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Re: Skinner's Loft... delish!
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Wow. What an experience. Let me interrupt the love fest.

1st off, let me say, though a lot of the following "Review" will be negative, I will be going back to skinners loft. Not for a while though. A good deal of the problems (though not all) are probably due to the fact that it was their first day.

The Positives:

The beer list is outstanding. A lot fo microbreweries on tap, (Blue Moon, Anchor Steam, etc.) As well as some nice standards (Yuengling, Brooklyn, etc). They have Fuller's ESB on Draft. Which is sweet. The owner was very smart to invest in a draft beer setup which allows them to carry a number of different types, and has made good choices. I can't speak to the wine, I didn't have any.

The location is nice. Very pretty inside, decent amounts of space. Sort of like "edward's" in the layout, but far more publike. Although the restuarant area upstairs is very classy. Nice for a romantic dinner, I imagine, but it could be a little less dark. It's also 4 blocks from my house, so that's nice.


The food is very good, when it is properly cooked. I had the porkchop, magnificent, others at our table had the ribs (a tad dry) and the penne, whcih looked great. I would have the porkchop, it is so good that I doubt I will ever eat anything else there.

The Negatives:

Organizational skills are badly needed. The place is shambolic. I arrived at 8:20 with my friend, waiting for an eventual party of 5. They put us in the super huge table along the window. No waiter appeared. It took me 15 minutes to get the busboy to bring me a list of wines and beers. This, however, never elicited any anyone from the restuarant actually talking to me and, perhaps, taking my beer order.

15 minutes later, my friends arrive and we get to order beer.

35 minutes into the evening, we finally get the beer, and get to see a menu.

45 minutes: we place appetizer orders.

1 hour: a totally new waiter brings us 2nd round of beer.
We place food orders.

1:15 1st waiter shows up and blames everything on the kitchen, then dissapears, we attempt to order beer from him, but fail.

1:25- waiter number three asks us what we ordered for appetizers. She writes it down. Not a good sign.

1:40 from the kitchen people appear with appetizers. They are not the ones we ordered, but they are free. And good. Except for the chicken sticks, which look tasty but are actually raw. I'm not overstating this, they were not merely pink but still gelatinous. quivering raw chicken. This rawness was not noticed until someone, wondering why the chicken was cold, held it up to the candle that was on the table (this place is very dark).

1:50- It is now 10:10 We decide to give them 10 more minutes and then go to Hollywood Fried Chicken. I am dying of hunger at this point.

5 minutes before the deadline, the food arrives. It is excellent.

The owner (I think), then announces that everything is comped.


All in all, I was amazed at the fact that we had multiple waiters, only one of them (the lady) seemed to care about us at all, and the rest were nonchallant or basically never there. Towards the end, the restaurant was pretty empty, so I can't imagine why they couldn't work out some relatively simple orders. They definitely need to be proactive- If they tell me they are having problems, I can dig that. It's the 1st day. But I must, as the customer, be kept in the loop. If you don't walk by my table for 30 minutes, I am going to get pissed. Particularly if I am out of beer.

That being said, they did the right thing and we left having had a good meal without paying a cent. I would have expected to have paid for at least something, but they comped everything without us even asking or saying anything about it.

This indicates that the management has the right attitude about service, so I am sure the rest will work itself out and it will be a great restaurant. A really great one. I will give it a few weeks to shake out a bit, then I will return. I


its opening night, of course they're going to have BUMPS in the road which is why I had a couple of beers there and then went to the white star for $5 menu.
they obviously have training to do, I watched a bartender pour an entire guinness in a frosted mug. and I mean it when I say pour, he treated it like it was miller light, filling the entire pint glass at once, never letting it properly settle in the middle of the pour. plus their computer system is not working entirely right, my first draft ran me $4.28 because it was adding 7% tax to the drink orders, the bartender told me it would be fixed by today but instead of just charging me $4 and the bar making up the difference at the end of the night I went home with a pocket of pennies. I'll try again tonight and see if it's fixed.

Posted on: 2007/9/6 18:59
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: New wolfpack outrage said to fit pattern -- Teens break bones of 60-year-old man
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1. how did the author of the article know the teens were between the ages of 14 and 17?
2. what teenager is out on the streets at 6:30 in the morning, if the parents didn't impose cerfew on these kids then the parents should be held financially lible for the actions of their kids.
3. if they do find these little pricks they should shame them by chaining them to a street corner with sandwich boards on stating what their crime was.

could be kind of cool to bring back the stocks that were used a public punishment, put them right next to the grove street path station to ensure lots of publicity

Posted on: 2007/8/29 14:13
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Re: McCann's hired 'help' lived five years without electricity -- had dispute with PSE&G
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i would not be able to live without electricity... respect!
this man is of the kind that will save the planet from global warming.


I smell a michael moore movie in the near future

Posted on: 2007/8/28 14:51
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Re: FISHERMEN VERSUS OUTDOOR WEDDING PARTIES ON PIER
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i took a walk down there one evening with friends and we were chased off the pier by guests. "There's a wedding going on!"... "Oh? and this is a public pier". We stayed 5 mins to enjoy the view and wished them well...


did you inform them it's a public pier and if so what was their response?

Posted on: 2007/8/21 20:55
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Re: FISHERMEN VERSUS OUTDOOR WEDDING PARTIES ON PIER
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if its a public space why should they move?

Posted on: 2007/8/21 16:48
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Re: Parking enforcement officer made up at least 100 tickets to cover for not working during his shi
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wow, first we hear about this kind of scandal in NYC and now in JC

Posted on: 2007/8/21 13:35
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Re: West Side: Cops nab 2 teens (14 & 17) after Chinese restaurant delivery man hit for bike
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wow, more upstanding kids in jersey city. douche bags

Posted on: 2007/8/2 16:33
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Re: Feds Seize Rocket Launcher In N.J.
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it would probably make for lovely vase

Posted on: 2007/7/20 20:58
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Re: Cops and Crime and Mayor Dumb ass
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NNJR wrote:
The cops do enforce traffic laws, just ask any construction project manager.


those cops playing traffic guard at the sites are a complete joke, got no help what so ever from 2 that were sitting gabbing on their cell phones this morning when I was trying to cross marin a block south of bay st (I don't remember the exact cross st.)

Posted on: 2007/7/13 18:24
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Re: Tuxedo Rentals?
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there's a mens warehouse right by wtc that we used for a wedding party a few months ago. service was great and you can pick up/drop off at any location in the US

Posted on: 2007/6/6 15:56
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Re: JFK BLVD: STOMPED BY 'PACK' -- 4 teens nabbed in Jersey City attack
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ECH wrote:
The entire light rain system, south of
Newport, after dark, is dangerous --
no doubt about it.


I'm all for having that trigger happy gunstore owner go after the young monsters, but I don't think the light rail system is any more dangerous than any other place in Jersey City after dark.

I understand that the West Side station and the underground Tonnelle line stations are dangerous just because they're so isolated, and I agree that some of the problem kids are using the light rail to get to their crime scenes. But I've ridden the light rail system all over, sometimes at weird, hours, and I've never had any problems whatsoever on the trains or in the stations.

Were you the person who posted about NJT underreporting crime statistics for the light rail?

If so: I can believe that there's plenty of crime on the light rail system, but my sense is that the crime level is similar to the crime level around the stations themselves.

Of course, one very simple solution to light rail-linked crime would be to base foot patrol officers or Guardian Angels at the light rail stations in the evenings.


I would still like to see the officers actually riding the trains more often. seems like all they do lately is drive a patrol car to various stations and sit as a pack to check tickets.

Posted on: 2007/5/24 15:39
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Re: Fastest way to Jersey City: Bike riding through the Holland Tunnel
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that's awesome, I wish they would open up some type of bike lane in either the holland or lincoln tunnel


And also a pedestrian route.


A pedestrian route would be interesting but I'm not sure how many people would want to walk that distance in a confined space, high speed people movers could make it worthwhile but I'm sure they would be broken most of the time.

Posted on: 2007/5/22 20:15
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Re: Car service to JFK
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I prefer Travel, 201.222.9505 or Millenium, 201.435.4000.
if you're leaving early enough you should be alright getting there but the best and easiest way I think is the path to 33rd, walk over to Penn Station and jump on any train going through Jamaica and switch to the airtrain. I did this trip this past weekend and nailed every train, made great time!

Posted on: 2007/5/22 19:50
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Re: Fastest way to Jersey City: Bike riding through the Holland Tunnel
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that's awesome, I wish they would open up some type of bike lane in either the holland or lincoln tunnel

Posted on: 2007/5/22 14:11
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Re: Lincoln Park/ West Side: 7 teens nabbed in wolfpack attacks- latest instance of out-of-control gangs
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I think the parents of the minors should be held equally responsible, why the hell are they letting their kids roam the neighborhood that late.
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Posted on: 2007/5/16 16:04
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Re: Hamilton Park Ale House jersey Ave.
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since you asked: the white star is on the corner of pavonia and brunswick; the merchant is across the street from town hall. as for the food at white star, I think its awesome for the price and they do some great daily specials

Posted on: 2007/3/26 15:32
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