The Coolest Outdoor Dining Setups in Hoboken + Jersey City Right Now

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With no other option but to provide outdoor dining per NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s new reversal on indoor dining, Hoboken and Jersey City restaurants have really stepped up their creative game to ensure that residents have only the best options. In taking a walk through the streets of Hoboken and Jersey City, including off-the-beaten-path, you may find spectacular waterfront views of the NYC skyline, temporary “parklets” {that look like they were made to be there}, outdoor oases, + more. There are so many options to choose from — but no need to feel overwhelmed. We’ve curated a list of our favorites for you to enjoy — so grab your mask and get ready to dine, because this is your go-to guide of the most unique outdoor dining setups in town right now. 

Hoboken

Apulia {1319 Washington Street}

This small uptown Italian restaurant on Washington Street is hiding an impressive tented dining area in the back complete with hanging lights to really set the mood. Enjoy a nice Italian feast and cap it off with the restaurant’s refreshing gelato, all while staying shaded from the evening sun. While reservations are not required, they are strongly recommended to dine. Plus, Apulia has a nightly pizza speakeasy that if you know, you know.

Augustino’s {1104 Washington Street}

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A coveted Italian restaurant that had limited dining space on the inside has now transformed its sidewalk space into a spacious outdoor dining area. Take in the bustling street views all while enjoying a nice meal that you’d normally wait weeks for when it comes to reservations {though, outdoors that *may* be the case still, too}. Dining is available by reservation only.

Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

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Not only does this next Washington Street wine bar have a large parklet to take advantage of on the sidewalk, but Bin 14 is also able to continuously use its covered space behind the restaurant in its backyard garden. Diners can enjoy the same intimate dining space they’ve always known {socially distanced, of course}. Reservations can be made on RESY.

Carpe Diem {1405 Grand Street}

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A traditional neighborhood pub, this uptown gem isn’t just providing outdoor dining. When you dine at Carpe Diem, you’re seated under the Hoboken viaduct, a “streatery” with an almost cathedral-like feel special enough to receive an official opening ceremony. And of course, works in rain or shine.

Charrito’s {518 Washington Street}

For a fiesta of a dinner, Charrito’s outdoor dining space is a vibrant oasis that will transport you to the heart of Mexico. No longer a BYO spot, Charrito’s offers some great margaritas and other Mexican drinks to accompany your meal.

Court Street {61 6th Street}

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Dine like you’re in the streets of Europe at Court Street. The sidewalk cafe the restaurant has set up on the cobblestones is an ideal spot for your next date night, complete with crisp white linens and beautifully set tables. Visit the website to make a reservation.

Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington Street}

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Elysian has always had a beautifully decorated exterior. Prior to the pandemic, if you headed to this classic restaurant for a spring or summer night out, the hope was to dine amongst its plant-filled outdoor oasis. Now, Elysian has extended that oasis slightly to accommodate a few more tables and it’s as pretty as ever {not to mention the amazing food}. Make a reservation by calling the day of to book.

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Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street}

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Known as a popular space for cooking class, Hudson Table is one of the lesser-known outdoor dining areas but they’ve sure made their outdoor dining experience a great one. Offered on Wednesdays through Sundays, each day has a set dining theme. Experience a family-style dinner, a four-course plated dinner, a pop-up cafe, or meal kits and virtual cooking classes that are still available. Make a reservation in the “classes” section of the website.

Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

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As if Leo’s didn’t already have quite a spacious outdoor dining area, factor in the life-sized Frank Sinatra mural, double space across the street for dining, and your night is complete. Plan your next outdoor meal at this Grand Street spot {and maybe snap a selfie with Frank on your way out}. Leo’s is only accepting walk-ins and dining is first come, first serve.

Malibu Diner {257 14th Street}

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Malibu Diner has recycled a decent amount of its large parking lot to accommodate outdoor diners — calling it “Picnic at the ‘bu.” No need to worry about melting on a hot day when you’re sitting at these picnic tables with a nice umbrella overhead; you’ll feel like you’re on a real picnic in the park!

Mulligan’s Pub {159 1st Street}

Mulligan’s has taken “using your space wisely” to a whole new level. Having transformed their storage area into an outdoor bar, you can now stop by for a drink next time you’re in the area.

Panello {720 Monroe Street}

Panello always has had a large outdoor dining space right by the Monroe Center. Plan for a delicious Italian meal {wood-fired pizza and handcrafted pasta are highly recommended} at a quaint picnic table with your friend or significant other.

Pier 13 {1301 Sinatra Drive North}

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A classic Hoboken outdoor staple, but some may argue that this outdoor bar is even better than before, with seated service and fewer crowds. Enjoy one of Pier 13’s classic frozen drinks or craft brews from an umbrella-clad picnic table as you soak in NYC skyline views as far as the eye can see. Not to mention, there are always food trucks of various cuisines {think tacos, pizza, soft serve, + more} to satisfy you no matter what you’re craving.

Seven Valleys {936 Washington Street}

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If you’re worried about crowds but still want to enjoy a decadent meal, Seven Valleys is the place for you, serving up some of the best Persian food this area has to offer. This Washington Street spot serving flavorful cuisine has limited seating and is taking all necessary precautions to make patrons feel comfortable, including QR code menus. To prevent multiple people from using the same menus, you simply scan the QR code to bring the menu up on your own phone. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Sorellina {1036 Washington Street}

Another restaurant that is taking advantage of contactless menus via QR codes, Sorellina has a plant-filled area for outdoor dining that expands onto the street. Diners can still enjoy the classic Italian dishes Sorellina has to offer at a quaint {+ quiet} table.

Streataly on the Hudson {16 Hudson Place}

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This brand new downtown spot right across from the PATH station brought to us by Pop-Up Pizza is a new go-to for Italian grub but more specifically, gelato and sorbet. Make sure to grab a slice of pizza, homemade zeppoles, garlic knots, and more to go {and don’t forget dessert}.

Jersey City

902 Brewing Co. {101 Pacific Avenue}

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This local brewery boasts an impressive rooftop space with plenty of room for social distancing as well as unbeatable Jersey City views. Indulge in one of the cleverly-named beers such as the “PATH Pale Ale” or the “Double Paaahked New England Style Double IPA” as you watch the sunset from the roof deck.

Battello {502 Washington Boulevard}

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If you’re looking for an idyllic date night spot with impeccable views of NYC, look no further. Battello offers outdoor seating right on the waterfront that simply cannot be beaten. As if that wasn’t good enough, this JC  spot also provides live music to accompany your outdoor dining experience. Walk-ins welcome.

The Boil {8 Erie Street}

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If you’re in the mood for seafood, head over to The Boil. The outdoor dining area is both fun to look at and sit in, with booth seating you can take advantage of. Treat yourself to a night of seafood and cocktails in the outdoor oasis, complete with hanging lights and vibrant signage.

Carvao BBQ {686 Bergen Avenue}

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Next time you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned BBQ, head on over to Carvao, in the McGinley Square neighborhood of Jersey City. They too have taken on an open-air dining concept, with covered tables outside for you to chow down on some BBQ-smothered ribs.

Corto {507 Palisade Avenue}

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This well-known spot in The Heights has a quaint outdoor dining area complete with a tent and hanging lights to make your experience a special one. Walk-ins welcome or reserve through RESY.

Departed Soles Brewing Company {150 Bay Street}

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A+++ for creativity. Departed Soles has transformed its parklet into a pirate ship, and we can’t get enough of it. Order one of the local brews as you channel your inner child and take a ride on the pirate ship.

Dullboy {364 Grove Street}

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Talk about eye candy, this Grove Street spot has a brightly-decorated backyard dining room for you to take advantage of. Sit at one of the locale’s benches or picnic tables for a delectable meal and a cocktail as you soak in the plant-filled scenery around you. No reservations.

Frankie {264 Grove Street}

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Another Grove Street spot that is filled with vibrant decor, visit Frankie for happy hour from 4:00PM-7:00PM or dinner from 5:00PM-10PM. If the weather shifts, this Australian eatery has got you covered with pop-up canopies and colorful furniture.

The Hamilton Inn {708 Jersey Avenue}

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With plenty of outdoor dining space, you don’t need to miss a single meal at the popular Hamilton Inn. Order one of the restaurant’s classic burgers with a side of frozen drink to make this outdoor meal complete.

Harry’s Daughter {339 Communipaw Avenue}

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For some great vibes and even better food, check out Harry’s Daughter. This Jersey City spot has truly transformed its outdoor area into a dining space with island vibes including hanging lights, palm trees, vibrant green picnic tables, + more. 

Hudson Hall {364 Marin Boulevard}

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Adopting an open-air concept, Hudson Hall encourages stopping by for a to-go cocktail. Or, jump on the outdoor dining bandwagon at one of the picnic tables for lunch, brunch, dinner, or just drinks.

Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue}

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Laico’s is a traditional, family-owned Jersey City Italian restaurant that has transformed its outdoor space into a tented dining room. Enjoy a classic Italian meal under the lights {and the tent}. Call ahead to reserve your table, as space is limited.

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The Lutze {3 2nd Street}

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Already a go-to spot for outdoor affairs, The Lutze is now more than ever the place to be. Enjoy unmatched views of NYC while you sip on a signature cocktail from an Adirondack chair. This waterfront spot is dog and family-friendly, so be sure to bring your four-legged friend with you.

Mathews Food and Drink {351 Grove Street}

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This Grove Street spot has put a lot of effort into looking as nice as it does, which is just one of the reasons to pay the restaurant a visit. The parklet patio has taken on a country club vibe with white lattice fences, palm trees, and upscale-style tables and chairs that complement the color scheme perfectly.

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Originally from Essex County, Alexa is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved to Hoboken two years ago. A teacher by day, Alexa is certified in elementary and special education and has her master’s degree in literacy. In 2018 she started @AlexaMartinDesigns, her small business side hustle focusing on all things creative and loves to collaborate with other small and local businesses. Alexa is currently an intern for Hoboken Girl and in her free time, you can find her painting all the things, traveling the world with her fiancé, or relaxing at her family’s beach house in Spring Lake, NJ.