Hoboken Restaurant Recommendations

8/30/2007:

340-grill-hoboken-crab-shrimp-nachos-july-2007-sm.jpgWe all have our favorite Hoboken places for one reason or another. I stumbled across someone on the Chowhound.com message boards asking for a specific recommendation.

Since that doesn’t seem to have a good concentration of Hoboken people “in the know” (like on Hoboken411), what would you tell him?

That One Restaurant in Hoboken
“I will be in Hoboken in the next couple of weeks (week night) and would like to have dinner there. I would like to know that one place you would recommend, and why.

As far as type of food is concerned, I would like to stay away from Italian, only because there are lots of good Italian restaurants where I live. I’m wide open to other suggestions.

Two requirements are: the place must have a liquor license and must take reservations. I don’t want to be cooling my heels for an hour or more, thus making for a very late arrival home.”

The two responses he received so far were:

Amanda’s on Washington Ave. – they have an “early bird” special that is quite reasonable and French food that is good. I think they have a bar but can’t quite remember and we have not been there for a couple of years so I would call ahead.

And:

I work in Hoboken, so I do lunches at these places. Teak on the Hudson isn’t bad. The location is really pretty. Lots of sushi and some other specialities. Brass Rail is overrated. It’s Greek to Me is OK, so so really. I really like the Karma Cafe, which is an Indian buffet and probably not what you are looking for. Grimaldi’s Pizza is worth the trip, even tho you said no Italian. Delish.

Let’s show them what we can advise… because with bad advice, he’ll end up hating Hoboken!

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19 Comments on "Hoboken Restaurant Recommendations"

JustinDanielnyc
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JustinDanielnyc

Just had brunch at Lua and it was excellent. $15 for brunch and 3 cocktails is so worth it, and the food was wonderful. Service was spot on, and the view of course was beautiful. I always thought this place was a cheesy idea, but the food exceeded my expectations.

Grimaldis has gone downhill imo.
Anthony David’s is the best dinner in hoboken

kooky kat
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[quote comment=”41798″]Sorry…coming to Hoboken for a meal?

Why would you eat here? Spend the PATH fare & go into Manhattan.

Or even the Grove St. area of JC. Lots of interesting eateries, a stone’s throw from the PATH.

Or take the Lightrail to North Bergen, which has fabulous tapas & Peruvian seafood.

And then UC/Weekhawken, w/the wonderful Beyti Kabob & delicious, cheap Cuban.

Much more interesting than here.

Nothing much, for a foodie, in Hoboken.
Tho’ I’ll grant you, Cuch., in the winter can be lovely, if you sit at the bar, by the oven….

The restaurants in this town are mediocre, at best.
And generally overpriced.

Except for brunch. And only b/c most folks are too tired/lazy (myself included), to go elsewhere.

Anthony David’s is as good as it gets.[/quote]

Tama! *CLAP CLAP* Pay attention!!! He’s in Hoboken for ONE night and he asked for a place to eat. Not NYC, not JC, not UC, not Weehawken! HOBOKEN!

That said, Anthony David’s is the best restaurant in town (IMO) but if you want something different, everyone is right – although I don’t personally like the food all that much there, Cucharmama is very different and has great drink selection, and a good wine selection.
(I prefer Zafra, but neither of the places are really my kind of food.) Just a personal opinion!

Tama Murden
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Sorry…coming to Hoboken for a meal?

Why would you eat here? Spend the PATH fare & go into Manhattan.

Or even the Grove St. area of JC. Lots of interesting eateries, a stone’s throw from the PATH.

Or take the Lightrail to North Bergen, which has fabulous tapas & Peruvian seafood.

And then UC/Weekhawken, w/the wonderful Beyti Kabob & delicious, cheap Cuban.

Much more interesting than here.

Nothing much, for a foodie, in Hoboken.
Tho’ I’ll grant you, Cuch., in the winter can be lovely, if you sit at the bar, by the oven….

The restaurants in this town are mediocre, at best.
And generally overpriced.

Except for brunch. And only b/c most folks are too tired/lazy (myself included), to go elsewhere.

Anthony David’s is as good as it gets.

LynnZe
Member
LynnZe

Isla has decent food – and why would you want a liquor license when you can have byob??

Zafra doesn’t serve cuban food – it’s some gay americanized cuban food… (Based on my one experience there when i ordered a cubano which was like a pork hero on italian bread – not pressed – maybe they’ve gotten better in the past 5 years, never went back).

Cuch (nobody else think’s it’s odd everyone’s calling this place ‘cuch’?) has decent food – but it’s the same owners as zafra and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Again – only been there once, but I felt like i wasn’t welcome. I’m a casual person in my private life.. and very young for the life i live… so i judge an establishment by how I’m treated..

Basically – i look like a college kid, but I’m pushing 30 and don’t ‘act my income’ I think eveyone should get the same service when you sit down to eat – not so at this place (again – i’ve been there only once- could have been a bad night or server).

Last night we went to del fresco’s in the city (really nice steak house) – in shorts and sneakers – and they treated us like kings. That’s service – when i’m spending $150 + / person for dinner, i like to feel comforatable..

just my 2 cents.

HHC
Member

I have to agree w/ Oddfellows, if you go on a weeknight, good happy hour ($4 Hurricanes) and the fried chicken, hangar steak salad, fired catfish tails and the po boys are consistently some of the best food in town, plus you get that close to the PATH busy vibe, not great if you live here but cool if your from out of town

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