Quote from: garyg on 04-30-2012, 04:41pmThey had a good selection of craft brews, I can't quite recall anything particular but the two I had went well with the food. The wine was served at room temperature and hit the spot. The specialty cocktails were diverse and flavorful, again I don't remember the name of what we had but it was tasty.
They had a good selection of craft brews, I can't quite recall anything particular but the two I had went well with the food. The wine was served at room temperature and hit the spot. The specialty cocktails were diverse and flavorful, again I don't remember the name of what we had but it was tasty.
Pretty swanky chef for a diner. I'll probably throw it in without blinking.PS - Here's a review from when he started at the original Skylark a few years ago: Fine Dinering, Anyone? Shelton at the Skylark 2.
The owners of the Skylark diner in Edison cut the ribbon this morning on a sophisticated new offshoot -- the Skylark on the Hudson in Jersey City's Newport neighborhood.Owner Constantine Katsifis was joined at 11 a.m. by City Council President Peter Brennan and other officials to open the doors to the new eatery at 25 River Drive South, previous home of the South City Grill.Skylark, now open, serves more than 150 dishes, including more "flavor-forward" diner fare like Blueberry & Mascarpone-stuffed French Toast and Slow Braised Boneless Short Ribs as well as classic sandwiches, burgers and salads, all turned out by a massive, environmentally friendly kitchen and bakery.Overseeing that kitchen, dining room and outdoor space are partnering chef Craig Shelton -- best known as a James Beard award winner for his Ryland Inn in Whitehouse -- and executive chef Leonardo Marino, whose resume includes the Michelin-starred Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges and Bouley."I spent the first 10 years of my professional career at the other side of the river, at a place called Bouley, which at the time was the No. 1 restaurant in America," Shelton recalled before the ribbon cutting. "And I kept noticing a high proportion of my best clients were from here, from the other side of the river, in New Jersey. I became curious, and I learned more about it -- the Garden State -- today I am so proud to find myself in New Jersey again."Skylark on the Hudson is the fourth of five much anticipated dining destinations to open in Jersey City this spring -- the others being Thirty Acres, Modern American Eatery, Cake Lush, and the forthcoming VB3 in the nearby Monaco building.And while their concepts range from farm to fork to fish tacos, cake lollipops to artisanal pizzas, comfort food with local, quality ingredients at a reasonable price is their common trait, which Katsifis and Shelton place a premium on in this current economy."This concept is something Constantine and I collaborated on for a while, and it was to take all the friendliness, all of the ease of a traditional American diner, and update the concept with New Jersey fresh products and high culinary techniques," Shelton added, "to try to give our guests a service that is correct for such a time as this." By Adam Robb/For The Jersey Journal
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