Ownership of an East Village restaurant is set to take control of the space in the town of Mile Square which has gone through a litany of change in recent years and has been dark for many months.
During their May 13 meeting, the Hoboken Alcohol Control Commission heard a request to transfer the liquor license currently registered at 205 First Street. The transfer should be made to a company called Host VP NJ LLC, which is looking to operate a new business in the same property.
The company, a subsidiary of Host Restaurants, is owned by Curt Huegel. The group operates several establishments in New York City, including Campagnola, Printers Alley and Jackdaw at 213 Second Avenue, which claims to be inspired by the stories of Irish poet WB Yeats collectively known as The Jackdaw, named after a bird commonly found in the Irish Islands. .
Public notice on the license transfer says the Hoboken space intends to operate as Jackdaw, which has garnered some pretty positive results on Yelp Comments since opening in 2019. The restaurant serves shared American-style dishes with Irish influences, though their menu draws other culinary styles as well.
The restaurant’s small plates include an eclectic mix of Irish sausage rolls in puff pastry, tuna tartare, charcuterie platter, or shrimp buns with sriracha mayonnaise. Lighter dishes like a veggie burger or a buddha bowl with quinoa, sweet potato, chickpeas, kale and avocado are also offered, as is an assortment of flatbreads and homemade tacos.
For those with more of an appetite, Jackdaw serves plates like Irish bacon “toastie” with Dubliner cheddar, chicken gyro or a prosciutto pesto sandwich. A weekend brunch menu is also available.
Highlights of the cocktail program at Jackdaw include cold brew martini, rose sangria, cucumber mojito or apple pie concoction with pisco, manzanilla, apple, pineapple and egg white. The restaurant’s Manhattan location hosts a happy hour that lasts from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, a tradition that will hopefully cross the Hudson River into the new space.
The First Street space intended to accommodate Jackdaw was a carousel of different places that never really settled on an identity. It operated as Village Pourhouse before that bar closed in 2015 to make way for Little Town Social, an establishment owned by “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast members Albie and Chris Manzo.
About a year later, the Pourhouse returned to ownership after the closure of Little Town Social. The bar was later renamed The Inn in 2019 but has been closed for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contacted by Jersey Digs about their future in Hoboken, Jackdaw said an official announcement would be released a bit later when they have a clearer picture of the plans. Those interested in future restaurant updates can follow them on Instagram at the Handle @jackdawnyc.