Piccolo’s Clam Bar

cheesesteaks and stuff


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!

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30 Comments on "Piccolo’s Clam Bar"

9 years 8 months ago

The one time I went to Piccolo’s I left feeling pissed off and put down. I ordered a cheesesteak, and requested lettuce & tomato on it. The guy behind the counter laughed at me and told me, flat out, “no” then went away to throw my cheesesteak in a bag for me. I left confused, but I guess I had my mediocre sandwich.

9 years 8 months ago

I never felt like I was welcome there either. Then again, I was 24 the last time I set foot in the place and I had something against old men hitting on me in a slightly vulgar manner. I still do, for that matter.

9 years 8 months ago

I ate there and everyone is super nice. Maybe you are just use to being treated crappy and arent use to good service. You should try it again.

9 years 8 months ago

This has got to be one of the worst places in Hoboken and that is saying a lot, since there really aren’t any good places to eat here in the first place. The inbreed Hobokenites that frequent this place are disgusting ignorant slobs. It was more than 7 dollars for the smallest cheese steak I have ever had in my life. And it was nothing special at all. Steak-ums are 100% better than this crap! Do yourself a favor, don’t eat anything here, you will leave hungry and be made a joke of while there as the pigs snicker under… Read more »