Madame Claude Bis Walk down curtained Steps to a Hideaway of fine Wine & French Comfort Food
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.
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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Angelina’s Restaurant Offers Fine Cuisine in a Cozy Hideaway
- Angelina’s Restaurant 928 Broadway, Bayonne 201-823-3322
By Sally Deering
When you enter Angelina’s restaurant on Broadway in Bayonne, you’re greeted by an explosion of kitsch – a display of 45s and old photographs on the walls and music by 50’s and ‘60s groups like The Shirelles crooning from the speakers in a dining room that’s more like a salon with pink walls and red and white table settings. The place seats 35 lucky guests and if you’re one of those lucky ones, you’re in for a real treat and a dinner that will make you think your Italian mom is back in the kitchen cooking your favorites just for you. Continue reading Bayonne’s Best Kept Secret!
Traditional Portuguese Dining and a Bar Lounge with Flair
By Sally Deering Photos by David Bayne
If you’re looking for a hip and sexy bar lounge or a great place for Portuguese dining, Port-O Lounge Tapas & Wines on First and Newark Streets fits the bill. Located close to the Grove Street PATH Station in Jersey City, Port-O Lounge Tapas & Wines serves traditional and flavorful Portuguese fare in a sexy and alluring atmosphere just right for dinner with friends or a date with that special someone. Continue reading Port-O Tapas and Wines Lounge in Jersey City is a Sexy Hotspot Serving Fine Portuguese Cuisine