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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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November 15, 2013

The Cuban Happy Hour Specials Monday through Friday 4-7pm and Saturday Sunday 3-6pm

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In case you did not know The Cuban Restaurant & Bar’s  has Happy Hour specials. Specials include $5 drink and menu items including mixed drinks and wines and dishes such as empanaditas and papas fritas. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, there is a live DJ every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Cuban is located at 333 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030. For more information about The Cuban or to view the full Happy Hour menu visit http://www.thecubannj.com/.
The Cuban Happy Hour Hoboken 11-15-2013
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October 30, 2013

Hoboken Police Department Get New Vehicles and Uniforms

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Other blogs claim they give you the good the bad and the ugly when all they really do is give you the ugly, paid for ugly. If you know what website I am referring to then no need to mention it here. Here is some more good news from the Mayor’s office just one week before an election….

The City of Hoboken announces:

HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NEW VEHICLES & UNIFORMS
 Mayor Zimmer and Police new equipment uniforms
Left to right: Police Officer Willie Montanez, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Detective Vince Lombardi, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Sergeant John Petrosino, Police Officer Robert Truppner
Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sergeant John Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers, and Detective Vince Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Officers Willie Montanez and Robert Truppner to display the Hoboken Police Department’s newly purchased vehicles and new uniforms.
“Our Police Department is always there for our community when we need them most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They deserve to be as well-equipped and prepared as possible to do their jobs and keep us safe, and I thank our Police Officers for partnering with us on investing in their new uniforms.”
“This is a big morale booster for our department,” said Police Chief Falco. “The new uniforms have the full support of our rank-and-file, meet the needs of professionalism and utility, and are more adaptable for the daily rigors of the job.”
“The steady hiring of new officers, ongoing replacement of our aging patrol vehicles, renovations of police headquarters, approval of new work uniforms, and future K9 unit are just a few of many positive and progressive endeavors supported by the mayor, and we thank her for her strong commitment to public safety.” said Detective Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association. “Protecting the public and keeping the peace is our purpose, and Mayor Zimmer has proven our purpose is her priority.”
The Police Department recently acquired one 15-seat Ford Econovan, two Ford Interceptors, two Ford Explorers and four Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles. As of this week, the Police Department also has a new uniform more appropriate for patrol work – the first comprehensive revisiting of uniform policy in recent history.
“After three years of careful planning, the Hoboken Police Department’s uniform motorized patrol are now wearing BDUs, the more casual and community-friendly uniform,” said Sergeant Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers. “Hopefully this change will bring the residents and the officers closer together, by making their appearance seem more approachable, rather than authoritative. With the new additions to our fleet and our brand new uniform change, the citizens of Hoboken will now not only have one of the most professional and well educated officers in the county, but also one of the better equipped. The residents of Hoboken deserve nothing less.”
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July 4, 2013

Jack Skuller to perform at Hoboken Summertime Concert July 18 at 7pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Live Music,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:50 PM

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Local musician Jack Skuller will perform the Eddie Cochran classic “Summertime Blues” at Hoboken’s Hot Tunes in the Summertime on July 18th starting at 7pm.

This event will feature popular local musicians performing and reinterpreting your favorite summer tunes. It will be like a beach party by the river.

The event will be featuring performances by: Julio Fernandez, John Bauers, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jack Skuller, Jeremy Beck, Karyn Kuhl, Gene D. Plumber, Jennifer Lampert, Dave Lambert, Alice Genese, Emily Turonis, Dave Calamoneri, Jon & Deena, The Gefkens, Lloyd United, and Tom Vincent & the Hot Tunes House Band.

The new single from 17 year old Jack Skuller – “Someone Else” is now available for FREE download on http://jackskuller.bandcamp.com/

The song was Written by Jack Skuller and produced by Bryce Goggin in Brooklyn. The track features Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliot and bassist Jeremy Chatzky.

About Jack Skuller:

17 year old Jack Skuller is equally inspired by both the Everly Brothers and the Black Keys. Jack debuted at age 14 with a rockabilly-tinged single on Bar/None records. He performed it live on Good Day New York. At 16, he toured the U.S. with Radio Disney.

NY POST: “a mini-Jack White”
NY DELI Magazine: “Buddy Holly would be proud”
My Old Kentucky Blog: “killer power-pop songwriting”

http://jackskuller.com

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May 30, 2013

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Summer 2013 Schedule – Starts June 1st

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Summer 2013 Schedule

Join The Hoboken Cove Boathouse on their cove for their free kayaking days at Maxwell Place. Experience the Hudson River as well as amazing views of the New York City Skyline.Their  season opens weather permitting June 1 and runs thru mid September. This initial schedule is subject to change. For updates twitter: @hobocobo, facebook: Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Summer 2013 Kayaking Schedule

June

  • Saturday June 1, 1PM-5:30PM
  • Saturday June 15, 10:30AM-3PM
  • Sunday June 30 1PM-5:30PM

July

  • Sunday July 7, 9AM-12PM
  • Saturday July 13, 12:30PM-5PM
  • Saturday July 20, 3PM-7PM
  • Sunday July 28, 11AM-3:30PM

August

  • Saturday August 3, 3:30PM-7:30PM
  • Sunday August 11, 11AM-4PM
  • Saturday August 17, 2:30PM-6:30PM
  • Sunday August 25, 10AM-3PM
  • Saturday August 31 2PM-6PM

September

  • Sunday  September  1, 3PM-7:30PM
  • Saturday September 14, 1.30PM-6PM
  • Sunday  September 22, 10AM-2:30PM
  • Saturday September  28, 1PM-5:30PM

These Kayaking embayment programs take place close to shore, at the Maxwell Place beach. Programs are free and take place in a small bay area. All participants must know how to swim. Kids under 16 must paddle with a parent or an adult over 18. We supply the kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. It is first come first serve and when busy they have a paddle limit of about 20 minutes.  Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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May 5, 2013

Small Chick Big Deals Rebrand Launch Party at Village Pourhouse Saturday May 11 from 5-9pm

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Small Chick Big Deals Village Pourhouse 5-11-2013

‘Small Chick Big Deals’ (#SCBD) celebrates its rebrand and relaunch with fellow bloggers, contributors, and fans in Hoboken on Saturday, May 11th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Village Pourhouse. #SCBD founder, Sara Monica, is just a small chick with a big appetite for great food at affordable prices. In tough economic times, #SCBD has continued to deliver its readers the most delicious and budget-friendly foods throughout the tri-state area. The relaunch not only includes new branding and a site overhaul, but #SCBD is now accepting advertisers aiming to reach its exponentially growing readership!

“I started ‘Small Chick Big Deals’ while I interned at The Rachael Ray Show, when finding great deals while eating out was especially important,” says CEO and founder, Sara Monica. “When I started blogging, I had no idea I was going to gain so much recognition, support, and connections. It’s been a wonderful journey so far and I’m excited to take the next step in continuing to expand!”

The #SCBDLaunchParty event is sponsored by GTS Consultants, Inc, Urban Socialites, and Ubon’s BBQ Bloody Mary Mix, with additional local donors providing goodies for swag bags attendees will be receiving. Event attendees will enjoy drink specials, including the ‘Big Deal Martini,’ which will be centered around an Instagram contest for the best photo of the signature drink using the #SCBDLaunchParty hashtag.

Additional information is often readily available via the #SCBD Facebook and Twitter pages, where content is updated once or twice weekly. Blog subscribers will also receive periodic email blasts with exclusive inside information. #SCBD has continued adding to its team of contributors to provide other perspectives including local food events, special deals, recipes, and a variety of other foodie topics! #SCBD celebrated it’s one year anniversary on January 11, 2013 and was nominated for the friendsEAT ‘Best Blogger’ contest in 2012.

To RSVP got to: http://scbdlaunchparty.eventbrite.com/

For more information please contact Sara at: sara@smallchickbigdeals.com

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March 11, 2013

Dishcrawl Foodie Crawl to Debut in Hoboken March 20, 2013 – Get tickets now

Filed under: Hoboken,Restaurants,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:45 PM

TheBoken.com is teaming up with HobokenGirl.com to help promote this new culinary event Dishcrawl….

Dish Crawl Hoboken 3-20-2013Dishcrawl with debut on Wednesday, March 20th, at 7pm in Hoboken!   At Dishcrawl’s events, our ticket-holders visit four restaurants in one night, sampling each restaurant’s specialties and meeting the chefs or owners. It’s like a pubcrawl- but with food!

Tickets are only $45. All food is included in the ticket price. You can view the event online at dishcrawl.com/hoboken.

The news gets even better

HobokenGirl.com is giving you the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to this fabulous event! Hoboken Girl will attending and exploring four of the city’s most tantalizing eateries, each boasting 3 unique chef chosen specialties, guaranteed to delight your taste buds. The locations of the restaurants will be kept a secret until 48 hours before the event – but HobokenGirl.com may just leak a restaurant or two early.

Tickets are being sold here: http://dishcrawl.com/hobokendebut/ and can be purchased for $45 each. 3 chef specialties x 4 restaurants = 12 dishes that you get to treat yourself to!

Dishcrawl, a California-based start-up is expanding and heading to to our little city of Hoboken this spring. The company was founded on the goal of bringing people together through delicious food and good company. With over 200 gourmet Restaurants nestled within a square mile, Hoboken Dishcrawl brings the culinary excitement of New York City without the dreadful commute or exorbitant prices.

The best part about it is that it’s a guessing game! Dishcrawl is keeping the names of the restaurants we will be visiting a secret for now, but here and there we’ll give you some hints. Follow @Dishcrawlhob and @HobokenGirlBlog and be the first to know!

Where to Meet Up: All ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event.

Vegetarian? Vegetarian options are available, however we may not be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions. If you have any particular requests or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Now, to enter the GIVEAWAY for TWO FREE TICKETS to the 3/20 event!

You have two easy options:

Option 1:

  • 1. Share this post on Facebook (Follow Dishcrawl Hoboken)
  • 2. Comment on Hoboken Girl’s thread below with your name and that you’ve entered via FB!

Option 2:

  • 1. Share this post on Twitter (Follow @dishcrawlhob)
  • Comment on Hoboken Girl’s thread below with your name that you’ve entered via Twitter!

http://hobokengirl.com/attn-foodies-introducing-dishcrawl-hoboken-win-2-free-tickets/

Easy as could be…but if you can’t wait to see if you’ve won (Giveaway ends tomorrow Tuesday, March 12th), make sure to purchase your tickets here – seats are limited!

 

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December 13, 2012

Mayor Zimmer Prepared Remarks on Small Businesses Hurt by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Dawn Zimmer testifed before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, December 13th. She discussed the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on Hoboken and the challenges still faced with the recovery process. She will also meet with Members of Congress to highlight the unmet needs of businesses and residents. Her prepared remarks before the committee are below….

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Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship – December 13, 2012

Prepared Testimony Presented by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer

“Good morning Chairwoman Landrieu and Committee members. It’s a privilege to be here today.

My name is Dawn Zimmer and I am the Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Hoboken is located just across the Hudson River from New York City. We are proud to be the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra and home of the Cake Boss. More than 50,000 residents and hundreds of businesses call our square mile city their home, which is why we are one of the most densely populated cities in America – more than New York City. We are proud to be one of the most walkable communities in the country, and we rank number one in per capita use of public transportation for commuting. We’re a vibrant urban community filled with hundreds of boutiques, restaurants, and outdoor cafes.

But Hurricane Sandy was devastating for Hoboken, our businesses and our residents. For the first time in history, the Hudson River spilled into Hoboken from the north and south, flooding more than half our city. Our community center, public works garage, three of our four fire houses, and more than 1700 homes flooded. We estimate the total damage to our community at well over $100 million.

Thankfully our main street, Washington Street, did not flood, and is again open for business. But hundreds of businesses located off of our main street were severely flooded.

Even the businesses that did not flood have been severely impacted because one of our principal means of transportation to New York, the PATH train, was flooded and still has not been restored. Many businesses report up to a 60 percent reduction in business due to the difficulty of getting to and from Hoboken.

Some businesses that flooded remain closed or are forced to operate at an alternate location as they try to navigate the insurance gauntlet.

I call it an insurance gauntlet because the National Flood Insurance Program is not designed to meet the needs of the built urban environment.

I believe there is a fundamental unfairness in the system that I respectfully ask Congress to address.

When businesses located in a flood zone buy their properties, they are forced to purchase flood insurance by their mortgage companies. But the Flood Insurance Program treats garden style businesses as if they were “basements.” And under FEMA’s definition of a “basement,” the coverage is greatly limited to only include things like the boiler, hot water tanks, and electrical control panels.

These rules do not reflect the reality that in places like Hoboken, New York City, and other urban areas, the premises characterized as basements house vibrant businesses and principal residences which are critical elements to the vibrancy of our cities.

A store or apartment that requires you to walk down one or two steps is plain and simply not a basement. The business owners and residents who work and live in these stores and homes are required to buy flood insurance, are required to pay premiums into the flood insurance system, yet they receive virtually no coverage.

After having paid flood insurance premiums for years, many discover for the first time that their claims are denied because the flood insurance they were required to purchase does not actually insure them.

What we have is unfortunately not a rule that protects against moral hazard, but a trap that victimizes people at their time of greatest need.

For many businesses, their only option is a loan from the Small Business Administration. But almost all business owners I’ve spoken with tell me they can’t afford more debt. But they do need help, and we are at risk of losing the small businesses that make our communities special, so I respectfully ask that this committee and the Congress consider other options for providing direct relief to our small business owners.

Unfortunately, those businesses without flood insurance who do seek assistance from the SBA will be the next victims caught in the flood insurance trap. If they are able to receive an SBA loan, they will be required to get flood insurance and pay into a program that offers virtually no assistance for their urban garden style business. Their insurance costs will go up excessively, but unless Congress takes action to address the definition of a “basement” – or the coverage provided to those units – then the garden style business or home owner will be forever caught funding a flood insurance system that fails to benefit them in any meaningful way.

The inequity of the system is apparent when we see homeowners receiving $250,000 in coverage for vacation homes on the shore while primary homes and businesses fall through the cracks of the flood insurance program.

In the immediate term, I strongly urge Congress to provide direct assistance for businesses and residents caught in the flood insurance trap. Specifically, I ask you to take action to address the unfair basement issue for the future.

I suggest that rather than denying people coverage, businesses and residents should be given incentives to invest in taking the necessary steps to reduce the impact of flooding.

For example, there could be a system of encouraging the installation of energy efficient waterless tanks on higher floors that can be installed in closets.

But the current system does not provide incentives – it just inflicts pain on innocent victims at a time when they are most vulnerable.

I thank you so much for your willingness to listen to our concerns and for the opportunity to speak with you today.”

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November 29, 2012

All Saints Episcopal Parish Sounds of the Season Concert December 1st 6:30pm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 9:50 AM

The All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken located at 707 Washington Street in Hoboken  is having a concert for the Season of Advent and Christmas. This features a program sung by the choir of the All Saints Episcopal Parish. The date is Saturday December 1st, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

All Saints Episcopal Parish
707 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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November 11, 2012

The Pumpkin Spice French Press at Maroon

Filed under: Hoboken,Restaurants,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Marley Lynch @ 12:45 PM

Here is a review of Maroon Coffee Shop in Hoboken by Marley Lynch…..

The Pumpkin Spice French Press at Maroon has me hooked. Pair it with one of their densely delicious pumpkin scones, and I’m flying high. In fact, I haven’t been back to Dunkin all season. Maroon stole my caffeine heart.

Maroon (along with many other business in Hoboken) was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy, so I’ve been making an effort to frequent these smaller establishments  as they bravely get back on their feet. This little coffee gem with assorted homemade croissants, scones, espresso, coffees, tea and more  is located just blocks from my apartment at 7th and Willow. I’m KICKING myself for only discovering it recently.

The staff exudes a quiet, unpretentious coffee confidence and prepares each cup – stay or takeaway – with love and care. The fabulous French Press takes about 5 minutes longer (it says right on the blackboard) to make, but it is OH SO worth it. Choose from Pumpkin Spice, Toasted Almond, Tiramisu, etc. etc. etc.

My boyfriend Mike (who is on a constant quest for the perfect European-style cappuccino) has found happiness in their lovely, frothy espresso cup – paired of course with one of their dark chocolate croissants.

So you get the picture. I urge all my fellow Hobokenites to get out there and EAT and DRINK at these small businesses to help ‘em out a little after that wench Sandy came to town. Enjoy!

Maroon on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/maroon-hoboken

Maroon Website: https://sites.google.com/site/marooncoffeeandtea/

Maroon

Adress: 638 Willow Ave, corner of 7th St Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-222-1428
Email: marooncoffeeandtea@gmail.com

Hours:
Mon-Fri 6am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 8am – 7pm

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