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August 9, 2013

Rosticeria Da gigi brings “Real Simple Honest Food” to the Mile Square – For Real!

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken HDR 8-9-2013

Rosticera Da gigi located at 916 Washington Street in Hoboken recently opened their doors to give Mile Square residents on the go the option of real simple honest food at reasonable prices. They are open from 7am-10pm Monday through Friday and 8am-10pm Saturday and Sunday which gives Hobokenites the option for breakfast lunch and dinner. TheBoken.com sampled both the breakfast option as well as a lunch option today and came away impressed given the fact that they recently just opened.

For breakfast, not being a huge fan of eggs (personal choice)  I opted for 7 grain toast, sausage, and home fries to coat my drunken stomach. The home fries were very good and the sausage was a lot like kielbasa but a bit different. Abe Froman the “Sausage King of Chicago”  would likely approve in the world of Ferris Bueller but in real life the sausage was very good as well. For an ala-carte breakfast it certainly hit the spot. The coffee was also delicious and had a strong bold flavor without being bitter.

For lunch and dinner this eatery has a choice of cold cut sandwiches, paninis and even dipped sandwiches. However where TheBoken.com think this casual eatery will makes its mark is in the roasted meats prepared on the premises. Hankering for a slice of beef brisket several hours later I came back and had the beef brisket with two sides including broccoli rabe. The brisket is simply to die for. Slow cooking is the key to this tasty dish and the flavor and the tenderness of the meat which could easily be cut with a butter knife make this a worthwhile regular place. Several long time residents that I know have already visited this place over a dozen times and find the pot roast, roast chicken and other slow cooked roasts a reason to keep coming back. Newer residents of Hoboken will also likely be attracted to this place as well as you can get a balanced lunch or dinner for only $9.95 with a nice portion of meat and two sides. I am sure most people who can follow simple directions could pull off a halfway decent brisket but who has the time to do it right? This is where Rosticera Da gigi will likely establish a niche.

I spoke to Mark Bogdanos, one of the owners before this place opened up and he passionately described his culinary vision for this establishment with an enthusiasm that I have not seen in quite some time. It is great when passion actually connects with execution and one can only hope through word of mouth this place is in business for some time. Below are more photos of the eatery and food options.….

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

Interior – some indoor seating

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

The sides including sausages, rice balls and stuffed calamari, and quinoa

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

Prime Rib – primed to be a best seller

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

Slow cooking is the key to tasty beast! KISS – Keep it simple stupid!

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

Sample Breakfast Plate

Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken

Beef Brisket Platter – Potential last meal request

Rosticeria Da gigi

Address: 916 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone: 201-710-5850

Menu: Rosticeria Da Gigi Hoboken Menu 8-9-2013

Hours: Monday -Friday 7am-10pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am-10pm

Editor’s Note: TheBoken.com pays full price for the meals it reviews unless otherwise noted.



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June 5, 2013

Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market to start Thursday June 6th from 2-7 pm

Fresh produce is back again in Uptown Hoboken on Thursdays with extended hours based on feedback from customers last year…

Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market

to start Thursday June 6th from 2-7 pm

Hoboken Uptown Farmer's MarketThe Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market, in conjunction with The Quality of Life Coalition, will be arriving soon, with proof in the form of strawberries, sweet corn, and those famous Jersey tomatoes.  Beginning June 6, and running through October, the market will be open Thursdays from 2 pm to 7 pm.  (The market will be closed on July 4 for the holiday.). The new, earlier opening time is in response to customer demand.  You wanted your veggies sooner, and the market is happy to deliver!  The convenient time and location at the corner of 13th and Hudson Streets ensures that residents of uptown Hoboken and beyond will have an opportunity to load up on some freshly picked salad greens for Thursday night’s dinner or a scrumptious blueberry pie for the weekend barbecue.

The Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market is excited to announce a few new vendors in the mix this season.  Alan’s Flower Farm, of Chesterfield, NJ will be joining the market each week with fresh cut flowers and produce from his farm.  Additionally, market-goers can look forward to live demonstrations and veggie education from Hoboken’s own Skinny Chef, Jennifer Iserloh, on the third Thursday of each month.  On the final Thursday of each month, Hobokenites can bring their dull kitchen knifes to the market, where Neil’s Sharpening Service will revive the blades to full tomato slicing capacity.

These new faces join returning vendors Stony Hill Farms of Chester, Gina’s Bakery of  Montclair, Hoboken Farms, and customer favorite, Dr. Pickle, who will happily give customers a sample of any of his briny, delicious olives, roasted peppers and pickles, of course!  As a certified ‘Jersey Fresh’ market, the customer can be assured that the fresh produce is grown right here in New Jersey.

As in years past, the market is committed to helping our neighbors in Hoboken who have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  At the end of each day, vendors are encouraged to donate leftover produce to the Hoboken Shelter, which is celebrating its thirtieth year of service to our community.  Additionally, eligible customers are welcome to use WIC (Women, Infants & Children Program) coupons with participating vendors.

Look for the Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll keep you updated on the deal of the day and what’s in season.

Remember – shopping at a Farmers’ Market is great for the local economy, your health and your carbon footprint.  Now, more than ever, it is important to support the New Jersey economy.  Shop Jersey Fresh!

Hoboken Uptown Farmer's Market produce #1

Hoboken Uptown Farmer's Market produce #2

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April 25, 2013

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Fundraiser at Pilsener Haus May 1st 6:30pm

Hoboken Cove Fundraiser Pilsener Haus 5-1-2013

The Hoboken Cove Boathouse will be having a fundraiser at the Pilsener Haus and Biergarten in Hoboken on May 1st. The festivities start at 6:30pm. Friends and family are welcome to enjoy food and drink for all ages. Proceeds from the event will be used to support community cove events, purchase kayaks, equipment and insurance to operate the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse.

Tickets are $30 and include a beer and grill item. The Pilsener Haus is located at 1442 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ

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March 22, 2013

Zylo Presents a Special Easter Sunday Brunch on March 31st – First Seating is 9am

Zylo Easter Brunch 3-31-2013 in Hoboken NJ

Zylo will be offering a Tuscan-inspired brunch buffet featuring a Roast Leg of Lamb, plus other brunch favorites like eggs florentine, quiche, a variety of salads and baked items in addition to their normal brunch offerings.  Easter brunch is $45 per person, and seating times are at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 2:45 pm.
Those wanting to enjoy an Easter dinner out with family or friends are invited to indulge in ZYLO’s full dinner menu, featuring a variety of Italian favorites, plus various Easter specials for the night.
Zylo is located at 222 River Street on the ground floor of the luxurious W Hotel. Call 201-253-2500 to reserve your spots now.
Zylo Outside
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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!

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


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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March 1, 2013

City of Hoboken 2nd Annual Hoboken Irish Festival March 13, 2013 3-10pm

The City of Hoboken is hosting the 2nd Annual Hoboken Irish Festival Wednesday March 13, 2013 from 3pm-10pm as a family alternative to the all out party atmosphere of either Lepre-con or the former Hoboken Irish Parade aftermath. Details below…..

The City Of Hoboken presents

2nd Annual Hoboken Irish Festival

Wednesday March 13, 3-10pm

Food and Beverages by Anthony David’s

Hoboken Irish Festival 3-13-2013Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken present a new St Patrick’s celebratory tradition, the Hoboken Irish Festival, scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 3:00 to 10:00pm in Sinatra Park at 4th Street and Sinatra Drive.

Admission to the Festival is free. It will feature live performances by The Prodigals, Gold n’Brown, Will O’Connor, Colin Nisbet, the Jersey City Firefighters Pipe Band and more. There will be activities for entire family: step dancing, face painting, crafts, and a demo by the Hoboken Hurling Club. Acclaimed Hoboken Chef Anthony Pino and the Anthony David’s team will make festival goers’ dining choices extra special his year. Chef Pino’s On The Flipside burger shack will be present with its sizzling grills. This burger stand was a hit at the uptown Hoboken Family Farmers’ Market, and will bring a first taste of warm weather to the fest. Anthony David’s is also thrilled to be offering an eternal Irish classic at a special Fish n’ Chips station. And in the spirit of the holiday, Chef Pino’s wine bar Bin 14 will be wheeling in the beers: a beer trailer will serve Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s.

“As longtime Hoboken residents and businesspeople, we are really excited to be contributing our efforts to this fun, family event,” says Chef Pino. “We will be sharing a portion of our proceeds with the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund, be cause it’s important to remember that some of our neighbors are still feeling the effects of Sandy, and they need our help.”

For more information about the Festival, call 201 4202207, or visit the City of Hoboken website: http://www.hobokennj.org/event/hoboken-irish-festival/

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February 12, 2013

Hoboken’s Own Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh Seeks Crowdfunding Support To Begin Production For Healthy Sauces

Here is a crowd funding opportunity to help a local Hoboken entrepreneur Jennifer Iserloh get her sauces into production….

Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh Tees Up Superfood Sauce Line

Skinny Chef Seeks Crowdfunding Support To Begin Production, Making Healthy Cooking at Home Easier and More Delicious

Jennifer Iserloh, the Skinny Chef, is readying a new line of delicious superfood sauces designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and support her commitment to natural weight loss.

Jennifer Iserloh - Hoboken's Skinny Chef with her sauces

Each of the four sauces – Goji Espresso, Cherry Chipotle, Pomegranate Cayenne and Blazin’ Blueberry – can be used with a variety of meats and vegetables for grilling, broiling, baking, marinating and finishing. At approximately 35 calories per serving and with only 40 mg sodium per 2 tablespoons, they are ideal for anyone who is pre-diabetic, needs to control their sodium intake or is on a low-carb diet. The sauces are also packed with a nutritional boost thanks to their superfood ingredients.

A certified health coach, renowned healthy cooking expert and best selling author, Iserloh is working to finance the initial production of her superfood sauce line by raising a minimum of $25,000 through the indiegogo.com crowdfunding platform. The indiegogo online platform (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/skinny-chef-superfood-sauces) encourages individuals to collectively help entrepreneurs bring new products and businesses to life through contributions ranging from $10 to $10,000.

“We need to raise $25,000 to cover the cost of our first production run or these amazing flavors may never see the light of day. So we’re turning to our strongest supporters to ask for contributions. In exchange, we’re offering our sauces, t-shirts, healthy cooking classes and my Amazon-bestselling cookbooks, along with many other amazing VIP perks,” Iserloh explained.

All necessary licenses and permits are in place, bottling labels and designs have been established and a manufacturing facility has been selected. “All we need now are the contributions to ignite our first production run and in a few weeks we will be able to present a delicious new option to spice up kitchens and help reduce obesity in America,” she added.

Iserloh is a well-regarded expert on nutrition and natural weight loss. Her nutritional philosophy offers a gateway to a healthier lifestyle that results in permanent weight loss without painful dieting and a tedious menu of tasteless foods. She is also the author of several books including the recent Amazon bestsellers: “Healthy Cheats” and “50 Shades of Kale”.

Video about the Crowd Funding Campaign:

About Jennifer Iserloh

Jennifer Iserloh is a professionally trained chef, certified health coach and healthy cooking expert. She is the author of the Amazon bestsellers “Healthy Cheats” (2012) and “50 Shades of Kale” (2012), as well as “The Active Calorie Diet” (2011), “Secrets of a Skinny Chef” (2010) and “The Yoga Body Diet” (2010), among others.

As the Skinny Chef, Iserloh has created thousands of delicious recipes, articles and blog posts for magazines, newspapers and websites including SELF, Prevention, InStyle, People, AOL, The Huffington Post, Epicurious and Livestrong. She has also appeared on “The Today Show” and “Living Well With Montel”. To learn about Jennifer Iserloh, the Skinny Chef, please visit skinnychef.com at the link http://skinnychef.com/get-your-sauces.

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October 24, 2012

Calling All Amateur Chefs -The Jersey Booze Experiment at Maxwell’s November 11th 1-4 pm

The Food Experiments, the nation’s leading food cook off competition is arriving in Hoboken with the Jersey Booze Experiment on November 11th at Maxwell’s from 1-4PM! This is a call to Jersey’s top amateur chefs. This is their chance to prove that New Jersey is a culinary destination in its own and has some of the most committed and dedicated home chefs. See the press release below….




The Nation’s Leading Cook-­‐Off Organization Is Bringing Back Celebrity Judges, Creative Food Themes And The  Chance At Culinary Glory For Amateur Chefs Across The Country

Sixteen cities. Four hundred amateur chefs. Only one national champion. On the heels of a successful 5‐city tour in 2011, The Food Experiments, the nation’s leading cook-­‐off organization, is back with a 16‐city National Tour sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

The fifteenth stop on the tour is The Jersey Booze Experiment on November 11th, 2012. Since its inception, The     Food Experiments competitions have consistently been met with sold-­out crowds. Each Experiment features  roughly 25 local amateur chefs who have prepared a unique creation incorporating the food theme. As a tribute  to Hoboken, the watering hole capital of the nation, the Jersey Experiment will feature inspiration through booze.

Our esteemed judging panel will include:

  • AnneMcBride, Strategic Initiatives Group Director at the Culinary Institute of America and Experimental Cuisine Collective Director,
  • AdamRobb, NJ monthly restaurant critic/Thrillist Philadelphia editor
  • Anthony Scillia, Alan Watts and Gennaro Pecchia of the Men Who Dine, as well as
  • Chef Anthony Pino, owner of Anthony David’s and Bin 14 restaurants.

Everyone in attendance will have a hand in choosing which “cheftestants” will gain bragging rights, cookware, bakeware, and cash from National Sponsors: Brooklyn Brewery, Le Creuset, Anolon, Microplane and Wusthof
knives. The Grand Prize Winner will bask  in culinary glory city-­wide and earn a shot at the National Championships on December 16. The winner from each city’s Experiment will be flown in to Brooklyn courtesy of
Brooklyn Brewery to compete with the best of the best for a chance to become The Food Experiments’ 2012 National Champion. Victory has never tasted so good!

What: The Jersey Booze Experiment
When: Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Maxwell’s 1039 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ.

Judges: Anne McBride, CIA and Experimental Cuisine Collective Adam Robb, NJmonthly restaurant   critic/Thrillist Philadelphia editor Chef Anthony Pino, Owner of Anthony David’s and Bin 14 Anthony Scillia, Alan
Watts and Gennaro Pecchia, Men Who Dine

Tickets: $15 – includes a Brooklyn Brewery pint and a plethora of culinary delights. Half of the ticket proceeds will go towards charities that promote sustainability and local culinary education for disadvantaged children and teens.

Sign up to Compete and Purchase Tickets: http://thefoodexperiments.com/tour/jerseycity/

About The Food Experiments: Nick Suarez and Theo Peck, New York City’s “cook-­‐off royalty”, created The Food Experiments in 2009. The Experiments are a series of cooking competitions
that challenge amateur chefs to create around 300 samples of a dish featuring an “experimental” ingredient or

Over twenty Experiments have taken place involving beer, cheese, chocolate, tacos, brunch, Brooklyn roots, holiday and booze themes. Brooklyn Brewery sponsored their first national tour in 2011 featuring Experiments
in Austin, New Orleans, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. In 2012 the National Tour expanded to 16 cities,including an international stop in Stockholm, and has only generated even greater success. For further information,visit:  http://thefoodexperiments.com

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October 4, 2012

Tasteful Tailgating Tips from Chef Anthony Pino

Here are some tasteful tailgating tips for Hoboken Football fans from Chef Anthony Pino of AD Catering | Events, Anthony Davids, Bin 14, and the Kolo Klub…..


Tailgaters have always taken their pre-game drinking seriously, but are now equally serious about their pre-game eats. “You don’t just see the standard burgers and hot dogs at sporting events anymore,” stated Chef Anthony Pino of AD Catering|Events. “As you stroll through the crowds gathered at sporting events these days you will find a wide range of tailgating fare, from specialty cheeses to elaborate lobster and steak dinners.” Chef Pino knows a thing or two about pre-game entertaining; his company AD Catering|Events provides gourmet prepared food for those headed to the local Giants and Jets games at MetLife Stadium, or to those cheering on their teams with friends at home.

A tip Chef Pino offers to those planning to entertain: nothing makes a party better for host and guest alike, than to offer guests delicious items that require minimal hands-on assistance. He also gives a word of advice when prepping for pre-game entertaining. “Know your limits. If you want to have fun and enjoy your guests’ company, plan your menu using food items that can be prepared ahead of time, so all you will need to do is warm and display.”

A smorgasbord of AD Catering Events food

In addition, he and his team based in Hoboken, regularly put together a wide range of options for the local crowd who are off to outdoor events such as The Hunt in Far Hills, NJ, or are simply inspired to enjoy the fall weather and scenery with private picnics and wine tastings. Chef Pino continued, “Customers are ordering take-away platters ranging from the high end – lamb chops, filet, seafood, to the basic – sausage and peppers, sandwiches and cheese, as they head off to their fall festivities.” He smiles as he says, “What goes together better than fresh autumn air and foliage paired with good food and wine?”

For more information about AD Catering | Events call 201.222.8399. Their address is 953 Bloomfield Street Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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October 2, 2012

Saints Peter and Paul 2nd Annual Hoboken Oktoberfest – October 13th Noon – 10pm

Attention Hoboken: The Saints Peter and Paul 2nd Annual Hoboken Oktoberfest will be occurring in just a few weeks!

It’ll be from noon until 10 pm on October 13th just outside Saints Peter & Paul Church on 404 Hudson. Like last year, there will be food vendors, a beer garden, music & entertainment and a kids village.

And this year, organizers are even pleased to announce a Beer Garden Preview Night: October 12, 6 – 10 pm.

You can follow the event on Twitter at @HBKNOktoberfest. Press release is below….

2nd Annual Hoboken Oktoberfest on October 12 and 13

Oktoberfest Will Feature Beer Garden, Music and Entertainment

and a Kids Village

October 2, 2012 – Hoboken, NJ – Earlier this month, Saints Peter & Paul Church announced the dates and times for the 2nd Annual Hoboken Oktoberfest.

Now featuring a Friday “Beer Garden Preview Night,” Hoboken Oktoberfest will start October 12 from 6 to 10 pm at 404 Hudson Street. It will continue the next day from noon until 10 pm, and in addition to the “all German” beer garden, it will feature food vendors, a DJ spinning music by day, live music by local group “Your Ex-Boyfriends” at night, various entertainment events and a kids village.

“We started Oktoberfest because Hoboken has deep German roots and Saints Peter & Paul was founded by the German community,” said Michael D’Imperio, Organizing Committee member. “We saw this as an opportunity to honor that history while bringing Hoboken together for a fun Fall event.”

D’Imperio said some of the “delicious food” Oktoberfest attendees can look forward to include:

  • “Beer-brats” prepared by Hoboken Gourmet—succulent bratwurst marinated and cooked in beer accompanied by sauerbraten
  • Fresh pierogi—a hard-to-find menu item in Hoboken!
  • Jumbo sausage and peppers delights served by a mobile gastronomic unit
  • Cannolis filled with sweet cream made to order for all dessert lovers

The kids village will also feature:

  • Moon Bounce
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Inflatable Game Tent
  • Fall arts and crafts projects like Pumpkin Painting, Sand Art & Spin Art

The Oktoberfest sponsors this year include the Hoboken University Medical Center, R Fiore Real Estate, Nash Beverage Distributors and the Hoboken Rotary Club.

“We can all be proud of Oktoberfest’s positive impact in the community. Through the efforts of the volunteers who make the event possible, Oktoberfest brings neighbors together in a fun and friendly atmosphere,” said Msgr. Robert Meyer, Esq, Pastor of Saints Peter & Paul.

Last year, close to 1,000 residents and out-of-towners visited Hoboken Oktoberfest and organizers expect twice that number to attend this years’.

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