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June 17, 2013

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund June 19th

Here is a way to enjoy some select Hoboken eateries and participate in a fundraiser for a good cause this Wednesday in Hoboken….

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Relief Fund  June 19th 

Dine and or Drink out on June 19th to show we are Jersey Strong! Restaurants and bars are donating a portion of their proceeds for the night to The Fund.  The Shannon of Hoboken is proudly participating on June 19th.  They  will have specials running all night where 100% of those profits will go directly to
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Other Hoboken restaurants will be participating below as well.

Dine Out Day - Hurricane Sandy June-19-2013

Here is the list of participating Hoboken establishments:

  • Amanda’s Restaurant – 908 Washington Street
  • Anthony Davids – 953 Bloomfield Street
  • Bin 14 Wine Bar – 1314 Washington Street
  • Carlo’s Bakery – 95 Washington Street
  • Elysian Cafe -  1001 Washington Street
  • Onieal’s Restaurant – 343 Park Avenue
  • The Shannon Hoboken – 106 First Street
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January 10, 2013

Bin 14 Wine Bar Wine Tasting Saturday January 19th 2013 2-4pm

Here is an upcoming wine tasting at Hoboken’s Bin 14 Wine Bar….
Event: A Biodynamic Wine Tasting from the South of France
Date and Time:  Saturday January 19th, 2013, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Bin 14 Wine Bar
Address: 1314 Washington Street, Hoboken NJ
Phone: 201-963-9463
Bin 14 Wine Event - South of France 1-19-2013
Description:
This very special tasting will introduce guests to six wines from Chateau Maris, based in the Languedoc region in the South of France.  Chateau Maris’ vineyards are certified 100% organic and biodynamic, a reflection of their love for the earth.  The Chateau itself is built from hemp bricks, which actually absorb the CO2 from the wine fermentation process.  Having built much of the Bin 14 wine bar from repurposed materials, owner/Chef Anthony Pino is a believer in green principles and is proud to present these special wines.
Presented by Jacques Herviou of Natural Selection Wines
Price: $65 per person (excluding tax & gratuity).  Price includes tasting of 6 wines and a 3-course food pairing.
For Reservations: call 201-963-9463 or email info@bin14.com
For more info about the hemp winery, you’ll find this article interesting:  http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show?id=47729
Web address:
Chateau Maris’ web address:
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April 11, 2012

The Great Outdoors: 10 Tips to Eating/Drinking Outside from Hoboken’s Drunken Polar Bear

It’s getting warmer and summer is right around the corner.  We’ve slowly inched up the thermometer to shorts and hoodie weather (the best time of year).  Living in Hoboken, warmer weather brings us beautiful tree-lined streets, waterfront walkways, plenty of parks and outdoor seating any many bars and restaurants.  After many years in Hoboken, I’ve amassed some best practices to dinning and drinking outside in Hoboken.  I’m sure I will miss a thing or two so please add to it in the comments below.

(Editorial note: unlike other local blogs, I promise not to launch into a low carb induced childish diatribe on why the city doesn’t let bars/restaurants open outdoor seating before April 1st.  Normally, it’s very cold between Dec  1st and April 1st so it’s not worth the pixels.  And it’s spring – be happy!)

  1. Pick the Place – the first, and most obvious step, is picking where you’re going to enjoy the outdoors.  I thought about making a list, but with bars/restaurants changing their outdoor layout year to year it’s always changing.  Regardless, I estimate there are over 75 places to sit outside.
  2. Time It Right – Bin 14 has 90 minute wait for outside seating at 8pm on a Saturday night?  Shocking!  Many other Hobokenites like you will be flocking to locales with outdoor seating for happy hour and weekend dinners.  Get there early and have a few cocktails first to guarantee a good seat.
  3. Have a Back Up Plan – especially on those nice days there are going to be some long waits on good outdoor seating.  If your plan is to enjoy the outdoors, pick a backup bar nearby in case the wait is too long.
  4. Rooftop Ruckus – there are only two rooftop bars/restaurants in Hoboken (City Bistro & Dubliner) and they are always crowded.  While City Bistro is just a deck with no tables, I have found a great time to sneak up to the Dubliner roof is early evening (5-7pm) where you can probably grab a table.
  5. On the Waterfront – just like the rooftops there are just a few options for waterfront seating on Sinatra drive.  Plan ahead and make a reservation.  And cross your fingers.
  6. Dress the Part – if you’re walking around town your blood is flowing and you’re going to get warm, but when you’re sitting outside eating and drinking it’s going to be cold and a little windy.  Bring an extra coat, sweater, sweatshirt, shawl, etc.  Sunglasses are also a must.
  7. Find a Good Special – tons of bars and restaurants have great happy hour and daytime specials.  Nothing beats enjoying the afternoon outside with a bucket of cold beers or sangria pitchers.
  8. Crammed Quarters – in an ideal world there would be big couches and plush chairs we can sit on outside, but most outdoor seating in a little tighter than normal.  Don’t bring too much with you (bags and stuff) and be flexible about moving around a little bit.
  9. Thar’ She Blows – shocking to nobody in Hoboken, it gets windy from time to time.  Napkins, food, glasses, silverware all gets whisked away from time to time.  Make sure to be ready for the winds.
  10. People Watching – one of my and many outdoor enthusiast’s favorite urban sports.  Besides enjoying the weather and fine food/drink, the best part of sitting outside is taking in all the foot traffic.  Have fun with it!

In no way is this a comprehensive list, but here a few good places to sit outside by area:

-          Uptown – City Bisto, Pilsener Haus, Bin 14, Liberty Bar, Madison

-          Midtown – Elysian, Turtle Club, Mikie Squared, Stacks, East LA, Far Side, O’ Sullivans

-          Downtown – Brass Rail, McSwiggans, 1 Republik, Texas Arizona, Marty O’Briens, Dubliner, 4L’s

-          Waterfront – 340 Grill, Quays, Trinity, Wicked Wolf

Where’s your favorite bar/restaurant to each outside? Any other tips?

The Drunken Polar Bear

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February 6, 2012

Bin 14′s Valentines Day Menu -Tuesday February 14, 2012

Bin 14′s had their Valentines Day Tuesday February 14, 2012 menu ready. Bin 14 is currently Hoboken’s only wine bar.  They are having three seating for that night at 6:00pm, 7:45pm and 9:30pm. The cost is $65 per person and there will be wine and cocktail specials.

It is highly recommended that you call to check for availability at 201-963-WINE (p463).

Below is the lineup prepared by Chef Anthony Pino:

First Course

  • Arugula, Frisee, English Cucumber, Breakfast Radishes, Crispy Shallots, Herbed Vinaigrette
  • Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Lemons, Limes, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Roma Tomato, Red Onion
  • Ricotta Cavatelli Carbonara, Roasted Butternut Squash, Egg Yolk, Pecorino
  • Spiced Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, Arugula, Olive Oil, Olives, Pecorino

Second Course

  • Crispy Duck Breast, Potato Hash(Roasted Peppers, Peas, Thyme), Zinfandel Reduction
  • Braised Short Rib, Gorgonzola Spiked Polenta, Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Seared Sea Scallops, Cauliflower Puree, Roasted Baby Fennel, Blood Orange Beurre Blan

Dessert

Cheesecake, Graham Cracker Crumbles, Gran Marnier Mixed Berry, Compote, Mini Zeppoles

V-Day Menu Link: http://bin14.com/pdf/BIN14_ValentinesDay_Menu.pdf

Bin 14 Hoboken

Address: 1314 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.963.Wine
Website: www.bin14.com

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June 2, 2011

Bin 14 Uncorked – Hoboken’s Premier Wine Bar

Bin 14

Address: 1314 Washington Street, Hoboken (near SW corner of 14th)

Website: http://www.bin14.com/

Bin_14(2)Vino, grape juice, classy time, Jesus juice – whatever you call wine, it’s no shock that it’s a popular spirit of choice for many Hobokenites.  Now this may come as a surprise to you readers, but wine is not my first alcohol choice.  Or second.  Or fourth.  I am a beer, scotch, whiskey and gin man.  It may be a walking male stereotype, but I like it.  However, impending adulthood, social situations and my girlfriend have dictated that I drink wine occasionally at dinner and fancy places.  Even so, it was with some reluctance that I agreed to review Bin 14.  Snowflake, my girlfriend, loves wine so much so that she is actually collecting corks for a cork board (witty huh?).  So after some well placed suggestions I finally agreed to go.

Bin 14 is a popular place and we were going to eat, and we tried to get reservations in the 7:30ish range, but the only times we could get were 6 or 9:30.  Hanging on to my youth at age 27, there was no way I was going in with the early bird crowd so we took the 9:30 reservation.  We were just a few minutes late (misjudged the walking time), but got there and were seated right away.  We were given the choice of seating, but chose the patio (5-6 tables) since it was a nice night.

Wine-Cellar Feel

Before sitting down I did a little tour of the interior of Bin 14.  It’s not very large – 15 tables and a bar with 15ish stools – but it doesn’t feel cramped.  Seating was mostly tables of 2 with a few larger ones for groups.  In the wall behind the bar are racks and racks of wine bottles.  Overall, the atmosphere and design of Bin 14 is very elegant and “lives up to expectations” as Snowflake told me.  Even with a penchant for dive bars, I can say I was impressed with the look and feel for Bin 14.

Excellent Service and Wine Selection

With great trepidation I sat down and opened up the wine menu, which is quite robust and well organized.  Upon asking our waiter I was told there were 80+ wines offered and 50+ came by the glass – certainly a large selection.  Before ordering food, it was time for my first glass of wine.  In what was a recurring theme of the evening, the service and staff is absolutely outstanding.  Who I assumed to be the manager  (wasn’t dressed like waiters) actually came out to take our first drink order and instead of rushing to get the order actually spoke with us for a couple of minutes about wine selections and made some great recommendations – a great change of pace from most restaurants/bars.  In another impressing move our first glasses of wine were actually poured from the bottle in front of us to show us the label and ensure we were getting what was ordered.

Adventurous & Fun Menu

Having my wine nerves calmed somewhat I opened up the menu to find an adventurous selection of food.  There are a lot of interesting combinations and dishes, but what I liked about the menu was that it wasn’t over priced and it offered a lot of smaller dishes you could pick on for a snack or order a bunch for a meal.  We started with the sweet potato fries with chipotle and cinnamon, meatballs and beef tartare, truffles, parmesan and quail egg bruschetta (pictured).  The fries had a fun taste to them and the meatballs had a perfect hint of garlic.  I especially enjoyed the beef tartare bruschetta when Snowflake was not a fan of the egg on top, pushing it my way.  We split a pizza with Prosciutto di Parma, fig, ricotta for dinner with a second round of wine.

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Great Spot in Hoboken

Overall, Bin 14 was a great and relaxing experience.  The food was adventurous, but very tasty.  The wine selection is robust and you really get the feel of being in a wine cellar at Bin 14.  Even with the fun menu, I would say the service at Bin 14 is its true highlight.  Throughout our entire visit, we were treated politely, not rushed and the wait staff spent the time to talk to us and make appropriate wine recommendations.  Bin 14 isn’t a typical bar down by the PATH since you need to be seating at a table or bar, but definitely worth checking out and indulging your pallet for a change or as a great date night spot.

You could pick the next bar to review!  Post suggestions in the comment section below.

The Drunken Polar Bear.

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May 8, 2010

A Bin 14 Wine Tasting – May 8th

Filed under: bin 14,Tapas / Small Plates,Wine — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 8:00 AM

Bin 14 Join the Hoboken Happy Hour Group for a fun filled Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting @ Bin 14 Wine Bar in Hoboken! Saturday, May 8th 2:00-4:00.

Bring friends or come alone. It’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon while sipping wines and enjoying delicious foods while meeting fellow Hobokenites in town.

$35 per person plus tax & gratuity, which includes THREE wine pours plus a spread of appetizers included.

RSVP Required! Last time we filled to capacity and had a waiting list!

YOU MUST RSVP TO TIFFSHEN2@AOL.COM. Replying on Facebook will not guarantee you a spot at our tasting.

Come an experience a taste of BIN 14, located on Washington Street, between13th and 14th, closer to Madisons.

Don’t miss this one!

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January 16, 2010

Bin 14 Sets the Bar

Filed under: bars and nightlife,Restaurants — Tags: — Victoria @ 1:18 PM

by VR Scavo

It’s the new year and you finally scored a date with the cutie you have been eyeing for months — now you just have to find a place to go.

Don’t worry, we got you covered. Pick up the phone right now and call this number for a reservation: (201) 963-WINE.

This is the direct line to Bin 14, Hoboken’s first and only wine bar located on the upper end of Washington Street near 14th. Under the guidance of Chef-Owner Anthony Pino — also chef and owner of The Dining Room at Anthony David’s — this little place sets the bar high with its savory menu and, as expected, an extensive wine list. When we asked the bartender what was good, she looked us dead in the eye and said, “Everything.” And we believed her.

The menu is tapas style so you can order as little or as much as you like and all is perfect for sharing with your date, giving you the opportunity to get close. Various cheeses, cured meats, and salads make for great starters, but do not leave without trying a few of the different types of bruschetta, each served on a small slice of toasted Italian bread. Note: The wild mushroom, pecorino and truffle is phenomenal.

Also offered on the menu are sharing plates with petite portions. Some of the standouts are the fried risotto with fontina served with salsa verde and the grilled octopus, andouille, cannellini, and cauliflower. Pizzas are personal-sized, order the traditional margherita style or get creative with lobster complemented with garlic, spinach, and mascarpone cheese.

Mezza entrees, or half portions, include grilled hanger steak with chili fries, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass with creamy polenta and romesco, and potato gnocchi with oxtail ragout and red onion gastrique. Nightly specials are also available.

The wine list features more than 100 wines, but is easy to navigate with headings such as: Light and Crisp White, White Rich and Full, Red Light and Fruity, and Red Rich and Structured. And with 2-ounce pours, it is easy to try as many as you like. Once you find the right match for your palette, opt for a 6-ounce pour or a bottle.

The interior has the feel of being in your own private wine vault. One side of the narrow room has wine bottles as high as the ceiling. Wooden tables with crisp place settings are neatly aligned against an exposed brick wall on the opposing side. An added bonus is the staff, which is cheerful, friendly and accommodating.

Seatings are available on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., with a late night menu available until 1:30 a.m. The rest of the week is not restricted to seatings, but reservations are strongly recommended. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with a late night menu available from 10 to 11 p.m. The wine bar is also open for lunch during week and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Wine enthusiasts are welcome to try for a seat at the bar on any night, but good luck, with this food-and-wine pairing, you may also find yourself on the waiting list.

Bin 14
1314 Washington Street
Hoboken

(201) 963-WINE (9463)
www.bin14.com

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