Former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef de cuisine (and co-developer of the restaurant's cultish fried chicken) Kevin Pemoulie left the restaurant last year in order to open his own place in his native New Jersey. Accordingly, Jersey City is now set to get rocked by the upcoming opening of Thirty Acres, at 500 Jersey Avenue. With his wife, Alex, Pemoulie tentatively plans to open the 40-seat restaurant in February.
The spot gets its name from an 80,000-seat arena built expressly for a 1921 Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier championship fight expelled from New York City by the non-sporting governor of the time; the Jersey City Independent reports that Pemoulie is developing a menu built out of regional ingredients and may feature dishes such as fluke crudo with charred jalapeño, pickled red onion, and cilantro; or fried sweetbreads with white anchovies, roasted tomato, black olives, and capers.
This isn't even the only restaurant to watch in a town on the rise: On Monday, the Independent also reported that a location of the pizza and kitschy Cajun chain Two Boots will open in downtown Jersey City sometime next spring.
Thirty Acres: Meet the Chef [Jersey City Independent]