Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.


Tour of Carrino Provisions with HGTV’s Anthony Carrino

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

Old world charm collides with new world flavor at Jersey City‘s Carrino Provisions!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino and HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” co-star Anthony Carrino chatted about this wondrous Italian marketplace.

“We wanted to do a market for a long time, and when I met my business partners, [everything fell into place],” Anthony said.

His partners include co-star of #AMDK, his cousin John Colaneri; Dale Talde, of Top Chef fame; David Massoni and John Bush.  The team also owns Talde Jersey City, located right next door at 8 Erie Street.

Carrino Provisions offers a world of Italian delicacies (including the best olive oil you will ever have in your life!)  Their offerings include an Illy Coffee bar; 65 feet of market cases that contain the finest meat and cheeses, homemade pasta and desserts, and fresh seafood; an outdoor courtyard; and cafe.  That’s amore!

“Basically the idea here, is that you can come and eat with us, take food home that we made for you, or buy our ingredients and cook your favorites off our menu!”

As for the décor, Anthony said he and his #KitchenCousin adopted a “less is more” approach.

“Italian food packaging is light, airy and colorful.   We thought, the more stark we kept the shell, the better the colors would speak through the products.”

During the warm weather months, Carrino Provisions hosts an outdoor BBQ.  Every Tuesday from 6-10pm, Chef Talde takes over the courtyard and grills special surprise selections.  Your and your friends can enjoy this all-you-can-eat and drink fest for only $30/person!

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The Cousins and Talde Jersey City

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat at a table for four at Talde Jersey City, an Asian-American restaurant with one hip secret. Joined by some of the restaurant partners- Dale TaldeAnthony Carrinoand David Massoni Lisa Marie got the inside scoop on this trendy eatery.

Talde JC is one of six hotspots commissioned by The Three Kings Restaurant Group, owned and operated by David, Dale & John Bush. The trio joined forces with Anthony and John Colaneri of HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” to bring a new flavor into The Cousins‘ beloved Garden State!  (Also check out their other joint, Carrino Provisions).

While Anthony and John were the creativity behind the atmosphere, Dale’s Filipino roots allowed the entire concept to come to life.

“We wanted to put food that was inspired from how and where I grew up,” Dale, of Top Chef and Chopped fame, said. “We’re just trying to have fun and put great food, great atmosphere, great design, great drinks and great service together.”

As for the décor, Anthony said the industrial style of the building, the fusion of Asian and American cultures, and Dale’s overall flavor were all tools in the construction.

“I understand family pride and I understand the passion that goes into it, so for me I wanted to play off of his food,” Anthony explained.

When the steamy plates are placed on the table, they are served with an aura of sharing, much like the potluck styled meals Dale is accustomed to. The partners said sometimes the waiters can’t keep up with the pace of customer orders, not just placed for themselves, but for the table!

“It makes for a party for almost every dining experience that’s happening here!” David explained.

Now that you know about the above-ground Talde JC experience, we’ll let you in on their big secret: Miss Wong’s. It’s a speakeasy bar located downstairs, perfect for before or after dinner cocktails. Pass us a few over here!

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HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” Premiere Party

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

“We’re coming America!”

Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri aka The Cousins of HGTV celebrated the premiere party of their latest series “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” at one of their two Jersey City restaurants, Carrino Provisions.

Surrounded by friends, family, designers from the industry and other HGTV stars, The Cousins said sharing the first few episodes of AMDK with this group was a great feeling.

“It just feels great to be surrounded by that many people you love and that many people you respect,” Anthony Carrino said.

Although #AMDK takes them around the nation, Anthony and John flaunted their Jersey pride during the celebration.

“We’ve grown up here all our lives so for us to interact specifically with New Jersey fans—that means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to Anthony,” John Colaneri said.

Other HGTV stars expressed excitement for The Cousins. “Property Brothers” Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott boasted about The Cousins’ work, how they support each other’s shows. and essentially the brotherhood they share.

“I have no problem if someone comes in and says ‘Hmm do I have to pick between “The Cousins” or “The Brothers”…if I had to lose to somebody it would be these guys,” Jonathan Scott said.

David Massoni, a partner of Carrino Provisions and Talde JC, was also on the scene supporting The Cousins.

Don’t forget to tune into “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” every Wednesday this summer at 8pm on HGTV!