Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maritime Parc Opening Reception

On October 6th, I attended the Maritime Parc opening reception, located in Liberty State Park at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City.

The restaurant has a total of 18,000 sq. ft. of event space with wraparound terraces spanning two floors that showcase incredible views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Hudson River.

The menu features new American cuisine with seasonal signature restaurant dishes by Executive Chef/Owner Chris Siversen.

The first thing I had to do upon arriving was say hi to Pastry Chef John Sauchelli. John has been a friend of mine for years, and I have always been a fan of his creative and unique desserts. I knew he would have some amazing desserts lined up at Maritime Parc.
Pastry Chef John Sauchelli preparing fabulous desserts in the kitchen

Mini apple crumb

Salty chocolate caramel souffle

Sticky toffee cake with ale poached pears

Fresh fruit tartlets with vanilla custard

Citrus cheesecake with pistachio dust

As I explored the restaurant and event space, the 2nd floor was more relaxed and quiet, perfect for dining. The third floor was more lively, with music pumping and guests trying out the different food stations. I didn't get to sample everything, but I found everything I did get to try, incredibly tasty, especially the fish and grilled octopus. I definitely plan on coming back to the restaurant for dinner.

Here's the staircase leading up to the 3rd floor. Stephanie Goto, renowned designer of Buddakan, Morimoto, Aldea & Corton, is the visionary behind Maritime Parc’s modern & elegant design.

2nd floor dining area

VIP Room

3rd Floor

Here are some of the spectacular views from the 3rd floor terrace

I see this restaurant and event space as a popular place for weddings and corporate events and holiday parties. I'm sure this will be a popular hotspot during the summer, with these amazing views.

Maritime Parc is very accessible from Manhattan, with a 7 minute ferry ride to the marina from World Financial Center. It's also accessible via PATH and locally via Light Rail. If you are driving, it's just 2 miles off New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14B. I recommend Maritime Parc as one of new favorite dining/event destinations in NJ!

Maritime Parc
84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ

- Kim Weling

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