Zack’s Oak Bar & Restaurant

11/10/2006 Update:

SEE BELOW FOR QUICK REVIEW
Also… if any one of you frequent this place regularly as a watering hole, what’s the scene like on weekends? Please let us know!

Zacks, same owner as Ted & Jo’s.

Description – Casual bar & restaurant. Entrée price range $8-$13.
Services – Bar, Restaurant, Steaks, pasta, salads
Address – 232 Willow Ave # 1, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-7903
Telephone – (201) 653-7770

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November 2006

We stopped in one afternoon for a quick lunch. Having been here before and knowing the food had always been good, it was time to throw together a quick review.

Since the place was essentially empty, it was best that we ate at the bar, which is practically a dead ringer to Ted & Jo’s.

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Bartender was friendly and efficient enough. Good with keeping the drinks topped off.

We overate as usual (the “excuse” being – “need to review more items”). Could have been just fine with a sandwich each, but had to order an appetizer, which was a giant plate of Nachos. That alone could easily have fed two people by itself. Very tasty, despite being a bit of a pain in the ass to eat.

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Rather than ordering something off the menu, we picked the two sandwich specials for the day to share. One was a grilled cheese with bacon, tomato, cheddar and meunster cheese. It was a hit. A little too much butter, but it sure tasted better than the grilled cheese at the NY Milk Shake Company (which proudly displays their “best grilled cheese” award). We couldn’t finish either sandwich after stuffing our gullets with nachos.
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The grilled chicken with avocado and onions was also pretty good. Kind of hard to eat, but still tasty. We had to take doggie bags home. I think I’m going to re-name that phrase to “piggie bags”.

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In general, the food is always good at Zacks, just like their sister restaurant. They have some of the better fries in town. We didn’t notice a bad smell in the place anymore (I guess since the smoking ban). Wait-staff and bartenders are good as well.

A reliable Hoboken restaurant indeed!

52 Responses

  1. strand tramp says:

    irish, you’re supposed to be a short order cook and you don’t expound more on the pasta comments? i was hoping you would straighten out that poster on how pasta should be served. being italian, i hate it when these goy come here and start runnin off at the mouth about pasta when they don’t know anything. surprised there was no commment on the gravey. and BTW, family style refers to large bowls of food placed on the table and the diners serve themselves and pass the platters. it doesn’t refer to the type of cuisine, though it is most common to see bowls of spiget with sausig…platters of calimar…and the antipast. capisce?

  2. Springtime says:

    Stand Tramp: have you ever BEEN to Italy? Your references to gravy and that pronunciation are Italian American, not Italian. Just wondering. I find it amusing that people who grew up on Italian American food (a very specific type of food indigenous to people of Italian descent in the Northeastern USA) think they are experts on Italian food. I’ve been all over Italy, from Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany, to Rome, Naples and even Sicily (among many other places) and NOWHERE do they cover pasta or anything else in HEAVY red sauce. The food is very different from even the best Italian-American joints here or in Nona’s kitchen.

    This is not a judgment call. I love great Italian-American food and don’t see why anyone with good Italian-American food nearby would ever step in the Olive Garden. That said, it is not strictly “Italian” and NO ONE in Italy pronounces mozzerella muzzarel or otherwise drops the final syllable. These things are distinctly American.

  3. Katie_Scarlett says:

    springtime- spend more time in Calabria and parts of Sicily, the certainly do drop the final syllable. . .we had this debate eons ago. It’s not mutz, it’s mozzerell, or manigot, or bra-shole (braciole). Whatever.

    Bottom line, along the Amalfi Coast, particularly in Positano where I stayed for several days, getting Italian food with a lot of red sauce was the norm. Or you could go the fish route.

    I love that everyone is a fucking expert on all things Italy after going for a few days, but not really having grown up with off the boat grandparents or having spent quality time in the motherland. That’s just awesome. :roll:

  4. strand tramp says:

    what, so you sayin if i haven’t been to italy i’m not italian? maybe i haven’t been to italy. what’s it to you? maybe i’m not permitted to enter the previously mentioned country because of some reason which shall remain undisclosed at this point in time on account of my counsel says it’s best not to mention it in printed areas shall we say?
    and by the way, upon your next visit you would be doing me a very big favor if you would deliver a small package to a very close uncle of mine. it’s on your way, only take a minute.

  5. strand tramp says:

    i want to Sandals last summer, does that make me a shoe? Ooh, Ah! i’m here all week, try the veal!

  6. emarche says:

    [quote comment=”123133″]i want to Sandals last summer, does that make me a shoe? Ooh, Ah! i’m here all week, try the veal![/quote]

    No, but it does make you a pretty good candidate for herpes.

  7. Springtime says:

    [quote comment=”123131″]what, so you sayin if i haven’t been to italy i’m not italian? maybe i haven’t been to italy. what’s it to you? maybe i’m not permitted to enter the previously mentioned country because of some reason which shall remain undisclosed at this point in time on account of my counsel says it’s best not to mention it in printed areas shall we say?
    and by the way, upon your next visit you would be doing me a very big favor if you would deliver a small package to a very close uncle of mine. it’s on your way, only take a minute.[/quote]

    No, I’m not saying you are not Italian. I’m saying that if you are going to dress people down about not knowing your cuisine, at least know what your cuisine is: Italian American.

    Katie Scarlett: Don’t start in with me about food knowledge. We all know you think you know everything. We also all know that you don’t. Go eat a quesadilla at your local pub now.

  8. Springtime says:

    [quote comment=”123129″]springtime- spend more time in Calabria and parts of Sicily, the certainly do drop the final syllable. . .we had this debate eons ago. It’s not mutz, it’s mozzerell, or manigot, or bra-shole (braciole). Whatever.

    Bottom line, along the Amalfi Coast, particularly in Positano where I stayed for several days, getting Italian food with a lot of red sauce was the norm. Or you could go the fish route.

    I love that everyone is a fucking expert on all things Italy after going for a few days, but not really having grown up with off the boat grandparents or having spent quality time in the motherland. That’s just awesome. :roll:[/quote]

    You are the one who just admitted you spent a few days in Positano. I have spent significant time all over Italy, and not as a tourist. Who are you to assume otherwise? Despite your knowledge of everything, you really don’t know as much as you think.

    Where did you go to law school by the way? Wouldn’t it be funny if it turned out we graduated from the same place? Maybe even the same year! LOL!

  9. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”123133″]i want to Sandals last summer, does that make me a shoe? Ooh, Ah! i’m here all week, try the veal![/quote]
    Ha ha.
    Springtime- I got my degree mail order. I don’t remember you in the living room with me while I filled out the application, so we couldn’t have graduated together. :roll:

    And if you read my whole post, I indicated that growing up with off the boat grandparents counted for something. Guess reading comp isn’t your strong suit (or logic, or posting anything of interest). Then again, the only thing you seem to be proficient at is starting on me. The chip on your shoulder is profound. Thanks for the laugh.

  10. Springtime says:

    Katie, I’m happy to give you a laugh.

    Oh but, in response to your sophisticated playground retort: “the only thing you seem to be proficient at is starting on me,” who started in on who on this thread? You.

    Have a great night, logic gal!

  11. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”123172″]Katie, I’m happy to give you a laugh.

    Oh but, in response to your sophisticated playground retort: “the only thing you seem to be proficient at is starting on me,” who started in on who on this thread? You.

    Have a great night, logic gal![/quote]
    You’re really still going on about this? I had no idea “springtime” is equal to “everyone”. And “everyone” is to whom I refer in the last paragraph of post #43. When I directly speak to you in that post (paragraph 1 & 2), I didn’t start on you. I stated that I disagreed with you and why. Paragraph 3 was the paragraph where I was flip, and it was a statement against any and all people who have no knowledge of Italy either through extended travel or growing up with off the boat parents/grandparents. Now, since you CLAIM that doesn’t apply to you, you can’t logically claim I started on you. But, by all means, keep posting, I enjoy the laughs.

    Btw, you might want to ask for a refund if you paid for your degree. 😆

    ps-I spent a few days in Positano during an much longer stay on the Amalfi coast. I guess that wasn’t clear enough either in post #43. 😛

  12. jen123 says:

    Typical upscale Hoboken bar. It had somewhat of a fancy style to it – I recommend the burgers.

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