When searching for one of those hidden gems in Jersey City, Latham House is the spot. Offering quality dining in the Grove Street neighborhood, Latham House is nestled in downtown Jersey City at 299 Marin Boulevard. Although we love the food, drinks, and vibes here, the owners recently announced that Latham House will be closing in April — but a new spot will be coming to Claremont Avenue soon. Read on to learn more about this Jersey City restaurant, why we will miss it, and what we know about the new spot.
The Closing + The New Spot
Latham House announced via Instagram a few days ago that it would be closing in mid-April. Lunch service has already ended, but you will be able to enjoy everything else this spot offers until the closing.
The reason behind the closing is that the chef Daniel Latham is embarking on a new venture as the executive chef at The Table at 3 Acres — which will be opening in late April at 400 Claremont Avenue and joining Three Thirds Cafe in the complex. We will keep you updated as more details unfold about this new spot.
With impressive signage out front and an adorable outdoor dining area, the first thing you notice upon entering Latham House is that it looks like someone’s really large kitchen with two huge (but cozy) dining rooms — adorned with family photos in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The accents in Latham House evoke a type of “modern American hunting lodge”-feel, with bright, rustic accents, large shelves full of books, and a window sill lined entirely with snow globes. As diners will read on the menu, the famous Latham House bell, hanging from the right-hand corner of the bar, was given to Grandpa Latham by the U.S. Navy for his many years of service, and still gets rung on occasion.
Owned by a husband-and-wife team (chef Daniel Latham and Kris Yettra), the space serves American food with a relaxed vibe. Before taking on their own enterprise, Chef Latham worked at Cornelia Street Café in New York and Yettra worked at Smith & Chang in Jersey City.
Starters + Drinks
Obviously, the first thing we checked out was the cocktail list. There are plenty of delicious beverages on the menu for a wide range of taste buds — like the spicy El Diablo (with mezcal, Fentimans Mandarin Orange soda, lime, and ginger), or The Heights (a refreshing combo of Hendrick’s gin, cucumber mash, soda and the subtle taste of grapefruit). There are also plenty of local and craft beers on tap and bottled, and a nice wine list to boot.
The appetizer selection showcases plenty of options including handmade burrata, cast iron truffled mac + cheese, among many other options.
The Main Event
Dinner features an array of dishes that offer a unique spin on a mix of cuisines like Thai, Greek, American, and French.
Besides the multitude of satisfying entrée salads, mains include Moroccan lamb meatballs over herbed parmesan polenta topped with harissa and tomato gravy; vegetable green curry with local mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, coconut milk, and rice noodles; or the ah-mazing chicken pot pie with a gravy scallion-cheddar biscuit crust. There are also some pretty stellar specials offered — the hangar steak with creamy horseradish mashed potatoes and summer vegetables was particularly on point. The portion sizes are just enough to feel full but not over-stuffed.
Baked fresh by Chef Latham’s wife Kris (and occasionally featuring delectable pies by the Latham’s daughter, Emma), there is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, with selections that change weekly. So be sure to order something sweet to top off your meal — you won’t be disappointed.
Lunch + Brunch, Too
Although lunch service has already ended at Latham House, we enjoyed dishes like the Cuban Ruben (home-smoked corned beef, ciabatta, manchego, mustard-mayonnaise, and pickles) or the Classic Latham House Burger. Not to be outdone, the brunch menu, which is offered on Sundays and Saturdays, features unique twists on the morning-time cocktail classics like a ginger-orange mimosa, Latham bloody Mary, or Kahlua hot chocolate. The biscuit, sausage gravy + eggs, or the blueberry buttermilk pancakes, are some of the awesome meals that are sure to satisfy.
It goes about saying that we will miss everything about Latham House, but are excited about this new venture for the team. We will keep you updated as more details about the new spot come out.