Piccolo’s Clam Bar

cheesesteaks and stuff

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Description – Famous Cheesesteak place.
Services –
cheesesteak, sandwiches, breakfast
Address – 92 Clinton St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-2404
Telephone –
(201) 653-0564

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May 2006

Having not been there in quite a while, it seemed fitting that we stop by, grab a bite and say hello.

Piccolo's has been an establishment in Hoboken for over 50 years. Even though it's called a Clam Bar, they haven't served them since the late 60's.

The menu is very simple. Some cheesesteaks (only American cheese available), chicken sandwiches, burgers and fries, shrimp and some pastas and soups. Plus daily specials as well. Breakfast from 7:30-10:30.

Each time you walk in you're happily greeted by the owner and staff.

The interior is what you'd expect from a place like this. The walls are peppered with framed photos of various celebrities and family over the years. Sinatra playing in the background.

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The seating isn't bad with about 7 tables up front, and an entire back room as well.

The grill area is similar to what you'd see in a standard old-school diner. Everyone seems to know each other.

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Patty gets his meat twice a week fresh from the meat markets in the city. The bread comes fresh from Dom's bakery daily. All the quarter-pound burgers are made fresh from the scraps of prime rib.

We ordered the standard cheesesteak served with onions (about $7) and a chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayo (about $8) plus two sides of fries ($3 each).

The cheesesteak is NOT a philly cheesesteak. It's a single slab of meat on a roll. Not chopped, sliced or diced. This is a Jersey steak. Tasty and filling, a tad greasy, but it is what it is. Adding hot peppers to the sandwich is a great idea too.

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The chicken sandwich is very simple as well. But quality meat with good texture.

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Overall it's always a fun time to visit Piccolo's. You feel welcome. Not always the case in many restaurants in Hoboken.

One thing though, is that they have very tight hours. They're open from 7:30 – 4:30 Monday through Saturday. So it may be very hard for 9 to 5'ers to get there during the week.

So if you're off one day playing hookie from work, give them a shot if you haven't already!

30 Responses

  1. HobokenKnight says:

    Patty Piccolo would kick all your punk, b!tch asses…at the same time…w/ one hand tied behind his back…and still have time to cook the over-priced food he serves.
    I’m glad most of you don’t like it there…I wouldn’t want to have to eat around you.

  2. dwillis6 says:

    This is the most under-rated place, by those that just don;t know! It is phenomenal. The food, across the board is top quality and addictive. I know because ater my 1st son was born I had to have the steak sandwhich in the hospital!

    Since leaving NYC I have to go there as my first stop (and subsequent ones)

    Patty ,you are amazing!!! Sparky must be thrilled!

    How about a franchise in Savannha?

    You would make more $$$$$$$$$$ ….Cha Ching!!

    Your buddy’s ex-wife, Darlene :)

  3. BORNNRAISED says:

    Danzig, you are one of the biggest punks on this site. Take your suburban pussy ass and go back home to Mommy and Daddy’s house that was bought for them by there Mommy’s and Daddy’s. I dare you to talk this shit to any Hoboken guys, I bet you will go back home with no teeth !!!!

  4. strand tramp says:

    i think it’s probably more accurately described as a small steak on a roll. i lived across the street from this place and went in there weekly. most of the food is pretty good, but it always seemed like the place belonged on the boardwalk at the shore. i cannot bite off chunks of the steak most of the time and need a knife, otherwise i end up squeezing the roll too hard and the other stuff shoots out the sides. as a steak on a roll it’s not a bad lunch. i’ve had good burgers and very good B/E/C sandwiches for years.

  5. Easy-E says:

    I’ve eaten there, not a philly style sandwich, but not bad. I think if I had a criticism, I’d like a little more meat. They put pepper on the fries, something I wasn’t used to, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe I’ll get lunch there this week.

  6. jscirish27 says:

    It’s been a couple of years since I’ve eaten here… great old school vibe though and solid food… the steak is definitely thick, similar to the Argentine-style. Definitely one of the better Hoboken institutions… on another note, I am looking to buy a coffee grinder… recommendations? ST, I know this is one of your areas of expertise.

  7. Easy-E says:

    [quote comment=”144595″]It’s been a couple of years since I’ve eaten here… great old school vibe though and solid food… the steak is definitely thick, similar to the Argentine-style. Definitely one of the better Hoboken institutions… on another note, I am looking to buy a coffee grinder… recommendations? ST, I know this is one of your areas of expertise.[/quote]

    Baratza Maestro Plus.

    When it comes to offerings below $200, Baratza seems to offer the best bang for your buck, in fact, good luck finding anything in that price range that comes even close for that price range in a burr grinder.

    It’s a decent size for a kitchen, a little smaller than your average coffee maker. It has a nice weighted based, simple controls. I’ve been very happy with it. I saved about $25 buying it online from an ebay retailer.

    I was going to buy another espresso machine, but I’m going to wait for a bit until I see something with decent features that won’t cost $1,000+. Until then, my huge 12-cup bodum french press makes a stellar cup of coffee.

  8. jdross19 says:

    Get the Turkey sandwich w/ gravy….so friggin good

  9. pawzclawz says:

    All the years I have lived here. I’ve never tried Piccolo’s. I’d love to. I keep hearing how good they are. They close way to early. I live on the opposite end of town. When they are open. I’m not in the area. They don’t deliver. They’ve been around so long. They are so good. They can afford to run their business this way.

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