Maritime Parc, just minutes away from Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park, is known for its stunning event venue, a hotspot for weddings and private parties thanks to its enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a clear view of the NYC skyline. The good news: The restaurant is just downstairs and open to the public.
The ambiance is sleek and sophisticated with a relaxed waterfront vibe thanks to its outdoor patio, where you can see boats docked and a close-up view of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The dreamy pink bar to the right of the entrance boasts a next-level cocktail menu that stars fresh ingredients and plenty of fruit. If you’re a whiskey sour drinker, go for the Clyde, made with Bulleit Bourbon, lemon juice and honey agave. The most refreshing choice on the menu may be the Louisa, a combo of Barr Hill Gin, lime juice, muddled cucumber and agave. The San Saba is a perfect pick for margarita lovers who like a bit of a kick in their drink. It features El Jimador Tequila, pineapple puree, jalapeño and fresh lime.
Once you’ve wet your whistle, turn your attention to the inventive starters, like baby beet salad with pistachio coulis and goat cheese dressing or Chesapeake Bay scallops over pea pudding with smoked mushrooms and ginger lime dressing. Charred octopus, made with tomato, mezza arugula and preserved lemon topped with chorizo vinaigrette, is among the menu’s standout options.
As for your main, this resto has something for everyone. The chicken (a breast and thigh) comes dressed in warm spices over spiced yogurt, spring mushrooms, greens and rye berries (these are similar to bulgur, or a thicker, chewier quinoa). The Faroe Island salmon is served with toasted fregola in a bright celery-yuzu sauce (yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit). The pork tenderloin, plated with pork belly, fingerling potato hash, broccoli rabe and gremolata, an Italian herb sauce, is also among the restaurant’s most raved-about entrees.
There are also a NY Strip and Porterhouse options, not to mention the MP Burger, made with califon tomme cheese and grilled onions topped with a special sauce. The burger comes with a side of savory garlic duck fat fries, but we’d be tempted to swap those out for the mashed potato rings served with a grainy mustard dip.
Most importantly, don’t skip the house-made desserts. Those who love Ferrero Rocher chocolates or Nutella will be blown away by the hazelnut cake, complete with hazelnut mousse, dark chocolate ganache, cocoa nib tuile and a refreshing orange Greek sorbet. The tiramisu uses vanilla sponge cake and comes reinvented with mascarpone mousse, espresso foam, cardamom meringue and ricotta ice cream.
The most pleasantly surprising sweet at our table was unanimously the cotton cheesecake, inspired by light, airy Japanese-style cheesecake. It’s topped with poached strawberries over pistachio cremeux with a side of palate-cleansing homemade strawberry basil ice cream.
Head to Maritime Parc with your honey or some friends while the spring menu lasts. The restaurant is located at 84 Audrey Zapp Dr. in Jersey City and has its own private, reasonably priced parking lot. Call 201-413-0050 or visit maritimeparc.com for more information.