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In Topic: Blu and Next Door Closing...

15 May 2015 - 09:55 PM

Will be very interesting to see Zod adapt to NYC.  He is a NOTORIOUS micro manager. You can't do NYC numbers cooking and plating every entree. He has exceptional talent and I think would find real success in NYC. But he would have to develop a sense of trust in his staff he never really exhibited at Blu. 

In Topic: Rails Steak House in Towaco

15 May 2015 - 09:50 PM

I'm sure Teresa's comments are illustrative of her experience. That said, if I'm Falivene, I almost don't care. That area of Jersey has proven itself to be food agnostic. They are going to go there to see, be seen and drop hunnits on dinner. 


We already know the guy can cook from Ora. He then went to the city and ran Artisanal for Terrence Brennan before returning home. He can make food that would get 3 1/2 stars. But why outsmart himself? To eventually play to an empty restaurant when that area of Jersey doesn't understand what he is doing?  Not worth the risk. I pump out the tuna taretare until they stop coming...lol


I copy the LuNello playbook. Put out the food people want to eat, make the drinks strong, promote a scene that people want to hang out in and let that baby rideeeeeeee. 

In Topic: Rails Steak House in Towaco

08 February 2015 - 08:53 PM

I went the other night. Overall, thought it was very good. I think the menu is too big, but I get the business reasons for doing it. 


If I get a minute, I'll come back and do a more in-depth recap. 


Overall feelings:


Oysters were fresh, ice cold and properly opened (half the battle in Jersey)


Potatoes and Sausage app was simple and delicious. 


Porter for 2 was cooked to ordered temp and was very good. 


Two Manhattans and several by the glass wine choices were all done/served properly. 


Not for the faint of heart wallet wise. Bill was almost $200 before tip. But it is a steakhouse...

In Topic: Whole Foods coming to Newark?

01 January 2015 - 10:11 PM

That's interesting about the upscale apartments. I just wonder how sustainable it is to provide shuttle service all over town. Pru shuttles their employees from Broad Street station to HQ and to their space at Gateway. Granted, it's a bit of a walk in the winter weather, but they do it 12 months of the year--presumably for safety just as much as convenience. 


Drawing parallels to the JC waterfront, that type of protective service wasn't needed. The JC waterfront was a ghost town at night. You had a better chance of getting mugged by a rat or a blowing garbage can, than a human being. Many out of state and foreign students in the RU b-school are downright shocked at the area in and around the B-school. 

In Topic: Whole Foods coming to Newark?

01 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

Rutgers has started renovations on the old law school building, which sits next to the public library. This building will house graduate students and have a sprawling 7,000+ s/f apartment on the top floor for the RU-N Chancellor. This will have ground floor retail if current plans are what gets built out. The good news for Whole Foods is that this shifts the primary residence for RU-N's graduate students 3-4 blocks east and clearly within easy walking distance of the proposed WF. To the extent there is "bad news" the I'm sure the ground floor retail will be of the cheap fast food variety. Being in the business school daily, I can attest that there need to be better options for grabbing something quick and affordable. I just hate to see that void filled by another Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut type of store. 


Also worth noting, several of the shops to the north on the proposed WF have started the renovation process. Very early stages, but you are starting to see some scaffolding going up, windows being boarded/papered over and building permits in the windows.