Hoboken on Rye – Doomed?

Hoboken on Rye Kosher deli closes

Hoboken on Rye Doomed out of business jewish deliOne Hoboken411 reader tipped us off this evening that “Hoboken on Rye is toast.”

“Wow,” I thought how could that be? Hoboken on Rye (164 First St.) seemed to have positive reviews, and even a strong sentiment for “The way it used to be: At Hoboken On Rye, we specialize in all your favorite Kosher style deli classics, like towering hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, knishes, potato pancakes (latkes!), matzo ball soup and more. Come visit us today and experience the Kosher style deli tradition.”

I asked the reader that maybe “sandwiches” are not trending so well these days (perhaps because low-carb living?)

Well they strongly disagreed – and said that “every sandwich shop in Hoboken is packed to the gills! This might have had more to do with that they ran a rather sloppy operation, and had sporadic, unreliable hours.”

Oh well. Maybe they’re just taking a vacation? Where will you get your corned beef now?

Hoboken on Rye doomed in Hoboken NJ

Hoboken on Rye hopes to open this weekend!

2/28/2012 Update:

Stopped by Hoboken on Rye (164 1st St.) this week – and found out they’re hoping to open just in time for Hoboken Lepre-Con this Saturday.

Their main focus if they can get everything lined up is to go all-out with kosher hot dogs during the anticipated drunk-fest.

You might want to call ahead to confirm – (201)710-5450.

Hoboken on Rye Menu – Hoboken, NJ

Frankly – these prices for a Kosher Jewish Deli don’t seem so bad – at least compared to other Jewish Delis in the tri-state area. If their quality justifies these prices, they should have no problem succeeding.

Hoboken on Rye – Prime Deli Sandwiches

  • Hot Corned Beef – $9.95
  • Hot Pastrami – $9.95
  • Beef Brisket – $9.95
  • Fresh Roast Turkey – $9.95
  • Roast Beef – $9.95
  • Beef Salami – $7.95
  • Chopped Liver – $7.95
  • Double Play (any 2 meats) – $10.95
  • Triple Play (any 3 meats) – $11.95

Hoboken on Rye – Salad Sandwiches

  • Tuna – $7.95
  • Lite Tuna – $7.95
  • Chunky Chicken Salad – $7.95

(All Sandwiches come with home made Cole Slaw and a Pickle)

Hoboken on Rye – Specialty Sandwiches

  • Sloppy Joe – $12.95
    (Three layers of Rye topped with Corned Beef, Pastrami, Turkey and Roast Beef with Cole Slaw & Russian dressing.)
  • Potato Pancake Sandwich – $12.95 (both meats $14.95)
    (Corned Beef or Pastrami between 2 Potato Pancakes)
  • Reuben – $11.95
    (Corned Beef or Pastrami with Sauerkraut)
  • Rachael – $11.95
    (Corned Beef of Pastrami with Cole Slaw)

Hoboken on Rye – Smoked Fish Sandwiches

  • Novia Scotia – $12.95
    (Salmon or Whitefish served on a bagel with cream cheese and choice of tomato, onion or cucumber)

Hoboken on Rye – Hoboken “Street Sandwiches”

  • River Street – $12.95
    (Turkey, Roast Beef, Crispy Pastrami, Russian Dressing, Cole Slaw)
  • Garden Street – $11.95
    (Corned Beef, Turkey & Sweet Red Peppers on a roll w/ mustard and Russian)
  • 1st Street – $11.95
    (Turkey, Pastrami with Cole Slaw and Russian dressing)
  • Grand Street – $12.95
    (Turkey, Roast Beef, Crispy Pastrami with Lettuce & Tomato)
  • Hudson Street – $11.95
    (Chunky Chicken Salad, Crispy Pastrami, Lettuce & Tomato)
  • Park Ave – $11.95
    (Corned Beef, Pastrami and Potato Salad on a gutted roll with mustard)
  • Court Street – $11.95
    (Chopped Liver, Turkey, Cole Slaw and Russian Dressing)
  • Willow Ave – $9.95
    (Brisket, Sweet Red Peppers, Cole Slaw and Russian Dressing)

Hoboken on Rye – Side Orders

  • Knishes – $3.50
    (potato, kasha, spinach, broccoli, mushroom)
  • Potato Pancakes – $2.50
  • Kosher Hot Dog – $2.75

Kosher Deli – Hoboken on Rye – Coming Soon!

12/20/2011:

One of the items that has been on the “What we want in Hoboken” list for a long time was “A nice Kosher Jewish Deli.”

And since Hanukkah starts today – there’s no better time to share the news that Hoboken on Rye will be opening up at 164 First St. early next year.

Hoboken on Rye is owned and operated by resident Jon Blair and his family – and will feature all the traditional items typically found in a Jewish Deli.

Note that Hoboken on Rye is just a take-out deli, but will also offer some catering options.

Stay tuned as they get closer to opening!

Description: Kosher Jewish Deli
Address: 164 1st St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Web: TBD
Phone: 201-710-5450

28 Responses

  1. camel2 says:

    I never understood Kosher food.

    • freewheelin says:

      Instead of posting a comment that just shows you are ignorant and lazy, why don’t you use that same time to do a search and find out what it is? And no, I don’t “keep Kosher,” I just can’t believe someone would take the time to post something like that instead of just finding out what it is. [quote comment=”213008″]I never understood Kosher food.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        I know what Kosher fod is but I don’t know all the laws and even if one did know the laws they might not be understood wholey as to rational or preparation. For instance can I set up a kosher deli on the same block that serves pork, frog legs and alligator?[quote comment=”213011″]Instead of posting a comment that just shows you are ignorant and lazy, why don’t you use that same time to do a search and find out what it is? And no, I don’t “keep Kosher,” I just can’t believe someone would take the time to post something like that instead of just finding out what it is.[/quote]

  2. sasha says:

    If you enjoy corned beef, brisket, pastrami, delicious hot dogs, rye bread, pickles, etc.,
    you will enjoy a good Jewish Deli. It is a welcome change from all the Italian delis, which
    are very good, but I’m looking forward to this new deli. Think Katz’s deli in New York!!

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Sure is a welcomed change. Now let’s hope that 5 or 6 more don’t open so they put each other out of business. Good luck Jon.[quote comment=”213015″]If you enjoy corned beef, brisket, pastrami, delicious hot dogs, rye bread, pickles, etc., you will enjoy a good Jewish Deli. It is a welcome change from all the Italian delis, which are very good, but I’m looking forward to this new deli. Think Katz’s deli in New York!![/quote]

  3. HomeTeam says:

    Given the size of that space, it doesn’t look like there will be room for much on premises cooking which makes me nervous that the pastrami might be of a questionable quality, but I hope it will be great!

  4. freewheelin says:

    Two words: Potato Knishes! Please carry them. They can’t be found anywhere else in Hoboken. The square ones like you get from the carts in the city that you can slice open and fill with mustard. I could live on those things!

  5. willow says:

    I am happy to hear about the opening of the deli. While I love the italian deli’s in the area. A good pastrami sandwich or turkey with chicken liver will be welcomed in my tummy.

    Based on the discussion above thought i would throw my 2 cents in. This may or may not be a KOSHER deli. Meaning most Jewish deli’s are not kosher. They are kosher style meaning not serving pork products ect. Kosher is expensive and difficult to run beyond the normal business issues. You have to abide by a very strict code and be certified by a group showing you abide by all rules and regulations. Example someone brought up katz deli. This is not a kosher deli but kosher style. I personally dont care either way. Kosher style will have better hours for the hoboken crowd.

  6. jdross19 says:

    Curious if there is any update on this?

  7. likeabuterfly says:

    Holy expensive sandwiches Batman! I look forward to checking it out, hopefully they are ‘leftover’ size.

  8. thescherrthing says:

    no matzoh ball soup? 😥

  9. ashleyblair says:

    Hey everyone! So happy to hear people are excited about my deli-We are having soft opening for dinner tomorrow and will def be open this weekend-we are having corned beef and cabbage knishes and soup as a special for Hoboken’s st pattys…we have homemade matzoh balls and Dr.Brown’s sodas. Look forward to seeing all of you there!

  10. design_chick says:

    I tried Hoboken on Rye this weekend. I got the Rachael – $11.95 for Pastrami on Rye with Coleslaw. It came with a pickle wedge and a small coleslaw on the side. The pastrami was moist and flavorful. The coleslaw was also tasty. My only complaint would be that I think that $11.95 is a little expensive for a sandwich of that size when I can go one block away to Luca Brasi to get a delicious italian sub for under $10. Hoboken on Rye won’t be in my normal rotation, but I will be back again when I get a craving for pastrami!

  11. TheMeedles says:

    Went there tonight. Pastrami was much better than I expected. That said either the sandwiches either have to be overstuffed or the prices have to be be about $3 cheaper. Def a good sandwich, just maybe adjust the prices a little. Also, seeing them put sandwiches in a microwave to heat up is a little offsetting and loses any “genuine” vibe they may be trying to conjure. Having freshly cut “hot” pastrami is how they roll at Katz, Carnagie Deli, etc – if you are going to try this concept in Hoboken, so close to the real thing, you have to go all in and do it right. Lose the microwaves – what if a pizza place did the same thing and heated up slices in a microwave…

    • FransItalianDeli says:

      Stop in at Fran’s (2nd/Hudson) for lunch on a Wed, Thu or Fri…we typically have a fresh cut “hot from the steamer” pastrami on rye sandwich special that can “roll” with the best in the city…see you soon![quote comment=”214725″]Went there tonight. Pastrami was much better than I expected. That said either the sandwiches either have to be overstuffed or the prices have to be be about $3 cheaper. Def a good sandwich, just maybe adjust the prices a little. Also, seeing them put sandwiches in a microwave to heat up is a little offsetting and loses any “genuine” vibe they may be trying to conjure. Having freshly cut “hot” pastrami is how they roll at Katz, Carnagie Deli, etc – if you are going to try this concept in Hoboken, so close to the real thing, you have to go all in and do it right. Lose the microwaves – what if a pizza place did the same thing and heated up slices in a microwave…[/quote]

  12. whino says:

    We just tried Hoboken on Rye for the first time today. Had the matzoh ball soup and a sloppy joe sandwich. Thought the flavors were pretty authentic! Matzoh ball was really nice. We will most certainly return. Interested in trying the lox and whitefish. Pricing is fair for Jewish deli. Katz’s or 2nd Ave. Deli sandwiches are $15.

  13. LobstaGirl says:

    Fran’s Deli is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!! Great People & Great Mutz!

    • FransItalianDeli says:

      Thank you!!! :-)[quote comment=”217703″]Fran’s Deli is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!! Great People & Great Mutz![/quote]

      • hoboken411 says:

        As an added note, one of the owners, Jon Blair, mentioned that they were having serious family health issues.. Their father suffered a terrible stroke. He was one of the business partners. We’re sorry to hear about it and hope the best for the future. Hopefully they can resume again at some point.

  14. boken603 says:

    First of all, the news about their father is terrible and I wish him well…

    When you start a business, especially in a competitive and crowded marketplace like Hoboken, you have to do more than just open your doors and hope that people come in. For example, you have to create a brand. I walk by this location twice a day and there is nothing that invites you to come in. They have a crappy sign and that’s it. They dont tell you anything about the place or what they have to offer. Compare that to other places on the same route that communicate specials or new items (Pour House, Bagel Smash, Marty O’Briens) or make the product the star (the French bakery where you can see the items through the window).

    Also, I have never seen any advertising, social media, etc. You gotta work extra hard in that location. I have never tried it, dont know the owners, have no agenda and wish them well. Just my thoughts from a business perspective.

  15. hobokenite0 says:

    I’m going to state the obvious – $13 for a single sandwich is ridiculous.

    • boken603 says:

      Oh yeah. That too. For way less I can go to Fiores, Vito’s, etc. [quote comment=”220997″]I’m going to state the obvious – $13 for a single sandwich is ridiculous.[/quote]

    • HomeTeam says:

      True. They were nice folks, but after I watched them heat up the pastrami for my sandwich in a microwave, I never went back.[quote comment=”220997″]I’m going to state the obvious – $13 for a single sandwich is ridiculous.[/quote]

  16. TheGreenMan says:

    This town could REALLY use a great Jewish deli as an alternative to the excellent Italian delis. Still though you can’t charge Katz’s prices if you’re not Katz’s. We’re talking NY institution which charges extra just for their name in addition to the awesome sandwiches. In town you could easily charge $7- $8, and make a good profit through return business.

    Hopefully someone else tries again soon and it works out.

  17. Mitch Ultimato says:

    You couldn’t even get a potato knish there. Who ever heard of a Jewish deli that doesn’t have potato knishes?

    • dbrauneis says:

      That statement may have been true at the time you visited (perhaps they had already run out for the day) but I got potato knishes from Hoboken on Rye numerous times while they were open.[quote comment=”221010″]You couldn’t even get a potato knish there. Who ever heard of a Jewish deli that doesn’t have potato knishes?[/quote]

      • taxedtodeath says:

        Tried it once. The sandwich was way too expensive for what they offered. I heard they’re opening a new place named Johnny brisket outside of Hoboken.[quote comment=”221014″]That statement may have been true at the time you visited (perhaps they had already run out for the day) but I got potato knishes from Hoboken on Rye numerous times while they were open.[/quote]

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