Halifax: A Hoboken Gem For Seafood Lovers
We know what you're thinking, "Hoboken?" and believe us, being the city-obsessed New Yorkers that we are, there are few things that can make us venture all the way to New Jersey. It occurred to us, however, that the visit was long overdo – plus, we found Halifax.
The riverside gem located inside Hoboken’s W Hotel is a new and much needed addition to downtown New Jersey’s haute dining scene. Offering an impressive array of smoked meats, fresh seafood and chilled summer wines, Halifax may just be the (delicious) excuse you need to explore the opposite side of the Hudson and enjoy an elegant outdoor dinner.
We decided to cross the bridge to Northern Jersey and get a taste of award-winning Chef Seadon Shouse’s fabulous new carte du jour. His five-star menu boasts a vast variety of sustainable farm and Northeastern coastal dishes, and includes only Marine Stewardship Council Certified seafood. The wine list is quite impressive as well and goes beautifully with Chef Shouse’s creations.
Our evening began with two glasses of chilled Prosecco. Light yet rich in flavor, it was the perfect way to start our meal while admiring the New York skyline from Halifax’s outdoor terrace. As we sipped on our refreshing bubbly, a small bowl of delicious house made popcorn appeared on our table. This unique appetizer created by Chef Shouse was prepared with grass-fed cow butter, seaweed, horseradish and house-harvested sea salt. The taste was subtle but delicious – we’re surely keeping it mind for our next chic movie night.
The first appetizer was a beautifully arranged House Cured & Smoked Meats & Fish platter. The flavorful bites included maple smoked salmon, smoked mussels, garlic salami, country terrine and a wonderful duck paté. This fine starter paired with a tall glass of Chardonnay was delicacy and richness all in one. Then came the Halifax Smoked Salmon – a savory delight prepared with some of our favorite ingredients including red wine onions and horseradish cream.
To freshen up our palette, we were then brought the Sea Scallop Crude – an understated yet refined dish with a kick of spice thanks to the fresno chilies that adorned it. We then tasted Halifax’s Summer Vegetable Gazpacho, made with shrimp, basil and olive oil this fresh soup is the perfect summer dish. We paired this all with a cool rosé that flawlessly mimicked our riverside paradise, and awaited our entrées.
The main dishes included an incredible Maine Lobster Rigatoni (prepared with lobster, coral butter, trumpet mushrooms and lemon) and a Smoked Amish Chicken made with various types of seasonal vegetables. Our favorite, of course, was the mouthwatering rigatoni – but then again, we are not exactly chicken lovers.
As if all that incredible food wan’t enough, we then enjoyed a bite of the infamous New Jersey Peach Parfait – made with sweet white chocolate cream and oat streusel, it was the light and sweet ending our seafood dinner needed. A Blueberry Mascarpone Tart also made its way to our table, but the sugar rush was a bit much for our taste. Coffee was served – and much appreciated due to our state of food-induced coma – as was a small cup of dessert wine that pretty much concluded our deliciously experimental night.
While we don’t expect to find ourselves in the streets of Hoboken every Sunday evening, we will certainly be returning to Halifax in the very near future. If like us, haute dining is your passion, don’t let the river stop you. This weekend, take a stroll to the W Hotel and savor Chef Shouse’s inventive Northeastern creations.