Edward’s Steak House – Jersey City
Here’s another installment of the “Get out of Hoboken” series, as it takes us to Edward’s Steak House in Jersey City.
For one thing, this restaurant has been on my list since the Holiday Grand Tasting over in Jersey City last year. They were serving mini-burgers there, and the lines to get a taste were the longest of the night. Turns out that those items weren’t even on the menu! They just picked the cheapest food to serve visitors that paid $65 to attend. A bit of a disappointment and misrepresentation to say the least. The whole point of those tastings is to give people a “taste” of what your restaurant is like.
Regardless, today’s review comes from my friend who ate at Edward’s with me. l put my comments (in parenthesis) where they differ or I needed to elaborate.
Edward’s Steakhouse review Winter 2008
I had the pleasure of being treated to a meal at Edward’s Steakhouse in Jersey City recently. To be honest, I really hadn’t heard of the place before I went. Or I guess I had heard of it, but sort of lumped it in my brain with Arthurs Steakhouse in Hoboken. They have sort of similar names and they are both steakhouses… Who knows… Anyway – when I checked the Edwards Steakhouse website, I immediately saw the difference. Not only was the location in the Paulus Hook section of Jersey City, the décor and atmosphere looked way more inviting and contemporary than Arthurs in Hoboken.
See the rest of the review and the verdict after the jump.
(Edward’s review, continued…)
We showed up at the place and only experience limited trouble finding parking. It was about 7:30pm on a Monday night and we only had to circle the area a couple of times. As soon as I walked in, I was immediately excited about the cozy atmosphere on the first floor of the restaurant. It was considered the Bar area and it was just slightly below sidewalk level. The large bar was inviting and the exposed brick gave it an even cozier feel. Since this wasn’t the “dining room” the hostess escorted us upstairs to seat us for dinner. I was slightly disappointed at the lack of intimacy the upper level dining rooms possessed. There was no paintings or artwork on the walls and the rooms were small. It almost had the feeling that they converted a small apartment into a restaurant. Needless to say, we opted to eat our meal at the bar instead of in the dining room (411: Bar had a nice feel.)
For our appetizers, my dining companion and I chose a few that we could both sample. The bartender, and now our reluctant waiter, recommended we try the special scallop appetizer that night. It consisted of a delicious large scallop on top of a layer of home made guacamole on a fresh triangle of fried flour tortilla chip. It was topped with chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice! So yummy! (411: I found it just “ok.” $17 bucks for a few crackers & scallops was steep.)
The second app was pretty bland in comparison. I happened to be in the mood for Caesar salad that night, so we ordered that one for our second app. I was slightly disappointed with the salad. The dressing didn’t taste home made and the croûtons I was hoping for was replaced with some stale tasting, lack luster, bread. But hey, it is only Caesar salad. It was good, not great!
For our third appetizer (geez we really pigged out!) since neither of us were in the mood for steak, even though we were dining at a steakhouse, we decided to try the filet mignon sliders. It was a perfect little taste of what Edwards Steakhouse is known for. The filet was tender and melted in your mouth and the tasty brioche buns were way better than what the real burgers came on in our next course. I thoroughly enjoyed the sliders! (411: I found the taste somewhat “off” not bad, but not how I expect filet mignon to taste.. sorry!)
We both ordered burgers, instead of steak. (411: Guess we weren’t in the mood for steak!) I ordered mine medium and dining companion ordered his medium rare. Both came out a notch (411: three notches) under what we had requested. I was fine with mine being medium rare, instead of rare. It wasn’t too pink… but the other burger came out REALLY pink & rare (411: totally raw) and was immediately sent back. When the sent back burger resurfaced, it was discovered that this same burger was put back on the grill and cooked to medium temperature this time. I don’t send my food back often, so maybe this is standard, but I would have thought they would have cooked him a fresh burger for the second time around. Especially considering we were practically the only ones eating at this establishment at the time…
Burgers, once at the correct temps, were eaten and somehow we ended up with a heaping basked of home made fried potato chips along side the burgers (411: that’s because I had to ASK for them 3/4 of the way through dinner, they weren’t offered automatically.) I happened to enjoy the burger, even though it was slightly more rare than I would have liked (411: I found the texture of the meat to be “unusual,” coarsely ground and wonder what they put in there since they grind the meat themselves). I think I would say that overall the meal was enjoyable. I didn’t leave feeling like the meal was bad, but I am not sure if I would rush back there to eat again (411: I will most likely never go back – found them not too happy to have customers, like they were doing us a favor. Much better choices, IMO) I would say it’s probably a great neighborhood spot, if you live nearby, but that’s about it, in my opinion. Obviously, if you have had the steak, please comment and let the readers know how that is. Am feeling kind of guilty not giving the best review, yet didn’t even eat steak…. really….
(411: Despite the numerous “super” reviews I’ve read elsewhere, this place didn’t meet those expectations. Sure, we only ordered burgers, but if you can’t make a burger perfectly, how can I trust a place, especially since it’s pricey? The bar atmosphere was very comfortable, but honestly, I didn’t think the staff was too inviting. They seemed to have an OK rapport with some people that were either friends or regulars (sure, you need to be nice to the people that pay your bills) but when it came to first time customers such as ourselves, they didn’t make the best impression. Food, sub-par for the over $100 tab we had. Most of the good reviews were several years old, and perhaps this is a sign they’re “slacking” now that they’ve somewhat established themselves. Big mistake, because there’s always another place about to open somewhere.)
Description: Steaks, some fish and other steakhouse type items. Lunch and dinner. Bar area. Items served a la carte. Entrée price range $20 – $40.
Address: 239 Luis Munoz Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302