• High Life, Low Budget: Cheap Hoboken {Date Night} Ideas for Every Night of the Week

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    Hoboken can be an expensive place to live… but it doesn’t have to be!  In High Life, Low Budget, a new column on HobokenGirl, local author {and former Hoboken Girl of the Week}, Lia Romeo offers tips and tricks on how to live luxe without spending big bucks in Hoboken and NYC.  Whether you’re paying off student loans, working a job you love but that doesn’t pay much, or saving up for a house or a baby, High Life, Low Budget can help you enjoy the best of the New York area without breaking the bank!

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    It’s really, really easy to just hole up at home in January and February.  The holidays are over, it’s cold and miserable outside, and, especially if you’re trying not to spend too much money, it can be really tempting to spend two months eating in and watching Netflix.

    netflix marathon

     

    But you know what’s a lot more fun? 

    …Going out.

    So, here’s a list of deals and bargains for a fun night out in Hobokenany night of the week.  NB: All of these “date night” ideas work just as well – or better – with a group of friends, so if you’re flying solo this winter, grab your girlfriends and hit the town!

    MONDAY:

    Turtle Club

    Mondays are a slow night for restaurants, which means some great specials are available.  Hit up Turtle Club for half off their entire food menu {I’m a big fan of the baked brie}.  If you want a pre- {or post-} dinner drink, The Ale House is nearby and offers half-price glasses of wine Monday nights.

    TUESDAY:

    pretzel biergarten

    Did you know Tuesdays are $6 movie nights at Bow Tie Cinemas?  If you want to grab a bite beforehand, Pilsener Haus is nearby and is half off the entire menu – food and beer – on Tuesday nights, meaning you can get the world’s most delicious GIANT pretzel for only $5.50 (or you can get TWO for $11… not that my friends and I have ever done that… )

    WEDNESDAY:

    taco tuesday las olas hoboken girl

    ^ Tuesdays for the Tacos, Wednesdays for the Sushi

    Hump Day is a little less awful when you know you can look forward to buy one, get one free sushi rolls at Las Olas.  If you sit at the bar, you can also take advantage of their excellent happy hour till 8 pm – $3 beers, $4 wells, and $5 glasses of wine. Did I also mention they have $2 Taco Tuesdays EVERY week? Yasssss.

    THURSDAY:

    teak

    For a fun, upscale night out, Teak on the Hudson is 50% off a lot of the menu  on Thursdays, meaning you can get tasty specialty rolls like the Hoboken Roll {shrimp tempura, avocado and eel} for just $7.  This is a great spot to meet friends or a date coming in from the city, since it’s right near the PATH.  Afterwards – if it’s not too frigid – stroll around Pier A and check out the skyline.

     

    FRIDAY:

    dishcrawl hoboken matt and meera

    Matt & Meera’s Indian Fusion ^

    It’s tough to find dinner specials on a Friday, but you can always save money by going BYOB!  Some of my favorite cheap-but-cute spots to bring a bottle include Johnny Pepperoni (their delicious specialty pizzas are under $20 and serve at least three), Matt and Meera (interesting Indian fusion food), and Pho Nomenon {awesome Vietnamese noodle bowls for under $10}.  Afterwards, hit up The Brass Rail for late night happy hour {$5 mixed drinks after 11 pm}.

     

    SATURDAY:

     

    It’s hard to make it to Amanda’s in time for the early dinner special on weeknights… which is a shame, because it’s one of the best deals in town for a romantic evening.  Amanda’s offers seatings at 5:00 and 5:30 {so eat a light lunch!} for a three-course dinner in a cozy, beautifully-decorated restaurant six nights a week – including Saturdays – for just $17 per person, along with $20 bottles of any house wine.

    SUNDAY:

    The Cuban 10

    If you haven’t yet tried The CuBan, you’re missing out… some of the best food in Hoboken {the New York Times agrees!}.  But it can get pricey, so try it out on a Sunday afternoon, where from 3-6 pm all of the cocktails on their inventive list are just $5, and most of their delicious appetizers are half off (I’m partial to the incredibly fresh ceviche de cameron).  There’s also live Cuban jazz.  Order a few things to share and enjoy!

     

    Have any other suggestions?  Or, if you’re a local business, do you have a great “date night” deal you want to share? We’d love to hear about them — comment below!


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    Lia Romeo is a playwright, novelist, and comic writer. She is the author of two books (a novel, Dating the Devil, and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About), and her plays have been seen at theatres in NYC and New Jersey, as well as around the country. After living in Hoboken for six years on a writer’s budget, she’s figured out how to live luxe without spending a lot of bucks, and in “High Life, Low Budget,” she shares tips and tricks on how to enjoy the best of Hoboken and NYC without breaking the bank. When Lia’s not writing, she loves hanging out with her husband and their adorable rescue pup, cooking, reading, eating, drinking, dreaming up new ways to save money, and exploring Hoboken, Jersey City, and NYC.


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