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corvette johnny Jan 24, 2013 10:49 AM

I am not talking about food here really. Usually the better the ambiance, the more "mediocre" the food. I am more of a foodie but sometimes ambiance wins with the wife ; )

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I would definitely not put Nicholas in that list, although the food is amazing.

Budda Khan is definitely a cool experience! And the avenue is a pretty trendy spot (not my cup of tea but a nice establishment.


A few others that come to mind....

On a nice clear day, Off the hook for afternoon drink and quick bite to eat is pretty cool (over looking NYC)

I like the Shogun Legends fish tank as well...a really neat set up there.

Fernandes upstairs room has a great vibe and cool Spanish decor.

Anyway, with food aside, lets here some thoughts....

I am sure there are quite a few places in hoboken but I don't really get up there.

  1. jrvedivici Jan 24, 2013 10:55 AM

    Hands down for me it's Raven and Peach in Fair Haven. Previous favorite was La Fontana in New Brunswick but they closed over 5 years ago.

    Another favorite was Tavern on the Green during the Holidays. There was no place on earth like Tavern on the Green when they were decorated for the Holidays I have many, many happy memories bringing my family there.

    Highlawn Pavilion and The Manor are both beautiful places as well.

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      ebchower Jan 24, 2013 11:30 AM

      The Walpack Inn

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        ELA Feb 3, 2013 09:28 PM

        I can't exclude the food as that is part of the experience. Certain places I go to I go just for the food. If the place is a real dump, dirty, etc. then I won't go, but for certain places it's about the food.

        That said, I can't go to a place where the food is not good, but the ambiance, decor, etc. is.

        For me, I like Rebecca's in Edgewater. I also like Cafe Panace, the Saddle River Inn, St. Eve's, Chakra, Capital Grille, River Palm, Highlawn Pavillion, The Manor, and the Newark Club. I am sure I am missing a few, but these are for starters.

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          jrvedivici Feb 4, 2013 04:17 AM

          Based on your requirements I would have to remove Tavern on The Green. The last 5 years + of its life the food was nothing more than wedding or banquet fare. The only thing that remained truly exceptional to the end was their lobster bisque.

        2. JustJake Feb 4, 2013 07:26 AM

          Da View: Highlawn Pavilion, Rats, Molly Pitcher, Watermark (upstairs), McLoones (Sea Bright & Asbury), Sea Gulls Nest (the Hook), Salt Creek Grille.

          Room ambience: Nicholas, Lorena's, Du Marie, Moonstruck, Ebbitt Room, Teak, Scarborough Fair, Whispers, Blue Bottle Cafe

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            ELA Feb 4, 2013 10:41 AM

            Some excellent places on that list. Thanks.

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            roro1831 Feb 4, 2013 09:49 AM

            I love the outdoor patio at Cafe Matisse.

            Hoboken restaurants on the river have great views assuming you have a front window seat, Trinity being one of them and the outside seating when the weather is nice.

            The Liberty House in Jersey City as well as Maritime Parc

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              ELA Feb 4, 2013 10:42 AM

              Agreed on Cafe Matisse. Thanks.

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              foodyum Feb 4, 2013 06:07 PM

              90 acres in Far Hills. The food is good/not great but the drive up and the room are stunning.

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