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 CafÃ© on 4th & Brunswick brought French cuisine to the urban dwellers who wanted something more than the usual neighborhood fare. Madame Claude CafÃ© 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 Bisâ€™s basement bistro casts low lighting and warm wooden tables and chairs that create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Where Madame Claudeâ€™s CafÃ© seated 32, the Bis (named for how Paris streets are numbered and not â€œbistroâ€) seats 80. The Bis also has a wine list and cocktails, unlike the CafÃ©â€™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 bandâ€™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 Angelinaâ€™s restaurant on Broadway in Bayonne, youâ€™re greeted by an explosion of kitsch â€“ a display of 45s and old photographs on the walls and music by 50â€™s and â€˜60s groups like The Shirelles crooning from the speakers in a dining room thatâ€™s more like a salon with pink walls and red and white table settings. The place seats 35 lucky guests and if youâ€™re one of those lucky ones, youâ€™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 DeeringÂ Â Â Â Â Â Photos by David Bayne
Â 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