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…..
The counter for ordering with kitchen in back.
The Mac Taco – quite delicious!
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.
The Saturn Special Hamburger – with fresh onion rings for a twist.
And a fresh salad to balance things out.
And finally the first edition of their menu……