Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ

Another one bites the dust: Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ

Just as we were talking about Hoboken businesses for sale earlier – Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ has officially bitten the dust. It was for sale for quite a while.

Wonder what next? Hopefully something tasty and original.

Piri Piri doomed in Hoboken NJ

NY Times says Piri Piri in Hoboken, NJ is “worth it”

4/23/2012 Update:

Quick update for Piri Piri BBQ in Hoboken – they got a good review in the NY Times this past weekend.

“There are plenty of ethnic restaurants in Hoboken… but as best I can determine, only a single Portuguese establishment. If that restaurant, Piri Piri, is holding down the fort for an entire culture, it’s doing a good job — particularly with its barbecue dishes, forged in the kitchen’s seven-foot wood charcoal fire pit and largely powered by a spicy sauce made from piri piri chili peppers imported from Mozambique.”

Click here to read more: www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/nyregion/a-review-of-piri-piri-in-hoboken

h/t to Bridget for the tip!

Say it isn’t so, Piri Piri BBQ!

2/14/2012 Update:

Looks like one of Hoboken’s most unique BYOB eating establishments is up for sale: Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ at 515 Washington Street.

It would be just our luck if this sells, it’ll turn into yet another falafel joint. See sales listing below.

Multi-Faceted Restaurant Opportunity in Hoboken, NJ

Below is the listing as found online from Corporate Realty (for only $235k):

“No time spent on approvals, architectural designs, construction, or inspections. This place is all done and done Right, completely renovated 2 years ago, down town Washington Street location. Beautiful dining room exposed brick, classic trim and molding, high ceilings, and central air, 50 & under seating capacity. Two handicapped accessible bathrooms.

Well designed prep cooking area featuring two separate cooking areas with hood and fire suppression system. One covers the barbeque pit and one over 3 ovens, 6 burners, grill, and deep fry. Lowboys and upright refrigeration in prep cooking areas, walk-in box and upright freezer in basement

Buy today Start cooking tomorrow!”

Summer Specials at Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ

6/1/2010 Update:

Here are some weekday specials at Piri Piri BBQ that might interest you!

  • Tuesdays: Free Sangria Night! You bring the wine, Piri Piri does the rest at N/C!
  • Wednesdays: Kids Eat FREE!

Tasty food, nice decor and most importantly – authentic!

12/21/2009 Update:

Swung by Piri Piri BBQ (515 Washington) recently – and wanted to post a quick update!

Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ Hoboken NJ

Many Hoboken residents are very pleased that Piri Piri BBQ opened up this year in town, as a refreshing change to the restaurant scene. At the same time, there are a select few people that are having a hard time handling the authenticity and uniqueness of an ethnic-based establishment, often citing portion size over actual taste.

Had a quick dinner (the free range chicken and the fat juicy steak). Here’s a few bullet points:

  • The “Frango de Churrasco,” or free range chicken a truly unique product. They get free range chickens from local family-owned farms, strictly hormone and antibiotic free, butterfly them, and cook them in a real wood charcoal barbecue pit – then finished in a unique light barbecue sauce. This is a fabulous dish. Some might say the chicken looks “smaller” than the hormone-fed, chemically-fattened commercial chickens available elsewhere – but you really need to taste it. The smoked flavor, and tasty seasoning makes this dish fantastic! 411 tip: When eating this, do not try using eating utensils. I realized this is best eating like chicken wings – with your fingers.
  • They also have a new “Piri Piri salt,” which is a secret blend of imported Piri Piri peppers and sea salt (as well as some new hot sauces).
  • The Owner Charles says he’s received and responded to lots of feedback… Adding multiple sauce options, revamped rice (which is very addictive), adjusted side options (dishes include salad now, and vegetable substitutions), and more. If you haven’t been in a while, swing by to check it out, because like any good business owner, they’re listening to their customers.
  • See their long list of specials now, which changes regularly the Paella and Top Sirloin Brazilian-style are big draws.

Have you enjoyed Piri Piri lately?

A nice addition to Hoboken

10/20/2009 Update:

A quick “first impressions” review…

Stopped by the new Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ restaurant recently – and both myself and my dining companion agreed it’s a welcome supplement to the standard bar/restaurants in town! The interior was done nicely, with fine touches such as tile-covered tables and BYOB which produced a nice overall warm Mediterranean feel.

Here’s a few other bullet points about our dining experience:

  • Service: Piri Piri is not a place where the staff or owners are dispassionate about the menu selections and food preparation – ask for suggestions, and you won’t be disappointed!
  • Febras de Porco: We ordered these thinly sliced BBQ pork cutlets as an appetizer – which were tangy and cooked to perfection. I even wish I could get an egg sandwich with these tasty slabs of pig! Recommended to accompany any meal – comes with rice & potatoes and salad.
  • Entrecosto de Porco: BBQ Pork Ribs. We were given a few on the house to taste. Not what you’d expect if you’re spoiled by the slow-cooked “fall of the bone” type of ribs. While prepared differently, they still had nice flavor – and the sweet and spicy dipping sauce makes us wonder still what the secret ingredient was.
  • Salmon Special: The “Peixe do Dia Grelhado” (Fish of the Day) was Salmon, and it was a great choice. Cooked to flaky and crispy perfection and accompanied by a healthy selection of vegetables and rice. My partner said it was good dish for the healthy eater – but she was longing for something greasy to indulge in afterward.
  • Bife a Portugesa: The top item for the “meat and potatoes” type of man. A tender cooked & sauteed steak topped with ham and fried egg, along with homemade potato chips. My favorite item of the night.
  • Dessert – Pasteis de Nata: I should correct myself – the steak was my favorite “main” meal part of the night. The hands-down best item overall was these “freshly baked custard cups” – my God! Delivered daily from a Portuguese bakery in Newark, these flaky, creamy pastries were a perfect way to end the meal. Even when I don’t eat my lunch or dinner at Piri Piri, I will definitely pick these up on a regular basis.

I’m very happy that Piri Piri has chosen to make Hoboken home, and wish them much success in the months and years to come. I do hope, however, that they eventually expand their menu a little bit in the future, as it’d be nice to have a larger selection of items. But I’d take a well prepared short list of dishes over a long list of mediocre items.

Have you eaten at Piri Piri BBQ yet?

Piri Piri BBQ Menu and recommendations

9/15/2009 Update:

Hoboken411 Reader Carla was kind enough to send in the Piri Piri Menu for all of us to check out, and made some recommendations:

“I am Portuguese and also noticed that Piri Piri has opened. All I can say is this place looks amazing!!! Everything on the menu is authentic Portuguese cuisine. Planning on having dinner there tomorrow but for anyone interested I would highly recommend the Chourico, Frango, Bife Portuguesa, Carne de Porco Alentejana and the Serradura (it’s made with cream and crumbled Maria Crakers, not real sawdust) I love all this stuff and would have to go back to Newark to get it, so nice to have it so close to home. Also go for some Orange Sumol, it’s a little sweet but I grew up drinking it, trust me it’s delicious!”

Piri Piri now open in Hoboken, NJ

9/14/2009 Update:

One 411 reader said the place was open today – and I snapped a quick “drive by” as I headed downtown earlier today..

If you try it tonight – please share your thoughts! (I didn’t have time to snag a menu, etc).

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Piri Piri BBQ Coming along…

8/28/2009 Update:

In case you were curious as to how the interior of the upcoming Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ place is shaping up:

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Are you licking your chops yet?

8/6/2009 Update:

Who else can’t wait till Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ opens? I certainly can’t!

Oh, since unemployment is still sort of in the tank, some of you might be interested that Piri Piri is hiring for all positions right now. Swing by if you want to make a couple extra bucks in your spare time.

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Getting closer to yummy Portugese BBQ!

7/14/2009 Update:

Noticed that work seemed to be getting closer to completion at Piri Piri Portugese BBQ (515 Washington).

Workers were lugging chairs into the highly-anticipated restaurant recently – which means that many Hoboken residents will get to joyfully suffer through tasty, spicy ethnic food (which was lacking in the Mile Square)!

Hoboken411 Fortune Cookie: Quality restaurant a year late, better than crappy restaurant right away!

2/19/2009 Update:

Wanted to get one of my semi-recent photos off the “to do” list. Seems like Piri Piri is still a ways off, as they still have a “hole in the wall.”

Me wants some spicy Portuguese BBQ soon. Hurry up already!

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Portuguese Barbeque coming to Hoboken

11/17/2008:

Another picture taken during my Sunday Morning walk – a new Portuguese Barbeque restaurant is replacing the defunct Wee Beasties kids shop at 515 Washington Street.

I personally can’t wait till Piri Piri will open up – I bet it’ll be a refreshing alternative to the usual run-of-the mill places in Hoboken!

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Piri Piri coming late Fall 2008

Piri Piri Hoboken NJ
They have a website setup at www.piripiribbq.com – and said:

“Piri piri is the name used in the ex-Portuguese colony of Mozambique to describe the African bird’s-eye chili. There are several variations in spelling derived from various pronunciations of the word throughout Africa, but “Piri piri” is the correct spelling in Portuguese.

Piri piri is widely used in Portuguese cuisine.

In Japanese, in some cases, the term piri piri is used to describe something stinging on the tongue.”

Spicy food lovers rejoice!!

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98 Comments on "Piri Piri Portuguese BBQ"


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JaeMarie
2 years 2 months ago

I am soooooooo sad to see this……… this place was THE BEST bbq ribs and chicken I have ever tasted… the quality of meat was perfection every time… very courteous. delivery…. it is too bad that it didn’t last…. Now I have to search for a replacement… this void for good ribs and chicken … :(

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briank
2 years 2 months ago

Chicken was pretty good. Ribs and pork morsels were dry and overlooked each time I tried them. Just not that good overall.
If you like their chicken, try the chicken at Ultramarinos on 3rd (attached to Zafras). Great chicken, large portions, great rice and beans. [quote comment=”221071″]I am soooooooo sad to see this……… this place was THE BEST bbq ribs and chicken I have ever tasted… the quality of meat was perfection every time… very courteous. delivery…. it is too bad that it didn’t last…. Now I have to search for a replacement… this void for good ribs and chicken … [/quote]

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dbrauneis
2 years 2 months ago

I have to say that when I first came to Hoboken in 2011 I really enjoyed Piri Piri but over the course of the last two years, the restaurant definitely went downhill. In fact the last time I visited about 4 months ago my party was the only table, there were 3 waitstaff working and I was not able to ever get a refill on my water after asking multiple times – it also took almost 15 minutes before our order was taken and over 40 minutes for the food to arrive.

Very hard to stay competitive in Hoboken with service like that.[quote comment=”221071″]I am soooooooo sad to see this……… this place was THE BEST bbq ribs and chicken I have ever tasted… the quality of meat was perfection every time… very courteous. delivery…. it is too bad that it didn’t last…. Now I have to search for a replacement… this void for good ribs and chicken … [/quote]

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nbm3
2 years 2 months ago

another victim in the growing restaurant game in Hoboken. Places like this without a liquor license are hard to be succesfull.

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WorldBFree
4 years 6 months ago

good food, salty but good. Different so many people in my group had mixed reviews

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gelijoy@gmail.com
4 years 10 months ago

I’ve been there lot of times and I must say the service use to be better.. I was just there about a month ago and I placed a phone order for a pick up,when I got there Almost 40 minutes later I still had to wait another 30 minutes and the food wasn’t what I order. Now today I was there again and I asked for a steak medium well and when I got home my steak was completely rare. So it seems like I get more and more disappointed with the services, I HOPE THE OWNERS STEP UP AND ACTUALLY FOLLOW ON THE REVIEWS.. BECAUSE I WASTED MY MONEY TODAY BECAUSE I DON’T EAT RAW MEAT.

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greentea
4 years 10 months ago

Medium-well (or any degree of “well”) ruins the meat, in my opinion. I really like the food here even if service is a little slow at times. As several people above have stated, the free-range chicken is delicious.[quote comment=”198961″]I’ve been there lot of times and I must say the service use to be better.. I was just there about a month ago and I placed a phone order for a pick up,when I got there Almost 40 minutes later I still had to wait another 30 minutes and the food wasn’t what I order. Now today I was there again and I asked for a steak medium well and when I got home my steak was completely rare. So it seems like I get more and more disappointed with the services, I HOPE THE OWNERS STEP UP AND ACTUALLY FOLLOW ON THE REVIEWS.. BECAUSE I WASTED MY MONEY TODAY BECAUSE I DON’T EAT RAW MEAT.[/quote]

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gelijoy@gmail.com
4 years 10 months ago

exactly that is your opinion.. because in my opinion bleeding meat is for wild animals not people..[quote comment=”198985″]Medium-well (or any degree of “well”) ruins the meat, in my opinion. I really like the food here even if service is a little slow at times. As several people above have stated, the free-range chicken is delicious.

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greentea
4 years 10 months ago

Then I suppose the sight of a steak tartare will send you screaming into the hills. However, you are correct; if you asked for well-done meat, then it should have been cooked to order. You are the customer and that is your prerogative.[quote comment=”199043″]exactly that is your opinion.. because in my opinion bleeding meat is for wild animals not people..

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HomeTeam
4 years 10 months ago

Nature created the perfect food for people who like tasteless well done meat…chicken breast.[quote comment=”199043″]exactly that is your opinion.. because in my opinion bleeding meat is for wild animals not people..

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Dperez
4 years 10 months ago

Hi,
I don’t know quite how to tell you this but there is no WELL done in Portuguese food, just various degrees of raw. That’s how it is in Portugal (I’ve been there). Get the chicken, it’s so much better.[quote comment=”198961″]I’ve been there lot of times and I must say the service use to be better.. I was just there about a month ago and I placed a phone order for a pick up,when I got there Almost 40 minutes later I still had to wait another 30 minutes and the food wasn’t what I order. Now today I was there again and I asked for a steak medium well and when I got home my steak was completely rare. So it seems like I get more and more disappointed with the services, I HOPE THE OWNERS STEP UP AND ACTUALLY FOLLOW ON THE REVIEWS.. BECAUSE I WASTED MY MONEY TODAY BECAUSE I DON’T EAT RAW MEAT.[/quote]

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gelijoy@gmail.com
4 years 10 months ago

sorry.. i didn’t know portuguese people liked bleeding meat.. because i sure don’t and just fyi ihave asked for the same steak many times before and it was just done the right way.. but it seems like for the past few months hey forgot how to cook..[quote comment=”198965″]Hi,
I don’t know quite how to tell you this but there is no WELL done in Portuguese food, just various degrees of raw. That’s how it is in Portugal (I’ve been there). Get the chicken, it’s so much better.

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dfrank
5 years 7 months ago

I would never have believed that an authentic Portuguese restaurant would ever come to Hoboken, normally we would go to Newark or Elizabeth for Portuguese.

I had the chicken 4 times so far and is the probably the best that I ever had, when I want good chicken I usually get the free range from Whole Foods and BBQ myself, but PIRI is defiantly much better.

The seafood is pretty much on the money, the Paelha and the fish is really good, and even know the Portuguese have
a way with seafood like no other ethnic cuisine I’m usually very skeptical to try all the different seafood specials for fear of disappointment, but I’m looking forward to trying something different at Piri with confidence.

The service is a plus because they are friendly people and they make you feel really appreciated, they don’t have liquor but if you bring wine, they will make you nice Sangria…

Piri has a beautiful elegant atmosphere and it’s not pricy at all, and I must say, it’s defiantly the cleanest restaurant that I have ever been too and yes even the bathrooms