Puerto Spain {what next?}

What next for the old Puerto Spain location in Hoboken?

We knew Puerto Spain was on the chopping block for a long while – and even thought an Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza might be on the way. But almost three months after closing, the Puerto Spain location at 14th & Bloomfield remains vacant.

Whatever the next tenant will be – it hopefully will add a little life to this intersection. Because even when Puerto Spain was open, the energy level was a bit tepid.

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Description: For Rent
Address: 116 14th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: 201-420-7008

See old Puerto Spain updates for historical purposes below:

Puerto Spain gets a facelift – 14th Street looking better!

6/4/2010 Update:

Puerto Spain recently upgraded their exterior colors, definitely improving the overall look – and along with the smooth new pavement, has injected some new life to the corner of 14th and Bloomfield. Now if only the bagel shop and liquor store followed suit, right?

It’s been a while since Hoboken411 reviewed the place – do any of you eat at Puerto Spain regularly?

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November 2006

Even though Hoboken is a small enough city, I’m sure many of you haven’t been to each and every restaurant. Being here nearly a decade, Puerto Spain was one of those places I never stepped foot in. After trying three other locations that hadn’t opened yet, it was next on the list. I’d heard nice things about it, but just never got around to trying it.

The restaurant was completely empty. It’s creepy to be the only one in an establishment. But to be fair, it was after 2:30, which is an odd time to have lunch.
puerto spain interior - Puerto Spain {what next?}

Our waiter was a kind, older gentleman who immediately sat us down and handed us menus. They have daily specials and seperate lunch and dinner menus, but you can order from both.

We each picked something off the menu. Most main dishes come with soup, vegetable sides and rice. We were first brought a nice hot basket of fresh bread, which was very good. Then the three soup choices we had were all fantastic in this reviewers opinion. Black Bean, White Bean and Garlic. Each tasted great depending on what your mood for the day may be. Since pictures of bowls of soup are rather boring, here’s a picture of the White Bean version only:
puerto spain white bean soup - Puerto Spain {what next?}

For our entrees, we chose the Paella, Pork Chops and Filet Tips w/ cherry peppers.

The reviewer thought the Paella was very good, and all ingredients were fresh and tasty with the exception of the chicken parts, which she claimed “were a little gamey”.
puerto spain paella - Puerto Spain {what next?}

Next reviewer tried the pork chops (forget which iteration, they had several styles), and she said they “tasted like pork chops should taste”. I too, thought they were just fine. The sides of rice and vegetables were a perfect compliment.
puerto spain pork chops - Puerto Spain {what next?}

I had the filet tips with cherry peppers. They came with three plates of sides as well. A lot of food for $15 bucks. I ordered them medium-rare, and half of the pieces came out still moo-ing. I will keep that in mind next time to order medium or medium-well. The meat, while not bad, could have been better. Much better meat choices in town, such as Three-A’s which I had the following night.
puerto spain filet tips - Puerto Spain {what next?}
puerto spain sides - Puerto Spain {what next?}

We found the lunch to be good diversion from the usual places in Hoboken. While we weren’t knocked out by the food, it still seems like a reliable place for a good meal.

Is this anyone’s favorite place?
Any other dishes to suggest for our next visit?

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JMKHoboken
JMKHoboken
Sunday, February 13, 2011 9:35 pm

oh.. also… if you are in ANY type of rush at all- even a little bit- dont go here. We spent almost 2 hours in total. Didnt matter because we had time but certainly not fast service. In addition, the food is cooked fresh so it takes a little longer than a typical bar/restaurant. ALSOooooo they validate parking! ๐Ÿ™‚

JMKHoboken
JMKHoboken
Sunday, February 13, 2011 9:33 pm

Just went here for the first time! Awesome. Will certainly go back. Got the mariscada with Lobster. Chose to have it in garlic sauce but it was too thick, more like a pasta sauce. I would rather have gotten it with the green sauce (which is what the waiter recommmended but if course I didnt listen! oops!) Either way- really good. ๐Ÿ˜†

pawzclawz
pawzclawz
Friday, June 4, 2010 2:57 pm

Love! Love! Love! Puerto Spain I am lucky enough to live right near it.

Rangersfan619
Rangersfan619
Monday, May 25, 2009 8:52 am

Went there recently to take advantage of the lobster special and started with the alaskan king crab apt. It was unreal,oh yeah lobster was good too lol. Can’t wait to go back.

Sam10
Sam10
Reply to  Rangersfan619
Friday, June 4, 2010 2:42 pm

Been here a couple times, food pretty good, service pretty grouchy. Pricey for Hoboken. [quote comment=”156139″]Went there recently to take advantage of the lobster special and started with the alaskan king crab apt. It was unreal,oh yeah lobster was good too lol. Canโ€™t wait to go back.[/quote]

cyclewag
cyclewag
Sunday, February 15, 2009 8:04 pm

Current review of Puerto Spain in Hoboken. Good clean decore, friendly staff, nice menu, fair pricing, food however sometimes right on the mark like the Galician Soup and other times like tonight (2/15/09)how does one ruin Paella Valencianna– the lobster was so over cooked (dry, no flavor); what a shame. Oh well. Might try again and mention don’t over cook the lobster. Good luck.

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