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Jun 19, 2009 05:12 AM

Need restaurant for bday party in Hoboken

Everyone has been so helpful with the cake I thought I'd post about this now! :-)

A group of approx. 12 will be getting together for my bday on a Saturday evening. I am looking for somewhere in Hoboken that meets (hopefully) the following criteria:

-takes reservations
-outside seating (preferably rooftop, or "backyard" but not sidewalk
-"American" type food (burgers, etc.) - not like your neighborhood bar but not like a super upscale place. A pub would be ok if it was "nice" enough. We are looking for great food but does not need to be glamourous food.
-moderately priced - less than $25 pp for an entree.

Can I find this in Hoboken? Also preferable if near Path but not absolutely necessary-

Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. You can Try OddFellows it is right across the street from the path, it has an outside patio in the back so it is off the street and it is not very pricey at all.
    The menu is lousiana style but it has burgers and stuff too.
    Here is the website and the outdoor cafe is shown on it.

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    1. re: NJfoodLover

      Thank you - this looks like what I was thinking you know how the noise level is outside on a Saturday night? I'm not looking for library volume, but also don't want the base thumping in the background, so to speak. Nor a "pick-up" place! :-)

      Any other recs appreciated - should have added but does not have to be exactly in Hoboken...Weehawken, West NY (by the ferry) or Edgewater would be ok too.


      1. re: lovessushi

        Nothing else? Really? Fellow hounds, are you out there? :-) Everywhere seems super busy and super noisy on a Saturday...which is why I thought of surrounding towns. But it would be so nice to be outside! Help if possible! :-)

        1. re: lovessushi

          The patio at Oddfellows will be relatively quiet. You'll have the noise of the other patrons out there but they typically close the doors. Obviously, the later it gets, the louder the music will get.

          As far as it being a pick up place, it is a bar, so take that with a grain of salt.

          In Jersey City, Fire & Oak just opened up in the new Westin. We went there fro the grand opening. They have an outdoor area as well, but it is sort of sidewalk, but the food was very good.

          The only other place with outside seating that is not sidewalk seating is City Bistro, but they do not serve food on the rooftop deck.

          Trinity has outside seating, but it is sidewalk seating. Wonderful view of NYC as it is on the Hudson.

          1. re: roro1831

            Thanks roro for all the info! That is good to know about Oddfellows as that so far seems like the best option. I will have to check out FIre and Oak... I looked at City Bistro but did see that about the deck. I will have to look at Trinity too...

            Do you know anything about the Chart House? Someone said that has outdoor seating and very good food-

            Thanks again-

            edit - ok Trinity is not going to work unfortunately..looks lovely but there are no prices on the menu online which makes me worry!! (None of us are in a position to spend too much).

            1. re: lovessushi

              The Chart House would be out of the price range you are looking for.

              Look at the place next to trinity, The Quays, I haven't been there in a while, but they have the outdoor sidewalk seating as well.

              I actually live downstairs from one of the owners of Trinity, I can't remember the price point off the top of my head, but i will actually be passing by there tomorrow. I'll let you know, I think it will work with your price range.

              1. re: roro1831

                Hi ,
                I liked Trinity for the outside ambiance, and the prices were no more expensive than other Hoboken spots.

                I wasn't crazy about Oddfellows - the food was meh - and from what I remember the outside area is very small - not too many tables, and kind of in a dirty/busy spot.

                1. re: NellyNel

                  Nelly - thanks for the info...

                  I'm thinking once I narrow it down to 2 or 3 places I will go and visit and get a feel-

                  Thanks again-

                2. re: roro1831

                  Ah - ok - thanks for letting me know.

                  I'll check out the Quays-

                  That would be great if you could find about Trinity - thank you so much!

                  1. re: lovessushi

                    Just found out that Trinity cannot guarantee outdoor seating...even with a reservation - it's first come first served...

                    Why is this so difficult??!!

                    1. re: lovessushi

                      Quays and Trinity are better options foodwise but they are sidewalk seating which is not what you wanted. As for as I remember there is no food available on the roof at City Bistro... it is just Drinks.
                      I am not a fan of Outback Steakhouse but the one in Weehawken, Edgewater has outside seating overlooking the water. Houlihans in weehawken also has an outside patio.

                      1. re: lovessushi

                        Trinity works for your price point. I can see how outdoor seating is first come first serve. If you reserve an outdoor table and the weather is bad, and they have also reserved all spaces indoors, then you have no reservation.

                        1. re: roro1831

                          NJ food lover thank you...unfortunately I am not a fan of chain restaurants (which probably makes me sound snobbish)...but thanks for all the info...

                          roro thank you as well - I appreciate you finding out...and I do understand about the outdoor seating...I'm just frustrated that this seems so difficult! Or maybe I'm too picky...

                          We're now thinking of just doing it in the city... which was the original, original idea (many incarnations of it!!!) I think I will post on the Manhattan board...
                          Thanks to everyone for all your input!!!

                          1. re: lovessushi

                            I understand and agree with you on the Chain Restaurants. I was just letting you know the options you had in the area that meet your desires for location, price and outdoor dining.
                            You will probably have much better luck in NYC.

                            1. re: NJfoodLover

                              Thank you - I really appreciate your help! Hopefully can find something in NYC...

          2. The Iron Monkey in Jersey City has upped its menu considerably. They have a fabulous roofdeck, but you should check if it's mostly drinkers on a Saturday night on the roof or if they'll serve food.

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            1. re: kcscout

              Ok - thank you kcscout...I'll look into it!