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Going to Hoboken this weekend. What should I eat?

sjjn Jul 21, 2010 01:55 PM

Lifetime NYer going for the first time, taking the PATH so we'll be on foot.
Friends from out of town want to go see Carlo's Bakery. And then we'll be looking for places to find some good eats. The crowd I'll be with eats everything and we'd be looking for a range of things to sample. All ethnicities and price ranges welcome. Are there any can't miss items. Is the place that makes sandwiches in pizza dough? in Hoboken or is that another town?

I did try a search on the board but nothing really jumped out at me...

thanks for any ideas.

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  1. Curlz RE: sjjn Jul 21, 2010 05:13 PM

    Just be prepared for lines (literally across the block, with stantions to keep the crowd under control) at Carlo's. But the good news is that while your friends are in line there, you can go to The Taco Truck --which isn't a truck, but a new storefront owned by the folks who run a 4-wheel version as well. It's on Newark Ave almost at the corner of Washington Street (where Carlo's is). Truly authentic stuff--I went with a pal who's Mexican and he was impressed! Get the Esquites app. Grilled corn with GREAT spice, lime, and queso, and an unusual dish--for all of $3. That plus some of the soft tacos will keep you from starving in the bakery line. www.thetacotruck.com

    Authentic Cuban is across the street from Carlo's at La Isla--go and sit down and have a meal to get rid of the buttercream. :-)

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      roro1831 RE: sjjn Jul 21, 2010 09:24 PM

      You can also venture back to 7th and Jefferson and hit the 100th anniv. of the Feast of St. Ann. While the food vendors are typical street fair stuff, the people watching is always great.
      I agree with the Taco Truck, went there tonight, good stuff, and La Isla is always good.
      Were you looking for more sit down places, or something you can grab and walk around, or hitting a few spots to sample various things?

      La Isla
      104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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      1. re: roro1831
        brucefanz RE: roro1831 Jul 22, 2010 03:05 AM

        I eat in Hoboken once or twice a month. My favorites in the area your headed.

        Sushi Lounge, 200 Hudson Street, This is a solid choice, we eat at the bar..Small limited seating. We get tuna,tempura and Sliders!

        As mentioned, La Isla right on Washington Street, not fancy,but good food.

        A few more blocks of a walk, Cucharamama, 233 Clinton Street.

        The scene at Carlos is ridiculous,be ready to wait.

        La Isla
        104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

        233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

        Sushi Lounge
        200 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

        1. re: brucefanz
          roro1831 RE: brucefanz Jul 22, 2010 06:31 AM

          I was going to add Cucharamama as well

          233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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        mickeygee RE: sjjn Jul 22, 2010 04:11 PM

        I don't know restaurants, but you should definitely take a walk through the feast and have a zeppole. They are the best, and the line is usually down the block, but worth it. A nice way to either cap off a night, or begin one.

        1. ttoommyy RE: sjjn Jul 22, 2010 06:57 PM

          Go to Amanda's if you want a high-end, great meal. If you are in the mood for something more casual, go to Elysian Cafe; same owners, but a bistro-type atmosphere with great food.

          1. phDuh RE: sjjn Jul 23, 2010 11:05 AM

            Also, go straight down First St to have cheesesteaks at Piccolo's.

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              roro1831 RE: phDuh Jul 23, 2010 11:19 AM

              Really? I wasn't impressed at all.

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                ttoommyy RE: roro1831 Jul 26, 2010 08:08 AM

                I think Piccolo's is something you like if you were born and raised in Hoboken; a lot of it has to do with memories. Same thing with Biggie's. Otherwise, they both are really nothing special.

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                  roro1831 RE: ttoommyy Jul 26, 2010 08:52 AM

                  True, I'm sure if I took you to my hometown and brought you to get some of my favorites you'd look at me like I was crazy.

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                    ttoommyy RE: roro1831 Jul 26, 2010 11:19 AM

                    I don't know roro...you're profile says you were born and raised in New Orleans; I bet you ate some pretty good stuff growing up!

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              sjjn RE: sjjn Jul 24, 2010 09:04 AM

              thanks for all the chow ideas. I'll definitely be there for the feast of st anne's.

              oh and the place i had heard of with the pizza dough sandwiches was Jimmy Buff's....

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