When family comes to town, it’s important to show them a great time and 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. Read on for a list of the best Hoboken restaurants to take the family for dinner.
^ Our Editor in Chief [Jen]’s parents out to dinner in town
Ali Baba | 912 Washington Street
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Ali Baba has been a member of the Hoboken community for years, and also is the perfect place to take your parents for a night out. If the whole family is coming, get the party platters that can serve up to 10-12 guests!
Amanda’s | 908 Washington Street
A Hoboken staple, Amanda’s has wows dozens of dinner guests weekly. When the 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 house-made Foccacia or polenta or choose from the full dinner menu for a three-course Italian meal that is sure to please.
Anthony David’s | 953 Bloomfield Street
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Authentic Italian cuisine, a beautiful interior/exterior, and a great wine list, Anthony David’s will be sure to impress any family that comes to town. The menu has well-known classics like veal meatballs, pork chop parmesan, and old school Ice Box Cake, as well as surprises to try like lobster gnocchi. Add Nutella doughnuts to dessert, and you’ll have several happy campers. Brunch is amazing as well.
Augustino’s |1104 Washington Street
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 afterward.
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!
Bin 14 |1314 Washington Street
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.
Blue Eyes | 525 Sinatra Drive
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Enjoy some Italian food with amazing views of the New York City skyline. If you enjoy Nutella, Blue Eyes has a killer Nutella Pizza to have by yourself or split with the party for dessert! The outdoor seating is spacious and a great location for a large party during the warm months.
Brass Rail | 135 Washington Street
If your fam likes to brunch, a trip to Brass Rail is in order. Pop in on Saturday or Sunday from 12:00PM-3:00PM to experience a brunch like no other. For $27 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.
Charrito’s | 518 Washington Street
Charrito’s is an easy choice if mom and dad leave dinner plans up to you. Charrito’s is BYOB, so, grab 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.
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.
Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse | 163 14th Street
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.
Elysian Café | 1001 Washington Street
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.
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.
Il Tavolo Di Palmisano | 700 Clinton Street
If the fam is craving Italian food, Il Tavolo di Palmisano takes you on a trip to Italy! The bruschetta boards are a must ranging from the tomato bruschetta to the sausage bruschetta and are being sold at $5 per piece. The Cuban Pete linguine dish is another must-try, and don’t sleep on the cocktails! The kid’s menu features chicken tenders, pasta marinara, and thin-cut pizza.
Johnny Pepperoni | 219 11th Street
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 — Johnny 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 BYOB so bring all the beer and wine you want.
Karma Kafe | 505 Washington Street
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.
La Isla Uptown | 25 12th Street
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La Isla has been a member of the Hoboken community for a long time in downtown Hoboken, but a few years ago they opened a second location in uptown Hoboken. They have a variety of options and recently welcomed the Elena Ruth Sandwich, dedicated to a Havana socialite who would order her own sandwich she created at El Carmelo Restaurant. The restaurant added her sandwich to the menu after, which is on a Cuban brioche with turkey, house-made strawberry jam, and cream cheese.
Leo’s Grandevous | 200 Grand Street
From sausage pizza to chicken jalapeno pizza and to a vodka sauce pie, Leo’s is known for its epic bar pies. The chicken parmesan with vodka sauce and gnocchi are also must-tries. The interior is practically a shrine to Sinatra, making it super Instagram-worthy.
Olivia’s | 1038 Garden Street
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If your parents are coming to town again and you want to show them something new during their visit, be sure to check out Olivia’s for a fun night out. The interior is beautiful and great for intimate conversation. Split some apps like the 3-beans hummus or martini ceviche.
Otto Strada | 743 Park Avenue
On the corner of Park and 8th lies one of Hoboken’s 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 the extensive menu ensures that every guest can make the best choice for his or her cravings.
San Giuseppe |1320 Adams Street
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.
Sirenetta Seafood & Raw Bar | 1039 Washington Street
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If the party is in the mood for seafood, Sirenetta has some of the best seafood options in the area. The eatery also boasts housemade gelato with flavors such as eggnog and cinnamon, as well as sorbet flavors such as blood orange and pink grapefruit. The design is also stunning and spacious.
Sorellina Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar | 1036 Washington Street
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 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. The extensive wine list is exclusively Italian, and the restaurant is owned by a certified sommelier, giving every guest a taste of the Bel Paese.
The Cuban | 333 Washington Street
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.
The Madison | 1316 Washington Street
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 simply enjoy a cocktail.
Trattoria Saporito | 328 Washington Street
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 the eatery will make it to order.