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June 15, 2012

8 Father’s Day Cravings Satisfied: Best Hoboken Restaurants to Take Dad to Eat by Hoboken Girl

The “Hoboken Girl” is back with a new post/guest column on the best places to take dad for Father’s Day in Hoboken which is Sunday June 17th this year…..

Father’s Day is fast approaching – and sometimes, it’s more important to spend QT with dad than anything else. I always say that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, and dad is no different! So, I’ve compiled a list of places to take dad to eat in Hoboken, depending on his cravings. Do men even get cravings? Anyway, I digress.

 1. Dad loves Brunch: Court Street (61 6th Street)

Court Street is a wonderful brunch spot. My favorite brunch drink is the Pointsetta – a mimosa with a twist (cranberry + champagne). Classy yet casual is the brunch vibe here.

…or 10th & Willow (935 Willow Avenue)

10th and Willow is another great brunch spot with a classy yet casual feeling. The Cream Cheese & Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast and the Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes are some of my favorites. There are also a lot of yummy egg options.

2. Dad loves a Burger & Fries: Helmer’s Restaurant (1036 Washington Street)

The burgers at Helmer’s are delicious, so my friends say. Being a quasi-vegetarian, I haven’t tried them. But I have had numerous Hoboken sources tell me that Helmer’s is the best if you’re looking for a juicy burger.

3. Dad is a Lush: The Turtle Club (936 Park Avenue)

Besides delicious food, the Turtle Club has an extensive wine, beer, and bourbon selection. Many of the wines are family-owned and organic vineyards. Can’t beat that!

4. Dad loves Sushi: Robongi (520 Washington Street)

I don’t know many dads that love sushi – but hey, I could be wrong. That being said, if dad has a sushi craving, Robongi is definitely the way to go. It’s Zagat-rated, fun, and always appearing on my Instagram account. I order it weekly, if not more. The sweet potato rolls are the bomb.

5. Dad loves Mexican: Charritos (1024 Washington Street)

There are two Charritos locations, but I prefer the uptown one. They make guacamole for you to order, right there, in front of you. It’s pretty amazing, and sure to wow dad. They also serve margarita mix, in which you can BYO Tequila.

6. Dad loves Seafood: Elysian Cafe (1001 Washington Street)

I am a scallops fan, and I love Elysian’s scallops. I also have taste tested the mussels, and they are delicious. Elysian has a very casual yet upscale feel which will make Dad feel right at home. They also have a great brunch!

…or Anthony David’s (953 Bloomfield Street)

Anthony David’s scallops are also out of this world. Most things you taste here will be just delectable. It’s also BYOB, an added bonus, if dad is a lush. In which case, see #3.

7. Dad loves Italian: Augustinos (1104 Washington Street)

I recently tried Augustino’s for the first time, and I realized the hype was totally worth it. Delicious chicken parm, delicious appetizers, delicious wine, and great service. Dad will love this place if he is an Italian food lover! They don’t take reservations on the weekends, which is a bummer – so hopefully you can get a spot. Go early – and expect a wait.

8. Dad loves Brick Oven Pizza: Grimaldi’s (411 Washington Street)

If Dad is a specialty pizza lover, he’ll love Grimaldi’s. Casual ambiance, delicious wines, and amazing pizzas. I recommend the eggplant + ricotta pizza (not on the menu) – just ask for it.

With this guide, you’re bound to eat some fantastic dishes and have some fun time with pops.  Regardless of what you do with your dad — make sure to enjoy the day!

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February 11, 2012

Valentine’s Day on Washington Street in Hoboken

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and some of you might be contemplating what to get that special Hoboken someone. Trekking down Washington Street recently, I found a variety of Hoboken reds, jewels, sweets, and designer duds to please even the pickiest of valentines.

Here are some ideas to get you started, depending on which type of Valentine you are dealing with:

1.    The Sentimental/Traditional Valentine:

Some traditional yet trendy heart Shaped Earrings from Townhouse 620 might do the trick.

Townhouse 620 Earrings

Compliment those with some chocolates from the Garden of Eden, but make sure they’re in a cute box like these:

Carlo’s Bakery also boasts some lavish cakes, Italian desserts, and of course, chocolate dipped strawberries.

2. The Friends with Benefits Valentine:

Want to go the flower route but feel like it might be a little soon? Try these nontraditional flowers…they’re actually red underwear, rolled up in a ball in the shape of flowers. Found at YES I DO!

3. The “It’s Kind of Serious” Valentine:

Some hot dinner spots to treat this type of Valentine to include Anthony Davids for delicious food or Augustinos on 11th & Washington, a little Italian gem of a place – or perhaps some wine tasting and apps at Bin 14 or Amanda’s.

For added bonus gifts, please refer to #1.

4.  The Live-In Valentine

Perhaps you are sharing living space with your valentine…what better than an adorable apron from Ricky’s on Washington so your valentine can look super chic while cooking? Or you could wear it yourself as a surprise and cook a fabulous dinner for two.

For all of the snail mail goes in and out of your shared abode: a Monogram maker from YES I DO.

5. The Pet-Loving Valentine

Find your way to your Valentine’s heart than through a puppy jacket from Hoboken Pets on Washington.

Or treat your valentine’s pooch to a cleaning at the Hoboken Dog Wash on 4th Street!

6. Fashionista Valentine:

As a fellow fashion enthusiast, another option is to treat her to some designer deals at the recently relocated (just upstairs!) Midtown Authentic, where you’ll find purses galore! Check out the store’s new purse wall and rooms chock full of designer finds.

Also for the fashion-conscious: Iconic Fashion Lounge has some adorable Rebecca Minckoff bags in various color pops. My favorite is the bold blue.

8. The Stressed Out Valentine

For the valentine that works hard all day long, a massage treat at Bliss or Massage Envy. Reap the benefits of your gift with a couples’ massage to boot.

Or,  perhaps a mani/pedi gift certificate to one of the many nail salons around Hoboken. My favorites include Bloom and the Nail Bar.

9. The Single Girl/Friend Valentine:

Recent breakup revenge can be found with an Ex Voodoo Doll from YES I DO! on Washington Street.

Or spend a girls night out at the Melting Pot – lots of fondue!

10. The Alternative Valentine

For off-the-beaten-path ideas, sign up for a healthy cooking class with Healthy Hoboken Girl or a cake decorating session at Carlo’s Lackawanna Factory.

Sewing classes for the thread-challenged or crafty alike at M Avery Designs, and another unconventional gift: a certificate to Hoboken Car Wash – a complete detailing will surely make your valentine forget about how difficult parking can be at times with a sparkly wash and shine.

Regardless of the type of Valentine cupid is shooting down for you this season, be sure to treat him/her well. There are endless amounts of treats and experiences that can be found in the Mile Square City…only a few days left, so get to it!

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February 14, 2011

Where Will Hoboken’s Celebrity Couple Eat Next?

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Hoboken is buzzing with excitement these days as it appears Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Kris Humphries have been sighted all over Hoboken having dinner.  The cute couple have been visiting some of the best restaurants in Hoboken.  They have been seen at Elysian Cafe, O’nieals and Maxwells according to facebook and twitter messages from people in Hoboken.

Let’s welcome our new couple with a vote.  Where should they eat next? Let us be true Jersians and lend our recommendations.
Below, find a selection of choices that we (The Boken) think they would enjoy, vote on the restaurant you think they would really enjoy.  If you do not see a restaurant they would like simply add your choice for them to go and why they should go there.

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