Then and now: Restaurant Ninth

9/18/2008:

You’d have to be a Hoboken resident for 10 years to remember this restaurant that used to be on 9th and Washington: Restaurant Ninth. Since then, a few places have come and gone – including the tapas place Vale, to finally end up as Bombay West (Indian).

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I had only been in town for a short while, drove by many times, but had never visited it!

Do any of the old-timers remember what the food was like here? Is this just a doomed location like Rodeo (and Privee, Mercy Grill, etc.)? I ask because Bombay is rarely packed and wonder how long they can survive.

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12 Comments on "Then and now: Restaurant Ninth"

TPain
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TPain

Off topic but where is the best happy hour in Hoboken? I usually go to Duffy’s but want to mix it up a bit. Any suggestions would be appreciated…

Easy-E
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I must have just missed it as 9th. I moved here in 2000.

Vale was pretty good. Lola’s isn’t so authentic Spanish as I hoped.(Boqueria in NYC is a nice tapas place. Reminds me of some places I’ve been to in Madrid.)

Bombay, I ate there once, not so impressed.

RebeccaL
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RebeccaL

The food at 9th was very good and the atmosphere was cosy. My family and our friends enjoyed it. It was a loss to the neighborhood when it closed. They were supposed to get a beer and wine permit, but I don’t think that ever came through. Then the rent skyrocketed when the building changed hands and the old lease wasn’t valid (at least that’s the story I heard).
Bombay West’s food was great when it first opened but the quality has slid a lot. (And the atmosphere is depressing.) Maybe it’s gotten better again, but I haven’t tried it since the night I went there and got a vegetable dish with one green bean and nothing else in the sauce. They forgot my samosa, the half a pappadum was stale and there was a long, long wait for the entree despite the place being otherwise empty. The other two Indian restaurants in town are nice and I have no reason to waste my money there on bad service and indifferent food.
I’m not sure what happened to Vale. It was pretty crowded on weekends.

CastlePointWatcher
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CastlePointWatcher

Nope. But I can tell you some of the best places to get a cold one in the 1940’s. 😉

9
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I liked Vale and was sorry to see it go, although I probably like Lola’s a little more.

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