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The Coolest Interiors for Indoor Dining in Hoboken + Jersey City

by The Hoboken Girl Team
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With Governor Murphy announcing that Friday, September 4th is the first day for indoor dining to be reopening in New Jersey, many are prepping their plans to make up the 25% capacity that will be allowed indoors. If you’re living locally in the Hoboken or Jersey City area, you know that this is something that we have missed greatly — the inside of a restaurant — not only for the food but for the ambiance itself. So if you’re planning on heading indoors as the weather turns colder during the fall {or ASAP because #LDW is upon us}, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest interiors for indoor dining in Hoboken + Jersey City for all of your dining ambiance desires. And yes, this list is NOT comprehensive, it’s just some of our favorites — based on vibes, interiors, designs, and decor. Here’s the list.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. During COVID-19, not all of these restaurants have reopened immediately for indoor dining, despite the regulations. We strongly recommend calling ahead for reservations given the current capacity limits and potential closings.

Antique Bar & Bakery {122 Willow Avenue}

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Oh how we love Antique Bar & Bakery — you can smell the coal-fired oven from miles away! The decor is inspired by the ’70s mixed with cinema — with beautiful tables that have chic centerpieces, lucite candle holders, rustic wood paneling, and light that brighten up the room. The menu is also written in film script, making for the ultimate entertainment experience. Chef Paul Gerard and his team are often seen making fresh mozzarella right in front of patrons.

HG Tip: Order the steaks, chicken, or fish; they’ll have you coming back for more — and finish the meal with the infamous bread pudding dessert.

Augustino’s {1104 Washington Street}

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If you can get a reservation, this is a classic Italian Hoboken spot. Augustino’s was born on September 15th, 1995 when Buddy {Angelo} Yandoli acquired the old Hoboken Pizzeria from a friend. Serving Italian fare, Augustino’s has only eight tables and eight spots at the bar, so reservations are tough to get.

HG Tip: Call later in the evening for a day-of reservation; sometimes you can get lucky.

Barbès {1300 Park Avenue}

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Barbès brings a taste of Moroccan-French eats to Hoboken with bistro-style food and a lively ambiance. You truly feel right at home when you walk into this restaurant, but also like you’ve walked into another world — with Moroccan-inspired decor throughout the interior. Every dish has its own flavors, and for those that are familiar with the incredible Morrocan specialties, know that they come out in piping hot tagines, which can be washed down with from-scratch cocktails.

HG Tip: Drag queen brunches are the pick here — so much fun {and lately they’ve been outdoors}!

Dino and Harry’s {163 14th Street}

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A steakhouse-meets-old-school bar and restaurant, D&H’s known for its steak, martinis, piano serenades, and of course — the Snowboken. This well-known uptown spot’s interior has been the site of movies with its vintage details, transporting you back in time with stained glass, huge windows, an antique cherry wood bar, and tin ceilings. It has a relaxed but upscale feel, perfect for fine dining for a special occasion, or a casual get-together with friends.

HG Tip: The scallops are a must-order entree if you’re not going for the Porterhouse.

Grand Vin Hoboken {500 Grand Street}

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Everyone knows you come to Hoboken for the chic and cozy vibes, but you stay for the food. When you walk into Grand Vin, the decor and light fixtures immediately catch your eye, as the interior is warm and inviting — coupled with an extensive wine menu that offers a very diverse selection of wines.

HG Tip: When it comes to the food, the chicken parm with burrata and pappardelle with scallops are a must.

Il Tavolo Palmisano {700 Clinton Street}

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New on the block, this Italian restaurant opened its doors right before the pandemic hit, but even then, the food proved too delicious not to experience it for yourself. There’s a reason the outdoor dining section is always packed! Owned and operated by the same owner of Hoboken’s beloved {now closed} Biggies Clam Bar, this restaurant may be new, but they know exactly what they’re doing. Patrons will find some of the best Italian fare in town here.

HG Tip: The Shrimp Pete is a staple on the menu. {It’s all in the marinara}.

Keming Chinese {1006 Washington Street}

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Hoboken has its fair share of Chinese takeout restaurants, however, this hidden gem is a perfect spot for dining indoors {and not to mention Keming has some of the best Chinese food in hoboken}. The ambiance is cozy and homey, and it’s BYOB and make sure you come hungry to this spot; the menu is on point. They are the only Chinese restaurant in Hoboken that served traditional soup dumplings aka Juicy Pork Buns.

HG Tip: The chicken and eggplant in garlic sauce is a must.

La Isla {25 12th Street}

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A staple in the community since 1970, this go-to spot has been serving up some of the best Cuban food the area has to offer. While the original location at 1st and Washington Street is quaint, charming, and known for its casual vibe, the uptown location gave the owners more room to create another charming restaurant with an upscale design aesthetic. From a large granite diner-style tabletop and leather bar stools to white dining tables accented by the dark wood chairs and patterned floor tiles, this restaurant is a must-visit. The Cuban artwork that is hung throughout the space and the mid-century style ceiling lamps paired with island-like wooden fans all come together to provide a beautiful, island-like oasis.

HG Tip: Order any churrasco dish!

Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

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80+ years young, Leo’s in Hoboken is an Italian shrine di Frank Sinatra — and proud of it. One of the oldest restaurants in Hoboken, photographs of Ol’ Blue Eyes adorn every open wall, and the rumors {well, outright truths}, are that Sinatra’s good friend Leo, the original owner of the restaurant in the 1930s, created the restaurant’s decor as the singer was rising in fame. Leo would travel with Sinatra to all of his gigs, but once Sinatra really gained popularity nationally, he moved out of Hoboken to the West Coast. Many customers enjoyed Leo’s tribute to Frank Sinatra, and as a result, started offering Leo some old photographs of Sinatra in Hoboken, which he began to hang on the walls. Fast-forward to the present day, and Leo’s is owned by Leo’s grandchildren, where its delicious Italian traditions {and jukebox} are still carried out — and every square inch of the place is covered in Frank-inspired decor.

HG Tip: Order the meatballs, and the full glass wine pours, of course.

Orale {Hoboken + Jersey City}

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Orale has two locations {one in JC & one in Hoboken}, and both spots have bold energy and bright lights. The light fixture with bottles of juaritos lit up when you walk in will definitely get you excited for what’s to come. If you are craving tacos and spicy margs, this is your place, and add in the Dia de Los Muertos decor + color graffiti and you’ve got a party.

HG Tip: The shrimp tacos are a classic but everyone comes for the assortment of guacamoles they offer.

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

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Resembling an old German castle in its interior, the Biergarten has quickly become a Hoboken staple since its inception almost a decade ago. Sausages, beer, and other Austrian-Hungarian favorites are served at communal tables inside and out.

HG Tip: Order the pretzels!

Read More: Outdoor Biergartens + Breweries in Hoboken and Jersey City

Saku Hoboken {1036 Park Avenue}

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When you are craving sushi, definitely head to Saku for both good rolls and a beautiful interior. The floral decor and chic ambiance is what makes this place so special. When you walk in there are two areas to sit in – a darker room closer to the sushi bar with high tops or the main dining room where the bar is. Both rooms offer different instagrammable opps and cozy fun.

HG Tip: The sushi is next level here — from the Surf N Turf Roll to the I Like Big Butter And I Cannot Lie roll. Sip on some sake and you’ve got yourself a lovely night.

Sorellina {1026 Washington Street}

During COVID-19, it was no surprise Sorellina had one of the most stunning parklets in the area because when you walk inside, the ambiance is what draws you in. With bright colors and a rustic feel, this restaurant truly gives you that vibrant Italian vibe — even though ironically it was a German restaurant, Helmers, prior. They offer over 100 wine bottle selections and every dish is made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients.

HG Tip: The Aperol spritzes are some of the best in the biz.

Stingray Lounge

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Tucked away on the Avenue, Stingray Lounge is a raw bar and seafood bar + restaurant, with an emphasis on mixology.
There are a bunch of seats lined up along the bar, and around the corner to the right, there are a few larger tables for bigger groups {food is available at the bar or the tables}.

HG Tip: On certain nights — aka pre-COVID-19, Sunday through Tuesday — you can enjoy half-off oysters and champagne.

Touch the Heart {324 Washington Street}

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Trendy American-inspired Asian eats meets flowers. This spot opened up just a few months back and has been quite the hit. It is a BYOB restaurant, however, you can bring your own spirits and they will make you amazing craft cocktails. While no one has officially been able to dine inside yet, the decor is absolutely stunning — from the flower mural painted on the wall to the antiques and plants all over the room. The menu has some flavorful dishes that you cannot find anywhere else in the area.

HG Tip: Try the General Tso Chicken dumplings and Surf & Turf Fried Rice.

Jersey City

15 Fox Place {15 Fox Place}

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This gem in deep in Jersey City is not just an indoor dining locale, it’s an experience. 15 Fox Place is a family-owned-and-operated restaurant that is located inside of a house. It’s an absolute dining outing, usually with 5-6 courses made by the chef, menu-less. Reservations must be made in advance, and usually, they’re booked out for weeks.

HG Tip: This spot is BYO but it’s priced per person and ideal for an intimate celebration — anniversary, holiday party, dinner date, etc.

Battello Jersey City {502 Washington Boulevard}

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Battello, known for its beautiful views of the city and industrial-rustic ceilings, is a perfect place for large gatherings and weddings. They have several dining rooms and breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. The restaurant changes their menu by season and offer brunch as well. This is a great place to take your family on a fall day!

HG Tip: Order the short ribs. You’re welcome.

Cellar 355 {335 Newark Avenue}

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Tiki bar… but make it indoor! From the black leather chairs to the paintings on the brick walls, the decor at Cellar 335 is amazing. There are beautiful plants and light fixtures on every wall which makes for another instagrammable spot, and all of the cocktails give you that Island feel in every sip. The food is also on point – literally every dish has a unique twist of Asian-tropical fusion, and the avocado fried rice and pork belly bao buns are a must!

HG Tip: Order the Lost @ Sea cocktail.

Dull Boy {364 Grove Street}

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Dull Boy is a fun cocktail bar with a gorgeous patio and indoor bar, adorned with books along the walls. The ambiance is rustic and chic, with vintage antiques all over the walls and fancy light fixtures. A great spot for after-work drinks or a Saturday nightcap, Dull Boy offers small plates, a few entree options, and sandwiches, but they are known for their cocktails.

HG Tip: Don’t sleep on Dull Boy’s wings!

Frankie {264 Grove Street}

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{Photo credit: @frankieeatsjc}

It’s no surprise that the owners, couple, and self-described design-duo Rowen and Rebecca created a one-of-a-kind dining experience. While the vibe is casual and beachy, the restaurant is anything but ordinary. Their main sources of inspiration for the design of the restaurant were their love of travel and Rowen’s home, Sydney Australia. The space exudes great vibes through the art-deco furnishings, relaxing colors, neon signs, eclectic art, and vibrant plants. There’s a mix of boho-chic and 70s retro pieces. Aside from the table seating, there are mini lounge areas for patrons to kick back, relax, and take an Instagram-worthy photo.

HG Tip: Taste the “The Wonderful Life” cocktail.

Gringos {12 Coles Street}

Inspired by the fusion of American and Mexican cuisine, this restaurant puts its own spin on classics — albeit slightly kitschy. It literally feels like a fiesta when you walk in with bright colors and a taco truck right in the middle of the restaurant. They have quite the array of Mezcals and Tequilas that pair well with the food — and piñatas adorn the walls.

HG Tip: They have Choco Tacos on the dessert menu.

Harry’s Daughter {339 Communipaw Avenue}

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This restaurant boasts an island-inspired interior that will have you ordering anything sweet and tropical from the wraparound retro-style bar. The combination of exposed brick walls and bright green palm leaf wallpaper provides the perfect {instagrammable} backdrop for the straw chandeliers, wood liquor shelves, black and white floor tiles, and hanging basket chairs. The open-style kitchen finishes off the laidback atmosphere at this gem.

HG Tip: Order the Lulu Potter.

South House {149 Newark Avenue}

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South House brings southern vibes to Jersey City with Austin, Texas-fusion-inspired menu items. They are known for their ‘farm to glass’ specialty cocktails. When you walk in, there is a huge bar with dim lights and brick walls with beautiful paintings, and the Newark Ave staple offers brunch and dinner classics with that southern touch. From fried green tomatoes to shrimp po boys this place makes you feel like you are far away from Jersey!

HG Tip: You *must* try the Bloody Marys.

Mathews Food and Drink {351 Grove Street}

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Mathews is a cute little spot right in the heart of JC. It is the ideal place to get brunch with the girls or bring your family to dinner. When you step inside the vibe is very NYC-esque. It is a little spot with big energy, known for its sparkly cocktails and delicious food.

HG Tip: The French toast sticks are out of this world.

Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue}

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This Italian spot in Jersey City is known for it’s The cozy and friendly atmosphere that gives both a traditional feel and a present-day vibe. From their homemade salad dressing to garlic bread and craft cocktails they have something for everyone., Everyone feels right at home when they walk in. The menu offers traditional Italian dishes like eggplant rollatini and wood-fired pizzas. It is the absolute best spot for a family Sunday dinner.

HG Tip: They have valet parking!

Lokal {2 2nd Street}

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Lokal is another great spot for views of NYC, and the doors inside open so you get that outdoor + indoor vibe during the warmer months. The decor inside is beautiful and bright — and the windows are open leaving a picture-perfect view of the city. Cocktails at Lokal are just as beautiful as the views, and be sure not to skip out on the everything bagel seasoned bloody mary at brunch! The menu has many options, however the best dishes come from the sea.

HG Tip: The Za’atar-crusted salmon is a must.

Madame Claude Bis {390 4th Street}

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This French restaurant just off the beaten path of Newark Avenue is a little escape from the busy reality of downtown. The dimly-lit cavern ambiance coupled with delectable French dishes, wine, and aperitifs makes it an ideal spot for a date-night.

HG Tip: The bartender Anthony makes an excellent vodka gimlet, but everything at Madame’s is incredible.

Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

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{Photo credit: @portajerseycity}

This gem is not only a favorite of locals, but New Yorkers are known to take the path into town just to indulge in the brick oven pizza and enjoy a drink on the epic rooftop. While the spacious rooftop may be the draw, the indoor dining area has major industrial-chic ambiance essential for a casual night with friends. The main dining room can hold up to 125 patrons {during non-COVID times}, all with wooden cafeteria-style tables and benches. Tucked underneath the stairs to the main dining room, you’ll find The Monk Room that’s the perfect little nook for your private get-together. The venue is complete with bars on the main floor, on the rooftop, and in the basement.

HG Tip: You can’t visit and not try the pizza!

PS Wine Bar {193 Newark Avenue}

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Located in the lower level of Pet Shop JC {a vegetarian bar}, PS Wine Bar is a speakeasy-style wine bar. Boasting organic wines, this basement setting is ideal for dates, intimate gatherings, and those who are looking to try something new.

HG Tip: The food upstairs at Pet Shop is also delicious!

Rumba Cubana {237 Pavonia Avenue}

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Walking into Rumba Cubana is like transporting to Havana, Cuba. The restaurant is designed to recreate an authentic Caribbean upscale dining experience that patrons would come across while dining in the beautiful country itself. The warm earth tones, wooden fixtures, tropical plants, salsa music, mood-setting lighting, and a large mural of a popular street in Cuba that frames the bar harmoniously come together to create a unique dining experience.

HG Tip: The Chicarron Mofongos Caribenos is a must-try.

Satis Bistro {212 Washington Street}

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Satis is a little gem offering European food chic vibes. They offer an array of dishes inspired by different European countries. From Cacio e Pepe inspired by Italy to a classic German Pork Schnitzel, we promise you will find a dish that speaks to you here. They have a very broad wine list to pair with all the delicious food and a great cocktail menu.

HG Tip: The cocktail wine bar happy hour is $5 glasses of wine 4PM-6PM Tuesday through Sundays. Call to confirm it’s still going on!

The Boil {8 Erie Street}

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The Boil brings a real cajun style fresh seafood boil to life in Hoboken. When you walk in, you are immediately captured by the nautical and beach-like ambiance. The host stand is literally a boat. This is a fun place to go with a group of friends and the seafood is so fresh it melts in your mouth. They are known for their seafood bags sold by the pound. Options are pretty much limitless here from king crab legs to lobster to shrimp and crawfish.

HG Tip: Be prepared to get down and dirty here {with gloves of course}.

WÜRSTBAR {516 Jersey Avenue}

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{Photo credit: @wurstbarjc}

This spot is inspired by German and Eastern European styles and provides a respite from the concrete and glass architecture in the neighborhood. Grabbing a bite here is like traveling back in time, as there are large wooden tables and benches for a casual seating arrangement to enjoy a variety of beers and tasty sausage. The white marble bar is centered in the space, with antique pieces from old butcher shops hanging along the charmingly distressed, tiled walls.

HG Tip: The beer selection is epic.

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