Note: Jersey Bites was invited to visit Zeppelin Hall. The meal was complimentary.
Belgium comes to New Jersey. Zeppelin Hall, the grand biergarten in Jersey City, has a special menu of authentic dishes through December 23 that will satisfy your tastes for the European country’s treasured cuisine. We like that Zeppelin Hall is totally decked out for the holidays, so you can appreciate the festive atmosphere while you indulge in the top-notch food and drink.
Executive Chef Franco Robazetti and his team have put care and expertise into curating the Belgian-style menu. Start your culinary journey with a dish that is ideal for cold winter nights. The fondue has a rich blend of cheeses, made with Belgian beer and served with artisanal bread. We enjoyed the Belgian burger, a half-pound Angus beef patty, garnished with Roquefort cheese, double smoked bacon, tomato, arugula, cognac Dijonnaise on a toasted potato bun. Steak lovers will savor the 16-ounce sirloin steak, done to your exact liking and served with Belgian frites. Other tempting entrees include Belgian grilled cheese, wild mushroom grilled cheese, and grilled beef and cheese.
One of Belgium’s national dishes is their moules frites, or Belgian frites, and Zeppelin Hall makes them just right. The thin and crispy fried potatoes are nicely seasoned. While the potatoes are served as a side to many of the menu items, you can also order them as an appetizer or small plate to enjoy with drinks.
Mussels are another dish that is prized in Belgium and Zeppelin Hall is preparing the tender, fresh shellfish six different ways. We relished mussels Montrochet, with white wine, goat cheese, and roasted red pepper. The generous portion was served classic style, in a pot with rich broth and a side of Belgian frites. The mussels make a great table share.
The Belgian draft beer menu is one of the best we’ve seen. They are served in 16- or 34-ounce glasses, 48-ounce pitchers or 12-ounce tulips. The selections include La Chouf, Kwak, Monk’s Café, Duvel Single, Piraat Ale, Palm, Hoegaarden, and many more.
You may want to save some room for dessert, especially if you like chocolate. There’s chocolate fondue for two and Belgian waffle strips that are served with melted Nutella, toasted marshmallows, and powdered sugar.
To Belgium, and Beyond
In addition to the limited-time Belgian menu, Zeppelin Hall continues to serve all of the favorite menu items they are known for, like appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees, specialty sausages, BBQ, and kids’ meals, along with a complete beverage program that includes cocktails, wines, and a vast selection of beers.
Stop by Zeppelin Hall this holiday season. Take in your favorite sporting event, relax by their fireplace, or enjoy live music on the weekends. Their festive New Year’s Eve party will feature a DJ with dancing, no cover and free hats and noisemakers. (No reservation required!)
88 Liberty Drive
Jersey City, NJ
Photo courtesy of Zeppelin Hall