The underdog of meals is definitely lunch. Breakfast is coined as the “most important meal of the day,” brunch is, well, brunch. And dinner gets the glory of birthdays, dates, and celebrations. Yet lunch is the time of day to take a bit of a break, walk away from the computer, reflect on the accomplishments of the morning, and enjoy some great food. Whether working from home or taking some time to sit down midday during the weekend, lunch is a meal to be enjoyed. We rounded up some of the best lunch spots in Hoboken based on lunch menus and specials.
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Asia Sushi & Chinese | 926 Washington Street
An establishment well known in the community for great food and great service, Asia Sushi and Chinese is a great spot for lunch as well. Japanese lunch specials include options like maki roll combos and bento boxes. The Chinese lunch special menu provides sweet and spicy options. Asia Sushi & Chinese helps make the decision a little easier with the lunch suggestions menu. Check out the lunch menu here.
Chen’s Kitchen | 301 Jackson Street
Lunch on the go requires a great menu at even better prices. Chen’s Kitchen surely delivers in both areas. With a lunch special for just $7.95, the options are endless. Choose from favorites like chicken egg foo young, sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, shrimp lo mein, and more. All lunch specials are complete with a choice of rice, and a choice of egg roll, shrimp roll, or soda. Check out the lunch menu here.
Del Frisco’s | 221 River Street
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A great spot for taking clients or hanging with coworkers during lunch is Del Frisco’s. Prepare for a high-end American lunch with a large variety of options sure to please anyone in the group. The lunch menu here reads more like a dinner menu with choices ranging from soups and salads to signature steaks and 18 different side options. Check out the lunch menu here.
Elysian Café | 1001 Washington Street
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A quick trip to France would not otherwise be possible during a lunch break, but a midday stop at Elysian Cafe is the next best thing. Since 1865, this famous eatery has been a go-to in Hoboken. The special lunch menu includes classics such as French onion soup and Cesar salads or full entrees such as short rib macaroni au gratin, a burger with french fries, and a crepe du jour. Check out the lunch menu here.
Keming | 1006 Washington Street
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Fine Chinese cuisine lives at Keming in Hoboken. Lunch specials are served daily from 12 PM to 3PM, allowing guests to enjoy items on the menu at a lunch portion size and a special price. Classic dishes are on the menu including sesame chicken and beef and broccoli. Check out the lunch menu here.
La Isla | 104 Washington Street + 25 12th Street
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La Isla is another restaurant that can transport a lunch hour to another country. This time, Hoboken meets Havana. La Isla has been serving up the best of Cuban cuisine in the Uptown location since 2015, with options to dine al fresco or indoors. While the menu stays consistent, each day of the week an item with a special price for that day. All lunches come with a choice of two sides from a selection of rice, beans, yuca, and maduros. Check out the lunch menu here.
Low-Fatt-Chow Chinese Cuisine | 720 Monroe Street
Chinese cuisine never disappoints, but pairing the beloved dishes with low-calorie and low-fat options makes ordering out for lunch even more appealing. This spot is known around town for its incredible food without the guilt, offering healthier versions of classics like sweet and sour chicken and lo mein. Lunch specials can be ordered from 11AM-3PM on weekdays and each option comes with a choice of white, brown, egg fried, veggie fried, chicken fried, or pork fried rice. In addition to traditional Chinese lunch specials, Low-Fatt-Chow also offers wraps with familiar flavors like General Tso’s and sesame chicken. Check out the lunch menu here.
Margherita’s | 740 Washington Street
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Adding gourmet pasta and pizzas to a traditional lunch of soup and salad is never a bad idea. That is exactly what can be found at Margherita’s. For gluten-free guests, pasta and pizza options are available. Pick from fun pizza names such as You Want a Pizza Me which is topped with prosciutto, baby arugula, extra virgin olive oil, and Reggiano or You Don’t Pepper Own Me topped with pepperoni, tomatoes, mozzarella, Mike’s hot honey, and spicy long hot peppers. Check out the lunch menu here.
Okinawa Sushi | 400 Newark Street
Sushi is a great choice for a mid-day meal. With options that will satisfy hunger without the lunchtime slump, try Okinawa Sushi. Choose from the list of rolls for the two or three-roll combo or look at the Sushi Bar Lunch Menu for combination platters. With options starting at $13.50, it’s a deal that can’t be missed. Check out the lunch menu here.
Pho Nomenon Noodle & Grill | 516 Washington Street
Here’s another international getaway during lunchtime, here in Hoboken. Pho Nomenon Noodle & Grill transports diners to Vietnam with the traditional cuisine of the Asian country. The lunch menu keeps it simple with classic options such as grilled sliced pork on rice or chicken with mixed vegetables. All lunch specials are served with a crispy spring roll. Check out the lunch menu here.
Precious Japanese & Chinese | 128 Washington Street
Tucked away in a small space on Washington Street, this Asian fusion spot is a great little escape during lunch. Known for its quick service and extensive lunch menu, it’s the perfect spot to take a break from the computer or dine with friends. From 11AM to 4PM, lunch specials starting at just $10 are served. Check out the menu here.
Robongi | 520 Washington Street
Takeout sushi has become a go-to for lunchtime while working from home or even during the weekend. Robangi Hoboken is the perfect spot for that and more. With lunch specials including sushi, bento box, and even Chinese items, this Asian fusion spot is sure to please. Hang out with seating indoors or outdoors or place an order to go. Check out the lunch menu here.
Satay Malaysian | 99 Washington Street
While the name suggests one style of food, Satay’s menu includes both Malaysian and Chinese cuisine. Starting at 11:30AM and ending at 4PM daily, Malaysian, Chinese, and diet lunch menus are available. Each entrée comes with eggcorn, curry, or vegetable soup, and a choice of white rice, Hainanese rice, coconut rice, or brown rice. The spice can be altered on each meal. Check out the lunch menu here.
Seven Valley’s | 936 Washington Street
Simple options are what lunchtime is all about at Seven Valley’s from 12PM-4PM. For just $12.95, three choices of kabobs, chicken, beef, or vegetable, are available. Each lunch special comes with saffron rice, Shirazi salad, and a choice of pistachio baklava or rose brownie. Check out the lunch menu here.
Sirenetta | 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken
Sirenetta, a local seafood restaurant, just announced that it would be serving lunch starting in November of 2022 — from Thursday to Sunday, 12PM – 4PM. You can expect to find a variety of yummy seafood eats, like grilled calamari, lobster BLT, caviar carbonara, a variety of offerings from the raw bar, and much more. You can click here to a reserve a table.
Trattoria Saporito | 328 Washington Street
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For over 20 years, this Italian eatery has been a staple in Hoboken. Take a trip to Italy during the hours of 12PM to 3PM. Trattoria Saporito has a special lunch menu including appetizers, soups, salads, and pasta. Celebrating a birthday or other special event? A boozy lunch is allowed at this BYOB establishment. Check out the lunch menu here.
Turning Point | 1420 Frank Sinatra Drive
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Most people might know Turning Point for its excellent breakfast menu or fresh juices, but don’t miss lunch at this waterfront spot. Also known as their “High Noon Eats” menu, the variety of lunch choices at Turning Point are endless. Opt for a full-size salad or sandwich such as a cran-walnut chicken salad sandwich or a chop-chop salad. For those who can’t choose just one, a combo special of half salad or half sandwich is available for just $11. Check out the lunch menu here.
Yeung II | 1120 Washington Street
Known for its modern take on classic Chinese cuisine, Yeung II is the perfect spot for lunch. When looking for fresh, quality ingredients for fan-favorite dishes, Yeung II is the place to order out or dine in. From 12PM to 4PMdaily, lunch specials are on the menu. Check out the menu here.
Zack’s Oak Bar and Restaurant | 232 Willow Avenue
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Lunch does not have to be limited to a short amount of time. At Zack’s, lunch is meant to be enjoyed over a few courses. Starting with American favorites such as mac and cheese, nachos, or chicken tenders and then moving onto a second course which can include a salad or sandwich. Check out the lunch menu here.