Wicked Wolf Tavern Grand Opening!

9/9/2010 Update:

Wicked Wolf Tavern now open for business in Hoboken NJ

Good news bar & restaurant lovers in Hoboken! The Wicked Wolf Tavern is now open for business.

Last night was their “Friends and Family” night, along with a very soft opening afterward at 9pm. They’ll be open at 4pm today and tomorrow – serving food and beverages – as well as the showing the first NFL game of the season tonight (Saints vs. Vikings at 8:30pm) on 22 – yes twenty two – gorgeous ultra-thin HDTV displays. Five more may be added at a point in the future.

Tonight and tomorrow will be dinner-only openings, with full lunch and dinner services starting on Saturday, September 12th – just in time for College Football. They’ll be open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week thereafter. Restaurant opens at 11am, and also will include a late-night menu from 11pm-1am as well. Two features of the new bar/restaurant stood out for this reporter – 20 tap beers, and fresh ground beef hamburgers (no frozen nonsense there).

The big “grand opening weekend” is set for next weekend – September 17th and 18th. The featured band will be Bruce Springsteen Cover specialists Tramps Like Us – making their exclusive Hoboken debut.

Hoboken411 may swing by for a casual meal next weekend – with a comprehensive review coming in October – after they’ve had time to settle into the groove.

Welcome to Hoboken, Wicked Wolf Tavern!

See all previous exclusive Hoboken411 updates after the jump!

9/1/2010 Update:

Wicked Wolf Grand Opening September 9th

For those eager to check out the anticipated waterfront hot spot in Hoboken – mark your calendars for Thursday, September 9th.

The Wicked Wolf of Hoboken will have their GRAND OPENING on that day. Swing by and greet the owners and staff!

8/17/2010 Update:

Wicked Wolf on track; Menu Preview

The management at Wicked Wolf Tavern in Hoboken contacted me recently to say that they’re still on track to open in mid-September.

Take a look at the Wicked Wolf Menusee anything you like?

7/29/2010 Update:

Wicked Wolf moving along; hopes to open in September

Back with your monthly progress report on the Wicked Wolf Tavern at 2nd & Sinatra on the Hoboken Waterfront.

Again, I walk into a place when they’re laying the floors. Glue everywhere!

One aspect I’m beginning to enjoy about this bar as it comes together – is the fact that the bar is long, and parallel to the river. Not one single bar or restaurant along the Hudson is like this in Hoboken. I wonder why not? They’re either oddly shaped, or perpendicular to the river.

Anyway – Wicked Wolf hopes to open sometime in September – adding yet another “going out” option for both residents and visitors. Will it help the local economy overall? Or just hurt other businesses that aren’t up to speed?

6/29/2010 Update:

Wicked Wolf Tavern progressing in Hoboken; Hiring soon

6/10/2010 Update:
The owners of the Wicked Wolf Tavern at 2nd & Sinatra said to Hoboken411 back in April – that they hoped to open up in June of this year. Instead, the Grand Opening is expected to be July 20, 2010.

They’re also about two weeks away from holding their “3 night interviews” looking see over 300 applicants to fill around 80 positions. The “auditions” will feature several rounds of “American Idol” style interviews in front of the executive panel. Further interviews will be handled afterward. They’re looking for candidates with great personalities and strong work ethic, of course! Positions include management, kitchen, bartenders, bar backs, waiters, security and more. Go to www.wickedwolfhoboken.com (under employment tab) to find out more.

Wicked Wolf owner Todd Kosakowski is excited to finally be opening in Hoboken, after nearly two years of planning. “We feel we will be a great new addition to the waterfront and to Hoboken, and look forward to being a superb asset, neighbor and addition to the great culture of this awesome area!”

I can’t wait to have a beer at this new hot waterfront spot!

4/2/2010:

Wicked Wolf Tavern – Hoboken’s newest venue!

Good news, Hoboken waterfront lovers! After years of waiting, the empty commercial space at 2nd and Sinatra finally has a real, live tenant!

Set to be the best Hoboken waterfront bar

Under construction now (and set to open some time in June, 2010) – is Wicked Wolf Tavern!

I got lots of juicy information from Todd, one of the owners – but will spare you the details until the next update.

For now, I’ll give you the following nuggets to digest:

  • Wicked Wolf Tavern will be a full range establishment. Bar, restaurant, live music, and more!
  • 2500 Sq. Ft. Interior will have a capacity expected to be between 200-230 patrons
  • Outdoor seating with around 60 seats
  • 30 Televisions, including some at booths
  • Rich mahogany bar, sweeping NYC skyline views
  • American continental menu (burgers, salads, sandwiches and the like)
  • Even kiddie-based events for the moms during the day!
  • Many other names were considered – including “River Street Ale House”

After a lengthy discussion with Todd – it’s safe to say that this man knows very well how to operate a successful bar & restaurant. You can expect great things from this spot once they open this summer!

Another update next month!

A big Hoboken welcome and best of luck to Wicked Wolf Tavern!

63 Responses

  1. greentea says:

    Fine, “original” might not have been the best adjective to use there. But there already are places in Hoboken that have the rudiments of any good establishment (good drinks and good service); in regard to the best interests of their business, don’t you think that it would favor them to try something different? This place just looks kind of…generic.

    PS: cougars have been in bars since forever.

  2. MeganMarie says:

    Hats off to anyone looking to spread their entrepreneurial wings in this politically corrupt town not to mention poor economic climate. I’m looking forward to cozying up to that fireplace (assuming the Hoboken location has one) and enjoying many cold snowy nights there!

  3. Silva says:

    That menu is amazing!!!! Loaded potato skins, wings and mozzarella sticks!!!! I’ve been waiting for a Hoboken bar to carry these items.

  4. xyzpdq says:

    I guess another waterfront restaurant option isn’t a bad thing. Best of luck to them as they attract the fickle Hoboken tourist trade. Here’s a promotional idea: hand out fliers in the Cake Boss line.

  5. schwab says:

    That guacamole bacon burger sounds tempting.

  6. leanybeans says:

    Last night was amazing. Great service, fun atmosphere and an awesome place to watch football! Everyone needs to come check this place out, you’ll love it!

  7. ngreen24 says:

    I found my Sunday spot for football. So many tv’s and they have awesome beer towers. Great atmosphere and a fun place to go for the weekend- great addition to Hoboken and the waterfront patio view is impressive.

  8. homeworld says:

    Rude staff here. Not a great first impression.

    • plywood says:

      I had a bad first impression too. They had a “specials menu” which said the drinks were “two for one” the night I was there. I ordered a drink, and when I went to order another, I asked about the special and they said it “didn’t apply” to the kind of drink I had ordered before.

      Then a guy sat down right next to me had no money, finally scraped together enough change to order a drink and started asking a lot of odd questions to staff. Staff promptly avoided him / disappeared, leaving me to deal with him and his shtick. Obviously it was just a matter of time before he started asking me for money. I just left.[quote comment=”197595″]Rude staff here. Not a great first impression.[/quote]

      • xyzpdq says:

        Word on the street is the owners want to cultivate a certain type of clientele. If you don’t fit the ideal, you don’t get the attention. They’re going to find out the hard way they can only be the latest and greatest hot spot until the next one opens. [quote comment=”197642″]I had a bad first impression too. They had a “specials menu” which said the drinks were “two for one” the night I was there. I ordered a drink, and when I went to order another, I asked about the special and they said it “didn’t apply” to the kind of drink I had ordered before.Then a guy sat down right next to me had no money, finally scraped together enough change to order a drink and started asking a lot of odd questions to staff. Staff promptly avoided him / disappeared, leaving me to deal with him and his shtick. Obviously it was just a matter of time before he started asking me for money. I just left.

        [/quote]

      • plywood says:

        I understand your point but my take is that most of the staff is young and hasn’t worked in a bar before, and even a light crowd has them “overwhelmed”. They just can’t handle it.[quote comment=”197648″]Word on the street is the owners want to cultivate a certain type of clientele. If you don’t fit the ideal, you don’t get the attention. They’re going to find out the hard way they can only be the latest and greatest hot spot until the next one opens.

        [/quote]

      • getz76 says:

        If that is the case, this place will not last to winter. [quote comment=”197716″]I understand your point but my take is that most of the staff is young and hasn’t worked in a bar before, and even a light crowd has them “overwhelmed”. They just can’t handle it.

        [/quote]

      • eleenyc says:

        Hmmm…What will that type be? I was dressed decently and with my girlfriend. So the opposite of that i guess. I had a bad first impression similar to what others have described and really looked forward to checking this place out. That being said i will give it another chance before writing it off.[quote comment=”197648″]Word on the street is the owners want to cultivate a certain type of clientele. If you don’t fit the ideal, you don’t get the attention. They’re going to find out the hard way they can only be the latest and greatest hot spot until the next one opens.

        [/quote]

      • homeworld says:

        Same here. It was a Sunday so we were dressed causally. That’s no reason to give us an attitude at the front door. [quote comment=”197739″]Hmmm…What will that type be? I was dressed decently and with my girlfriend. So the opposite of that i guess. I had a bad first impression similar to what others have described and really looked forward to checking this place out. That being said i will give it another chance before writing it off.

        [/quote]

  9. baileyg says:

    Last night was a bad one at the Wolf… While I was sitting back enjoying some football, I had the pleasure of receiving great service at the bar. However, it went down hill fast after some poor judgement of the Night Manager. There were some people next to me how insisted the Bartender take the tip they were leaving for herself and she explained numerous times that they pool their tips. So in order to send them on their way, she said fine and put the tip under her shoulder strap until they left. Before she could get over to the tip jar, the Night Manager accused her of stealing tips and fired her on the spot. How un-professional and would not even give the girl a chance to explain her actions. I found her outside drying the tears from her face. I gave her my card and told her to contact me so we can start a civil case against them. The owners need to step up to the plate on this one. That manager should be the one out of a job! 👿

    • willowres says:

      I know this may be basic advice but why didnt you just tell the manager what you saw![quote comment=”197599″]Last night was a bad one at the Wolf… While I was sitting back enjoying some football, I had the pleasure of receiving great service at the bar. However, it went down hill fast after some poor judgement of the Night Manager. There were some people next to me how insisted the Bartender take the tip they were leaving for herself and she explained numerous times that they pool their tips. So in order to send them on their way, she said fine and put the tip under her shoulder strap until they left. Before she could get over to the tip jar, the Night Manager accused her of stealing tips and fired her on the spot. How un-professional and would not even give the girl a chance to explain her actions. I found her outside drying the tears from her face. I gave her my card and told her to contact me so we can start a civil case against them. The owners need to step up to the plate on this one. That manager should be the one out of a job! [/quote]

  10. hobokenite7 says:

    I also had a really bad experience at Wicked Wolf.

    I was having a very stressful week at work so last Wednesday my boyfriend and I went there for dinner. Walking in I thought this place is awesome – has tremendous potential! BUT…it quickly went downhill….

    The hostess has clearly never been a hostess before. She would leave the hostess stand for 15-20 minutes at a time. When she would come back she would just ask people how many in their party and seat whoever had the number that fit whatever open table she found while she was gone. She didn’t write down a list of people waiting so many people who arrived after us were seated before us that had the same number in their party. When I said something she smiled and said sorry. We almost left but we finally got a table.

    It took forever for a waitress to come so when she did we places our drink and food orders. Our drinks barely arrived before our food – both of which took way too long. My food was messed up. We couldn’t find the waitress to tell her so ended up having to tell a bus boy. By the time the waitress came over it had been so long that I just sucked it up and ate it, but was unhappy. The manager came over and told us if we wanted a drink or a shot to find him later that it was on him. Of course we never got that later. Instead I ate 1/4 of a wrap and laughed when the waitress asked if I wanted to take the rest home. I was very disappointed in how they handled it. We were charged for my meal and didn’t get anything to help with the situation. We agreed we won’t go back unless they get their act together.

    I had high hopes for the place – great location, great set-up, great menu. I have been to one of their locations before and loved it but this was just terrible.

  11. nbm3 says:

    Sounds like a superficial place.

  12. plywood says:

    This was a big money fit-up too. “Choosy” in a beer towers joint? “Cultivate a certain clientele” as in loose tie flip a credit card at the bar when entering for a large thirsty party with spotty service? The view isn’t worth it. See ya at Willie McBride’s.

    • homeworld says:

      And/or The Gaslight. [quote comment=”197758″]This was a big money fit-up too. “Choosy” in a beer towers joint? “Cultivate a certain clientele” as in loose tie flip a credit card at the bar when entering for a large thirsty party with spotty service? The view isn’t worth it. See ya at Willie McBride’s.[/quote]

      • eleenyc says:

        And/or Louise & Jerry (The greatest)
        And/or Oddfellows (love the help here)
        And/or Maxwells (we are lucky to have such a great venue i our city)[quote comment=”197772″]And/or The Gaslight.

        [/quote]

      • getz76 says:

        Maxwells is always good. Oddfellows is as well.

        Mulligans in the early mornings on the weekends for proper football.

        My living room is pretty good, too. [quote comment=”197849″]And/or Louise & Jerry (The greatest)
        And/or Oddfellows (love the help here)
        And/or Maxwells (we are lucky to have such a great venue i our city)

        [/quote]

      • pawzclawz says:

        I am an uptown resident. I agree Louise&Jerry’s is the greatest. It’s just too early to go in there,when I’m in that neighborhood. I used to stop in Oddfellows on my way home from work years ago. I used to go to Oddfellows on Sunday nights years ago. I lived in Union City at the time. Oddfellows used to have acoustic music on Sunday nights. Oddfellows is a great place. I only used to drop in to Maxwell’s on occasion. I was staying in another location uptown during the summer. I wanted to try a different place, other than where I usually went. I went to Maxwell’s. It’s been my go-to place ever since. [quote comment=”197849″]And/or Louise & Jerry (The greatest)And/or Oddfellows (love the help here)And/or Maxwells (we are lucky to have such a great venue i our city)[/quote]

  13. BokenBarMan says:

    Dear fellow Hobokenites –

    Wicked Wolf just opened. New management. New staff. Why does everyone think it should be perfect after one full weekend of operation? Of course there will be some problems with all aspects of the operation. Give them the time to get their proverbial sea legs and get a nice rhythm going. If after 3+ months these same issues keep occuring then the owners should seriously get hands-on involved.

    I do agree that when specials are advertised they should be VERY CLEAR about what is and is not included.

    • getz76 says:

      Why? Because there are plenty of options in town that know how to get the job done. If you cannot hire competent managers and staff, after pouring so much money into the actual bar, then you do not deserve a chance.

      Running and working a bar is not that complicated. It is hard work, but not complicated.

      Gone by January.[quote comment=”197804″]Dear fellow Hobokenites – Wicked Wolf just opened. New management. New staff. Why does everyone think it should be perfect after one full weekend of operation? Of course there will be some problems with all aspects of the operation. Give them the time to get their proverbial sea legs and get a nice rhythm going. If after 3+ months these same issues keep occuring then the owners should seriously get hands-on involved. I do agree that when specials are advertised they should be VERY CLEAR about what is and is not included.[/quote]

      • danielle says:

        well said 76.

        owners should get their hands on AFTER the team screws up…great advice.

        sounds like some greedy bar owners that thought it would be easy to open a bar in a town that already has enough.

        manager offers a drink for a food mix up, no comp? brilliant. what if the person doesn’t drink? i hate when places offer you things like that or dessert when he could have rectified the whole situation by taking your meal off the check.

        i don”t even feel sorry for these owners.[quote comment=”197805″]Why? Because there are plenty of options in town that know how to get the job done. If you cannot hire competent managers and staff, after pouring so much money into the actual bar, then you do not deserve a chance. Running and working a bar is not that complicated. It is hard work, but not complicated. Gone by January.

        [/quote]

  14. Stpaddygirl says:

    I’ve been here twice enjoyed both times..unfortunately two Sunday’s ago someone threw up in the middle of the bar during the Eagles game – yeah probably cuz they suck but nonetheless the vomit was there for quite along time. Several of the people working there stepped around it and finally about 15 minutes later someone came to clean it up….wow I can’t remember last time I saw vomit on the floor of a bar. Hope that is the type of clientele they want to avoid!

  15. homeworld says:

    Had anyone had a pleasant experience here yet? I keep hearing bad things.

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