Clinton Social

Clinton Social to reopen in Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy

Great! Nice to see Clinton Social getting set to reopen after getting pounded after Hurricane Sandy back in October 2012.

They’ll be opening in limited fashion for Hoboken Leprecon this Saturday, March 2nd – cash bar with free buffet with corned beef and cabbage.

The bar will also be open on Sunday (no food), with the official full-service operations set to resume on Wednesday, March 6th!

Welcome back, Clinton Social!

Clinton Social Hoboken NJ open Leprecon St. Patricks

Clinton Social an immediate success in Hoboken!

5/30/2009 Update:

Swung by the Clinton Social last night to check it out. The new bar/restaurant already seems to be a winner! Owner Dave Carney did a fantastic job, and had a very capable and professional staff. I even got to sample their homemade fried Mozzarella, which was out of this world!

See Clinton Social Menu here.

Long Overdue: Clinton Social Opens Tonight!

5/29/2009 Update:

Guess what? Clinton Social opens up tonight at 6pm!

Clinton Social opens this month!

4/1/2009:

Had a chance to swing by the “Clinton Social” (7th and Clinton) this week to take some pictures and speak with owner Dave Carney.

First thing you’ll notice is, that they’ve dropped the word “club” from the name of the bar/restaurant. “Didn’t want to give customers the wrong idea,” said Managing Partner Mike Gondevas. They gave me a whole tour of the place, and was quite impressed. Because of the A&P parking lot on the south side of the building – a tremendous amount of light was allowed in, making it one of the brighter places in town. The establishment is broken down into two sides – the bar area on the east side, and a dining room on the west – with the kitchen dividing the two.

The layout is very well done – a large, natural wood bar with rounded corners stood out right away. “It’s like a 4-top on each side,” Carney said. The dining area in the back while quite large, seemed to be a bit more intimate. Rounding out the features: Modern bathrooms (men’s, women’s and a handicapped w/ baby changing station), typical tap beers – plus seven flat panel HDTV’s (DirecTV Sunday Ticket too).

They plan outdoor seating, and additional tables in the front as well. The menu will be “Continental American with an Italian touch” as well as some chops in the future. Just like the Madison Bar, they will feature some “social days” (i.e., Thursdays), with an early happy hour and specials.

Carney is hoping for “quality clientele” – and when I asked exactly what demographic that was, he replied “your readers!”

I received conflicting dates when they expect to open – but it should be somewhere between the middle to end of April.

Clinton Social to give area residents more options

3/19/2009 Update:

Some updated progress photos. The interior seems to be coming along nice – and hopefully will open up in the next month or so.

Portofino’s becomes Clinton Social in Hoboken, NJ

6/15/2008 Update:

The old Portofino has a new name… “Clinton Social Club.”

Should be opening up in September or October 2008.

3/20/2008:

Construction has been picking up the pace over at the new restaurant at 700 Clinton St.

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11/01/2006 10:00PM Update:
Silly me, l guess I never cared to look into things. Not sure about you, but I didn’t know that the Madison was also owned by Steve Cappiello AS WELL as Mayor Roberts. I suppose I never paid attention or cared. But there you have it. And yes, it’s the same former Mayor.

11/01/2006:

The dumpster is in place and interior demolition has begun at the old Portofino location, where The Jefferson (i.e., The Clinton) is rumored to be soon calling home.

Search the Tax records for some interesting data regarding the sale. It’s listed as owned by Steve Cappiello. Is this the same Steve Cappiello who was former Hoboken Mayor from 1973-1985? He lost in 1985 to Thomas Vezzetti the “Wackiest Mayor in America” according to the NY Daily News (story from the Reporter).

Here’s some links:
http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/m4sr.cgi?&srch_type=1&ms_user=monm&district=09057119
http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/m4sr.cgi?srch_type=2&district=090518201&ms_user=monm

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7/28/2006:
So rumor on the street now is that Dave Carney (owner of Madison) has purchased the old Portofino building and will be shifting The Jefferson (or similar) to that location.

If that’s the case, how do you feel about it?

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86 Responses

  1. Hobo636 says:

    still not open. everything looks ready- even the bar computer was glowing tonight. it can’t be long. Hard to believe in a town with 5,000,000 bars, that we still anxiously await another tavern. (its one of the reasons I can’t leave.) LOL

  2. TBizzle says:

    How can a place look so finished for so long…without opening? Actually saw a chef/kitchen staff carrying a tray of food of some sort yesterday down the basement hatch….so maybe they’re getting closer.

    • 9 says:

      Maybe the right people haven’t received their, um, envelopes yet.

      In response to TBizzle who said:

      How can a place look so finished for so long…without opening? Actually saw a chef/kitchen staff carrying a tray of food of some sort yesterday down the basement hatch….so maybe they’re getting closer.

  3. get1out says:

    Ate there last night, the food was a disappointment. Service was slow (but that is not surprising on opening night as the kitchens usually get overwhelmed) but forgivable. No manager visited the table or greeted us, which should be a must to get feedback and build goodwill on day 1. But it is the food quality that will keep me from going back any time soon. The interior was nice with a lot of good light. Hopefully they will improve and be worthy of future visits.

  4. 9 says:

    Good beer selection and beautiful bar area. My friends had dinner there and thought the menu was trying to be a little too cute. I just hope it doesn’t draw a Madison’s crowd, because I hate Madison’s. Maybe being off the beaten path will keep it douchebag-free.

    • mcspacebar says:

      Agreed. the last thing I want too see there is a “Madison crowd”.
      I would also appreciate it if the place is less pretentious than Madison.
      i went there in a t-shirt once and got major attitude from the staff.

      Madison is a bar with over priced specialty drinks. and so -so food.
      Clinton Social should strive to be a part of the neighborhood it occupies.
      that is of they want steady repeat customers.

      In response to 9 who said:

      Good beer selection and beautiful bar area. My friends had dinner there and thought the menu was trying to be a little too cute. I just hope it doesn’t draw a Madison’s crowd, because I hate Madison’s. Maybe being off the beaten path will keep it douchebag-free.

  5. cougarhunter says:

    My brother and I decided to check out Clinton Social on Friday night, and we had a very disappointing experience there on the opening night. Now, I have never been to a restaurant on *the* opening, but, upon our arrival, the hostess and staff did not say or do very much to even welcome us to the new place. It wasn’t even full, they could have been a little gracious or gave us some color on the opening.

    The dining room looks rather formal, which doesn’t correspond to the pretty casual American menu. I ordered a burger and my bro got the veal lasagna dish. The food took over 45 minutes, maybe closer to an hour, to come out. We’re generally pretty patient, but it was strange because the two people next to us, who sat down after us, got their filet mignon dishes before we were served. Food was subpar. My burger was no better than a burger at Five Guys (about the same size) and the lasagna dish, described quite nicely in the menu, was very mushy and looked like an appetizer-sized portion.

    Clearly, they weren’t prepared for the opening night. One waitress was walking around the dining room clearly unsheveled, talking to herself and looking in distress. The owner was walking around in a t-shirt and sweats, which was peculiar for an opening, and greeting the folks whom he knew.

    Typical Madisons-type “players” were in the crowded front lounge/bar at 10 PM when we left.

    Might go back in a couple months, but they’ll need some time to work out some issues.

    • Stpaddygirl says:

      Great name love it!!

      In response to cougarhunter who said:

      My brother and I decided to check out Clinton Social on Friday night, and we had a very disappointing experience there on the opening night. Now, I have never been to a restaurant on *the* opening, but, upon our arrival, the hostess and staff did not say or do very much to even welcome us to the new place. It wasn’t even full, they could have been a little gracious or gave us some color on the opening.

      The dining room looks rather formal, which doesn’t correspond to the pretty casual American menu. I ordered a burger and my bro got the veal lasagna dish. The food took over 45 minutes, maybe closer to an hour, to come out. We’re generally pretty patient, but it was strange because the two people next to us, who sat down after us, got their filet mignon dishes before we were served. Food was subpar. My burger was no better than a burger at Five Guys (about the same size) and the lasagna dish, described quite nicely in the menu, was very mushy and looked like an appetizer-sized portion.

      Clearly, they weren’t prepared for the opening night. One waitress was walking around the dining room clearly unsheveled, talking to herself and looking in distress. The owner was walking around in a t-shirt and sweats, which was peculiar for an opening, and greeting the folks whom he knew.

      Typical Madisons-type “players” were in the crowded front lounge/bar at 10 PM when we left.

      Might go back in a couple months, but they’ll need some time to work out some issues.

  6. homeworld says:

    Clinton Social was kind of pricey. I like Hoboken Bar and Grill better.

    • mooshu says:

      Hoboken Bar and Grill is yummy.

      And I second 9’s comment: Madison blows.

      In response to homeworld who said:

      Clinton Social was kind of pricey. I like Hoboken Bar and Grill better.

      • strand tramp says:

        the only reason to go to madison is to get away from the 25 and under guido frat boy crowd with their mom’s credit card, bad wardrobe and lacking alcohol tolerance and couth.

        In response to mooshu who said:

        Hoboken Bar and Grill is yummy.

        And I second 9’s comment: Madison blows.

  7. hobokencat says:

    Went there for dinner last night with two friends. As we approached, there were a decent amount of people going in as well. The bar area seemed very nice and the bartender attentive.

    As for the dining area, I agree with #68 that it was kind of formal. However, after sitting for a while, I did warm up to it (let’s not mention the bottle of wine we may have shared 😉

    The waitress was very nice and the service was par. The food, however, does need some improvement. Our appetizers were very good (spring rolls and fried mozzarella) but our entrees needed some TLC – or at least LESS salt. It’s also worth noting that the entree salads should either be listed as appetizers (due to their size) or priced less.

    The sandwiches and bar pies are reasonably priced although their entree selection was more expensive.
    Sea bass, steak frites, and salmon were featured ranging from around $20 – $30.

    I’m glad I tried it, but won’t be rushing back any time soon – for a meal at least. I wouldn’t mind checking out the bar scene if, and I echo some sentiments, the ‘Madison’ crowd doesn’t take over.

    • rangerrotty says:

      So I went last Friday to the Clinton Social.

      My party arrived at 7.30pm (first we had to figure out where the hostess was located).

      When I arrived at the hostess station, I noticed a table of was already 4 open. I asked about the wait time and the hostess indicated that it would be “a while” and did not elaborate on the length of time. I wasn’t worried at first since the bar wasn’t too crowded. By 8pm, I was curious if we were close to being seat, only to be told that the table still wasn’t ready yet, BUT the same table was still open.

      I didn’t mind at the time, because I was having a few beers at the bar, and the bartender was very nice.

      At 8.30pm when I returned to the hostess station to inquire about the seating, she stated that they were still waiting for a party of leave. I noticed that the SAME four top was STILL open and I asked her, “what about that table back there that has been been open since I got here an hour ago?” She stated that the table was reserved for an 8.30pm group and could not be seated. I couldn’t believe it. This hostess was clueless and I doubt the owner knew how terrible she was.

      What I DO NOT understand is why couldn’t seat us at that table one hour ago? I seriously thought that it was important to have as many seats filled as possible to maximize the profit. It did not make sense why they waited for an hour with an open table especially if they were expecting a table to leave “any moment” which would have worked for the “reservation”.

      I doubt I will ever go there for dinner. The place looked very stuffy in the back. I would only go back there to have drinks at the bar. Maybe. There are so many there places with better service.

      At 8.30pm, we walked down the street to a local bar, were we were seated immediately and served immediately.

      Not very impressed by that place, which is a shame since it is only 2 blocks from my home.

      In response to hobokencat who said:

      Went there for dinner last night with two friends. As we approached, there were a decent amount of people going in as well. The bar area seemed very nice and the bartender attentive.

      As for the dining area, I agree with #68 that it was kind of formal. However, after sitting for a while, I did warm up to it (let’s not mention the bottle of wine we may have shared 😉

      The waitress was very nice and the service was par. The food, however, does need some improvement. Our appetizers were very good (spring rolls and fried mozzarella) but our entrees needed some TLC – or at least LESS salt. It’s also worth noting that the entree salads should either be listed as appetizers (due to their size) or priced less.

      The sandwiches and bar pies are reasonably priced although their entree selection was more expensive.
      Sea bass, steak frites, and salmon were featured ranging from around $20 – $30.

      I’m glad I tried it, but won’t be rushing back any time soon – for a meal at least. I wouldn’t mind checking out the bar scene if, and I echo some sentiments, the ‘Madison’ crowd doesn’t take over.

      • patssoxrevscelts says:

        You were probably waiting for my table. I too went there friday night because it was near my house and walkable for my Mom who was visiting and kids. The 5 of us were seated at a 4 top. We placed our orders at 6:40 and didn’t even receive our food until 8:15!!! Were told something about the kitchen not having electricity, but I know for certain the larger party in the middle of the dining room sat down, had 3 courses of food and were lingering at their table before we even received our meals so I’m not so sure I buy that story. I kept asking for something, anything, to keep people occupied and was told at one point that we had had too much bread already.

        The food was ok, but for the price and the inconvenience I don’t think I would go back. If they opened anything with decent food and reasonable prices in that area, it would be a goldmine. The only other option is Backyards Bistro.

        In response to rangerrotty who said:

        So I went last Friday to the Clinton Social.

        My party arrived at 7.30pm (first we had to figure out where the hostess was located).

        When I arrived at the hostess station, I noticed a table of was already 4 open. I asked about the wait time and the hostess indicated that it would be “a while” and did not elaborate on the length of time. I wasn’t worried at first since the bar wasn’t too crowded. By 8pm, I was curious if we were close to being seat, only to be told that the table still wasn’t ready yet, BUT the same table was still open.

        I didn’t mind at the time, because I was having a few beers at the bar, and the bartender was very nice.

        At 8.30pm when I returned to the hostess station to inquire about the seating, she stated that they were still waiting for a party of leave. I noticed that the SAME four top was STILL open and I asked her, “what about that table back there that has been been open since I got here an hour ago?” She stated that the table was reserved for an 8.30pm group and could not be seated. I couldn’t believe it. This hostess was clueless and I doubt the owner knew how terrible she was.

        What I DO NOT understand is why couldn’t seat us at that table one hour ago? I seriously thought that it was important to have as many seats filled as possible to maximize the profit. It did not make sense why they waited for an hour with an open table especially if they were expecting a table to leave “any moment” which would have worked for the “reservation”.

        I doubt I will ever go there for dinner. The place looked very stuffy in the back. I would only go back there to have drinks at the bar. Maybe. There are so many there places with better service.

        At 8.30pm, we walked down the street to a local bar, were we were seated immediately and served immediately.

        Not very impressed by that place, which is a shame since it is only 2 blocks from my home.

  8. kooky kat says:

    I am so glad like the people who have posted here so far won’t be returning to Clinton Social!! If you want to sit at a specific time, call and make a reservation, it’s pretty simple. I want it now! I! ME! MINE!!! God, I hate some peoples attidues, everything is about them…ALL the time. You should know better than to show up at a brand new restaurant, in a neighborhood that doesn’t really have many places to have a nice meal, with an owner who repeatedly opens up wonderful restaurants in town, and expect to be seated any time soon.

    Dave Carey is amazing, he knows how to run a restaurant. I don’t know too many restaurants that don’t have a few bumps in the road the first couple of months. But don’t go back, I am pretty sure he doesn’t need your business anyway. He can serve people who appreciate what a great job he’s done with the redecorating, and as always – even though I haven’t tried it yet – I am sure the food.

    Good Luck to Dave!!

    • TPain says:

      In a neighborhood that doesnt really have many places??? C’mon, this is hoboken. Everything is within walking distance and there are plenty of places to have a good meal.

      I do agree that it is early on in the process and they deserve some time to iron out the wrinkles….

      In response to kooky kat who said:

      I am so glad like the people who have posted here so far won’t be returning to Clinton Social!! If you want to sit at a specific time, call and make a reservation, it’s pretty simple. I want it now! I! ME! MINE!!! God, I hate some peoples attidues, everything is about them…ALL the time. You should know better than to show up at a brand new restaurant, in a neighborhood that doesn’t really have many places to have a nice meal, with an owner who repeatedly opens up wonderful restaurants in town, and expect to be seated any time soon.

      Dave Carey is amazing, he knows how to run a restaurant. I don’t know too many restaurants that don’t have a few bumps in the road the first couple of months. But don’t go back, I am pretty sure he doesn’t need your business anyway. He can serve people who appreciate what a great job he’s done with the redecorating, and as always – even though I haven’t tried it yet – I am sure the food.

      Good Luck to Dave!!

  9. Stpaddygirl says:

    Have not been there yet but looking forward to checking out the place. I agree with TPain all you have to do is walk a couple blocks and there are a ton of places.

    Feel bad for the guy that went there with his entire family -too much bread? Seriously I would have walked out or complained to the Manager but that is me who has a chef in her family.

  10. 707 says:

    We tried this place out last night. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical. However, the food was fantastic and not as expensive as I thought it would be. My meatloaf and mozz sandwich was phenomenal. I would recommend it to anyone (get an extra side of gravy). The raw bar had some nice choices, the beer options were great and my girlfriend said that her two mixed drinks were some of the best she ever had. Oh, and the staff could not have been any friendlier. We will definitely be back.

  11. gnoor says:

    I had the wings 2 weeks ago. We were not thrilled with them, they had some fancy sauce and were a bit overdone. I will give it a shot for dinner and let you know what happens.

  12. shoppegirl28 says:

    I went to Clinton Social last night for Restaurant Week. I met a friend who lives in NYC there and we started at the bar. (I mention that she’s from the city bc I often have a hard time thinking of classy and good restaurants to take my city friends to when they ACTUALLY venture to Jersey) I had a basil and blackberry lemon aide that was out of this world good. It was very refreshing and not to sweet as many mixed drinks can be. Then we moved to the dinning room. It is a beautiful room with lots of comfortable seating. When ordering off the restaurant week menu, you pick three options. I assumed it was going to be 3 smaller plates and I was very wrong about that. I ordered the watercress and watermelon salad and it was huge and very delicious, but a bit overdressed. Then I got the shrimp nachos, which were great and followed it up with the oxtail served with glazed carrots and gnocchi. Since I don’t eat meat, they were accommodating enough to leave off the oxtail and suggested they beef up the sides for me. The waitress was lovely and the manager came over and asked how everything was. When we left, around 9pm the dining room was 1/2 full and the bar had a good crowd. (I am not a fan of the clientele at the Madison myself, and I wasn’t getting that type of vibe.) I would defiently come back to this restaurant!

  13. bda24 says:

    My boyfriend and I came her on Monday night for the start of Restaurant Week. They are offering a 3-Course meal for $25 (not including tip, tax and beverage). First I will start with the food. We both got the watermelon and goat cheese salad to start. The salad was refreshing with the watermelon, however there was way too much salad dressing on it, and that definitley was not goat cheese. It was more like brie. I am a huge lover of both cheeses, but if you tell me I am getting goat cheese then that is what I expect. They also only put 2 small pieces of the cheese in the salad. 2nd course I got the fried mozz. This was very good. It also came with oven roasted tomatoes and it was all really good together. My boyfriend got the stacked eggplant. We both agreed it was not good. The eggplant was very bitter and had a funny taste. For 3rd course I got the M&M which is meatloaf, mozz, gravy on toasted italian bread. It was ok, definitely nothing special. The meatloaf was not very flavorful and it needed more gravy. There also was too much bread compared to the size of the meatloaf. The fries it came with were very good though. My boyfriend had the fish n’ chips. They gave him one piece of fish which I thought was strange for fish n’ chips and it wasnt even a big piece. He thought it was ok. One thing which I highly recommend is the Blackberry Basil Lemonade which is awesome. Drink prices are high though. I thought the decor was very nice and I would go back for drinks and out with friends, but dont think I will be rushing back for the food.

  14. Derrida says:

    I think the place is great and perhaps even worth the endless wait. The waitresses for the most part seem to be rather fetching as well.

  15. jdross19 says:

    I hadn’t been to Clinton Social in awhile (too expensive), but a friend invited me to dinner this past Friday night. The place was jumping, we sat in the bar area and i thought the service was terrific – both bartenders were totally cool and friendly. We got the fried mozzarella appetizer. It came literally 60 seconds after we ordered, so obviously it had been sitting there, and yes, it arrived lukewarm at best. But still – pretty amazing, a great version of this all-time favorite app. For mains, we split the pastrami sandwich, steak frites and mac n cheese. The sandwich was very good, plenty of meat, tender and stacked high. The steak was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. The mac n cheese was a little too goopy – sort of looked like kraft or velveeta – you know – the kind of cheese that hardens quickly. But overall – pretty solid. FYI – some of the best mac n cheese i have ever had is from Amelia’s Bistro in JC.

  16. 9 says:

    The short ribs at Clinton Social (don’t remember if they’re on the menu or if it was a special the night I went) were OFF DA HOOK!

  17. CandB1025 says:

    GREAT to hear they are reopening! We’ve definitely missed going!

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