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by Imogen Beecroft
Hoboken has recently been named one of the best foodie cities in New Jersey, and so we thought we’d explore for ourselves. Our conclusion? Hoboken is filled with culinary treats, and is both a melting pot for foods from all over the world, and a centre of traditional American dishes, easily rivaling some of the state’s bigger towns. Here are ten unmissable places to eat out in Hoboken.
Biggie’s Clam Bar
Biggie’s Clam Bar is a well established and popular restaurant, and for a very good reason: put simply, its seafood is fresh, the staff welcoming, and the atmosphere buzzing. Quite a large restaurant, it’s a great place to go with a group of friends for a lively dinner or drinks. With wide screen TVs for screening sports matches, it’s often full of fans enjoying a hearty meal before the big game. While Hoboken might be a centre for culinary fusion, Biggie’s offers traditional American dishes for reasonable prices. Biggie’s Clam Bar, 318 Madison Street, Hoboken, NJ 201 656 2161
Cucharamama is truly the place to go for South American food in Hoboken, and since opening in 2004 it has won over the hearts and stomachs of locals and tourists alike. This isn’t your usual Mexican restaurant, but instead serves up a medley of South American flavours, taking inspiration from the proprietors’ lengthy research in countries like Ecuador and Costa Rica. A wood burning oven stands at the heart of this little gem, and is the source of many delicious meals, including Argentinean sausages and Peruvian marinated chicken. Beautifully decorated, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, although we think taking a seat at the bar and trying a few different tapas-style dishes is the best way to eat at Cucharamama.
Cucharamama, 233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 201 420 1700
This very affordable little restaurant often has queues outside, ample evidence of the quality of its food. If you do decide to brave the queue you’re in for a treat, as La Isla’s Cuban dishes are second to none and bring a new life to the traditional cuisine with exciting recipes and fresh ingredients. Their daily specials ensure that even regulars never get bored. La Isla is also open for brunch, and you’ll regularly hear locals opining that their french toast is the best in the city.
La Isla, 104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 201 659 8197
There’s no clearer sign of a good restaurant than looking at the menu and finding at least five things you want to eat, and that’s exactly the case at Amanda’s. From exciting starters such as heirloom cherry tomato and watermelon salad and authentic Maryland lump crab cake to innovative mains like spicy seafood stew and homemade porcini pappardelle, the sheer variety of ingredients used at this cosy and accommodating French restaurant leaves us in no doubt as to why it was voted number one on TripAdvisor’s restaurants of Hoboken. Amanda’s, 908 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 201-798-0101
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is definitely not a place to visit on an empty stomach: one of their pizzas could feed a small family! However, it is definitely a place to come if you have anyone who suffers from allergies in your party, as the staff are always very accommodating and willing to serve different toppings on each half of your pizza, as well as making excellent gluten free pizzas. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and of a consistently high quality. Unsurprisingly, they’ve now expanded and have two restaurants in Hoboken, both of which also serve delicious pasta dishes if you’re not a pizza fan.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 411 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 201 792 0010