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Re: Speakeasy Lounge at Grove plaza

I have my fingers crossed for this place, because it's a classic concept in such a great location.
I am worried that I won't be going often though, because the restaurant itself is a giant echo chamber. My husband and I went for their soft opening for a beer and a burger. Even with the place not even 1/2 full it was nearly impossible to hear each other.

I was kind of worried about this when I saw the construction in progress - subway tile + tin ceilings + mirrors and glass = SO MUCH NOISE. I hope they can hang some big velvet curtains or something to dampen the sound and make the place more intimate.

Posted on: 2013/7/17 20:22

Re: New French Bakery on Jersey Ave.-Choc O Pain

This place is AWESOME.

I was bummed to see Made with Love close (because I love local businesses), but this is a much better bakery.

My only critique is that the place was a bit dishevelled - the floors needed sweeping, tables wiped down, general straightening up. It's nit-picky of me, but it would be a much more inviting place if they put as much care into the customer experience as they do their baked goods. The whole "vibe" of their product is very elegant, and it would be nice to see that continued into the cafe itself.

Posted on: 2013/3/29 18:47

Re: Dosa Hut


Syphrite wrote:
Has anyone been here? Yay or Nay? I'm looking for a place to get a uttapam with coconut chutney in JC and I have no clue where to go.

Any other South Indian recommendations in JC or surrounding areas?

Definitely try Sapthagiri, just off Newark. It has AMAZING vegetarian food....everything I've tried there has been memorable. The owner is extremely friendly and welcoming, often bring us dishes to try that are not on the menu, making suggestions for dishes that I would have never ordered on my own - many of them are now my favorites. Excellent curries and dosa. My boyfriend and I eat there at least once every couple of weeks. We've taken many of our friends there, and each person has raved about it!

Run, don't walk!

Posted on: 2010/6/14 13:41

Re: All Points West Festival in JC This Summer Is in Doubt

Yes, great ideas Coralime.

If LSP isn't cooperative, is there another smaller place to have maybe a concert series in the summertime???? Something like what's going on near the waterfont in Williamsburg. How about down by the Colgate clock? Local concessions, local bands maybe. Doesn't have to be a huge event, but people like to get out in the summertime - might as well give them something to do here.

Posted on: 2010/5/7 21:28

Re: For Graffiti Artists in Jersey City -- Texting Replaces Tagging

If you're into graffiti, I highly recommend seeing Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film by Banksy. There's a lot about the evolution of contemporary street art, as well as a bit of a treatise on art and authenticity. Even if you don't like street art, it's a really fun film - the first time in a long time that I wanted to watch a movie again right after it ended.

It's currently playing at Sunshine theater on Houston in Manhattan.

I wrote about it on my blog too.....

Posted on: 2010/5/7 20:54

Re: Red Bull Air Race coming to Jersey City waterfront

Looks like fun!!!!

Posted on: 2010/5/6 17:10

Re: Port-O Lounge
Newbie they have consistent hours of operation?

I went there first last summer, and it was lovely inside - nice decor, back garden area. I was just opening and didn't have a full wine/beer list, but the owner who I spoke too said they had plans for an extensive list as well as tapas. But I've hardly even seen any life in the place since. I'd love to go check it out again...just someone tell me when it's going to be open!

Posted on: 2010/5/6 17:00



VanVorster wrote:
Whatever is ultimately done with the Powerhouse should hopefully be interesting and have a bevy of entertainment/retail options and not just bland prosaic ESPN fare.

I completely agree! Let's let that building have some local flavor - does anyone know if they are extending a hand to any local businesses interested in moving in there (maybe tax breaks or something?)???? I would hate to see it become just another chain store filled mini-mall in a cool building.

In the mean time, I like the boarded up least it seems like they're doing SOMETHING (helping bolster against more rain damage I guess), as opposed to just the sign out front while the building continues to rot.

Posted on: 2010/5/6 16:17

Re: bored with JC restaurants


Erica wrote:

Amy wrote:
You hit the nail on the head. The city is right here, so I guess JC doesn't attract great restaurants. But it would be nice to have some exceptional places right here.

I just can't read statements like this without thinking back to Fort Greene, the Brooklyn neighborhood we lived in before moving to JC.

If a tiny little Brooklyn neighborhood can support an amazing array of restaurants serving an astounding array of food - within a 2 minute walk of our old apartment we had: Ici, Stonehome, Olea, Chez Oskar, Madiba, Pequena, Thomas Beisl, Loulou, and Habana Outpost (just off the top of my head) - why can't Jersey City support the same kind of diversity?

Why does JC have to be nothing but burgers and cheese (both real and metaphorical)?

I lived in Fort Greene 7 years ago, when it was just Madiba and Chez Oscar and Black Iris on DeKalb. By the time I left, only a few years later, it had become a hub for so many great restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail stores, ect.
Honestly, JC now feels like Fort Greene then - there's so much potential to grow here if the people who live here invest in this community. My only fear is that we will end up being a 'prop' town.....plenty of places to eat and go out, but with no real soul or energy of our own.
Sorry to riff on Hoboken again, but there are so many chain stores there that it's hard to figure out what the place really has to offer - Jersey City doesn't have to be that way! Things like the craft fairs on Grove and farmer's markets in Van Vorst really add to our community, as do places like Marco and Pepe,Taqueria and Soul Flavors (which has GREAT food). These are all places "born and raised" in JC!!!!
Instead of going out in NYC on a weekend night, keep patronizing local places - then there will be more of a market for new places to open. We have to build it!

Posted on: 2010/4/22 14:07




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