12/18/2007 Update:

Not sure what’s going on here, but with paper in the windows and deliveries halted, something is awry. No response from the email sent to them. It pretty much always seemed to have people milling around there (especially in the summer.) Wonder what the deal is? Doomed? Remodeling? Decontaminating? New owners?

Whatever the case, the website is down, and just lists an email address. If anyone knows anything, please advise. I only have two hands, ears, eyes and legs.

If it’s officially doomed for some reason, I think they should condemn the building, level it and start from scratch. Any good ideas for a successful business next to a McDonald’s? I think day care would be perfect, especially since that ABC News investigation about neglected kids took place right in front!

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7/11/2007 Review:

SEE RECENT GUEST REVIEW BELOW!

12/28/2006 Update:

They opened officially on the 27th. Gone is the long bar along the upstairs rail, as well as the downstairs bar. No more pool tables, and no DJ. This is not the place it was before. It’s a nice bistro to enjoy drinks and some good food.

It’s run by a bunch of sensible Stevens Tech graduates that hope that a down-to-earth bar/restaurant/grill can succeed where the “I’m not sure what I want to be” type establishments have previously failed.

Sorry was without cameras tonight for some unforeseen reason. Here’s the last picture as well as THEIR MENU PAGES ON THEIR WEBSITE.

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7/11/2007 Review:

Today’s review comes from sporadic contributor “Hoboken411 Roving Reporter”. He had a chance to eat here last week. His observations are:

It was a nice warm (but not hot) day so I thought it’d be fun to take a break from work and eat at an outdoor cafe. I gave a call to Hoboken411 but he was too busy with server configuration to join me for lunch. He works so hard I figured I could take one ‘to review’ off his restaurant plate. He suggested ‘Mercy Grill’.

I’m not much for restaurant reviews. I don’t really like writing much either. Chasing down pedicabs or wading through sewage while videoing a big fire is more my thing. But like everyone else – I eat. And as anyone who has seen us both would attest – I’m a much more picky eater than Hoboken411.

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I was greeted by the host outside and since I take my lunch at 2:30, I had the entire outdoor cafe section to myself. I picked the only table where I could face north because I would be taking pictures (and wanted the sun to be at my back). The table turned out to be on the door to the cellar and therefore very rocky (there’s got a be a way to remedy this isn’t there?).

My server’s name was Tricia. She was professional, polite and efficient. I saw a ‘create your own custom salad’ option on the menu – but I thought I’d order something more ‘typical’. Perhaps I’ll do another review when we create the website hobokensalads411.com. I ordered an iced tea to drink and then asked Tricia for recommendations and she suggested either the herb marinated skirt steak sandwich or the rosemary chicken sandwich. I could have gone either way but thought my 4 pm appointment would prefer a sandwich that didn’t include crispy onions.

Patrons are invited to substitute salad for fries. I never get fries but I imagined Hoboken411 giving me a hard time about not sampling his favorite vegetable, so I asked the server if I could get half fries and half salad. It was no problem.

The iced tea was regular unsweetened iced tea with a wedge of lemon thrown in. I like iced tea so it suited me fine. The food then came out (in an average amount of time). It looked extremely appetizing – and neatly assembled with care. The fries were a very generous half helping and accompanied with a small dish of ketchup. The salad was also very generous. If I would make a guess I would say the server just ordered me an extra side salad (I was not charged for it).

The sandwich itself was excellent. It stayed together neatly, was filled with very generous toppings and tasted just as it was described on the menu. The fries were crispy on the outside, and fresh/hot, but basically average fries. The salad was fresh and the salad dressing some sort of citrus viniagrette (superb for the summer).

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The fries made this meal too filling for me and I wound up taking half back to work (half the sandwich, half the fries). The salad I finished off at Mercy Grill. If I go again – no fries, just will substitute the salad. I also think I might try a custom salad.

A couple joined me in the cafe about ten minutes into my meal. The only thing I saw them eating was the Grilled Flatbread Pizza which I could overhear them enjoying. I wandered around the restaurant between placing my order and receiving it. The owner was wondering what I was doing (taking pictures and such) – and explained he normally didn’t allow it – but he didn’t stop me.

The bill came, $13 plus tax & tip (left a total of $17). It’s a bit higher than my average lunch bill – but the food quality is quite good and the portion size means I get two meals. This is not a place for a cheap lunch – but a place for a good lunch.

Interior Shot:

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See pre-opening updates below…

11/1/2006 Update:

Here’s a picture of them in action. Spoke with someone on scene there, and there is no immediate timetable as to when they’ll open. A couple months is a good standard rule of thumb.

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9/25/2006:
Rodeo, Ristra, Privee… now?

Well, ironically, it’s called “Mercy Grill“. Hopefully this will be the last time the name changes for a long while.

Their website is currently just a static image. Nothing much going on there yet.

See more below.

Description – Lounge & Restaurant
Services – Restaurant, Bar, live events
Address – 230 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4721
Telephone – TBD

Previously:
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Here’s a want ad from the NY Times:

Mercy Grill is now hiring a full-time General Manager.

This hip, boutique bar/restaurant needs an energetic GM to work side-by-side with Mercy Grill’s ownership throughout its reinvention phase. During which, the GM will be able to exercise a tremendous amount of influence on both the planning and the execution of the reinvention. The reinvention phase will proceed on an aggressive timeline. The GM position will then transition to a more traditional role during the operational phase.

mercygrill.gifThe GM will…
- oversee all day-to-day operations once Mercy Grill is fully operational
- hire remaining staff positions and build Mercy Grill’s entire team from the ground up
- control all aspects of shift management including: staffing, scheduling, training and payroll
- compile, prepare, and maintain budgets and cost controls

The ideal candidate will be intimately close with the details of operating an establishment that will be a destination social experience in the very heart of Hoboken. The owners are looking for a highly motivated, experienced individual to collaborate with to bring this business into the stratosphere. During the operational phase the GM will be required to work irregular hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and performance.

Please send your most polished resume and salary requirements to Careers@MercyGrill.com

Interviews to begin immediately.

Please do not delay!

And more from a Village Voice ad:

About Mercy Grill. Mercy Grill is situated in the heart of an historic urban waterfront town; Hoboken, NJ. Mercy Grill is a 100+ seat restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 nights a week. The bar at Mercy Grill also operates 7 nights a week and continues to service guests past dining hours. Mercy Grill’s owners are dedicated entrepreneurs and Mercy Grill is their principal establishment. The current focus of Mercy Grill’s owners is to enhance its eclectic decor with an energetic service staff and a selective new menu. Mercy Grill seeks to reinvent itself as the foremost casual-dining bar/restaurant in Hoboken. Mercy Grill is now hiring a full-time General Manager.

This hip, boutique bar/restaurant needs an energetic GM to work side-by-side with Mercy Grill’s ownership throughout its reinvention phase. During which, the GM will be able to exercise a tremendous amount of influence on both the planning and the execution of the reinvention. The reinvention phase will proceed on an aggressive timeline. The GM position will then transition to a more traditional role during the operational phase.

Here’s the whois information on the Mercygrill.com web domain. I think he was once a realtor at Empire Realty Group.

Registrant:
Mark Basanta (EB7KP) markbasanta@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 528
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States
Phone: +1 (201) 725-2573

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