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Re: Port-O Lounge
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My wife and I tried this place last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tapas prices do seem a little high until you find out that the portions are huge - we initially told our waiter we wanted 4 different tapas and he said something to the effect of "I'd have to move a second table over here to accommodate all that food". We paired down to two options and considering all the food that we got the prices the price suddenly became extremely reasonable - they actually might do themselves a favor on the menu and call some of the tapas items "family style" to prevent people from being turned off by seemingly high prices for what most people associate with tapas portions. The food itself was great; we had the cockles and pork cubes, both very well done. The pork dish is heavy but offset nicely with the addition of some pickled vegetables, and the cockle broth was delicious with a good amount of garlic and cilantro, very fresh tasting. Good bread as well.

The service we had was excellent, which is refreshing for a new restaurant in Jersey City.

All said and done $49 pre-tip for two glasses of wine, two orders of huge tapas, 2 complimentary after-dinner ports, and dessert (almond and egg yolk pudding, awesome). Not bad at all for a comfortable place with good food and good service. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

Posted on: 2010/12/18 16:33
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Re: sourcing ingredients in or around JC
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Both of the markets on Newark Ave (P&K Fruit and don't know the name of the other one) between Grove and Jersey carry most or all of the Bob's Red Mill line.

Posted on: 2010/11/18 21:45
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Re: Weird People
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My point was much less about grammar and more that we're all a little weird in one way or another - one person's weird is another person's perfectly normal. I've seen every kind of Internet message board grammatical mistake there is - no punctuation, all caps, misspellings, etc - but never have I seen someone use commas in place of apostrophes throughout their entire post. I assure you I have better things to do than pick on someone's grammar, but in the context of this thread I find your post "weird", just like you find certain people in Jersey City "weird". Not necessarily in a bad way, just in a ... ummm ... weird way. Embrace it.

Posted on: 2010/11/3 17:27
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Re: Weird People
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fedupman wrote:
I,m just saying that I find people odd when they stare at you funny or stare at you without blinking an eye.First of all staring is rude.It,s one thing to glance at a person when you,re passing them on the street but to stare like that often makes you wonder what,s going through their minds.It just seems odd because I,m very down to earth.If I pass somebody on the street and we look at each other I,ll say Good Morning so it dosen,t seem so awkward.

Also don,t get me started on these people with their cell phones. These people are not happy unless they,re on that cell phone 24/7. It,s become an addiction like drugs. Just yesterday I saw a woman on her phone while her dog was taking a crap and she was leaning over in such an unatural angle to allow him room to go while talking on the cell phone the entire time.Actually it was so funny I laughed.I could see cell phones for emergencies but these people make it their life blood. People did survive before cell phones,believe it or not.These people today are spoiled and become obsessed with it.


I generally find it weird when people continually use commas in place of apostrophes, but to each their own I guess.

Posted on: 2010/11/3 14:34
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Re: Atomic Wings owners suing JC over delays in opening
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I'm generally not a supporter of our litigious society but I do support Atomic Wings in this case as I feel their situation mirrors other Jersey City businesses and restaurants who don't have a franchise like Atomic Wings to support their cause, financially speaking. The same thing happened to Ox and many other businesses in this town, it's time to open the doors to new business ventures other than high-rise condo developers.

Posted on: 2010/10/20 15:43
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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There's a few things we can agree upon here:

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corybraiterman wrote:
Too often, things get delayed for months and years here in JC due to the interference of local officials. Bars, restaurants, etc. etc. keep getting hassled. Remember that thread, I believe it was concerning the Hamilton Park Ale House where one person overheard some JC official bragging about having single-handedly delayed some place for months on end? Dunno about you, but I despise that kind of fiefdom nonsense. Atomic Wings taking years to open up. The new deli on Manila that was supposed to have opened in the spring. Barcade.


Absolutely correct - this is one of the biggest problems facing Jersey City and it has crippled many businesses to the point where the chance of success was approximately 0%. However, the Embankment is not quite the same situation. For example, Ox wasn't trying to tear down historic structures that many, many people feel passionate about, they were simply trying to start a business and should not have encountered all the headaches that they did. I agree this is a problem of epidemic proportions in this town and severely cripples growth, but I honestly don't think this applies to the current Embankment situation.

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I'm ambivalent to a light rail extension - it'd be nice, but man would that suck for the people living on the north half of 5th st. - trains 10 feet from your window? I know I wouldn't want that.


As someone who lives on the north side of 5th street I ain't too thrilled with this proposition either - I personally feel it should be either left as is (some things are simply better the way they are) or at most a foot/bike park only. Put a gun to my head and I would take the Light Rail over tearing it down, but it would not be a clear cut decision without knowing all of the facts.

Your point about Hyman owning the land is a fair one - if it turns out Jersey City f'd this up by not purchasing the land then bad on them. I don't know if that's as clear cut as some say but I would certainly not be shocked if that is indeed the case. There is a caveat though - the Embankment has been deemed historic. If I purchased a brownstone on Jersey Ave the historic commission has deemed historic, there is only so many things I can do to the exterior of that building to keep within the guidelines. And even though I own the building and the land, I'm pretty sure I could not tear down that structure unless it had been condemned by the city. (Someone correct me if I am wrong on this point, I'm not intimately familiar with the historic commission guidelines) So even if Hyman owns the land, he bought that land knowing full well it was already on the State Register of Historic Places starting in 1999. Maybe he is stupider than we thought.

I'm tired of arguing whether it has aesthetic appeal or not, I think it provides an extremely interesting and appealing aspect to this part of town but that is a subjective matter. I also think the Katyn statue is aesthetically pleasing as an interesting urban monument, but obviously people disagree with that too. This aside, between the historic aspect and the fact that the demolition/construction would be extremely disruptive and potentially dangerous to residents who live near the structure it just doesn't make sense to tear it down.

Posted on: 2010/10/6 22:18
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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Option 2: get rid of it. Small townhouses, 3-4 story buildings for apartments or condos, brownstones, ground-level park - these are all workable options that don't cost the city money and in at least a few of those cases, give the city taxable assets. Hell, have a ground-level parking lot on one block so us locals that have cars can get easier parking in the neighborhood.


There are a lot of churches in this part of town sitting on very valuable land that pay no property taxes, do we tear them down too in order to build taxable properties? I don't attend church, why should my property taxes support that? Now, I don't really mean that but the point is you shouldn't destroy a historic part of downtown that carries meaning to many, many people with the argument it's not taxable land - if you have a problem with taxes demand the city revoke abatements along the waterfront, that's where the real tax deficit comes into play. There are plenty of culprits contributing to the deficit Jersey City is currently in, making the Embankment a scapegoat for that is beyond ridiculous.

The naivete of some on this board astounds me - you think Hyman is spending all this money fighting the city to put in a few small townhouses with some public greenspace scattered about? If the city grants him an economic hardship (because after all, can you think of one person in all of Jersey City who has suffered more financially than Steve Hyman?) he's tearing the Embankment down and it will either sit vacant for years until the market turns around or large condo high-rises are going up.

Posted on: 2010/10/5 18:01
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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I hope there is a good turnout. It will be really terrible for the folks on 5th and 6th the have hi rise apts in their back yards. We really must show our supprt tonight and stop this insanity.


Absolutely correct - as someone who owns a home with a backyard directly facing the Embankment, the destruction would suck for so many reasons I want to down a bottle of scotch right now just thinking about it. But to fraulein's point, if these structures are torn down be prepared for hell to break loose all over Harsimus Cove/Village/Hamilton Park. Massive traffic jams (Monmouth already sucks in the morning, can you imagine what demolition and construction would do?), dust and other unknown contaminants/pollution, further stress on an already overstressed sewage system via loss of a major water shed and having 1500 condos linking into the sewage line, and so on. Not to mention their historical value and to my eyes an aesthetically pleasing affect on the neighborhood. Essentially if you live within a minimum of 5 blocks of any Embankment structure in any direction you will be affected. Please come tonight to show your support.

Posted on: 2010/9/30 20:49
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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I was able to attend the first half of last night, leaving when they took a recess. I felt the cross-examination path taken by the Coalition lawyer was a good one - she pressed him on his aesthetics training, which the Hyman lawyer spent quite some time discussing during the Sept 1st meeting. Their response was that he was an architect and not trained in judging the aesthetic or architectural value of a utility structure, utterly ridiculous given his specific comments on this topic from the previous meeting.

Can anyone who was able to stay for the second half of the meeting give any highlights of what was said?

Posted on: 2010/9/23 15:41
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Re: Where to have the best wedding reception?
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If you're up for the whole DIY wedding thing (need to secure your own caterer/rentals/etc) and aren't tied to summer months I can't recommend the Loew's Theater in Journal Square enough. Beautiful, unique space and relatively cheap to rent out. We were able to do both the ceremony and reception there with no problems. They can accommodate up to 150 for a sit-down reception in the lobby and can do up to 100 for a ceremony on the lobby balcony and a lot more if you do the ceremony on the stage.

Posted on: 2010/9/16 17:00
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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bodhipooh wrote:

And that, in a nutshell, is the main problem with the state of our city at this point in time. Crime is obviously a key issue, but the city's current infrastructure is an even more important issue. The administration has allowed (and fostered) the speedy development of the waterfront and other areas of the city, but we are not keeping up with the growth, and the impact can be seen everywhere. Our roads are in very poor condition, the PATH is usually stuffed during the rush hour commuting hours, countless water mains are breaking all over the place, the police force (as a ratio of beat officers to citizens) is getting smaller and smaller... If we continue down this path, the city will collapse under its own weight. And, what a shame... a more balanced approach to growth could, and should, yield better results for everyone. Instead, we are all getting the shaft by the effects of poor planning to maintain and grow the city's infrastructure.


This is exactly it - if you remove a huge watershed like the Embankment and replace with 1500 condo units that are now hooking into the decrepit sewer lines, that water has to go somewhere. And that somewhere is probably resident basements, once again. It's easy to be in favor of this when you don't lives anywhere near an area where the ramifications would be felt.

Posted on: 2010/9/3 17:50
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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Wouldn't a better witness have been a civil/enviromental engineer, who could have judged the design and structural integrity of the Embankment as a 19th/ 20th century public work, and also could have told us what the environmental impact of removing a century of industrial debris would have on our community?

Did anyone stay to the end? I would like to know what happened after I left at about 7:30pm.


Yes, a civil engineer would have been a better choice - more specifically, a civil engineer who didn't stand to profit tremendously from the destruction of the Embankment.

We had to leave shortly after 7:30, would like to hear if there were any more developments.

Posted on: 2010/9/2 20:41
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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Just received a certified letter (that required signature) from the lawyers of the Hyman group today announcing the meeting tonight, meaning no one who works outside of the home will receive it. Although I did know about the meeting ahead of time this is a pretty underhanded attempt to suppress turnout. Not surprising whatsoever, but if I had not been checking JC List this week I would not have known about this. Everyone who can please come to City Hall tonight at 6 - we happen to have property right in front of the embankment, but anyone who lives at least 4 or 5 blocks in any direction would be affected by the demolition. Air pollution, potential contaminants, loss of a tremendous water shed, massive traffic issues, historical loss - all bad things.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 18:15
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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Also I have not seen Gasland, but from what i've read, doesn't that look specifically at the dangers of hydraulic fracing? What does that have to do with this pipeline? Along with this pipeline will they be drilling for natural gas in Jersey City as well? The pollutants that seem to be causing problems with drinking water from fracing seem to happen at the source. I thought this pipeline is only transporting gas from the Linden processing center into NYC. Am I wrong? If that is the case what does "Gasland" have to do with this?


Yes, you are correct in the sense that this pipeline has nothing to do with fracing mentioned in the movie, and people would be wise not to discuss this aspect of the recent natural gas controversy at the meeting tonight as a rebuttal will be a slam dunk for Spectra. But the movie does talk about the consequences of gas leaks and some of the nasty chemicals associated with gas lines that can cause serious health problems, and some of those chemicals can leak from the inspection station which is located in town.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 20:44
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Re: New Kansas City style BBQ restaurant. opening tonight!!
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anyone know if they deliver during the day for lunch?


Went the other day for lunch, looked like a bunch of deliveries were going out the door.

Got the pulled pork sandwich, really tasty, can't wait to try the dinner items. Great addition to the neighborhood, maybe a little too close to my place ...

Posted on: 2010/5/13 14:27
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Although I happen to love that statue, at the very least it's something interesting to look at, which is more than hardly any other piece of architecture in that part of town can say these days. In this world of rapid homogenization it's nice to see something that can elicit an emotion, good or bad.

Posted on: 2010/4/29 21:51
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Re: Parkside Bistro - Hamilton Park
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Finally had a chance to try Parkside Bistro for lunch yesterday, here are my pros and cons.

Pros:
- They did a nice job with the interior, utilizing the space much better than Deep Blue had previously done.
- Service was attentive, but to be fair we were the only ones in the restaurant for half of our meal.
- Hummus was good, tasted like they blended in some cucumber into which is different than most of the hummus I've had before but all in all not bad.

Cons:
- The menu is all over the place. I appreciate the owner has both an Italian and Middle Eastern background but there is no focus to the menu whatsoever. It was kind of like a Jersey diner menu, and hey, that can be great for certain things. But I have a hard time believing they make all of those entrees well, and wonder about the freshness of some of the ingredients needed to make that range of food.
- My wife and I both ordered wraps as it was lunchtime and we wanted to try the simplest thing on the menu to test their know-how. We both thought they were badly under-seasoned, not just salt but any kind of seasoning whatsoever (acid, spices, etc) The avocado in my wrap was starting to brown already (put that in some lemon juice and you'll solve both the browning and a little of the blandness), but the rest of the sandwich seemed fairly fresh.

Verdict:
We might come back at some point to try the kabobs and the ice cream as a few people have said they were good, but all in all I'm not all that excited for this place. I wish them well and if others in the neighborhood are into it that's great, but it's unlikely we'll be back anytime soon. C'est la vie.

Posted on: 2010/4/19 15:05
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Re: Parking Too Close to Crosswalks
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PBW--you'll be pleased to hear that i was recently ticketed for parking within 25 feet of a crosswalk in downtown jersey city. a farce of an infraction, given that i was at least 15 feet from the crosswalk line, and located on the east side of a 4 way stop, where the traffic flows one way from west-east (so you look west for oncoming traffic and east for pedestrians--not blocking any views).


I agree with gumbo, I'm all for ticketing people who are blocking sightlines for drivers and pedestrians, but don't eliminate parking spots with a blanket policy when those spots aren't causing anyone trouble. If you are turning left onto a one-way street, there is no reason a car can't park flush against the crosswalk to the driver's left. I would hate to see parking spaces eliminated due to lazy law enforcement; obviously I would hate to see a car accident even more but I think there is some grey area that can be intelligently evaluated.

Posted on: 2009/11/5 20:02
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Re: ox restaurant
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just got the whole story on what happened to them(ox)..Holy crap! they never had a chance! so far behind in debt due to hold up's at the building Dept. and last minute construction required by the fire Dept combined with all the rent they were paying while waiting to open, they needed all of us to eat there everyday for a month to get caught up.. the details of the building dept. stuff are horrifying! the women who filled me in told me that the atomic wings had even worse issues getting open...now i know why no one wants to rent any of these buildings, the bldg/fire dept are making the tenants upgrade everything from sprinklers to god knows what and i'm sure landloards aren't all that willing to chip in? hopefully this city will get their shit together and help people open business instead of making it impossible to open and stay in biz!


Ugh, that makes me sick, what the hell is the motivation to try and open anything on that stretch these days? If Ox can't make it I'm not sure who will - I'd be shocked if any restaurateur who knows what they're doing, much like the proprietors of Ox did, who also now know the BS someone has to go through to start something in this town would even bother.

It's also important not to underestimate the effect a place like Ox has on surrounding restaurants. The initial thought is the other restaurants on Newark must have been happy that the competition went down, but I'm not sure what Ox offered was really competing with the other places on Newark. In fact, I think you could assume that many of the people who traveled from other parts of JC or other parts of Jersey to eat at Ox also discovered that there was a great Vietnamese restaurant too, or a couple of fun looking bars down the street to hit afterwards. There is obviously no way of gathering hard stats on that but the city needs to keep things like that in mind.

Of course corruption trumps logic and if that doesn't change it's fruitless to discuss any of this.

Posted on: 2009/7/30 15:33
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Re: N.J. to focus on supermarkets in poorer communities
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Back to the original point of the post ... I think this is great if this proposal goes through and is executed properly, poorer communities desperately need access to fresh produce to help combat the near-epidemic health crisis in this country. In an ideal world that produce would be organic/local/etc but that is not a financial possibility at a this time - given the state we're in access to any kind of affordable produce would be a step in the right direction. Too many people are dependent on junk food not only because it's cheap but also because there isn't much of an alternative.

Hopefully one day, via legislation and community action, we can make it so organic, local carrots are cheaper than a bag of chips but until that day there are smaller battles to fight. This is definitely a positive step.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 19:34
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Re: ox restaurant
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There are so few places around here that "get it", damn shame to lose one. This place definitely kept us from going into the city on many occasions - having a place where the food was always inventive (and of course good) and the service was always friendly just a few blocks away was a real selling point for the neighborhood. This sucks.

Posted on: 2009/7/16 18:28
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Re: Cafe Saigon / best vietnamese
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Since you mentioned it, I wanted to say the owners of Saigon Cafe are really nice people, the whole family always treats us so well. Maybe a small thing but that in addition to the great food has made us very loyal customers.

Posted on: 2009/6/30 22:33
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Re: Cafe Saigon / best vietnamese
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While I happen to prefer Saigon Cafe to Nha Trang to each their own, Nha Trang certainly has some good dishes. However, I don't find Nha Trang to be spotlessly clean and calling Saigon Cafe dirty in comparison based on what somewhat saw is probably a bit naive. Unless these people have seen the inside of Nha Trang's kitchen and can say otherwise, it's very possible their kitchen standards are no higher than Saigon's are claimed to be by your friends.

Regardless, let's just be happy there are two good Vietnamese restaurants in downtown JC, a lot of people in Manhattan and Brooklyn don't even have access to one based on what I've been told by friends from those places.

Posted on: 2009/6/30 20:40
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Re: Top 10 Beer lists: In anticipation of Zeppelin Hall (beer garden)
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Apparently their web guy didn't get the memo:

http://www.zeppelinhall.com/news-events/

Odd way to start (theoretically) a business ...

Posted on: 2009/6/7 14:56
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Re: The Embankment Restaurant
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I agree with the AlexanderCan's point about good food needing time, anyone who regularly cooks at home knows that food made with fresh ingredients takes time. I think the only thing people ever want is communication from the waitstaff - I've been to Ox, one of my favorites in JC, numerous times and on the very few times when food is running slow due to a back-up in the kitchen the waitstaff has always kept us in the loop with what's going on. To me that makes the difference between aggravation and acceptance. I've only been to Embankment three times for brunch and each time the food has been good enough if not memorable (they do have Leffe Brown though, might be worth it for that alone), but the service has been good and I have seen them communicate to other tables when the food was running slow. People should expect to wait a reasonable amount of time for well-prepared quality food, but they also deserve a status update from time to time.

To LynnePatrice and 986's point I have to agree - that restaurant is huge and I never see a ton of people in there. Again, only gone for brunch so maybe hit it on a bad day but I've often wondered how they've kept such a large and fairly pricey restaurant open especially given the economic climate.

Posted on: 2009/5/12 14:58
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Re: Forget Taqueria!
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Quote:

phDog wrote:
if you get it, you get it. if you dont, move on.


A-f'n-men. Though I'm excited to try some of the places mentioned in Bayonne, Taqueria is a godsend for downtown residents who want good, quickly prepared food at a very reasonable price. The ingredients are always fresh tasting and from what I understand from friends who know better than me there is a great level of authenticity from the perspective of Mexican street food. A lack of elements that some consider authentic does not diminish the authenticity of the items that are offered. The service is good - especially when compared to a lot of popular places in downtown where the service is atrocious, such as a popular breakfast spot on Grove - and personally never experienced anything close to rudeness. Phil and Andrea have always had a kind word for me, my wife and my friends who routinely eat there for lunch and dinner.

I like guacamole too, but when I want guacamole or pico de gallo or any other item that any number of other Mexican restaurants have I simply don't go to Taqueria. Problem solved. That was easy.

Posted on: 2009/4/27 16:25
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Re: RUDE UPS deliveryman
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I haven't experienced rudeness but for three straight scheduled deliveries they gave me a window of 9-5 and never showed up or even left a slip, yet the website showed the driver attempted the delivery. Fortunately customer service gave me a bunch of attitude when I questioned why this happened, which definitely helped quell my frustration over re-scheduling my day for an important delivery. I think it depends on what driver is assigned your neighborhood that day, its kind of a crapshoot. Recently things have been back to normal for me at least.

Posted on: 2007/11/9 18:09
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Re: Bomb Scare on 5th street.
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Last night as I watch what appears to be every squad car in the JC force pile up at the intersection of 5th and Jersey, I couldn't help but think of the recent postings of people begging for more police patrol in hopes of preventing muggings and other crimes happening in the neighborhood. I'm slightly annoyed to hear the reason for their gathering - I guess the local govt philosophy has become a microcosm of the fed's in that "terrrorism" is the only thing worth paying any attention to whatsoever ... Its not fair to say that more police patrol would stop crime altogether, and I'm certainly not advocating for an overbearing police presence. However, when there appears to be little-to-no police presence in the downtown area but they seem to have no trouble gathering 30 cops to sit around and shoot the sh-- for an hour at 3 in the morning, a moderate patrol doesn't seem so implausible.

Posted on: 2007/10/25 13:04
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