Do you like Hoboken Outdoor Seating?

Many choices for eating outside in Hoboken

Below is a photograph taken this summer of patrons enjoying their meals and beverages in the Mile Square.

Can you guess where this is?

Waterfront Dining in Hoboken NJ

Poll: Do you enjoy eating outdoors?

Some folks I’ve spoken with really enjoy all aspects of “sidewalk” eating and drinking. The fresh air, the people watching and so on. While others despise it saying “I don’t need the whole world watching me eat!”

I wouldn’t mind – on vacation – overlooking the ocean, or some other kind of glorious view. But Washington Street? Buses? Maybe to drink, but that’s about it!

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Outdoor Seating in Hoboken

4/1/2010 Update:

With the gorgeous weekend essentially upon us – it’s quite fitting that the outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants of Hoboken will kickoff the 2010 outdoor eating season today.

hoboken outdoor seating

(Note: Because I used URL’s for the business name – the sorting of the places is rather inaccurate – you can easily do an instant search in the box provided. Since this was hastily compiled at 5am today – feel free to let me know which of the dozen or two establishments I forgot to add to the list!!)

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Enjoy your people (and dog) watching this weekend!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010 10:52 pm

Yeah, my point was that I don’t dislike dining out. I don’t dislike the scene. Believe me, I adore it all in the right place at the right time.

I just dislike dining out with 200 people in my personal space. A meal is to be savored and enjoyed, not secondary to what, like, Amanda is, like, going through, like, with Ricky and stuff.

What I’m really liking about this weather is having my hands free. It’s not cold, so I can hold an iced-latte and drink it while I walk around town. Or I can pick up a quick meal and bring it to a quiet space in town and eat, you know? I also enjoy eating while walking and taking this glorious weather in. It’s awesome.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 8:44 pm

Good post mooshu. I agree with you in large measure and when I see the sidewalk cafes my most common thought is “Boy, those people are spending $10 to $20 a head to eat someplace with the basic ambiance of Grand Central Station on a sunny day. Many times they are practically getting an elbow in the eye from passers by. But god bless ’em, the whole atmosphere makes Washington Street a pleasant place to stroll on a nice day. Why anyone would be ripping on the sidewalk tables is mystifying to me. Sidewalk dining is what goes on in a nice city!

So now we’re hearing from people that can’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of a city street on a sunny day without a litany of complaints and statutes cited. I think that completes the project, people have complained about EVERYTHING now.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 6:13 pm

I have to admit I’m not a big fan of outdoor dining in this particular town, but I have reasons.

1. The way that tables are smushed together irks me. Not only because I find it difficult to have a deep conversation with the person across from me while diners two inches away can listen in, but because I have to listen to annoying conversations beginning in “like” and ending with “like”, with about six million additonal “likes” in the middle of one phrase.

2. I value my privacy, meal, elbow room and company, immensely. So unless we’re one of the few dining outdoors, and there’s enough space between tables, I don’t exactly enjoy the experience.

My husband and I went to Cafe Michelina last Monday night. We specifically chose to go out on that night because it was rainy and many are “allergic” to rain. Plus, there was a full moon out, and it was a romantic scene all around.

Cafe Michelina still had patrons, but there were a couple of tables that were empty and the tables were spaced out well. The food was good, the company great, the wait staff kind, and so we had a really enjoyable experience.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 2:12 pm

dunotar is not completely wrong, though.

Washington can get very congested on lovely evenings with folk out for dinner and commuters still getting home, picking the kids at daycare, bicycle delivery guys zooming by etc.

But I don’t recall seeing any cafe that extends out beyond the legal limit and personally understand that it is busy time.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:32 pm

To dunotar: what the hell is wrong with you?

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