This month, a beautiful destination spot quietly opened in Jersey City. Battello, a modern Italian eatery, is surrounded by water on three sides, making it an idyllic escape from the crowded Manhattan streets (but don't worry, you'll still have a stunning view of those streets from afar).
The first course menu here features lighter plates like a watercress and pear salad with citrus arancini and hazelnut dressing and grilled octopus with a green olive tapenade, shaved sunchokes and tomato vinegar, as well as heartier dishes like ricotta gnocchi with sweet sausage "bolognese" and pecorino romano.
The entrees (warning: don't read hungry) have something for everyone. Think butter poached lobster tail with pork belly, crispy couscous, cauliflower puree and roasted oyster mushrooms if you're looking to indulge or pignoli crusted black cod with seasonal vegetables braised in a pancetta broth if bathing suit season haunts you.
And if those menu items aren't enough to get your mouth watering, the team behind Battello speaks for itself. The Executive Chef, Ryan DePersio, has put in time in kitchens like Bouley and Jean-Georges, and co-owners Cory Checket and Darren Conway have venues like Turtle Club and Pier 13 on their resumes.
Breezy and elegant, this cross-river spot is set to be the perfect restaurant for spring and summer, and it's certainly much closer a getaway than the Hamptons.