Hoboken, New Jersey is chiefly known for being the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and baseball. But Hoboken also boasts some of the best dining experiences this side of the Hudson River. In its one square mile, Hoboken has a lot of restaurants, some outstanding and some not so outstanding. I’ll guide you to those restaurants in Hoboken you won’t want to miss out on.
My favorite of all the Hoboken restaurants is Baja, located on Fourteenth Street. This Mexican restaurant offers a giant menu, including some American dishes with a Mexican flair. I highly recommend the Baja Special for two. Shredded steak, chicken and shrimp served over just about everything, along with a side of fresh tortillas makes this a dish that can’t miss. Perfect for a first date. This restaurant is a lot of fun with great and friendly service. You’ll get to choose from a variety of margaritas with an endless list of tequilas. I dare you to have just one. For dessert, I suggest you try Baja’s delicious flan. Baja is definitely one of the best restaurants in Hoboken.
Court Street Restaurant is one of Hoboken’s hidden gems. Located just off Washington Street on Sixth, Court Street boasts delicious food and fine service whether you dine in the restaurant section or the bar. Try the filet mignon, which will be cooked to perfection. Save room for the brownie fudge sundae for dessert.
Another great date place in Hoboken is Ted & Jo’s Restaurant, located at the corner of Eleventh and Garden. While you’re waiting for a table, grab a drink or two at the bar. Once you’re seated, I suggest having the Balsamic Chicken over fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Or try their tasty cheeseburger along with one of their terrific appetizers. Ted & Jo’s is also a fun bar with lots of regulars, so if you’re new to Hoboken, be sure to stop by for a drink and introduce yourself.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with great Cajun cooking, then look no farther than Oddfellows Restaurant across from the Hoboken PATH Station. I recommend one of their famous Po’ Boy sandwiches with perfectly seasoned criss-cut jazz fries. And to drink, a Hurricane, of course. They’re strong, so limit yourself to just three.
For the best Italian cuisine in Hoboken, you’ll want to dine at Tutta Pasta on Washington Street. Their chicken marsala and chicken parm are both excellent dishes. Wash it down with a cold Peroni beer. And glance around the restaurant, you’re more than likely to see actor Danny Aiello, who frequents Tutta Pasta himself.
Another terrific Italian joint a little farther uptown is Margaritas. Enjoy the Rigatoni in Pesto or Rigatoni in meat sauce. There are only two drawbacks. First, Margaritas is almost always crowded at dinnertime. Second, the restaurant is BYOB – bring your own bottle. So, while you’re waiting a long while for your table, you can go to the nearest liquor store and pick out your favorite bottle of vino.
There you have it, my favorite restaurants in Hoboken. Try them out and spread the word.