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Linda Jul 24, 2003 12:11 AM

When we lived in NY, our favorite neighborhood restaurant was Hobeau's, which sadly has closed. Has anyone found another restaurant with similar menu, price, and ambiance?

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    johnpressman RE: Linda Jul 24, 2003 05:24 PM

    Grew up on the UWS, lived at 332 East 54st from 1975 to 1977. Hobeau's was my favorite nabe place. Went back there after they moved to 2nd ave, now gone. Weren't they part of a group of restaurants on the East Side owned by something called the Fish Factory??

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      Linda RE: johnpressman Jul 24, 2003 08:09 PM

      I never knew who owned Hobeau's, only that we ate there when we barely had food for groceries - such good food. When I typed Hobeau's into Google, it listed a restaurant in Homer, NY, but I don't know if there's a connection. We're coming to NY for a visit, and I'd love to find a spot with similar excellent fish and prices.

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        Mclaurie RE: Linda Jul 25, 2003 10:54 AM

        It was part of a chain. There was another one (I think the Cockeyed Clam) on the upper east side. Here are some new places to try

        Dolphins 35 Cooper square ($20 early bird)
        Fish at Bleecker & Jones
        Maine Lobster 2nd betw 84-85

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          Linda RE: Mclaurie Jul 25, 2003 01:43 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions!

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            johnpressman RE: Mclaurie Jul 29, 2003 03:25 AM

            Hobeau's was affiliated with the Cockeyed Clam and, I thought, another restaurant on the East Side. I heard the chain was owned by a fishing boat company. How is Coldwater's in the same nabe?

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              Greg S. RE: johnpressman Aug 4, 2003 07:39 PM

              I think One Fish Two Fish was affiliated with them as well. It is still there -- on Madison Ave. in the 90's (1399 Madison).

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                bill RE: Greg S. Oct 19, 2005 09:39 PM

                hobeau's was on 52 st and first ave. It was owned by richie knodel and john andre, later bob bernididi. They also had cockeyed clams on 94 st and third ave and Nodeldinid on 93 and madison. I was a bartender at Hobeau's (Bill the bartender) in the early 1970s. it had a great neighborhood atmosphere, with many unique "screwball' characters, along with airine stewardesses, athletes, artists, writers, etc. The food (mostly seafood) was good and cheap. Looking back, I had more fun in Hobeau's wacky environment than any other place in my life. I have moved on (retired in a little town in North Carolina)-- but Hobeaus, well.....

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                Steve R RE: johnpressman Feb 18, 2014 07:55 PM

                My imperfect memory tells me that the places changed hands, maybe a couple of times, and that the ones that remained open were, indeed, owned by a fishing boat company. The fishing boat company was, I'm pretty sure, part of the vast holdings of the Rev. Moon's Unification Church. That being said, I miss all of them under their original owners, as they were friendly, had good food and were very affordable to those of us just getting on our feet.

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            bill o'connor RE: johnpressman May 8, 2005 11:41 PM

            I was a bartender at Hobeau's on 53st and first ave. in the early 1970s. What info would you like to know? The restaurant was owned by Richie Knodel and John Andre (later Bob Bernidini became Richie's partner -- they also owned Cockeyed clams on 93st and Second ave and Noodledinis on 94th and Madison.

            I remember, quite fondly, my days (nights) at Hobeau's. What are some of your recolections, people, etc.

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            johnpressman RE: Linda Jul 24, 2003 05:24 PM

            Grew up on the UWS, lived at 332 East 54st from 1975 to 1977. Hobeau's was my favorite nabe place. Went back there after they moved to 2nd ave, now gone. Weren't they part of a group of restaurants on the East Side owned by something called the Fish Factory??

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              Bob RE: Linda Mar 8, 2006 07:40 PM

              I also remember Squid Roe on Second Avenue and 75th street. Owned by the same people I believe. Brings back some nice memories.

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                GaryUES RE: Bob Jul 7, 2014 07:32 PM

                Minor correction: Squid Roe was at 77th and 2nd (I lived upstairs).

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                joefrie RE: Linda Sep 20, 2011 12:41 AM

                I worked initially as a bartender and then as a manager for the chain from 1982-1985 which consited of: Hobeau's, Squid Roe, Butterfish Hole, Cockeyed Clams and Nodeldini's. They also had a wholesale/retail fish outlet called the Fish Factory. The company was called "BASK Industries" and was owned by Bobby Bernidini, Joey Adinairo, Paul Schilasi (sp) and Richie Knodel. The name Nodeldini was a combination of then names Knoel and Bernardini.

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                  wkmul1 RE: joefrie Feb 17, 2014 05:53 PM

                  Hey, I worked as a bartender, mostly at Clams, but also at Butterfish in the 80’s. I had some great times there working my way through college (slowly).

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                    bocon99 RE: wkmul1 Mar 19, 2014 11:16 PM

                    Bill O'Connor --anybody remember me bartender/manager Hobeaus, Nodeldini's etc !970-1975

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                      tenth RE: bocon99 Mar 20, 2014 07:25 AM

                      Billy, this thread has a life of it's own. I'm Frank, used to work with you at Hobeaus and was the first bartender at Nodeldinis. Also bb at Flushing Y. Retired now and moved back to Manhattan. How did you wind up in North Carolina?

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                        joefrie RE: tenth Mar 20, 2014 03:33 PM

                        Do you guys remember Peter Zagolo? Bartender on and off for many years mostly at Nodeldinis. Sometimes at Squid Roe

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                          bocon99 RE: joefrie Mar 20, 2014 06:26 PM

                          Joe -- I knew Peter and his twin brother quite well back in the 70s. great, wacky sense of humor!

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                            tenth RE: joefrie Mar 20, 2014 07:57 PM

                            Joe, if Peter is a big guy with dark hair, then I do remember him.

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                              joefrie RE: tenth Mar 20, 2014 10:00 PM

                              Yes he was . he was Russian Claimed to be Georgian Royalty

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                            bocon99 RE: tenth Mar 20, 2014 06:24 PM

                            Frank -- I remember like it was yesterday. BB at the Y with little Joe (I wonder where he is?) Hobeaus, etc. Driving to Windham with my sister Anne (and my kids!!!! starting in the late 70s I designed, built and owned 5 restaurants in NYC -- pursued my legal career with large NY law firm until retirement -- Dorothy and I loving North Carolina -- I'm an artist (1-bill-oconnor.artistwebsites.com) email = boconbill@yahoo.com -- tell me your "story." Bill

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                              tenth RE: bocon99 Mar 20, 2014 08:07 PM

                              Bill, definitely remember the trip when I locked the car keys in the trunk. Will shoot you an e-mail tomorrow. Frank

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                        gabe59 RE: joefrie Apr 2, 2014 01:19 AM

                        This is Gabriel, the mexican-french guy that worked with you from '83 to '85 bouncing from Squid Roe to Cockeyed Clam to Hobeau's...now living in Houston,Tx

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                          slapshot14 RE: gabe59 Jul 7, 2014 01:13 PM

                          Had my first date with now my wife of 32 years. Hobeau's was one of our favorites! The fried shrimp stuffed with crab meat was right up there! Oh, thoses were the days.

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                            erica RE: slapshot14 Jul 8, 2014 07:39 AM

                            I remember the bluefish at Hobeau's..entire dinner for soemthing like $3.95.

                            I've lived in the area for many decades now, and am trying to re-create in my mind the restaurants along the west side of of First Avenue north and south of Hobeau's. I remember Wylie's for ribs, a few blocks south. And a place called Joe's, which gave you crayons to write on the tablecloths (??)

                            A block or two north, also on west side of First, Italian restaurant called "La Stanza" or something similar, around the corner from the GH Club. (The neighborhood had a gay nighlife scene back then..)

                            On 54th and First, next to the long-departed Avon Liquors, Elizabeth White's, near where Jimbo's is today.

                            Across the avenue, on the east side, Mayfair and Billy's were two popular local watering holes.

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