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Re: Jersey City writer hates new Shepard Fairey mural
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This quote here sums up Fulop's term as mayor quite accurately:

"Come to think of it, this is actually a pretty good metaphor for how things are done around here: no deep structural changes, but a fresh and distracting coat of paint on the same old stuff."

Posted on: 2015/10/28 15:44
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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bodhipooh wrote:
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plnj wrote:
I feel like a lot of you keep talking like the business fail $ wise. Please read this article again, the only time it seemed that money was a factor was if they had to decided to hire a real chef to run the place while they were in Seattle. To me, it sounds like they were over it regardless. Byob or Liquor license doesn't matter. Restaurants are hard work and rarely have a big return unless its some big chain place.


Direct quotes from the EATER article:
But honestly, it wasn't really working out. It wasn't financially stable, or the type of thing where we could sustain our family life with our new daughter.

The day that everything started to go downhill was the day that we stopped being BYOB

That day was the beginning of the end for our restaurant. We never just really recovered. We lost customers because it was strictly BYOB.


Direct quotes from the GRUBSTREET article:
It was both a financial decision as much as a personal decision.

Ultimately, there was a point, perhaps, where Thirty Acres and Jersey City maybe weren?t seeing eye to eye.

It was great for me as a cook, but as an owner, and as someone who?s growing a family, it sucks.

Alex and I, it?s only us here ? no investors, all the money, or lack thereof, is ours


I don't know about you, but that sounds like it was very, very much about the financials and the lack of money they were bringing in, but I guess you see it differently.


This bolded bit about no investors isn't accurate. They were the beneficiaries of David Chang in a number of ways, i.e., publicist, investments, connections, etc. Kevin's bitter turn against the community that had filled his restaurant for years is an immature and unnecessarily defensive way to exit. What did them in was a poor business decision to go tasting menu only. Maybe that's where JC wasn't seeing eye-to-eye with him, and if so, it's extremely petty for him to go out so rudely. Especially when they're hoping we'll all patronize the restaurant for one last time.

Posted on: 2015/10/8 18:03
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Re: Dullboy cocktail bar
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user1111 wrote:
This place was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be back. Its a great date spot. Not too loud and not too bright. Food was familiar and tasty. The vino was also good... Not douche like some of the other spots down there, just a very nice vibe. Good Job!!!


After 10+ visit, I find it to be the best cocktail bar in JC. Always good, friendly bartenders, good ambiance, and solid drinks. Some will balk at the prices, but if you are OK with that, you will enjoy the place. It can get a little stuffy when it gets crowded, but they do a good job of not allowing it to get overly crowded.


Curious if you've ever tried Third & Vine? I give that place a slight edge.

Posted on: 2015/10/8 17:44
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Re: What Jersey City Restaurant Do You Miss the Most?
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Once more with feeling... OX. Not just the food, but the cocktails and vibe as well. Didn't feel stuffy like Satis does.

Posted on: 2015/6/5 16:47
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Re: Ahris Kitchen: Korean food in downtown Jersey City
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Stopped by here yesterday for lunch and ordered the galbi bibimbap. It was excellent. Friendly staff and quick service. "I will be back."

Posted on: 2015/5/13 20:54
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Re: LoLo loved ones love organics-- what is this place?
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Stopped by once for a juice and came back again for lunch. All vegetarian options that were really tasty. Nice staff and setup to the place. Prices aren't bad either.

Posted on: 2015/3/25 14:49
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Re: Carrino Provisions
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Had lunch here when they first opened. The lobster fra diavlo panini was amazing. Came back with the family for dinner and we loved it. Then went back for lunch a few weeks later and ordered that lobster panini again...

Absolutely awful. Was served open-face, no cheese, chewy lobster and soaked in the sauce so when you picked it up, it all fell apart. I notified the server that there seems to have been a mistake as I had it as a pressed panini with cheese and sauce on the side to dip in (how they served it the first time). He agreed that it should be that way and said he'd take it back and get me the proper order. It came back exactly the same, only the bread was toasted. Then the female manager came by to ask how it was and I informed her about the first visit and she then said "oh, we changed our we do our paninis."

First off, why did the waiter agree with me that it was prepared wrong? Secondly, why would they change something that was a panini into something that no longer is?

Based on that, won't be having lunch there again. Will however return for dinner. Hopefully that hasn't declined from how good it was on my first visit...

Posted on: 2015/3/17 17:03
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Re: Jersey City 'disgusted' with developer who demolished city park
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Fomite wrote:
Last year I believe the city announced many parks in Jersey City would get renovated. One of the parks on the list was the little "drug" park on Wayne St. between Jersey and Barrow. Anyone know what happened to this?


"Drug park," ha. Have witnessed a few transactions here while shooting hoops. Bums me out to see dudes blazing while there's a few kids playing on the slide 10ft away. That place sure could use a renovation.

Posted on: 2015/3/17 16:52
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Re: Fox & Crow?
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Was there last night. Nice space. Still a soft opening, thus limited menu but their two signature cocktails were great, as was the service and decor.

Posted on: 2015/3/2 1:21
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Re: Looking for a guitar instructor/teacher for kids
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I second the suggestion of Michael Brown of Rockassori

Posted on: 2015/2/20 14:54
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Re: TALDE JERSEY CITY
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CaptainOats wrote:
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jcdd wrote:
I'll chime in with a 3rd on that, Tommyc and Fraulein. I'm willing to pay the $$$ for fresh, wild caught fish. I bet it would be a hit.


So everyone get in there and tell everyone you can at the counters that you want to see fresh fish! I was in there over the weekend and was talking about it to a few people. If they hear it enough and feel that the neighborhood will support it we'll have a lot better chance of making it happen. Posting it on this forum isn't going to help one bit.


Unless of course restaurant management or the owners peruse this thread to take stock of the response they get, like many other restaurant owners in the area do. But I agree, everyone who would like them to carry fresh seafood should inquire about it at the location. I certainly will.

Posted on: 2015/1/29 15:29
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Re: Talde and Carrini provisions open?
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Had lunch here the other day. Fantastic. Highly recommend the Lobster panini with fra diavlo butter and a BBQ negroni.

Bartender at Carrino said Talde should open up in a week or so.

Posted on: 2015/1/26 14:50
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Re: basketball gyms in JC
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doggy wrote:
i called grace church, and they [tom] said that they do not have any open basketball nights or leagues running.
He did say that the gym could be reserved for $27 an hour if i were interested in starting one myself. I dont mind doing this a couple of times a week if more people are interested.


$27 is a bargain for an entire gym and a number of guys splitting the cost. I'm interested and have a few other guys in town who would be. Keep me posted.

Posted on: 2014/12/16 15:48
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Re: Park & Sixth Comfort Food on Grove Street
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Was just told it's open today. The space looks great. There's a bourbon bar underneath the stairs as well.

Posted on: 2014/12/10 15:40
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Re: Porta Pizza
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Stopped by this place the other night and it looked really nice. I enjoyed the smokey wood smell. Didn't try the food as I was there solely for drinks. Due to the upstairs was packed we were sent downstairs.

Here's some notes on our (poor) experience:

1. Downstairs bar felt like a basement sportsbar.
2. My guess is none of the "bartenders" have ever tended bar before: They had no concept of the ingredients needed for our drinks (saw two guys looking through all the bitters as if it was the first time they'd seen them), they had the recipes out on top of the bar in front of customers and were scanning through them like my grandma when she forgets to put on her reading glasses. They also had the focus of a toddler. Would start working on one order and when other came in, they dropped what they were doing and moved on to that. This happened a number of times to not just us, but a couple sitting next to us.
3. Cocktail garnishes were completely missing. Ordered a drink that looked like a water glass with juice in it.
4. We were double-charged because the bartender heard someone else order the same drink I had and thought it was for me. Never checked to confirm that. Just charged me. Of course after pointing it out, they resolved the situation.
5. While sitting at the bar, there was at one point 10 employees gathered to try and figure out who ordered a variety of dishes. Got so bad a manager or owner had to come down.

Granted, it's the first week and service takes time to refine, but as someone who's worked in the hospitality business, there are ways to avoid many of these issues and it appears the owners took no steps to prevent that. i.e., proper training in advance, and people who have experience tending bar in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.

This place has a long ways to go on the service end of things.

Posted on: 2014/12/5 16:09
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Re: Juicewell - CLOSED
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Maise wrote:
I liked their juice, but it never made sense to me why they didnt have smoothies or fresh juice options available. They only sold pre-bottled stuff. Somehing akin to Liquidteria in NYC would make a lot more sense - http://liquiteria.com/ - They have pre-bottled stuff but also make awesome smoothies and any juice combination you want fresh, to order.

Rent must have been too expensive for what was essentially a juice vending machine.


100% right. Offering only bottled juices doesn't make sense for a storefront. Hopefully whichever juice company moves in will offer custom smoothies, bowls, and possibly even healthy food options. THEN you've got a sustainable model. Liquidteria is a prime example of that.

Posted on: 2014/12/5 15:52
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Juicewell - CLOSED
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Just went to grab some juice at Juicewell only to find they were in the process of moving out. I asked the lady, who I'm assuming was the owner, and she said they've closed and are moving out. She said a new juice company was planning on moving in.

Posted on: 2014/12/4 16:36
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Re: basketball gyms in JC
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You can sign up with one of the local adult leagues i.e. Zog (who now play at the new Boys & Girls Club in JC) or ABL (who play at 9th St gym, by the Holland).

Have not tried any of the open gyms listed below, but am curious to. When does Grace Church do it? Every weeknight or only certain nights? Same with Dickinson?

Posted on: 2014/12/2 16:39
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Re: The Kitchen at Grove Station (corner of Columbus and Marin)
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fraulein wrote:
Seems a few of you are bringing your kids? Would you say it's kid-friendly? We have a 3-year old who's great in restaurants, especially if we aim for 6 PM or so.


Definitely kid-friendly. Have taken our 4-yr-old with us to breakfast and lunch, numerous times. Have also seen other young children eating there with their families. Never an issue.

Posted on: 2014/11/30 16:10
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Re: Exclusive bus lane at Columbus and Marin?
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VA2015 wrote:
According to a traffic cop working the intersection of Columbus and Marin, the left lane is now exclusively for buses, and car traffic that wants to make a left turn must use the middle lane. The problem I've seen is that cars don't seem to follow this rule and use/turn from the bus lane anyhow. So if you try to comply and turn left from the middle lane you now have two lanes turning left and needing to merge into the single lane of Marin Blvd, which is a ripe condition for accidents.

Does anyone know the actual laws on this? In Newark there is an exclusive bus lane near penn station that is marked with lit signs indicating when it is bus-only - a red X for bus only, and a green arrow for cars + busses during off peak hours. There are also cones marking the lane so it's impossible to miss that it's a "special" lane. There are none of these markers on Columbus - in fact it only says "Bus lane" painted on the street once you're already pretty close to the intersection.

Anyone else noticed problems with this implementation, or know who to contact for me to voice my concerns?


Interesting. Had no idea cars could turn from the left lane as there's no markings. That sounds like a horrible plan the city has come up with (big surprise). I, too, have noticed plenty of cars turning from the new bus lane, sometimes in front of police, and nothing happened. I just go one block east and make a left there, then loop around to Marin that way.

Posted on: 2014/11/28 16:56
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Re: The Kitchen at Grove Station (corner of Columbus and Marin)
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bodhipooh wrote:
I should also add that the pastries were INCREDIBLE. Tried four different ones over the weekend: guava turnover, almond croissant, pumpkin bread pudding, and nutella roll.

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The Mod Cup coffee is, of course, delicious. The barista serving Saturday morning was a cool dude with lots of personality and some incredible skills. He definitely takes pride in his craft/work.


LOVE that almond croissant and yes, the barista is incredibly personable. He showed my 4yr old how to make that heart shape in the foam, which she enjoyed.

I just wish they served breakfast earlier on the weekends. Sampled it during the week and man... is it good.

Posted on: 2014/11/24 18:12
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The Kitchen at Grove Station (corner of Columbus and Marin)
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Anyone try this place out yet? http://www.grovestationkitchen.com/ Discovered it the other day as The Jersey City Project Instagrammed a photo from there. Took over a space that used to be a deli for that office building across from Starbucks. Location-wise, a bit hard to find unless you're told about it or happen to walk by. So far have had breakfast and dinner and both were excellent. The decor is top notch, along with the service. They've got a coffee bar courtesy of JC's Mod Cup, which is some of the best coffee I've had in town. Their breakfast/coffee blows away that of Marco and Beechwood (which still surprise me with the crowds they gather) and their dinner rivals that of Batello and Thirty Acres, in my opinion. Price-points are about the same in both cases. Breakfast and lunch are ordered at the counter and delivered to your table. Dinner is the traditional restaurant/waiter setup. The waiter told us they're currently BYOB, but in three months will be serving liquor, beer and wine once the license comes through. Great addition to DTJC. The Kitchen at Grove Station 299 Marin Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07302 551-222-4362 http://www.grovestationkitchen.com Resized Image

Posted on: 2014/11/15 16:38

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Re: The Merchant - closing?
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bearbear2013 wrote:
It won't be a third location, the original Park & Sixth will close when the new space opens.


This is true. Spoke to the staff yesterday while grabbing lunch.

Posted on: 2014/10/31 17:52
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Re: The Merchant - closing?
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Looking forward to this. Personally, was never a fan of The Merchant's food, drinks or taps. Great looking space though.

Posted on: 2014/10/30 14:34
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Re: sam a.m.
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nyrgravey9 wrote:
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Carmichael wrote:
Best breakfast in town, in my opinion. The sausage biscuit and gravy dish is stellar. Oh and their glazed donuts.


Really? I had a bacon egg and cheese sandwich there and it was 90% bread, and very meager slice of bacon, tiny serving of egg and almost no cheese. It wasn't good at all, despite the obvious high quality ingredients.

I'll have to try other stuff I guess.


I tried one of their breakfast sandwiches and agree on the proportions, but I always dine in and go with one of their entrees and they're comfort food-level.

Posted on: 2014/10/29 18:43
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Re: sam a.m.
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Best breakfast in town, in my opinion. The sausage biscuit and gravy dish is stellar. Oh and their glazed donuts.

Posted on: 2014/10/29 14:58
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Re: The Merchant - closing?
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HCResident wrote:
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Frinjc wrote:
So sad to have them close! I heard Park and Sixth got the lease/property...?


I also heard this...and my source is pretty good.


This makes sense now. Saw Brian (owner of P&6) at The Merchant a few times 2 weeks ago. I've never seen him anywhere but his restaurants.

Posted on: 2014/10/27 13:40
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Re: Koro Koro rice ball cafe
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Really enjoy this place. Through three visists I have tried the Miso Beef, Yama Chicken, Indian, Moroccan, and Cochinita Pibil. The cole slaw is excellent, as is there iced tea. The owner and staff are always friendly and helpful (when needing to open the wrap properly)

Posted on: 2014/10/23 18:37
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Re: Virile Barber Shop
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This place is great. Andre does an excellent job. For $40 + tip, I get a hair wash, great cut, a bourbon, and no cost of commuting to the city. Can't beat it. Nice guys over there.

Posted on: 2014/10/14 17:54
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Re: The Coffee Shop near Grove PATH
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JCishome wrote:
Silly me, I believed the signs and thought they'd be selling cappucino and sliders, two of my favorite things. They have "food coming soon" on the chalkboard - is that just a ruse and it will stay a generic beer/TV joint?


Remember, these are the same people that adorned the walls of The Bistro with menus that are merely decorative and not representative of what they're actually offering. Worst idea ever for a restaurant.

Posted on: 2014/10/8 14:34
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