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Stingray Lounge – Fresh Oysters

Stingray Lounge opens to thrilled residents in Hoboken, NJ

Stingray Lounge update Hoboken NJ fresh oystersStingray Lounge is one of those restaurants in Hoboken (or anywhere else for that matter), that opened up the right place AT the right time. They filled an otherwise empty niche – added value to a neighborhood that needed it – and didn’t diminish existing businesses in the process (like when you open 5 Falafel places on the same block).

But besides just looking good on paper – Stingray is also putting their money where their mouth is by delivering exceptional food, drink and service to their patrons.

Open just a few days ago – the owners of Stingray Lounge didn’t cut corners or make haphazard business decisions. They did everything right (and “soulfully” so). I haven’t met a restaurant owner so intent on providing the absolute utmost top-notch food, beverages and even the add-ons (like lime, mint, lemons) in a long while. This is why I knew far in advance that we had a “winner” here in this spot.

Even if they start out slow, if they continue this dedication to providing super-above-par service and food – it will not take long at all before word of mouth vaults Stingray to the “Hall of Fame” of Hoboken eateries. Yes, I have this much faith in Stingray. Like other businesses in Hoboken – there is that hidden intangible that you can just “sense” while you nod your head in agreement.

Anyway – why not make a point to swing by this weekend? Looks fairly nice – and a refreshing change to the usual Hoboken dining atmosphere may be just what the doctor ordered. I’ve spoken with several people who are already “in love” with Stingray. Gotta love success stories, right?

Description: Stingray Lounge – restaurant that serves oysters and fresh seafood.
Address: 1210 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD

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Flatbread Grill

Flatbread Grill coming to Hoboken, NJ

Coming soon to replace the horribly doomed Mon Cheri frozen yogurt (and possibly human trafficking) shop at 517 Washington Street this Fall, will be Flatbread Grill.

Flatbread Grill Hoboken NJ

At first – I thought “Jeez, another frickin’ chain store?” But after perusing the Flatbread Grill website – this is apparently a “dream franchise” that was started by Hoboken born and raised sisters!

The “Esendemir Sisters” to be exact! Please look at their website. I never had any kind of “marketing” for my siblings. Did you?

Why does everything have to look like Hollywood these days?

I’ll be honest here – after perusing the site for a little bit – I could not help get the impression that these (otherwise normal ladies) just wanted to be like the Kardashians. I’m sure I’ll get slack for saying that – but who markets a “family?” I apologize in advance for offering constructive criticism to the Esendemir girls – but you cannot just follow every so-called “successful” model out there to ensure success and expect perfect results.

Sure, maybe enough mentally-enslaved morons might buy into it because it “looks like” something that came out of Hollywood – but really? Who “markets” ordinary people like celebrities? What ever happened to just producing a good product and let that speak for itself?

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On the contrary, I can understand why some people put certain kinds of effort into projects. Market research. Heavy publicity. Wash, rinse, repeat. They say if you repeat something and throw it out there enough times – eventually it “sticks.” Maybe this is their mentality.

But I will (as always) be honest here. I have never met the Esendemir Sisters. They actually look like nice, decent ladies. I have no problems with them. But my first impression, based on their marketing package – is that this is NOT how “gains” are made in life. Via a marketing promo. It just feels shallow to me.

Glossy fashion shoots. Head Shots. Body Shots. None of those mean anything (other than to your ego). Hey – make a perfect product – and post all the photos you want. But makeup, nice outfits, and a good camera lens is useless if your product is shit. Seems like the horse vs. cart thing is a bit reversed here, no?

I’m not making accusations here, but this type of well-organized “packaging” reminds me a bit about parental control.

Where a domineering parent (mother or father or both) is HELL-BENT on having their offspring either “succeed” or “follow this path…” I’ve witnessed it in many families in my life. I don’t know. I could be wrong with that inclination. Psychological blueprints are often hard, if not impossible to decipher.

I don’t know what’s going on in this world – but stuff like this bothers me. Hoboken born and raised or not. There is something missing from this particular equation. Someone please help me solve it.

Description: Restaurant / Eatery of some kind. “Flatbread Grill” owned by a trio of Turkish sisters.
Address: 517 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: flatbreadgrill.com

Panello

Panello – Hoboken, NJ – Italian / Brick Oven Pizza

New to entice your palette in Hoboken is Panello Italian Restaurant (specializing in Brick oven pizza). They’re located at the Monroe Center (720 Monroe Street – closer to 8th Street).

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Panello opens to positive reviews in Hoboken

Opening just this week – they have a limited menu for their soft opening (see below) – with personal pizzas (9″ starting at $10) and antipasto, along with a Nutella dessert and beverages. The restaurant is BYOB.

Panello Brick Oven Pizza Hoboken NJ 720 Monroe Street

Nearby residents and tenants of the Monroe Center are thrilled – one, because the selection of halfway-decent food is far and few between. So anything that isn’t poisonous is a relief. And two – apparently, the pizza is scoring HUGE marks with those who’ve tried it so far (i.e. “best in Hoboken”). I met the dedicated “fresh mozzarella” chef yesterday – and he was proud and confident of the delicacy he makes on a daily basis.

The restaurant has an occupancy of 49 patrons, and is open six days a week (closed Mondays). The design is exposed brick and “industrial” like duct work. Had a very warm and comfortable feel.

Panello Hoboken NJ Brick Oven Pizza Italian

Take a look at their initial menu below – and give them a whirl this weekend. This area of town isn’t swarming with as many stumbling, shouting drunks as other areas of town – but be sure not to leave any devices like GPS units on your dash. You might be filling out insurance forms instead of munching on dessert.

Panello Menu Hoboken NJ

Description: Italian Restaurant. Brick oven pizza. Antipasto. Salads. BYOB.
Address: 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201)683-4734

Two Heathers

Two Heathers – Hoboken, NJ – Now Open!

New businesses that open (in Hoboken and beyond) are often “hit or miss” depending on many factors – market saturation, brand quality, value, etc.. But there are times when you can tell a business will thrive – and that’s almost always connected to the type of business owner, and whether they have passion for what they’re doing. Two Heathers (331 Washington Street) is one of those places.

Two Heathers opens today – and was founded by Heather Geary and Heather Edwab – who are “BFF’s” (best friends forever – for those who aren’t in tune with texting lingo) who have been friends since they were college roommates. This was their “dream” to open a boutique that sells fashion-forward apparel and accessories at a “sweet spot” price range.

Two Heathers Hoboken NJ ladies clothing boutique 331 Washington Street

Quality garments at the right price

You see, there is a difficult line to draw when it comes to clothing. You can buy super cheap things (which will barely make it past two wash loads, i.e., “you pay for what you get”), or you can go high-end and barely make the rent next month despite having a garment that will last many years. What Two Heathers did – was find quality, well-made merchandise at a price that is approachable to most customers – at a price that won’t break the bank.

Ted Baker is their “headlining” label, along with a myriad of other brands covering a wide spectrum of styles that are all current trends. They will also hold fun regular workshops, and will feature local artisans jewelry and other creative designs.

The two Heathers are definitely energetic, friendly and eager to please their customers. Having a “go to” clothing store that you can feel good about supporting, and actually feel like you’re important is a big deal these days. That often makes a difference in deciding where to shop.

Oh – and they have a small selection of men’s “essentials” (stuff like socks, t-shirts). So the guys can at least have something to look at while their girlfriends drag them inside.

Welcome to the neighborhood, and good luck, Two Heathers!

Two Heathers Hoboken NJ

Description: Ladies Clothing and Accessories. Some men’s items as well.
Address: 331 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-683-6380
Online: twoheathers.com

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Bagels On The Hudson

Bagels On The Hudson reopens in Hoboken {with style}

Close to four months after closing for renovations – Bagels on The Hudson at 802 Washington Street re-opened, and had their first full day yesterday.

They said everything was for the most part “the same,” except now they have “more of it.”

The interior is definitely a big improvement over the previous iteration. As for the bagels? We don’t do high-density carbs anymore – so you’ll have to be the judge in regards to the quality. Either way – nice to see them spruce the place up!

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Interior upgrade as Bagels on the Hudson reopens October 2014 Hoboken NJ

Description: Bagels & Deli, Breakfast, Bagels, coffee, sandwiches
Address: 802 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 798-2221
Online: bagelsonthehudsonhoboken.com

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Hoboken Movie Lineup: 10/24/2014

Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken NJ Movie TimesYou have two choice for “new” movies this weekend. A boiler-plate horror flick in Ouija (not recommended) and a charming movie starring Bill Murray called St. Vincent.

“Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.”

I think overall – it’s definitely a “feel good” type of movie. And with one of the best actors around (IMO), Bill Murray absolutely makes the film. Actors of his stature are diminishing rapidly. Not quite sure I can explain what that means, but see it, or rent it in a few months. I can bet you’ll enjoy this movie (despite the over-cast Melissa McCarthy).

Hoboken Movie Trailer: St. Vincent

(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)