Baking Studio Sugarsuckle Opens in Hoboken

Plus: Other openings in Closter, Jersey City, Franklin and more.

The celebrated pastry chef Jennifer Choi, who worked in bakeries and restaurants in New York City, including Gotham Bar & Grill, has opened an innovative baking studio called Sugarsuckle, located at 600 Newark Street in Hoboken.

Choi, already renowned for her modern style of specialty cakes and her homey “desserts-in-a-jar,” will offer classes and special events at the studio that focuses on custom-ordered confections for weddings and parties.

Her custom pastries are available only by order. Choi’s classes are open to all, with advance registration. For example, Daddy & Daughter Tea Party will be offered from 10 am to noon Saturday, June 16; $65 per couple. Ice Cream Social/Cookie Workshop will take place Saturday, June 23, and is open to children ages 3 to 12; $35 per person.

For information, class registration and to make appointments for custom services, call 201-273-0336 or visit


The Hill, located at 252 Schraalenburgh Road in Closter, opened Wednesday, June 6.

With chef Ben Pollinger at the helm, The Hill’s debut menu sports a concise menu of appetizers ($14 to $17), entrees ($24 to $44) and desserts ($12). It’s open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The regular beer and wine list also is succinct, with six draft beers, seven white wines and eight red wines.

What’s being served in the clean-lined modern farmhouse-style dining space? Right now, for example, soft-shell crabs in a sambhar sauce, roasted chicken with a crispy confited leg, asparagus risotto, Tahitian-style tuna and carrot salad with radicchio and walnuts.

Phone: 201-899-4700; Website:

Also open:

Cafe Dolce, 270 Route 23 in Franklin. American cafe. Open for lunch and dinner. 973-864-2606.

Corto, 507 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City. Italian; BYO. 201-420-6290;

In the works:

Shin Po, 448 Broad Avenue in Palisades Park. Asian; chain. 201-585-9600;

Portici, 230 Halsey Street in Newark. Coming to the Teachers’ Village complex.

Eons, the Greek fast-casual eatery on Route 17 in Paramus, is going to have a sibling at the Shoppes at DePiero Farm in Montvale. Chef George Georgiades, who made a name for himself at Varka in Ramsey before decamping to New York to open the original Eons, is expanding his soon-to-be-empire. Keep track of his progress at

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