Porter Collins, the new venue of Anthony and Liz Pino who gave us Anthony David's and Bin 14, opened just 2 months ago in an area that is developing. It is true that the North part of Hoboken needs more restaurants and Porter Collins is for sure a good addition, serving cocktails as well as a modern American menu. We went there early on a Saturday evening, still suffering from jet lag from our trip to France. I admit that I thought 6pm was anyway a good time for this place, as there were not that many people and especially after the live music started at approx. 6:45pm...
There are two areas: the bar, fairly cozy and the main dining room, quite bright thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, and with a beautiful painting of an octopus, signaling the predominance of seafood on the menu.
I started off by ordering a Manhattan, a delicious cocktail made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, cherry hearing and Averna Amaro bitters.
We then decided to share the raclette flatbread that was made of raclette cheese, egg (it was supposed to be sunny side), wild mushrooms, Philly hot peppers and herbs. I liked it: it had not only a lot of cheese, but also lots of mushroom. However, I could have passed on the hot peppers that were spicy.
The second appetizer was my favorite: I chose the Charred Octopus charred octopus with salsa verde, marble potatoes and crispy chorizo. The presentation was beautiful and the octopus was delicious and well cooked, being delightfully tender with a nice char. However, I could not care less about the chorizo that was maybe too much on the plate. It was good, but I thought it did not need it.
For her entrée, Jodi chose the bibb wedge salad that she asked for without bacon
And I picked the small Littlenecks & Spaghetti made with tomatoes, pancetta, chilies and roasted garlic. It was very good, a perfect size after all these appetizers (and before dessert). I loved the subtle kick it had and enjoyed the delicious sauce that I guess was made with white wine.
Last was dessert. We decided to go with the banana foster bread pudding. It was good, but I admit that it just looked and tasted like a banana bread pudding (there would have been caramelized slices of banana, I would have probably conceded it was a banana foster bread pudding). A creme anglaise would also have been better with the bread pudding that was slightly dry.
Overall, we had a delicious meal at Porter Collins: I like that place and cannot wait to go back to try some other dishes, especially the burger and their bottomless brunch. I am glad such place opened Uptown Hoboken and I am sure that they will be successful!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Porter Collins - 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030