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?

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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
Web: http://www.carpediemhoboken.com

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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 Responses

  1. tremain says:

    This is a relatively new restaurant that, with the addition of Chef Chad, has experienced a boom in dining patrons. They are experiencing growing pains and if you like the place keep going and give your feedback to the people that can do something about it!

    Now for those people that are complaining about the wait time on $6 burger and a beer night (which is basically a charity event for the not so needy people of Hoboken)…GET REAL or just go to McDonalds!! For $6 you should be cooking your own burgers!

  2. jscirish27 says:

    re 80 and 81–I agree with your sentiments, but you have to understand that the average Hoboken bar patron doesn’t want to wait over 20 minutes for a burger. I love what Chad is trying to do there by making it a legitimate gastropub, but that can be a hard sell in this town. I think they have to upsell the whole gastropub idea better, maybe even state on the menu that everything is cooked to order and to please allow for extra time. I understand how hard it is to work in an undersized and limited kitchen (I do it everyday), but you also have to craft your menu towards your capabilities. I don’t know how much of that is Joe or how much say Chad has in menu items. Regardless, this place is still one of the best in town and should be supported for both it’s food and it’s beer and the overall chill vibe.

  3. jdross19 says:

    I’ve been here twice – both times, the food was great. The mozzarella balls are outstanding. Great mini-burgers (best in show). We had this asian waiter, the kid was clueless. But the food is great, and the place has an awesome decor.

  4. BillOwensFive says:

    [quote comment=”85032″]Great food. Great Guinness. Not so great service. I’ve been there to eat about five times now and twice my order was completely forgotten about. I’m honestly torn b/c i really like their burgers but its becoming increasingly difficult to actually get one.[/quote]

    Went to Burger/Beer night after a six week layoff and i’m happy to say that there service issues seem to be resolved. Not only did they have muliple waitresses, but my burger came out in less than 10 minutes and was cooked to medium rare perfection. Good for them. I really like this place.

  5. oh well okay says:

    jeez – you guys think waiting 20 minutes for your food is too long? more importantly – tell me more about the guinness – do they use the right gas?

  6. danzig says:

    These guys are going to make a mint when the movie theatre opens up. Too bad Tartuferia closed. I thought that was a very unique restaurant. I always wondered why the very nice owner ever could have possibly decided to open a smart, edgey, interesting place like that in Hoboken. Then, as if on cue, Carpe Diem, another standard issue, brass and ivy, college hat, football and flat screen joint appeared out of nowhere in the space. Maybe a new restaurant might open in that “straight out of Nutley” strip mall being built nearby.

  7. jscirish27 says:

    Danzig, I think this place is better than most. Joe, the owner, is a great guy from Limerick, and the clientele isn’t too bad. The food is hit or miss, but that is true throughout Hoboken. Anyways, complaining about yuppie/frat types is almost pointless in a town made up of yuppie/frat types. This isn’t Red Hook, my friend. Unfortunately the market gets what it demands and deserves.

  8. strand says:

    went to carpe diem last night and was very unimpressed. The place is nice looking but not worth the treck for food. The burgers were drastically overseasoned with oregeno, and somehow part of the burger was rare and part was well done (and i mean the left and right side not the middle and outside).

  9. jdross19 says:

    Man, it pains me to write this. But i had a pretty bad experience here recently. First off – i have been a big fan of this place (had only been there 4 times total), but still, i love the atmosphere, the feel, whatever. So we head there for a bite to eat. It’s half-price wine night, so great – bottle of pinot for $13. Fantastic. Then the food arrives – the friend mozz is solid, as always. The Ceasar, however, is sans croutons. The dressing was a good, classic ceasar. But no croutons? I let the waitrness no, in a nice, hey who cares, kind of way, and she was like “oh, sorry, yeah for some reason they didn’t make any.” Ohhhhkay…so, then the main’s arrive – cheeseburger, veggie sandwich and tilapia w/ spinach and dried fruit. Well – the tilapia had no dried fruit, and the spinach was borderline rancid (hate that word, but it’s best used here). Fucking spinach was just no good. The tilapia was ok, not quite seasoned enough and very amall and just plain. The burger was decent. A 6 rating out of 10. Meatloaf flavor, which is fine, but the bun was eh. The veggie sandwhich, which i didn’t try, i was told was tasty. The service was EH. All in all, just too bad…don’t think i’ll be going back after that experience.

  10. jdross19 says:

    [quote comment=”120090″]Man, it pains me to write this. But i had a pretty bad experience here recently. First off – i have been a big fan of this place (had only been there 4 times total), but still, i love the atmosphere, the feel, whatever. So we head there for a bite to eat. It’s half-price wine night, so great – bottle of pinot for $13. Fantastic. Then the food arrives – the fried mozz is solid, as always. The Ceasar, however, is sans croutons. The dressing was a good, classic ceasar. But no croutons? I let the waitress know, in a nice, hey who cares, kind of way, and she was like “oh, sorry, yeah for some reason they didn’t make any.” Ohhhhkay…so, then the main’s arrive – cheeseburger, veggie sandwich and tilapia w/ spinach and dried fruit. Well – the tilapia had no dried fruit, and the spinach was borderline rancid (hate that word, but it’s best used here). Fucking spinach was just no good. The tilapia was ok, not quite seasoned enough and very amall and just plain. The burger was decent. Burger gets a 6 rating out of 10. Meatloaf flavor, which is fine, but the bun was eh. The veggie sandwich, which i didn’t try, i was told was tasty. The service was EH. All in all, just too bad…don’t think i’ll be going back after that experience.[/quote]

  11. jdross19 says:

    Ha – sorry i’m so clueless. Tried to edit my original posting due to the many (liquor-induced) grammatical errors, and instead i somehow re-entered the post. My bad.

  12. nbm3 says:

    One of the few places in town where you can easily find parking right in front.

  13. eblair says:

    Great little true neighborhood pub. A little tucked away under the viaduct, but that really makes it cozier . Food is a very good value – most stuff is under $20 and well worth it. The small back dining area has fireplace, which is great for tete a tete, especially in the winter. Most of the activity, however, appears to be in the front bar area, which also has tables. Great local crowd, colorful regulars (sometimes a little too colorful). A good place to really meet people because it’s not a pressured meat market atmosphere. It’s very heavy on the craft beers (bottle and tap). I just wish they had Becks (“Germans don’t do humor, Germans do beer”, i.e. I just flew in from Berlin, and boy are my arms tired.) Aside from that, a place you tend to go to again and again. One exa note: the decor has been significantly changed since the photos for the above review were taken. It’s a bit darker and the walls are covered with pictures of famous people in various fields, which inevitably promps new customers to try to guess who the people in the pictures are. A good ice-breaker.

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