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McLoone’s Pier House

McLoone’s Pier House

Wow – McLoone’s Pier House uptown in the former LUA spot really transformed the place!

Sure LUA was “nice,” the bar area did have a somewhat dark feeling. What the folks at McLoone’s have do is open it up quite nicely. Feels 10x bigger inside. While it might be reminiscent of a cruise ship dining hall to some degree – and not have the most intimate of atmospheres (tables are a bit close), I’m sure it will feel cozier at night.

Last I heard was they were just waiting on the permits and should finally be open this week.

McLoone's Pier House Hoboken NJ Interior

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Plum on the Run

Plum on the Run lunch truck in Hoboken, NJ

The owners of The Yellow Plum restaurant in Bloomfield, NJ have expanded their “empire” with their new Plum on the Run lunch truck.

Plum on the Run hoboken nj lunch truck

Typically set up downtown near Pier A Park up to five days a week, the “classically trained” chefs are proud to offer their cooking expertise at affordable prices for Hoboken residents and visitors alike. They also sometimes setup near Sinatra Park and / or River Street as well (I guess it depends on the HPU thieves).

And if you’ve been by there already – you know this has nothing to do with “plums,” and “everything to do with sandwiches and salads.” And I guess $10 for a burger, plus fries and a drink is a pretty fair deal indeed.

Description: Lunch truck.
Address: Varies.
Phone: (646) 824-6920
Email: plumontherun.nj@gmail.com
Online: Facebook

plum on the run hoboken menu

Riverside Medical Group

Riverside Medical Group coming to Maxwell Place in Hoboken

As we mentioned earlier this past winter – a medical office is slated to open up this fall at Maxwell Place: The Riverside Medical Group.

Riverside Medical Group – is a massive medical practice – with two other locations in Hoboken already, as well as Jersey City, Secaucus, and several other NJ cities. They currently have several dozen doctors and take adult and pediatric patients, in addition to podiatry and ear, nose and throat patients.

You can say one thing for certain – the medical “industry,” despite costing a lot (for malpractice insurance among other things) is still a highly lucrative industry – when they can afford the ridiculous rents at Maxwell Place. Then again, I’m sure patients would appreciate the nice neighborhood, and neighbors would prefer a doctor’s office over a dollar store. So maybe it’s a win-win after all.

Riverside Medical Group Hoboken NJ Maxwell Place

Description: Medical office.
Address: 1101 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD (call their other office at 609 Washington for info if needed: 201-706-8488)
Online: riversidemedgroup.comTwitterFacebook

Vivi Bubble Tea

Vivi Bubble Tea coming to Hoboken, NJ – from Taiwan!

Vivi Bubble Tea Hoboken NJ coming soonHmmm. Soon to replace the relocated Uptown Realty at 117 Washington Street is Vivi Bubble Tea.

Vivi Bubble Tea touts themselves as having “the best bubble tea from Taiwan!,” and already has a dozen locations in NYC, plus one near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Here’s their insulin-attacking description:

“Bubble tea originated from Taiwan in the early 80′s. The term bubble tea came about as a description of the tea because bubble tea is usually prepared with a tea base mixed with milk or fruit syrups and ice. A shaker is used to ensure that all flavors are well-infused. The shaking movement creates bubbly foam on the surface of the drinks, hence the name “bubble tea.” Traditionally, bubble tea is served with chewy tapioca pearls made of sweet potato, cassava root, and brown sugar. Other toppings such as aloe, pudding, lychee jelly, ice jelly and red bean are also available.”

(I think my blood sugar went up 100x just typing that in!)

Vivi Bubble Tea Hoboken NJ 117 Washington Street

Will Vivi Bubble Tea succeed in Hoboken?

Even though they’ve seemingly had success “riding the wave” of the bubble tea trend in the city – several locals we’ve spoken with think that they’re already on life-support before they even open. One resident told us “Maybe they should have tried Edgewater for a better customer base?”

Whether it’s bubble tea or some other kind of trendy product – it’s tough to succeed in Hoboken unless you have a fairly diversified product offering (look at the Prime Time convenience stores expanding like rabbits…)

Either way – we wish them luck, as an occupied space is better than one “for rent.” Even if it is just temporary…

Description: Bubble tea from Taiwan.
Address: 117 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: vivibubbletea.comFacebook

Stingray Lounge – Fresh Oysters

Stingray Lounge almost ready in Hoboken

Stingray Lounge update Hoboken NJ fresh oystersA quick update here for Stingray Lounge at 1210 Washington Street. They should be ready to go in a couple weeks (full liquor license, only small plates).

One thing that will (hopefully) set a new standard in Hoboken (besides the outrageously fresh seafood), is the ambiance Stingray looks to achieve. Unlike other places (like Smokin’ Barrel) where you will be inundated with the mind-melding, brain-rotting commercial television programming everywhere you look, Stingray won’t be doing that. In fact, they’ll have exactly one “screen,” showing carefully curated old-school black and white movies. And background music will be classics, not the garbage infecting the eardrums of the masses.

Additionally, true ownership will be on hand at all times. Either the owner or his son. When a dining venue doesn’t have someone principally interested in making sure the customers are satisfied, you often run into quality issues. So we’re happy that someone who gives a crap will always be keeping an eye on things.

I believe the place has occupancy approved for 48 people, and seating will mainly consist of the wrap around bar, and some plush lounge-like seating on the right side. Looks like it will be a nice cozy place for couples to enjoy tasty cocktails and fresh seafood.

Stingray Lounge coming soon Hoboken NJ

Description: Stingray Lounge – restaurant that serves oysters and fresh seafood.
Address: 1210 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD

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Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar

Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar expects August opening in Hoboken

Smokin Barrel Hoboken NJ update franchiseWorkers on scene at the upcoming Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar indicated with confidence that the establishment will open as soon as mid-August.

We also noticed a plethora of flat-panel TV’s going up… gotta get those “important” things that makes a restaurant “really good” up and tested, right? Thank God!

Anyway – are you wondering if Smokin’ Barrel will be one of those places with “heart and soul,” like a mom & pop operated restaurant?

Hard to tell, because it’s actually part of what is essentially an investment group called NBP Holdings. These restaurants are more for the sole purpose of “making money” than the passion for cooking or forming a relationship with their regular customers.

NBP Holdings runs the Tilted Kilt (franchise) in Hoboken and Jersey City, the upcoming World of Beer (franchise) at the former Melting Pot spot (franchise) it’s replacing, as well as other “franchises” like The Counter burgers (in Clifton, NJ) and the How Do You Roll sushi chain (coming soon to NYC area).

But in the end, we have no problem with capitalists trying to make money with the restaurant-model line of businesses. You wouldn’t have chains of familiar and convenient restaurants across the country without them. However, can you tell the difference between franchise-food and other choices?

Smokin Barrel Hoboken NJ tons of television sets

Description: Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar and Barbecue Restaurant. Booze and TV’s. What else is new in Hoboken?
Address: 1313 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: TBD

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