Backyards Bistro – Doomed

Backyards Bistro transfers to “Graveyard Bistro” in Hoboken, NJ

Backyards Bistro at the corner of 8th & Jefferson has been “down for the count” for quite a while in Hoboken. Why didn’t we rush to report? Yeah, exactly – wasn’t a relatively earth-shattering bombshell (except for the handful of local residents that may have frequented the joint due to laziness).

Back when it was The Cup Joint, the place managed to scrape up at least a little amount of “care” that they had a business that served customers. This place? As the 2nd owners of Backyards Bistro assumed ownership, something happened. I felt like I was walking into an alien planet. Something didn’t feel right. It really felt foreign. And out of place. So with that being said, I’m not surprised this establishment faltered. And take a look at the photo below. It really felt like a “dumpy” area. Like a scene out of a desperate 70’s movie, but without the grit and drama.

I think we need to bring back seedy strip clubs. That is exactly the recipe that Hoboken needs to inject some freakin’ life in this town!

Backyards Bistro Hoboken NJ Doomed Out of Business

Backyards Bistro in Hoboken – Big hits and some misses

3/20/2009 Mini Review:

backyards-bistro-hoboken-sign.jpgA friend and I stopped into Backyards Bistro (732 Jefferson) three or four weeks ago and here’s an ultra-simple 411 “Winners & Losers” synopsis.

Winners: Mac & Cheese and the Burger Sliders.
The macaroni & cheese here may quite possibly be the best in Hoboken. “Bacon, Scallions & Blue Cheese.” Was nervous that it might be overwhelmed by the strong taste of blue cheese – totally not the case. Was baked to perfection and had ample crispy bacon flavor. We licked the plate. That good. Same goes for the sliders – the pickles, cheese and sauteed onions combined with the perfectly cooked ground beef and soft potato rolls had me thinking “these are so simply delicious – why can’t every place make ’em this good!?” If you go with a group of people – make sure BOTH of these are on your table.

Losers: Santa Fe chicken and Memphis pulled pork
While not horrific by any means – just “lost” in one aspect or another. The Chicken sandwich sounded delicious on the menu – Bacon, avocado, swiss, BBQ sauce – but was too much for your tongue to interpret. It lacked identity. Same goes for the pulled pork sandwich. Overwhelmed by their “secret” BBQ sauce – you could have had any meat on there, and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Both were filling, but not entirely satisfying.

Meh: Decor & Service
The restaurant is quite simply “plain jane.” Thank god they have windows. We were served by one of the owners – who while a nice guy – shouldn’t ever be a server. Very impersonal and serious.

Bottom line: The sliders and Mac & Cheese are to die for. I did a follow up a couple weeks ago (sliders & fries to go) – and was just as delicious when I ate it 30+ minutes later – the fries were even still crispy. Give it shot today!

Cup Joint becomes “Backyards Bistro” in Hoboken NJ

8/25/2008:

The old Cup Joint has a new name: Backyards Bistro.

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As one Hoboken411 reader said: “It seems they’ve changed their menu, and added a bunch of burgers and paninis.”

After sampling some items during their “soft opening,” a few folks at DC’s Tavern next door said the food was “acceptable” and noted that they’ve apparently improved Macaroni & Cheese by adding some bleu cheese, scallions and bacon to the mix. While another said the sausage & peppers was pretty good, but a bit costly. He did add, however, that it was enough for two meals.

Anyone else try?

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Description – Restaurant serving American cuisine & breakfast. BYOB. Previously called The Cup Joint.
Services – Breakfast, Sandwiches, Burgers, Paninis. entrees, pasta, beverages. Take Out, Dine In, Delivery, Catering
Website – www.backyardsbistro.com
Address – 732 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-222-2660

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74 Comments on "Backyards Bistro – Doomed"

homeworld
Member

This place was filthy.

tberman
Member
tberman

The service, was probably the worst service I have ever experienced, but the food was to die for and for that it was one of my favorite restaurants in town. My roommate and I will forever mourn the mac and cheese and pretzel bread.

mrn122
Member

Backyards is under new ownership. They have a few new menu items and redesigned the inside of the place. I live next to backyards and have been a fan since it was called cup joint. i frequently order from here. however tonight was a very poor experience. we placed a take order which was over 30 minutes late. they told me 35 minutes and it took over an hour. so i just sat at the “bar”waiting. it was clear the kitchen had no clue how to cook the food to ensure the 3 entrees we ordered came out at the same time and same temp. our cuban sandwich was cold, chicken tenders burnt to sh!t and my steak salad over cooked and flavorless. i was the biggest fan of this place for many years but it seems as if the new owners need to get their act together.

jdross19
Member

That’s funny, i ordered delivery just a couple days ago, and the Fish Sandwich was noticeably smaller, and not as well-constructed as normal. I thought something was ‘fishy.’ Still tasted very good though, so hopefully the new ownership has the recipe-book.[quote comment=”212782″]Backyards is under new ownership. They have a few new menu items and redesigned the inside of the place. I live next to backyards and have been a fan since it was called cup joint. i frequently order from here. however tonight was a very poor experience. we placed a take order which was over 30 minutes late. they told me 35 minutes and it took over an hour. so i just sat at the “bar”waiting. it was clear the kitchen had no clue how to cook the food to ensure the 3 entrees we ordered came out at the same time and same temp. our cuban sandwich was cold, chicken tenders burnt to sh!t and my steak salad over cooked and flavorless. i was the biggest fan of this place for many years but it seems as if the new owners need to get their act together.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
Member
wiskeytango1

19 carefull ordering any type of fish or chicken with mayo or some type of sause ..just my advise…[quote comment=”212784″]That’s funny, i ordered delivery just a couple days ago, and the Fish Sandwich was noticeably smaller, and not as well-constructed as normal. I thought something was ‘fishy.’ Still tasted very good though, so hopefully the new ownership has the recipe-book.[/quote]

jdross19
Member

I love this place. The breakfast is awesome – eggs bennie on pretzel bread, holy hell is that good. The sandwiches are always tasty and fresh. I recently ordered the Fish Tacos (delivery), and they were really fantastic – my only qualms are with the $13 price tag. You only get 2 tacos (nothing on the side). I’ll have to satisfy my fish taco crave via the Taco Truck from now on…i think they only charge around $8 for 2 fish tacos. And they are almost as good. But for delivery, i have yet to be disappointed in anything from Backyard Bistro, they know what they are doing, kudos.

jdross19
Member

I take that back – they do give you the choice of 1 side, my mistake. So i guess i feel a little better about paying $13 for 2 fish tacos AND a side![quote comment=”194200″]I love this place. The breakfast is awesome – eggs bennie on pretzel bread, holy hell is that good. The sandwiches are always tasty and fresh. I recently ordered the Fish Tacos (delivery), and they were really fantastic – my only qualms are with the $13 price tag. You only get 2 tacos (nothing on the side). I’ll have to satisfy my fish taco crave via the Taco Truck from now on…i think they only charge around $8 for 2 fish tacos. And they are almost as good. But for delivery, i have yet to be disappointed in anything from Backyard Bistro, they know what they are doing, kudos.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

This place serves my second favorite French toast.

My favorite-favorite French toast comes from Mikie Squared.

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