Carpe Diem

7/24/2007 Update:

Had a salad and a few burgers here last week. The quick bullet-style synopsis is:

  • Burgers have gotten much better. If you’re a burger-lover, give it a shot, very flavorful and juicy
  • Current bread is a smidge too heavy though (think Italian bread)
  • Fries are great (ask for extra seasoning)
  • The chicken salad we had was fun and interesting
  • New chef was nice enough to come out and get our opinion of the food. Doesn’t happen often
  • It’s a bit quiet during the summer, but it’s a good place for a relaxing meal
  • Outdoor seating in a less crowded area can be nice, but not for people watching

Anyone eat here recently? Any thoughts?


Description: Very nice Irish bar. Two floors. Darts. Full menu. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and more.
Address: 1405 Grand St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 (under 14th St. viaduct)
Telephone: 201-792-0050


See previous updates below.

July 2006

Carpe Diem Hoboken

We had a chance to visit Carpe Diem last night, at the old La Tartufera location on 14th and Grand. What a transformation this place has made! From a dull and quiet Italian restaurant to a brighter and more open Irish bar!

Not your typical green Irish bar, either. Owner Joe Jones wanted his neighborhood bar to be warm, open and inviting.

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It had been a plan for Joe and his partner, Billy O’Hara to open up a new bar for years. After trying to get into Green Man, 3rd & Madison, Dipper’s and Kelly’s, they finally settled into the 14th St. location. While seemingly off the beaten path, it is conveniently located near many new developments (including Upper Grand), as well as the newly proposed 14th St. movie theater.

Joe is no stranger to the bar enviroment, as he was the manager at Miss Kitty’s (now Buskers) for 8 years and worked at Mulligan’s for several years as well. However, this the first bar he’s ever owned.

The bar has a total occupancy of about 74, including the smaller upstairs bar (which is available for private parties too!)
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There is also another room adjacent to the downstairs bar, with several tables, working fireplace and a flat screen TV. As far as food, Joe had indicated that the kitchen should open up around September 1st. He plans a small and simple menu of around 8 or 10 items.

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Additionally, the upstairs bar has two dartboards. Carpe Diem plans to be in the Fall Hoboken Dart League as well.
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Overall, Carpe Diem is a great bar. Comfortable and constructed very well. 5 flat screen TV’s to watch the baseball and football games. A daily Happy Hour from 4-8pm with $3 drafts and $2 Miller Lights. One of the only couple bars in town that have Pilsner Urquell on tap.

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A great change to the typical Madison’s and Lua’s that pepper the uptown area.

Check it out soon!

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93 Comments on "Carpe Diem"

9 years 6 months ago

I was there last night and had a blast. Great selection of drafts. I drank Hoegaarden all night in those fruity 14 OZ glasses and I am paying the price today.
Joe is a nice guy and gave us a tour of the place (kitchen, cold room, etc). I hope he does well and makes a mint.

9 years 6 months ago

looks happening……..

9 years 6 months ago

Funny. When the high-end italian place Tartufera was there, everyone’s reaction was all “what a horrible location”. But for an Irish bar-restaurant, the location seems perfect. Partly, I guees, because of all the new apartments that have been completed around Grand and 13th St.

9 years 6 months ago

Great place to watch the Yankees and do a shot of Jameson when they win. Can’t wait ’till they open the kitchen. Has the makings of a great neighborhood place.

9 years 6 months ago

Definitely looks like this is worth a try!! Perhaps a beer or 5 there should be in my Friday night plans…