Black Bear

Bar and Grill

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Description – The Bear offers two Bars on 2 floors, 12 foot wide screen, 18 TVs, full menu, pool table, dart boards, full selection of Micro & imported beers. Happy Hour 4 to 8pm. Entrée price range $9-$19
Services – Brunch (Sat & Sun till 3pm), Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Satellite Sports TV, Catering
Website – www.blackbearbar.com
Address – 205 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4738
Telephone – (201) 656-5511

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August 2006 – See July wing review below this

After the atomic wings last month almost melted my skull, it was time to come back and watch the Met game and try some other basic grub on their menu.

This time we chose the buffalo bites, which we know are fantastic (no atomic sauce this time). They’re crispy, tender and lean. Very addictive appetizer indeed. Possibly Black Bear’s best item on the menu.
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My friend chose the plain cheeseburger. A good portion size, but nothing to write home about. But fresh bun and toppings. The fries were ok. Tasted like fresh cut potatoes actually. Not sure if they make them themselves or not.
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I decided to be different and ordered the chicken cheese steak, thinking the chicken would be chopped and finely diced like you’d get with a traditional cheese steak. Boy was I mistaken. What a sloppy nightmare this was. They basically chopped a whole chicken breast into just a few thick pieces then proceeded to play lacrosse with the ingredients and the roll. Completely unmanageable. While the chicken was prepared adequately, the whole eating process was a chore. Although I devoured it all eventually, I was just left an-gry. Not gonna order this again.
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Black Bear is still a reliable place for some gut-filling bar grub, they have Blue Moon beer, and a wall of TV’s to watch your favorite team. Haven’t tried many of their other items (although the bar pizza looked rather inviting). We’ll be back again to test some other stuff.

Have any of you tried their other menu selections? If so, please advise what might be recommended. Thanks!
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July 2006 – Wing Review

Black Bear was chosen today for a couple reasons. The Mets and Yankees were both on (getting their asses kicked) and they have lots of TV’s to view, and we needed to review their wings (we’re falling behind schedule here).

First of all, it was a Sunday, and things were looking good because Blue Moon Belgian beer was on special. So that helped.

Got a nice seat at the bar perfectly in front of many TV’s. The festival was still going, so Washington Street wasn’t as busy as it might have been.

Wings it was. Atomic heat.

When the wings arrived, they looked pretty standard. I noticed the menu said “crispy buffalo wings”, so I was hoping they delivered.

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And they did, sort of. For starters, the wings tasted just fine. Very hot. Sweaty hot (when you got to the few wings that were drenched in the hottest sauce). So that was great. Secondly, the meat fell off the bones, which is a very important key for good wings. Lastly though, the wings were paltry and almost shriveled to the bone. Like all skin? Not all, but many of them were weak. So that kind of lowers their rating. Good, but not great. Tasty, but not all that filling.

I wish someone could hit the bill on all the necessary characteristics!

Overall, they’re just fine. But if you want to get something better, try the buffalo bites. Those are terrific and will be ordered regularly whenever we eat at the Black Bear. I’ll save the wings for some other place.

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44 Comments on "Black Bear"


wesuecomp
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wesuecomp
5 years 3 months ago

You know this place is in dire straits when they have to make their facade look like the other successful bars on the block like 1 Republik and Brass Rail. Either way lipstick on a pig is still a pig…

cakebozz
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cakebozz
5 years 1 month ago

I have to agree with you wesue…for years that place skimped on everything from the top down (from management to food quality)…now they are clearly playing catch up. [quote comment=”208039″]You know this place is in dire straits when they have to make their facade look like the other successful bars on the block like 1 Republik and Brass Rail. Either way lipstick on a pig is still a pig…[/quote]

4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian
5 years 3 months ago

Dire straits? You sound like a competitor. It’s not my favorite place in town but Black Bear is always busy and the food is decent. The renovations look sharp. Nothing wrong with a little competition sparking veterans of the Hoboken pub racket to raise the bar with some re-investment. [quote comment=”208039″]You know this place is in dire straits when they have to make their facade look like the other successful bars on the block like 1 Republik and Brass Rail. Either way lipstick on a pig is still a pig…[/quote]

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob
5 years 3 months ago

Renovate the outside and be in dire straits? Doesn’t make sense to me Wesuecomp. The place has crowds every time I go by.[quote comment=”208042″]Dire straits? You sound like a competitor. It’s not my favorite place in town but Black Bear is always busy and the food is decent. The renovations look sharp. Nothing wrong with a little competition sparking veterans of the Hoboken pub racket to raise the bar with some re-investment.[/quote]

Jerzygirlrox
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Jerzygirlrox
6 years 2 months ago

My boyfriend and I ate there recently and we were totally let down. His burger was sent back 3 times due to overcooking. Fries were dried out and tasteless. Even the draft beer was bad (my bf said that they probably don’t clean the lines out often enough). The bathrooms were filthy. Place was like a bad ’90s nightmare. There are plenty of other choices in Hoboken and we will certainly not go back…

Juanderful
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Juanderful
6 years 7 months ago

To be honest, I have no complaints with Black bear, Good food and fast service. Wing night is cool, good specials throughout the week. If i want to watch a game, Black bear is where i always go. Best place to watch any sports game in Hoboken, hands down.

jen123
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jen123
7 years 4 months ago

I ate lunch here once and no complaints. It’s your typical Hoboken bar – mediocre food, TVs on every wall, a medium-sized menu with the usual items, etc. It could get a bit loud but other than that, it’s not a bad place. It’s not exceptional by any means but I’ve experienced worse.

British Hairways
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British Hairways
8 years 5 months ago

At one point I liked the wings here but they have disappointed in recent trips. Like the 411 reviewer’s experience, I have found many of the wings to be paltry and dried up, plus the sauce is this nasty, unappetizing fluorescent orange color.

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