Neighborhood Watch: Jersey City

Three very good reasons to take the PATH train

We have a new food destination for you: Jersey City.

No joke. There is a miniature food movement afoot in downtown Jersey City, anchored by the stylish cuisine of the brand-new restaurant Thirty Acres. So take a quick-fire ride on the PATH or hop in a car.

First, Buy Wine: Jersey Wine Merchants has made fast friends with its neighbor. Thirty Acres' menu is shellacked to the counter so customers can make easy pairing picks such as the food-happy German Gilabert Vinos de Terruños Cava Brut Reserva ($11 for 750 ml).

Then, Eat Dinner: Helmed by former Williamsburg resident Kevin Pemoulie Thirty Acres has stunning food in a neighborly space. Go on an ordering spree: Stuffed potato skins are born again as duck-fat-saturated fingerlings with bacon, crème fraîche and chives ($9; click here for the recipe); spring vegetables are brightened with Old Bay ($8) and Benton's ham is shaved over raw scallops dressed with Cholula hot sauce ($9). And, as a bonus, the tab for an evening of copious eating will be shockingly low.

Finally, Get a Second Dessert: If Kevin's mom's lemon bars ($4) are not sugary enough, stop at the newly reopened Torico's Premium Homemade Ice Cream for a scoop of avocado ice cream or a vanilla malt.

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    Arctic char with beet goat cheese, dill pickles, rye-sesame and trout roe ($12).

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    Beet salad with strawberries, cinnamon-and-anise ricotta, mint and pine nuts ($9).

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    Buttered Old Bay spring vegetables with snap peas, carrots and pearl onions ($8).

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    Fingerling potatoes with crème fraîche, bacon and chives ($9). Click here for the recipe.

  • Torico's Premium Homemade Ice Cream

    Torico's Ice Cream makes for a final sweet stop.

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Thirty Acres 500 Jersey Ave. Jersey City NJ 07302 201-435-3100 Jersey Wine Merchants 492 Jersey Ave. Jersey City NJ 07302 201-433-4360 Torico's Premium Homemade Ice Cream 20 Erie St. Jersey City NJ 07302 201-432-9458

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