Ah, espresso martinis. The drink of the season and a current go-to order for many when visiting local spots. Since these cocktails have been in high-demand, we’ve decided to (happily) do the research and round up the best spots to order an espresso martini in Hoboken and Jersey City. Keep reading for a list of where to get the best espresso martinis locally.
Barbès | 1300 Park Avenue
This is a French and Moroccan-inspired restaurant with unique dishes, plus truly tasty beverages. The bartenders at Barbès are excellent at providing an individual twist on each classic cocktail, including the espresso martini. Do yourself a favor next time you stop in and try this martini.
Belo Bar | 104 Hudson Street
With Manhattan-style decor and comedy nights, Belo Bar has a wonderful atmosphere that pairs well with an espresso martini. Belo Bar’s take on the espresso martini is exactly what you need to start your weekend (or end it – we love a good Sunday Funday).
Court Street | 61 6th Street
This Mile Square staple has a menu full of quality eats and drinks – and the espresso martini is no exception. Court Street continues to be a local favorite, with next-level cocktails like this one. This historic spot has such charm and great vibes to sip on a delicious espresso martini.
Dino + Harry’s | 163 14th Street
A classic Hoboken gem that specializes in wine and epic cocktails – including the espresso martinis. Aside from the old-school style decor and the premium steaks, of course, Dino + Harry’s is a bucket list stop for local residents and visitors. And if you’re keeping a bucket list for espresso martinis, this spot should be on it.
Elysian Cafe | 1001 Washington Street
You can’t go wrong with this French-inspired restaurant. Whether you’re sitting in the charming outdoor area or inside around 1895-saloon décor – both the cocktails and food are on point. The espresso martini is not only a great choice, but it also goes well with any appetizer, especially the fresh oysters on the menu. And yes, we agree it sounds like the best combo for a girl’s night out or date night.
Grand Vin | 500 Grand Street
Grand Vin is a local favorite for all things cocktails. Come for the chic and cozy ambiance, stay for the espresso martinis. These martinis do not disappoint and they also pair well with either brunch or dinner. And if you change your mind, the wine bar’s menu is pretty extensive.
Hudson Golf | 16 Hudson Place
Hudson Golf is a new golf simulator and modern sports bar in the former Teak and HUB locations. This spot is for both serious golfers and those less inclined to hit the physical golf course — and you can also grab an espresso martini at the bar while you’re here.
Il Tavolo di Palmisano | 700 Clinton Street
Authentic, Italian family recipes with a modern spin on not only the food – but also the cocktails. Il Tavolo di Palmisano’s espresso martinis are next level. They are perfectly prepared and hit the spot for that espresso craving.
Margherita’s | 740 Washington Street
Margherita’s is not only serving up authentic Italian dishes – but also fun and creative espresso martinis. With a hint of vanilla, this is the perfect drink to pair with your brunch, lunch, or dinner at this Washington Street spot.
Northern Soul Kitchen + Bar | 700 1st Street
Come for the buffalo cauliflower – stay for the espresso martinis. The vibe is everything here, along with the welcoming staff, while the espresso martinis are a local favorite. The best way to end a visit here is with the shareable s’mores dessert.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street
You’ve (hopefully) heard of a dirty chai latte — but Sorellina raises an even dirtier take on the drink with its dirty chai espresso martini. Complete with a lil gingerbread man artwork on top, this drink is as tasty as it looks, and a totally unique twist on a fan favorite.
The Madison Bar + Grill | 1316 Washington Street
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The Madison Bar + Grill serves up a unique twist on espresso martinis — with shaved parmesan cheese on top. The spot also recently hinted at more unique espresso martini flavors coming soon, so keep up on Instagram.
Zack’s Oak Bar | 232 Willow Avenue
A Hoboken staple, Zack’s Oak Bar also has outstanding cocktails. The espresso martini is a neighborhood favorite, along with everything else on the menu. Zack’s is constantly keeping up with new cocktail and food trends, so expect a fun take on the espresso martini while you’re at this downtown spot.
Battello | 502 Washington Boulevard
Battello is a romantic waterfront favorite. Enjoy views of the NYC skyline while sipping on a delicious espresso martini at this Jersey City hot spot. Whether you’re headed to Battello for brunch or dinner, put on your chic new outfit and try this espresso-based cocktail. Battello also recently debuted a frozen espresso martini which we are totally obsessed with. Talk about the best possible summer evening cocktail.
Brick Lane Curry | 136 Newark Avenue
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Exclusively in Jersey City, Brick Lane Curry has established its all-new cocktail menu. Among the decadent cocktails is the Espresso Martini. Its updated menu focuses on seasonal ingredients and many Indian spices that are comforting for the cooler and more crisp weather ahead.
Dullboy | 364 Grove Street
Espresso martinis here are made with freshly brewed Modcup coffee (a local Jersey City coffee company). If you’ve ever been to Dullboy, you know the cocktails are no joke – and the espresso martinis are no different.
Fire + Oak | 479 Washington Boulevard
This gorgeous Newport restaurant has an absolutely stunning food and drink menu. Add in a flavorful espresso martini, and you have yourself a perfect date night spot or place to gather with friends. Side note: don’t sleep on Fire + Oak’s brunch — it’s truly out of this world.
Hamilton Inn | 708 Jersey Avenue
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The Hamilton Inn’s outdoor dining setup is a huge reason to visit this JC spot – but the espresso martinis are not to be missed. Hamilton Inn is known for serving up delicious martinis, and this espresso-flavored one won’t disappoint.
Kitchen Step | 500 Jersey Avenue
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Along with offering great vibes, drinks, food, and expertise – Kitchen Step is serving up excellent espresso martinis (+ many other cocktails). Make sure to check out this local take on the drink, and the fun cocktail glass it is served in.
Laico’s | 67 Terhune Avenue
Not only does Laico’s serve up delicious food, but it also has a cozy, intimate vibe – perfect for sipping on a tasty espresso martini. The food is Italian-style, and the drinks have an authentic taste – including the espresso martini. True espresso lovers will enjoy this cocktail before, after, or during the Italian feast.
Lokal | 2 2nd Street
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Stunning waterfront views of the NYC skyline, plus a delicious espresso martini — nothing could be better. Lokal is serving up some great modern American cuisine, as well as some delicious pick-me-ups – in the form of an espresso martini. Do yourself a favor and check out this JC hotspot.
Luna | 279 Grove Street
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Luna has a stylish, rustic feel in JC with fun craft cocktails. And if you’re looking for an espresso martini that pairs well with Italian fare, this is your new go-to. Don’t forget about the extensive wine and beer menu as well.
Mathews Food + Drink | 351 Grove Street
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Mathews is known for its delicious brunch and glittery cocktails. To say the espresso martini is tasty is an understatement. Topped with cinnamon, it’s the ideal addition to any meal at this Jersey City hot spot.
RoofTop at Exchange Place | 1 Exchange Place
The beautiful RoofTop at Exchange Place has been open all summer, meaning visitors have been soaking up views of the Manhattan skyline while sipping on a delicious espresso martini. The espresso martini, known here as the Dusk 2 Dawn, is served with Don Julio Blanco, simple syrup, Averna Amaro, cold brew coffee, and mole bitters.
Roman Nose | 125 Newark Avenue
At Roman Nose, pairing the authentic Italian food with an espresso martini never disappoints. Roman Nose is serving up all the pasta and tasty wine. After you fill up on the food, order the espresso martini for (or with) your dessert.