The Merchant

 

The Merchant is super quiet during lunch and often pretty hopping during dinner. Both atmospheres have their advantages if you are in one of those moods.

Last week, I took out my boyfriend for a quiet and late (3pm) lunch. We were the only people in the restaurant, but it was cool (it was 90 degrees outside), quiet, and nice to have the place to ourselves. Service was perfectly timed—not too rushed (we are European)—and not too slow. They were attentive in keeping our glasses full and checking on us every now and then, but not intrusive at all.

My date got the short-rib burger, a $15 monstrosity of glorious meat topped with horseradish chive cheddar, bourbon bacon, beer-friend onions, and LT. He chose to have cheese added to his fries. I watched in awe as his 6-ft 148 pound body cleaned the plate. It was that good.

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I was enticed by the bbq duck quesadilla, but eventually decided on the pan-seared rare tuna wrap, mixed with asian-style vegetables and dressed with teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayonnaise and comes with a side salad. I could only get through half of it. Tuna was maybe not as rare (or juicy?) as I liked and I thought the flavor a little bland…maybe not enough of the dressing/condiments.

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We were both in a food coma walking out. The hearty portions left no room for dessert, even though the deep-fried Snickers looks like it’s worth a try. Next time.

On a previous lunch date, I sat outside (great for people watching). My friend and I ordered the steak wrap to split (with onions, goat cheese and horseradish), which was plenty of food per person—even really hungry people—on a warm July day. We were spending the rest of the afternoon outside, and you never want to get into a food coma when you’re susceptible to a heat one. I don’t even think I finished my half in fear I’d get sluggish, even though I walked in hungry.

Dinner here is always more impressive than it seems it will be. The bar is fairly scene-y, the lighting is just right, and the service is usually spot-on in attentiveness. I’ve tried a variety of things here for dinner. My favorite meal would be a shared appetizer of “bang bang” shrimp to start, then the warm goat cheese salad with apples in raspberry vinaigrette, and sea scallops (pan roasted with truffle butter) served with broccoli rabe for an entree. I tried my companion’s filet mignon, which was flavored and cooked to perfection, everything a carnivore would like in a good piece of meat.

When you’re jonesing for a well-made drink and a sophisticated bar crowd, going here for cocktails won’t disappoint. There are happy hour specials every night of the week, too, and on weekends, drink specials last all night long.

I have yet to have brunch here, but feel free to comment here or email me: jerseycitygia@gmail.com about your experience at The Merchant.

JCG



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Creative Grove

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I am jewelry obsessed but I rarely buy anything other than antique pieces, most often from a VERY out-of-the-way shop in upstate New York by the Finger Lakes.

However, last  Friday I was inspired at Creative Grove to add to my collection. Pictured are my finds. From the left, a charm-bracelet type ring; a key necklace with peach and turquoise stones; and a gladiator-type hinged ring.

LOVE!

Creative Grove is an artist’s market held at the Grove Street PATH station every Friday from 6-9pm.

www.creativegrove.org

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Groove On Grove

 

After a week and a half without our beloved live music on Wednesdays, Groove on Grove is back at the Grove Street PATH tonight!

 

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Here’s the lineup for tonight:

6pm | Katie Kat – Opera performance
7pm | tHe AuDiObOdiEs, Ecclectic soul
8pm | The Apple and the Tree, Chilean folk music

 

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What’s Happening In Jersey City This Weekend? 6/7/13

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June is popping and it’s time to celebrate the weekend again! Here’s what’s on tap, JC-ers.

 

Friday 6/7/13

Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art, jewelry and other crafts. 3pm-9pm.

Groove on Grove is happening on Friday this week, instead of its usual Wednesday. It starts at 8pm, also at the Grove Street PATH. Band lineup here.

JC Fridays ART Show  SJC Green Drinks and ART JC Fridays team up at the HCCC Culinary Institute and Conference Center (161 Newkirk St. by JSQ PATH) for a night of art, music, refreshments, and best of all, artists will be speaking about their work and artistic processes. 6pm-9pm. Cost $5-10.

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Saturday 6/8/13

Van Vorst Farmer’s Market Stop by Van Vorst Park (Montgomery St. & Jersey Ave.) from 8:30am-3pm to gather all of your local produce.

Hamilton Park hosts a festival including entertainment, children’s activities, sports clinics, vendors and more from 10am-6pm. Rain date is on Sunday June, 9. Details here.

Ed’s Exchange Merchant Market Shop the flea or sell your own goods. 10am-6pm at McGinley Square (672 Bergen Ave.) Tables are $10-20.

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Sunday 6/9/13

Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30am, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya (275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.

Farmer’s Market at Riverview Fisk Park. Buy farm-fresh produce and unique local goods from 9am-2pm. (Ogden Ave. & Bowers St.) Details here.

Liberty Humane Society of Jersey City is hosting a go-kart fundraising event. There are even prizes for the fastest racers. Info here.

JC Food Co-Op is hosting a chef showdown at 4pm. Jersey City chefs will compete at this fundraising event at Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.) using JCFC in-season ingredients to create culinary delights that will be judged by local “celebrities.” Music, craft beer, a silent auction, and bowling in the famous antique alley in the basement will all be included. Tickets here.

 

Let me know what you did this weekend: tweet @jerseycitygia or email me at jerseycitygia@gmail.com

Enjoy,
JCG

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Groove on Grove 5/29/2013

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Groove on Grove features music from the Flying South Latin Jazz Trio and Yellow Frog Soul Sessions tonight at the Grove Street PATH station.

Food  vendors El Chilango, The Taco TruckCOOLHAUS Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Paris on Tour will also be on the scene.

6pm-9pm. See you there!

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