Best of the Best: @MaritimeParc


2016-08-31_11-56-15The patio overlooking the inlet off the Hudson River is the place to ogle the towers of Lower Manhattan, but wherever you sit, chef/owner Chris Siversen is going to bring your attention back to the plate.

Maritime Parc’s name, its location in Liberty State Park within sight of the Statue of Liberty, and the rope cleats and nautical railings in architect Stephanie Goto’s airy design send a clear message: It’s the seafood, stupid. And it is, starting from day one six years ago.

But while retaining crowd-pleasers like grilled oysters with leeks and bacon cream, Siversen charts new courses, like this summer’s brightly engaging pan-seared branzino with sunchoke purée and stinging-nettle sauce. Yet landlubbers are never relegated to steerage—not with primordial pleasures like duck-fat fries or the massive pork porterhouse with potato-leek purée and cherry-port demi-glace.

With a shipshape cocktail program and John Sauchelli’s fetching desserts, every voyage here begins and ends on a happy note. 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, 201-413-0050.

Update: Table-Talk Live

Hudson Kitchen_TableTalkLive__JuneNew date, new time, new panelists, same lively networking event

JERSEY CITY, NJ–Hudson Kitchen continues its education series Table Talk Live with a networking event, themed Beyond the Plate: How to be Seen, Heard and Remembered. The event will bring together food entrepreneurs to celebrate successes, tackle challenges and explore creative opportunities for collaboration.

The open-to-the-public event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 from 6-9 PM at Transmission located at 150 Bay Street in downtown Jersey City. The cost is $20, and attendees can register at (Editor’s note: Please note the updated date.)

Table Talk Live is quarterly networking event that connects industry professionals in a supportive environment. This quarter, event attendees will be able to learn tips and tricks for successfully marketing a food business through a series of interactive experiences from industry experts. Continue reading

Coming Soon to JC Heights

12573228_786022648191162_2410018656676271198_nChoc-O-Pain is a company specializing in French products, starting with slow and long fermentation breads, all sourdough based. The pastries “viennoiseries” and “tartes” are light and flaky and should transport you for a short time in France!

They are is opening a store at the 942 Co-op on Summit Avenue in The Heights and we couldn’t be more excited! The store should be opening VERY soon!

O Happy, Happy Day!

Welcome to The Heights!

safe_image.phpSomewhere in the holiday rush, JC FYI missed some BIG news! Wonder Bagels is opening an outpost in The Heights. The new store will be located at 331 Central Avenue between Griffith and Lincoln streets.

They are currently building out the store for a 2016 opening and we couldn’t be more excited. Sure, Wonder Bagels has their well-known downtown store on Jersey Ave, and four other locations in JC and Bayonne, but your really can’t have enough of their handmade deliciousness!

From their website:

For nearly two decades Wonder Bagel has worked on perfecting the art of creating handmade water bagels. Our bagels are made from scratch daily using only the finest ingredients available. Our dough is made and mixed daily on the premises using Pillsbury flour. Wonder Bagels’ old fashioned approach to making bagels allows each bagel to be handcrafted by our highly trained and experienced rollers. Our bagels are then placed into boiling water prior to baking; this process ensures the bagel remains moist and fluffy on the inside while crispy on the outside. Next, they are baked at 500 degrees, plain or with a variety of toppings to satisfy all palettes, until they are golden brown. Bagels are frequently baked through out the day to ensure our customers can enjoy a fresh and satisfying bagel all day long. At Wonder Bagel we strive that each bagel will be a delectable eating experience for all customers.

Art Show Opening at LITM

JC artist Kayt Hester will open a show at LITM on Tuesday! (Photo art by Kayt Hester)

JC artist Kayt Hester will open a show at LITM on Tuesday! (Photo art by Kayt Hester)

Kayt Hester returns to LITM in this special anniversary show celebrating 10 years of her striking black and white
compositions accented with subtle hints and bold splashes of color, all created in her signature medium:
hand torn masking tape.

The show will be a look back at all her various themes and phases throughout the last decade but reinterpreted with brand new images.

A percentage of proceeds from this show will benefit “The Companion Animal Trust”, ” Hudson County Animal League”, and ” Beth’s Kitten Coalition”.

The Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, August 4th from 7pm to closing. Light Refreshments will be served and there will be sweet tunes from DJ Dancing Tony. Milk Sugar Love will be on hand vending their sweet treats!

$6 Van Gogh Vodka Cocktails

Van Gogh Orange Vodka, Champagne,
& Capri Lemoncello

Van Gogh Double Espresso & Rumchata

Foodie Friday! Bone in Food

2015-07-15_11-39-54This week’s Foodie Friday is shining the spotlight on Jersey City’s own Bone in Food.

Started by  Ron Mirante & Virginia Dimaio – Mirante, the concept is simple –  deliver delicious, organic, healthy 3-course meals right to your doorstep. You could also pick-up at  their store.

A different 3-course meal is available each week and you choose day, time, and # of meals to be delivered. Delivery times are between 12-2pm & 5-9PM / Mon – Fri and are currently only available in Jersey City. They also cater small parties and gatherings at your home or business.

From their site:

Bone In is a knowledge based food service. We provide simple, delicious, nutrient dense food options to the local community. Promoting the health benefits of both bone broths and an all-natural, organic diet, all servings are also accompanied with a bit of food knowledge to help create awareness of the major influences behind the influx of health epidemics effecting many.

Photo: Joel Maffei

Photo: Joel Maffei

Ron & Virginia are also great neighbors, recently beautifying their Lafayette nabe with this lovely mural!

This week’s menu is making my mouth water!


RDG enters Jersey City restaurant market in glorious fashion

via Brett Johnson/ NJ BIZ

2015-06-08_13-46-00When Restaurant Development Group‘s trio of real estate experts were looking for inspiration for a new Jersey City restaurant, they found it in Spain.

“Raval, this neighborhood in Barcelona, was once the seedy, down-by-the-port rough neighborhood,” RDG’s Michael Garcia said. “It went through a renaissance and now this once-undesirable place has a thriving arts, entertainment and food scene.

“So it’s not unlike Jersey City.”

Celebrating Jersey City’s story, and improving upon its dining-related chapters, is part of RDG’s goal. That’s important for a company that now — with the opening of Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge — has three food and beverage establishments and firmly embedded roots in the city.

“Now, if only we could get (a place like) Raval to open a restaurant called Jersey City,” said Andy Siegel, another RDG partner.

Continue reading full story …. 

Jersey City Courts Small Business


NI Biz reports on the growth of small businesses in Jersey City since 2013. Over 150 small businesses have opened and over 9000 jobs have been created during that time, according to Mayor Steven Fulop.

Restaurateur David Massoni of Talde has been dealing with big city building departments for more than five years — that means he has known the feeling of “if you couldn’t figure it out on your own, tough luck.”

That’s not what he found when he and his partners came to Jersey City.

“Things went really smoothly,” said Massoni, who recently opened Talde Jersey City and Carrino Provisions on Erie Street. He added: “And what we’ve seen over here is that, for the most part, if you had a question or were running into any roadblocks, if the person you were talking to didn’t have the answer, they were finding it out for you or pointing you in the right direction.”

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Thanks to NYC real estate blog BrickUnderground for showing the community across the river why Jersey City is great. Of course, we already knew that!

Priced out or just weary of Manhattan? Dreaming of Brooklyn’s spacious apartments and skyline views without Brooklyn’s sky-high prices? You’re in luck. Jersey City‘s got huge amounts of available, affordable housing, a welcoming community vive, a steady stream of foodie-approved new restaurants, and a blissfully short commute into the city that in no way involves the L train. Here, nine reasons why you should consider crossing the Hudson:

JC 9 reasons

1. The commute from Brooklyn to Midtown seems longer each day: Ditch the L train or any other form of commute that can’t be accomplished in the time it takes to drain a green tea matcha latte. You can take the PATH train from Jersey City to the World Trade Center in five minutes, Greenwich Village in 16 minutes and  33rd Street in just 22. Or commute to Midtown or Lower Manhattan via four ferry routes set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

2. You will be ready to retire by the time you scrounge together the down payment on a NYC studio: Homes in Jersey City are significantly more affordable. You can snap up a one bedroom luxury condo with skyline views for $530,000, a doorman two bedroom, two bath with its own washer/dryer and a fitness center in the building for $950,000 and plenty of other choices a little more inland for under $450,000.  And rents are equally enticing, such as a 1,500-square-foot two-bedroom, two bath loft with a washer/dryer within walking distance to the train is $2,500/month, or a one- bedroom with a terrace and a modern kitchen for$1,950.

3. You’re tired of paying more–for everything: Everything from rent to bottled water to cable tv to a package of toilet paper is cheaper in Jersey City than in Manhattan. And  it’s not just because the sales tax is just 3.5% versus 8.5%.

4. Another neighborhood bookstore just closed: Jersey City is home to independent bookseller WORD, not to mention a plethora of unique boutiques (Tia’s Place, Modern Sage, Kanibal Home, Hazel Baby, Another Man’s Treasure). There’s also a mall, because sometimes you just want to run all of your errands in one place.