Brunch and Lunch at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ | I just want to eat!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Brunch and Lunch at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

image of Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

Schnackenberg's is one of the oldest restaurants in Hoboken, opening in 1931 few years after the founders, Dora and Henry Schnackenberg, came to the US, immigrating from Germany. This soda shop remained opened until being purchased by Eugene and Joyce Flinn who also own Amanda's and the Elysean Café, two of the most popular restaurants in town. After undergoing renovations for few months, the restaurant reopened in December 2013. So, it was time for us to try it! We went twice: once for breakfast and once for lunch (the lunch menu is available after noon).
image of Dining room at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

Entering there is like traveling in the past, not only because of the decor and the different artifacts witnessing the old time, but also because of the overall atmosphere: from the music (lots of Frank Sinatra who was from Hoboken), to the uniform of the staff. 
image of Cash register at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

Right at the entrance is the old cash register that did not leave the place.
image of Cash register at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

As well as an old mirror that probably had some history.
image of Mirror at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ


When we went for breakfast, we sat at the bar where large cakes were on display. These cakes are not prepared in this place, but by a bakery in a neighboring town. 
image of Counter at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ
Jodi tried the coconut cake, but did not like it though.
image of coconut cake at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

However, we tried their homemade donuts that they sell for $1 and they were delicious.
image of cinnamon sugar donuts at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

They have different kinds and we went for the cinnamon sugar.

image of Coffee at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

I started off with some coffee, served in a mug with the mascot of the restaurant on it, a mascot that we will see on every plate.

As it was brunch, I went for the eggs Benedict.
image of Eggs benedict at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

They were the traditional ones: muffins, ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. With it, came some hash brown.
image of Eggs benedict at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

It was very good and the eggs were perfectly poached, the yolk being runny and the white a bit soft. 

Jodi ordered the scrambled eggs:
image of scrambled eggs at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

They were served with toast and some hash brown too. They were not the best scrambled eggs I ever had, but it was decent, the eggs not being overcooked and dry.

Then, when we came back for lunch, we sat at one of the booths. I started with a milk shake.
image of vanilla milkshake at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

They serve different flavors, but I went old school, for a vanilla one. They served it in an old milk shake glass and I guess was made in the machine that is at the entrance of the restaurant.
image of milkshake machine at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

It was a good milk shake, not too thick, with the vanilla flavor coming through, probably because they use vanilla syrup. Next time, I will have to try the black and white.

For the entree, Jodi ordered a grilled cheese, made with cheddar, leeks and onions.
image of grilled cheese at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

It was good: lots of cheese, not too greasy, it would have been perfect with a tomato soup. However, I would go without the leeks and onions next time.

On my side, I ordered the reuben.
image of pastrami reuben at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

It was a perfect succession of bread (I chose rye), pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. You cannot compare this sandwich to the one at Katz's or Junior's, but I admit that it was pretty good, 
image of pastrami reuben at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

Both times, we enjoyed ourselves at Schnackenberg's: the food was good, the service excellent and the prices very reasonable. Our dishes took a bit of time to come, but I guess it will improve as time goes by. Schnackenberg's is definitely an address that I would recommend in Hoboken, moreover if you are uptown as there are not as many alternatives for breakfast there for such prices.

Enjoy (I did)!

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