Arthur’s of Hoboken

Arthur’s deal apparently falls through…

7/25/2011 Update:

Buzz on the street is that the potential sale fell through once the bidding team got “buyer’s remorse” before the deal was done, and requested a substantially lower purchase price. Arthur’s refused – and instead apparently got a $20,000 fee for the failed transaction.

Forget the restaurant! Hoboken needs more daycare centers!

Arthur’s Tavern wrapping up in Hoboken, NJ

6/23/2011:

Hoboken411 reader Jason mentioned that he found out that Arthur’s Tavern, the massive bar & restaurant at the corner of 3rd & Washington is done.

Apparently, it was sold to the owners of Teak / Lana Lounge and will become yet another “upscale” establishment.

Arthur’s may not have been the top culinary choice in Hoboken – but many residents and visitors enjoyed eating there because it was more affordable than many places.

Myself, haven’t been there in ages – and won’t miss it much other than it was a recognizable landmark. We’ll see what the new owners can do with the enormous space in the already crowded restaurant scene!

Arthur’s Tavern August 2007 Review – Hoboken, NJ:

Hudson Restaurant week HobokenSeeing that Hudson Restaurant Week is wrapping up, here’s a guest review by Ali from Go Out Jersey. Thanks, Ali!

“It’s on rare occasions that I actually venture into Hoboken for anything other than bar hopping or path-taking. So I was curious as to what I’d find on my trip to Arthur’s Tavern for Hudson County’s Restaurant Week.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were ushered from to the hostess in the back room of the restaurant who told us we would have to wait for a table even though there were plenty of open tables in the front room.

Arthur’s offered us a four course dinner for $23 dollars. The first course, soup, gave us the choice of Manhattan clam chowder or the Soup Du Jour – but with no Soup du Jour to offer – Manhattan clam it was. It was full of carrots and celery but short on clams and left the lingering taste of black pepper in our mouths long after we were finished eating.

For the second course, we were served our salads, Caesar and house. The Caesar salad was more iceberg than romaine and the “creamy” dressing was watered down by the still-wet lettuce. The house salad – mixed greens with tomato, onion, olives and croutons – was somewhat fresh with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Our entrées were the most disappointing part. They were out of the petite steak with shrimp so I was forced to order the junior sirloin and my boyfriend ordered their ribs. The sirloin, which I ordered cooked medium, was cooked closer to medium-rare. This would have been fine had the steak been hot, or at least warm, but was barely room temperature. The potatoes it was served with were also cold. The ribs were adequate and served at a good temperature but were definitely unspecial. The Arthur’s famous potatoes, both hot and cold, were seasoned, sliced potatoes that seemed to be nothing more than fancy home fries.

We had no expectations for the “ice cream roll” that would be served for dessert. It was like a devil dog shell with vanilla ice-cream filling. We joked about how long it must’ve been sitting in the freezer before they realized they could pass it off on unsuspecting restaurant week patrons.

The one good thing about the meal was our server, who although quite busy in the crowded restaurant, was both pleasant and helpful.

Although they do serve up a hefty portion in Arthur’s – what it lacks is quality. If I had paid full price for my food, I probably would have left pretty irritated. But for a $23 four-course meal, I guess you have to take what you can get.”

Description: Popular restaurant & bar with the casual atmosphere of an old-fashioned neighborhood tavern; known for its huge steaks. Zagat rated. Price range $12-$30 Services: Bar, Steaks, Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches, Fish, Lunch & Dinner Specials, Seafood
Website: www.arthurstavern.com
Address: 237 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 656-5009, Fax: (201) 216-0910

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See below for quick afternoon lunch review from September 2006

9/2006:

Yet another afternoon restaurant review. Today’s choice is the very popular Arthur’s Tavern / Steakhouse on Washington Street. One of four locations in New Jersey.

Arthur’s is known to many locals to be very cheap, but rather substandard in terms of the quality (at least compared to other places in town). They lived up to that reputation today.

It’s a pretty big restaurant with multiple areas to sit front and back. It’s rare you cannot get a table.

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Our distracted waiter (who claimed he was frazzled due to working a “double”) came and took our order. There was one other table he had to serve, so we were puzzled by this declaration.

Since this was a quick lunch, and not a giant dinner, we opted out of trying the “juicy” steaks they advertise.

My friend simply got a bowl of chili, which is one of our favorite items they have. While not as hot and spicy as we’d like chili to be, it’s still very satisfying and flavorful as-is. Lots of shredded cheddar and scallions. She asked for some bread to “dip”, but all our waiter offered us was a slice of white bread. Seemed wrong.

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Additionally, we were not offered the “Complimentary” bowl of Garlic Pickles, Hot Peppers, Pickled Tomatoes and Sauerkraut that are supposed to be on each table. I guess the waiter had other things on his mind.

I usually get the burgers from there, which are above average in Hoboken (not nearly the best though), but I decided to get something from the “specials” board. I chose the Filet Mignon sandwich. I added cheese too. Now when the board says “sandwich”, you think you’d get something you can eat like a typical sandwich, right? Well I got an open-faced sandwhich, which I don’t particularly care for. I find the bread to be useless if you’re going to be eating with fork and knife. Why not put “open-faced” on the board to begin with!? This has inspired me to try the filet mignon sandwich from Mikie Squared I heard so much about.

The meat was ok, but had no real side, other than this little cup of cole slaw.

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We also ordered a side of potatoes. Arthurs does not have a fryer, so fries are not an option. I indicated to the waiter that I wanted “super-crispy-well-done-burnt” potatoes. Ten bucks says the chef never got that message, because the potatoes came out like they always do. Not horrible, but greasy enough that you could only eat a couple…

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The good thing about going to Arthur’s is that you kind of expect mediocrity. That’s the best thing about it. You rarely leave with expectations not being met. It’s a decent place for a burger and a pint, or to sit outside at their handful of tables, and is cheap. It serves a purpose in Hoboken, that’s for sure!

110 Responses

  1. bradykp says:

    [quote comment=”37772″][quote comment=”37758″] Even bad french fries would be better.[/quote]
    I was with you till you said the above. Bad french fries make me angry! How do you screw up fries?

    You know who has terrible fries (in my opinion)- Philly Cheesesteaks. Their Philly cheesesteaks are fantastic, but their fries are just nasty to me. 😈

    Then again, I like McDonald’s fries, so it is all a matter of preference (crispy vs soft) I suppose.[/quote]

    my wife is a picky fry eater. she only likes very specific types of fries.

    i love mcdonald’s if they are fresh and piping hot. mmmmm good

  2. hoboken55 says:

    Sebastians, a steak house in Morristown, is the best by far. The menu is incredible and besides for amazing steaks they have a lot of other creative, fresh, and tasty dishes. Stunning atmosphere and great service. 80 Elm Street is the place to be.

  3. 9 says:

    [quote comment=”91464″]Sebastians, a steak house in Morristown, is the best by far. The menu is incredible and besides for amazing steaks they have a lot of other creative, fresh, and tasty dishes. Stunning atmosphere and great service. 80 Elm Street is the place to be.[/quote]

    Holy Steak Spam, Batman! Are you going to post this in every restaurant thread? 😯

  4. prag says:

    Good riddance. Anything would be better than the greasy, grimey crap they call food.

  5. LobstaGirl says:

    Ha, “upscale”…..any time someone has to use the words “upscale” it will be a run of the Mill place that will attract everyone that this town is not about……Let me guess, Burgers, over priced meat, dried out seafood and waiter’s and waiteress’s that know nothing about hte food on the menu…………ha…..Time will tell!!!

  6. ktbc says:

    This is a disaster. The last thing this town needs is another place for the Lana/Teak douchebag patrons. Now they’ll all be congregating on the corner of 3rd and Washington. It’ll be awful. At least Arthur”s was a respectable establishment that was enjoyed decent people in our community.

    • Stabone130 says:

      Can you imagine what this intersection is going to be like at midnight on a weekend?

      Upscale Lounge that attracts douchebags. McDonalds across the street with nonstop fights.

      There’s going to be trouble.[quote comment=”208098″]This is a disaster. The last thing this town needs is another place for the Lana/Teak douchebag patrons. Now they’ll all be congregating on the corner of 3rd and Washington. It’ll be awful. At least Arthur”s was a respectable establishment that was enjoyed decent people in our community.[/quote]

  7. Irish says:

    worst news ever, no need for anything more from Lana/Teak owners.

  8. jc5201 says:

    Arthur’s is a landmark. This is a shame. It wasn’t the place you go for pretentiousness or to be seen. It was a solid place and will be missed. The Avenue is turning into cookie cutter row.

  9. westcoastbound says:

    Yep, I agree with everyone that this is bad news. Arthur’s had pretty terrible food but it was a landmark. As if Hoboken wasn’t already Northern NJ’s Jersey Shore, this will just solidify Washington Street as effing horrible.

    • Stamper says:

      The Bennies that ruin the Jersey Shore come from Northen New Jersey.

      I don’t know what all the knocks on Arthur’s food is. It’s not gourmet, but you get what you pay for.

      Does anyone know if they really are closing or is this just a rumor?[quote comment=”208122″]Yep, I agree with everyone that this is bad news. Arthur’s had pretty terrible food but it was a landmark. As if Hoboken wasn’t already Northern NJ’s Jersey Shore, this will just solidify Washington Street as effing horrible.[/quote]

      • westcoastbound says:

        I didn’t say the people who go to places like Teak/Lana are FROM the Shore–it’s just the same crowd–most of whom, you are right, come from Northern NJ. Wherever they come from, it’s generally not Hoboken, and they generally make Hoboken suck. Hard.[quote comment=”208127″]The Bennies that ruin the Jersey Shore come from Northen New Jersey.I don’t know what all the knocks on Arthur’s food is. It’s not gourmet, but you get what you pay for.Does anyone know if they really are closing or is this just a rumor?[/quote]

  10. homeboken says:

    No one is going to miss the food, it was a crime to call some of their cuts “prime”

    Would love to see a proper chop house go into that space, something like Old Homestead. But alas, if the owners follow the Teak/Lana business plan, it is going to end up being over-priced trendy garbage.

  11. whineanddineinhob says:

    Don’t actually consider this place a landmark although it had managed to survive. I enjoyed the burgers much more than the steak.

  12. hoboken411 says:

    I heard today the Arthur’s was sold for $7 MILLION dollars. And the owner paid IN CASH. Yikes! Who has that kind of moolah just lying around completely liquid?

    • Silva says:

      What “legitimate” businessman would pay cash? 😉 [quote comment=”208132″]I heard today the Arthur’s was sold for $7 MILLION dollars. And the owner paid IN CASH. Yikes! Who has that kind of moolah just lying around completely liquid?[/quote]

    • Mama Luke says:

      I know who, Michael Acciardi is the new owner.[quote comment=”208132″]I heard today the Arthur’s was sold for $7 MILLION dollars. And the owner paid IN CASH. Yikes! Who has that kind of moolah just lying around completely liquid?[/quote]

      • hobokenjones says:

        I dont know if the guy has that kinda money ,but what i do know is that the deal is only for the business now. the business price is 1.6 million .I know that for sure . They cant sell the building until mr mcgrevey (arthur ) passes he is very ill .I was invoved with the transaction prior to aciardi getting in it. My client bailed out and he jumped in its areally a complicated deal . I wouldnt be surprised if this one falls apart too. Any bank would fiance that building its a huge space in the haert of hoboken and interest rates are dirt cheap no way that deal went the way you say… wait and see[quote comment=”208150″]I know who, Michael Acciardi is the new owner.[/quote]

  13. coolerking101 says:

    The bennies come from North Jersey? Not in my experience. The vast majority of bennies are straight out of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

    7 Million in cash….wow!?!?! It’s amazing how much money you can make when you run a cash business and don’t report your earnings to the IRS.

    • westcoastbound says:

      You know–maybe you are right. I’m certainly no expert on where the “bennies” come from. I am not from New Jersey, and as of recently, do not live there anymore. I am not ashamed to admit that the nuances of who is a benny and who isn’t is probably lost on me.

      That said, those losers who pack places like Lana Lounge and Teak every weekend can’t all be from Brooklyn and Staten Island. “Bennies” or not, they suck![quote comment=”208133″]The bennies come from North Jersey? Not in my experience. The vast majority of bennies are straight out of Staten Island and Brooklyn.7 Million in cash….wow!?!?! It’s amazing how much money you can make when you run a cash business and don’t report your earnings to the IRS.[/quote]

  14. HomeTeam says:

    It would be funny as hell if it ended up as a Dave & Busters type place. It just seems like a huge place to fill with a single cologne and spray tan lounge..

  15. pe521 says:

    I LOVE Arthurs. Their blue cheeseburger is my favorite burger ever. I’m so sad that they are going out- I love the old school vibe. It’s sad that Washington Street is losing such a non-pretentious place, and it’s being replaced with what’s sure to be a snotty lounge.

  16. jmikola says:

    I noticed it wasn’t in the post text, but the description meta-tag in the HTML for this article reads “Arthur’s Tavern located at 237 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ will be closed by July 1, 2011.” Facebook happens to pull this up if you share this article.

    Anyway, I went last night and they were predictably very busy. The waitress knew nothing about the sale or closure; she told us the owner had spoken with someone from Teak but that nothing was signed.

    What makes this even odder is that I received a Groupon-like circular in the mail last month with Arthur’s featured on the front page ($40 for $20):

    I’ve heard of hurting businesses using deal sites for quick, short-term loans (you get the sale price up front and might not have to redeem the voucher until months later), but Arthur’s doesn’t strike me as the type of place to do that. Especially if they plan to close shop in a week and might never honor the vouchers.

  17. QJ201 says:

    My brother in law loves Arthurs, so when he visited this week we went for dinner. According to the waitress, there is no sale yet. She claimed that the deal with the owners of Teak fell through and now the owners of the Black Bear are interested. What was most interesting is this: the waitress claimed that the owner is very old and that his children are trying to have him declared incompetent so they can sell the place, but they don’t have the right to do so just yet which is why the Teak deal was a no-go.

  18. lucarelj says:

    Please let this update be true. I like keeping that creepy clientele at Lana and Teak at those 2 places, hopefully Arthur’s doesn’t go anywhere, and we don’t add another place for Jersey Shore trash to infest when they don’t feel like going down to Seaside.

  19. mooshu says:

    Although this place serves mediocre comfort food, the truth is that I’d prefer it stick around versus having another Teak or Lana take over this space. So this is good news… and maybe the owner’s children should mind their own business.

    • Hoboken1954A says:

      Or maybe they should work thier own place of business & then sell that. IMPO Arthur’s has become a landmark. Just my opinion.[quote comment=”209071″]Although this place serves mediocre comfort food, the truth is that I’d prefer it stick around versus having another Teak or Lana take over this space. So this is good news… and maybe the owner’s children should mind their own business.[/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        Exactly. But that would involve work. These kids need to get off their daddy’s teat.[quote comment=”209075″]Or maybe they should work thier own place of business & then sell that. IMPO Arthur’s has become a landmark. Just my opinion.[/quote]

  20. LesPaul30 says:

    Seriously though- ANYTHING to get this place to remain as is, as sub-par as the food was, this alternative of Teak or even Black Bear taking over is a total disaster. Coming up River from the PATH by Lana and even the W is getting so bad late on the weekends its ridiculous. Even that section of Wash is getting dicey with these folks coming into town. With the clientele at Black Bear, Bahamas, and One Repub late on Fridays and Saturdays, having another bar/club of that size with those owners just takes the whole area down even further. Maybe I’m just getting old, but for the first time in years living downtown this type of stuff just makes me want to move uptown. Is there any decent place around that area anymore that someone in their early/mid 30’s can go out for drinks and not have to deal with these morons?!?

    Nope I’m just gettting old and grumpy….

    • lucarelj says:

      Agreed 100%, i find myself venturing farther and farther from the downtown area. Onieals has ended up being a great spot. No annoying out-of-towners that would frequent Lana, Teak, 340, etc…just a nice, chill 30+ crowd. Great bartenders, great staff, chill environment. I just pray that Arthur’s stays as is since another Lana/Teak would just make Hoboken that much worse. Does anyone that lives here actually go to those places???[quote comment=”209086″]Seriously though- ANYTHING to get this place to remain as is, as sub-par as the food was, this alternative of Teak or even Black Bear taking over is a total disaster. Coming up River from the PATH by Lana and even the W is getting so bad late on the weekends its ridiculous. Even that section of Wash is getting dicey with these folks coming into town. With the clientele at Black Bear, Bahamas, and One Repub late on Fridays and Saturdays, having another bar/club of that size with those owners just takes the whole area down even further. Maybe I’m just getting old, but for the first time in years living downtown this type of stuff just makes me want to move uptown. Is there any decent place around that area anymore that someone in their early/mid 30′s can go out for drinks and not have to deal with these morons?!?Nope I’m just gettting old and grumpy….[/quote]

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