Yelp New Jersey's Elite squad kicked off the month of August with a Sunday funday for the books! Yelpers gathered at MAE in Jersey City for an afternoon buzz of New Orleans jazz, some tasty fare and copious amounts of craft beer and cocktails. To start the afternoon off right, MAE's mixologists were whipping up "The V-Neck" featuring Deaths Door Gin, Thai bitters, fresh basil and lemon as well as "The Drink Without A Name" using Tito's Vodka, fresh lemon, cilantro, celery and egg white. For those laying off the hard booze, New Jersey Beer Company was on site with their three year round beers on draft. Lina K, at the bar, almost forgot about the food: "The 'Drink with No Name' was delicious but the basil gin drink blew me away. I have never been much of a gin drinker but, the basil was soooooo good."Before the guests could snap their fingers, starters began to flow: cauliflower fritters served with a maple syrup drizzle and a smear of spicy mayo, deviled eggs with chives, bacon and topped with Turkish pepper, lamb belly with citrus yogurt dressing and caramelized grapefruit and an eggplant crostini. Deborah D's fav was definitely the lamb belly which Miss D describes as "OMG amazing – it was skewered with a grape half, a bit of lettuce, and a drizzle of creamy sauce."
After a great welcome from the owners of MAE, the guest of honor was brought out. A full roasted pig. Wing L channels his inner Gollum, "Get in my belly, my precious little Lechon." While Denise C tells us about her pigxperience: "The skin was crisp, there was a beautiful layer of fat under, and the meat was moist and tender. We even got a bit of cheek and brain." Every Saturday MAE holds it's own pig roast where for $20, one can eat as much pig as their bellies can consume. If that's not enough, sides and a beer are included. MAE wanted Yelp Elites to see what a weekend is really supposed to look like and we think they did a very good job.