• Sam AM Bergen-Lafayette Closes; Piggyback Bar to Close in Jersey City

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    We’ve got sad news, Jersey City. Both Piggyback Bar inside of Harborside and Sam AM in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood are closing. Piggyback Bar will officially shut its doors to the public on September 30th, while Sam AM Bergen-Lafayette issued a statement on Instagram to announce its restaurant service closure. Regardless if you were a regular at these locales or visited just a few times, both spots will be missed in the Jersey City community. Keep reading to learn more about Piggyback Bar and Sam AM Bergen-Lafayette’s closing in Jersey City: 

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    Piggyback Bar to Close September 30th

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    The closure of Piggyback Bar came as a surprise to many. In an issued statement, Chef Leah Cohen and restauranteur Benajmin Byruch said, “We have decided to close the doors to Jersey City’s Harborside Asian-American tavern Piggyback Bar on September 30, 2019 and will amicably go our separate ways from partner Mike Demarco of Mack-Cali.”

    While the news was buzzing around the media sphere for a bit, the official closure notice was confirmed with Hoboken Girl on Monday, September 16th. Piggyback has been known for its Asian-American dishes such as fresh-grilled corn with miso butter and cotija cheese, softshell crab with corn curry, and more.

    Fans of chef Cohen’s food, however, can rest assured, as her delicious meals can be found at her current NYC restaurant Pig + Khao. This will fill a Piggyback-shaped void in your heart for the time being — but coming soon, Cohen and Byruch will be launching their newest restaurant concept in North Chelsea, Piggyback NYC this fall.

    Piggyback NYC will highlight familiar cuisine with nuances of Asian flavors, influences and techniques, according to a rep for Cohen.

    “Cohen’s curated menu of snacks, appetizers, and entrees is designed to bring a melting pot of regions throughout Asia to the hustle and bustle of West 30th Street, complimenting Byruch’s overall vision.”

    Menu highlights at the new spot will include Chả Cá Lã Vọng – rice noodles topped with pan-seared cod marinated in turmeric, fish sauce butter, peanuts, dill and lime juice, Lumpia Shanghai – pork and beef spring rolls with a sweet chili dipping sauce, and Cantonese Style Pan-Fried Rouget – red mullet fish with shaoxing rice wine, sesame oil, cilantro and soy sauce.

    Inspired by the duo’s years of overseas travel, Byruch carefully conceptualized and designed Piggyback NYC to serve as an evolving canvas of modern street-style art with one-of-a-kind tokens; home to several towns throughout Southeast Asia. Elements will include: floor-to-ceiling movie posters of American classics in Thai, vintage mahjong pieces, bottle caps from local breweries and postage stamps that will live throughout the restaurant’s walls and allow diners to follow along with their adventures. Best of luck on to Chef Cohen on her new NYC adventures!

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    Sam AM Bergen-Lafayette Closes Its Restaurant Service at BELA Location

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    Now on to the Sam AM news. The Bergen-Lafayette-based restaurant has officially closed for regular service, but will continue to service its heavenly brunch at its downtown JC location in Paulus Hook. The restaurant issued a statement via Instagram to break the bad news. The statement read:

    “Hey JC! It’s been a blast but sam a.m. Bergen-Lafayette has closed regular service. Thank you to everyone who shared meals and memories with us at the OAK on Pine and sam a.m. Although sudden, this change is something we need to do in order to give our families, guests and staff the attention they deserve through our Paulus Hook location.

    With any door that closes another opens and the same is true here! Daily dinners and brunch won’t be happening at our Pine Street location anymore but exciting supper clubs and other opportunities will abound! We will now be available to you for private events, catering and community gatherings. Inquiries are welcome at samamcafe@gmail.com or join our mailing list at sam-am.com.

    Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to seeing you at supper clubs and sam a.m. Paulus Hook for years to come!”

    Lovers of this beloved eatery can still get their fix as the Paulus Hook location will remain open. Fan-favorites here include breakfast dishes like omelets and sausage links + and egg over grits, avocado toast on sourdough, slow-braised brisket + grits, and more.

    Other Local Closures

    The Piggyback and Sam AM Bergen-Lafayette news comes after a slew of other closures in Jersey City.

    Back in August, Talde and its speakeasy Miss Wong’s closed their doors to the public, while a slew of other openings + closings have happened in the greater JC and Hoboken area, too.

    Even more so, Hoboken has seen a variety of closed, newly opened, and rebranded restaurants in bars in the last month or so. We’ll keep you updated in our weekly news roundups and on our podcast for any other changes in the area.

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