Cafe Michelina

Italian Restaurant

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Description – Italian Restaurant – standard Italian fare, casual café atmosphere, Outdoor seating available.Entrée price range $10 – $14+.
Services – Italian cuisine. Delivery, BYOB
Website – www.cafemichelina.com
Address – 423 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4810
Telephone – (201) 659-3663
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It was a Wednesday night, and a friend of mine was craving an early Italian dinner, so we decided on a location that was convenient for both of us. Cafe Michelina fit the bill.

At 6:00PM, when we entered the restaurant on 5th and Bloomfield, and we were surprised that there were only a few empty tables available. On this night, they happened to be expecting a huge surprise party. Luckily, we were seated against the wall at a small table for two.

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The menus were brought to us in a timely fashion. It took a few minutes to decide what we wanted for entrees as we perused their rather tantalizing selection. I was torn between the pasta primavera and the chicken Murphy.

While we were mulling over our main course, the waitress came by with some complimentary brushetta which was bit disappointing. Way too much oil was used to the point it soaked the bread and you couldn’t even taste the tomatos. However, redemption was scored when the bus boy brought over a steaming loaf of hot Italian bread. It was yummy. (Wait, did I just say “steaming loaf”?)

Getting back to our selections. For appetizers, we chose to go with the mussels. There are three preparation options: white wine sauce, marinara hot or sweet. I would have loved to get the hot but my friend doesn’t enjoy foods that are too spicy, so we went with the sweet.

Addtionally, we also ordered some broccoli salad. The broccoli salad there is typically scrumptious. For our entrees I went with Chicken Murphy which came with a side of pasta and my friend ordered her favorite, shrimp parmigiana also with pasta.

When our appetizers came out the mussels were steaming. They were very tasty. However, next time I’ll leave my friend home and pick the hot sauce. It was certainly lacking in some flavor.

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The broccoli salad was delectable as usual but definitely needed to be hotter. Luke warm broccoli is not the best.

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Soon after, our entrees appeared. Huge portions were served which is good for the price (average cost around 12-13 dollars). There were several large shrimp on top of a heaping pile of spaghetti. (Did I just say heaping pile?) My friend still rates this as her favorite in town.

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The chicken Murphy was excellent and flavorful. There were multiple chicken breast filets along with hot peppers and mushrooms. This has a bite, so those with an intolerance to hot foods should avoid it (or at least not eat the peppers).

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Although a tad on the full side, we ended the good meal by sharing a dessert. The dessert menu contained generic listings with pictures from some commercial distributor. What was comical was that some of the deserts had a big orange x through them.

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I inquired if they had any home-made desserts or these were are only choices. I was informed that they had tiramasu and cannolis. Tiramasu it was. We got a very large piece, big enough for three to share. Not a huge shocker that the two of us finished it. Hmmm. It was on the light side but had a wonderful flavor. Just enough coffee flavor but not overbearing.

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I should note that this restaurant is BYOB but they do offer your standard assortment of soda and coffee. Overall, the atmosphere is nothing spectacular; a bit loud and dark inside. But the food MORE than makes up for it. During nice weather, they have plastic outdoor seating. Our server was efficient and professional for the most part.

Don’t be fooled that the fact that just because it’s not on Washington St. that will be there is tons of availability. On the weekends and often during the week there people waiting for tables.

We recommend giving Cafe Michelina a try. Let us know what you think!!

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31 Comments on "Cafe Michelina"


Guest
Mel
9 years 4 months ago

Hmmm, I have eaten there a few times in the distant past, but I have never really been impressed. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try.

Member
citigirl
5 years 28 days ago

I’ve eaten there 3x. It’s in my neighborhood but I will not be going back for the simple reasons. I ordered the same thing each time because it was tasty the first time around…the special stuffed rigatoni with chicken in a tomato cream sauce. It’s their HOUSE SPECIAL.
Each time I went back, the chicken was fatty and CHEWY! I mean CHEWY like it had been microwaved. I tried to tell the waiter/busboy (seemed hard to get anyone’s attention) but they didn’t do anything about it. They didn’t offer to make me something else nor did they take anything off my bill. I left the plate full and it was obvious I was disappointed by my lack of consumption. I wouldn’t recommend this fr the food or the customer experience.
The bread is good. LOL
😈 [quote comment=”186″]Hmmm, I have eaten there a few times in the distant past, but I have never really been impressed. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try.[/quote]

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mooshu
5 years 27 days ago

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.[quote comment=”195713″]I’ve eaten there 3x. It’s in my neighborhood but I will not be going back for the simple reasons. I ordered the same thing each time because it was tasty the first time around…the special stuffed rigatoni with chicken in a tomato cream sauce. It’s their HOUSE SPECIAL.
Each time I went back, the chicken was fatty and CHEWY! I mean CHEWY like it had been microwaved. I tried to tell the waiter/busboy (seemed hard to get anyone’s attention) but they didn’t do anything about it. They didn’t offer to make me something else nor did they take anything off my bill. I left the plate full and it was obvious I was disappointed by my lack of consumption. I wouldn’t recommend this fr the food or the customer experience.
The bread is good. LOL

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getz76
5 years 25 days ago

We had the stuffed rigatoni delivered last night. It was delicious.[quote comment=”195713″]I’ve eaten there 3x. It’s in my neighborhood but I will not be going back for the simple reasons. I ordered the same thing each time because it was tasty the first time around…the special stuffed rigatoni with chicken in a tomato cream sauce. It’s their HOUSE SPECIAL.
Each time I went back, the chicken was fatty and CHEWY! I mean CHEWY like it had been microwaved. I tried to tell the waiter/busboy (seemed hard to get anyone’s attention) but they didn’t do anything about it. They didn’t offer to make me something else nor did they take anything off my bill. I left the plate full and it was obvious I was disappointed by my lack of consumption. I wouldn’t recommend this fr the food or the customer experience.
The bread is good. LOL

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Admin
9 years 4 months ago

I’ve personally felt the same way. A bit bland and ordinary for me. But I had chosen the tomato-based items. Still edible, but not crazy-fantastic by any means.

The contributor for this article likes this place. So as always, it’s a matter of personal opinon.

Like some people I’ve met, if it tastes like moms or dads (or like a place in the city you grew up), then it’s “the best”, right?

Guest
ed
9 years 4 months ago

I ate there this weekend. I thought the found was bland. The portions were decent. I would not repeat. Go down the street to Leo’s.

Guest
friend
9 years 4 months ago

I am the friend that went out on the review… I have been there a few times, but I have only tried the foods that are in the pics above (except the Murphy). I just love the shrimp parmigiana, not breaded or fried. I also have just recently tried mussels, so still working on where my fav. is! This place has an elegant, yet not and I like it! Leo’s I love, but find it nosey!

Guest
winston
9 years 3 months ago

I only ate there once, and found the food to be tasteless. Leo’s is way better.