in Jersey City over the past couple of years. With a French Chef who came by way of Morocco and an owner with a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern background, there's a lot of flavor and influence crossover, all very successfully brought together to create excellent and unique-in-Jersey-City flavors and dishes. There's an emphasis on fresh food, on vegetables and healthy grains, and while some of the larger entrees here are heavier, everything is very well-balanced. There's something for just about everyone including vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. I should also give a special mention to the coffee - dark, strong, and nicely presented. They don't have a liquor license or do delivery, but they do allow take-out orders. Everything is under $20 but if you're ordering a few things, it can add up quickly and while portions aren't huge, I was more than full when I left and feel the quality of the food and the experience is well worth the relatively mild price tag.