I recently went to Michael Anthony’s restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey for dinner upon receiving a recommendation from two friends who said I would love it. However, I wasn’t sure what to expect after I read some not-so-flattering reviews about the establishment.
I called and made an 8:30 p.m. reservation for window seating, and despite having three parties going on, we were seated within ten minutes by our hostess, Alex, who couldn’t have been more lovely. In the meantime, we stopped by the bar where I grabbed a Strawberry Martini ($9), which I highly suggest trying for yourself. Once we were seated, we couldn’t help but stare at the beautiful view of the skyline.
Our waiter, Fisher, quickly came over and took our drink order, and bread was brought out to us. For appetizers, we ordered the Steamed Clams ($14) and Mini Crab Cakes ($14), but unfortunately, our waiter forgot the latter and despite him saying he would put the order in, we passed and decided to focus on entrees. I’m not a fan of Steamed Clams at all, but I’ll admit they were actually delicious and didn’t taste fishy at all, and the white wine sauce was fabulous to use with the bread.
Don’t expect huge portions, however, the food we had was incredible and filling. Don’t let the size fool you. My guest ordered Surf N’ Turf ($35), which consisted of a 12 oz. rib eye with a 6 oz. lobster tail and mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus on the side. The rib eye cut like butter, the lobster was mouthwatering, the sweet potatoes made my eyes roll back into my head, and the asparagus was a perfect consistency.
I opted for the Atlantic Salmon Filet ($24), which consisted of salmon encrusted with ground pistachios, dressed with a lobster butter sauce, and finished off with rice and asparagus. The salmon was flaky, not fishy, and the pistachio crust perfectly complemented the flavor of the fish as did the lobster butter sauce. The rice had just the right amount of seasoning and salt, and just like my guest’s asparagus, mine was perfectly cooked.
The service was wonderful, and our waiter had just the right balance of being attentive and personable while still giving us our space and not being annoying. That’s difficult to find nowadays.
After two additional Coronas ($6 each), the bill came out to $90.95. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but in my opinion, worth it. Between the view, food, and service, I would absolutely love to go back again and I would recommend it to others.