Biggies Clam Bar

Biggie’s adds new location in Hoboken, NJ

Biggie’s Clam Bar is already quite a bit of a restaurant operation – with three locations (Hoboken, Carlstadt, and even one in Kingsport, TN!)

They’re getting set to open up a new spot in Hoboken at 36-42 Newark Street soon – taking over the Clam Broth House.

A lot of Hoboken411 readers were wondering why the Clam Broth House lasted barely two years in such a great location, but feel that Biggie’s will fare much better.

Time will tell!

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Description: Fast food restaurant serving Sandwiches, seafood.
Services: Sandwiches, Cheese steak, hamburgers, sausages, clams, soups, salads, beer. Delivery, Take Out, Dine In
Website: www.biggiesclambar.com
Address (two locations): 318 Madison Street and 36-42 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: 201-656-2161, Fax: 201-656-5779

Biggie’s Clam Bar reviewed in Hoboken, NJ

Reviewed May 2006 by our newest contributor, Toby. She is a Hoboken resident with lots of opinions to share!

It was an evening after work, my girlfriends and I wanted to get a quick bite to eat at a laid back place that we could show up in sweats, flip flops and tank tops. A place not along Washington Street; somewhere hidden amongst some side streets. We walked in and the atmosphere was like picnic tables indoors, with chalk boards displaying a menu of seafood, burgers, sandwiches and more. I felt like I was in my bathing suit, you know, with the sand stuck to your feet, all sunned out, stepping up to a shack, ordering my food. Memories of the boardwalk almost!

The service was great, they took our order right away and began shucking the clams in front of us. My girlfriend ordered the clam chowder, we shared the clams oreganata and fried clams. I wanted to try the mussels, but they were all out, damnit! We sat outside at a picnic table and they brought out the food to us when it was ready. There must have been 10 or so cars pulling up, families and all, going in picking up orders and pulling off. That place certainly is a gem.

My friend said, the Clam Chowder, which to me looks like minestrone soup, was "good", had a lot of clam bites in it.. I am not a clam chowder eater, but I thought it'd come out creamy. Chowder : a soup or stew of seafood (as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables (as potatoes) ; also : a soup resembling chowder.

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The fried clams were very crispy, how I like'em, but fried…I know, but Iwanted to go healthy, but how can you at Biggie's, hence why I wanted the mussels first. They tasted like your typical fried clams. Does anything breaded and fried taste anything different than fried bread crumbs?? They were, "good"
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Below, the Clams Oreganata… They look delicious, and the bread crumbs on the top were, however, it is a lot like steamed clams with a pile of bread crumbs on top. I don't like steamed clams,I like the clams chopped up and mixed with the crumbs, but it was very fresh, but slimy… EW.. I am sure that they were delicious, but my girlfriend and I were opposed to the whole clam, not chopped.

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Over all..I think it is a great place to go after sunning and getting great fried seafood. I would not bring a date there, but definitely would go back with my friends.. A seafood eater would have a field day. Oh, forgot to mention the best part… They have BEER!

Here's their menu:

Sandwiches
All prices include our Famous peppers & onions
Plain With
Lettuce
& Tomato
Char Broil Chicken 5.25 5.75
Steak 5.25 5.75
Cheese Steak 5.75 6.25
Garlic Mozzarella Cheesesteak 6.25 6.75
Sausage w/Peppers 5.25 5.75
Meatball 5.00 5.50
Hot Dog 2.00 2.50
Chili Dog 2.25 2.75
Cheese Dog 2.25 2.75
Cheeseburger 2.75 3.25
Hamburger 2.50 3.00
Pepper, Onion & Egg 3.75 4.25
Potatoes & Eggs 3.75 4.25
Eggplant Parmigiana 4.75 5.25
Chicken Parmigiana 5.25 5.75
Chicken Cutlet (Fried) 4.75 5.25
Flounder Filet 4.50 5.00
Tuna Fish 3.25 3.75
Seafood
Fried Calamari 7.25
Fried Shrimp (6) 6.75
Scallops 6.25
Fried Clams 5.75
Crab Cake 2.25
Fish Cake 1.25
Roasted Clams (1/2 Dozen) 5.25
Roasted Clams (1 Dozen) 9.75
Clams on the 1/2 Shell (1/2 Dozen) 5.25
Clams on the 1/2 Shell (1 Dozen) 9.75
Steamed Clams (1/2 Dozen) 5.75
Steamed Clams (1 Dozen) w/Beer & Garlic 10.25
Mussels Marinara 6.75
Side Orders
Baby Back Ribs 1/2 Rack w/French Fries 9.75
Chicken in a Basket 6.25
Buffalo Wings 4.25
Mozzarella Sticks 4.25
Chicken Fingers 4.25
Onion Rings 2.50
French Fries 1.50
Cheese Fries 2.25
Chili Cheese Fries 2.50
Corn-on-the-Cob 1.25
Soup
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Homemade Clam Chowder

2.75
Salads
Char Broiled Chicken Salad 6.50
Caesar Salad 5.25
Caesar Salad w/Chicken 7.00
Garden Salad 4.25
Tuna over Salad 10.20
Salmon over Salad 10.20
Beverages
Soda 0.75
32 oz. Soda 1.75
Snapple 1.75
Yoo-hoo 1.75
Bottled Water 1.25
Coffee 1.25
Tea 1.25
Wine 3.25
Budweiser (12 oz.) 3.25
Bud Light 3.25
Coors Light 3.25
Corona 3.75
Heineken 3.75

46 Responses

  1. escaped68 says:

    there’s no extra charge for the finger

  2. rapperd says:

    [quote comment=”26055″]there’s no extra charge for the finger[/quote]

    And the finger tastes better when it’s fried anyways..

  3. kooky kat says:

    [quote comment=”26050″]Don’t need annoymous internet opinions if I had known anyone in person who had been there. As for the “dying to try it”, that was my way of saying I am very interested in going but its not that close to where I live so I thought I’d find out some info before taking a walk there. Word of mouth is the best advertising and if I can get someone’s opinion before going, I’ll do that. I would have gone either way, but I figured I’d get some input beforehand incase anyone had a terrible experience like a finger in their food and I was the only idiot who didnt know about “that restuarant”. Thank you though for your opinion about the restaurant!! Much appreciated! :P[/quote]

    newgirl, I try most of the time to be a healthy eater, so I was reluctant to try this place also. So, I took the plunge about 2 weeks ago, and TRIED to go as light as I could. The soup, some fried clam strips (not too many!!) and the grilled chicken sandwich. Everything was really good, I know grilled chicken is grilled chicken, but it was super tasty!!

  4. bri777 says:

    Their food is good for what it is, their cheese steak tastes a lot like a large White Castle cheeseburger, and I mean that in a good way 😀

  5. mcspacebar says:

    Just tried delivery from here.
    it took a hour and a half to arrive, but it is saturday night. they called and apologized for the delay & sent 2 free sodas with our order.
    nice people.
    Food was ok. what I expected.
    my girlfriend thought the fried calamari was too spicy (she’s a spice wimp), prices are reasonable. I will order from them again. 8)

  6. BklynHobo says:

    I guess their deliver hasn’t gotten any better…It took over an hour and half and no free soda :). Didn’t think it would be this long on a Tuesday at 8pm. Food was good though, I’ll just go pick it up from now on. :)

  7. 9 says:

    I’m a huge fan of this place. They aren’t the quickest, but me likee mucho.

  8. Easy-E says:

    Yeah the delivery was awful the 2nd time I used it. I canceled the delivery after almost 1 1/2 hours. Of course as soon as I did, I got a ring from the front door. At that point I was already eating something else and didn’t answer it.

    I’ll go pick up from now on, or eat it there.

    Nice guys though, no complaint there, and the food is good.

  9. Cat says:

    I can’t eat there anymore. I try to go healthy but those yummy fried clams just call my name.

  10. Ray Burke says:

    My family have been going to Biggies since I was about 4 years old the first time I can remember having Biggies was at a celebration in Hoboken they were one of the vendors. We moved to New York but we always went back to Hoboken to visit Biggies the one thing I hated was back in the day Joe would close up shop in the winter for about 2-3 months and go to Florida. I live in Atlanta now and whenever I go to New York I always make my way to Hoboken to Biggies I’m now 56 years old.

  11. pawzclawz says:

    Love Biggie’s. I usually get the seafood platter. When I order. The platter doesn’t include Calamari. I truly did not know the calamari was homemade. I’ll have to try the calamari next time. I’ve never had a problem with long delivery time. The last time I tried to order was the night of the blizzard. They were already closed. They sent their driver’s home early because of the weather. “Bastards!” (Just Joking)

  12. amelia1623 says:

    During Lent i discovered Biggies Clam Chowder – since its been about a month since i last had it – i ordered it for lunch today – IT IS DELICIOUS. Soooo flavorful and satisfying.

    If you like MANHATTAN Style Clam Chowder – Biggies is the Best.

  13. amelia1623 says:

    Since it was such a dreary day I wanted to have soup for lunch and decided to revisit the Clam Chowder at Biggies…..did it taste as good as I remembered from May?

    Yes! Yes, it did. This place has by far the best Manahattan Clam Chowder!

    On delivery.com they only have an $8 minimum – so you can get soup and a side salad for a filling and tastey lunch….

    😀

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      love when the owner use to say tab is 12 dollars and 17 cents just give me the 12 cents..love it…he his a pisser.[quote comment=”211435″]Since it was such a dreary day I wanted to have soup for lunch and decided to revisit the Clam Chowder at Biggies…..did it taste as good as I remembered from May?Yes! Yes, it did. This place has by far the best Manahattan Clam Chowder!On delivery.com they only have an $8 minimum – so you can get soup and a side salad for a filling and tastey lunch….[/quote]

  14. klaatu says:

    They should put the sign back.

  15. aurora says:

    Hope it’s not too greasy! And are they keeping both locations or just moving?

  16. escaped68 says:

    Biggie’s opened a place on the boardwalk in asbury park, across the street from the stone pony, but I was told they closed.Unless they shut down for the winter and will reopen in the spring.

  17. whineanddineinhob says:

    Best of luck “Brother”. You’ve been a family friend forever. Remember as a kid goin for the dogs and clams and looked forward to getting the fresh watermelon off the ice block outside the store. I miss ya old man pop too.

    • escaped68 says:

      Did you buy a 15 cents piece or a 25 cents piece?[quote comment=”214557″]Best of luck “Brother”. You’ve been a family friend forever. Remember as a kid goin for the dogs and clams and looked forward to getting the fresh watermelon off the ice block outside the store. I miss ya old man pop too.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        THAT’S RIGHT! LMAO. Depended on how much I ate inside the store.[quote comment=”214558″]Did you buy a 15 cents piece or a 25 cents piece?[/quote]

      • escaped68 says:

        Can you see the board of health inspectors if they were to sell watermelon on ice like that today? They would have a triple strength stroke and keeled over on the spot.[quote comment=”214559″]THAT’S RIGHT! LMAO. Depended on how much I ate inside the store.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        True. Never heard of anyone being sick from it either. Today we have the “bactine” moms at the park, spraying cuts and wrapping with multiple bandages. My grandmother would spit on a hanky and I’d be back on the slide in no time. It’s no wonder many become immune to drugs, ointments and penicillin. Have ya ever known a grandma then who didn’t carry a hanky? lol.[quote comment=”214561″]Can you see the board of health inspectors if they were to sell watermelon on ice like that today? They would have a triple strength stroke and keeled over on the spot.[/quote]

      • escaped68 says:

        Did your grandmother keep a silver dollar in the freezer to put on heads bumps??[quote comment=”214562″]True. Never heard of anyone being sick from it either. Today we have the “bactine” moms at the park, spraying cuts and wrapping with multiple bandages. My grandmother would spit on a hanky and I’d be back on the slide in no time. It’s no wonder many become immune to drugs, ointments and penicillin. Have ya ever known a grandma then who didn’t carry a hanky? lol.[/quote]

  18. willow says:

    I just ate at the route 17 location sat night. Place was packed and they had a wait of 30 min. food was good and very inexpensive. I think it will do well. There is a definite need for a seafood place in town.

    • escaped68 says:

      They make the best steak sandwiches not that chopped up stuff from philly. But the madison street place is special it has ‘starter grease’ like starter for sour dough bread. [quote comment=”214565″]I just ate at the route 17 location sat night. Place was packed and they had a wait of 30 min. food was good and very inexpensive. I think it will do well. There is a definite need for a seafood place in town.[/quote]

  19. whineanddineinhob says:

    Not that I recall, but it sure does sound like something a grandmother would do. LOL. The only home remedy I remember was a little eyedrop bottle she kept with some sort of liquor in it. This was only used for my toothaches. I actually remember her landlord giving her this for me. Just the horrible taste made me believe it was working.

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