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December 6, 2012

Restore Our Shore Event at City Bistro, Hoboken Monday December 17, 2012 7-10 PM

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Here is the latest in Hurricane Sandy fundraisers to come accross TheBoken.com’s path….

HURRICANE SANDY BENEFIT EVENT

Restore Our Shore Event at City Bistro, Hoboken

Monday December 17, 2012 7-10PM

Working to Restore, Rebuild, and Recover Everyone’s Favorite Shoreline, Restore Our Shore to hold event at City Bistro

Restore Our Shore is proud to be throwing a benefit event with their event partner, City Bistro, to help the communities on the New Jersey Shore that were so brutally affected by Superstorm Sandy. All are welcome.

EVENT DETAILS:
Name: Restore Our Shore Benefit Event
Date: Monday, December 17th
Time: 7-10PM Location: City Bistro, 56 14th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Info: $25 entry fee at the door will entitle guests to one free drink ticket & complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction, Live music from DJ Kevin and 50/50 Raffle.
All door, silent auction and raffle proceeds go to Restore Our Shore.

About Restore Our Shore:
Restore Our Shore is a philanthropic movement founded by a group of New Jersey volunteers eager to recover their beloved Jersey Shore following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. In partnership with the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation, a certified NJ 501c3, Restore Our Shore acts as the link between generous donors and worthy local charities that are working to restore, rebuild and recover shore communities down the New Jersey coast.

For more details on the Restore Our Shore campaign:

Website: www.RestoreOurShore.com
www.Facebook.com/restoreourshorenj
www.Twitter.com/sosjerseyshore

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May 21, 2012

Photo of the Day- Lamborghini Outside City Bistro

Filed under: City Bistro,Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 8:40 AM

Lamborghini  Hoboken 5-20-2012 HDR

Today’s photo of the day is from yesterday outside of City Bistro. TheBoken.com was having dinner with friends and a post opened up for this car. This was not just any car but what appears to be a Lamborghini. At TheBoken.com we are not car guys but did you know Lamborghini got its start making tractors after World War II? While many a car enthusiast would love the ride above could you imagine riding around in Hoboken with the vehicle below? It would be a real Green Acres moment if anyone did.

Lamborghini Tractor

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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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October 18, 2011

City Bistro Halloween Bash October 29th

City Bistro at 56 14th Street in Hoboken is hosting their Halloween Bash on Staurday October 29th, 2011. They will have a live DH,  Stoli Chocolat Raspzberi drink specials all night and awards for a Best Costume Contest for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Call 201-963-8200 for more information.

City Bistro Halloween Bash in Hoboken 10-29-2011

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September 16, 2011

Hoboken Green Drinks next event September 27th City Bistro 6-9pm

Filed under: City Bistro,Drink Specials,Hoboken — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:00 PM

Here is a note from Holly on behalf of Hoboken Green Drinks….

Hoboken Green DrinksHope everyone had a great summer!  Our September Green Drinks event will be on Tuesday, September 27th.

Where: City Bistro (Roof Top), 56-58 14th Street, Hoboken

When: Tuesday, September 27nd, 6pm-9pm

Drink specials will be available from 6-9pm, extending their Happy Hour for us.  There will also be a $5 food menu on the roof as well.  Hope to see you there!

P.S.  At the last Green Drinks, we learned about Hoboken’s new single stream recycling program. Please note: no coat hangers or plastic bags.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/QLCs-Committee-for-A-Green-Hoboken/131885020215142

Website: http://www.qlchoboken.org/about

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.

The mother ship that started it all: http://www.greendrinks.org/

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September 9, 2011

Hoboken Volunteers Meeting Wednesday September 14th at 8 pm at City Bistro

Filed under: Hoboken,Hoboken Volunteers — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 2:30 PM

HV_120x120_web_bannerHoboken Volunteers Team Meeting

Date and Time: Wednesday September 14th at 8 pm

Location: City Bistro at 58 14th Street, Hoboken

Hoboken Volunteers hopes you had a safe and enjoyable summer!

Please join them on Wednesday September 14th at 8 pm at City Bistro in Hoboken for their next team meeting.

This is their first uptown meeting so they hope you join them in learning about volunteer opportunities in Hoboken and helping them plan their fall fundraiser.

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May 27, 2011

The Weekend Ahead – Hoboken Bar Scene by DPB

DPB’s The Weekend Ahead

Summer is officially here!  That means warmer weather, longer weekends and for Hobokenites a significantly less crowded bar scene most weekends. 

Weather Outlook

We’re going to continue with our higher than normal temperatures throughout the weekend where the weather will be the same – 80’s, sunny with an occasional and local thunderstorm so it’s a great 3-day weekend to be out and especially at the beach since we may hit 90 on the thermometer Monday.

Memorial Day Weekend

Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, Hoboken will be substantially less crowded which means more parking and less crowded bars because of the mass exodus to shore points starting today.  Since this is a holiday weekend there isn’t a ton going on at local bars, but there are still a few good things to do.

Find a Roof Deck or Outdoor Seating

With gorgeous weather try a roof deck at the Dubliner or City Bistro

The Dubliner
Friday $3.50 domestic beers, $4.50 imports, $4.00 for well drinks, $5.00 for call drinks & 1/2 price martinis. 80oz Beer towers available; $12 Coors light, $14 Yuengling & $16 any other draft. Noon-9pm.
Saturday$10.00 pitcher of your choice of draft & 80oz Beer towers available; $12 Coors light, $14 Yuengling & $16 any other draft from noon – 7pm.

Also check out: Trinity, 340 Grill, Quays for outside, waterfront seating.

Try a New Bar or Restaurant!

Hoboken has over 100+ bars and dining options so if you’re in town this is a great time to check out those locales that are often crowded.  Or perhaps check out some of the places tucked away off Washington Street

Check out:Park & Sixth (Hoboken’s best Sandwich Shop), Leo’s Italian Restaurant (2nd & Grand) for dinner, or the Turtle Club (10th & Park) for drinks.

Coming Next Week: A review of local hot spot Bin 14

- The Drunken Polar Bear

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May 5, 2011

One Sweet Afternoon May 14th

Filed under: City,City Bistro — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 11:00 AM

One Sweet Afternnoon

Event: One Sweet Afternoon

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011 From 12:00 sharp to 1:30 or 2p.m.

Location: City Bistro Restaurant, Hoboken NJ

Please Sweet Dani B for a Spring cookie decorating party with cookie expert, Sweet Dani B! Cost of registration includes one Sweet Dani B Class Kit, her signature cookies and decorating supplies. Dani will share her signature tips and techniques as she guides us in creating three adorable Springtime cookies! Dani Fiori of www.SweetDaniB.com, specializes in designing the sweetest events, paper goods and cookie favors. Her cookie clients include Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Good Housekeeping. Sweet Dani B holiday cookies were featured in the December 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living and on the cover of Good Housekeeping in December 2010. Dani’s cookie decorating videos can be seen on SweetDaniBTV (hosted on You Tube), Martha’s website, and how2heroes.com In addition to teaching cookie icing, Dani will have her signature icing kits for sale as well as her sweet, pre packaged cookies which make great gifts and favors!

The registration deadline for this event is May 10th, 2011

To sign up go to: http://sweetdanib.wordpress.com/events/ $36 per Single Adult, Adult + One Child $56 (Age minimum: 3 years old). Sweet Dani B Icing Class Kit (take home) plus all icing and decorating supplies included *End times will vary depending on your speed of icing. If you are interested in hosting your own cookie decorating party email them at info@sweetdanib.com.

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March 24, 2011

Christin’s Morning Spoon: City Bistro Brunch

Filed under: Breakfast & Brunch,City Bistro,Restaurants — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christin DeMassi @ 3:00 PM

Christin’s Morning Spoon: City Bistro Brunch 

By New Contributor Christin DeMassi
  
Whether you need the hair of the dog to beat your booze blues or simply want to recap all that has happened in the past 48 hours, there is no better way to revive yourself and reminisce than Sunday brunch. It is the perfect way to extend the weekend before facing the manic work week.
 
I have wanted to start a breakfast/brunch blog for a few years, and there’s no better area to spotlight than the many great restaurants of Hoboken. Over the next few months I will try a new brunch place each weekend, helping you find your next go-to weekend morning spot.  
 
I woke up Sunday morning, eager to start my quest for the best brunch in Hoboken. Turning Point was first on my list, but the hour wait and my rumbling stomach forced me to leave it for another day.
 
I decided to try City Bistro on 14th Street between Washington and Hudson.  I’ve been to City Bistro for dinner and have enjoyed a fall Sunday Funday or two on their rooftop deck but never experienced their brunch.  
 
Again, I was faced with another thirty plus minute wait.  As I turned to walk out the door, disappointed by my first brunch adventure, the hostess suggested we try the upstairs lounge.  There were four high tables, plenty of bar space and a welcoming environment.  I was finally ready to enjoy a delicious meal!  Here’s my recap… 
 
You can’t go wrong with unlimited drinks and a delicious breakfast.  City Bistro offers a meal and unlimited Mimosa/Bloody Mary special for $19.95.  Since most of the menu options are approximately $10, if you are looking to have a few morning cocktails, it is worth it to try the special.  Unfortunately after a late night out I was not ready to begin drinking quite so early. 
 
The bread basket.  I always say that bread is the determining factor between a good restaurant and a bad one. Very few places offer bread with breakfast, so I was very surprised by the complimentary muffin, croissant and pastry spread. This was definitely the highlight of the meal. 
 
The menu is dominated by lunch options.  I know brunch should be a combination of breakfast and lunch, but the menu was dominated by lunch choices. There was a limited selection of breakfast items: pancakes, French toast and a few egg dishes. The majority of the menu focused on sandwiches, salads and pizzas.  
 
The food looked better than it tasted.  I ordered the pancakes with strawberries, bananas and vanilla maple syrup. Unfortunately it sounded and looked much better than it tasted. The strawberry banana topping was scant and the dry pancakes lacked the moist, mouthwatering taste I expect from pancakes.  My brunch buddy ordered the Florentine eggs Benedict with home fries. He liked the home fries (so did I!), but thought the eggs benedict left a bit to be desired. 
 
Attentive staff.  Usually when eating in the bar area, the bartender tends to ignore diners to focus on the customers at the bar.  In the upstairs lounge, the waiter came over numerous times to ensure we were enjoying our meal and had everything we needed.   We were encouraged to grab a drink and stay as long as we wanted, never feeling like we were being rushed through our meal to fit other diners in as quickly as possible. 
 
Out of a possible five spoons, I give City Bistro three. The atmosphere and staff were great, but it lacked the essentials for a delicious brunch.
 
This Sunday I’ll be venturing downtown to La Isla.  Stuffed French toast is my FAVORITE breakfast meal.  I’m very excited to see if it was good enough to challenge Bobby Flay.  Thanks for reading!

- Christin DeMassi

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March 25, 2010

Meet the Chef: City Bistro

Filed under: Meet the Chef,Restaurants — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 9:01 AM

In 2000 City Bistro opened its doors and arms to the Hoboken public.  The vision was simple; provide excellent service, coupled with exquisite food, in this casually elegant environment. From their famous pizzas to a carefully crafted menu which moves across all gambits, City Bistro has become a Hoboken standard for service, food quality, and a bar seen unparalleled but often imitated.

We got a chance to catch up with the man behind the menu. See what Chef Gonzalo Colin has to say below.

City Bistro's Chef, Gonzalo Colin

THE BOKEN:  What inspired you to become a chef?

CHEF COLIN:  Well, I started about 15 years ago working in NYC with Chef Scott Bryan. In 1995 Chef Bryan was Food and Wine Magazine’s top ten chef’s in the whole country. Right now he is chef and owner of Apiari – very elegant restaurant. He’s my mentor.


THE BOKEN:  How did you start gaining experience in the food industry?

CHEF COLIN:  I actually started working with Chef Bryan as a dishwasher at Indigo in the West Village and I really took up an interest in cooking.  I started saving my money to attend CIA – the Culinary Institute of America, when Scott Bryan took me under his wing and said you’re going to be my prep guy for four months, and I’ll teach you everything you need to know. He showed me all the basic techniques – how to make soups, stocks, sauces, etc.


THE BOKEN:
What made you feel you were ready to become a chef?

CHEF COLIN:  After those four months of prepping he said I was ready and he put me in the line – and that’s when I started to take action in the kitchen. And that is when I met chef Mario Batali – he is very good friends with Chef Scott Bryan. And that is when Babbo was one of his best restaurants around. After being around all these people, I realized I wanted to be a chef.


THE BOKEN:
What type of cuisine would you say City Bistro is?

CHEF COLIN:  City Bistro is new American food with a Mediterranean influence.  Neo-American with French influence. Bistro, like City Bistro, is a Russian word that means quickly. So at City Bistro we like to do simple food, fast. As you know, it’s very casual here. It’s a family restaurant.


THE BOKEN:
Where do you get your produce and meats from?

CHEF COLIN:  We try to use the local produce from Hudson County.  We like to keep everything local so it is always fresh.


THE BOKEN:
We see there are many things on the menu, do you have specials too?

CHEF COLIN:  Every night we have different specials. We have a soup special, an appetizer special, a fish special, and meat special. That’s the culture I want to get here.  Our menu items are great and we offer evening specials every night.


THE BOKEN:  What is the healthiest meal on the menu?

CHEF COLIN:  Our menu has many healthy chicken dishes along with excellent salads.

THE BOKEN: What has been your worst kitchen disaster?

CHEF COLIN:  The day after Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken!  We were packed all day long and we trying to serve hundreds of people and make them happy.


THE BOKEN:
If you can name one thing that is special about City Bistro what would it be?

CHEF COLIN:  Everything that comes out of the kitchen is made from scratch and we do not microwave anything!  Our Sunday weekend brunch is one of the best in Hoboken and I encourage all Hoboken residents and visitors to come out and try it.


THE BOKEN: Have you ever served a meal to a celebrity?

CHEF COLIN:  Yes, Eli Manning and his wife live next door and come in frequently.  They both enjoy healthy cooking such as grilled chicken, vegetables and mashed potato’s,  his wife loves the Bistro Salad with chicken and orders it every time.
When I worked at a Latin Restaurant in the city I cooked for Richard Gere.


THE BOKEN:
With all the restaurants in Hoboken, why should people come to City Bistro?

CHEF COLIN:  Here at City Bistro we are trying to push for healthy eating.  We make everything fresh and from scratch.  Our main dishes are excellent and our customers are happy.  I ask for Hoboken residents and visitors to experience City Bistro.

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