Fancy place.. highly rated.. we’ve heard mixed reviews.

See “early bird” dinner review below.

Description – Considered one of Hoboken’s better restaurants. Food rated excellent in a formal, romantic setting. Reservations recommended. See menu on website. Prix Fixe – 3 Course meal with wine pairing $50, Sun – Thurs during Regular dinner hours. Entrée price range $18-$32. Early bird specials and Sunday Brunch.
Services – American cuisine(new), Wine Tasting Dinners (See website for weekly updates)
Website – www.amandasrestaurant.com
Address – 908 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-5152
Telephone – (201) 798-0101

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July 2006

Quick dinner plans pointed towards Amanda’s, due to the heavy downpours and noticeble lack of clientele during the early bird dinner time-frame.

We were in for a treat! I guess this place lives up to it’s reputation.

We stopped first at the small bar up front to have a cocktail and compose ourselves after coming in from the drenching monsoon outside. Comfortable seating and a decent selection of liquor. Three beers on tap, and a comprehensive wine menu. Friendly, but not too talkative bartender.

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The interior setting of Amanda’s is somewhat formal, but not overwhemling. Attentive service and linen tablecloths do not always translate into “stuffy”.

We were intially seated in the second room near the windows. However, due to my large frame, clown-like feet, and the bulky round base of the table, I nearly caused an unnecessary scene like an SNL skit. Luckily it was avoided and we were able to find seating that could accomodate us better.

Upon settling in, we were served some warm bread and water. Our waitress took our drink orders while we perused the short, yet inviting early-bird menu. We placed our orders and awaited for the meal while we took in the atmosphere of the well-decorated dining area.

For appetizers:

First was the Polenta served with a three cheese sauce. Very creamy and prepared to perfection. Everything they promised it’d be.
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We also chose the Lobster Gazpacho soup, which was phenomenal. A cold tomato-based soup, with finely diced cucumbers, onions, celery, and other vegetable and spices along with some seasoned lobster in the middle. Delicious and refreshing on a warm, humid day. An excellent summer soup indeed.
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Our main courses came next:

First was the Grilled Hangar Steak, served with fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes. Now, my experience has told me that hangar steaks typically are rather tough and a menace to work with. However, Amanda’s prepared this hangar steak about as ideally as you can, as it tasted wonderful and had a managable texture. The vegetables we cooked well and the potatoes were smooth and creamy. A+.
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Next was the Grilled Chicken with Wild Rice and Carrots. What a fantastic dish this was. The chicken and rice seasoning and flavor was out of this world. The chicken was cooked to perfection. Juicy and satisfying. In fact, the “drum” part of it was quite possibly the best chicken “wing” I’ve ever eaten. Meat perfectly flew off the bone. I guess this is the difference between quality and suspicious poultry.
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Lastly we consumed some sweets:

Out came the Chocolate Mousse in a chocolate shell “cupcake” with a dollop of whipped cream and 1/2 a strawberry along with the Apple Raisin Strudel.

The mousse was creamy and delectable. So velvety, you took your time enjoying each forkful. The chocolate cup that it was served in was cold and scruptious.

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The mousse may have been hard to top, but I fould the Apple Strudel even better. I guess it’s a childhood thing, but this sinful dessert was light and fluffy and not overwhelmingly sweet. With a hint of cinnamon, a drip of whipped cream and sprinkled with confectioners sugar, I devoured it immediately. No wasting time with this!

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Overall, Amada’s is an upscale establishment that deserves it’s accolades. They offer some of the finest prepared food in Hoboken and give you a variety of ways to enjoy it within your budget. For example, our outstanding early dinner cost only $14 per person (not including beverages). This is no doubt an exceptional value for what you’re receiving.

Along with their standard menu, they offer prix fixe options and Sunday brunches as well. Don’t forget they also participate in Hoboken Restaurant Week, which starts on July 24th.

Two forks up for Amanda’s!