- Great food
May 11, 2018
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: there is nothing dull about Dullboy Bar at all. No, the Jersey City venue positively buzzes, especially since the space was recently named one of America’s finest by a national publication, and you can count us in full agreement with them. But back to the name for a second; literary themes run deep at Dullboy (there’s one wall covered completely in colorful books and another minimalist white brick one adorned with vintage typewriters), and the name is an homage to the famous proverb ‘all work and no play make Johnny a dull boy’, that was typed over-and-over on a typewriter by Jack Nicholson in The Shining. The backstory certainly adds to the allure of Dullboy Bar, but it’s the food and drink that are worth writing home about. Small bites are as creative as they are scrumptious (think corned beef spring rolls, sushi nachos, and BLT tacos featuring bacon-wrapped cherry tomatoes) and the cocktails, most named after literary heroines, all seemed destined for the best-seller list. Classics like manhattans, negronis and the long-lost The Last Word are all poured with reverence and precision, but it’s their unique signatures like The Biddy (mezcal, artichoke amaro, passionfruit, and wheat beer) and the Aunt Polly (bourbon, black pepper, amaro, lemon, and smoke) that leave us most impressed.