BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne Eats with a Taste of New York is more than just the name of a new eatery on Broadway.
Much of the flavor of the newly opened all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner place between 15th and 16th Street derives from family recipes originating in the Bronx, brought to Bayonne by two sisters and their uncle passed down to them from their grandmother.
“My uncle, Victory is chef,” said Natashia Luciano, co-owner. “But we all learned these recipes from my grandmother.”
With a ribbon cutting that included Mayor Jimmy Davis, Council President Sharon Ashe Nadrowski, and Councilmen Juan Perez and Salvador Gullace, Bayonne Eats officially opened its doors Friday, providing a much-needed eatery south of traditional town center and north of Bergen Point.
Although the sisters started their lives in the Bronx, Natashia Luciano has been a resident of Bayonne for about five years. She scouted out the current location for some time, she said, taking note of previous efforts at that location such as a pizzeria, which did not seem to fit in with the neighborhood.
“I think we’ll be a good fit here,” she said. “We will also offer free delivery.”
Although this is a first-time effort at opening a food establishment, Natalie Luciano has been involved in managing taverns and so has business experience.
Natalie said she envisions the eatery serving all of Bayonne, and perhaps even into Jersey City.
The handsome menu that includes all day breakfast – such as breakfast platters, breakfast wraps, and breakfast bowls, as well as omelets, also offers a number of lunch and dinner items – sandwiches, sandwiches, wraps, and gourmet salads – but will specialize in 12 inch subs, more than enough for a half-time snack for local sports enthusiasts.
Prices range from $5.99 for two eggs and home fries to $9.99 for a deluxe breakfast, with other breakfast items such as bowls wraps and omelets ranging from $8.99 to $9.99 as well. Sandwiches cost about $8.99 although you can get a BLT or grilled cheese for 4.99.
Sub sandwiches – which come in nearly 20 varieties – cost $9.99 and include side of chips and soda. Burger and fries also range from $7.99 to $9.99. Wraps are $9.99, while salads run from $6.99 to $9.99.
What makes this unique is the fact that many of the dishes will have a Puerto Rica touch, recipes passed down from their grandmother.
The establishment will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun. Popular charge cards are accepted. The telephone number is 201-243-6174.
“Mom and pop stores like this are the backbone of Bayonne’s business community,” said Mayor Davis.
And, of course, the family expects their grandmother, Evette to come to town to check on how well they are carrying on the family tradition.
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