• The Best Hoboken Restaurants to Take Your Parents to Eat

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    When family comes to town, it’s important to show them a great time {+ of course, great food}. With the endless amount of dining options available in Hoboken, it won’t be hard to impress mom, dad, siblings, or even grandma and grandpa. We’ve rounded-up some of the best Hoboken restaurants to take family for dinner — check them out below:

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    ^^Our Editor in Chief [Jen]’s parents out to dinner in town

    Brass Rail {135 Washington Street}

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    If your fam likes to brunch, a trip to Brass Rail is in order. Pop in on Saturday or Sunday from 11:00AM-4:00PM to experience a brunch like no other. For $24 total, choose an appetizer, entrée, and breakfast cocktail. Favorites like the French onion Soup followed by steak and eggs with a red sangria — or a burger with a mimosa grace the menu for both breakfast and lunch cravings.

    Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

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    BYOB is a great option for a family dinner, and combined with authentic Italian cuisine, Anthony David’s will be sure to impress any family that comes to town. Its menu has well-known classics like veal meatballs, pork chop parmesan, and old school Ice Box Cake, as well as surprises to try like fried rabbit, lobster gnocchi, and paccheri with roasted tuna sauce. Add Nutella doughnuts to dessert, and you’ll have several happy campers. Brunch is amazing as well. {Just make sure to bring champs and order OJ for mimosas!}

    The Cuban {333 Washington Street}

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    Flights to Havana are becoming more affordable, but not quite as affordable as taking the ‘rents on a trip to Washington Street for Cuban cuisine. The Cuban offers a full experience — complete with live music and out-of-this-world dishes. Guest favorites include the Aguacate con Cangrejo {guac with crab meat and plantain chips} and Mar y Tierra {grilled hanger steak, garlic shrimp, creamed spinach and roasted potatoes with chimichurri}. YUM.

    Trattoria Saporito {328 Washington Street}

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    Right across the street from The Cuban sits Trattoria Saporito, another Italian gem in Hoboken. Ideal for a low-key evening with a setting fit for fun conversation, this is an ideal location for the parents to meet a significant other or to celebrate a special occasion. Its menu is filled with a wide variety of Italian dishes including fish, red meat, and vegetarian options making everyone happy. Plus, you can DIY your pasta and they make it to order.

    Karma Kafe {505 Washington Street}

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    Treat mom and dad to something different. If they are fans of Indian food, they will be impressed, and if they’ve never tried it, Karma is a great place to start. From the atmosphere to the service to the delicious menu, a meal at Karma is one to remember. Two words: garlic naan. Plus, if mom and dad are around during lunchtime, Karma has an entire self-serve buffet {and its amazing}.

    See More: The Best Brunch Spots for a Large Group in Hoboken and Jersey City 

    Halifax {225 River Street}

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    When visits from parents are infrequent, a special dinner is in order {especially when they finally make the trek to Hudson County and fight for a parking spot}. Show off the spectacular views of NYC with a seat by the large windows while enjoying one of their specialty cocktails. Halifax’s “to share” menu is ideal for large groups to get a taste of the twists added to classics like deviled eggs and fried cod. Plus, there’s a parking valet if your parents want to foot the bill.

    The Madison {1316 Washington Street}

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    If getting to Hoboken in time for a weeknight dinner something feasible for your family, The Madison’s 1st seating special is the perfect dinner option. Enjoy this discounted, pre-fixe menu all night on Mondays and from 5:00PM-7:00PM Tuesday-Friday. The menu includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $20.18 per person. If making it to the table in-time for family dinner by 7:00PM has been troublesome since childhood {sorry, Mom}, head to The Madison for weekend brunch or to simply enjoy a cocktail.

    Cucharamama {233 Clinton Street}

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    Cucharamama is one of New Jersey’s top culinary gems and is an excellent choice for a cozy family meal. It has been featured in countless top restaurant round-ups for the state and continue to serve up artisanal South American cooking. The menu boasts various empanadas, ceviche dishes, tamales, and more. For large group dinners, order family-style, so everyone can share. PS: Their mojitos are on point.

    Charrito’s {121 Washington Street + 518 Washington Street}

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    With two locations {one being completely vegetarian} Charrito’s is an easy choice if mom and dad leave dinner plans up to you. Though the menus are completely different at each location, they are both BYO {always a plus}. So, gab the rents’ favorite bottle of wine, and get ready to nosh on some chips and guac {that’s made right in front of you, btw}.

    Amanda’s {908 Washington Street}

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    A Hoboken staple, Amanda’s has wows dozens of dinner guests weekly. When family is in town, Amanda’s serves as just the spot for special occasion dinners and elegant celebrations. The menu has items for the table to share like lemon truffle potato chips or lobster dumplings if a lite fare is the move or choose from the full dinner menu for a three-course Italian meal that is sure to please. This is a pricier option, but definitely worth the splurge.

    Elysian Café {1001 Washington Street}

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    With beautiful outdoor seating, lush greenery, and quaint décor, it’s hard to believe Elysian Café is in Hoboken and not on a Parisian street corner. Known for being the oldest continually-run bistro in Hoboken, its history is truly felt through the whole dining experience. Elysian Café offers a French-Bistro style menu with international influences. Another perk is the children’s menu filled with options for even the pickiest of eater — let the kids tag along for a true family feel.

    Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse {163 14th Street}

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    Get dressed up with the fam and head over to Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse for an unforgettable evening. Dubbed “A Hoboken Tradition” for generations, it provides a great opportunity to show the fam the rich history in Hoboken {and delicious steaks}. The bar area is even clad with décor from the 1800s making before or after-dinner cocktails a unique experience, usually with a live piano player.

    Court Street Restaurant & Bar {61 Sixth Street}

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    For a nice yet {slightly} casual dinner, Court Street provides an atmosphere conducive for conversation and excellent food. Reasonably priced menu items like English-style fish and chips, chicken parm, and veal marsala will fill bellies without breaking the bank. For a more interactive opportunity with parents, Court Street Restaurant & Bar offers wine tastings certain Saturday afternoons from 1:45PM-4:00PM where 10 carefully selected wines are served while guests are educated on each.

    Sorellina Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar {1036 Washington Street}

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    Directly translating to “little sister”, Sorellina gets family night right beginning with its name. An authentic Italian dinner and wine list is what will be found at this relatively new Hoboken staple. Right in the heart of the city, parents and family members will be able to take in the charm of Washington Street while indulging in classic Italian cuisine so commonly found in Hoboken. Their extensive wine list is exclusively Italian, and the restaurant is owned by a certified sommelier, giving every guest a taste of the Bel Paese.

    Augustino’s {1104 Washington Street}

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    Augustino’s will bring back memories of family dinner while setting the mood for new ones to be made. Comfort foods like breaded pork chops, fried shrimp marinara, chicken parm and francaise are made to order and will bring you back to childhood without having to do the dishes afterwards.

    Major note: It’s virtually impossible to get reservations here {as it’s small and super popular}, so we recommend calling several weeks in advance!

    Johnny Pepperoni {219 11th Street}

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    When the parents are in town and also want to see their grandchildren, getting the whole family together for dinner can be tricky and some finer dining options. Not to worry — Jonny Pepperoni provides the perfect setting for all ages. Some of the most delicious, thin-crust pizza we’ve tasted Johnny Pepperoni has mastered the art of pleasing all ages. For a more laid-back outing, order a few pies for the table to share, and if a more sophisticated evening is in order, choose from the full dinner menu filled with classics like fried calamari and chicken parm. It’s BYO so bring all the beer and wine you want.

    San Giuseppe {1320 Adams Street}

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    We all know the story: Dinner reservations are at 7:00, but it takes out-of-town guests until 7:30 to find a parking spot. Not at San Giuseppe — in close competition with the food, the best thing about this restaurant is the highly coveted FREE parking lot, tucked away on Adams Street. But even if the lot is full, the menu screams authentic Italian for a chill pizza night or pasta dinners and is worth a reservation.

    READ: A List of BYOB Spots in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

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    Sometimes, parent visits are unpredictable, especially if they don’t live far away. Early mornings, midday, or evening when they say they are on the way, being the angel child you are, you welcome them with open arms. To take the edge off, Bin 14 serves brunch, lunch, and dinner and offers a late-night menu for those who might stay a bit longer than expected. Sift through the wine menu to find a crowd pleaser or enjoy a plate of zeppoles at brunch.

    Otto Strada {743 Park Avenue}

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    On the corner of Park and 8th lies one of Hoboken’s newer treasures: Otto Strada. This restaurant is quaint and intimate, making for a lovely evening with family. It’s BYOB, so be sure to stop at the liquor store or wine shop before stopping in. The food is incredible, and their extensive menu ensures that every guest can make the best choice for his or her cravings. Because the restaurant does have more of an intimate setting, making reservations ahead of time is highly recommended. It’s also BYOB.

    See More: A List of BYOB Spots in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Where do you take your parents out to dinner when they visit?

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    Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!


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