Liberty State Park in Jersey City now has a something to offer those of us without houseboats and yachts. Executive Chef and owner, Chris Siverson, has graced us all with a new seafood-centric restaurant and event space called Maritime Parc.The building was originally intended as an office space but thankfully Chef Siverson saw more promise than did its designers.
Now, with the help of Stephanie Goto, the building has been turned into a modern space with a svelte design. It has a unique yurt type feel inside with an easy balance of exposed wood and soft fabrics. Each of the three floors has a terrace showing off the Manhattan/Jersey skyline.
The setting definitely isn’t too shabby, but the food takes the cake so to speak. The grilled oysters with leek and bacon cream are just as delicious as they should be and the whole fish is enough to swim through the Hudson for.
The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday and is expecting to open for brunch and lunch sometime this fall.
Probably the most significant thing about the Maritime Parc however is that it isn’t in Manhattan, and despite whatever the zoning laws may say, it doesn’t feel like you’re in Jersey City either. The excessive green space is almost obscene after being in the city and offers a chance to really appreciate slowing down.
If by chance you are one of the lucky few with a boat at the marina, you may even order “marina service”, which is essentially room service for your boat just in case your personal chef needs a night out of the galley. If you're not then you could always take the Financial Center Ferry from Manhattan and still make your eight o’ clock reservation.