Here’s evidence to support Foster Kamer’s theory that restaurants like Minetta Tavern are the new nightclubs: According to WCBS, the new Sonic in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, is so popular that the line is causing safety concerns, especially after an unlicensed driver angry at being turned away sped off and dragged a police officer with him. Momofuku Noodle Bar might want to take note of the Blue Coconut Slush rage before they introduce those new slushy machines. Meanwhile another newcomer is drawing large crowds in the Jerz: Former Danceteria owner John Argento has opened Zeppelin Hall, a 800-seat beer garden located four blocks from the Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City. Though it claims to have 144 beers on draught, a Yelp review shows they’re only at about 36 right now. Still respectable. And while the sausage selection isn’t quite on par with DBGB, they do have andouille, lamb, and a house bratwurst as well as some schnitzels and other Bavarian dishes.
Jersey Dirt: Road Rage at Sonic and a Massive Beer Garden in Jersey City
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Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten, Jersey City
July 12, 2009
Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden, Jersey City, NJ – Andouille and Franziskaner
July 5, 2009
We went to the opening of Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden last Friday and it was packed with people. I think I ran into everybody I knew in JC. The owners weren’t properly prepared for the Jersey City onslaught because they were severely understaffed. It took 20 minutes to get a beer and an hour to get food which was kind of upsetting because if I wanted to wait on lines I’d just go to Club Baby Seals with a dress code in Chelsea. Someone was going around asking people how they found out about the place, I guess there’s just something about massive outdoor drinking, grilled meat products, and Jersey City that fires up the Internets. In retaliation, a friend of mine christened the huge white wall in the men’s room with a “I WAS FIRST” graffiti. (more…)