I’m not quite sure why the original Carrino Provisions did not really catch on when Talde next door seems quite popular. And based on this one visit I’m not sure if the re-do into Bell & Gray will catch on either. Something about the front space just isn’t very cozy and when empty it seems VERY empty. Service was incredibly friendly and everything we ordered was good. But overall the menu leans a bit too sports bar or heavy for my personal taste. I would definitely go back but perhaps not as frequently as next door.
The Jazzy Jeff Flatbread – crushed avocado, confit tomato, corn, pickled red onion
Kale taco salad – salsa verde, cheddar, onion, cilantro crema, tomato, black olive
Shaved apple, roasted beet, peanuts, cheddar, cherry vinaigrette
Spare ribs – Dr. Pepper, black pepper, smoked paprika almonds
Crispy chicken wings, smoked molasses, chilis, gorgonzola ranch
Black zuchette, blue crab, garlic fondutta, jalapeño
I have to admit that my favorite part of this evening was seeing Joe Guidice at a table behind me with a tired stereotypical NJ blonde (and not the same one that appeared on the covers of tabloids a week later). I love seeing some redevelopment in Jersey City and hope this area continues to improve. Great food, although nothing was what I would have assumed. Unfortunately no photos as it was so dark in this restaurant that everything is just a messy black blob.
Thirty Acres is still the best thing in Hudson County by a mile but unfortunately this wasn’t my favorite meal there. Thankfully the lemon bar always saves the day.
Seared squid – squid ink and roasted garlic sauce, oregano
Spicy eggplants – tahini quark sauce, za’atar, pine nuts, parsley
Shishito peppers – melon guanciale, basil
Fried corn gnocchi – shrimp, tomato sauce, chili flakes, basil
Pork neck – sunflower hozon jus, baby lettuce, chives