Park Ave Bar & Grill – Doomed

Park Ave Bar & Grill in Union City bankrupt after 8 years

A lot of people (especially in North Hoboken) frequented the Park Ave Bar & Grill over in neighboring Union City. But the party is over, and they pretty much went out of business (this happens when you have multiple business partners who are not “on the same page.”)

The owners of the building itself are from Hoboken, and would be happy to take on a new, more competent tenant.

But there’s a “Bankruptcy Auction” this coming Tuesday if you’re interested. Practically everything in the space is for sale. Equipment, furniture, decorations, kitchen supplies, TV’s, DJ sound gear. Everything. Heck you could even buy all the stuff and hit the ground running if you want (A lot cheaper than building it from scratch!) The liquor license is up for grabs as well.

See the auction site here – and look at this PDF to see what’s for sale.

Nice knowing you Park Ave Bar & Grill!

Park Ave Bar Grill Union City Doomed Auction

Park Ave Bar & Grill celebrates 1st Anniversary

5/1/2008:

For those of you that regularly patronize the Park Avenue Bar & Grill up the hill in Union City, you might be interested in their Anniversary party tonight, starting at 5pm.

Free appetizers from 5pm-7pm, and all beers are $3 and every cocktail (including top shelf) is just $5 ALL NIGHT. They’ll have Dominican cigars at their new cigar bar out back, and all four floors will be open, including the roof deck.

Multiple areas for music, including live latin jazz and salsa dancing on the ground level, as well as a live DJ on the 3rd floor. They’ll be doling out free celebratory champagne all night as well, and will have a Patron Tequila Photo Booth to document your good time. All that, plus free prizes and giveaways… you can snag a gift certificate to Park Avenue Bar & Grill!

Those who like to shake their booty, might be happy to learn that they’ll be offering FREE Salsa lessons start the 3rd week in May

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hoboken-park-ave-bar-grill-union-city.jpgThis is part of the “Get out of Hoboken” series. On this occasion, we schlep up to very distant Union City (bordering Hoboken actually) to check out the very popular “Park Avenue Grill”.

SEE INITIAL REVIEW BELOW!

A mere stones throw away from the northern Hoboken border, this four-story bar/restaurant opened up about a month ago. A very spacious location with occupancy of about 600 patrons at peak times. It’s been known to be very crowded on the weekend with local residents, many from a Hispanic background.

From their website:

“Simply walk through the front doors and you’ll know you’ve found something special. At Park Avenue Bar and Grill, enjoy the flavors of Modern American cuisine fused with an exhilarating Latin influence. This stylish restaurant offers multi-level dining in a unique indoor/outdoor montage of six distinct dining and lounge areas. Our warm and welcoming bar opens to a charming private courtyard, while the chic second story dining room leads to a wonderful open-air deck. Wind your way upstairs to the lounge, enjoy the live jazz and then step outside onto the rooftop; the perfect backdrop for savoring tapas and a cocktail while admiring the gorgeous Manhattan skyline. We look forward to welcoming you to Park Avenue Bar and Grill.”

Description: Large multi-floor restaurant / bar with latin flair. 600 person capacity, multiple bars, catering, private events.
Address: 3417 Park Ave., Union City, NJ 07086 (Google Map)
Phone: 201-617-7274
Web: http://www.parkavenuebargrill.com/index.html

Park Avenue Bar & Grill opens up in Union City:

June 2007 Overview:

We had to say that the place was very well done. Colorful lighting (sort of like Teak), many interior areas to eat, drink and lounge, plus multiple outdoor areas. Appeared to be quality construction throughout.

Going at off-peak time, we didn’t know what to expect. Parking was easy, for one thing. And they have Valet parking on the weekend. If you plan to come here to drink it’s recommended that you take a cab (should be about $8-10 from Hoboken). They’ve been known to regularly have lines on the weekend, so get there early if you want to get in without hassle.

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Upon entrance, we were told by the hostess that each floor has it’s own menu. A simple bar menu downstairs, a “fine dining” menu on the second floor, and I forgot what the third floor menu was, it could have been some kind of tapas. Sorry I missed that part! The top bar was closed, so we didn’t get to check it out.

We wanted to sit outside and the small second floor area was for “fine dining” only.

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The menu was diverse. From a multitude of appetizers to high-end entrees such as steak and seafood. We opted to eat “tapas” style and choose a few of their appetizer items. The appetizers ranged from $6-12 each.

Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. She took our drink order ($8 glasses of house shiraz), which we thought were skimpy pours for the money. If you’re going to drink wine, it’s recommended that you order by the bottle or not at all.

The food-fest consisted of way too much food. Two salads (“35th street salad” and the calamari salad), some filet mignon empanadas, “three way guacamole”, and a crab cake.

The salads were enjoyed by both of us. My date really loved the 35th st. salad, as it contained fresh greens, pistachios, dried cherries, and a fair amount of strong bleu cheese. I’m not a big fan of that, but she loved it to no end. 4 stars.

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On the other hand calamari salad was my favorite dish of the night. Outstanding. The spicy salad had banana clumps in it that made it a unique taste endeavor that I want to experience again. You need to try it to believe it. Tender calamari and perfect seasoning that kept me coming back for more. Great job!

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The filet mignon empenadas were ok, they tasted better first off, but as they cooled the taste seemed to diminish. Fine to try, but I doubt they’d be regular items for us.

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Same with the crab cake. While very lean and filled with mostly crab, the dish was fairly pedestrian and lacked “wow” factor. Wasn’t bad by any means, but lost it’s luster as the night wore on.

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The “three way guacamole” was very interesting. They had other “three way” items on the menu, such as Hummus and one other selection (we saw a couple next to us order them all – they had 9 mini dishes to sample). One standard guacamole with tomatoes and cilantro (our favorite), one with pineapple, and the other with some kind of cheese. All were delicious and well made, but the cilantro made that first one. The chips included standard tortilla triangles as well as plantains.

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Overall, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food in the “fine dining” area. Hadn’t had a chance to check the menus in the other areas, but are willing to come back to give them a sample. I’m not sure how much I’d be in a hurry to come back to a packed 600+ person club/bar scene, but the employees were hoping that more people from Hoboken will visit.

The rest of the establishment looked fun, and I wouldn’t have any hesitation going back at off-peak times if you go with the right group of people. I’d love to try the roof-top and see what kind of views they have of Manhattan and Hoboken.

Sorry for the lackluster review. Tough to do at 4am! See some of the other areas below.

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27 Comments on "Park Ave Bar & Grill – Doomed"


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blaueaugen
6 years 5 months ago

has anyone been here as of late? with the nice weather coming, i’d like to check this place out. but no way i’m going there if there’s a cover charge at the door. anyone know?

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regulator
6 years 11 months ago

anyone been here lately? what’s the scene like on a fri/sat nite? cover? still douchey management? i wanna go one of these weekends but not if it’s still poorly run

Member
7 years 1 month ago

just when you thought things hit rock bottom it sounds as if management decided to start digging deeper.

[quote comment=”91024″]Great place, nice view, setting, horribly run.

Went there last weekend, the bar was segregated by gender. Yes, you read that right. Single guys were not allowed on the top 2 floors. Im not kidding. Only if you were with a girl were you allowed up. There was people in my group who were with their girlfriends, got separated, and weren’t allowed up. The end result of this was a bottom floor sausage party. Talked to the manager, he says, oh sorry, its up to the promoter. So what, you have no control over your bar just because a promoter is throwing his crappy event there?

Beyond that, you get a lot of attitude at the door(this is union city, not the meatpacking district) over dress code, ratio and stuff like that. Again, its a nice place, just needs to be run a little better. The restaurant is pretty nice, but as a place to meet people and socialize, two thumbs down.[/quote]

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pieceman
7 years 1 month ago

Great place, nice view, setting, horribly run.

Went there last weekend, the bar was segregated by gender. Yes, you read that right. Single guys were not allowed on the top 2 floors. Im not kidding. Only if you were with a girl were you allowed up. There was people in my group who were with their girlfriends, got separated, and weren’t allowed up. The end result of this was a bottom floor sausage party. Talked to the manager, he says, oh sorry, its up to the promoter. So what, you have no control over your bar just because a promoter is throwing his crappy event there?

Beyond that, you get a lot of attitude at the door(this is union city, not the meatpacking district) over dress code, ratio and stuff like that. Again, its a nice place, just needs to be run a little better. The restaurant is pretty nice, but as a place to meet people and socialize, two thumbs down.

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WineandDine
7 years 3 months ago

I took a chance yesterday…and decided to get out of my comfort zone in Hoboken. I’ve heard about the oh-so-pretentious Park Avenue Bar & Grill on numerous occasions, and thought that after seeing the Anniversary post, why not check it out? Without any further explanation…I was pleasantly surprised that previous posts (at least in my recent experience) don’t reflect this fine establishment at all whatsoever. Having had my feet dipped in this business long enough, and knowing the ins and outs of restaurant owners in hoboken, I “heard” that Park Ave. had an unfortunate experience with one of their untrustworthy managers a few months back. This gentleman seemingly caused a lot of issues with both staff and customers, which in my belief was probably not the best for a new “up and coming” business. However, yesterday’s “1st Anniversary Bash” has proven to me (a self-proclaimed restaurant/bar critic) that this business, where still testing out it’s new wings, has become bigger and better over the last 6 months! Last night was truly a great time, filled with great food, great drinks, excellent (friendly) service, NO DRESS-CODE ISSUES (I was wearing jeans and a nice collared shirt, but I saw shorts and flip-flops..oh my!!). They had free sushi, a photo booth for taking photos of all their celebratory guests, cigar-servers and the live latin jazz was HOT (not to mention the salsa dancers..pretty cool for a guy that can’t dance!) I overheard numerous people raving about their experiences at this place…convincing me to bring back my wife to test out their Mothers Day brunch. All in all, the experience was truly unique. I suggest that others try it for themselves before judging, I truly believe they had a rocky start, and every business is worth another shot! Looking forward to sipping mojitos out their courtyard in a few weeks! :)