Place: Cityside Bistro
Neighborhood: Jersey City’s Paulus Hook, 70 Greene St.
The scoop: Cityside Bistro recently opened in the Paulus Hook area of Jersey City. I heard so-so reviews about their dinner, but the restaurant looked like it had a nice atmosphere so I thought I’d give it a try. I was right. With a pretty waterfall against a wall near the entrance and classical music playing, Cityside Bistro does have an enjoyable ambiance. The restaurant was very quiet because it was completely empty. There were a few parties in the outdoor seating area, but we were the only diners inside. If it was a cooler day, we would have sat outside, where they have numerous tables and benches, as well. To our surprise, Hudson Restaurant Week was still going on when we visited Cityside Bistro, so instead of the regular $12.95 for an entrée and a glass of pear-citrus prosecco, we paid $10.95. The menu gave us a variety of options, about 12 in total. The online menu was more limited than the actual menu in the restaurant. Service was good, but it should be when there are practically no patrons.
Bottoms up: The pear-citrus prosecco caught my eye. It sounded like the perfect summer cocktail — light and refreshing — and different from the usual mimosa/bloody Mary brunch offering. Unfortunately, they mixed the prosecco with orange juice, so it tasted exactly like a regular mimosa. I couldn’t taste any hint of pear. As you know, I love mimosas, but I was excited to try something new. We were disappointed.
Chew on this:
Belgian pancake $10.95 / Topped with strawberries, chocolate, walnuts and powdered sugar; with home fries
The best way to describe this dish is that it’s a pancake version of the Belgian waffle. It was big, warm and fluffy, and I liked that strawberries were in the batter. The pancake was stuffed with chocolate chips and walnuts. I put very little syrup on the pancake as the toppings made it sweet. The dish was very filling. After awhile, I couldn’t eat any more of the pancake! All brunch entrées come with home fries, which was an added bonus. The home fries were very good, but I was so full from the pancake that I only nibbled. The potatoes were seasoned well and were accompanied by green peppers.
Eggs Benedict traditional $10.95 / With home fries
This was my first time eating Eggs Benedict, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I’ve been missing out all this time! The ingredients blended nicely together. The smoky flavor of the Canadian bacon really stood out. I don’t know if it was because I was extremely hungry, but I wanted more food after I finished this dish. Good thing Stephanie didn’t finish her pancake. I also liked the home fries. They had so much flavor that I didn’t use ketchup.
The final bite: If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have weekend brunch in Jersey City, Cityside Bistro may be for you. That being said, I’d probably recommend other brunch spots in the area before this one.
Reviewed by: Stephanie