Ranked Hoboken’s number one restaurant on TripAdvisor, Amanda’s is a tried and tested local favourite. Serving innovative French cuisine, Amanda’s offers a very intimate and classy dining experience at a reasonable cost. For starters the Maryland lump crab cakes, served on top of fried tomatoes, come with the approval of even Maryland locals. Try the homemade porcini pappardelle and the molten chocolate dessert to round off a great meal, and check out the brunch menu while you’re there – you just might want to come back the next morning.
Amanda’s, 908 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, USA, +1 201-798-0101
Starting life as a gourmet food store, Anthony David’s has been a purveyor of all things epicurean for over 15 years. Now, under the guidance of chef Anthony Pino, the store has evolved into Hoboken’s own authentic Italian trattoria, serving brunch, lazy afternoon antipasto and dinner with all the trimmings every day of the week. Using the finest ingredients to create the boldest flavours, Anthony David’s menu is simple, honest food in a totally relaxed setting.
Anthony David’s, 953 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ, USA, +1 201-222-8399
For the most authentic New York-style pizza experience, look no further than Benny Tudino’s. Whilst a fairly modest restaurant, without frills or pretence, it serves up the biggest slices of pizza you will ever encounter, fresh from the oven using with quality ingredients. Sitting somewhere between Italian thin crust and the huge doughy bases of pizza chains, Benny’s pie has been described as pizza perfection that doesn’t stinge on toppings. Order the pepperoni or chicken parmesan and indulge in a slice of old-school pizza heaven.
Benny Tudino’s 622 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, USA, +1 201-792-4132
Those dining at Court Street can choose to eat in the lively bar area, surrounded by friendly locals enjoying a game, or in the more mellow ambience of the dining room depending on their mood. Whilst the regular menu offers well-cooked classics, the daily specials are known for never failing to impress. Court Street hosts a variety of events, including their Lobsterfest every Wednesday evening, where customers can order ¼ lb. of Maine lobster with all the trimmings for just over $20, and Monday evening Prime Rib night.
Court Street, 61 6th St, Hoboken, NJ, USA, +1 201-795-4515
The Cuban Restaurant and Bar
The Cuban offers an authentic Latin experience with a sophisticated contemporary edge, paying homage to their culinary and cultural heritage by making it appeal to a modern customer. Classics worth a try include the ‘vaca frita’ and ‘ropa vieja’, as well as the watermelon sangria and creme brulee trio for dessert. The restaurant borrows the words of singer Celia Cruz, ‘La Vida es un Carnaval!’ (Life is a Carnival), to describe the restaurant’s ethos – extending an invitation for all to celebrate the best of Cuba in a vibrant and buzzing venue.
The Cuban, 333 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, USA, +1 201-795-9399
Not your typical Mexican restaurant, Cucharamama has been serving up the very best of South America since 2004, incorporating flavours from the likes of Ecuador and Costa Rica. Argentinean sausages and Peruvian marinated chicken are just some of the delicious dishes cooked in the authentic wood burning oven around which the restaurant revolves. Try tapas-style dining at the bar for a truly South American feel, or head outdoors to enjoy an alfresco dinner with friends.
Cucharamama, 233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ, US, +1 201 420 1700
Another local favourite, La Isla is known for attracting queues of eagerly hungry customers ready to sample the restaurant’s Cuban cuisine. Daily specials make a diverse and constantly changing menu, attracting regulars as well as first-time diners. A small restaurant with only a handful of tables, La Isla seems like the extended dining room of a Cuban family sitting down for dinner. Standout dishes include the churrasco, tasajo and their famous French toast. Try one of their traditional desserts with a richly flavoured Cuban-sourced coffee for a perfect end to a dinner worth waiting for.
La Isla, 104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, US,+1 201 659 8197
Napoli’s Brick Oven Pizza
After helping to run his family pizzeria in New York, and learning his trade in Lombardio’s Pizzeria – one of New York City’s most popular – Frank Volpe moved to Hoboken and set up shop on his own in 2007. Keeping in touch with traditional Neapolitan styles and techniques, Napoli’s Brick Oven Pizza ensures only the finest quality pizza is served to its customers. Volpe has branched his menu out to include fresh pasta, panini and wraps, as well as a constantly updated range of specials – so there really is a taste of Italy for everyone.
Old German Bakery
The Old German Bakery was established in 2011 when German expat Haytad Takici-Urachyan emigrated from Cologne to the USA. Missing the traditional breads and pastries of his homeland, Haytad decided to recreate a little bit of Europe on the streets of New Jersey. From pretzels and cakes to sachertorte – an iconic German dessert – everything is authentic; the Old German Bakery even import European coffee for that unrivalled strong flavour and smooth texture.
Old German Bakery, 332 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, US, +1 201 683 8644
Another hotspot for pizza, Grimaldi’s uses a coal brick oven to make your favourite pizzas fresh to order with impressive speed. It’s easy to tailor your pizza exactly to your preferences and dietary needs as you can literally watch it being made in front of you; they also offer a range of gluten-free pizzas so everyone can enjoy an authentic pizzeria experience. The success of Grimaldi’s can be documented in their expansion, as they now occupy two restaurants in Hoboken alone, which also serve delicious pasta as an addition to their repertoire.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 411 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, US, +1 201 792 0010
By Bethany Stuart