A new restaurant is making its way to Jersey City with a menu featuring some seriously delicious dishes. The Boil, a NOLA-influenced restaurant and bar, is opening at 8 Erie Street. Serving a unique selection of dishes off of the menu, there is no doubt that The Boil will fit right into the bustling downtown Jersey City scene. The Boil already has two locations in Manhattan, and now they have decided to expand their empire on the other side of the Hudson to make it more easily accessible to their New Jersey customer base. Keep reading to learn more about Jersey City’s newest spot, The Boil, and a sneak peek from their VIP Preview event.
Chef and co-owner, Mike Khuu, is no stranger to the restaurant biz. He owns all three of The Boil’s locations, as well as PhoBar and Saigon Shack in Manhattan. Growing up in a household that was centered around the kitchen table, Khuu fell in love with food at an early age. He would help his relatives prep family meals, which in turn, helped him refine his cooking skills throughout his childhood. Eventually, Khuu decided to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Following the success of his first endeavor, a small bar in Chinatown, Khuu made the decision to open The Boil’s Lower East Side location in 2013, inspired by his annual trips to New Orleans and the city’s significant Viet-Cajun community.
Fast forward seven years, and four restaurants later, Khuu is as determined as ever. He is always keeping his ears and eyes on the latest culture, lifestyle, fashion, and technology trends to incorporate into his restaurants.
The Jersey City location will be very similar to it’s NYC sister locations. Guests will be able to enjoy the same interactive dining experience, but the Jersey City space will offer a few exclusive menu items. One of their exclusives, The Whale, is an upgrade on the signature seafood bucket that features oversized lobster, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and more, available in limited quantities daily.
The vibe is fun and casual, which is a good thing because guests won’t want to wear anything too fancy if ordering delicious, buttery platters such as The Whale, as there is a high probability of spilling or splashing occurring. Luckily, they provide bibs and gloves so guests can dive right in without the worry. The restaurant pays homage to the sea through its maritime-inspired decor. Colorful buoys line the walls, and booths are made to look like a boat’s interior with porthole windows. Guests will also be able to enjoy outdoor seating come the spring.
The Jersey City location will offer its signature, NOLA-influenced selection of seafood and savory dishes, including crawfish, crab, lobster, and shrimp sourced directly from New Orleans, as well as vegetable-forward options like roasted Brussels sprouts and buttery corn on the cob.
Indulgent Cajun essentials like Gumbo, southern fried wings, Cajun fries, fried calamari, and fan-favorite gooey mac ‘n cheese will also be available.
To complement the extensive, mouth-watering seafood menu, The Boil will offer playful cocktails and a robust craft beer and wine list, featuring selections from New Orleans-based breweries as well as local brands.
The Boil will be located at 8 Erie Street in downtown Jersey City. This 120-seat restaurant is officially open to the public on Friday, February 14th. Check out The Boil’s Instagram @the.boil to get a sense of what is to come. Reservations can be made on their website www.theboilny.com. The Boil’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:00PM-11:00PM, Friday, 5:00PM to midnight, Saturday, 4:00PM to midnight, and Sunday, 4:00PM-11:00PM.
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