Harvest Cuisine – Doomed?

Did Harvest Cuisine go out of business already?

Several Hoboken411 readers inquired whether Harvest Cuisine at 518 Washington Street is doomed – saying it hasn’t been open in a while. Their website doesn’t seem to indicate that they’re closed.

But I swung by yesterday, and it was indeed closed in the middle of the day. I asked some fellas over at Robongi next door – and despite the complete lack of understanding the English language, one guy made the “finished” (i.e. doomed) motion with his arms.

If they really are doomed (and not on vacation or sabbatical) it’d be a shame.

Have you tried Harvest Cuisine yet?

7/5/2011 Update:

Over the past couple weeks – each time I walk by Harvest Cuisine at 518 Washington St., the outdoor eating area is empty – while neighboring restaurants have customers.

I still haven’t had the opportunity to taste the food here, but the menus look interesting. The have a lunch menu, dinner menu and brunch menu.

Have any of you tried it yet? Is it any good? Prices seem fair… Do people mainly order delivery? Or is the concept just too unique for customers to understand it?

Harvest Cuisine now open for Dinner in Hoboken NJ

2/14/2011:

Expects to be fully operational by early March…

The wait is finally over for Harvest Cuisine at 518 Washington Street. They officially open for dinner tonight – and will add the “market,” lunch and brunch over the next few weeks.

See Harvest Cuisine Dinner Menu here. Enjoy!

Harvest Cuisine getting close to opening in Hoboken

2/8/2011 Update:

Spoke with workers who were installing a brown retractable awning on the upcoming Harvest Cuisine restaurant at 518 Washington St. today… and they seemed to think the new fresh eatery will be opening as soon as this week!

Good news for Hoboken residents!

Unique eatery coming to 518 Washington in Hoboken

1/28/2011:

It might be said that the horrible all-you-can-eat debacle that was going on over at Wild Ginger (518 Washington St.) was the final nail in their coffin.

They’re doomed. Finished. Gone.

So what’s coming next?

Well – glad you asked! Opening up in February 2011 – is Harvest Cuisine. A unique kind of eatery that offers relatively healthy choices, fresh to-go items, sit down dining, BYOB, and even a late night menu!

The owners said the restaurant can be classified as a market for “Global Cuisine,” with carving stations, a la carte dinner items and a “red eye” menu. They’re comparing themselves somewhat to Market Basket in Franklin Lakes. “We’ll be serving fresh, seasonal items that Hoboken will love,” said the owner.

Their website www.harvestcuisine.com should be up online next week.

More updates to come!

41 Responses

  1. eam144 says:

    There are plenty of restaurants without liquor licenses that are doing ok. Stacks, Taco Truck, La Isla, Turning Point. It is no mystery – fresh good tasting food at a reasonable price. You cannot get into Turning Point or STacks on the weekends. We went here because we could not get into La Isla. Server’s first language was not English and it was difficult to communicate. Order took a long time and came out wrong. We said we would not go back with other options in town. I am sorry but they never had an identity (half price sushi plus the other menu never made sense to me and actually gave me pause as to why their sushi was always half price). Feel bad for the owners as I am sure they put a lot of sweat equity into this venture. Next.

    • bigman23 says:

      Yea but those places are really Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch places, which can get away with not serving alcohol (mostly). Harvest Cuisine was, I thought, more of a sit-down dinner place. And you can be a mediocre dinner place (Amanda’s, 1Republik[c], Arthur’s [uggh], etc) and still do great business because you’re serving alcohol. La Isla is an exception, because it serves great food. Harvest Cuisine failed because you can’t serve dinner-priced mediocre food AND not serve alcohol. Plus it reminded of the Seinfeld episode where they had the guy close down his restaurant because his menu was all over the place. [quote comment=”210508″]There are plenty of restaurants without liquor licenses that are doing ok. Stacks, Taco Truck, La Isla, Turning Point. It is no mystery – fresh good tasting food at a reasonable price. You cannot get into Turning Point or STacks on the weekends. We went here because we could not get into La Isla. Server’s first language was not English and it was difficult to communicate. Order took a long time and came out wrong. We said we would not go back with other options in town. I am sorry but they never had an identity (half price sushi plus the other menu never made sense to me and actually gave me pause as to why their sushi was always half price). Feel bad for the owners as I am sure they put a lot of sweat equity into this venture. Next.[/quote]

    • nbm3 says:

      You can’t get into stacks because they only have about 15 tables, not that hard to pack up, but again what you may assume is different from their their balance sheets and income statements if they are barely paying their rents[quote comment=”210508″]There are plenty of restaurants without liquor licenses that are doing ok. Stacks, Taco Truck, La Isla, Turning Point. It is no mystery – fresh good tasting food at a reasonable price. You cannot get into Turning Point or STacks on the weekends. We went here because we could not get into La Isla. Server’s first language was not English and it was difficult to communicate. Order took a long time and came out wrong. We said we would not go back with other options in town. I am sorry but they never had an identity (half price sushi plus the other menu never made sense to me and actually gave me pause as to why their sushi was always half price). Feel bad for the owners as I am sure they put a lot of sweat equity into this venture. Next.[/quote]

  2. freewheelin says:

    This place went downhill really quickly. The first time I went it was pretty good but the second time the food was awful. Plus it never really had an identity. What is Harvest Cuisine? The name makes it sound like they use all farm fresh ingredients or something but then you look at the menu and it’s a little of this and a little of that. This location is perpetually doomed. The only thing that will survive there is something that’s really different or another big chain. One thing that block doesn’t need is another Asian place, that’s for sure.

  3. QJ201 says:

    This location has been a “White Elephant” since the original rehab. Wasn’t it like a 3 level sports bar? Then no liquor license for a Johnny Rockets rip off, and a pan-asian place… Nothing seems to last at this location.

    Building owner would be better off converting the 2nd and 3rd floor back into residential.

  4. escaped68 says:

    As written here many times the location is snake bit no place selling food of any kind will ever do good at that spot. I’m saying just that spot it happens all over once a spot turns bad every place that follows it goes down the tubes. It doesn’t matter how good, what kind or even prices that spot is doomed.Maybe a hobby, book or even a shoe store —food never.

  5. LobstaGirl says:

    They have $$$$ rent……nothing will make it when it is that high.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      lobster girl..all kidding aside ..Do you realize how much rent owners have to pay on wash st? A good friend of mine had to come up with 12,000 a week just to make the lease pay the bills and the waiters..Was on river road prior to the redevelopment…This is blue collar edgewater in 1999.. Quick check balied out as well as Riteaid on third st..Mc Crorys ,burger king, I heard quick had to come up with 17k a month rent..Barnes n noble,ceos dump em if there not making money..The brits use to say about our flyboys iin England ( 8th air force ..Our kids were over paid over sexed and over there..apples and oranges but simular in a different tone..Two many establishments over here..NYC is much larger..What keeps mc donalds afloat is 24/7 catering to the revelers .. keep in mind they also pay the lions share of taxes..As for liquor license ,dont need one..bring your own bag..if the food is good they will return.. just reality that this town is over loaded with bistros and watering holes.[quote comment=”210557″]They have $$$$ rent……nothing will make it when it is that high.[/quote]

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      lobster girl..all kidding aside ..Do you realize how much rent owners have to pay on wash st? A good friend of mine had to come up with 12,000 a week just to make the lease pay the bills and the waiters..Was on river road prior to the redevelopment…This is blue collar edgewater in 1999.. Quick check balied out as well as Riteaid on third st..Mc Crorys ,burger king, I heard quick had to come up with 17k a month rent..Barnes n noble,ceos dump em if there not making money..The brits use to say about our flyboys iin England ( 8th air force ..Our kids were over paid over sexed and over there..apples and oranges but simular in a different tone..Two many establishments over here..NYC is much larger..What keeps mc donalds afloat is 24/7 catering to the revelers .. keep in mind they also pay the lions share of taxes..As for liquor license ,dont need one..bring your own bag..if the food is good they will return.. just reality that this town is over loaded with bistros and watering holes.[quote comment=”210557″]They have $$$$ rent……nothing will make it when it is that high.[/quote]
      [quote comment=”210557″]They have $$$$ rent……nothing will make it when it is that high.[/quote]

  6. laffingnetizen says:

    Pretty sure this place is closed. I’ve walked past it a few times during dinner time and it was closed. Also the phone number is disconnected.

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