• Augustino’s: Hoboken’s Legendary Italian Restaurant

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    “I’m gonna marry that girl one day,” Buddy said to the bartender at Hoboken Pizzeria looking at Sharon, his now wife. That was on September 15th, 1995. The rest — is history. Buddy {Angelo} Yandoli, acquired the old Hoboken Pizzeria from a friend. He told him, “I know you can do it. I don’t want any money. Just give me $300 a month and it’s yours. I just know you can do it.” They opened the day after Thanksgiving on November 28th, 1997 as Augustino’s and just like that, Hoboken history was made.

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    Read on to find out more about this long-standing, cozy Hoboken restaurant {that’s almosttt impossible to get a reservation — almost}.

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    ^Augustino’s owners Buddy and Sharon 

    Augustino’s was named after Buddy’s father, August John Yandoli, who went by Augie Delano back in the day. He sang in The Hoboken Four, an Italian-American musical quartet in the ‘30s. The restaurant business runs in the family, as Augie and Buddy both owned restaurants before Augustino’s — like The Lamppost, a well-known place in the ‘70s, and Augie’s Place, which is now known as Court Street.

    Once Augie left The Hoboken Four, Frank Sinatra took his place, NBD. And if you look along the dark wooden walls of the restaurant, you will see the many photos of Augie with Sinatra and The Hoboken Four.

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    Buddy took us down memory lane through the photos on the walls; each one with a special meaning.

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    ^ The famed photo wall!

    Photos of Hoboken {many moons ago}, of his dad, family, and bandmates, and even some of the many celebrities who have made appearances at this Hoboken landmark. “Everything has come full circle here for us. We met here, fell in love here, and opened up Augustino’s. This is our 22nd year.” Sharon explained with a twinkle in her eye.

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    ^ The lovely ladies of Augustino’s!

    “Everyone who works here is family. Fran has been here for 17 years, Danielle for 16, Denise for 15, Christine, my sister, for 12, and Ashley, my niece. Lenny, Denise, and Alyssa are our bartenders,” Sharon told us.

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    Augustino’s is one of the most highly coveted restaurants in the area. With only eight tables and eight spots at the bar, reservations are damn near impossible to get, unless you have some insider information + tips {which is where we come in}.

    If you know the menu at Augustino’s you know that it is stacked with the best Italian food around. Don’t believe us? Talk to the select group of people with standing reservations every single night. If you are lucky enough to snag a spot, you should know what you are getting yourself into; it’s no joke.

    To start, the stuffed artichoke is loaded and enough to share with the table. But don’t stop there. The Carozza {an Italian grilled cheese with a side of marinara sauce} is out of this world and so is the Clams Casino.

    You must {and we repeat, MUST} order the Sunday sauce — meatballs, braciola, spare ribs, + sausage drenched in Augustino’s homemade sauce with a bowl of rigatoni. It’s big enough to feed a small army but willing to bet you will be licking the plate clean by the end of the night.

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    The pork chops is another popular dish, braised and drenched in vinegar and hot peppers. All of the desserts come from Giorgio’s Bakery on 11th and Washington, except for the icebox, which is made in-house.   

    You’re almost always better off ordering a bunch of things to share, that way, you can try it all. The portion sizes are huge and very filling. Also, don’t order individual glasses of wine. Go for the bottle; it’s worth it.

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    ^ Former general manager of the NJ Devils, Lou Lamoriello, gifted Augustino’s this customized jersey

    Getting a reservation at Augustino’s is like getting a table at Rao’s, but it is possible. You might need to plan your dinner weeks in advance, but it’s worth it. If you are reading this post and drooling, there’s still a possibility of getting a table tonight.

    {HG Insider Tip: If calling for a day of/week of res, ask if they have something around 5:30 or 9:30}.

    If there’s nothing available, you could always eat at the bar or hang back and wait for a table as you sip a few of Lenny’s famous dirty martinis.

    Having dinner at Augustino’s is like a rite of passage and one that should not be taken lightly. There are few places left in this town as authentic and epic as this one, so make it a point to get here at least once this year. It is the perfect place to gather your closest friends or even have a romantic date night. FYI: Augustino’s is cash only, so if you do show up without any dough, there’s an M+T Bank on 10th and Washington.

    In the words of Sharon, “Get your ass in and sit down.” That’s all you have to say. On our way.

    Have you been to Augustino’s? Do you have a go-to dish?

    Let us know in the comments!


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    Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly four years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?


    4 comments

    • My husband & I have had standing reservations on Friday night once a month. We look forward to it more than any other! We’ve been going for years & love being able to enjoy the amazing food, the wonderful staff who have become our friends! It’s a special place and we feel lucky to be a part of the experience. Is just THE best. The mussels, Caesar salad, chicken parm, pork chops, stuffed artichoke, country chicken, fried shrimp, francaise, ice box cake. To name a few lol. One of the highlights of Hoboken!

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    • What fond memories of when our daughter lived in Hoboken. Every visit we planned to snag a table!!! Not only is the food fabulous, but the “girls” are so fun and sincere!!! After reading the article my mouth was watering! It has been several years since we were up there from the south…. but when we do make it up….I will plan ahead( way ahead ) for a fabulous meal. Love everything about Augustinos !!!!!!!!!

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    • Buddy and I are third cousins, related on our grandmother’s side. My restaurants in Carmel, California has a similar styling as his dishes, must be in the genes for us. I love Augustino’s Lasagna, such a classic, perfectly executed dish, which takes hours to make. Every time I come home to Hoboken, it is a must to jump into Augustino’s and hopefully Christine can squeeze me in.

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