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BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS  Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool Foodies

 Palisade Ave just got a little more Hip

 By Sally Deering


BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS   Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool Foodies
Fox & Crow Pub & Parlour on Palisades Avenue in Jersey City

On Palisade Avenue in the Jersey City Heights, a colorful neighborhood pub “Fox & Crow” serves all-American burgers, cocktails shaken & stirred and a root beer float that could land Junior in the principal’s office. On weekends, the backroom “Parlour” with its own bar, and family-style tables becomes a small club with a dazzling array of singer-songwriters, bands, and spoken-wordsmiths.

BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS   Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool FoodiesMore hippie than dippy, Fox & Crow (named for the owners, Arthur and Sarah Johnson’s daughter Rebecca who loved the nursery rhyme) Fox & Crow opened in February 2015, and has since become a cool neighborhood go-to place for tasty American dishes, knee-bending cocktails like the Sly Fox and the Shy Fox and lively entertainment. On a recent Saturday night, Vicky Cristina Barcelona – a three piece all-girl group that performs Tom Waits’ songs knocked the socks off the audience.

“Our family loves to eat and drink, and have a good time,” Rebecca says. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming, serving wholesome food at decent portions without pretensions. We also wanted to replicate the pub atmosphere you find in Europe, where the entire family is welcome, from babies to dogs. We wish we could also welcome dogs, waiting for New Jersey to change its ways!”

 BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS   Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool FoodiesFox & Crow’s pub menu is tasty and minimal with several appetizers and a dozen or so sandwiches (and a salad) to choose from. Starter/Munchies include Hand Cut Pub Fries, and Wings served Chili, BBQ, Buffalo, and Jabanero & Honey-style, and Art’s Nachos with a choice of cheese, jalapeno peppers, pico de gallo, sour cream or black beans.  ($6-$8)

Burgers take center stage and come in lots of variations including Old Blue (blue cheese), California Club, and Black Bean. For seafood lovers there’s the Krabby Patty with Asian slaw; the Spicy Crow, fried chicken with chipotle mayo and avocado; and the Cheese Me Please Me grilled cheese with Gouda, Gruyere-Cheddar on sourdough bread. The Mariner, sesame-crusted pan-seared tuna with ginger soy sauce is also a popular dish.  ($11-$15). There’s a beet salad, too. ($12)

BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS   Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool FoodiesFor those looking for something sweet with a little kick, the (alcoholic) Root Beer Float is made with “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream ($10).


“The menu has grown with us,” Rebecca says. “We have had input from talented chefs, friends, and family. Brunch is the collaborative product of my mother, and local resident and New York chef Ben Kurst and expertly prepared by our in-house chef Marcos Mendoza. Brunch is special as Sunday breakfast has always held a special place in my family’s week. When home for holidays, we all gather at the kitchen table and dad will make his signature eggs, bacon and home-fries. The dish ‘Artie’s Breakfast’ on the brunch menu is a nod to him.”

BOHEMIAN, INGENIOUS SPIRITS   Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool FoodiesWeekend Brunch also features Locals Only pork roll, egg, cheese, and home-fries; Fox & Crow Burger with fried egg, bacon, cheddar; Smoked Salmon Hash; Savory or Sweet Ricotta Toast, Avocado Toast; and, French Toast ($8-$14). Modcup Coffee is the house coffee ($2); and Mimosa, Bellini or Bloody Mary cocktails keep things fizzy. ($4-$6)
The kitchen stays open late; Sunday through Wednesday till 11:30 pm; and Thursday through Saturday till Midnight. The bar has a huge choice of beers and cocktails. The Parlour presents live entertainment, and a monthly Spoken Word series hosted by James Ruggia and RNA. Curator Margo Parks of Jersey City scouts the talent and books the performers.

 It’s been two years since Fox & Crow first opened and in those two years, it’s grown a lot, Rebecca says. When her family decided to become restaurateurs, the whole thing came together without much maneuvering.

“We did not spend months scouting a space, the F&C albeit a tremendous amount of work, was quite a serendipitous venture,” Rebecca says. “My father acquired the property and had the option to lease the bar or take the business on himself. I have experience in branding and interiors, my partner Rowen works in hospitality, and my mother and father possess an innately hospitable spirit having come from large families and raising their own. The majority of people we knew from the neighborhood we had met in Modcup coffee, the market, or venues downtown. We felt at home surrounded by bohemian and ingenious spirits. We decided to take a chance, combine our efforts and create the Fox & Crow.”

 If you go

FOX & CROW Pub & Parlor

594 Palisade Ave, JC

(201) 984-2775

Mon- Wed, 5pm-12am; Thurs-Fri 5pm-3am

Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-1am

Sat & Sun Brunch starts at noon

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Music Broadway Bayonne Friday, February 24th , 2017 is  sponsored by Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone a program for the city of Bayonne that  is a wonderful way to get out, go for dinner and listen to young talented musicians play while you dine.

Live Music on Broadway now in its 9th week pairs local musicians with some of Bayonne’s excellent dinner venues.

Going out to dine Friday night February 24th ?  Visit one of these fine establishments and listen to some fantastic music.

Click on the restaurants and tavern names to find out more about these fine Bayonne establishments 

Music Broadway Bayonne Friday February 24, 2017


Bella Sorrellas Restauant    1020 Broadway    7pm   George Orlando

KP Sarelli’s Restaurant   241 Broadway          7pm   Isaac Ezekiel

La Guardiola  819 Broadway                               7pm   Domino Effect 

MezCal Kitchen  482 Broadway…                      7pm   Dave Watson 

Planet Wings 589 Broadway…                           7pm      Paul Addie

San Vito  406 Broadway…                                    6:30 pm   Rob & Scott  

The Vic Tavern 107 Hobart Ave…                 4:00 pm   Mike & Brian 

For more information call the Bayonne UEZ

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS Latham House in Downtown Jersey City serves American Fare with a Classy Twist

The Supper Bell by the Bar keeps it all in the Family

Latham House downtown Jersey City

  Latham House Jersey City

By Sally Deering

Chef Dan Latham grew up in Upstate New York and studied cooking at the Culinary Institute of America. He and his wife, Kris, a seasoned pastry chef are the proud owners of Latham House, a handsome restaurant on Marin Boulevard tucked inside the heart of Grove Street’s transportation hub in downtown Jersey City. Their partner is Mike Ryan, a busy and popular Jersey City restaurateur.




Latham House downtown Jersey City Latham House stands out with a beautiful atmosphere of dark woods, white walls, and a long row of gray-marbled tabletops for two that fill the center of the dining room. Beautiful roomy booths with green-tufted banquettes to lean back on come with super-sized windows offering nice views of downtown Jersey City. Off to the right near the kitchen, there’s a bar, and near the bar, there’s a Supper Bell that has an historic place in the Latham family scrapbook.  

Continue reading FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS Latham House in Downtown Jersey City serves American Fare with a Classy Twist


Authentic Italian Cuisine to Stay or Takeaway

 By Sally Deering

Salumeria Ercolano Deli Jersey City
Salumeria Ercolano (Deli) on West Side Ave
Owners Nat & Nancy Rescigno owners of Salumeria Ercolano
Oweners Nat & Nancy Rescigno









Inside Salumeria Ercolano Jersey CitySpacious for a neighborhood deli, Salumeria Ercolano (Deli) on West Side Ave in the Marion Section of Jersey City is a great place for authentic Italian cuisine on the go. You’re also welcome to dine–in; the deli seats about 70 and offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere to enjoy some very tasty Italian sandwiches and main dishes.  The deli’s warm and friendly vibe comes from owners Nat and Nancy Rescigno who turned an old coat factory into a deli & eatery people where people can relax with a good meal.

“We get a big lunch crowd,” Nat says. “City workers, police, firemen, business people in the area.”

 “We also have summer seating outside,” Nancy adds.

Chef Carmine Matteo Salumeria Ercolano Jersey City
Chef Carmine Matteo serving Roasted Eggplant with Cheddar

Along with a great sandwich menu, Salumeria Ercolano offers hearty main dishes sure to satisfy those who love real Italian food. Chef Carmine Matteo, who grew up in Italy and learned how to authentic Italian cuisine at a Culinary School in Italy, offers specials of the day like Filet of Sole Stuffed with Crabmeat; and Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Tomato Bruschetta.


“Keep it simple,” Chef Matteo says. “The less ingredients, the better. Let the food speak for itself.”


Mathews Food & Drink on Grove, Everyday Sophistication White Star Owner Shines with New Bistro



By Sally Deering             

Photos by Georgi Richardson

Mathews food and drink jersey city
Mathews Food & Drink, corner of Bay & Grove, JC

Mat Kopec opened his first restaurant when he was still in his 20s; he bought it on Craigslist and turned it into White Star on Brunswick Street.  That was two restaurants ago. Today, Kopec runs three eateries, White Star on Brunswick, White Star Warren St and his new place, Mathews Food & Drink on the corner of Bay & Grove – all three in Jersey City.

Mathews crew
Mateusz Kopec (center) and Crew at Mathews Food & Drink

Mat (short for Mateusz) Kopec designed Mathews’ menu with Chef Jon Mecca and Chef Mike Kedala, formerly of One if by Land, Two if by Sea in Manhattan. The three decided to serve All American cuisine at Mathews that Kopec describes as, sophisticated, but presented in a casual style.

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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME   Look for the New Madame Claude Bis on 4th Street in JC

Madame Claude Bis  Walk down curtained Steps to a Hideaway of fine Wine & French Comfort Food

 Madame Claude sign in Jersey City

By Sally Deering

Alice Troietto and Mattias Gustafsson are familiar faces to the Downtown Jersey City crowd; their Madame Claude Café on 4th & Brunswick brought French cuisine to the urban dwellers who wanted something more than the usual neighborhood fare. Madame Claude Café has since closed its doors and reopened a bigger and better version of herself just down the street from her old digs.

inside Madame Claude bis Meet the new Madame Claude Bis just a few steps off Newark Avenue and down a small stairway where a red curtain beckons hungry city dwellers. Madame Claude Bis’s basement bistro casts low lighting and warm wooden tables and chairs that create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Where Madame Claude’s Café seated 32, the Bis (named for how Paris streets are numbered and not “bistro”) seats 80. The Bis also has a wine list and cocktails, unlike the Café’s BYOB policy. And on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 pm, Gustafsson transforms from restaurateur to balladeer when he and his band, Manouche Bag take to the stage to play gypsy jazz a la legendary Jhengo Reinhardt. The songs are in French and Gustafsson writes most of the band’s repertoire.

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87Best Bars New Jersey-23 from Hudson County

87 Best bars New Jersey was a recent post on Patch which took its data from Foursquare’s likes and dislikes and customers level of satisfaction .

Jersey City’s Lucky 7 ranked number 1, however, 22 other bars in Hudson County also made the list. 

Eight were from Jersey City and another Fifthteen from Hoboken

Here is a list of the Hudson County Bars:

Lucky 7 Tavern Jersey City, New Jersey
Lucky 7 Tavern Jersey City
voted number 1

Lucky 7 Tavern     Jersey City 

Fox & Crow             Jersey City 

Healy’s Tavern       Jersey City 

Northern Soul        Hoboken 

The Pet Shop          Jersey City

Iron Monkey           Jersey City

City Bistro               Hoboken 

See rest of list 

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  Cuban Dishes, Hispanic Wines and Mouth-Watering Mojitos

   Open, Sexy Atmosp   here with plenty of Cuban Hospitality  

La Isla uptown hoboken staff
Wine director and general manager Andres Montoya (second from left)
and La Isla Uptown crew








 By Sally Deering

La Isla Restaurant on Washington Street up the block from City Hall has been a Hoboken staple, serving Cuban cuisine in a tiny space where you have to step outside to change your mind. Riding on the success of its downtown location, La Isla Uptown located on 12th Street and Maxwell Place takes Cuban cuisine to a whole new level in an atmosphere that’s open, aery and filled with Cuban hospitality.

La Isla second location At La Isla Uptown, its more of a fine-dining experience compared to the luncheonette feeling of La Isla downtown, says wine director and general manager Andres Montoya. The uptown restaurant is huge and open with seating for one-hundred in the dining room, at the bar, and in the front of the restaurant that features a counter and stools for those who want to dine and dash. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls, marble floor tiles, and the ceiling fans in dark brown wood make a visitor feel as if they stepped inside a Havana bistro. Along with the beautiful décor, La Isla Uptown has a liquor license which means great wine, beer and Mojitos, Montoya says. Continue reading LA ISLA RESTAURANT UPTOWN HOBOKEN

I KNOW A COOL, SECLUDED PLACE Cellar 335 in Jersey City

Cellar 335 in JC, Asian American Fusion with a Side of Polynesian Kitsch

By Sally Deering

Jamie Knott
Owner/Chef Jamie Knott,





Jared Bane
Chef de Cuisine Jared Bane
Peter Arnone Manager at Cellar 355
General Manager Peter Arnone


The buzz on Newark Ave in Jersey City continues to be: when will White Eagle Hall open and when do the bands come on? Meanwhile, just a few steps beneath the White Eagle hall entrance, Cellar 335 has just opened and it’s a cool looking place.

Next to White Eagle Hall Cellar 355Cellar 335 is the newest addition to Jersey City’s downtown restaurant and bar scene, a cool new eatery designed in urban industrial décor and with a kitschy “let’s have fun” vibe. A darkly-lit Tiki bar stands out in the dark mysteriousness of the bar area as soon as you step in from outside. The bar flanks the left side of the bistro with roomy space between barstools and lots of space for standing and mingling. To the right, there’s an enclosed dining room – the type where you make an entrance – that offers dark wood tables, a muted red background and overhanging lights that slide on wires above, so the lighting can change in an instant. Continue reading I KNOW A COOL, SECLUDED PLACE Cellar 335 in Jersey City



   Craft Beer & Cocktails Bar/Steakhouse opens in Hoboken

   Father & Son Owners duplicate successful Haledon Eatery in Mile Square City

 Hoboken Restaurant The Shepherd and Knucklehead






By Sally Deering

 Joe and Chris Schiavo may be new to Hoboken, but they’re not new to the restaurant biz. The successful father & son team own The Shepherd & The Knucklehead craft beer bar and steakhouse in Haledon and it’s so successful, they branched out here in Hudson.

They just opened “The Shep” a little more than a week ago on Willow Avenue between 13 & 14 Streets. A huge space – it seats 125 – with 23 flatscreen TVs all turned to a sports channel lining the walls. The bar is long with 60 taps and a flatscreen above that has the latest crafts available.  Cocktails are crafty, too, Joe Schiavo says, because the bartenders squeeze fresh juices and make all the syrups from scratch. Continue reading THE SHEPHERD & THE KNUCKLEHEAD