Restaurant Review: A Return to Thirty Acres

by Marisa Olsen in , , , , , , , ,


Naturally, I am having a ball trying all sorts of new restaurants in Jersey City. Funny enough, one of my favorites is a spot I reviewed in 2012 called Thirty Acres, run by husband and wife team Kevin and Alex Pemoulie.

On a recent cozy Friday night, Will and I scored a romantic street-side window table.
We started with the broccoli, which was tossed with aged sherry, wakame, golden raisins, and served over a dollop of chicken liver pate. It's really genius. Plus, they're very generous with their bread (bought from their neighbor, Choc O Pain--more on that later).
Our next course was the homemade garganelli; a beef shank ragu, tomato sauce, and stravecchio cheese. This dish is so good; the sauce is sweet, but doesn't over do it. The meat is tender and flavorful, and the stravecchio cheese offers a great tang that balances out the sweetness. 
Our main course was the pork loin served with brussels sprout leaves, apples, and a quince almond sauce. The pork was the perfect shade of pink and was juicy as ever. The almond sauce created a depth of flavor and the apples gave the dish a nice crispness.  It's a fabulous autumn entree.
For dessert we tried the pumpkin cheese cake with homemade nut brittle and marscapone cheese. It was certainly tasty, but didn't blow our minds like the other foods.
The menu is definitely quirky and appears to change daily. I can't wait to try the roasted pears with sea urchin or the whole trout with rye berries. Looking forward to my next visit!

Thirty Acres

500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 435-3100