River View Observer -Your Source for Fine and Causal Dining Presents Ten Ingredients
Â By Sally Deering
Since June 2002, The Merchant bar and restaurant on Grove Street has been the unofficial watering hole for city workers who come in to relax after a hard day at City Hall. In fact, itâ€™s not unusual to see the mayor sit down in the back with members of his staff. Just last week, Jersey Cityâ€™s newly-elected Mayor Steve Fulop celebrated his election at The Merchant.
Owners Dave Oâ€™Brien and his sister Anne-Marie share the responsibilities of running the neighborhood pub which features a beautiful bar and two large, red-bricked rooms for dining. They serve an American menu with regional twists, says Oâ€™Brien who also is Executive Chef. The brother and sister team hail originally from Ireland and although the menu is considered American, thereâ€™s a nod here and there to their Irish roots.
The Merchant offers Lunch & Dinner, Brunch and Late Night Menus with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Pastas and Entrees to choose from. Thereâ€™s a House Specialty, too, The Gourmet Short Rib Burger with Horseradish, Chive, Cheddar, Bourbon-Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, Iceberg Lettuce and Beer-Fried Onions on a Brioche Bun and served with Hand-Cut Fries. ($15)
Other outstanding dishes include the Fried Calamari appetizer ($10); the Cobb Salad ($11); Mac & Cheese ($10/$14); and the Char Grilled Angus Skirt Steak ($18).
On a busy Friday, Dave Oâ€™Brien took time out of his busy schedule to share with Riverview Observerâ€™s readers his â€œTen Ingredientsâ€ for The Merchantâ€™s success.
Letâ€™s meet Chef Dave Oâ€™Brien!