I'm from NYC and Jersey City and Hoboken have been in my life since I've moved here. It was really fun to discover new places to go to while filming this episode of Late Nite Eats! What made this stop even more interesting is that I had past connections to two of the restaurants we visited for the show. Keep reading to find out how I was connected to the restaurants we highlighted in this episode and my favorite places to pop into when I'm in this part of NJ.
Was this one of the coolest restaurant i've ever been to? YES! In this amazing restaurant is a 400 square foot oven! It's insane because to think that my apt is that exact size really puts things into perspective. Chef and Owner Paul Gerrard really knows how to do restaurants and bars in the NYC and Hoboken area. Funny enough, he owns one of my favorite UES bars called "Ethyls" which is an homage to the groovy 70's with go-go dancers and fairly priced drinks. Given that 80% of the menu is centered around the oven, you can expect amazing char and caramelization like you've NEVER seen before. Definitely one of the coolest and best restaurant I've ever seen in Hoboken, NYC and the country.
Connection 1: The old owners and I went to school together at Cornell! This quaint little bar used to be more cocktail focused but then the new owners went more food focused and executed that to perfection. The menu compliments the bar and has amazing homemade Hawaiian buns topped with coconut flakes and stuffed with a green curry shrimp... WOW! Also has a secret menu fried chicken sandwich that honestly is one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.
Another cool connection here: Dale Talde and I have participated in the same food festivals and helped promote the Filipino movement! Although we've never met, the fact that network is highlighting a Filipino chef and restaurant on a nationally televised show with a Filipino host is such an honor and shows crazy growth in my culture :). It all gets better as Chef Ruby, whom I interviewed on the show did a traditional Kare Kare (oxtail peanut butter stew), is Filipino herself. The food was amazing, the odes to Filipino culture and community strewn throughout the restaurant was so satisfying, and this restaurant really bring the cool of my homeland to the U.S.!
It's in the west village and the chef/owner is pretty cool. Go visit ;)
I always go here before or after my haircut nearby. I live in the UES of NYC and travel 55 minutes to get my haircut in Jersey City because the cuts are that good! Growing surrounded by a lot of Caribbean influences and food, I always crave a good Jamaican beef patty or a bowl of oxtail with rice and peas. The food at this restaurant really tastes like a Grandma was in the back making it with love and that's all one can ask for.
• Antique Bar and Grill - hard to say what was NOT AMAZING HERE! With good prices, great quality, and a fun chef/owner, this was one of the best places I've visited on both seasons of the show.
• Virile Barber Shop - I have to give them a shout out since they've been cutting my hair for 5 years now!
• DM me on Instagram or drop a comment in this post if you need tips because there are literally too many!
Missed this episode? Don't sweat it - catch it online or on TV! Here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ:
Tuesday, February 19 at 9:30 AM ET
Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel
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