Jhere’s a new raw seafood restaurant and bar in downtown Hoboken. Sirenetta – which means “little mermaid” in Italian – is the sister restaurant of Sorellina Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar; which you will find just across the street. Although the menu and setting are very different, customers can expect the same level of first class hospitality.
Sirenetta can accommodate 150 guests at full capacity in a space of 3,565 square feet. In fact, there are two distinct sections of the restaurant. “The façade, which is the main dining room of the restaurant, is a bright and open space; with a mix of modern and art deco accents,” says owner Gabi Lombardi. Meanwhile, the aft area cocktail lounge “features darker tones, dim lighting, and exposed brickwork to give off a speakeasy vibe.”
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What to expect at Sirenetta
Sirenetta also offers lounge seating “where customers can enjoy a nightcap after dinner,” says Gabi. Windows wrap around the entire dining area and open from floor to table height, to provide maximum air circulation. There is a bit of curbside seating outside at the moment, but they plan to add a parklet by 2021.
Gabi has plenty of experience to match her role at Sirenetta. She took cooking and sommelier classes at the International Culinary Center in New York; then became a certified sommelier. She opened her first restaurant, Sorellina, when she was 25.
A sea of food
Sirenetta uses local and seasonal ingredients to create a coastal, seafood-centric concept menu with an Italian twist. For example, the menu offers a large selection of raw bars; daily raw seabass includes a rotation of east and west coast oysters, tiger prawns, king crab legs, clams, smoked mussels and more. You will also find seasonal crudo, appetizers and a variety of homemade pasta. Currently, popular dishes include Milanese swordfish as well as monkfish cheeks. Meanwhile, meat eaters can enjoy pork porterhouse and prime rib options.
The wine list features boutique producers from Italy’s coastal regions, with an emphasis on sparkling and white wines. The unique cocktail list includes a Mule Bar, with four varieties of the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. Their signature cocktail is the Empress of the Sea, however, made with Empress gin, smoked coconut and egg whites. Then there’s the popular Panama Canal, made with mezcal, tequila, pineapple and chipotle bitters.
Visit Sirenetta at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken. Find them online for menu details and other information.
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