Hudson Tavern (old Lady Jane’s)

Hudson Tavern Hoboken NJ

7/25/2008 Update:

In case you might have missed it, Hudson Tavern was recently featured in the NY Times!

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  • “An ample, well-marbled slab of rib-eye steak from the dependable supplier J. Vrola Inc. of South Amboy, accurately grilled and accompanied by a rich red-wine demi-glace. Scalloped potatoes with a blistered topping of Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses push the dish into a blissful zone in which you’ll feel well marbled, at least for the night.”
  • “They’ll enjoy appetizers like crab cake — mostly crab, hardly any bread-crumb filler, with a bonus of Parmesan-and-herb risotto — and fried calamari. Both dishes benefit from a tart, spicy chipotle rémoulade.”

Some of the selections the reviewer didn’t particularly enjoy were: The grouper, which was overly salty, and the macaroni & cheese, which seemed to let them down slightly.

Overall, the review at least made me want to try the rib-eye steak. Who woulda thunk you could get a good steak in Hoboken?

1/11/2008:

See simple initial review, as well as some photos from opening week after the jump.

January 2008 Burger Review

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I was treated to a free dinner last week (due to my $10/day challenge) and Hudson Tavern was the venue of choice.

We went on a Saturday, and the placed was packed to the gills. Luckily, we were immediately seated in a booth on the 14th St. side of the bar. There was a wait afterward. This is one thing you should keep in mind when deciding to eat there. If you’re looking to have some kind of conversation at dinner, the seating around the bar area (at peak time) may not be the best bet. It was very loud, and often patrons who were 2-3-4 deep at this corner of the bar, would practically be hovering over our table. Luckily, they have have an entire dining room on the south side of the restaurant that will open in 2008, and effectively double the size of the joint.

Wait staff was fine, and we put our orders in without complaints. Bread & butter was also served (olive oil if you request it.) For today’s dinner, a cheese plate, some Maple Wings, and three burgers were ordered.

Wings were very good. They’re called “maple wings,” but didn’t have distinct maple flavor, more a slightly sweet taste and.. just a hint of hot sauce. Fell off the bone, juicy and crispy. Recommended.

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Cheese plate (lost the picture) was pretty good, but a little light on the cheese. Grapes, strawberries and some bread accompanied the cheese. They said they were out of the normal cheeses. I forget which kinds there were, but there was a Spanish cheese that was quite nice. Hard like a provolone, with a smooth texture. The rest of the cheeses weren’t my favorites (bleu cheese and some kind of brie)

Burgers were a hit. Very large portions (10oz.) Everyone took a doggie bag home (Oscar got none, however.) Fries were of the thin-cut variety. I recommended earlier that extra toppings were not necessary. I had ordered bacon and swiss, which had to be removed because it made handling difficult. Otherwise cooked perfectly to order. Job well done.

The owners said they’re welcome to feedback, and will take all constructive criticism to make their dishes better. So feel free to express yourself if you choose to eat there.

Will be back sometime soon to try other items off the menu.

12/10/2007:

Stopped by Hudson Tavern again a few days ago. The neon sign is complete. Looks great! See the image browser below of some of the people that were there.

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12/4/2007:

The owners of Hudson Tavern had a “friends and family” event last night. I stopped by for a few minutes to taste some drinks along with some samples of the menu. The “official” grand opening is Thursday, December 6th. Be sure to come uptown to check out this much-welcome bar/restaurant alternative in Hoboken.

Initial observations:

Venue is well done! Warm styling and excellent woodwork and construction. Comfortable bar stools and chairs. Corner location with large windows give it a nice open feel. Good wine selection, as well as rarely seen tap beers (such as Chimay and Arrogant Bastard). Friendly staff.

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I got an opportunity to sample two food items presented. The Mac & Cheese appetizer (with ham and portabello mushrooms-nice!), and a vegetable lasagna (may not be on the menu). Both were very tasty.

They plan to expand the second dining room early next year, which will effectively double the existing space. Currently, the layout is configured with a large bar and some surrounding tables in the main room, and a smaller dining room to the west, with some couches for lounging. Exterior signs are expected in the coming weeks.

I can’t wait to give their burger a first review in a week or two!

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11/7/2007:

Opening at the end of October didn’t happen, but they now hope to be open within the next two weeks. Uptown residents will be happy once it does.

10/18/2007 update:

Hudson Tavern is getting very close to opening. Spoke with two of the owners recently, Geoff and Bubba. The place is shaping up very nicely, and the decor is nicely low-key and unpretentious. The aesthetic color combination of dark brown & muted tan already made me feel at ease, despite not being completed yet. The original Lady Jane’s Booths still remain (re-finished) and 1/2 of the original bar as well. They’ll have 12 tap beers (8 standard and 4 special/seasonal).

Expect (hope) for them to be opening near the end of the month. More info to come soon.

9/11/2007 Update:

Been well over a year since any updates, and after ownership had changed hands a bit, that the new place (renamed “Hudson Tavern”) is creeping closer to opening. Quite possibly even this month. Hudson Tavern’s website is still under construction.

I’ll be glad when it does finally open. It’d be nice to have some life in that corner once again.

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6/30/2006:
Seems like they’re finally making some progress on the re-vamped Lady Jane’s. Work has been picking up, and they should be open in the next month or two.

Description: Bar / Restaurant. Large bar area.
Address: 51 14th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-798-1117
Website: http://hudsontavern.com/

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159 Responses

  1. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”106223″]So what is the verdict on this place? From the posts I’ve seen it seems like it is somewhat inconsistent in terms of food but the beer selection is quite good. I guess I’ll have to get up there and try it when time permits (which for me is never :().[/quote]
    I went on a Saturday that happened to be dead over the summer. Great beer selection & nice enough bartenders. Biggest issue were the idiot girls swarming around because two NY Giants were in there.

  2. MF says:

    the verdict is that it is very UNDERWHELIMING as a restaurant and really would be hard pressed – if not bold – to make the claim that it is anything other than a glorified bar. it is just another of the dozens of medicore Hoboken places to dine. the beer part is accurate in my opinion but again, that is a trait of a bar, not a restaurant by any means.

  3. strand tramp says:

    i’d agree with MF, accurate desc….and when the temps drop and they lose the outdoor tables the place will be less attractive. that being said i would rather go to HT then that goofy bistro place or lua, but i’d rather go to F&J’s than HT.

  4. TPain says:

    KS – Do you know which Giant players were there?

  5. Katie_Scarlett says:

    TPain- Shaun O’Hara (center?) and a black guy – I really have NO IDEA who he was. I don’t follow the Giants at all.

  6. jscirish27 says:

    [quote comment=”106235″]TPain- Shaun O’Hara (center?) and a black guy – I really have NO IDEA who he was. I don’t follow the Giants at all.[/quote]

    You have no idea who the black guy was? Is that because George Bush hates black people, KS?

    Thanks for the opinions. Seems like nothing special to get me in the door then. I can continue to get my interesting beer selection at the Blind Tiger and cook at home. Unfortunately my closest thing to a neighborhood restaurant is Cafe Cluny in the West Village. Cooking good food is simple. I just don’t understand why there isn’t more of it in a town where people can afford it. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to open my place sooner rather then later. :)

  7. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”106248″][quote comment=”106235″]TPain- Shaun O’Hara (center?) and a black guy – I really have NO IDEA who he was. I don’t follow the Giants at all.[/quote]

    You have no idea who the black guy was? Is that because George Bush hates black people, KS?
    [/quote]
    No, it’s because KS hates the Giants. I didn’t know who Shaun O’Hara was either, the bartender told me why the gaggle of idiot girls were sidling up to our side of the bar and walking like they had shit in their pants while pushing their small boobs out of the top of their respective shirts. It was incredibly sad.

  8. jscirish27 says:

    What was sad? That they had small boobs? That is sad. HT doesn’t sound like my kind of place. :)

  9. sullyx says:

    [quote comment=”106258″]What was sad? That they had small boobs? That is sad. HT doesn’t sound like my kind of place. :)[/quote]

    forget HT, Blind Tiger rocks, I would go there any day for their awesome selection of brews!

  10. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”106258″]What was sad? That they had small boobs? That is sad. HT doesn’t sound like my kind of place. :)[/quote]
    Being well endowed myself, I’ve always just laughed at small girls that stuff. But what was sad was their inability to walk with authority and get attention. I mean, learn to work it ladies, don’t walk like there’s a load in your pants. 😆

  11. strand tramp says:

    yeah ks, if you can’t fill a catchers mitt, you ain’t got no tit!

  12. jscirish27 says:

    KS, not every woman has your obvious and more subtle charms, but you are right, if a girl doesn’t own it she doesn’t have it. 😀

  13. uptownstud says:

    HT burger tastes like it was frozen. The Buffalo wings are breaded and really good (think chicken or the egg in LBI).
    Beers expensive I think $5 for a pint of bud light. Budlight should be like $3.5 in my opinion.

  14. emarche says:

    Hudson Tavern: please, please, please update your menu! How about some new dishes? Maybe some new takes on old favorites? It’s great to have it in the neighborhood, but the thrill is definitely going – if not already gone. Great space, great people…now let’s focus on the menu!

  15. eam144 says:

    and please please please – do you really need house music cranking for Sunday brunch? We were the only ones in there and we thought asking you to turn it down was a subtle way of bringing to your attention that we didn’t want to go to Lounge 11 – we chose hudson tavern. We moved outside to get away from it and you still didn’t get it.

    • getz76 says:

      House music all night long! [quote comment=”195705″]and please please please – do you really need house music cranking for Sunday brunch? We were the only ones in there and we thought asking you to turn it down was a subtle way of bringing to your attention that we didn’t want to go to Lounge 11 – we chose hudson tavern. We moved outside to get away from it and you still didn’t get it.[/quote]

  16. venturer042 says:

    I stopped in on September 12th and I have to say that the DJ there really sucked!!! He was playing horrible music stuff he liked listening to….some gay white shit…not even the white people were dancing to it. There were also black people who were not even dancing. The vibe was horrible…everybody seemed to want to dance and it was pretty busy but no dance music. The DJ was masturbating to his music while the customers were hating life having to listen to horrible music. I suggested to the DJ on two ocassions to play dance music since everybody looked like they were waiting for him to play something to dance to but NO he kept masturbating with his tiny dick and threatened to kick me out if I asked him anymore to play dance music. If I were the owner I would be most concerned as to what the customers want and the experience and good times that customers want and not to some fag DJ who needs to get bent over

  17. jdo201 says:

    My 3 friends and I were here for over 7 hours and spent about $215 on drinks and food. We were ignored most of the time from the bartender and wasn’t bought one drink the entire time. So we tipped about $23 and was thrown out by the bouncers. Weird. I thought tips were based on service. We only took up two seats at the bar. It’s not like they spent hours waiting on us. The food here is pretty good actually, which is a shame since the bartender was so rude. It was only one bartender, a tall guy, who was rude and ignored us. The others were pretty cool. It was the tall guy that called the bouncers on us. Too bad we didn’t know we were going to be thrown out for a fair tip. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have given any tip. Just doesn’t make sense. I’ve never been thrown out of a bar for spending $215 and paying $23 on top of it after getting not one drink bought back. Guess they don’t need our business because they won’t get it again.

    • homeworld says:

      Sounds like the service at Rogo’s…

      By the way, when did Rogo’s become so “ghetto”?[quote comment=”198231″]My 3 friends and I were here for over 7 hours and spent about $215 on drinks and food. We were ignored most of the time from the bartender and wasn’t bought one drink the entire time. So we tipped about $23 and was thrown out by the bouncers. Weird. I thought tips were based on service. We only took up two seats at the bar. It’s not like they spent hours waiting on us. The food here is pretty good actually, which is a shame since the bartender was so rude. It was only one bartender, a tall guy, who was rude and ignored us. The others were pretty cool. It was the tall guy that called the bouncers on us. Too bad we didn’t know we were going to be thrown out for a fair tip. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have given any tip. Just doesn’t make sense. I’ve never been thrown out of a bar for spending $215 and paying $23 on top of it after getting not one drink bought back. Guess they don’t need our business because they won’t get it again.[/quote]

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