My friends and I headed to Skinner's Loft in downtown Jersey City for our annual Christmas outing.
contemporary cuisine in an elegant, but comfortable setting.
are dining at someone's home.
failed to disappoint, however this was my first time dining here and my
expectations were certainly met.
Between the 4 of us we shared a bunch of appetizers and an entree.
Appetizers & Sharing Plates
Complimentary Rosemary Focaccia & Buttermilk
Biscuits - the Rosemary Focaccia was warm, soft and full of
flavor. It went perfectly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
avocado, apple, candied pecan, red onion, bacon, crumbled blue cheese,
maple-mustard vinaigrette. My friend, Anu, said, "it was one of the best
salads I have ever had," and I second that. The dressing is what sets this
salad apart from any other salad... Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette, I can't even
begin to imagine who comes up with these concoctions. Simply perfection!
(large) - a blend of Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere and Monterey Jack. Crispy on top,
gooey on the inside, not overly cheesy. I devoured this within minutes...
incredibly delicious! Definitely get the large!
Wild Mushroom Pizetta - one of my
favorite dishes of the night. Mushroom pizza with ricotta, Mozzarella, arugula
and topped off with a drizzle of truffle oil. Truffle oil is what takes this
dish to a whole new level.
Vegetable Charcuterie – squash
& carrot rillette, porcini-pecan pâté, house pickled vegetables, cornichon,
assorted bread served on a wooden platter. A very unique dish, I loved the
presentation on this. This wasn't particularly a favorite or mine, but a couple
of my friends loved this dish, especially the squash.
Wild Mushroom Arancini - fried mushroom fritters with truffle aioli on the side. I
didn’t try this dish, but my friend thought it was just okay.
Roasted Beet & Avocado
Caprese - fennel, orange, burnt orange oil, balsamic, fried
rosemary. A fresh tasting salad, I loved the avocado and beet combination, but
I wasn't a fan of the hints of fennel.
Fried Calamari - the calamari was
crisp and non-chewy, well made. The roasted tomato sauce was yummy, but the
jalapeno-citrus aioli was divine!
Fluke *Specials* - Fluke topped with herb-crusted breadcrumbs
and cooked in a lemon-garlic butter sauce with grilled asparagus on top. The
potato-hash was incredible cooked in extra virgin olive oil with some onion and
capers... the capers added a little tang to the potatoes. Outstanding dish, but
too bad it’s just on the Specials Menu.
Coffee & ½ Dozen
Chocolate Chip Cookies - the coffee at Skinner's Loft is
exceptionally good, and I love those refills, especially brunch time. The
chocolate chip cookies were so tiny, warm and fresh. The side shot glass of
milk was a nice touch.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Skinner’s Loft
FAVORITES: Wild Mushroom Pizetta | Mac & Cheese | Kale Salad | Pan Roasted Fluke (specials)
VERDICT: 4.5 /
is one of my favorite restaurants in Jersey City and is my go to place for
brunch! The food here is consistently good as is the service. Our waiter was
friendly and attentive. The ambience is warm and cozy, I love the homey feel to
this place, it’s like home away from home. Additionally, this place also makes
a great date spot!
Food: Excellent |
Drinks: Very Good | Décor:
Romantic/Rustic/Cozy | Service: Friendly/Attentive|
146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Question: Have you been to Skinner's Loft? What's your favorite item to order at a New American restaurant?