8/12/2010:

A reason to leave Hoboken: Hamilton Inn Jersey City

Swung by The Hamilton Inn in Jersey city (708 Jersey Ave.) last week for a quick review.

You should know the owner: Mike Gondevas

In case you didn’t know – The Hamilton Inn is owned by longtime restaurant figure in Hoboken, Michael Gondevas, who was managing partner for many establishments in town under Dave Carney (Madison, The Jefferson (gone), and the Clinton Social).

Gondevas branched out on his own, and along with his brother went on acquire the Jersey City corner bar/restaurant – completely gut-renovating it. They did a great job, and it has the look and feel of a comfortable place to become a regular. Accommodating staff and bartenders – along with the diverse and friendly patrons, we immediately felt welcome even though it was our first time there.

In a hurry – we didn’t pound drinks at the bar, but instead sat at one of the outdoor tables for a “rushed” dinner (before Home Depot closed).

Quick review bullets:

Angus burger with fries (I always try a burger first if I can). Well made, lean, satisfying. $10

Crab Cake Appetizer. Small portion, probably not sufficient for full meal. But crab cakes were perfect and the chipotle lime dipping sauce was out of this world. We should have asked for extra to dip fries from burger in. $12 (a bit steep, but the taste made it worthwhile).

Summer Corn. I believe this was a special – which was just simply corn shaved off the cob, with basic seasonings. Needed because the crab cakes weren’t enough. A good fresh tasting appy.

I wanted to try the crispy buffalo wings, but wasn’t in the mood for sloppy finger food. Will go back another nice day and sample some other items on the menus (see below) – and stay for some night-caps.

Overall – the general vibe of The Hamilton Inn was just what the doctor ordered, and made us wish a restaurant like this existed in Hoboken. What was missing was the “Mile Square scene” – and was one of Hamilton Inn’s strengths. A decent, non-pretentious trip across the border that we’ll certainly make again. Recommended.

Description: Casual Bar / Restaurant with Continental menu. Outdoor seating. Open late.
Address: 708 Jersey Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Phone: 201-839-5818 Fax: 201-839-5804
Web: www.hamiltoninnjc.com
MENUS: LunchDinnerMixed DrinksBeer and Wine

Hoboken NJ

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