Maritime Parc Restaurant
84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park NJ
Web Site: http://www.maritimeparc.com
In Northern New Jersey and even New York City, waterfront dining has always been something of a disappointment. Most of these restaurants have typically been more focused on the setting rather than the food. Indeed, that mold had been broken by Arthur’s Landing which had garnered critical acclaim by even the New York Times, but its success was not to last, having closed its doors in early 2009.
So when I heard a new waterfront, high-end dining restaurant with a menu focused on seasonal and locally-sourced sustainable ingredients had just opened in Liberty State Park with a gorgeous view of downtown Manhattan, I jumped at the chance to dine there.
The brand-new space, which opened in late September of 2010 in the Maritime Building in Liberty State Park, facing the marina and with a breathtaking view of downtown NYC and the skyscrapers of Jersey City is the brainchild of Chef Christopher Siversen, a French Culinary Institute graduate and veteran chef at NYC restaurants such as “21” and Alison on Domenick Street. Siverson was most recently in charge of the catering menus for the Glazier Group, has catered runway shows for Armani, Versace, Chanel and Marc Jacobs, and who has cooked for such well-known celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Steven Spielberg and Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.
Maritime Parc Restaurant has it all — a room with a view and fine dining to boot. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
Maritime Parc’s spacious and airy dining room has an extremely minimalistic and modern decor which was designed by Stepahnie Goto, who also designed Morimoto, Corton and Aldea restaurants in New York City. The restaurant has a very much Asian or Japanese feel to it, like you’re walking into a very high-end Sushi bar. It’s unusual, because the menu is really New American/Seafood focused with clearly Spanish and European influences.
Maritime Parc’s kitchen is completely open, and single diners can sit at a bar area that adjoins it to watch the action.
The Chef’s Table, which has a direct head-on view of the kitchen.
Chef/Owner Chris Siversen.
We started off with two seafood cocktails, a raw scallop and a blue crab, which were both delicious, immaculately fresh and presented beautifully.
Chef Siversen in the kitchen.
If you’re a foodie it’s hard not to be completely enthralled in what is going on in the kitchen, since it’s completely open for everyone to see.
Prime steak getting its dusting of Kosher salt.
This was an amuse sent out from the kitchen of pickled onions and feta cheese with extra virgin olive oil.
Grilled Oysters with Leeks, Bacon Cream Sauce. Orgasmic.
Cast Iron Roasted Mussels, Fennel, Tomato and Chorizo Jus. We were fighting over who got to sop up the sauce at the bottom with the bread.
Pan Roasted Black Cod being plated.
Pan Roasted Black Cod, with Lobster Hash.
Tasting portions of Pan Roasted Black Cod.
This was a Raviolo special with poached egg in a cream Parmigiano sauce, absolutely spectacular, although very saucy. That means more bread to sop it up!
Field Greens with Black Radishes and Mustard Vinaigrette
It’s easy to forget that with all the wonderful food inside, the spectacular view of Jersey City and Manhattan is right there.
There are two key buildings missing here, but the view is still incredible.
Asparagus, with egg, bacon and chestnuts. Did I mention this guy loves to use bacon?
Braised Short Ribs, Buttered Leeks, Horseradish Cream. Falling off the bone, fantastic dish, although the portion was a bit small.
Mashed potato rings, a signature side dish of the restaurant.
Pink Snapper with Lemon, Basil Relish, Pickled Onion
Pancetta Crusted Pork Loin with Braised Pork Dumplings. My favorite dish of the evening.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with English Ale Ice Cream. Brilliant.
Chocolate Cherry, Pistachio Meringue, Sour Cherry Compote, Cherry Sumac Ice Cream. Rachel thought this dessert was too overpowering with the chocolate, but that’s fine with me, I’LL EAT ALL OF IT!
Deep Dish Apple Pie with Butterscotch Ice Cream, Rachel’s favorite of the desserts.