Gaslight Restaurant Finished

No more fuel for Gaslight Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Boy – if the Gaslight Bar & Restaurant closed down 10 years ago when times were better, people might have noticed!

But at the beginning of April 2012, Gaslight shut down, and Hoboken didn’t seem to miss a beat. Several people I spoke with said the downward trend started when “the father” wasn’t involved with the daily operations of the joint, as well as the change to try and make it a “trendier” place.

In fact – a couple years ago, the owners invited us down to sample their so-called “new and improved” menu – but we didn’t have the heart to publish our viewpoints at the time. Didn’t want to knock ’em, and also didn’t want to dishonestly skip over their shortcomings. So we filed the review away with the expectation that we’d try again one day (i.e., second chance). Oh well.

What do you think would do well there? A bar / restaurant that actually tastes good and has fair prices?

12/21/2007 Update:

As one reader already commented last weekend, the Gaslight has new owners.

Another reader wrote:

“I called there tonight and they told me there was going to be a $2 delivery charge. I asked to speak with John or Claude because I know them and thought that this was a little crazy. The girl who answered the phone informed me that they were no longer there and that the place had been bought by the owners of the Brass Rail..

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5/23/2007 Update:

The email that was sent to me was probably a scam, or a manager nervous that the staff will leave and they’ll be short-handed.

From a source: “The Gaslight is for sale. I had someone call that number for the real estate agent, and the agent totally said that the GASLIGHT is for sale and even went so far to make an appointment to meet at the GASLIGHT to look it over. Call the phone number on the ad if you want to see for yourself the truth. So that “owner” is either a liar or you have a real estate agent who is lying.”

What are people so afraid of? Why publish it on the internet, if you don’t want people to know about it? I give up. This is the last publicity they’ll get until (if) it’s sold.

5/21/2007 Update #2:

Apparently that real estate site used the wrong picture. One of the owners of the Gaslight sent this email. Unless this is fake too, and we live in The Matrix.

“I am one of the owners of the gaslight restaurant and love your site. I just noticed todays headline regarding the alleged sale of our place. I am writing to you to tell you that the Gaslight restaurant is not for sale. I am not sure where you obtained your information but it was from a faulty source. Can you please remove that headline from your site. It sends a very detrimental signal to our existing as well as potential customers and confuses our staff.”

To re-iterate, I didn’t say it was for sale, I said it “looked like” it was for sale, based on a realty website. Even the map on that website shows 4th and Adams. Perhaps there’s some invisible restaurant I haven’t visited yet? How the hell did it get there?

5/21/2007 Update:

Looks like Gaslight is for sale for $1,600,000.

This website link
even has a Hoboken411 picture!

SEE 10/31/2006 REVIEW BELOW!

Description – Restaurant & Bar. Entrée price range $12 -$24. Martini night – Half price on Wed night.
Services – Restaurant, Bar, Brunch, Lunch (Thu & Fri), Dinner,Martini,. Catering, Delivery (Min $10 in Hoboken, $25 outside)
Website – www.gaslightnj.com
Address – 400 Adams St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-2676
Telephone – (201) 217-1400,(888) 744-8448, Fax – (201) 217-4022

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October 2006

Today’s review has a group of us checking out Gaslight restaurant.

It was a Sunday evening after 4:00pm and the bar was packed with people watching the afternoon football games and enjoying their wacky chilled towers of beer. We had no choice but to sit in one of the back two rooms. The lighting and decor was warm and most of us found the seating comfortable. I had some issues with the bench seating.

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Our waiter came over and introduced himself, handed us menus and took our drink orders. He was friendly and informative regarding our inquiries. We were all provided with a warm roll and spiced dipping oil.

We started out with a couple appetizer selectons to sample.

First was the fried calamari ($9) (their “signature” dish). The quality of the squid was excellent (tubes only, no tentacles). Tender, but a smidge on the greasy side. Still tasty, though. The dish came with two sauces, one of which was supposed to be “hot”. We saw no difference. After informing the waiter, he brought an additional sauce that was “extra hot”. A slight improvement.
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Also sampled was the Mozzarella Roulade ($7). Homemade mozzarella layered with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers. Topped with a balsamic vinaigrette and served over field greens. It was adequate, but didn’t have a “fresh” taste. They must have pre-made it a day or two earlier and just kept it refrigerated.
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Next came the various main dishes.

One selection was the Chicken Sorrentino ($16). This is very similar to the Chicken Sorrento at Leo’s Grandevous. Out of the 4 chicken dishes tasted, this was the most flavorful. Boneless breast of chicken layered with eggplant, prosciutto, spinach and mozzarella in a light brown wine sauce. Well done.
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Another chicken dish was the “Barrel Select” chicken ($17). Boneless breast of chicken seared on the grill then baked on a wine soaked oak plank and topped in a white wine teriyaki demi-glaze with asparagus and red roasted peppers. The reviewer enjoyed this because it was on the lighter side, and she enjoyed the unique texture of the chicken. She particularly liked the side of veggies.
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Another chicken item sampled was a 1/2 order of the Chicken, Avocado, Mango salad ($10). Boneless breast of chicken, fresh avocado & fresh mango served with red onion over a bed of baby greens. It was cold chicken, which is ok for a salad, and the ginger soy dressing accompanying the dish was refreshing. However, the mango was not ripe, which detracted from the potentially exceptional taste.
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The last chicken dish served was the Chicken Milanese ($14). Chicken cutlet pounded thin, served over a bed of Arugula with chopped tomato & chopped red onion. For one thing, the chicken came out breaded (menu didn’t specify), and was ICE COLD. The server said it was supposed to be hot chicken. The dish was replaced quickly and without hassle. It would have been nice if the onion was chopped as the menu indicated.
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Lastly, the lone non-chicken entree was the Lobster Ravioli ($15). Homemade lobster ravioli stuffed with lobster claw meat in a pink sauce. Great tasting sauce! The raviolis were also very good as well, even though one reviewer thought the plate was hot/cold. Some were room temperature, some were hot. Very odd.
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When were were finished, the waiter asked if we wanted dessert. We pretty much full and said no thanks. However, he shortly came out with a tray displaying all of the delectable treats and brainwashed a few of us into ordering one anyway! Trickery!

We all shared one cookie dough fudge ice cream concoction. I guess you can’t tease a sweet tooth.
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Gaslight is a pretty decent place to eat. They have a very interesting and diverse menu, and the lunch and brunch menus look great as well. Our service was good, and there was no pretentious feeling. A nice neighborhood corner restaurant. Wasn’t perfect, but is definitely worth checking out. We thought it was an acceptable value. Back again in a few months to try other selections.

96 Responses

  1. Jailbird says:

    [quote comment=”97100″][quote comment=”97090″]
    The always critical katie scarlett gives us her dinner selection. You’ve got to weigh over 200 lbs. it’s no wonder you’re a miserable mess[/quote]

    Actually it’s more like 350lbs, who’s couting?[/quote]

    The chair you were sitting in at the gaslight was probably sweating

  2. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”97109″][quote comment=”97100″][quote comment=”97090″]
    The always critical katie scarlett gives us her dinner selection. You’ve got to weigh over 200 lbs. it’s no wonder you’re a miserable mess[/quote]

    Actually it’s more like 350lbs, who’s couting?[/quote]

    The chair you were sitting in at the gaslight was probably sweating[/quote]
    Oh no, it’s pretty cool, they have a special steel reinforced floor & crane for me when I walk in. . . Now we don’t have to worry about anything!!!

  3. jdross19 says:

    I had a 4 star experience at the Gaslight, which was a shocker. I had always heard the food was ok. Decided to stop in and watch the 4th quarter of a football game. First off – the bar is great – smooth wood finish, very spacious and comfortable bar stools. They also have a great beer selection on tap – much more diverse than the typical Hoboken pub. I ordered a Toasted Lager and decided to order an appetizer. The menu looks great – it appeared to be new, with menu items like deviled eggs and homemade mac and cheese and steaks…it had a lot of great-sounding options. But since i wasn’t starving, i decided to get the Sliders. They offer 3 different sliders – a Slider Tasting of sorts – i mean, how awesome is that? The first slider was Sirloin burger w/ cheese. Juicy and delicious. It’s very rare you get a juicy slider….most of the time, they are like hockey pucks. Next slider – a meatball parm slider. Delicious. And finally, a greek version of a slider – some kind of spicy lamb w/ a great pesto mayo sauce. Outstanding. Honestly, these were the best sliders i’ve had in Hoboken, or anywhere else for that matter. I”ll be going back to the Gaslight soon to sample some other dishes. Great spot to watch football as well – at least 5 large-screen TV’s in the bar area.

  4. eam144 says:

    Try to be a little less salesy if you want anyone to think you don’t work for the resto. How much did you get paid for posting that “review” or is is just that the restaurant is hurting and since you work there, need to drum up some biz?

  5. MSO says:

    I ate here recently, had no prior opinion but decided to try it bc of the $25 gift cert that you can get for $2 on restaurant.com
    The food was ok. Mac and Cheese was very good, as was the baked potato that came with my prime rib. The prime rib was not so great though…asked for medium rare, got raw, and there was no hint of horseradish crust that that menu advertised. Probably should have mentioned it to the server at the time, but decided not to complain.
    Service was good, as were the toasted lagers. We would have stayed for dessert and a few more beers, but for some reason the DJ/guy with the Ipod kept turing up the music as the night went on. I know this is a bar and the music will be a little louder, but we couldn’t even hear each other at the table by the end of the meal.

  6. CharlieAParker says:

    11 bucks for deviled eggs? You don’t put bourbon in it or anything?

  7. Skywalker says:

    Great (6x), delicious (2x), awesome, and outstanding! Think Jdross is overdoing it a little with the accolades?

  8. kymmellle says:

    I live right by the gaslight & go to their bar on a pretty regular basis. Service has always been very friendly (especially Andrea) and I always end up taking out of town guests here because it is a nice place to grab a beer and catch up.
    I like to come here for brunch because it is so convenient and the food is usually great. Yesterday I had the most unbelievable brunch experience. We sat outside to enjoy the weather. When our usual muffin basket arrived all of our bread was stale, decided it wasn’t worth sending it back.
    Our waiter only came by once to take our order & we never saw him again. He went to each table around us and asked them how their food was/did they need anything, but ignored our table. My friend had to chase him down to order a tea. 20 min later, it still had not arrived & our water was no where to be found. My friend had to go inside & ask the manager for her tea. When it finally came another 7 minutes later she politely thanked him but he did not apologize for forgetting her tea or even acknowledge us. We were sitting around waiting for him to come by so we could get our check and go, but again, he was no where. We had to go inside and ask for our check to be brought out. When we got our check there was a 20% gratuity added to our bill, which was not stated anywhere on the menu & we were not a big group. We complained to the manager who then removed the 20% charge, but then our waiter came out and yelled at us for complaining about him. He sarcastically apologized that we thought he gave us bad service and then asked if we ate out often at restaurants and that he feels sorry for the people who have to wait on us. It was Unbelievable! I have never had this happen. We weren’t being demanding we were sitting there passively eating. Then this guy has the balls to then attack us when he’s the one who’s been missing our entire brunch!

  9. franklinjc says:

    I just moved back into the area and I decided to check out the gaslight. I use to come here back in the day but hadnt been here in about 1 year & a half. I went to the Gaslight this past Friday wanting to just soemthing quick to eat then head home…Anyways I ended up there $25 3-course dinner special, and I gotta say…its a really good deal. I was talking to the bartender & he told me that they changed Chefs, who comes up with some great new food special. I had the special app., whcih was some crab & watermelon salad, the fried chicken & a cheesecake for dessert. I just wanted to let people know that its a great deal. Honestly, 3 course dinner for $25 buck…cant beat it. I’m coming back soon…

  10. JJHadley says:

    I see you said that they changed chefs over at the gaslight. Do you know if its new owners? I saw new awnings up the other day and I am curious. Heard about the food recently. Guess I have to check it out.

  11. ShoeGal318 says:

    I noticed the new awnings yesterday as well. And neither of them says Gaslight one says “Fourth and Adams” the other “400 Adams”. The windows still read gaslight – but it seemed odd not to have it on the awnings.

    I wondered the same thing.. New Owner?

  12. lucarelj says:

    Gaslight is just closed for renovations, not closing up shop. My roommate works there and he had talked about it a few weeks before they shut down for the time being. Unless the management/ownership isn’t being honest with their staff, it’ll be open again soon enough.

    • Silva says:

      If that’s true, you might want to change the title. I’m sure the owners might have a problem with it. [quote comment=”215081″]Gaslight is just closed for renovations, not closing up shop. My roommate works there and he had talked about it a few weeks before they shut down for the time being. Unless the management/ownership isn’t being honest with their staff, it’ll be open again soon enough.[/quote]

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