60 Second Review: Matt & Meera

Matt & Meera opens in Hoboken, NJ

If there was one single restaurant in Hoboken that I’d say “run, don’t walk!” that would be the newly opened Matt & Meera located at 618 Washington Street (201-683-9431).

“Local Favorites. Global Flavors.”

One might call it an Indian restaurant, but while it may have strong Indian representation – it’s far from it. Their story is:

“Come and experience a world of flavor! Matt & Meera is a place where the foods we all enjoy are re-imagined with flavors from around the globe. Chef Hari Nayak has crafted a menu that is as diverse as life in the city and yet as familiar and comforting as home cooking.

Matt & Meera is a place where you can grab a quick lunch in the middle of a busy day, or where you can get together with friends and unwind over a few of our Sharing Plates, or just stop by for a Nan-Pizza.”

Head Chef Hari Nayak has three published cookbooks

Matt & Meera is owned by Praful Nikam, and I had an opportunity to meet Manager Prashant Prajapati and Hari Nayak (who is an accomplished head chef with three wildly successful cookbooks).

The reason they took a bit longer than usual to open – was that they wanted to do it right. And boy did they!

The interior of the BYOB restaurant is well laid out, with nice earth-tone shading and comfortable seating. Their business model is fantastic too. For the first phase of their opening – they have a basic lunch menu and sharing plates (tapas style). No item on the menu is over $9. In addition, they already have their sauces and books for sale as well.

The premise is that their wide range of “dipping sauces” are meant to be cross-compatible with every single menu item.

A larger dinner menu and delivery is also coming soon.

Delicious first taste at Matt & Meera

For the purpose of this quick review – I tried the Grilled Chicken Wings (Fiery red chili wings cooked in a tandoor) and Matt’s Calamari (crispy panko-coated calamari with mustard tomato chutney).

The wings were to die for. The 700 degree oven along with the spices made for what are my favorite wings in Hoboken, hands down. The hot sauce was wonderful – but not even necessary, the wings were that amazing. Perfect low carb dish.

Matt’s Calamari were also very well done (tender, not rubbery). Those alone also didn’t need any sauce, as the coating had some kick of it’s own. The cold chutney was their take on marinara sauce, with some mustard seeds. Very nice combo.

I also tried all their other dipping sauces: Green chili & mint, Wasabi & Lime, Mustard Aioli. The chili & mint was out of this world, with the mustard coming in 2nd.

It’s nice to see a Hoboken restaurant come out of the gate with all the pieces lined up nicely. This will be in the regular rotation at Hoboken411 – both take out and dine in.

Welcome to Hoboken, Matt & Meera and best of luck!

10 Responses

  1. aurora says:

    I meant to make a comment earlier today… me and my s.o. went yesterday and were blown away. Matt and Meera has risen high above the sea of mediocrity here in Hoboken.

    We had the tikki nann sandwich, nachos made with naan bread and spring rolls. Perfect all the way.

    Going back again later this week. So happy.

    • emarche says:

      “sea of mediocrity”? Really? How about a little drama to go with your sandwich?

      Hoboken may not be a non-stop parade of world-class establishments, but if you actually get off your ass and look around, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants. Cucharamama, Ali Baba’s, La Isla and even new-comers like Pilsener Haus, Choc-o-Pain and now Matt & Meera’s all put Hoboken more than a few steps above a “sea of mediocrity”. How many other mile square towns can offer this much variety? Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that hardly qualifies Hoboken as a “sea of mediocrity”.

      I think the only thing we’re truly awash in is idiots with a grossly inflated sense of entitlement. [quote comment=”216203″]I meant to make a comment earlier today… me and my s.o. went yesterday and were blown away. Matt and Meera has risen high above the sea of mediocrity here in Hoboken.We had the tikki nann sandwich, nachos made with naan bread and spring rolls. Perfect all the way.Going back again later this week. So happy.[/quote]

      • mpilla says:

        Let’s chill out….everybody is entitled to their opinion, and their own taste…anything that encourages visitors to Mile Square benefits us all…there are enough hungry people to go around. :) [quote comment=”216206″]“sea of mediocrity”? Really? How about a little drama to go with your sandwich?Hoboken may not be a non-stop parade of world-class establishments, but if you actually get off your ass and look around, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants. Cucharamama, Ali Baba’s, La Isla and even new-comers like Pilsener Haus, Choc-o-Pain and now Matt & Meera’s all put Hoboken more than a few steps above a “sea of mediocrity”. How many other mile square towns can offer this much variety? Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that hardly qualifies Hoboken as a “sea of mediocrity”.I think the only thing we’re truly awash in is idiots with a grossly inflated sense of entitlement.[/quote]

      • nbm3 says:

        I think she was trying to say she’s happy it’s not another Pizza place[quote comment=”216206″]“sea of mediocrity”? Really? How about a little drama to go with your sandwich?Hoboken may not be a non-stop parade of world-class establishments, but if you actually get off your ass and look around, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants. Cucharamama, Ali Baba’s, La Isla and even new-comers like Pilsener Haus, Choc-o-Pain and now Matt & Meera’s all put Hoboken more than a few steps above a “sea of mediocrity”. How many other mile square towns can offer this much variety? Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that hardly qualifies Hoboken as a “sea of mediocrity”.I think the only thing we’re truly awash in is idiots with a grossly inflated sense of entitlement.[/quote]

      • billm2012 says:

        Agreed. I work in New York City and often entertain clients at various steak houses. I will still put Dino & Harry’s up there with the best of them. From service, to atmosphere, to delicious food.

        There are some mediocre establishments in Hoboken due to the sheer amount of places there are. That’s just the law of numbers.[quote comment=”216206″]“sea of mediocrity”? Really? How about a little drama to go with your sandwich?Hoboken may not be a non-stop parade of world-class establishments, but if you actually get off your ass and look around, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants. Cucharamama, Ali Baba’s, La Isla and even new-comers like Pilsener Haus, Choc-o-Pain and now Matt & Meera’s all put Hoboken more than a few steps above a “sea of mediocrity”. How many other mile square towns can offer this much variety? Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that hardly qualifies Hoboken as a “sea of mediocrity”.I think the only thing we’re truly awash in is idiots with a grossly inflated sense of entitlement.[/quote]

  2. Angry Bird says:

    Best new place in a long time.

    Indian flair, but not typical – different in a really good way. Great prices and overall excellent.

    Will be a repeat customer.

  3. AustinPowers says:

    Love the idea of this place and the fact that someone has the vision and the “stones” to bring something a little forward-thinking and “out of the box” to the Mile Square. Looking forward to trying it; best of luck to the owners—-

  4. mooshu says:

    I agree with the “sea of mediocrity” around here and can count on one hand a few good places in town.

    Hoboken loses more and more of its… oomph everyday though, so I’m not surprised. Plus, it f*cked up royally when it chased out perfectly good food trucks.

    Business as usual, I guess.

    • ilovenewjersey says:

      I completely disagree about Hoboken being a sea of mediocrity, it’s only 1 square mile so maybe it’s more like a large lake of mediocrity. 😉

      But there is definitely a handful of good places to eat.

      Pier A park has been so nice since they ran the food trucks out of town! Now I can finally relax and enjoy the helicopters flying overhead, the beautiful midi music being blasted by the ice cream trucks and the ongoing homeless convention down by the porta-potties.[quote comment=”216224″]I agree with the “sea of mediocrity” around here and can count on one hand a few good places in town.Hoboken loses more and more of its… oomph everyday though, so I’m not surprised. Plus, it f*cked up royally when it chased out perfectly good food trucks.Business as usual, I guess.[/quote]

  5. The Professor says:

    To turn the conversation back to Matt & Meera, we have already had two great experiences here and look forward to many more. The food is excellent!

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