The Chart House, Weehawken, NJ

Last weekend my family and I spent a night in Weehawken. We arrived late and had limited options for dinner because everything was booked. The Chart House was very close to our hotel and luckily we were able to get a reservation for 6 at 8:15pm. This location is beautiful. The ambiance is unparalleled. The restaurant site on the end of a dock on the Hudson River, surrounded by water on all 3 sides of the floor to ceiling glass walls, with incredible views of the city.

The Boston location is also located on the Waterfront, in a historic building, providing a unique dinning experience. I think both locations are really special in their own ways and provide an extraordinary dinning experience.

Before I start on the food there is one thing I need to relay to you, and hopefully someone from The Chart House will see this too and do something about it: Educate Your Staff!! It was incredibly unnerving how uninformed our waiter was about the menu. He told me the coconut ginger rice was not gluten free, yet I read another gluten free review in which she ate it (and didn’t get sick). When he brought our appetizer, specially stated gluten free, it came with pita chips and fried plantain. My gluten free menu only said fried plantains, so I knew the pita was not gluten free. But I asked, just in case this was a wonderful surprise. He said the plantains were not safe to eat but he was pretty sure the pita was ok, he just wanted to double check. I was shocked! Pita is not gluten free and it is hard to find gluten free pita, never in restaurants. I asked the waiter to bring me a separate basket of fried plantains since there were about 4 in the pita and cracker basket. Later, I found out these are not fried in a gluten free fryer. Another point I’d like to add. After writing this post, I googled other gluten free dining reviews at The Chart House and there are a remarkable number of negative reviews. So, please please please be careful and make sure your waiter is well informed. If you do not feel comfortable ask to speak with the manager. This is such a shame because this is one of the best seafood restaurants I’ve been to.

I praise their efforts for having a gluten free menu but when compared to the regular menu it doesn’t even come close. There are very few options, which is frustrating because the main menu looks incredibly delicious with creative and mouth-watering dishes.

The food was excellent. The fish was fresh and every dish was exceptionally prepared and extremely flavorful. For appetizers we shared the Crab Avocado and Mango Stack. A large portion of jumbo lump crabmeat tossed in remoulade, layered with avocado and mango. This dish was beautifully presented, refreshing and delicious. The remoulade had a nice little kick to it with minimal cream or mayonnaise (not sure which one was used). It was loaded with crabmeat, and surprisingly, it was not salty.  I think this was the best, most flavorful dish we ordered, and it should not be missed. You must order it.

We also shared the hummus trio; a classic combination of traditional, roasted red pepper and edamame hummus served with plantain chips. Luckily the hummus is gluten free, always, and the only mistake our waiter made was serving us pita chips. This made me nervous that he didn’t inform the kitchen I had a gluten intolerance. The hummus platter was ok. The roasted red pepper was actually one of the best I’ve had, better then Cedar’s! The traditional was just like every other hummus, there was nothing to make it stand out, and the edamame lacked flavor. FYI, the plantains are fried in the same fryer as gluten so be ware. This is a great appetizer for sharing, the amount of hummus was more than enough for the 6 of us to share. I would suggest skipping this one and sticking to what they do best – seafood.

For my entrée I chose the Bronzed Fresh Fish. A pan seared, savory balance of sweet and spicy, topped with jumbo lump crab, dice fresh tomatoes and lemon shallot butter served with steamed vegetables. It also came with mashed potatoes, which was not stated on the menu. I ordered the sauce on the side, and it was delivered this way, but the tomatoes were missing. When I inquired with the waiter he said tomatoes were not part of this dish. Excuse me, but the menu says they are. I didn’t argue though, I had enough with him, he clearly did not know the menu well. The fish was very tasty, cooked to perfection and more spicy than sweet. The crab meet was incredibly salty, which was a big shock after eating the not-at-all salty crab appetizer. The mashed potatoes were actually pretty good, and this means a lot coming from a mashed potato hater. My sister loved them and ate most of them.


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Jessica I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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