• Dining at Latham House in Jersey City

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    When searching for one of those gems in Jersey City that you might not even see if you weren’t looking for it — but is definitely worth a visit, we’ve got just the spot. Offering quality dining in the Grove Street neighborhood, Latham House is nestled right behind Krispy Kreme in downtown Jersey City {299 Marin Boulevard}. We recently dined at Latham House and we’re sharing our experience — from the vibe to the drinks, and of course, the food. Read on to learn more about this Jersey City restaurant:

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    The Vibe:

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    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 {see above}. 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 US 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 in 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

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    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.

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    The appetizer selection showcases plenty of options including handmade burrata {your gaze just automatically goes to the cheese, sorry not sorry}, yellowfin tuna tartar {accented by sriracha aioli and cilantro lime cream, as exquisite and creamy as it sounds}, and the cornmeal-fried green tomato stack, among many others.

    The Main Event

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    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 {you heard that right}. 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.

    Dessert

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    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. HG found the rich flourless chocolate truffle cake {yes, it is gluten-free} with green tea ice cream to be the best way to end a great meal, with its warm gooey center perfectly accented by cherry sauce and offset by light, refreshing green tea ice cream.

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    Lunch and Brunch, Too

    Besides offering an enjoyable dining experience, diners can also pop into Latham House for lunch, featuring items like the cast iron truffled mac + cheese, the Swanky Italian sandwich {prosciutto, burrata schmear and pesto on ciabatta} or the thick-cut challah grilled cheese {holla}. 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. YUM. Check out the biscuit, sausage gravy + eggs or the blueberry buttermilk pancakes, and you’ve got an awesome meal that is sure to satisfy.

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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