Then you know the unmistakable scent of fresh butter sizzling on a griddle and the heavenly taste of an authentic crepe вЂ” perfectly thin and delicately folded to contain its sweet or savory filling if youвЂ™ve been to France. But you only really need to go as far as Ohlala in Jersey City for the real thing whether you have been to France or not, now. Open since March at 688 Bergen Avenue, Ohlala French Kitchen is bringing real French fare to McGinley Square in a space that is impossibly charming.
The storefront that is sweet instantly with a white colored facade and just one cheery sidewalk table and seats. Three lights over the external arched information provide a farmhouse feel, contributing to the quaint nation kitchen area appearance, as well as the hand-painted screen invites all who go by to stay in with an exclamation point and a sweet rolling pin.
Lined with green flowers and plants, the large windows allow in a lot of light plus the high ceilings create an interior that is airy. As soon as a barbershop, OhlalaвЂ™s owners Diana Vasquez and Ariles de Tizi embraced the bittersweet possibility regarding the vacant room after the original owner passed on.
The scene to Bergen Avenue. Picture by Gillian Blair/Jersey Digs.
Vasquez is just a Jersey City native, created and raised within the Heights, and a commercial property broker while de Tizi is really a French painter with several years of Parisian restaurant experience вЂ” a matchup created for a lovely build-out and a veritable menu that is french.
Hot and chic with hardwood floors and exposed stone they scrubbed and painted and varnished on their own, Ohlala may be the type of kitchen-cafe-bar where a sit down elsewhere can become hours of socializing over a meal that is full. Seating is diverse with low tables providing cozy workbench seating along one part and some high tops over the other. Pretty pendants lights punctuate the area that is dining a big elegant mirror adds measurement.