• The Brass Rail Has Wine on Tap {and It’s Pretty Much EVERYTHING}

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    What if I told you that there is a spot in town that actually serves wine on tap? Yes — WINE. ON. TAP. Nero d’avola, Spanish red wine, malbec, chardonnay, and more — right at the bar, ready for your consumption. And that bar/restaurant spot is the Brass Rail. Recently, we enjoyed dinner and cocktails here and sampled their fall menu, so of course had to share all about it.

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    The Story

    The Brass Rail is located at 135 Washington Street on the corner of 2nd street that opened in 1935. As far as sports bars and restaurants go in Hoboken, the locale is quite spacious and actually has not one–but two — levels {great for fall nights in town when Hoboken is quite crowded — you’ll probably be able to find seating — although it’s quite popular, so plan ahead…}.

    The rich mahogany decor + tin ceiling on the first floor lead to a curved staircase which takes you to the second level of dining {which is also sometimes used for private events and bridal showers}. It feels a bit fancier than the downstairs {and quite intimate if you’re taking a date there}.

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    The Brass Rail boasts a seasonal menu that changes routinely — based on farm-to-table offerings and chef’s selections. Here’s what we ordered:

    Cocktails

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    The Chard on tap to start was amaze, but feeling the fall vibes the seasonal cocktail menu was where it was at. The apple cider + prosecco cocktail was quite yum, and definitely got us in the fall spirit. For the beer lover, Brass Rail has over 50 craft options— so you know you’re in good hands.

    Appetizers

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    For apps, we opted for the Grilled Octopus and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Yes to both— if you haven’t had this then you are missing out. Grilled octopus is something that I’ve recently gotten into {after my partially Greek honeymoon}, and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite seafood apps to date {you must try!}.

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    The mac & cheese dish was just as good if not better, because there was cheese {and lobstahh} involved. Win/win for apps.

    Entrees

    On to dinner: It was a difficult decision, but I opted for the Ginger Garlic Soy Steamed Salmon {with basmati rice, stir fried baby bok choy, and a rock shrimp-pineapple tapenade} — which was delectable and my mouth is watering just reflecting on it right now.

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    Other entrees I want to come back to try include the Truffle Meatballs and Gnocchi {WUT}, Braised Short Ribs, and the Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli.

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    My date ordered the burger because he’s basic AF {I kid, but not really ;-)}, but it was quite delicious — juicy and fresh — and the thick cut fries are out of this world.

    Even though we *should* have been full {and we were but who can resist a little dessert?}, we ordered the Nutella Crème Brulée for a sweet little finish.

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    It was pretty much what you’d imagine it to be: crispy on top with a delicious creamy Nutella below the surface {swoooon}.

    Ambiance

    As far as service, our water was filled before we ever had to ask, the staff was extremely friendly, and the vibe was friendly and inviting. It’s an ideal spot for a variety of things: brunch with your parents {$22 for 2-courses and a complimentary brunch cocktail — with additional brunch cocktails being only $2-3!}, a first date, or a night with the girls. Win/Win/Win.

    The best part? The restaurant actually PAYS for your UBER ride if your check is over $50 — so if the ride was $7, they discount your check $7.00 as long as the $50 is spent (one ride per check). Talk about a trip worth the $$.

    Overall a great all-American local which rings true to their tag line ‘a modern classic.’ We’ll be back soon — most likely for more lobstah mac & cheese.

     

    Have you been to the Brass Rail and tried their new menu? What did you think?


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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