Anniversary Brunch at Hendrick’s Tavern

Today is my one year wedding anniversary to my wonderful husband, Steven a.k.a. Steve a.k.a. Steve-o. This past year has been amazing. Since getting married we’ve honeymooned in Italy (Rome + Amalfi), moved to Jersey City, I started a new job and most recently, we got a new puppy! It’s been an exciting year and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than over our favorite meal, brunch!

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When we were planning our wedding, we decided on our venue, Hendrick’s Tavern in Roslyn, Long Island for many reasons but the main reason was its amazing food. We wanted the day to feel like “us” and so focused our energy on serving an amazing  sit-down brunch and sipping on delicious cocktails.

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And so when deciding where to go for brunch on our one year anniversary, it was a no-brainer to go back to where it all began last year to Hendrick’s Tavern for a celebratory brunch. And it was just as good as we remembered! We both sipped on bellinis and munched pancakes and poached eggs.

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I opted for the avocado toast with poached eggs served with fresh greens tossed in a chardonnay vinaigrette. It was perfection. From the plump and runny eggs to the mashed avocado and savory sesame flavorings of the toast, I was in heaven. Fun fact: every table at our wedding had sides of bacon and avocado toast on them!

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My husband (still weird saying that!) noshed on fluffy and flavor-packed lemon ricotta pancakes, each topped with fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries with a drizzle of maple syrup. I stole a few bites and then a few more as they were just THAT good! We really wanted to serve these at our wedding last year but as brunch overall was a new addition for the restaurant, they weren’t yet in a place to mass produce this recipe for the party. But the brioche french toast we served instead was still a treat for all guests who to this day still rave about how wonderful all of the food was! I’m sure we’ll continue to celebrate future anniversaries, birthdays and other occasions with this standout restaurant!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Review – Dolma

For the past couple of year’s, my now husband and I have decided to forgo the overpriced menus and reduced portions on Valentine’s Day and cook a delicious home meal together. This year, with the holiday falling on a Tuesday and a special restaurant in mind, we decided to instead venture out for a fun evening and delicious eats at Dolma in Jersey City. 

If you’ve ever been in the Van Vorst Park section of Jersey City, you’ve definitely passed this gem of a restaurant on Grand Street. It’s in an adorable pink building with the best area for outdoor seating that is absolutely Pinterest-perfect in the summer. 

We’ve been to Dolma twice before, both times to enjoy their delicious brunch menu and couldn’t have imagined a better way to taste their dinner options than with the Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu which included a soup and salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert. To say we were full at the end of the meal would be an understatement. 

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Let’s get into the goodies. First, salad. A classic green house salad. Fresh, with a light oil-based dressing. Clean and healthy way to kick-off the meal. For soup we had two choices – lentil and ginger and carrot. I opted for the lentil soup. It smelled amazing of spices and veggies. That said, I was hoping for a more flavorful soup. The lentils however were cooked to perfection and I enjoyed that it quite light given the amount of food to come. 

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Next was the appetizer. Another confession – I LOVE octopus. I’ve literally been craving it as of late. Talk about an expensive craving. And so was thrilled to see this as an option on their menu. It was served with pickled vegetables – yum! The octopus was cooked wonderfully – tender not chewy. 

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The entrée I went for was the Filet Mignon. I know, more steak. But it was definitely worth it! There were three mini filets, each with a different topping – balsamic glaze, some sort of BBQ-flavored sauce and a butter and chives sauce. The steak was cooked to a warm pink medium-rare center, just as it should be! The balsamic glaze was my favorite topping and then the butter and chives followed by the BBQ. Based on my Edward’s Steakhouse review, you already know I love the beefy flavor of steak on it’s own and so I enjoyed the lighter sauces more 🙂

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And as if on cue, for dessert I opted for the crème brûlée. It was delicious! Nice crispy, sugary top with a warm custard below. Thank goodness for that dessert stomach! 🙂

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At the end, this was definitely an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner. The intimate setting of Dolma really made the evening all the more romantic – there were only 6 couples seated comfortably in the small restaurant! We’ll definitely be back soon!

Porterhouse Steak at Edward’s Steakhouse

It’s restaurant week in Jersey City, NJ (where I call home), which is one of the happiest weeks of the year for me. It gives me an excuse (not that I need one) to try a new restaurant and indulge a little bit more via prix fixe menu options.

Last night we tried Edward’s Steakhouse for the first time and were blown away by the delicious smells of butter and steak from the OUTSIDE! Before we even entered, we were already hooked.

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We were promptly seated in their back room. A small-er, dimly lit space, nearly full with guests. After a deep read of their fair wine menu, I selected a bottle of Rioja, which was delicious – a great compliment to the meal.

My husband and I decided to opt for the 38 oz. porterhouse for two special on the restaurant week menu, which was served with mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli. For appetizers, we shared the baked clams and oven roasted plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

The clams were good, a choice by my husband. I’m not a huge fan of baked clams in general as there’s always too much breading for me and this time was no exception. That said, they were not dry and had good flavoring, which played in their favor.

The fresh mozzarella and tomato was a tasty upgrade to a traditional caprese appetizer as the oven roasted plum tomatoes had rich flavor and paired well with the balsamic reduction.

As for the main feature of the evening, the porterhouse was absolutely perfect. Served medium-rare, and topped with fried onions. There were two sauces that accompanied the steak, however I decided to stick straight to the meat to savor every beefy bite.

The broccoli was tender and cooked in just the right amount of garlic. The mashed potatoes were a buttery delight and whipped to a creamy texture that melted in your mouth.

To close out our bottle of wine and the meal, I had the crème brûlée and my husband enjoyed the icebox cake. Crème brûlée is my favorite dessert and I literally order it whenever a restaurant serves it. That said, their take on it was good. A good combination of rich cream and light flavor. My main disappointment was with the burnt sugar on top – not as crisp or as thick as I typically like it but again, still good.

All-in-all I will be back at Edward’s Steakhouse as the meal, service and wine were all exceptional. Definitely a meal I’d recommend, any week of the year. In the future, I’ll also be posting more photos 🙂

 

Edward’s Steakhouse – 239 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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