7/30/2007 Update:

See recent guest review below!

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They have pictures on their website.

Description – Lounge & Restaurant. Italian cuisine.
Website – www.lounge11bar.com
Address – 505 Madison St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-792-2244

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Hoboken411 reader “She’s Crafty” had asked me if there were any places that needed a review. I sent her a list, and she curiously picked Lounge 11. Here’s her recap below!

July 2007 Lounge 11 Restaurant Review:

Curiosity got the best of me and I decided I had to see if the food at Lounge 11 was really that good. A good friend of mine had been telling me for the last six months or so about how amazing the food was, and I definitely needed to try it for myself. I think she even went as far as to say some of the best Italian food in Hoboken. Now we all know you can get some pretty decent Italian food in this town, so a trip to taste for myself was definitely in order.

I set up a dinner date with a friend and asked her if it would be okay to try Lounge 11 for dinner. She delightfully agreed since she too, had never eaten there. To be honest, I don’t know too many people who have actually eaten at Lounge 11, or even knew they served food for that matter. When we walked in, we realized why so many peoples perception of Lounge 11 was the way it was (besides the name).

Upon entrance we immediately notice the decor. It definitely has a “loungy” feel to it with sky blue vinyl booths along the walls, fun, funky lights hanging from the ceiling and a sort of retro looking fireplace covered in cracked mirrors and a tile mosaic design. The walls had long, dramatic, drapy, curtains covering them. And there were these crazy crystal, sort of chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling. And where there weren’t dining room table to eat it, the place was filled with vinyl couches.

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We were a little surprised to see there wasn’t anyone sitting down to eat inside, despite it being 8pm on a Thursday night. It started to feel like they didn’t actually serve dinner when we were greeted with, who we later realized was the hostess, wearing shorts and a t-shirt. She was polite enough, even though we had clearly disturbed her game of Photo Hunt she was playing sitting at the bar. She gladly sat us and handed us our menus and went back to playing her game at the bar. Not the most welcoming service, but we got over it.

The Bar
We of course checked out the Bar Menu immediately. I decided to go with a glass of the house merlot. Hard to go wrong with that. My friend was interested in finding out which Martini was best. She asked the waiter, but he had no idea. He gladly asked the bartender and came back with a lemonade Martini that my friend enjoyed immensely.

The Food
The food was good, but I wouldn’t say great. I had the Chicken Sorentino, which was a couple of lightly breaded chicken filets covered in prusciotto and eggplant and some sort of pink sauce. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, but I had had it at places like the Gaslight, who isn’t really known for their great Italian food, and liked it better. It was a far cry from the Chicken Sorentino served at Leo’s. And my pet peeve is getting served frozen vegetables as a side. How hard is it to steam some fresh brocolli?
My friend at the Chicken Francaise which looked pretty similar to my dish only her sauce was yellow and there was a lemon slice on top. I tried and it too, was good, but I wouldn’t say great either… Seemed like there was way too much sauce on both dishes masking the true flavor of the food.

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Overall
We both agreed we had a lovely dining experience overall at Lounge 11. But it was nothing close to what I was hoping for. I imagined walking in and finding this gold mine of an undiscovered restaurant with truly amazing, underpriced, Italian food. It wasn’t quite the case, but maybe my expectations were too high…

Here is what my friend had to say about her overall experience eating at Lounge 11. I have to say, I second her sentiments: “Bottom line….I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to Lounge 11 for dinner, but if someone suggested eating here again in the future, I wouldn’t decline the invitation.”