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Re: Satis Bistro -Cafe - Gelato in Paulus Hook
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jcnight wrote:
We went Saturday for Brunch and our meals were very good to excellent. I love the atmosphere and design of this place and would strongly recommend the brunch and cannot wait to try their dinner.
We sat upstairs and slowly watched the resturant fill with the diverse crowd that Jersaey City is so well known for.
Our appetizers were out of control AWSOME. Wild boar prosciutto, Pate's and diffrent cheeses to compliment each other ( and our wine) perfectly. Our waiter was fantastic with his recommendations for both wine and food.

Braised beef short ribs, boursin scrambeled eggs, pouched eggs, basil hollandaise, crispy pancetta, foccasia crestini and a few other items all were a part of our meals that we shared beacuse we could not decide on just one menu item. My favorite was the braised short ribs. OMG. The owner could not have been nicer and more open to hear suggestions or recommendations for his place. He brought over so many diffrent items for us to try includeing a creme brulee to die for.
My plans for next Saturday are to go to Satis for Brunch I cant wait!

Just want to add. They do have a wine menu. You pick and they run to the store down the block and get. SEAMLESS.


Wow. I had the complete opposite experience. Hopefully they've worked out the kinks since.

Posted on: 2011/1/24 19:49
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Re: Satis Bistro -Cafe - Gelato in Paulus Hook
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Well, finally sat and had dinner there last night. It was...just okay. First, I hope whoever the head waiter guy is, he isn't a partial owner of this place. Because if he is, he will surely be the demise of Satis. As when I first went there (and left), it was a very odd greeting. Like sort of angrily asking if you have a reservation. We did. Got seated, looking at the menus we decided to pick a few of the small plates to start. We ordered Prosciutto de Parma and the Murcia Al Vino cheese. When the waiter brought it over I noticed that the ham looked a little light. I tasted it and it was definitely not Prosciutto de Parma. The cheese was also not the cheese we ordered. When I called the waiter over to ask about the ham he said "we have a special kind of prosciutto, um, it's like a combination of Parma and San danielle. From the same region though". This was complete b.s. he just made up. Those hams in fact are specifically named for the regions they come from. It was more like a plain french ham. This waiter gave us the feeling that we don't know what we're talking about and he was ready to argue so I just nodded my head ok. I ate the ham anyway, which was really good. It just seemed odd to me not to say, I made a mistake or I don't know, let me check with the chef.

On to the entrees, we got the Gnocchi and the short ribs. The Gnocchi are decent, but be warned they are very cream heavy and mine were way over seasoned (very salty). The short ribs on the other hand were very good.

So, the odd waiter behavior continues. We look at the desert menu. Having just come back from Italy I was really looking forward to the Gelato here. We ordered Mint chip and Cookie dough with a chocolate syrup. When we took our first bites we looked at each other and said, "there is no mint or cookie dough in this at all." It was two vanilla scoops. We were a little intimidated to ask about it, because the waiter was so strange. I did anyway, he proceeded to tell us it was the chocolate syrup masking the taste. And we can't taste the mint because it is very subtle and we may not be used to that. Isn't the point of gelato to taste the fresh ingredients it's made with. So he returns with two new scoops (one still not cookie dough) and the syrup on the side. Obviously because my palate is not refined enough to taste mint through chocolate syrup. Again, not owning up to a mistake or not knowing what is what in the place.

Sorry for the loooong post, but I just think people should know whats going on with the wait staff here. This guy really doesn't know anything about the food in the place, and when called out, gets really weird on argumentative. He seems to be the boss of all the waiters (we saw him lash out at a few of the other staff).

Also, as far as the wine delivery thing. Not sure thats happening. Overheard him say to one patron, if you want wine theres a store down the block. Maybe they can't do the delivery thing without the fee everyone was describing.

Overall we had a really odd experience. Mostly because of this waiter. He was the same waiter that made me feel odd on sunday when I walked out. The food was pretty good. Marco and Pepe is still way better food and service. Still contemplating wether I'll ever go back. Not sure I will. Especially if that waiter is still working there. I really hope the chef reads this, as not all chef/owners know whats happening front of house.

Posted on: 2011/1/12 20:18
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Re: Satis Bistro -Cafe - Gelato in Paulus Hook
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I don't think anyone here is claiming to be a food critic. Food critics don't go out to restaurants, they review them. They also get special treatment and alterations at many places, which leads me to rely on real peoples accounts of restaurants. I can't say how many times there's been a great "Critics pick" review of a place and I've had an awful experience and meal there. I find all of the comments helpful. Maybe the fact that Mike from the restaurant reads these forums means he actually cares what the people who live and spend their money in JC have to say.

Posted on: 2011/1/10 19:46
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Re: Satis Bistro -Cafe - Gelato in Paulus Hook
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Went in Satis last night (Sun), not realizing they had a special menu for sundays. We ended up walking out. Although I will go back to try the regular menu, it was such a weird vibe in there we had to leave. When we first walked in, the place was pretty empty. They sat us (table of three) and explained about the special "Family style" menu. Proceeded to say that all entrees were for two. Even though we were three if we wanted more than one entree it would still have to be the double portion. (These entrees were $50-$60s). Which isn't cheap for basic pasta and stew type dishes. The waiter could tell we were not prepared for this and proceeded to oddly say the chef will ONLY make the gnocchi off the regular menu. Then said maybe they have some fish from last night that he might make. Anyway, we decided to leave instead of be forced into a family style meal.

For future sunday "family style" specials I would suggest still offering the regular menu as well. Maybe having a few selections you can order family style as a separate special. Or maybe just offer to do a single portion?

I realize they are trying something new, which I can appreciate. It was just odd to not offer any real solution to keep customers in the restaurant. We walked, isn't that the worse situation for an establishment? The place and regular menu looked great. Like I said, I will be going back on a regular menu night. I haven't given up hope for a new great place in town...hopefully it won't disappoint!

Posted on: 2011/1/10 17:45
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Re: Park & Sixth Comfort Food on Grove Street
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Had "The Grove" last night. The meat, bread, fresh mozz were really good. The lettuce, not so great. I just took it off. It was around 7pm when I went so I'm sure it was whatever was left from the day. Overall great though. Hopefully this place stays open. There's no other good sandwich place in town.

Posted on: 2010/12/10 15:28
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Re: Wayne St. stabbing in the head/shooting tonight
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I think it's a bit of an understatement to say someone got "simply" beat up. They were attacked by three men. This person is a victim of a violent attack by a bunch of animals. Although downtown JC is a great place to live, greater JC it is a huge city. Downtown is a target for the rest of the city. (it's obvious where the money is). Also, there is sec. 8 projects right on York st. I have been attacked at knifepoint in DTJC. I recommend always paying attention to your surroundings. Always keep your head on a swivel. If something feels off, it probably is. Go with your instincts.

Posted on: 2010/12/7 15:58
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Re: Wayne St. stabbing in the head/shooting tonight
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Ah, thats what they're saying. Thx.

Posted on: 2010/12/6 16:16
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Re: Wayne St. stabbing in the head/shooting tonight
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Also, where is the description of the attackers in the "news" story?

Posted on: 2010/12/6 16:05
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Re: Wayne St. stabbing in the head/shooting tonight
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From JJ.

Jersey City man assaulted by three
Monday, December 06, 2010
A Downtown Jersey City man was jumped from behind and kicked during an assault by three men Friday night, police reports said.

Police were called to Wayne Street near Jersey Avenue on the report of an assault at 8:19 p.m. and spoke to a man with a cut on his face, reports said.


The victim said he was walking on Wayne Street when three men jumped him from behind, punched him, and hit him in his head with an unknown object, reports said.

When he fell, they began kicking him, reports said.

CHARLES HACK

Posted on: 2010/12/6 16:00
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New Restaurant on Newark?
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Anyone know about it? Can't remember what the sign says. It's around Monmouth. Thanks for any info.

Posted on: 2010/11/30 19:09
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Re: Brunswick St - tire slashing
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Pretty sure it is the parents.

My tires were slashed on York street about 4 months ago.

Posted on: 2010/9/27 17:12
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Re: York St mugging
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I believe pepper spray is legal and can be bought most drug stores. Mace is a different story and I believe is illegal.

I would also invest in some basic self defense training such as Krav Maga. http://www.jamesshermankravmaga.com/

Any more details? Time? Description? His picture and name so everyone knows what to look out for?

I'm glad the police actually were able to find this guy. Also, that the woman was not hurt. Although, he'll just plead down to a non-violent crime, do probation, and be back out doing the same thing. Because I'm sure he was just about to get his life together and was interviewing for legitimate jobs.

Posted on: 2010/9/24 16:10
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Re: Is it safe to walk on John F Kennedy blvd at night?
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No.

Posted on: 2010/9/24 16:03
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York St mugging
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Hello all,
I live on Varick and York. This morning there were flyers posted all over the block warning about a mugging on York street. Does anyone have any more info about this? Thanks, Steve

Posted on: 2010/9/23 14:30
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