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MUSIC BROADWAY BAYONNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

MUSIC BROADWAY BAYONNE -FRIDAY FEB. 24th LIVE MUSIC ON BROADWAY RETURNS TO BAYONNE AREA VENUES, FEATURING TALENTED ENTERTAINERS AT SEVEN VENUES

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

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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

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EVERYONE’S FAMIGLIA AT SALUMERIA ERCOLANO (DELI) IN JERSEY CITY

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.”

Continue reading EVERYONE’S FAMIGLIA AT SALUMERIA ERCOLANO (DELI) IN JERSEY CITY

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

DINE AMERICANA

 

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.

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

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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 

Continue reading 87Best Bars New Jersey-23 from Hudson County

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LA ISLA RESTAURANT UPTOWN HOBOKEN

  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

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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

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THE SHEPHERD & THE KNUCKLEHEAD

 

   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

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN’Food Trucks on Parade in Jersey City

 Rotary Club of Jersey City to fundraise with Foodies

 Food truck Foodies, get out your napkins! A motorcade of Food Trucks are heading to Exchange Place in Downtown Jersey City  and they’re hauling meatballs, crab cakes, lobster rolls, deep-fried hot dogs, cheesecake, cupcakes and so much more. It’s a foodie feast on wheels

Circling the area known as Owen J. Grundy Pier, the food trucks will line up on Sat, Aug 6 from 12 noon to 7 pm for the Rotary Club of Jersey City’s first Food Truck and Music Festival.

Flyer Food trucks and live bands are just part of the extravaganza. There will be crafts, refreshments, activities for the kids and community partners sharing what they do for the local community.

“It’s our way to connect with as many community members as possible, and to get more people involved to do community service in Jersey City,” says Jersey City Rotary Club President-Elect Jennifer Aitken,, who works at New Jersey City University as Director of Specialized Services. “We want to raise awareness about Rotary and what Rotary does. As Jersey City continues to grow. We want to help those who need help.” Continue reading KEEP ON TRUCKIN’Food Trucks on Parade in Jersey City

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