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February 27, 2014

Planet Mac – New Restaurant Provides Many Varieties of Mac and Cheese for the Hoboken Palette

Planet Mac Hoboken Logo

Planet Mac just opened up about a week and a half ago at 219 Washington Street in Hoboken. The former site of the short-lived Joe’s Diner and before that the Japanese Restaurant Maru, Planet Mac is poised to be a comfort food haven for everyday eating as well as late night revelers with its numerous varierties of Mac and Cheese and even burgers. The menu consists of mainly Mac and Cheese (13 options plus make your own) in three celestially named sizes, Venus, Jupiter, Galaxy. There are also salads, soups, Mac Balls as well as a Mac and Cheese Cheesteak andPlanetary Burger specials to round out the menu.

TheBoken.com had a chance to speak to the owner and found out that they are a standalone business (not a franchise) and that they are excited to serve Hoboken with the vibrant city it is. This in spite of a negative article by a nefarious blog filled with a sense of self-importance and defined by its negativity (any guesses?).  Clearly anyone with a brain knows this establishment is not a by product of the low carb lifestyle (after all mac and cheese is predominantly pasta) but rather the comfort food trend that has its niche in NYC in recent years. For a modest upcharge both whole wheat pasta, for those watching glycmic indexes and gluten free for those with that type of allergy are available as well as traditional pasta.  

I for one found the food that I sampled and paid for to be of good to excellent quality and the Taco Mac to be quite flavorfull as a take home item. The restaurnat hours are Sunday – Thursday 11am-11pm and Friday and Saturday 11am-4am. The Friday and Saturday times are clearly aimed at the late night downtown crowd. They will be open just in time for Leprecaun this year.  I will be curious to see how much pasta they go through on Saturday March 1st. Delivery is available too by calling 201-752-6386 (1-201-PlanetMac). More pictures, commentary and menu below…..

Planet Mac Hoboken Interior Counter 2-26-2014

The counter for ordering with kitchen in back.

Planet Mac Taco Mac and Cheese

The Mac Taco – quite delicious!

Planet Mac Cheeseburger Balls

The Bacon Cheeseburger Mac Balls- Tasty as all hell but if I ate these everyday

I would need an electric mobility scooter to get around.

Planet Mac Hoboken Saturn Burger

The Saturn Special Hamburger – with fresh onion rings for a twist.

Planet Mac Hoboken Salad

And a fresh salad to balance things out.

And finally the first edition of their menu……

.Planet Mac Menu Hoboken Page 1 2-26-2014

Planet Mac Menu Hoboken Page 2 2-26-2014

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January 31, 2014

Wicked Wolf Hoboken Superbowl XLVIII Options February 2, 2014

Attention Football Fans planning to party in Hoboken this Sunday for the SuperBowl…..

The Wicked Wolf of Hoboken located at 120 Sinatra Drive along the waterfront has its itinerary set for a big party. They claim it will be their biggest ever.

Wicked Wolf Hoboken Superbowl XLVIII 02-02-2014

The Super Bowl has finally arrived and Wicked Wolf is throwing it’s biggest Sunday party yet.  The day starts at 11am for their tailgate party.  Come pregame with mimosas, manmosas, bloodys and brunch.  As an added surprise, Wicked Wolf is excited to announce a lineup of celebrity and guest DJs like 92.3 NOWs DJ Yonny, Andrew Menendez, and Resident DJ Nunz, along with other special appearances.  And the party would not be complete without our host, the Legendary MC Showboat.

Their 30 flat screen TVs and 100 inch projection screen ensures that even their biggest football enthusiasts won’t miss a play.  For food fans, there will be .50¢ wings that pair nicely with $15 Buckets of Bud Light Bottles or $15 Bud Light Towers.

Call 201-659-7500 for reservations.


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December 19, 2013

Festivus at Village Pourhouse December 23rd at 8PM in Hoboken – Air Your Grievances!

From the folks at Trivia AD, with Chanukah over and Christmas a bit commercialized there is a holiday for the rest of us: Festivus! ……

Festivus in Hoboken 12-23-2013 Village PourHouse

Do you hate the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas? Are you exhausted from raining blows on other shoppers while reaching for that last doll on the shelf? Do you find tinsel distracting?

If we’re scratching you right where you itch, then gather to celebrate a Festivus for the rest of us with a Seinfeld Trivia & Airing of Grievances at Village Pourhouse Hoboken on Monday, December 23 at 8pm!


In case you didn’t know, Festivus is really December 23 — YES, we know we just blew your mind.

Reservations can be made at seamus@funbars.com with “Festivus” in the subject line.

So what are you waiting for? Stop crying, and fight your father!”

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December 17, 2013

Zylo 2014 New Year’s Dinner Options in Hoboken

Zylo Tuscan Steak House NYE HobokenZylo Tuscan Steakhouse located at Hoboken’s W Hotel at 225 River Street is having two seatings for New Year’s Eve in Hoboken. Call 201-253-2500 for more information.

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Texas Arizona Oskar Blues Brewery Tap Takeover Party and Christmas Party December 18, 2013

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The following holiday event will be at Texas Arizona tomorrow night Wednesday December 18th starting at 6pm……

Texas Arizona Xmas Party 12-18-2013 Hoboken New Jersey

Texas Arizona is located at 76 River Street in Hoboken right near the PATH station. Call 201-420-0304 for more information.

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The Cuban Restaurant and Bar New Years Eve Options in Hoboken

Hoboken’s The Cuban is offering up their NYE packages for the turn of the year….


Dinner Gala, DJ, Dancing & More Makes The Cuban in Hoboken the

Premier Destination to Ring in 2014

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The Cuban Restaurant and Bar (333 Washington St.) invites patrons to take a journey back in time, as it rings in the New Year! On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, The Cuban will offer three unique experiences including:

  • The NYE Gala, entertaining guests from dinner to the ball drop
  • Special Cuban Dinner; and
  • Cocktail Package, to kick off 2014 with flair.

The all-inclusive New Years Eve Gala includes a three-course dinner, featuring The Cuban’s savory authentic Cuban cuisine, a champagne toast and grapes at midnight. In addition, there will be a live DJ, a dance floor and a premium open-bar through the evening. The gala is from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and tickets are $125 per person. Guests will enjoy authentic Cuban dishes prepared by Executive Chef Alexis Lahens, in which Empanaditas, Croqueta de Jamon, and El Classico, to name a few, will be included in the celebration.

In a second Choice, patrons at the New Year’s Eve Dinner will enjoy an a la carte meal from 4 to 7 p.m. The a la carte meal includes classic menu items such as: Barrigada de Cerdo - Sherry glazed pork belly, bacon fufu, black bean puree, shaved apple salad; Ensalada de Remolacha y Cabra - Beet & whipped goat cheese salad, orange, pickled red onion, glazed walnut, Perdo Ximenex vinaigrette; and Bistec - Grilled bone in NY strip steak, papas bravas, Catalan spinach, charred onions.

Finally, the Bar Package includes a four-hour premium open bar and passed tapas for $70 per person. The Bar Package will be offered from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Cuban’s famous sangrias and mojitos will also be available at the open-bar with the Gala and Bar Package. Delicious drinks such as the Mojito Cubano, made with Don Q Cristal Rum, Mint, Limes, Sugar Syrup, and Sugarcane and the Rosada Espumado, also known as Sparkling Rose Sangria, will be available to guests throughout the celebration.

With the words “La Vida es un Carnival” being its inspiration, The Cuban stands as the perfect place to start off the year right! All tickets must be purchased in advance; call The Cuban at 201-795-9899 to reserve your spot today.


Located in the heart of Hoboken and just steps away from the Train Station, The Cuban Restaurant & Bar has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its authentic Latin American cuisine, intertwining a sparkling modern style that is undeniably unique. Celia Cruz’s famous words “La Vida es un Carnaval!” ring and echo in the muraled walls, savory cuisine, mouthwatering cocktails and lively music. The colors, smiles and energy will make you feel Cuban for at least a night and let you understand~ life is a Carnival! The Cuban boasts a charming outdoor patio in the warmer months, as well as intimate spaces for private parties. The Cuban serves dinner 4-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Thursday-Saturday 4-11 p.m.; Sunday 4-10 p.m. The Cuban serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a late-night menu from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturdays. Weekly drink, happy hour and music specials. The Cuban accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please visit www.thecubannj.com or call 201-795-9899

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November 15, 2013

Catching Fire Trivia at Hoboken Village Pourhouse November 19th 8pm

Here is another Trivia Night event from the fine folks at Trivia AD. The popular sequel book to the Hunger Games “Catching Fire”  will the trivia topic and be hosted at the Village Pourhouse in Hoboken on Tuesday November 19th at 8pm. The Village Pourhouse, site of  Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Team’s re-election party is located at 205 1st Street in Hoboken. More details below….

Village Pour House Trivia Hoboken 11-19-2013 Hunger Games Catching Fire Calling all Tributes to test their skills in back in the arena at Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Literary) Trivia on Tuesday, November 19 at Village Pourhouse Hoboken! Please emailseamus@funbars.com for reservations with, “Hunger Games Trivia” as the subject.

Remember who the enemy is…

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236251549867185/

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Hudson Taven to Host Special “Guest” DJ – DJ Kurt This Friday and Saturday and Next Weekend as well – November 15,16, 22 and 23

Filed under: Bars,bars and nightlife,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM


Hudson Tavern, located at the corner of 14th and Hudson in Hoboken will be hosting special “Guest” DJ – DJ Kurt This Friday and Saturday and next weekend as well – November 15,16, 22 and 23. As editor of TheBoken.com I will shed my behind the scenes persona and lead the music at the Hudson Tavern while the bartenders focus on making the drinks. As a DJ in his 40s I have an both a popular and eclectic range of musical possibilities from rock, pop, good hip hop (the danceable kind), dance classics, new dance, and even some country thrown in to keep you guessing. I try to read the crowd and switch things up quite frequently to keep em’ guessing.

Spread the word and let the party begin. I will start approximately at 10:30-11pm all nights and play till close. I have had positive feedback with my guest gigs and enjoy doing this as yet another one of my hobbies. The nice thing about the Hudson Tavern is the wide range of ages that frequent the bar. It makes for a challenge to keep most people interested in the music. Leave your requests in the comments and I will do my best to accommodate.

For my gigs I plug into the house sound system from the corner part of the bar on 14th street with my iPad and the app DJay 2 shown below…..



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Pre Fixe Options at Hoboken’s Zylo Thanksgiving Novemebr 28, 2013

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Zylo Hoboken Thanksgiving 2013

This Thanksgiving, Hoboken’s Zylo will be offering a special 3 course pre-fix Thanksgiving option. Located in the luxurious W Hotel this restaurant combines quality food with stunning NYC views. If you don’t want to deal with all the Thanksgiving fuss this could be a fine option. Make your reservations with this  link: http://www.opentable.com/zylo-restaurant.

About ZYLO Restaurant:
ZYLO, a Tuscan Steak House, combines the enduring texture of the neighborhood with the simple pleasures of an Italian kitchen. With unparalleled waterfront views of Manhattan, an interactive Salumeria and a bustling 50 seat sunny piazza, ZYLO keeps in tune with the exposed energy of the Mile Square.

ZYLO Restaurant

Address: 225 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Link For Reservations: http://www.opentable.com/zylo-restaurant

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Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment Opening November 23 2013

Filed under: Hoboken,New Jersey,Restaurants — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 7:15 AM

Whether you have a penchant for the ponies or just like to be around the action this grand opening is close enough to Hoboken to provide you another entertainment option to saddle up to….

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment Opening November 23 2013

State of the art entertainment center to feature live racing, entertainment, dining, events and family-friendly activities

Meadowlands Raceway Grand Opening 11-23-2013On November 23rd, the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will open its doors, adding a new dimension to Meadowlands racing. This state of the art complex is a collaborative production by managing partner Jeffrey Gural, Michael Sinensky of Funbars.com and The Hard Rock that will span over 180,000 square feet across three floors plus an outdoor space that holds up to 10,000 people. The venue will feature year round simulcasting, a sports bar that doubles as a nightclub, indoor and outdoor restaurants, corporate and private events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities.

One of the main attractions at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is Simulcast, open year round where racing enthusiasts can watch and wager on live harness racing and simulcast races from around the world. Free WiFi access will allow fans to wager from their personal mobile devices over a secure network. For novice bettors, there will be special betting windows, instructional kiosks and classes. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will feature a beginners kiosk to teach those just learning to bet, a class every live race day from 5-6pm teaching how to handicap as well as tellers walking throughout the venue who can answer questions and provide a how-to pamphlet. Beginner betting windows will also be available so that new bettors aren’t intimidated.

On live racing days, the on-premise Broadcast Center will host interviews with drivers, trainers, owners, etc. and offer commentary. VIP areas within the facility will provide individual betting terminals and food and drink service.

The venue will continue the tradition of harness racing’s greatest events such as Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace which have both produced some of the most thrilling moments in racing. Each year these epic sporting events offer something for everyone in the family including all-day racing, outdoor concerts, carnival rides and games, and giveaways. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will welcome top-drivers and top-trainers in the sport to the biggest stage in harness racing. On November 30th, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will feature a stakes-filled card with purses worth over $2 million that are sure to deliver an unbelievable night of harness racing action.

“I’ve had a long time passion for horses and racing, it’s in my blood,” said managing partner Jeffrey Gural. “I wanted to create a 365-day racing, dining and entertainment complex that race enthusiasts, handicappers and family members alike could enjoy. Through our partnerships, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will bring a top quality food and entertainment experience to the customer while honoring the longstanding traditions of the Meadowlands.”

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will also boast accommodations for corporate and private parties, as well as those looking to enjoy racing with leisure. Victory Sports Bar & Club will be the ideal setting for watching a game with eleven 12×20 foot TVs and two oversized chandeliers, each holding three 60” flat screen TVs, in addition to numerous others throughout. On the second floor, The Lounge, a large entertainment landscape for guests to mix and mingle, offers a walk up bar and views of the racetrack and homestretch action. An extension of The Lounge is The Gallery, which can hold up to 200 people and will serve as a multi-purpose room perfect for private events, corporate functions and happy hours. The East Decks and West Deck will all offer patrons an opportunity to enjoy live racing, throw outdoor private parties, or simply appreciate grand views of the Manhattan skyline.

The Food Court offers fast food outlets -Burgers, Tacos and Pizza while The Café offers stadium favorites like sandwiches and draft beer daily. Pink, a tiered, prix-fixe dining room will be open on race days. Pink will offer tableside food and cocktail service and feature bright pink, wool chairs that complement the restaurant’s name. Pink will give diners the option to eat and gamble with individual TV and betting terminals at every table as well as views of the racetrack.

Other VIP options for watching live racing include six Skybox suites ranging in capacity from 10-150 people, each equipped with bar and buffet. The suites will overlook the racetrack and can be reconfigured to accommodate any size group. There will also be the members’ only club, Trotters featuring a lounge, restaurant and stadium seating.

In April 2014, Victory Terrace and the Outfield will open to provide patrons with a unique outdoor experience. Victory Terrace, a sprawling rooftop space with a lounge feel, will offer table service and amazing city views while the Outfield will boast a 2 ½ acre outside dining and entertaining space, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The Outfield will consist of seasonal restaurants House of ‘Que and Little Town NJ’s second outpost in addition to 3 private party tents. House of ‘Que will serve recipes prepared by barbeque pit master Mike Rodriguez formerly of Austin Texas’ famous Salt Lick BBQ, while Little Town NJ will draw food and drink inspiration from the Garden State. The space will also feature a music stage for performances. At the end of the Outfield lies The Playscape, an area perfect for families and outdoor activities with beer garden style food, bocce ball, ping pong, etc.

About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment:

Since 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, has been a staple in North American racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace. In November 2013, managing partner Jeffrey Gural, Michael Sinensky of Funbars.com and The Hard Rock will be unveiling the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The state of the art complex features racing, entertainment, dining and more. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment boasts a betting center open  year round, a sports bar that doubles as an event space and nightclub, indoor and outdoor restaurants, corporate and private events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment creates an exciting environment that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For more information on schedules and events, please visit: www.playmeadowlands.com or call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446).

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