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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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December 13, 2011

JYAH’s 20’s and 30’s Hanukkah Bar Crawl in Hoboken December 17th 5-10pm

JYAH 20’s and 30’s Hanukkah Bar crawl

Have some vodka and latkes while the Jewish Young Adults of Hoboken lights the menorah at a private party and then crawls around uptown Hoboken with bar specials at your favorite watering holes. The $12 pre-sale ticket gets you a stylin’ Hanukkah Bar Crawl T-shirt, snacks and cocktails at the pre-party, and access to great specials at 4 bars!

The pre-party starts at 5:00pm at a private lounge in uptown Hoboken.  They will email you the address after you register.

Drink Specials and Approximate Schedule:

  • 5:00pm Pre-party w/ latkes and drinks included
  • 6:15pm McMahon’s- 2 for 1 drinks
  • 7:15pm Willie McBride’s- $2 Yuengling, Coors, Miller Lite
  • 8:15pm Rogo’s- $3 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks
  • 9:15pm 10th and Willow-  $2 Coors Lite drafts

Register here and act fast prices go up at midnight on Wednesday (December 14th)*: http://hanukkahbarcrawl.eventbrite.com/

*Enter promocode MENORAH2011 for a $3 discount on T-shirt+pre-party tickets, valid until December 14th at midnight.

Check the group out on facebook to see who else will be there. Over 75 people attended last year and organizers claim you don’t want to miss the event this year. Facebook link:  http://www.facebook.com/events/171868072904745/

 About Jewish Young Adults of Hoboken:

They offer social activities such as dinners, brunches, happy hours, wine/cheese, billiards, bowling as well as social actions events. If interested please join their group on facebook “Jewish Young Adults of Hoboken” for invites to future events.


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November 30, 2011

Star Wars Trivia at Carpe Diem December 14th at 7pm

Filed under: Bars,Pub/Saloon,trivia night — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:50 PM

Star Wars Trivia Quote: “I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the wookiee win.”

Star Wars Trivia on the Original Trilogy is coming to Carpe Diem in Hoboken on Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm. Five rounds of varying difficulty allowing you to unleash your inner geek. Reservations strongly encouraged by calling (201) 792-0050 and may the 14th be with you.

Carpe Diem is located near the Hoboken Cinemas uptown at 1405 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ. This event is hosted by the very popular Trivia AD whose organizaer Dave Oliver has a knack for putting together great trivia night packages on a variety of TV shows and movies. 

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November 17, 2011

Mama Mare Breast Cancer Pub Crawl in Hoboken December 3rd 1:30-8pm

The Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation proudly presents it’s 2nd Annual Drink for Pink Pub Crawl. Come out for a great pub crawl to 4 great Hoboken bars all while helping to fight the ongoing battle against Breast Cancer! This Event is on Saturday December 3rd and runs from 1:30pm until 8pm. The starting bar is the Wicked Wolf in Hoboken at 120 Sinatra Drive. 

Mama Mare Pub Crawl Hoboken 12-3-2011

Registration information:

  • Pre-Registration: $15.00 @ www.mamamare.org through Nov 27th (guarantees you a T-Shirt if you Pre-register by 11/27)
  • After November 27th: $20.00 @ www.mamamare.org till Dec 2nd at 10pm
  • Day of Registration: $20.00 at the Wicked Wolf Tavern

Registration includes:

  • Ticket to the pub Crawl
  • Drink Specials at all 4 bars on the pub crawl
  • Free Pizza at the last bar
  • Drink for Pink Pub Crawl T-Shirt (for ALL pre-registrants and for post 11/27 registrants while supplies last so make sure to Pre-Register)

Event Schedule:

  • The Pub Crawl starts at 1:30 pm
  • Registration Check-In/Day-of Registration tables from 1:30 – 3pm at the Wicked Wolf Tavern (120 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken NJ)
  • Once you check-in enjoy $3.00 Coors Product Pints and $3.00 Well Drinks at the Wicked Wolf Tavern!
  • The Pub Crawl continues at the next Hoboken bars:
  • 3pm – 4:30pm: Texas Arizona (76 River Street) with $2.00 Coors Product Pints and $3.00 Well Drinks
  • 4:30 – 6:00pm: Mulligan’s Hoboken (159 1st Street) with $2.00 Coors Light Pints and $3.00 Well Drinks and a Live DJ
  • 6pm – 8:00pm: The Shannon (106 First Street) with $2.00 Coors Product Pints and $3.00 Well Drinks and Live DJ

Sponsors of this event:

  • Peerless Beverage Company (www.peerlessbeverage.com)
  • Fillippo’s On First (267 First Street, Hoboken NJ)
  • In Loving Memory of Kimberly B. Zander & Mary Ellen Pernice (aka Mama Mare)

All proceeds raised will go towards the mission of the Mama Mare Breast Cancer which is to provide support services to breast cancer patients and their families, and raise funds for biomedical research being conducted in search for a cure. Please visit www.mamamare.org for more foundation information.

Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation
PO Box 1379
Easton, PA 18040

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September 13, 2011

Marty O’Brien’s Social Club (Formerly Buskers) Open for Business

Marty O’Brien’s Social Club, formerly Buskers has re-opened their doors this week in what TheBoken likes to call a restaurant reboot.  A source of TheBoken’s sent us a very long email/letter (29 pages worth)  from management citing a whole litany of issues when the place was run under the name Buskers. The reader pointed out that while the email made some good points the tone of the letter left a lot to be desired. This source strongly thought it came across as talking down to people and wanted to remind readers that even though the name has changed the management has not. Point taken but….

TheBoken does know this; running a bar/restaurant in Hoboken or anywhere for that matter is a tough business. Whether due to constant staff fluctuations exacerbated by the transient nature of Hoboken, high rent and limits on prices one can charge vs. New York City, it is a tough business to manage well. While Hoboken has plenty of weekend visitors it also has plenty of competition.

Here is wishing the management team well in their success in trying to reboot the restaurant and give it another go. TheBoken read the long email from management and while it could be construed as poorly written and perceived as condescending, it also shows that at least one of the partners who wrote the letter is passionate about making the business better. Whether or not they succeed in that endeavor will depend on their managerial skill set and the quality of hires that they make.

Honestly to an outsider, TheBoken has visited the former business Buskers on occasion and received service ranging from adequate to very good but it was a small sample size as we were not regulars there.  There would have been no reason to suspect the number of issues that management felt was a problem. We are pretty easy going over at TheBoken and there was an editorial temptation to print the whole letter but we feel that it was just too much inside information and it is best to reboot and move forward. Time will tell if the vision for improvement of the owners is met.

Enough with drama; get your drink on and try the food as well at Hoboken’s latest establishment to open/re-open their doors:

Marty O’Brien’s Social Club (formerly Buskers)

Address: 94 Bloomfield Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 420-9222

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August 9, 2011

Update: Pilsener Haus & Biergarten to Open in Hoboken Today August 9th 7pm!

Filed under: Bars,German,German,Hoboken,Pub/Saloon,Restaurants — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 8:00 AM

Update 8/9/2011: The Pilsener Haus will finally open their doors today starting at 7pm according to their Facebook page:

At long last, we are ready! We’re thrilled to share this news first with our loyal Facebook friends. Please join us to celebrate our very first night of business: Tuesday August 9th, at 7:00pm.  Thanks so much for your support!

Link to Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pilsener-Haus-Biergarten/179761122039883

Below is their draft beer list….

Note: They are planning to open at 5pm on Wednesday august 10th and resume normal operating hours according to one of their Facebook comments.

Update July 14, 2011: It is now being widely reported (www.Hobokenpatch.com and others) that the Pilsner Haus and Biergarten will need another 2-3 weeks before they can open their doors. TheBoken recently spoke to someone asociated  with the project and there have been delays in getting final construction approvals. This is a highly anticipated hot spot coming to Hoboken and this additional delay will probably frustrate those who have been waiting for a good Beer Garden to come to the Mile Square. TheBoken is pretty sure the owners can’t wait until the cash registers start ringing after all of their investment. As the old maxim goes “good things come to those to wait“.

Update July 7, 2011: According to The Pilsner Haus PR representative in charge of communications, the establishment is set to open some time in Mid-July. The Boken will keep you posted when the exact date is finalized.

Original Post May 6, 2011: According to New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog, the long awaited beer garden, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten located at the corner of 15th street and Grand is scheduled to open by June 30.


Andy Ivanov, who co-founded Radegast Hall & Biergarten in New York City, is behind the long awaited bar. The design is inspired by early nineteenth century Austro-Hungarian breweries and factories, according to the article. Pilsener Haus & Biergarten will have indoor and outdoor space (4,000 square feet space outside!) and will be able to hold 300 to 400 people.

The establishment won’t just serve 21 varieties of beer on tap, but 40 to 60 different beers in bottles, and a random assortment of food including spatzle, pretzels, patés, pickles, cheeses, goulash, and rotisserie chicken. As a treat, they will have pig roasts every couple of weeks. Pig roasts hmm; pork for the fork! Yum yum!

More details at nymag.com.

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June 22, 2011

Reminder: Hoboken June Green Drinks- The Dubliner Roof Top

Filed under: Bars,drink,Drink Specials,Green Hoboken,Pub/Saloon — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:10 AM

Below is another Green Drinks event in Hoboken tonight:

Reminder: Hoboken June Green Drinks- The Dubliner Roof Top

Where: The Dubliner (Roof Top), 96 River Street, Hoboken
When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6pm-9pm

The Dubliner has generously offered to provide Hoboken Green Drinks with a section of their roof top for the event. Of course if it rains, they will move HGD to the next floor down. Drink specials will be available from 6-9.

Note that at the last Green Drinks, attendees learned about Hoboken’s new single stream recycling program.

Also, if you are on Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken facebook page:


About Green Drinks and Hoboken QLC:

It all started in 1989 at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, in which a handful of eco-conscious mates pulled some tables together and drank some beer. The concept evolved into GREEN DRINKS and now it’s global. Each city has an organizer who arranges meetings in bars, restaurants, and other venues. Come join us and get green.

QLC Website: http://www.qlchoboken.org/about
The mother ship: http://www.greendrinks.org/

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June 7, 2011

New in Town Happy Hour Cork City Pub June 9 at 7pm

Here is an upcoming event from the Hoboken Social Sandbox group. They like to party, especially with new arrivals to Hoboken…



New in Town Happy Hour
Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Cork City Pub
239 Bloomfield St # A Hoboken, NJ

How to find the Hoboken Social Sandbox Group: They will be wearing wrist bands.

It is time for another New to Hoboken Happy Hour. This event is for people who have moved into the area in the last two years to get together and socialize. Cork City is giving the HSS some great drink specials that you will get with the wrist bands that HSS will provide.

Specials are:

$3 Beers – Yuengling, PBR, Bud Light, Bud, Miller Lite
$4 Mixed Drinks
$5 Glass of Wine
$5 Craft Stadium Beer Specials (Stone IPA, Dogfishhead 60 min, Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale, Bluepoint Toasted Lager)

Check out Cork City at:


Please be sure to RSVP if you plan on joining them.

Link to event and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/hoboken-cafe/events/20709891/

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April 25, 2011

Willie McBrides Schedule for 4/25-5/1

Below is Willie McBrides of Hoboken’s schedule for 4/25-5/1:

  • Everyday: English Premier Soccer League, NHL, NBA, MLS and MLB packages.
  • Mon 4/25/2011:  Are you or any of your friends in a Band, would you Like to play at Willie McBrides. Contact Paul at info@williemcbrides.com
  • Tue 4/26/2011: Tuesday night is Dart Night, & Hoboken Ski Club. Join the Ski Club & get $1 off every Drink.
  • Wed 4/27/2011: Team Trivia at Willies every Wednesday. Win Gift Cert’s. CHECK OUT OUR NEW $4 APPETIZER MENU SERVED ALL NIGHT.$3 Bottles Miller Lite & MGD 64
  • Thu 4/28/2011: Thursdays are all about Happy Hour. DJ New $5 Appetizer menu served all night. $3 Mixed Drinks, $3 Yuengling, $8 Pitchers Miller Lite. $2 Miller Lite.
  • Fri 4/29/2011: Happy Hour 4-7pm, $1 off all Drinks. Live Band Nine Deeez Nite. No COVER when you take Willies Limo. $2 Miller Lite all night.
  • Sat 4/30/2011: Brunch 11am-3pm. Watch all the Games. Live Band Screaming Broccolli. Take Willies Limo and pay no COVER. $2 MILLER LITE ALL NIGHT.
  • Sun 5/1/2011: Sunday Brunch at 11 am. Texas Hold’em Poker every Sunday night at 7 pm.
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April 18, 2011

Jameson Night at Black Bear April 28th

What: Jameson Night at Black Bear
When: Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Black Bear Bar and Grill at 205 Washington St Hoboken, NJ

This event was a major success last year and we have no doubt that it will be again this year!

The Hoboken Social Sandbox is happy to welcome the Jameson Ambassador to Black Bear! He will be coming in to conduct the introduction of different Jameson Brands (FREE TASTINGS!). Brands featured will be Jameson, Jameson 12, Jameson God Reserve, and Jameson Vintage. There will also be a complimentary buffet along with more drink specials to be announced.

Please make sure to RSVP for this event! :-)

RSVP Link: http://www.meetup.com/hoboken-cafe/events/17144018/

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