Jersey City, New Jersey, is an American region admired for its alluring artwork and outstanding food. Local artists and designers here harness the flare of the city to create innovative, attractive art. Similarly, with a variety of flavorful, natural ingredients at their fingertips, local chefs are able to create exceptional and original dishes found nowhere else in the States. If you want your brunch with a side of originality, inventiveness and unbeatable taste, then Jersey City is the place to be. From breakfast bites to light sandwiches and snacks, here’s our list of the 10 best brunch hang-outs in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Satis is a popular fine dining restaurant located on 212 Washington Street. The venue welcomes guests for dinner, attracting them in with a seasonal menu of artistically combined flavors and inspiration from Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. Chef and owner Michael Fiorianti, a professional who trained under culinary masters such as Thomas Keller, founded this superb restaurant.
Chef Michael believes that truly delicious food is the result of simplicity and quality ingredients and natural flavors that have not been overworked. The interior design, with its high ceiling and distressed tiled walls, is very welcoming and the outdoor seating area has a pleasant, laid-back ambience. Drop by and ask for the menu’s finest dishes: a selection of salumi and the ricotta gnocchi.
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Story and photos by Manos Angelakis
A few years back I worked for a short time in Jersey City in an office near the Grove Street PATH Station. At the time, just as a few Wall Street brokerages were moving their back office operations to the Jersey City waterfront, the culinary experience in that city was dreary, to be charitable.
Near our office there were two sushi restaurants – one pricy but very good, the other an all-you-can-eat place that offered fresh fish on Tuesdays when they got their delivery; the very traditional Lisbon Restaurant that used to serve a nice octopus or shrimp in garlic; Ibby’s Falafel with decent middle-eastern kebabs; a bar called “The Iron Monkey” that offered indifferent cuisine and lots of cheap whisky; an Irish Bar with nice pub dishes that unfortunately closed towards the end of my time in Jersey City, and lots of bodegas that made inexpensive sandwiches for lunch. The only establishment that was known beyond the city limits was the Philippine Bake House that created exceptional cakes and pastries. Oh, and I almost forgot, a Dunkin’ Donuts!
Last month I revisited Jersey City and the difference was astonishing.
We dined in two of the many new restaurants that dot the area and the food quality and dish variety was remarkable. It seems that chefs and entrepreneurs attracted by the newly affluent area come to Jersey City’s waterfront near the towers that house the brokerage back offices to start an eatery.
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SATIS, JERSEY CITY: Pappardelle al ragu di cinghiale with homemade spring garlic noodles, wild boar ragu, and spiced pine nuts; cacciucco, an Italian fish stew made with a seared diver sea scallop, braised calamari, and crisp rock shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce.
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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend “A Taste of Burgundy” at Satis Bistro in Jersey City. It’s a beautiful restaurant and lounge in the Paulus Hook neighborhood. The space, which once housed a bank, was meticulously restored and updated with a lovely main dining room, a cozy loft-like second floor dining area and a popular lounge accessible from the dining room or street with a speakeasy feel.
The wine event was held on the intimate second level and I took a seat near the railing overlooking the downstairs dining room – sort of dinner and a show.
Whether you’ve savored the Southern BBQ-style food of Lucky 7 Tavern or relished the Mediterranean fare of Satis Bistro, you’ve got Restaurant Development Group (RDG) to thank.
RDG, made up of restaurant and real estate partners Andy Siegel, Michael Garcia and Geza Gulas, have developed a keen eye for prime Jersey City locations to launch unique and diverse eateries.
“Each of the RDG partners bring different skill sets and thought processes to the table and we feel that is what helps make us a strong, solid partnership,” said Garcia. “We are interested in doing things well and continually growing and expanding.”
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Restaurant Development Group, behind Jersey City food standouts Satis Bistro and Lucky 7, plan to open Raval Tapas Bar and Cocktail Lounge in February 2015. Pictured is Lucky 7 Tavern.
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Table Hopping w/ Rosie
We devoured our delicious dinner, drank diligently and laughed our sides off at the Taste of Tuscany wine dinner at Satis in Jersey City, which was hosted by sommelier, author, wine educator and raconteur Anthony Giglio. Satis has always been a favorite of the Safersteins: the food never disappoints. The space also has an energetic, chic ambiance with cured meats hanging above a rear counter, high ceilings, exposed bricks, hardwood floors, filament lighting, antique chandeliers, and a beautiful Carrera marble-top bar with historical pictures donning the walls. We sat upstairs and had an eagle eye view of the very knowledgeable Giglio describing the wines and regaling us with hysterical stories.
A Review of Satis in Jersey City
By FRAN SCHUMER
Michael Fiorianti, formerly a chef at Goldman Sachs, became the executive chef at Satis when it opened in December 2010. (Satis means enough in Latin, as in the word satisfied.) Now the rest of us can enjoy the dishes he mastered by observing his Italian-American grandmother in her Brooklyn kitchen and, later, celebrated chefs like Thomas Keller.