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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #12 on: 11-25-2014, 10:24am »
"THE WAIT IS OVER, JERSEY CITY!

Thanksgiving comes a day early this year. Hang out w/ us this Wednesday as we give thanks to this great city and open our doors wide for the first time. And like any great pizza party, the PIZZA'S ON US. Let's have some fun."


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The Star Ledger reviews Porta in Asbury Park. Crowd doesn't sound that bad. And the food looks :yum:. Read the article and see pics here.

PS: On Twitter they said the JC location will open in two months.



Asbury Park's Porta serves up pizza, pasta and an homage to the city
By Teresa Politano/For The Star-Ledger
on April 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated April 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

THE VIBE: Rustic, communal dining in a renovated warehouse, which can quickly get loud.
STANDOUT DISHES: Pizzas, apple strudel.

Porta stands out as a hopeful authentic. A middle space where Asbury Park past and Asbury Park future can come together, share a communal table, grab a slice. Where a neck tattoo is just as welcome as a pair of Tory Burch flats.

Or maybe, another thought: Porta is Asbury (Park) meets Austin, a Jersey neighborhood pizzeria not gentrified so much as reclaimed and repurposed, with indie sensibilities. A revitalized warehouse, with concrete floors and picnic tables made from wood salvaged from the building itself. A back room that’s both chapel and dance floor, with a sculptural shrine to picker culture — fused pieces of junk, sprayed white and pure, inspirational, truculent, reborn. And the entire feisty, rustic, Americana thrift shop of it all is offset by a sparkling dangle of lights, as pretty and delicate as an expensive uptown chandelier.

It’s a space for art girl weddings and dancers who want to be precious without being precious. And in the cavernous main dining room, a collection of salvaged doors (Porta — get it?) zigzag the wall like so much data on a bar chart, peeling paint, weathered wood, dings and scratches. All of it exactly the kind of junk-turned-art that makes you remember that Andy Warhol’s dad owned a scrapyard.

The food follows suit. Pizza is still pizza but better, with a papery crust and daring toppings. A bowl of glistening olives ($4) is an actual menu item, with citrus zest and fennel, and you might forget to pass it around. And wine is served in water glasses, not because wine is nameless and cheap, and wine drinkers are not your primary demographic (old Asbury Park), but because stemless wine glasses are urbane and hip, and wine drinkers are very much your demographic (new Asbury Park).

Tuscan kale salad ($12) is a statement salad, a more-than-oversized plate of crisp, crisp greens topped with shaved Parmesan and enlivened even more by a generous spark of lemon. Even if you share it, you’ll feel piously healthy for the evening. Tender day-boat octopus ($16) is more about Tuscany than Madrid, glistening with olive oil and peppered with capers.

Pizza is the specialty, with ovens imported from Italy, dough as thin as parchment and a certified pizzaiola setting the standards. The pizza is as rustic and modern as the dance-floor sculpture, ancient techniques married, in one offering, to sausage made of rabbit, olives and pork; in another, to goat cheese and broccoli rabe pesto. The carbonara pizza ($13), with guanciale, roasted egg and Parmesan, began as a novel adventure, then disappeared quickly as a seductive hit. More cheesy — and less novel, though appealing in its own right — was the Open Porta pizza ($13), with San Marzano tomatoes, spinach and homemade ricotta.

Pasta is apportioned in single, double or quadruple servings ($10, $18 and $32, respectively). The St. Joseph pasta — linguini with anchovies, garlic and Espelette pepper — was alluring in its simplicity, though simplicity fares better when the pasta is fresh and homemade. Spaghetti suffered less, thanks to traditional — and fortifying — meatballs in a mild Sunday sauce.

Apple strudel ($8) is far more delicate than you imagine, nearly French and reminding you of a thin croissant. Tiramisu ($8), nicely balanced, surprised as well. Milk and cookies ($8) is a downtown gimmick (most Instagram-likely), but one that works, a quartet of soft chocolate chip cookies served alongside a miniature jar of custard and chocolate crème anglaise espuma.

Our waitress, in her daringly revealing unbuttoned Brooklyn plaid, was more genuinely friendly than anyone you’ve met in forever, another point to Porta. And the long summer lines — congenial beach hipsters for dinner, aloof clubbers at midnight — are already legendary.

Jim Watt, one of the owners, attributes the universal appeal of the rustic space to a Japanese aethestic — wabi-sabi — which he explains as a recognition of the perfection in imperfection. The building — originally a nightclub, the space where Bruce Springsteen met Clarence Clemons — had been extensively renovated. But the original structure, the bones, were extraordinary. “As we were uncovering more and more of the building, it became more and more beautiful.” (The restaurant group owns other eateries in Asbury Park — Brickwall Tavern, Goldie’s — plus The Monk Room in Newark. A second Porta location is set to open this spring in Jersey City; a third is planned in Burlington City.)

It’s unreasonable to mourn the abandoned Asbury Park, yet you do. The grit of the city has been varnished over, somewhat, by the sanitized upbeat luxury of its redevelopment. You miss the prideful underbelly, that lonesome, furtive midnight energy spurred by the poetry of the sea nearby. You don’t yearn, exactly, for the desolate old days, but you miss, sometimes (and by selective editing), some of their sordid, bald-faced charm. Wasn’t it exactly that desolation that birthed rock ’n’ roll in this city?

You don’t miss the food. Sure, there was — and still is — Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant, but Asbury Park, in the empty, broken days, offered little else, maybe greasy eggs, pork roll and sandwiches from 7-Eleven. You’re entirely grateful for today’s gloss, gladly participate in its well-curated conceit: the single-origin coffees, the lobster mac and cheese, the hand-crafted gelatos, the farm-to-table sensibilities, the infused vodkas.

Porta is different. It seems organic rather than superimposed — an honest, real-life tribute to the city — seeds of Jersey, just the vibrancy you’d imagined all those years as you walked along the windblown boardwalk, barren but for Madame Marie’s, and The Stone Pony and a straggle of Springsteen pilgrims.

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #10 on: 01-08-2014, 10:55am »
They are locating right next to Two Boots. So, we will have the Brooklyn Hipster vs. Hoboken Douchenozzle pizza war, right here in JC?

Also from the thread I was reading on facebook: "its gonna be a guido club, three floors with a roof top bar. I'm actually going to be working for their sister company in newark for a bit training to be a bar tender once the JC loc opens... i cant wait to see all the new yawk italian men flocking".


Think Guidos will ever figure out they have nothing in common with Italians except for racism, misogyny, pride, and debilitating mother-son relationships?

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #9 on: 01-08-2014, 10:17am »
I hear Bahama Mamas is moving to JCDT too.
TheFang: yeah, i gotta agree with jehu here

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #8 on: 01-08-2014, 09:50am »
But there was a season of Jersey Shore shot here. . . .

Never underestimate the profit potential of feeding off a mass of drunken robots. Surf Bar, Zeppelin Hall, etc. If enough places open and stay open, JC will become the new destination.

It truly is a battle of hipster vs. douchenozzle now.
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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #7 on: 01-08-2014, 09:38am »
Do people really think this will be a guido destination?  There are so many hinterland clubs/bars/restaurants for them to hit.. there really is no cred in hanging out in Jersey City for this archetype.

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #6 on: 01-07-2014, 11:18pm »
They are locating right next to Two Boots. So, we will have the Brooklyn Hipster vs. Hoboken Douchenozzle pizza war, right here in JC?

Also from the thread I was reading on facebook: "its gonna be a guido club, three floors with a roof top bar. I'm actually going to be working for their sister company in newark for a bit training to be a bar tender once the JC loc opens... i cant wait to see all the new yawk italian men flocking".

Is this even possible?  If so I can't wait! :seppuku:

The building I saw at the address was one floor. So they are going to demo it and build something new?

I from now on refer to this joint as Porta Potty JC.
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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #5 on: 01-07-2014, 11:17pm »
They are locating right next to Two Boots. So, we will have the Brooklyn Hipster vs. Hoboken Douchenozzle pizza war, right here in JC?

Also from the thread I was reading on facebook: "its gonna be a guido club, three floors with a roof top bar. I'm actually going to be working for their sister company in newark for a bit training to be a bar tender once the JC loc opens... i cant wait to see all the new yawk italian men flocking".

Is this even possible?  If so I can't wait! :seppuku:
"god hates you. you will all go to yuppie hell. in yuppie hell there is no starbucks or hole foods or sushi bar. in yuppie hell you will work 16 hours a day in a bodega. in yuppie hell your car will not start when the sweeper is coming down the street. in yuppie hell your doorman will terrorize you and have sex with your wife or husband...when you are at work....in the bodega. in yuppie hell you will go to the laundromat and lose your last quarter in a broken washing machine. in yuppie hell you will buy all your food and clothing at the 99 cent store. in yuppie hell there are no cell phones, you will use a pay phone. a filthy pay phone".      -   Cat_Man Dude

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #4 on: 01-07-2014, 11:12pm »
They are locating right next to Two Boots. So, we will have the Brooklyn Hipster vs. Hoboken Douchenozzle pizza war, right here in JC?
Sanctimonious bleater.

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #3 on: 01-07-2014, 10:07pm »
Plenty of fun reviews online. Jersey Shore types, date rape complaints, shitty service, drug dealers... I'm sure it will be a great addition to Pizza Row.

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Re: Coming soon: Porta JC
« Reply #2 on: 01-07-2014, 09:43pm »
So I saw from a thread on de book of face that this place is apparently not just a pizza joint but essentially a nightclub kinda place that sells food.  A club that specializes in the kind of Axe body spray, gelled hair douchenozzles that our ugly sister town to the north does so well.

Can anybody confirm this?
"god hates you. you will all go to yuppie hell. in yuppie hell there is no starbucks or hole foods or sushi bar. in yuppie hell you will work 16 hours a day in a bodega. in yuppie hell your car will not start when the sweeper is coming down the street. in yuppie hell your doorman will terrorize you and have sex with your wife or husband...when you are at work....in the bodega. in yuppie hell you will go to the laundromat and lose your last quarter in a broken washing machine. in yuppie hell you will buy all your food and clothing at the 99 cent store. in yuppie hell there are no cell phones, you will use a pay phone. a filthy pay phone".      -   Cat_Man Dude

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Porta JC
« Reply #1 on: 01-07-2014, 02:04pm »
From Twitter:

5:01 PM - 6 Jan 14: @pizzaporta: In case you forgot over the holidays, we're headed to Newark & Jersey City this year. @themonkroom opens this week and Porta JC in March!

@jerseycitylife has the scoop on their blog: Asbury Park’s Porta Pizza Announces a Jersey City location on Newark Ave.
« Last Edit: 11-25-2014, 10:26am by MCA™ »

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