The Cup Joint
With the Cup Joint falling under new management a few months ago, it appears they’re doing some renovations/upgrades as well as possibly changing the name.
Note that The Cup Joint website now goes straight to the Doric Apartment website.
(If the name does in fact change, there will be a new entry created to give them a “fresh start” to distance themselves from the previous not-so-positive comments.)
See previous updates after the jump.
With attitudes like what one Hoboken411 reader below is about to tell you about, I wonder how this place stays in business.
The Cup Joint is out of control
“My friend and I went in for lunch last week with our two 3 year olds. All the tables at the restaurant were empty except for one other couple with a child at a corner table. No customers were waiting to be seated ahead of us. The entrance to the place is quite narrow with a service counter and stools. There were one or two people eating at the counter as well as some service people getting a large delivery ready. I ushered the 2 toddlers towards the empty restaurant in order to get them out of the busy entrance. They sat quietly at a table as we waited for our table and high chairs to be set up.
At this point the owner/chef notices us and states he will be with us in a moment and asks that we wait for him to he sets up our table. I said no problem, I just wanted the kids out of the way until we were set up.
He says again, No you have to wait you cannot sit there. I looked at him kind of incredulously and turned to the kids and said, OK we need to go back to the front door and wait now. At this point he got very hostile and said quite loudly , What is this the first time you’ve had to wait to be seated in a restaurant? I looked at him with an ironic smile and said I guess you don’t have kids. WELL, this guy exploded on me. Seriously, he looked at me and the two kids (who are still quiet as mice BTW) and said OK, you can leave now! Get out! He actually kicked me, my friend and our 2 kids out of his restaurant because I dared to sit quietly in the corner with 2 kids and not stand at the door. Even after my friend told him that she lives up the block and eats at his restaurant all the time and is just not beleiving this, he was adamant and of course we left. I was sooo shocked, this guy was seriously over the top hostile and scared our kids.
Just thought this may be of interest, perhaps to advise your readers that this is not a very kid friendly place despite the presence of high chairs and the casual atmosphere.”
See below for July 2006 review
Description – Restaurant serving American cuisine & breakfast. BYOB
Services – Breakfast, Sandwiches, entrees, pasta, beverages. Take Out, Dine In, Delivery, Catering
Website – www.thecupjoint.com
Address – 732 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-222-2660
We meant to have an afternoon meal over at Anthony David’s, but it wasn’t 5:00pm yet, and we were unable to eat there! So we decided to truck over to The Cup Joint to see if it lived up to the hype that we’d been hearing.
They certainly had nice photography on their website. Doesn’t quite look that way now, does it?
Upon walking in, the place seemed clean enough, with a counter area on the right and about 10 or so tables to the left. The kitchen was visible in the back. The seating was comfortable enough for tall people (high tables), but the huge iron base of the tables annoyed me greatly.
Looking at the moderate menu we first tried the famous Macaroni and Cheese dish that many folks have raved about. It had a pretty decent taste, but just didn’t do it for me. Wasn’t crunchy enough and more of a Kraft-like flavor. Not worth the money in my opinion.
Next, we tried some of the sandwiches. But once again we failed to try their “signature dishes”, which were the pretzel sandwiches. We’ll have to hit those up on the next review.
Instead, we chose “The Diner”, which was meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and crispy onions, and the “Dixie Chicken”, which was chicken, swiss and bacon w/ BBQ sauce.
The Diner sandwich was a massive concoction that really needed to be eaten with a fork. Was pretty good, but took some getting used to. Didn’t taste like typical meatloaf, but was OK.
Next, the Dixie Chicken. I wasn’t in the mood for BBQ sauce, so I had it dry. Probably not a good idea since that’s exactly how it tasted. Dry. My bad. A total food ordering blunder on my part. DAMNIT. Mental note to self: Order the signature dishes next time!!
We had a little room left over and ordered the carrot cake. The slice was very large and the cream cheese frosting was plentiful. A good sweet way to end the meal.
The Cup Joint seems to be a fine place to eat, if you order the right things. The owners were friendly enough, and it appears to be a nice fit for the neighborhood, with not many other restaurants to go to. Some people have mentioned it was over-priced for what you receive, but you be the judge of that.
We’ll be back soon to try the more popular items to form a real conclusion about The Cup Joint.
Have you been there? What are your opinions? Comment below!