I had the good fortune to dine for the first time at Trinity on Saturday evening with a friend, following our afternoon at the Prudential Center to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra's usual Christmas show. She'd told me it was "an Irish place." Well, it certainly has an Irish theme, and some of that charm, but the menu and the atmosphere goes beyond that. Opening the door, the noise from the busy bar was a bit daunting, but thankfully, the tables away from there were comfortable and we could still converse.
The dishes we chose were stereotypical mains: Shepherd's Pie, Fish and Chips. These were choices from that evening's Tavern Menu, but the Dinner Menu went way, way beyond that. Several dishes tempted, and will no doubt bring me back.
The Shepherd's pie was presented in a soup crock, and was deeply flavored and satisfying, not awash in sauce as too many are in other establishments. My friend's Fish and Chips looked very well executed and there wasn't a trace left of either dish when we were done, yet we were both more than satisfied.
Service overall was very good, with the single exception that the bread basket arrived after our entrees. Odd, that, but the quality of the rolls (including the rarely encountered rye roll) made up for it.
We had both decided against appetizers in favor of 'saving room for dessert', and this was a wise choice. My friend was drawn to the Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding, staying in the Gaelic mode, while I was smitten with just the thought of Warm Valrhona Chocolate Souffle Cake with Baileys Creme Anglaise. Even hearing that there would be a 20 minute wait did not deter me from that selection (although a note on the menu to that effect would be nice.)
Both desserts arrived presented on large dinner plates, where they did look a little lost, but you cannot fault this restaurant for wanting to draw attention to such excellent desserts. The souffle cake was just that; not a molten chocolate cake. It was tender, just warm enough, and enhanced by a small dollop of dense whipped cream and a too-small puddle of the Baileys (hey! I like Baileys) creme anglaise, in addition to the decoration of three perfect raspberries. My friend's bread pudding had just enough whiskey to taste without being overwhelming, and while I was done in by the cake before it was all gone (So much intensity!) her pudding disappeared entirely.
Alert for tea lovers: my server got it right the first time, and even offered me 'more tea' - not 'more hot water'. I received another cup of hot water, a small pot of more, and a Fresh Tea Bag! Hallelujah! She deserved (and got) a better tip as a result.
Right now there's construction on the block south, but don't let that deter you; visit Trinity, by all means. The view's pretty good, too. (The Hoboken Santa Pub Crawl was underway that night as well, so we saw a small parade of Santas against the NYC view, and had a tableside visit from a "Red Sox Santa".)
Wrapping up: tasty meal, dessert and coffee/tea for two, plus tip = $59.00
Looking forward to a return visit. There's hanger steak there, fish dishes, pastas to explore. Also, there's a plate of Apple-Smoked Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with my name on it (Yes, I really DID want the appetizer, too) and the Trio of Trinity Creme Brulee yet to be experienced.
*from their website: an honest and simple approach to good food.
306 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030