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basil4me Jun 20, 2011 01:53 PM

Looking for a place in Hoboken with great food and if possible outdoor seating. My friends and I have only been to Amanda's and even though we really enjoyed the food, we would like to try something new. Nothing fancy but we want good beer and good food. I have heard about Cucharamama - any good? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Chowhounders!

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Cucharamama
233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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  1. ttoommyy RE: basil4me Jun 21, 2011 06:34 AM

    If you like Amanda's, the same people have a French bistro called Elysian Cafe, which is very near Amanda's. The food is different and they have outdoor seating.

    As for Cucharamama, the food is good, but the service is not so good.

    So many places in Hoboken have outdoor seating, so you'll have no problem there. As a Hobokenite, I have to say I am somewhat disillusioned with the food scene in Hoboken these days. That said, one of my favorite restaurants is Karma Kafe for Indian food. They have outdoor seating, but I wouldn't say it's a place to go for "good beer" as you ask for. I think they have Kingfisher and a couple of others, but their cocktails (especially the mango mojito) and lassis are excellent.

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    Karma Kafe
    505 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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      basil4me RE: ttoommyy Jun 21, 2011 06:43 AM

      thanks for the tips ttoommyy - we like Indian food so maybe we'll try Karma Kafe!

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      Karma Kafe
      505 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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        ttoommyy RE: basil4me Jun 21, 2011 07:58 AM

        I hope you do. It is really some of the best Indian food on both sides of the river. The place is on the small side, so you may have to wait, though they do take reservations but only for the next available table.

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      roro1831 RE: basil4me Jun 21, 2011 05:26 PM

      THe woman that owns Cucharamama also owns Zafra, which also has outdoor seating and is very good. NOt sure aoutthe beer selection as I can't drink beer anymore. Both Cucharamama and Zafra are off of Washington so won't be as crowded as places on Washington.

      If interested in Jersey City, the Hamilton Inn has great food and a good selection of beer and outdoor seating.

      I too, like ttoomy, am not very impressed with the Hoboken food scene. Most places are all the same, more concerned with the bar business than the food. Amanda's Cafe Elysian, among others are the exception to that. La Isla has outdoor seating and is BYO so you could bring any beers you wanted.

      As I am eating Karma Cafe as I write this I agree with that choice as well.

      For a really great view, Trinity, which is on the Hudson is a great outdoor area, food is good, at least I think it is, but you can't beat the view of NYC.

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      La Isla
      104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

      Cucharamama
      233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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        basil4me RE: roro1831 Jun 22, 2011 06:02 AM

        Thank you for all the great info - we are going in 2 weeks and I will report back :-)

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          ttoommyy RE: basil4me Jun 22, 2011 06:25 AM

          Please do! Just curious basil4me...where are you coming from? As someone who has lived in Hoboken for 17 years as has ties to the city dating back to the very early 1900s, I am always interested in knowing where visitors are coming from (and why, if you don't mind).

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            basil4me RE: ttoommyy Jun 22, 2011 07:21 AM

            We live in Cranford and wanted to eat somewhere out of Union or Essex County. Hoboken seems to be the "in place" and now that summer is here, we decided to venture out a little bit and enjoy the beautiful weather (outdoor dining).

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              LttlMichey RE: basil4me Jun 22, 2011 09:32 AM

              Another spot in town that has a great view and outdoor seating in Hoboken is Turning Point. They only serve breakfast and lunch until 3 but it offers an amazing view of the city. You could always head there earlier in the day then take the rest of the day to walk around Hoboken. If you are going just call ahead. It gets packed on the weekends.

              I'm a former Hoboken resident who lives in Cranford now and was worried about the quality of restaurants in the 'burbs after living in Hoboken. I do think that our town is probably one of the best in town in regards to quality of restaurants - we really lucked out.

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                ttoommyy RE: basil4me Jun 22, 2011 11:19 AM

                Thanks for answering basil4me!

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          SuzieQ RE: basil4me Jun 22, 2011 07:14 AM

          Anthony David's is a BYOB located on 10th & Bloomfield. Since they are on a corner, they have a large outdoor eating area and I think the food is great. One of my favorite in Hoboken.

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          Anthony David's
          111 10th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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            nixienox RE: basil4me Jun 22, 2011 08:40 AM

            Elysian cafe is a good choice.
            On Willow is Zack's with a classic pub menu and good beer http://www.zackshoboken.com/menus/tap...
            And Grimaldi's now has a Washington Street location near 4th St. They have a small but good draft beer selection.

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            Grimaldi's
            133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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              ttoommyy RE: nixienox Jun 22, 2011 11:19 AM

              I love Grimaldi's on Washington. Emmet the bartender is a great guy! We always sit at the bar and have our pizza with him.

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              Grimaldi's
              133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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