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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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December 17, 2013

The Cuban Restaurant and Bar New Years Eve Options in Hoboken

Hoboken’s The Cuban is offering up their NYE packages for the turn of the year….


Dinner Gala, DJ, Dancing & More Makes The Cuban in Hoboken the

Premier Destination to Ring in 2014

 Cuban-New-Years-Eve-2014-Hoboken-New Jersey

The Cuban Restaurant and Bar (333 Washington St.) invites patrons to take a journey back in time, as it rings in the New Year! On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, The Cuban will offer three unique experiences including:

  • The NYE Gala, entertaining guests from dinner to the ball drop
  • Special Cuban Dinner; and
  • Cocktail Package, to kick off 2014 with flair.

The all-inclusive New Years Eve Gala includes a three-course dinner, featuring The Cuban’s savory authentic Cuban cuisine, a champagne toast and grapes at midnight. In addition, there will be a live DJ, a dance floor and a premium open-bar through the evening. The gala is from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and tickets are $125 per person. Guests will enjoy authentic Cuban dishes prepared by Executive Chef Alexis Lahens, in which Empanaditas, Croqueta de Jamon, and El Classico, to name a few, will be included in the celebration.

In a second Choice, patrons at the New Year’s Eve Dinner will enjoy an a la carte meal from 4 to 7 p.m. The a la carte meal includes classic menu items such as: Barrigada de Cerdo - Sherry glazed pork belly, bacon fufu, black bean puree, shaved apple salad; Ensalada de Remolacha y Cabra - Beet & whipped goat cheese salad, orange, pickled red onion, glazed walnut, Perdo Ximenex vinaigrette; and Bistec - Grilled bone in NY strip steak, papas bravas, Catalan spinach, charred onions.

Finally, the Bar Package includes a four-hour premium open bar and passed tapas for $70 per person. The Bar Package will be offered from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Cuban’s famous sangrias and mojitos will also be available at the open-bar with the Gala and Bar Package. Delicious drinks such as the Mojito Cubano, made with Don Q Cristal Rum, Mint, Limes, Sugar Syrup, and Sugarcane and the Rosada Espumado, also known as Sparkling Rose Sangria, will be available to guests throughout the celebration.

With the words “La Vida es un Carnival” being its inspiration, The Cuban stands as the perfect place to start off the year right! All tickets must be purchased in advance; call The Cuban at 201-795-9899 to reserve your spot today.


Located in the heart of Hoboken and just steps away from the Train Station, The Cuban Restaurant & Bar has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its authentic Latin American cuisine, intertwining a sparkling modern style that is undeniably unique. Celia Cruz’s famous words “La Vida es un Carnaval!” ring and echo in the muraled walls, savory cuisine, mouthwatering cocktails and lively music. The colors, smiles and energy will make you feel Cuban for at least a night and let you understand~ life is a Carnival! The Cuban boasts a charming outdoor patio in the warmer months, as well as intimate spaces for private parties. The Cuban serves dinner 4-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Thursday-Saturday 4-11 p.m.; Sunday 4-10 p.m. The Cuban serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a late-night menu from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturdays. Weekly drink, happy hour and music specials. The Cuban accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please visit www.thecubannj.com or call 201-795-9899

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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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May 4, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle–Out with the Humus and in with the Curry–Hoboken Dhaba to Open Soon

Filed under: Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 7:05 PM

Hoboken Dhaba

The former location for The Humus Bar is now slated to be Hoboken’s newest Indian Restaurant when opened. Going by the name Hoboken Dhaba this Indian restaurant is saying out with the humus and in with the Tandoori and curry. The location for this new eatery is at 630 Washington Street. Hoboken Dhaba will be joining Karma, India on The Hudson, Matt and Meera, and Bombay West for the palettes of Hobokenites who love Indian food. Here is wishing the new owners the best of luck with that location. May the Washington Street Shuffle slow a bit with a place that establishes itself for years. Time will tell.

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April 30, 2013

Pilsener Haus Maifest Starts Friday May 3rd at 8:00pm

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Pilsener Haus,Restaurants — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:30 PM

Pilsener Haus Maifest 5-3-2013Maifest is an annual celebration throughout Germany to welcome the arrival of Spring! The Pilsener Haus, NJ’s most traditional Biergarten, observes Maifest with an opening ceremony and barrel-tapping on  Friday May 3, 8:00pm.

Seasonal NJ Craft and Import Maibock beer selection! View Pilsener Haus beer lists here.

An Authentic Maifest Menu –   Enjoy an Austro-Hungarian feast all month by acclaimed Chef Thomas Ferlesch:

  • Chilled Cucumber Soup -  yogurt and dill
  • Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche – caper, anchovy and parsley vinaigrette
  • Schweinsbraten – roasted pork shoulder with kraut salad and pretzel dumplings
  • Seafood Salad – shrimp, scallops, octopus, mussels, squid
  • 1/2 Rosemary Roasted Free Range Chicken – barley pilaf, arugula salad
  • Schweinshaxen – roasted pork shank with pickled salads, serves two – available Fri-Sat-Sun

Download full Maifest menu here.

View complete Pilsener Haus menus here.

A lively roster of traditional music, jazz and  rock.

Pilsener Haus is Hoboken’s most varied venue!

Read more about Maifest here.

View photos of Pilsener Haus here.

Pilsener Haus and Biergarten

Address: 15th Street between Adams and Grand Streets, Hoboken

Phone: 201-683-5465

Summer hours start May 1:

  • Open Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 2:00am
  • Friday 3:00pm – 2:00am
  • Saturday noon – 3:00am / Sunday noon – 2:00am
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April 15, 2013

McDonald’s in Hoboken Re-opens with a New Modern Look

McDonalds Re-Opens in Hoboken

McDonald’s in Hoboken after completing an extensive renovation and modernizing both inside and out did a soft opening this weekend. Located at the corner of 3rd and Washington, this hub of a fast food and good Wi-Fi connection actually does have a few healthy items on the menu but does anyone honestly go to McDonald’s to eat a salad? Their official Grand Opening will run the week or April 22- April 28. May McDonalds super size its profits without super sizing their patrons.

McDonald's Grand Re-opening in Hoboken

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April 10, 2013

Trinity Customer Appreciation Night in Hoboken – Thursday April 11 7pm till close – Owner Stands up To Hoboken411 Misinformation

Tinity Customer Appreciation Night 4-11-2013

Trinity Restaurant Bar and Lounge, located at 306 Sinatra Drive in Hoboken wants to thank their loyal customers with a Customer Appreciation Night this Thursday April 11 from 7pm to 2am. Despite rumors fabricated by the slipshod journalism of Perry Klaussen who erroneously stated they were closing on March 22nd on his rapidly declining smear blog Hoboken411, the owners of  Trinity are indeed in business and wanted to take a positive spin on this.  The result is a customer appreciation night. Here is their statement below:

“Trinity wants to thank you for your continued support by hosting Customer Appreciation Night on 4/11. From 7pm to close there will be 2-for-1 on all drinks, free appetizers from 7-8pm, and raffles to win a NY Yankees jersey and Yankees tickets.  Check out www.hobokentrinity.com to join our mailing list and receive exclusive discounts, and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Slainte!”

There will be a DJ, DJ Wilchildex from Iconic Media (http://just2iconic.com/) and food and drink specials as well as raffle so the night promises to be fun. Show Hoboken411 who little credibility he has left by showing up and supporting a local business that is finally standing up to his tyranny of misinformation.

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April 3, 2013

Amanda’s Wine Tasting Dinner April 17th 2013 at 7:30pm

Amanda’s Restaurant located at 908 Washington Street in Hoboken is having the following special wine tasting dinner pn April 17th, 2013 starting at 7:30pm. The five-course wine dinner features Sonoma’s Davis Family Vineyards and guest speaker and owner Guy Davis. The cost is $85 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Amandas Wine Tasting April 17th 2013 Hoboken

Menu for Wine Tasting:

1st Course
Spring Panzanella with Asparagus, Watermelon Radish and Ricotta Salata
‘Cuvee Luke’ White

2nd Course
Branzino with Beets and Blood Orange
2010 Chardonnay

3rd Course
Savory Crepe with Roasted Chicken,  Morels and Fava Beans
2010 Pinot Noir ‘Soul Patch’

4th Course
Wild Boar Sausage Ragu with Artichokes,  Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Potato Gnocchi
2010 Syrah

5th Course
White Chocolate Souffle Cake, with Chocolate-Orange Sauce
2005 Zinfandel ‘Port’

Call (201) 798-0101 for reservations!

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March 26, 2013

Las Olas Hoboken – Fresh Sushi But Try The Asian Wings

Las Olas Hoboken Exterior

Hoboken does have a good number of fine sushi establishments such as Robongi, Ayame, Sushi Lounge, Illuzion just to name a few but you can also add Las Olas Sushi Bar and Grill to that list as well. They are located at 1319 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ. I paid them a visit last week for lunch and had their lunch roll combo which was fresh and well prepared but the Asian wings really stood out as a fine appetizer dish. They had just the right amount of heat and crispness and in my humble opinion put traditional wings to shame. It is always good to try new renditions of familiar things and the Asian wings at Las Olas come highly recommended. Just writing about them now has me literally salivating. I must work harder at curbing my Pavlovian responses. Overall, Las Olas has a fair priced menu and with an attentive staff produce a fine product at the right price.

Their website is www.lasolassushi.com and their phone number is 201-222-9991

Las Olas Hoboken, NJ Asian Wings

Las Olas Asian wings- yum!

Las Olas Bar area in front

Las Olas bar area in front


Las Olas dining area in back

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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!


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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