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Yep, it's gone. Two weeks ago, it suddenly closed up and the liquidators moved right in and stripped the place. No more. I regret that I never ate at Chengo, the Korean fast food counter inside.

Major bummer. This neighborhood needed a place like that. Now all we have is the wine shop with its crappy selection and outrageous prices, and Hudson Greene, which is even pricier.

I cringe at the thought of having to go back to Shop-Rite or Pathmark for all of my random crap.

Downtown / Liberty Towers Gourmet grocery - Gone for good?
« on: 01-03-2013, 06:55pm »
What a bummer to walk by this place tonight (on the corner of Hudson and Essex, at the bottom of the Liberty Towers) and see the windows papered up. Not sure how long it's been like that since I was away for the holidays. It was my #1 go-to spot for last-minute dinners, random trips for ingredients, or lunch from the tasty Korean place inside. For a little grocery in a somewhat upscale area, was very reasonably priced and well-stocked.

Does anyone know what happened? I'm praying it's just being remodeled but by the looks of it, it's a goner. Boo.

This is the best news of the day. Totally psyched for this place. I was bummed when I moved back to JC to discover the Sand Bar gone.

General / Tailor Recommendation?
« on: 05-13-2012, 10:24pm »
I just got some new clothes (2 suits, a couple of pairs of pants, and 2 shirts) that need tailoring. From Yelp I've narrowed my options down to three places: Alterations II Go (because it's close to my place), Daniel, or DeCarlos. Any feedback/recommendations very welcome.

These are quality clothes so I want a nice job done without breaking the bank and would rather avoid having to schlep them to my regular place on the LES (Nelson).


Restaurants & Bars / Kickstarter for Thirty Acres
« on: 01-05-2012, 07:18pm »
First off, I am in no way affiliated with the restaurant, but I'm excited to hear this place is (hopefully) going to open, and saw this article and thought I'd pass it along...

Thirty Acres needs some cash to help get it going so they started a Kickstarter campaign. Free drink if you donate $10, etc.

For Sale / Re: Van Halen tix 4 sale
« on: 04-21-2008, 06:25pm »

I definitely agree.

I saw them in December in San Jose, CA and they were pretty amazing. I'm not even a huge fan (I'm more of a "greatest hits" sort of fan) but Eddie's playing and David Lee Roth's voice had my jaw on the floor half the time. They really played their asses off, sound great, and put on an awesome show.

That said, I paid $150 per ticket, which is the most I've ever spent on a concert ticket (barring Woodstock '94), and not sure if it's worth it if you're only a casual fan. But if you like the VH, I say go for it.

if you are considering whether or not this is worth it - GO!  it was an amazing show at the garden last year.  if you were ever a fan, you should go.  even though ticket prices are fucking ridiculous.

Dining / Re: Jersey City Tomatoes
« on: 04-20-2008, 12:44pm »

I started growing them... unfortunately not Jersey tomaters, but California ones. I also have a whole herb garden started and it's coming along pretty well.

Here's another simple recipe that is a great side dish for almost anything: Take your tomatoes, and hollow them out. Leave as much flesh as you want, but make them stuff-able. Make about 2 cups of fresh bread crumbs (or buy Progresso if you're desperate). Mix with a minced shallot and a garlic clove or two and saute in a Tb of butter for a couple of minutes until soft. Mix with fresh chopped parsley and/or thyme or basil, salt and pepper, mix with bread crumbs, and drizzle in extra virgin olive oil until moist. Stuff into hollowed out tomatoes, top with a little fresh grated parmesan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, and if cheese isn't browned on top, broil for another 2-3 minutes.

Restaurants & Bars / Re: It's Greek To Me
« on: 09-01-2007, 06:32pm »

Granted I've only eaten their food once, but the gyro was one of the worst I've ever had in my life. How can a Greek place screw up a gyro?

Dining / Re: Vietnamese restaurants in Jersey City
« on: 08-21-2007, 11:39am »

Does Cafe Leyena have Bahn Mi every day of the week? I love the sandwiches at Nha Trang Grocery, but they only do them on the weekends.

Lincoln Park

Cafe Leyena - 716 West Side Avenue at Jewett for probably the best Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) in JC.

Not JC Related / Re: Video thread
« on: 08-20-2007, 09:30pm »

I think Old Gregg gets better each time I watch it. Thanks Bobble you fuzzy little man-peach.

Here are all three parts of the Old Gregg episode of The Mighty Boosh.  :o  ;D

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Not JC Related / Re: Video thread
« on: 08-19-2007, 06:58pm »
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This may be one of the weirdest things I've ever seen, but it's actually pretty funny. Enjoy.

Dining / Re: Chinese Food Delivery
« on: 08-14-2007, 09:32pm »
I haven't tried D&J Garden, but I've tried most others in town, and Confucious wins hands down. That said, D&J's menu looks really tasty and I'll have to get it next time I order out.

Dining / Re: Restaurant Suggestion in Hoboken?
« on: 08-03-2007, 04:41pm »

If you're in the mood for sushi/japanese, Robongi is a good bet. One of my favorite sushi places in the area. Their bento box dinner is a *great* deal for $20.95. You get a ton of food, all very tasty.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool
« on: 07-24-2007, 12:06pm »

I would totally go but I'll be away  >:(

Dining / Re: Surf & Turf
« on: 07-24-2007, 11:56am »

You could try South City Grill in JC, I'm sure it would be tasty. Everything I've had there has been very good.

As for wine with a surf & turf, I would go with a rich, full bodied Chardonnay (especially if the steak is filet mignon as it's usually mild), a light pinot noir or maybe even a rose, but that's just me.

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Komegashi and Komegashi too
« on: 07-23-2007, 02:14pm »

I've never been to Komegashi Too, but I've eaten at Komegashi a couple of times and it's always been good, just nothing great. A little overpriced too. Their sake selection is a nice bonus though.

I still say that Honshu is the best sushi place in the area. Beyond the taste factor, the sushi chef, Jason, always takes care of us and steers us towards the freshest items of the day. They're always very welcoming and make us feel at home. If they have it, try the aji or bluefun toro. They're both excellent. And their spicy tuna is great any way they use it.

Oh, and they always deliver fairly quickly. I've never had a problem.

Movies & Television / Re: "To Catch a Predator"
« on: 07-19-2007, 04:28pm »
I know I shouldn't feel bad for them, but I do. It's just kind of sad that their entire lives are completely f-ed and ruined because they have a psychological problem that should be treated.

** Let me just say this is in no way defending any behavior. And I know I just feel bad because they haven't actually done anything yet, and putting it on national TV just seems like a pretty harsh way of shaming these people. **

Dining / Re: Best Indian/South Asian Food BUFFET?
« on: 07-18-2007, 04:35pm »
I personally like The Village over Rasoi, but Rasoi is a very close 2nd. Both Shadman and Medina suck taint compared to either of those.

In the city, there is a great Indian place called Spice Cove on 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Aves. One of the best lunch specials around and the quality is so much better than the other restaurants on that street. As for buffet, I think the one at Indian Taj on Bleecker (near 6th Ave.) is muy excellente. Their chicken tika masala is amazing.

Guigal Cote du Rhone for red (most everything from Guigal is good)
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc for white

I love Guigal. The Cote du Rhone is excellent. If you can find their Tavel Rose, I really liked that too.

Curious: what's your inexpensive*, buy-it-by-the-case to have around,  goes with most anything in a pinch or good by itself workhorse wine?

(*for me that's less than $10)   

I haven't had it in a while, but I used to love Walnut Crest merlot. It's very cheap and is just a good workhorse red... at least it used to be. Goes with most anything. At the very least worth a try.

As for whites, I recently discovered Clos du Bois chardonnay, which, for like $9 a bottle, is a pretty good bargain. Very nice.


Cool thread, but where do I start?

I will say that I tried a *great* chardonnay while on vacation, and they happen to have it at the Wine Library in Springfield, NJ (a 25 minute drive from JC): Matanzas Creek Winery, 2005 Sonoma.

Good stuff.

Personal Care / Re: Skin Organix
« on: 07-17-2007, 02:46pm »

Whenever I walk by this place I just feel bad because I never see anyone in there. I'm sure it's an excellent store though.

Polls / Re: Crime Stats - A sample
« on: 06-26-2007, 08:36am »

Last year I had 3 of 4 tires stolen off my car right in front of my place on Grand Street (near Barrow). For whatever reason they just couldn't get that last tire. What amazes me is this happened on Grand Street-- one of the busiest roads in town-- and somehow no one saw or heard anything. I'd estimate it happened around 4 am or so.

Here's the best part: I got it towed to one of the auto shops on Communipaw to get new tires and the damage caused by the car sitting on its rotors fixed. The first night it was there, as it sat on their lot, someone somehow stole that last tire. Unbelievable.

Now I have wheel locks.

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Sawadee Thai Cuisine
« on: 06-26-2007, 08:22am »
Who said anything about it being run by the owners of Village Thai?

I'm just going on what I read at the thread over at JC List.

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Sawadee Thai Cuisine
« on: 06-25-2007, 09:21pm »
I'm actually kind of shocked it's run by the owners of Village Thai, because I wasn't thrilled with that place when I went there. I think Sawadee is quite a bit better. And no they're not paying me, but if they're reading this, PM me and I'll tell you where to send the check.

Woohoo-- 2nd post!

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