Legal Beans – Gone

Legal Beans closes “brick and mortar” in Hoboken, NJ {still delivers}

Well, it looks like being on the “doomed corner” of Newark & Garden finally did it in for Legal Beans, who closed shop for good – even after successfully re-opening after Hurricane Sandy – and expanding into the tasty BBQ business.

Note that Legal Beans has locations in Jersey City – and will continue servicing Hoboken with food delivery.

I think the only business that might be able to survive on this drenched corner would be a place like the Hoboken Dive Center.

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Description: Cafe serving Coffee and espresso drinks, American cuisine, BBQ, baked goods, breakfast For rent. But you can still order delivery to Hoboken from Jersey City. (Every day but Tuesday).
Address: 86 Garden St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 533-8484

strong>Updated May 2006. See below for mini-review!

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Quick review:Saturday afternoon in Hoboken. Beautiful day, clear and sunny. Wanted to eat outside somewhere in the sun, that wasn’t too crowded. The places on Washington Street were pretty much full.

Legal Beans was a great choice, because not only was is not overflowing, it has excellent exposure to the sun.

This is what the inside looks like in case you’re interested:
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We had heard good things about this place, the salads and the value, so it made sense!

They don’t sell alcohol, but do allow you to bring your own wine or beer. Daniels Liquor is conveniently located directly across the street.

Our waiter, Manny, was nice enough to bring a bucket of ice to keep the Corona’s chilled.

I chose the typical “first time there” meal, the Legal Beans Angus Burger. It came with bacon and topped with muenster cheese. A small side of tuna macaroni salad as well.

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I cut the burger in half and realized it was very hard to handle. Not only that, but TWO patties were on there! (was that a mistake?)

Although it was a nightmare to eat, it was quite tasty, even though it wasn’t cooked as I requested. I’ll remember next time to be a bit more specific.

We also ordered a side of “Legal beans battered onion rings.” They were cooked perfectly and didn’t slide out of the breading like most commercial onion rings. The side of buffalo-ish tangy sauce was interesting.

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She ordered a standard Chef’s salad, with a very interesting dressing. I forget what it was supposed to be, some kind of italian mango something.. it had a smoky taste to me, but was quite satisfying.

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Total cost for the meal was $18 (plus the corona’s for $8)… very economical.

I’ve been back a few times since this review, and had other things, such as the Buffalo chicken sandwich, which wasn’t what I expected (perhaps I didn’t read the menu well), but was still good.

The fries are acceptable as well.

I was craving some kind of carrot cake concoction, but they didn’t have. Other little cup-cakes like corn and pistachio were available.

The coffee is delicious and fairly priced. The staff has always been helpful and friendly.

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I think finally a business will stay open for the long-term. They’ve got the right formula and attitude. I’ll be back again for sure!

69 Responses

  1. jpl says:

    Beyond the service being disappointing, the most annoying thing about LB’s is the kitchen exhaust is aimed right at the sidewalk.

    You cant walk past LB’s on the North side of Newark without getting blasted by kitchen exhaust… at least tilt the louvers on the vent up, away from the sidewalk.

    Even if you aren’t eating there, they still can annoy you. I guess that’s impressive in its own way.

  2. strand tramp says:

    i have asked the owner to move it, but nothing. it cannot be legal to blast kitchen exhaust at eye level. there’s no way. also, has anyone had any interaction with that looney woman with the 2 dogs that is always there? i think the owner had to put a notice on the door that says “no dogs please”…she’s a lunatic. but anyone who brings a dog into a restaurant is an idiot.

  3. Oz says:

    [quote comment=”43795″]…I definitely got the sense that I was being dis’d as a solo female diner.
    ..Please don’t EVER assume that a woman eating alone is “less-than.”[/quote]

    That’s an interesting observation. Is that a fairly common experience of women dining alone in restaurants (ie getting sub-par service)?

  4. Colonblow says:

    Tama, it’s a common problem they have…not exclusive to solo women. Again I think the exhaust goes to their head and they just don’t see people. It happens a lot. It’s just the way they are there. But they’re friendly and always apologize. I know that doesn’t make it right, but I don’t think it’s intentional. It’s just a quirly place. But friendly. As for the exhaust on the sidewalk. Well, I mean, they brew their own beans…that’s why their coffee is so good. I guess it’s trade offs. But it doesn’t seem any different from walking past lots of restaruants (like the place on the corner of Hudson near the PATH, there’s always exhaust coming from their basement) or laundry rooms. In other words, it’s a common thing for restaurants to do this.

  5. LynnZe says:

    [quote comment=”43818″]i have asked the owner to move it, but nothing. it cannot be legal to blast kitchen exhaust at eye level. there’s no way. also, has anyone had any interaction with that looney woman with the 2 dogs that is always there? i think the owner had to put a notice on the door that says “no dogs please”…she’s a lunatic. but anyone who brings a dog into a restaurant is an idiot.[/quote]

    The vent is gross. We went here for the first time today for breakfast and it was pretty good.

    There was a crazy lady with two dogs sitting outside. I was reading the times and she came in and asked me if she could have it. She was like “well, not all of it, but can I have the arts section or something?”

    It’s the g-damn SATURDAY times. there are three sections and I was actively reading it! Who does that? there’s not even an arts section on saturday. I’m glad she didn’t come back for 1/2 of my toast.

    Food was okay – thought the service was fine. The family in the back corner with the screaming 2-year-old they ignored for their whole meal should be tarred and feathered. I don’t have anything against parents or spawn, but people please wake up. Nobody wants to listen to your brats scream for 1/2 hour – pick them up and take them for a walk to calm them down puhleeze. 😯

  6. nojokin says:

    I gotta agree about the fan. It consistently reeks of burned grease and coffee. Nasty. And there are apartments just above it!! Imagine living there with that stench 24/7.

    Service is friendly but incompetent. The word “multi-task” is not known to any of the servers. If you have 4-5 things to bring to the table, use a tray, for chrissake. We keep coming back b/c the brunch is good and the prices very reasonable. Plus we like to support the independents. However, it would be a vast improvement with better service.

  7. hoboken411 says:

    FYI – Legal Beans phones are messed up – but they are open for business (from Hoboken411 reader Martha):

    “Just a heads up that when I stopped by Legal Beans this morning, Mandar, one of the guys who works there, said that their phone service is kaput and not likely to come back until Friday…so they are open for business, but…sigh…hard to reach.”

  8. HomeTeam says:

    I think the big mistake after reopening was turning the entire restaurant space into a giant steamer table with pay by the pound containers.

    • xxrjxx says:

      Agreed. We stopped going after that.[quote comment=”223499″]I think the big mistake after reopening was turning the entire restaurant space into a giant steamer table with pay by the pound containers.[/quote]

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