The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

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We decided to try The Brick, a new pizza place uptown Hoboken. I am sure the stakes are high for The Brick considering the number of pizza places in Hoboken, such as Benny Tudino's, Johnny Pepperonni or Basile's. So I was curious to see what would make it stand out.
image of dining room from The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

The decor has nothing fancy, but there is a bit of warmth from the bricks on the walls.
image of pizza plates The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ image of salt and pepper at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ
image of salt and pepper at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ image of salt and pepper at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

I decided to try their homemade mint lemonade.
image of mint lemonade at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

It was delicious, not too sweet, with the right amount of mint, making this drink quite refreshing.


With it, they brought us some olive oil with basil, where they added a nice amount of parmesan.
image of olive oil and parmesan at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

We ate it with some bread.
image of olive oil and parmesan at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

Looking at the menu, they have interesting dishes such as their own version of chicken wings, made with siracha sauce. They also have salad, pasta and pizza.

For the appetizer, we went for their caprese bruschetta:

image of caprese bruschetta at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

I was surprised to see 4 pieces of it.
image of caprese bruschetta at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

It was composed of grilled eggplant, fresh tomato, basil, garlic, red onions, kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella and parmigiano cheese, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. I really liked it, the bread being soft and not too chewy and I loved the mix of flavors that made each bite unique.

Then, we ordered the margherita pizza:
image of margherita pizza at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

It was made of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil. This pizza being quite common, this is the perfect choice to compare to other pizzeria.
image of margherita pizza at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

I liked it: the tomato sauce was good and the crust deliciously crispy, although I would have liked a bit more cheese.
image of margherita pizza at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

The second pizza we tried was The Brick pizza:
image of The Brick pizza at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

This is not your regular pizza: it is made of prosciutto, pear, fresh mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheese on a white crust.
image of The Brick pizza at The Brick Pizzeria in Hoboken, NJ

This was even better: there was a nice amount of gorgonzola that paired perfectly with the pear that added a delicious sweetness to the pizza, counterbalancing with the saltiness of the prosciutto. I would definitely reorder it!

I liked my dinner at The Brick and I am looking forward to go back there to try some other dishes.

Enjoy (I did)!
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Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

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Rosticeria Da Gigi, located uptown Hoboken, is the kind of small joint where you would go to grab a quick bite: nothing fancy, but comforting.
image of Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

It is a small place that probably sits 16 people.
image of menu at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

So we sat at one of the tables and went through the menu. It consists of standard breakfast dishes like eggs, pancakes...as well as panini, sandwiches or items from their rotisserie.

Jodi decided to try their croque-monsieur:

image of croque monsieur at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

When the plate arrived, we were a bit surprised as it did not look like a croque-monsieur, but more like a panini.


image of croque monsieur at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

There was for sure a decent amount of ham and cheese, but the brioche bread was too thick and unbalanced the proportion of bread / ham / cheese. It was also a bit dry.

On my side, I went for half roasted chicken:
image of roasted chicken at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

It was definitely a nice piece of chicken and I really liked it: the chicken was moist and the skin crispy.
image of roasted chicken at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

With it, I could pick two sides and decided to go for the meatballs with tomato sauce and the rice balls with tomato sauce.
image of meatballs and rice balls in tomato sauce at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

It came in one plate as the tomato sauce was the same for both sides. The meatballs were good, but I really did not like the rice balls that were missing flavors. Even with the tomato sauce, the only thing I could taste was some overcooked rice.
image of meatballs and rice balls in tomato sauce at Rosticeria Da Gigi in Hoboken, NJ

Besides the chicken, the meal was ok. I would probably go back to try some other dishes, their menu being so diverse. Although maybe it is the issue: too many things on the menu. I am still unsure about that place...

Enjoy (...)!

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Brunch at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

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If you come to Hoboken, there is one thing that you cannot miss: the number of bars in the mile square city. City Bistro, located uptown, is one the popular ones that has a big advantage over the others: its rooftop. Not that it is very useful in the winter, but in the summer, it is definitely the place to be and they sometimes even ask bands to come perform there. 
It was not our first time there, being there for drinks, but also a dinner few years ago, that I hated, not because of the food, but because of the noise level that very loud, not allowing me to understand a word of the conversation. So, this time, we decided to go for brunch, thinking that it was probably quieter. I am sure that there would be a game, it would have been a madhouse though...
image of Dining room at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ image of Bar at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ
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It is a bar, so the decor is pretty standard: wooden floor, bricks, high and low tables. The first time we went, I noticed all the strollers at the entrance and a large number of families inside.

I had hopes for the brunch, because a lot of time, bars are proposing great comforting dishes. Their menu offers the classic choices you get for brunch, as well as their own dishes. The first time, Jodi went for the salade Niçoise, a French specialty made of tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and tuna.

image of salade nicoise  at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

The tuna, in the original recipe, is canned. At City Bistro, they made the salad using fresh seared tuna that made the dish more elegant. The tuna had this nice grill taste on the outside and the flavor was enhanced with some coarse salt. What I liked also is that they added their own twist by putting on the very top some fried onions.

I ordered the short rib grilled cheese:
image of short rib grilled cheese at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

For the side, I had the choice between fries and a salad. I went with fries of course!
image of short rib grilled cheese at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

The grilled cheese sandwich was made of short ribs, gruyere, baby arugula, caramelized onion on a country white bread. I liked it although the short ribs were a bit dry. Fortunately there was the cheese (a bit more would have even be better and would have balanced the sandwich) and the caramelized onions that gave a nice sweetness to the dish. 

The second time we went, Jodi ordered the crunchy French toast:
image of crunchy French toast at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

What made this French toast different from any other is that it was battered in corn flakes, giving it a nice crunch. The bread was also properly soaked in the batter. If you like French toast, this is definitely one I would not miss.

On my side, I wanted to try the burger. I hesitated between the Bistro burger (10oz. ground sirloin, lettuce, tomato, vidalia onion, choice of cheddar, swiss, bleu cheese) and the Hoboken burger (ground beef, fried egg, seared ham). I decided to go for the Hoboken burger, with cheese (they charged me for it).
image of Hoboken burger at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

The meat had a nice char and was juicy (I asked for medium).
image of Hoboken burger at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

I liked the egg on top, the yolk being runny and making the use of ketchup or mayo useless. With the ham, this was definitely a heart attack on a plate!
image of onion on Hoboken burger at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

I really enjoyed the brunch at City Bistro: the menu is classic, but they were able to put some interesting dishes on it that will satisfy all palates.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Brunch and Lunch at Schnackenberg's in Hoboken, NJ

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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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Mexican brunch at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

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I am not sure how to start this post, the experience at Sabores being so disappointing, food and service wise. And it is not as if we went there right after they opened! 


Before I start with the details, let me give you some information on the restaurant. It is located in the middle of Washington street, and area that has always been tough for restaurants because there is more foot traffic downtown. Several restaurants tried but failed; the last one was Piri Piri, a Portuguese BBQ, unique in Hoboken. Of course, food or service are not the only reason: rent increase is a big factor that led, for instance, to the closure of my favorite Indian restaurant in town: India on the Hudson. 


So, Sabores serves Mexican cuisine. In fact, we were greeted by: "Here we serve real Mexican cuisine", probably a dig to East LA, a popular Mexican restaurant located few steps from it. 


image of Sabores in Hoboken, NJ
The place is big (high ceilings) and very colorful with dark pink walls.

So, Sabores means "savors" in English: let see how the food measured up! Similar to most of the mexican restaurant we went to, they brought us some tortilla chips and salsa, a little after we ordered.

image of tortilla chips and salsa at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

I guess it is the equivalent of bread and butter, Mexican style! I appreciated to have chips that were not stale as it happened some other times in other restaurants.

Then, we decided to order our favorite appetizer: guacamole!
image of guacamole at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

Nice presentation, however, the avocado was not ripe, making it inedible. Interestingly, the table next to us had the same problem!
image of guacamole at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

Jodi ordered the ensalada verde, made with red onions, tomatoes, avocados, arugula, corn and radish.

image of ensalada verde at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

The price, $10, was right, but, what should have been the star of the dish, the avocado, was not good, again.

On my side, I ordered the Huevos Rancheros, my favorite Mexican brunch dish!
image of Huevos Rancheros at Sabores in Hoboken, NJ

Huevos Rancheros are sunny side eggs, cheese, beans and salsa on tortilla. I liked it: the egg was perfectly cooked with a runny yolk where I dipped the tortilla. I just would have liked more beans...

Needless to say that the experience was disappointing. Knowing that avocado is used in so many dishes, how can you serve bad ones! Concerning the service, the issue was more inexperience than anything else, so hopefully it will improve as time passes.

Enjoy (...)!

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My nephew culinary visit: day 8 / part 2: Hibachi at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ


For his last evening, we brought Valentin to Ayame, a Japanese restaurant in Hoboken that proposes Hibachi. It was for sure for the show, but I admit that their food is delicious. It was a Friday night and the place was packed, full of people enjoying the show of the different Chef's that were serving tables. If you have never eaten in an Hibachi place, the video below will give you a good perspective on how it works!

The Hibachi dinner included a soup:
image of soup at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

or a salad, made mainly of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and ginger dressing.

image of salad at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

I picked the soup that was very light and had few mushrooms with it. It was a good way to get ready for the main dish. Jodi ordered the tofu hibachi that was served with white rice, noodles and veggies.
image of tofu hibachi at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

Valentin and I ordered the chicken and shrimp combo, served with noodles, veggies and, instead of white or brown rice, we decided to order fried rice.
image of shrimp and chicken hibachi at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

It was very good and we had plenty of food! At least, the shrimp were not tiny and they served quite a bit of it. 

This was a nice last evening for my nephew and he loved the show of the Chef as well as the food!

Enjoy (I did)!

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My nephew culinary visit: day 8 / part 1: Italian sandwiches at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ


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Next stop with Valentin was M&P Biancamano in Hoboken. Why? Well, first to try a good Italian sandwich and then, because we discovered this place recently and loved it!
image of M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

First of all, it is not a restaurant, but a deli with few tables next to the entrance if you cannot wait to inhale your sandwich and shelves full of food, mainly Italian, from Pasta to Olive oil to panettone. 

image of M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ


But it is in the back that the whole operation to create fantastic sandwiches takes place and you cannot miss the huge pieces of charcuterie hanging from the ceiling, promising some fresh cuts of meat!
image of charcuterie at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

The owners, Terry and Peter were there to serve us each time, very courteous and ready to help us if were not sure what to order, making the experience enjoyable and highlighting the fact that it is a family business, a sort of neighborhood shop that makes you feel welcome.

image of charcuterie at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

Looking at Peter slicing the meat is always a fascinating, considering how generous he is with the portions. Yes, their sandwiches are huge! The first time we did not know and ordered the one with ham, prosciutto, salami, sopressata, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomatoes with a balsamic vinegar dressing. There was so much meat that we could not even close the sandwich and shared held for lunch and half for dinner! But this is not it: it costed us less than $18 with chips!

image of Italian sub at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ





image of Italian sub at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

So, of course we went back there! And this time we got curious about the mozzarella that they make themselves and has been nominated "Best Mutz in Hoboken" last January, in a competition at the Elks Club. This time, we decided to order only half a sandwich, but when I saw it on the plate(s), I was wondering if it was really half; Peter confirmed!
image of Italian sub at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

Valentin went for prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers:
image of Italian sub with fresh mozzarella at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

I went for mortadella, salami and mozzarella:
image of Italian sub with fresh mozzarella at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

For sure, the quantities were again generous, creating massive half sandwiches! Imagine that these two sandwiches with two sodas costed us $19.50!
image of Italian sub with fresh mozzarella at M&P Biancamano in Hoboken, NJ

They were delicious: soft bread (they have a crispy one that I never tried), fantastic mozzarella that was soft and smooth (as opposed to rubbery), with high quality of meat.

This might look rustic, but there is no better place for such good sandwiches! I am now officially a big fan of M&P Biancamano!

Enjoy (I did)!

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My nephew culinary visit: day 6: Cuban cuisine at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

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La Isla is a great Cuban restaurant in Hoboken: cheap with great cuisine. So we were thrilled to bring Valentin to that place for what would be another discovery.
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We sat at a table, more convenient than the bar to share dishes when more than two people. The service was very quick and we got some very good comforting food.

We started off with beef empanadas, a must have.
image of beef empanada at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

The crust is flaky and a bit crispy, and the inside, made with beef and some tomatoes, moist and slightly salty.
image of beef empanada at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

We also had maduros, that are fried plantains:
image of plantains maduros at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

Tostones (smashed plantains twice fried):
image of plantains tostones at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

Black beans:
image of black beans at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

And yellow rice with pigeon peas:
image of yellow rice and pigeon peas at La Isla in Hoboken, NJ

The portions were enough for the three of us. I love to eat all the dishes together, sometimes eating some empanada with rice and beans or maduros with beans, using tostones like I would a piece of bread.

The food was, as usual, delicious! La Isla is really a great Cuban restaurant if you are in Hoboken.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

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The last time I went to Zafra's was in March this year. We went there few times before, but that time, it was to drink their hot chocolate with machica that was ranked number 15 of the best hot chocolate in the US! We tried it and it was delicious, however, we were out of luck because their fryer was not working and they could not prepare some of the dishes we wanted to order. 
image of lime at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

So we decided to go back for a Sunday brunch! The place was crowded: normal, considering it is a very popular restaurant in Hoboken!
image of Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

I love this colorful tiny place, that serves some delicious Cuban and Latin food crafted by Chef Maricel Presilla!
image of Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

Of course, we started off with the hot chocolate:
image of Hot chocolate with machica at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was fantastic! Not too sweet, it had this fantastic flavor that emanated from the cinnamon.

Then, we decided to start with arepitas con queso, small arepas with cheese:

image of Arepitas con queso at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

We got three of them, served with creme fraiche and salsa. It was very good: I love the taste and texture of the corn flower. The cheese was probably queso blanco. It was a great, inexpensive appetizer, perfect for sharing.

Then, Jodi ordered the Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs:
image of Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was served with pressed buttered Cuban bread that was delicious. It was an ok dish: the croquettes were a bit dough-y.
image of Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

On my side, I ordered the Tortilla de Huevos y Maduros  or egg and ripe plantain omelet:
image of huevos with maduros at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was served with the same Cuban bread. I liked it, but would have liked a bit of cheese or cream to jazz up the dish a bit. However, the omelet was perfectly made.
image of huevos with maduros at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

We were hesitating to get dessert, when they brought us their tres leches, complimentary, because we accepted to switch tables to accommodate a large party.
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was a nice gesture that we could not refuse! And trust me: we would have been crazy to refuse! It was delicious!
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It had this thick layer of meringue on top that was flambéed, and then, in the bottom, was the sponge cake that was drowned in the milk mix. This was fantastic: tasty and not sweet at all! Needless to say we finished it!
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

I will definitely go back there to try some other dishes. If you do go to Zafra's, I suggest the hot chocolate and the tres leches cake!

Enjoy (I did)!    

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Hoboken Dhaba, Indian street food! - Closed

Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

When Hoboken Dhaba replaced The Hummus Bar, I was thinking: what? Another Indian restaurant? How many do we need? Think about it: we had plenty of restaurants serving Middle Eastern dishes, mainly focused on falafel and hummus and now, only few of them are still standing. So Indian? Ok, India on the Hudson that was my favorite closed recently because of rent increase (hopefully they will relocate!), but there is still Bombay West, Matt & Meera and Karma Cafe. So I was wondering what would make Hoboken Dhaba different. It was time to check that out!

I discovered what Dhaba is after I went for a press dinner at The Masala Wala in New York: it is a street side shed where people can eat some food sold by street vendors. Now, looking at the decor, it make sense! They have the equivalent of booths that are in fact representing dhaba.

Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

It is a very colorful restaurant, with bright colors on the walls, banquettes, pillows, and with tables being used as a display for spices that are pretty common in Indian cuisine.

If you go there, you will also notice the lamps hanging from the ceiling that are made of forks, knives and spoons!

Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

So, there are two things that characterize Hoboken Dhaba: the street food and the all-you can-eat formula of the week end, that is potentially equivalent to the buffet at Karma Cafe and India on the Hudson. We decided to try both at two different occasions. The first time was the all-you-can-eat. 

They propose two versions: vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Jodi picked the first one and me the second. It is not a buffet: they bring you their selection of the day at the table, starting with the appetizers.

vegetarian appetizers at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
vegetarian appetizers at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

The vegetarian appetizer was, besides a small salad, vegetable pakora (fritters) and chili pakoda (green chili lightly battered in a chick pea flour and fried). So, both were fried, but not greasy. The pakora was very good. the chili was good too (a tiny bit spicy), although not my favorite.

On my side, the non-vegetarian appetizer was made of the same salad, tandoori chicken and some chicken smothered in a chili sauce.

chili chicken and tandoori chicken at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
chili chicken and tandoori chicken at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

The chicken was good! The chili one was not as spicy as I thought when I heard it was a chili sauce and it was both sweet and sour. The tandoori chicken was very good: still moist, with a beautiful red color, a bit of char and the delicious taste of spices.

Then came the main dishes. For Jodi, the vegetarian platter.

vegetarian thali at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
vegetarian thali at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

It is what is called a Thali, a selection of dishes served on a tray, concept that I discovered years ago in Mumbai and that is also served at Bombay West. It was composed of:

  • Rajma (top left): this was a special made with beans that was also on my thali. A bit too spicy, it had the consistency of a thick dahl (lentil dish).
  •  Aloo Gobi (bottom left): potatoes cooked in spices (spicy).
  • Eggplant with paneer cheese (top right): another special of the day. It was very good and not spicy this time.
  • Cauliflower in a chili sauce, very hot (bottom right).

On my side:

meat thali at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
meat thali at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

It was composed of:

  • Rajma, similar to Jodi's dish (bottom left).
  • Cauliflower in a chili sauce, very hot (top left).
  • Chicken Tikka Masala (top right): this was my favorite! Very creamy, not spicy, I could eat that sauce with a spoon!
  • Another chicken dish that was spicy.

What was disappointing is that I asked them to point out on the menu what the items were and they were not that forthcoming, explaining why I could not retrieve the name of the dishes. I think what was a bit disappointing for my thali is that they served two chicken dishes: I would have preferred two different proteins. Also, they served two vegetarian dishes that are not on the menu: I personally would probably serve dishes that people can order when they come back or recommend if they love it.

With the meal, we got some delicious fresh naan:

naan at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
naan at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

And they were nice enough to bring us some raita (no charge) to extinguish the fire caused by the spices!

raita at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
raita at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

My other weapon against spices is always lassi. This time, I decided to go for a sweet lassi, although it was not on the menu.

sweet lassi at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
sweet lassi at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

Lassi is a yogurt drink where water, spices and sometimes fruit is added to the yogurt. Depending on the restaurant, it has different levels of thickness. The one I ordered was thick, not too sweet and had some cinnamon on top. I really liked it, but it was very filling!  The second time I went to Hoboken Dhaba, I chose the mango lassi.

mango lassi at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
mango lassi at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

It was delicious: creamy with this wonderful taste of mango. Again not too sweet but very filling!

Then, we got dessert! And it was my favorite: gulab jamun!

gulab jamun at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
gulab jamun at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

Gulab Jamun is a cheese ball that is fried and then dipped in a sugar syrup. This was fantastic: cooked all the way through, sweet, it was served slightly warm.

Even if my first experience at Hoboken Dhaba did not meet my expectations, we decided to go back, but this time to try the street food!

We started off with the vegetarian sampler.

vegetarian sampler at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
vegetarian sampler at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

For $8, there was surely lots of food! It was composed of:

  • Vegetarian samosa: light and crispy, with a bit of spiciness.
  • Chili pakoda, similar to the first time we went.
  • Batata Vada: battered fried spicy potatoe balls, similar to croquettes, but with Indian spices and spicy!
  • Veggie pakora: a bit greasy and overcooked this time.

Then we ordered the Bhel Puri or crispy puffed rice mixed with chutney and spices.

Bhel puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
Bhel puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

I was a bit disappointed: it was not as crispy as the one at The Masala Wala and not as good either. I did not eat too much of it...

Then, the Dahi Puri that are lentils shells filled with veggies and yogurt.

dahi puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
dahi puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

This was very good, but not as spectacular as the one I tried at The Masala Wala (sorry, I repeat myself, but it was a memorable dinner!!!).

dahi puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
dahi puri at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

This is a one bite thing and I loved the different layers, from the lentil shell that was very crispy to the veggies and yogurt. We ate it all!

I also wanted to try the lamb samosa.

lamb samosa at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
lamb samosa at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

I love lamb, but, unfortunately, this did not meet my expectations: the lamb was dry and the shell was overcooked.

Last was the chicken lollipop:

chicken lollipop at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ
chicken lollipop at Hoboken Dhaba, New Jersey NJ

It really looked like lollipops! But again, it was a miss...The problem was that they left the skin that was  not fried and gave a gelatinous taste to the dish. They would have removed it, or even fried it, it would have been a great dish.

So, at this point I am really on the fence after these two visits: I liked the classic dishes but disliked most of what we ate...I will probably go for a third time to make up my mind and will stick with some classics.

Enjoy (...)!

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Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ


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For brunch, we decided to go to Little Town NJ, not the city in New Jersey, but the restaurant in Hoboken. Opened recently by the sons of the Manzo family who own the Brownstone, apparently an institution I did not get a chance to try. In fact, one of their dishes is the Brownstone Tenderloin.
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The place is pretty big, with an impressive bar, solid wood tables and leather banquettes that give this place some warmth. 

In the back, they even have a game of skee ball!
image of skee ball at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

But I admit that the noise of that game is not the most pleasurable to the ears, especially if you are looking for a nice and somewhat quiet brunch. 

We were there early and decided to order from the menu instead if waiting for their buffet to open. 

Jodi ordered the cranberry bog salad.
image of cranberry bog salad at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

It was made of crumbled goat cheese, mixed greens and dried cranberries. Good salad, although more cheese would have been much appreciated. 

On my side, I ordered the crab Benny or Benedict if you did not guess. Surprisingly, the waitress asked me how I wanted my eggs. I responded "poached", surprised by the question, but realized that it is probably because they propose any style in case people do not like poached eggs. 
image of crab benny at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

With it, I had a choice between fries and mixed greens. I went for the mixed greens, trying to convince myself I was having a healthy lunch...
The plate was impressive! Usually, they serve you a little salad, but at Little Town NJ, it is a good size. The eggs were perfectly poached, with a nice runny yolk and topped with a delicious thick Hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes, probably made with the meat of the claw were good but salty. Too bad! Last, in the bottom, was a piece of Taylor ham, all of this on an english muffin.

Despite the saltiness of the crab cakes, I really liked the dish and I am looking forward to going there for dinner!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Food trucks at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


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If you love food trucks and love walking along the Hudson River, overlooking the beautiful NYC skyline, then the food trucks at Pier 13 are for you. Ok, you never know what you will get, except if you check on their facebook page, because it is never the same food trucks, although some are coming more often than others.

image of nyc skyline at Food trucks at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

We went few times and tried quite few dishes. The first time was pizza at Pizza Vita, from Summit, NJ.

image of pizza vita food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

This is crazy: they have a wood fire oven on the side of the truck and in a matter of minutes, you will get a delicious Neapolitan pizza. 
image of pizza vita food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


We decided to go first with the margherita pizza. 
image of margherita pizza at pizza vita food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


And then with mushrooms and truffle. 
image of mushroom and truffle pizza at pizza vita food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


Both were personal pizzas, that were thin in the center and puffed up on the outside (like any Neapolitan pizza should!). They had a nice char thanks to the magic of the oven.

image of mushroom and truffle pizza at pizza vita food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

If I had to pick my favorite, it would be the truffled one: plenty of delicious fresh mushrooms (not canned) and that wonderful truffle oil smell (they put a lot of it). 

This pizza is definitely a must try!

The second truck we tried was Hibachi Heaven. 
image of Hibachi heaven food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


When I think about hibachi, I think about the chef making a show in front of you while cooking. Well, in the truck, it is a bit difficult...so, no show!

Jodi got a vegetarian version, served with tofu. 
image of tofu dish at Hibachi heaven food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


I got the one with shrimp. 
image of shrimp dish at Hibachi heaven food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


We asked for fried rice. The two dishes were made with the same vegetables. Then, for mine, I was excited because there were lots of shrimp (a dozen) of a good size. 

image of shrimp dish at Hibachi heaven food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ
But they were just ok: they were a bit overcooked and, in fact, it tasted like the food you would get from a buffet, whether it was the shrimp, the veggies or the rice. The tofu was no better! 
So, definitely, this is no heaven!!!

The third truck was Shorty's. they have a brick and mortar restaurant near Port Authority, that I did not try yet. 
image of Shorty's food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


They serve hoagies, salads and...cheesesteaks with bread shipped daily from Philly and baked in the truck. 

So here we are ordering our sandwiches. Jodi goes with American cheese. 
image of Cheesesteak at Shorty's food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


I decided to go with cheese wiz. I know it is bad, but I had cheese wiz at Tony Luke in Philly and it was delicious. 
image of Cheesesteak at Shorty's food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ


This time, it was not! Way too much of it and do salty! Too bad because the meat was perfect: tender and juicy; the bread was also soft and tasted fresh. I ended up eating more the half of Jodi's cheesesteak that she was not eating than mine!

So, Shorty's is recommended, but avoid the cheese wiz!!!

The fourth truck is a well known truck as well as restaurant: Luke's Lobster.
image of Luke's Lobster food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

They serve lobster, crab or shrimp rolls. I went for the lobster roll. There, there is no choice: it is poached in butter, so there is no mayo to overpower the lobster! And for $16, they give you a lot of lobster!
image of lobster roll at Luke's Lobster food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

It was heavenly buttery and the lobster, that tasted fresh, was perfectly cooked. 

The last truck we tried was The French Quarter.
image of The French Quarter food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

There, while I was having my lobster roll, Jodi ordered a muffelata. What is great at the French Quarter is that you can order a whole, half or a quarter of it. She went for a quarter that was already a good size. 
image of Muffelata sandwich at The French Quarter food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

I liked the taste of the olives and the freshness the veggies were bringing to the sandwich. It was pretty good. 

With it, we ordered some beignets, with some nostalgia from the time we went to New Orleans and had beignets at Cafe du Monde every morning (they were so good that we could not resist). 
image of Beignets at The French Quarter food truck at Pier 13 in Hoboken, NJ

The beignets from The French Quarter were made to order and really looked like the ones from Cafe du Monde. Unfortunately, there was this overpowering almond taste to it. Why? I bet that without it, it would have been a hit!!!
Ok, the beignets were not great for me, but I am ready to try their jambalaya next time...

So, as you can see, there are things for all palates there! My favorite is definitely the pizzeria, but all the other trucks have interesting menus at affordable prices that I will surely discover!

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Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

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I went to Johnny Rockets for a second time: it is a place like no other, like traveling in the past! Everything makes you think about the 50's, from the decor to the music, although the first restaurant opened in 1986. 
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Let's start first with the decor: You have two types of seats: at the counter or in a booth. The entire decor reminds me of American movies or TV series we use to watch in France, when I was a kid. TV series like Happy Days, called "Les jours heureux", a literal translation. 
image of jukebox at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

Then there is the tiny jukebox in every booth: you put 5 cents (provided by the restaurant), pick a song and the choices from the patrons will play sequentially (hopefully...).
image of jukebox at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

In term of food, they have a large selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. We decided to start with some fried pickles:
image of fried pickles at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

They were pretty good, not greasy, crunchy, with a delicious sour taste.

Then, Jodi ordered the route 66:
image of route 66 burger at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

A beef patty with fried onions and mushrooms. It was just ok: the onions were too big and a bit messy to eat!

On my side, I got the Smokehouse burger:
image of Smokehouse burger at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

A beef patty with moked bacon, crispy sourdough onion rings, cheddar cheese and their special barbecue-ranch sauce. It was good with a nice crispiness coming from the bacon that added some smokiness on top of the one coming from the BBQ sauce.
image of onion rings and fries at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

With it, we shared onion rings and fries that were pretty good, especially the onion rings that were crunchy and not greasy.

Of course, I could not go to Johnny Rockets without trying their vanilla milk shake!
image of Vanilla milkshake at Johnny Rockets in Hoboken, NJ

The presentation, straight from the 50's was fantastic and it was a very good shake: very tasty and not too thick. Know that they give you a lot of it!

It might not have been the best burgers, but I think that just the experience makes Johnny Rockets worth the trip!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Dino & Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

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Yes!!! A dinner at Dino & Harry, one of my favorite steakhouses in Hoboken! We were so excited to go there as we always had great food there (well except for Restaurant Week where the quality of the steaks was not that great...)! My only complaints would be the noise level, but we asked to be seated next to the windows where it is quieter (also for the light for the photos...).

So, the ritual is always the same: we get the bread basket and butter.
image of bread at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

Then, we got our steaks! Jodi ordered her usual petite filet mignon, served with mushrooms.
image of Petit filet mignon and bearnaise sauce at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

She also ordered some delicious béarnaise sauce with it. I think it is great when steakhouses propose a petite version if a filet, because otherwise, the pieces of meat can be so big! So it can satisfy anybody with a small appetite (compared to me...). The filet was very good as usual, tender and perfectly cooked (Jodi asked medium-well). Also, we appreciated the fact that the mushrooms were not overpowering at all!

Then was my steak: ribeye!

image of ribeye at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

That was huge! 24 ounces! Probably the size of my head...I ordered it medium-rare and it was fantastic: tender, juicy, with a nice char and this incredible taste of charred fat! This is one of the best ribeyes I had! I know: that's a statement I have to live with!
image of mac and cheese at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

With the steaks, we were happy to see that they resurrected the Mac & Cheese, one of the best dishes with meat, I think, besides fries or mash potatoes.
image of mac and cheese at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

Well it was not the Italian Mac & Cheese they used to serve and that I tried to reproduce (check this recipe), but still. It was deliciously creamy: definitely recommended. 

Last we got dessert. I admit that I saved myself for dessert this time by not eating the entire ribeye. At least, in the US, if we do not finish, we can take the food home and not waste it. It is a concept that does not exist in France (although quantities are smaller), except for wine in very limited number of restaurants because patrons were not ordering a bottle (wine by the glass is rare), thinking that it would be a waste. 

So, back to dessert, we decided to go for the Snowboken: vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge, marshmallow, crumbled Oreo cookies and shaved coconut. 
image of Snowboken dessert at Dino and Harry's steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ

I liked it, but Jodi not so much! It was a good take on a sundae and perfect for a warm weather.

It was a great dinner: great food and great service. Dino & Harry remains one of my favorites!

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A visit to Princeton, NJ!

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Recently, we went to Princeton for the day to visit our friends Livia and George.
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It was the perfect occasion for me to see the campus as I heard so much about it. It was beautiful with this spectacular architecture, its gardens and so much green (well, in figurative too).
image of university of Princeton, NJ

For lunch, Livia and George proposed to eat in one of their favorite places, apart from the main Street. 
image of Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

We did not go to the restaurant, Blue Point Grill, but to the store on the left, Nassau Street Seafood Produce and Co, where they had an impressive selection of seafood, from lobster, crab, clam and all sorts of fresh fish that can be cleaned to order. They also have caviar!
image of Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

Their fish tank with all these big lobsters was pretty impressive!
image of lobster at Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

There, they offer a menu going from soups, salads, sandwiches...and you can even see them preparing it, in the small kitchen behind the counter. 
image of Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

Jodi ordered a salad with fresh tuna.

image of Salad with fresh tuna at Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

The sauce was Caesar dressing. It was good, not overdressed and the fish (lots of it) tasted fresh. The only regret is that it was cooked all the way through and not pan seared with a red center. 

On my side, I ordered the lobster bisque. 
image of Lobster bisque at Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

I was surprised to see them take an already prepared and packaged soup and serve it. They made it though and it was pretty good with little chunks of lobster in it! 

Then, I decided to try their fish and chips.
image of Fish and Chips at Nassau street seafood and produce Co in Princeton, NJ

I could observe them preparing it and fry it. Made me hungrier! It was good: fresh fish well cooked, light and crispy batter that was not greasy. The fries that came with it were perfect too. 

Definitely a good choice off the Main Street!

Nassau street seafood and produce Co / Blue Point Grill

258 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542



image of Small World Coffee in Princeton, NJ

Then, we went to Small World Coffee..for coffee. 
image of macchiato at Small World Coffee in Princeton, NJ

I ordered a cold macchiato that looked fantastic with the cream on top!
image of macchiato at Small World Coffee in Princeton, NJ

Jodi ordered an iced mint lemonade that was just ok, but really refreshing considering how hot it was outside! 
image of Mint lemonade at Small World Coffee in Princeton, NJ

Small World Coffee

14 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542

Last top was at House of cupcakes. 
image of house of cupcakes in Princeton, NJ

This store is known because it won Cupcake Wars! We decided to share a red velvet. 
image of red velvet cupcake at house of cupcakes in Princeton, NJ

It was delicious: moist and tasty cake, fantastic cream cheese icing that was not too sweet. 

House Of Cupcakes

30 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542


Needless to say that the walk around Princeton was necessary to digest all this good food! We definitely had a great time and are looking forward to go back to try some other fantastic food!

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Hibachi at Ayame in Hoboken, New Jersey

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Ayame ("Iris" in Japanese) is the only Hibachi place in Hoboken. If you do not know what Hibachi is, it is a grill where food will be cooked during a cooking show that surely requires some skills!
Image of hibachi at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

I sometimes wonder if people go to Hibachi places for the food or for the show! I go for both!!! First time I tried it was in Seoul, Korea. It was in the hotel I was staying in and I still remember the filet mignon and the grilled veggies, notably the mushrooms and onions that were fantastic. The Chef put a bit of a show, but it was not as much as what I saw later. 
So, here we are at Ayame, excited at the idea of what is to come. Jodi orders the vegetable and tofu Hibachi and I ordered a combo of two where I picked shrimp and chicken (they also have scallops, filet mignon, lobster...). The Chef comes with his little cart full of ingredients and greets us. He then starts by whipping out the hot surface and the show can begin. The video below will speak more than any words I could write!

This was spectacular! What you do not see on the video is that he proposed me some sake. I thought that he would give me some in a shot glass, but instead, he squeezed a bottle to let the sake flow come to my mouth! 

Jodi's vegetable and tofu looked like this:
Image of Vegetable and tofu hibachi plate at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

My shrimp and chicken combo like that:
Image of Shrimp and chicken hibachi plate at Ayame in Hoboken, NJ

There was definitely a lot if food and the fried rice was not necessary! The only negative is that they asked us if we wanted regular or fried rice, as if it was included!

Otherwise, the food was fantastic: tasty with generous portions. For instance, the shrimp were of a good size and I had a dozen. 

For the second time at Ayame, trying the Hibachi, we had not only a good time, but also some delicious food! We definitely need to go back and try their other dishes!

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Lunch at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

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One of my colleagues suggested Trattoria Saporito few weeks ago, so Jodi and I decided to try it. I admit that we passed in front of it few times, but never thought about going in. When we entered the restaurant, we could not miss the decor. Let's summarize by this: if Gordon Ramsay was to help them in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, he would for sure change the decor and furniture...
Image of Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

When we went there, we wanted to try their business lunch that offers, for $10.95 (at the time of this post) a prix-fixe where you can choose an appetizer, an entree and a soda. Pretty good deal! On top of that, they offer a wide choice of dishes, not like most of the place where choice is limited.

We started of with the appetizers. Jodi ordered the Caesar salad:
Image of Caesar salad at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

The salad was good, but a bit overdressed.

I ordered the fried calamari (calamari fritti):
Image of Fried calamari or calamari fritti at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

It was pretty good: crispy, not rubbery and not greasy. It was served with a nice amount of marinara sauce.

Then, Jodi ordered the bucatini with eggplant and ricotta salata. 
Image of Bucatini with eggplant and ricotta salata at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

There was a lot of sauce and the sauce was a bit watery in some part, but still good. The bucatini, that are a thicker version of spaghetti, were perfectly cooked.

I ordered my favorite dish: the linguine a la Vongole with white sauce.
Image of Linguine a la Vongole at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

I was suprised when the plate arrived as there were quite a lot of clams (a dozen). There again, there was a bit too much sauce, but I have to say that I enjoyed it! Again, the pasta were perfectly cooked. 

We finished the meal with a homemade tiramisu (additional to the prix fixe):
Image of Tiramisu at Trattoria Saporito in Hoboken, NJ

It was delicious, light and delightfully creamy. A great dessert!

Clearly the business lunch at Trattoria Saporito was a good deal. Imagine that with two prix-fixe lunches, a dessert and a tea, the total bill with tip was less than $41. Definitely a place to know!

Enjoy (I did)! 
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Burger at Black Bear in Hoboken, NJ

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I went to Black Bear Bar last year to try their steak sandwich (check out the review of the Steak Sandwich at Black Bear Bar). This time, it was burger!

A lot of time, when we think burgers, we think chains or restaurants who only serve burgers, like 5 Napkin Burger, 5 Guys...But sometimes, bars offer a delicious option as this fantastic sandwich is the perfect bar food.

I might have gone a bit overboard while there as I ordered the deluxe burger that is on the brunch menu. It is composed of: bun, lettuce and tomato, beef patty, ham, bacon, egg, spicy sauce and onion rings.
Image of Deluxe Burger at Black Bear in Hoboken, NJ

It is not easy to eat and you have to imagine that your dentist is standing next to you and asking to open your mouth wide! It was good, especially when biting the yolk that I would have liked runny.

Image of Deluxe Burger at Black Bear in Hoboken, NJ

I liked the different flavors, making each bite slightly different from the other, because of the different layers. However, I wish the meat was juicier, that is the only, but very important negative there!

Jodi went for the Black Bear burger:
Image of Burger at Black Bear in Hoboken, NJ

She asked for sauteed mushrooms and American cheese. The burger was good, but, this one too, not juicy enough.

Black Bear Bar is a nice bar with a large choice of dishes on its menu. The food is decent, but it is not where I will find the best burger in Hoboken!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Lunch at Midtown Philly Steaks in Hoboken, New Jersey

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Why aren't cheesesteaks as popular as burgers? I do not know! Because cheesesteaks are fantastic, as long as, for me, they meet three criteria:
  • Soft bread,
  • Tender and juicy meat,
  • Lots of cheese.
I have been a big fan of cheesesteaks after I tried them at Geno's in Philly (check out my cheesesteak experience in Philly).

So we went to Midtown Philly Steaks on Washington street for lunch. The place used to be another cheesesteak joint called Philly Cheese Steak Hoboken. I never tried it, but decided to try the new one.

The place is small, with only 6 seats.
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Two of the seats overlooking the street.

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The menu offers cheesesteaks, but also chicken, salads and hoagies.
We therefore decided to try their cheese steaks

Image of Cheesesteak at Midtown Philly Steaks in Hoboken, NJ - New Jersey

and a hoagie:

Image of Sinatra hoagie at Midtown Philly Steaks in Hoboken, NJ - New Jersey

The two sandwiches, that were big, looked fantastic and very appetizing. They were made with the same soft bread. 

The cheesesteak was definitely a good choice and met the three criteria I mentioned above: soft bread, tender and juicy meat and lots of cheese. Each bite was melting in my mouth, that is great, because with either tough meat or bread, the experience would not have been pleasurable at all. 

The hoagie was the Sinatra hoagie, made with Genova salami, ham, provolone, Iceberg lettuce, tomato, Raw onions, olive oil and oregano. It tasted very fresh and all the colors of this sandwich made it look spectacular. I liked it although I would have liked a bit less iceberg lettuce. 

Midtown Philly Steaks is definitely a place to have in mind: they serve great sandwiches for a reasonable price (less then $20 for 2 sandwiches and 1 soda).

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Burger at Hoboken Bar & Grill in Hoboken, New Jersey

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I was craving a burger and Hoboken, with its many, many bars, has a lot to offer. We could have gone to Five Guys, but I wanted to try something new. That is how we ended up at the Hoboken Bar & Grill on Washington street. The new part of the experience over there concerned the burger as we already ate there once. I remember that I had sliders and did not really like them because they were too dry; but I have to admit that cooking sliders is not that easy as the piece of meat is so small, it is easy to overcook it.

So here we are, in the dining room, close to the large bar. Of course, eating in a bar, the music was so loud that it was difficult to hear the conversation...

Image of Egg whites omelet at Hoboken Bar and Grill in Hoboken, NJ
So, we ordered our food. Jodi went for the egg white omelet, made with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and goat cheese.

There were also some fruit and potatoes. The omelet was good and there was plenty of goat cheese! However, I did not like the potatoes that were undercooked and had a weird seasoning on it. I prefer potatoes cooked all the way through and a bit crunchy!

I ordered the One pound Angus Burger.
Image of One pound angus burger at Hoboken Bar and Grill in Hoboken, NJ

I hesitated with the blue cheese burger, but decided to go to what seems to be their signature one. The burger was made with bacon, fried jalapeno, pepper jack and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun (not toasted). It came with fries, black onion rings and 3 sauces: ketchup, honey chipotle and BBQ sauce.
When the burger came, it was huge (well one pound patty...)! It had a nice and appetizing presentation with the onion rings on top of it and the three sauces. I liked the fact that there was no lettuce and tomato as I am not a big fan of it! I cut the burger into two equal portions and saw that the meat was very juicy! The first bite was divine: first, you get the softness of the bun; then the crunchiness of the bacon and the subtile heat of the fried jalapenio. Then the gooey of the cheese (nice quantity) and the taste of the char on the meat. Last is the fantastic taste of the patty that was not overpowered at all by all the components of the burger. There was no need to add any sauce to the burger and I only used the sauces to dip the fries that were ok, not exceptional. My favorite sauce was the BBQ one, but I have to say that the honey chipotle was delicious too, but spicy!
The onion rings were well done: the batter was crunchy and the onion was cooked. It was not too greasy also. 

The burger at Hoboken Bar & Grill was spectacular and well priced ($15 at the time) for a big burger! I will definitely add it to my list of best burger places!

Enjoy (I did)!

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