Biggies New Clam Bar Makes a Big Splash in Hoboken – Review by the Drunken Polar Bear
The latest review from the Drunken Polar Bear on this recently opened establishment…
Biggie’s Clam Bar
Address: 42 Newark Street (between Hudson & River)
Biggie’s Clam Bar – a staple for those who live back (west) in town. Not known for fancy décor, I have always heard those who regularly visit Biggie’s praise about the food. I have to plead guilty and admit I have only been there a handful of times even though I have lived back in that area for 4 years. So when the new Biggie’s location opened up at the site of the Clam Broth House I was curious to check it out joined by my girlfriend (Snowflake), our resident brunch expert Christin and her brunch buddy.
Before I spent my night at Biggie’s I did a little research on their website and found some cool facts about Biggies:
- This new location is their 4th! In addition to the original Biggies in Hoboken, they have restaurants in Carlstadt, NJ and south in Tennessee. Cool.
- Biggie’s was actually opened in 1946 by Jospeh Yaccarino, who was 1 of 12 Italian children who actually used the name “Biggie” when he performed as a comedian
- Biggie’s is now managed by its fourth generation! A big kudos to them.
I had only been in the new Clam Broth house once in the past few years, but from what I could remember the bar took up a lot of space. Biggie’s went the opposite direction with their remodel and really opened up the space. The front bar “L” bar is still there, but Biggies now has a lot more tables and booths for patrons to eat in. By my count, there were 20+ HD TVs (impressive) and I could easily catch 3 games at once. For the interior, there is a lot of nice woodwork, which is simple but nice. Biggie’s also added an “Established 1946 Hoboken” neon sign out front which was really cool. Overall, Biggie’s didn’t do a complete face-lift, but definitely improved the space.
Ironic as it may be, this polar bear did not partake in Biggie’s clams. I dabble in seafood from time to time (love stuffed clams), but the Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Steak had my name written all over it. Have no fear, TheBoken’s trusty editor sampled the clams during its opening last week and ensured me they are delicious. Other orders in our group – shrimp po’boy, cheeseburger, and crab cake sandwich. Each order looked pretty tasty and were accompanied by a generous helping of large waffle fries.
As for the drinks, Biggie’s caught me a little off guard with their extensive offering. By my count there were over 50+ beers on draught/bottle, a decent wine list, 7 signature drinks and a bunch of martinis. We lucked out as Tuesday was $4 craft beer night and $5 martinis. Nobody ordered martinis (even though I was close…). I had two craft beers – a pale ale and apricot wheat – both were good. I don’t know if it’s published, but we at TheBoken always try and get you specials hot off the presses:
- Monday – Friday: 3-6pm, $2 off drafts, $4 house wines
- Monday: $5 margaritas
- Tuesday: $3 Blue Moon drafts and Bar Bingo at 9pm
- Wednesday: $4 craft beer draught and $5 martinis
- Thursday: $2 off all Miller products
- Friday/Saturday: Late night happy hour from 10-midnight
- Sunday: $5 glass/$15 pitchers of Sangria
When we arrived (730pm) Biggie’s was ¾ full, but the whole restaurant was full an hour later. Impressive for a Wednesday. The crowd was a good mix of old/young, dates/groups and it was a fun atmosphere. Our waitress was very helpful from the start. She made some recommendations on beer choices when we asked, got the food out quick, had a smile and checked on us throughout the meal. From observing the whole place, it appeared that good service was a big focus for the Biggie’s team.
A week into their new location Biggie’s has chartered the right course (I had to use one ocean pun!). With the remodel, the new location has the feel of part sports bar/part restaurant. With the major sports bars in town always crowded it’s always great to have another place to wet your whistle and catch the game. Where Biggie’s has the advantage on other sports bars is their menu. Having served Hoboken for 65+ years now, the Biggie’s family knows how to make some great clams, seafood and cheese steaks – a definite advantage over their competitors.
The next bar review or column can be your suggestion! Post it in the comments and it will be my next adventure.
The Drunken Polar Bear