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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

www.foxandcrowjc.com

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

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

Sat & Sun Brunch starts at noon

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River View Observer see happenings for January 2017

River View Observer just released digital issue for January 1st to January 15th.
Inside this editon of the River View Observer there are plenty of things to do from Art exhibits, Theater, Music, Dancing and fine dining and don’t forget to check out our real estate section for Hudson County’s best homes for sale and rent.

If you are moving into Hudson we are your go to guide to find out what’s happening.
Since 1998 The River View Observer has been serving the Hudson community, and we are proud to say that we are  one of the first publications to cover the New Jersey Gold Coast area.

We publish bi-weekly in print and cover a wide range of topics on  our website we have celebrity interviews, Dining articles by our award winining writer Sally Deering.

We appreciate your comments and ideas for 2017 to helping us grow and become better to serve you.

 

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MOST WANTED CHEF ALANA PUENTES RAISES STAKES IN JC

Chef Alana Puentes Debuts new Catering Company
Soon in JC: Most Wanted Food Truck

By Sally Deering

Most wanted chef Alana Puentes
Alana Puentes

Chef Alana Puentes takes pride in her Cuban-American heritage, but when she gets behind the stove and turns on the heat, Puentes transforms her saucepan into a “melting pot” of international flavors.

After spending several years raising her son Vincent as a single mom, and working long hours cooking for large conglomerates, Puentes traded her corporate chef’s coat, recently, for her own label, Most Wanted Chef LLC. Puentes ventured out on her own to cook her cuisine, her way, and it seems to be working to her advantage. These days, her phone rings a lot more frequently; incoming calls from potential patrons craving Puentes’ unique cuisine for their special events. Continue reading MOST WANTED CHEF ALANA PUENTES RAISES STAKES IN JC

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A TASTE OF SPAIN IN JERSEY CITY- Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge

 

 By Sally Deering   

JC Mayor Steve Fulop cuts ribbon at Ravall restaurant
On Friday, May 29, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of
Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge on Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

Jersey City’s “Restaurant Row” starts at Grove Street and moves west along Newark Avenue where bistros offer foods of many cultures. Now, there’s a new kid on the block – Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge – where guests are invited to enjoy flavors of Spain.

Ravall RESTAURANT
Executive Chef Michael Fiorianti and Restaurant Development Group’s Geza Gulas, Michael Garcia and Andy Siegel, owners of Raval.

Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge recently opened on Newark Avenue with Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop cutting the ribbon at a Grand Opening ceremony and friends gathering for champagne and finger foods to welcome Raval to the neighborhood. Cuisine from Spain is the latest concept from the owners, the Restaurant Development Group (RDG), which also owns the Lucky 7 Tavern, and Satis Bistro in Jersey City.

Continue reading A TASTE OF SPAIN IN JERSEY CITY- Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge

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