Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

There is a new burger place in town! Yes, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries opened a week ago, replacing Bombay West an Indian restaurant that closed. At first, I thought it was another place to celebrate the Jersey Shore, like the now defunct WindMill tried to. But in fact, it refers to the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, where the owners, brothers Dave and Fran DiFerdinando use to go to get fresh hand cut fries that gave them the idea to open their first establishment, serving mainly French fries, cooked at different temperatures in peanut oil, giving them a nice taste and slight crunch, keeping the inside soft. But customers were asking for more and they decided to add burgers to the menu. Today, this franchise has locations in Georgia, California, Maryland, Texas...

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

And now a brand new location in Hoboken that, despite the Art and Craft Festival, attracted the crowd.

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

The way it works is that you order at the counter: you can either pick one of their signature burgers or build your own. They will then give you a number and bring your order at your table.

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

It came fairly quickly. First was my vanilla milkshake that I could not resist to order.

milkshake at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
milkshake at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

I admit that I hesitated between this one and the cookies and cream. I should have had the latter because the vanilla one missed some taste, probably because there was not enough vanilla syrup.

Then, Jodi ordered a patty (you pick between one and two), cheddar cheese, sautéed mushrooms and avocado.

burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

On my side, I ordered a double patty with American cheese, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and mayo.

burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

We ordered one order of those delicious fries that were cooked skin on and delivered their promises. I wondered why the patties did not look perfect; it is because they are made with fresh ground meat (not frozen) and shaped every morning by hand. 

burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ
burger at Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries in Hoboken, NJ

And these burgers delivered too! The buns that were like brioche were fantastic, the meat perfectly cooked medium, juicy, with a nice char on the outside, and with cheese oozing from between the patties. Definitely great burgers and I cannot wait to try some other combinations as well as their cheesesteaks! So, you guess: I'll be back!

Enjoy (I did)!

 
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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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Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

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The night of the Super Bowl, we decided to go to Johnny Pepperoni to try their pizza as a friend of Jodi recommended that place. Needless to say that this was the perfect night as the place was empty!

I discovered there that the owner, local restaurateur John Avoletta, also owns City Bistro, a popular bar Uptown Hoboken; so I figured at that point that it was not just some random pizza joint. It is a place of a good size that serves Italian food only, from pasta to pizza, and even more. Too bad as I was craving wings...
image of dining room at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

The restaurant had a nice feel, with its red and white checkered tablecloth and the black and white photos of Italy on the walls. 
image of parmesan and salt at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

On the right of the entrance is the open kitchen and on the left the dining room. 

We decided to start our dinner with Arancini Di Riso, that are fried rice balls with cheese and prosciutto. 
image of arancini di riso at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

They were served in a thick tomato sauce that had a bold taste. The balls themselves were delicious: crunchy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. I simply loved it and they were probably some of the best I ever tried.
image of arancini di riso at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

Then, we shared the square pie: 
image of square pie at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

Made with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, it was cooked in a pan with extra virgin olive oil.
image of square pie at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

It was a slightly thinner version of a Sicilian. The crust was crispy and the sauce deliciously thick. There was also a lot of cheese. The pizza was quite big and I am glad Jodi stopped me when I proposed to order a second one!

For dessert, we ordered the homemade tiramisu. 
image of tiramisu at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken, NJ

It was good and light, but I would have preferred more cream, i.e a better proportion cream vs lady fingers. 

The food at Johnny Pepperoni was very good and I definitely recommend the Arancini. I am sure it is not the last time I will be there!

Enjoy (I did)!
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German cuisine at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

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Helmer's is a restaurant located on the Uptown part of Hoboken. Serving authentic German cuisine, it opened in 1936 by the Helmer family who immigrated from Germany. It was then sold in 1940 to the Lueders from Bremerhaven, Germany. 
image of beer steins at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

There is definitely a particular atmosphere there, rendered by the decor: high wooden booths, wooden tables and beer steins on top of the bar.
image of beer glasses at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

If you are a beer fan, they have a mice selection of Belgian and German beers, served in big beer glasses also used to serve...water.

As I mentioned above, their menu proposes authentic German food, like wurst, Sauerbraten (pot roast) or schnitzel. But they also serve American dishes such as cheeseburgers or NY Sirloin steaks.

After we ordered, they brought us some bread:
image of bread basket at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

There was a pretzel bread as well as one that I guess was pumpernickel bread. This bread was perfect to open our appetite.

As an appetizer, we ordered the stuffed mushrooms:
image of stuffed mushrooms at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

They were stuffed with some meat and herbs. 
image of stuffed mushrooms at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

The stuffing was light and tasty, letting the mushrooms be the star. 

Then, Jodi ordered the grilled ham and muenster sandwich:
image of grilled ham and muenster sandwich at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

It was like and open face sandwich, composed of Black Forest Ham, melted Meunster Cheese, sliced Jersey Tomatoes, served with French Fries.
image of grilled ham and muenster sandwich at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

I liked it: simple, very comforting, there was a lot of ham and cheese.

On my side, I ordered the Wienershnitzel ala Holstein or veal schnitzel with a fried egg:
image of Wienerschnitzel ala holstein at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

I had a choice of sides: sauerkraut, mash potatoes, fries or spaetzle. Spaetzle are egg noodles eaten in Germany, Austria, Alsace - France-, or Switzerland. I found it incredible that they charge you $3 if you order them! I picked sauerkraut and mash potatoes. 
image of Wienerschnitzel ala holstein at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

Schnitzel is a thin piece of meat that is coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried. This dish can be found in many countries, sometimes with their own twist. In Italy, it is called Veal Milanese (if made with veal of course), escalope Viennoise in France or apanados in Colombia.
image of Wienerschnitzel ala holstein at Helmer's in Hoboken, NJ

The Wiener (Veal) Schnitzel was cooked a cheval, meaning with a fried egg on top that had a perfectly runny yolk, giving a breakfast feel to the dish. The meat was tender, with a nice crispiness from the coating. I definitely enjoyed it. However, the sides were just ok: the sauerkraut was very sour and the mash potatoes had too much garlic.

This was a very good lunch that brought us back to our last trip in Germany two years ago and I am sure I will go there for dinner to try some other dishes!

Enjoy (I did)!
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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
image of table at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ image of table at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ
image of salt at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ image of sugar at City Bistro in Hoboken, NJ

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

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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Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

We were excited to go to Pho Nomenon, one of the new restaurants that opened recently in Hoboken. It replaced Hoboken Cottage that was really not one of my favorites. Well, think about it: they were proposing Chinese and Turkish cuisine; not sure what the link between the two is...Nevertheless, I tried both and did not like it.

dining room at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
dining room at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

So, we arrived in the restaurant that had a medium size dining room, dominated by a painting of Buddha. 

As soon as we sat, they brought us some green tea that was welcome considering the temperature outside, and kept serving it as soon as our cups were half empty.

green tea at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
green tea at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

As an appetizer, we ordered Goi Cuon Chav or vegetarian Summer rolls:

vegetarian summer rolls at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
vegetarian summer rolls at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

Contrary to spring rolls, they are not fried, making it a healthier version. It was made of rice noodles, fried tofu, picked carrots, daikon, lettuce and mint, wrapped in rice paper.

vegetarian summer rolls at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
vegetarian summer rolls at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

It has been a while since I ate this kind of roll and it was delicious, very refreshing, especially thanks to the mint. I ate it with the peanut sauce that came with and I also tried with some hoisin sauce that added some sweetness.

Hoisin and siracha sauces at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
Hoisin and siracha sauces at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

Then, they brought some soy, lemon and basil for the Pho.

Soy, lemon and basil at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
Soy, lemon and basil at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

Because we did not care about the rest of the menu: we came for Pho, this Vietnamese soup that was born in the 20th century in Northern Vietnam, taking some influence from both French and Chinese cuisine. Some believe that Pho is derived from "Pot au feu", a classic beef stew. I guess that now you see the link with the name of the restaurant, Pho Nomenon! Lets see if it is a real phenomenon!

Jodi ordered a vegetarian Pho with mixed vegetables, mushrooms and tofu. It was in fact the only one of the menu that did not have a Vietnamese name.

mixed vegetable Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
mixed vegetable Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

On my side, I ordered the Pho Tai Chin Nam Ve:

Pho Tai Chin Nam Ve Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
Pho Tai Chin Nam Ve Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

It was a beef broth with eye round steak, brisket and flank. It definitely had a nice smell, quite appetizing. The meat was good, although a bit overcooked. However, there were some pieces of fat that were not good at all.

Noodles in Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ
Noodles in Vietnamese soup at Pho Nomenon in Hoboken, NJ

I have mixed feelings about that place: it was cheap and decent, but the food was not to the point where I would want to go back quickly.

Enjoy (...)!

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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!
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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. 

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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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Hoboken Dhaba, Indian street food!

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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.
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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

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.
image of 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.
image of 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.
image of 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:
image of 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:
image of 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!
image of 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.
image of 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.
image of 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!
image of 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.
image of 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.
image of 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.
image of 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!!!).
image of 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.
image of 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:
image of 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!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Restaurant Review - Bin 14 (Hoboken)

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Bin 14 is one of my favorite restaurant for brunch, lunch or dinner. This wine bar opened in 2008 by Chef Anthony Pino who also owns Anthony David's in Hoboken (awesome for Eggs benedict lovers). The decor is really warm with a marble bar, red bricks walls and a brick oven. 

I like this place for different reasons:
- all dishes are small sizes, so it can be shared: not only it is a great way to try a little bit of everything, but it is also fun when dining with a group of people.
- the wine list offers a wide choice (more than 100) and they serve the wine by the glass in different quantities: 2 and 6 ounces. 
- the food is de-li-cious! They have a good variety of cheeses, brushetta, pizza (the truffle and creamy taleggio cheese is terrific) and small plates, such as meatballs in marinara sauce, arancini made with fresh mozzarella and warm tomato salsa (2nd photo), truffle fries with Romano cheese and black pepper (addictive), the sauteed shrimp with lardons and grits (3rd photo) or the mushrooms and truffle oil risotto. Try also the pasta that are made daily. One of their best brunch dish is the Goat cheese and mushrooms omelet (they are generous on the cheese - 1st photo). 

The only negative about Bin 14 is that there are no desserts, except if you go for brunch and try their zeppoles. 

Bin 14 organizes different wine events that teach the basics but also focus on specific topics such as Italian white wine. On Tuesdays, they propose for $19 all you can eat mussels and fries. The record is apparently owned by a woman: 8 servings. I have to say that after a slice of pizza and a brushetta, I could only eat 3...but I do not desperate to try to beat that record!

Last, they have a kid menu for brunch and kids under 8 eat for free!

Enjoy (I do)!
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