Charrito’s Restaurant Uptown

Charrito’s Uptown – Just opened

See below for quick review

Description – Mexican cuisine.
Address – 1024 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030
Telephone – (201) 659-2800
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July 2006

Charrito’s Uptown location is a very popular Mexican restaurant these days. Don’t be fooled by their small and cramped outdoor seating area (which I think stinks by the way). It holds 12 seats very tightly. Uncomfortable. We chose to sit inside this time. The seating inside was much more comfortable and suitable for taller people.
The interior feel of Charrito’s is very appealing. Plentiful seating (50 up front, and 16 in the back room, plus small bar location), genuine Mexican articles, good atmosphere and a big psuedo-Mayan wall lit up with candles.

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We didn’t have their signature Guacamole, because we have had that item before. But if you’ve never been there, it’s worth the $9.95. Home made right in front of you, and to your taste.
Instead we chose the all-in-one Nachos as an appetizer. Very delicious (and kinda sloppy), as we like it. In our opinion, a little pricey ($12.95) for a plate of nachos, but that’s the price you pay for authenticity.

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For entrees, we chose the Pueblo combo and the burritos.

The presentation was good and the taste for both was adequate, but didn’t knock us out. The chimi-changa I had with the pueblo dish was a bit rubbery, as well as the stuffed pepper. But I guess that’s how they like it in Oaxaca. I personally dug the slightly more tex-mex version at Baja.

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Charrito’s definitely is a decent Mexican restaurant, a tad on the pricey side. However, the food is pretty good, the entree portions were generous, and the service we’ve had their has been excellent. We never had them make any sangria, however, I have also heard that it was too much, considering you already bought the wine. And despite hearing bad things about the service there during peak hours, we’ve never experienced it.

We’ll be back to try their signature dishes exclusively next time.

22 Responses

  1. Cindy says:

    Went to Charito’s uptown last Friday night. Wait for a table was long, but if you bring your own tequila they will make you a pretty good maguerita! Guacamole is very good. Very good food – highly recommend it if you can stand the wait.

    • HobokenFootballRules says:

      Pretty good entrees. Expensive side- $17-20.

      Guac is very good in the summer.

      If you bring a bottle of tequila, you won’t get it all back.[quote comment=”171″]Went to Charito’s uptown last Friday night. Wait for a table was long, but if you bring your own tequila they will make you a pretty good maguerita! Guacamole is very good. Very good food – highly recommend it if you can stand the wait.[/quote]

  2. frink says:

    Wow that pyramid looks a bit wierd…do you have to pray and light a candle for someone if you eat there?

  3. whereamI says:

    the pyramid seems like a big waste of space…they could easily fit 5 more tables. Guaca is scrumptious.

  4. hobokenhottie1 says:

    Went here last night for dinner with another couple. I ordered the Steak, chicken, and shrimp fajitas and they were excellent! I did not feel like I needed to take a hot shower after eating here. I could barely walk home, however…….

    Everyone else was very pleased with their entrees, they only thing that annoyed us is my sister ordered the steak and chicken fajita and asked to sub the steak for the shrimp and they ended up charging her almost $10.00 more for 3 shrimp. She actually started getting pissy with the waitress and I had to shut her up. I do agree that they should have told her that first but whatever…… Still a fun night!

  5. thebinatwork says:

    Disclaimer: I am a mexican food snob from San Diego. That said, Charritos is about as close to legit as Mexican gets in Jersey, its 90% of the way there, but at triple the prices you would pay in Souther California for similar food. (Literally.) I think the portions might have cut back a bit too since the days when the downtown location was all we had. Very good food overall, but they need to settle down a bit with the entree prices.

  6. kinkaju says:

    The food is great. I actually had my engagement party there one afternoon over the summer and everyone raved about the food. I have been going there since this location was open but was there last weekend and felt the prices went up a bit. Shrimp dinners are great, espically the spicy one. The gaucamole is always good and freshy made at your table. Always have a good experience here.

  7. emarche says:

    Are you nuts? Check out Casa Maya in Meyersville (near Morristown).

    http://www.casamayamexican.com/CasaMaya.htm

    WAY closer to good, authentic Mex and better prices, too. Toro Loco out in South Orange is decent as well. Both kick the snot out of Charrito’s.

    Were you here during the days of Carmelita Cafe? THAT was good. Miss it terribly.

  8. wgenese says:

    [quote comment=”7562″]
    Were you here during the days of Carmelita Cafe? THAT was good. Miss it terribly.[/quote]
    I loved that place.

  9. emarche says:

    They actually moved out to Maplewood for a few months and then finally shut their doors. Not sure if they’re somewhere else, but the food was great and the guy who ran the place was hands-down the best host in town. Super friendly and with a killer music collection. Whenever I went there for tacos he was always happy to put on bootlegs of great blues shoes, etc. Really cool and really missed.

  10. wgenese says:

    Carlos? I think that was his name. My memory is fried due to long term ingestion of Hudson County tap water. I’ve since switched to bottled but the damage is done. He and I would talk at length. Very interesting and affable guy.

  11. emarche says:

    Yep – that was him! He had some great stories.

  12. krewedetat says:

    Agreed, Carmelita’s was good but mostly a takeout place not a real restaurant. I love Charrito’s. Everything, down to the table linens and the hostesses’ blouses, is authentic. And yes, the food is pricy. Given that they don’t have a profit center with liquor, they have to make their money on food. In the end, with BYOB, you still come out cheaper. And, emarche, I would rather walk home than drive from Meyersville, but thanks for that tip in case I find myself out there.

  13. rag246 says:

    I have now eaten at both of these places (uptown and downtown) and why we need two of these overpriced purveyors of mediocre food is way beyond me.

    Stick with East LA for lowbrow food and decent margaritas, Baja for a more upscale experience, and Mission Burrito for the best take out.

    😕

  14. jen123 says:

    If you’re a huge Mexican food fan, here’s the place for you. The food is pricey and the restaurant can be a bit crowded/noisy but the portions are huge and the gaucamole is delicious. Personally I’m not a huge fan of Mexican food, but I was pleasantly surprised. Just be sure to get there early on weekends – it could get pretty crowded.

  15. Matt123 says:

    Just tried to eat here last night with some friends and we were told 1/2 way into our appetizer that we all needed to order an entree or we would be charged $5 per person. I obviously did not agree to that since 2 people with us had only wanted appetizers and it was after 8 pm on a Thursday. I asked for the manager and the waiter said the manager would be in the next day and that he was in charge. I said there was nothing on the menu stating a food per person minimum and we would not be forced to order anything and I asked if he would rather we leave. He said yes. I have managed restaurants and waited tables for a good chunk of my life and although we may not have been the highest check of the evening, you certianly don’t ask a paying customer to leave because they are not bringing you enough revenue. What’s next, a single person gets charged because they are not with anyone? Does he/she get charged a $5 emty seat fee? Needless to say I will not return, and every time I pass by I will reccomend anyone outside to another establishment without hesitation.

  16. debra says:

    Hoboken is expensive, that is why when we visit Charritos we go to the first one that opened on 48th Street in Union City.

  17. blaueaugen says:

    mexican food is mexican food, it’s all the same…what a burrito? it’s a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s a taco? its a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s an enchilada? :mrgreen:

    baja is better for the sole reason they have a liqour license…you need some good tequila to wash down that grease!

    • emarche says:

      Wrong on many, many counts.

      Except for the tequila part. Which is right in so many, many ways.[quote comment=”192637″]mexican food is mexican food, it’s all the same…what a burrito? it’s a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s a taco? its a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s an enchilada? baja is better for the sole reason they have a liqour license…you need some good tequila to wash down that grease![/quote]

    • Hobocant says:

      You could incorrectly make the same argument for many other ethnicities.[quote comment=”192637″]mexican food is mexican food, it’s all the same…what a burrito? it’s a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s a taco? its a tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese…what’s an enchilada? baja is better for the sole reason they have a liqour license…you need some good tequila to wash down that grease![/quote]

  18. krewedetat says:

    Matt123’s story is bad news. I don’t know what’s happened with this place, I have to admit I did not enjoy my last meal there (uptown location). I thought it was just an off-night.

  19. moephab says:

    I have eaten here with friends three times. I will not be going back. Generaly not a Big fan of Mexican food, but the food that I was served was just horrible the kicker was the shreded chicke that had bits of shreded bones in it. When the waitstaff was questioned about it we got no reply. Friends have enjoyed their meals, but I am so not happy! Didn’t really care for Ricco’s but strangely I miss it now.

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