I recently had the pleasure to visit the Michael Anthony restaurant in Jersey City. This restaurant is located near Newport Mall on the water. There are boats all around the restaurant and you can go out and smoke near the waterfront. It is also a great place to take pictures. This restaurant has two floors. First floor has a dancing area, a bar, and a dining area with the view of the waterfront. The dancing area is very small and crowded and it blocks the entrance to the dining area. The younger crowd or the business party crowd fills up the club scene there. The bar has mostly middle aged people, and the dining area is full of older and more mature people. On the second floor you can find some waiters and the restrooms. The restaurant decor is fancy, however, the restrooms are very simple and somewhat dirty. If I did not know that I was inside an expensive restaurant, I would think that I was inside a public restroom.
The food is great. The portions are perfect and the flavors are spectacular. The service is pretty good also. When you order a glass of wine, you get a quarter of a wine glass. The price is eight dollars for about five sips of wine. You are much better off just purchasing the whole bottle. A full bottle of wine costs approximately thirty five dollars at Michael Anthony.
The one odd thing about the location of this restaurant is that it is situated in the middle of a parking lot. It took me a while to figure out where the entrance was. If you decide to pay a visit to this location, you need to enter on the boardwalk and just go directly into the parking lot. There is actually a small sign on the ground that points in the direction of the restaurant. I think you should be able to figure it out.
This restaurant is not too cheap and not too fancy. You do not need to come overdressed. Some people show up in jeans and t-shirts. If you do not enjoy hearing blaring dance music while you eat, I suggest that you arrive during the earlier part of the evening. Come ten o’clock and the wild dancing begins. If you try to squeeze through the crazy crowd of drunken dancers, do not be surprised if some folks rub up against you while you are passing by.