High Life, Low Budget: Essentials for a {Hoboken} Picnic

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With this warm weather, it’s inevitable that you’re thinking of eating al fresco today. There are lots of restaurants and bars in Hoboken with outdoor seating, but the low budget way to enjoy eating and drinking outside is to pack a picnic, and take it to one of Hoboken’s many parks, or down to the waterfront to enjoy the views of the city.  Here are the essentials you need for a perfect Hoboken picnic, below:


The Food

Pretty much everyone in Hoboken is lucky enough to live within a few blocks of a park… so packing a picnic is easy, and you don’t need to worry too much about what kinds of foods will survive the trip {my husband and I recently picnicked on spaghetti and meatballs, and it was delicious!}  But some foods are definitely better-suited for a picnic than others… if you want to keep things simple, go with some good bread {our favorite comes from Antique Bakery} and cheese.  If you want to take it up a notch, try egg salad or tuna salad, or cured meats from Vito’s Deli or Lisa’s.  And don’t forget to pick up some fresh fruit at one of the Hoboken Farmer’s Markets!

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The Drinks

This one is easy.  Step 1: pick your favorite beverage.  Step 2: pour it into a thermos.  Step 3: pick a beautiful outdoor spot and enjoy.  I love Pier 13, but the drinks can get pricey, and the exact same views are available at other piers along the waterfrontjust sayin’.

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The Spot

This one is hard… but only because there are so many great locations to choose from!  I live uptown, so some of my favorites are Maxwell Place Park {which has tables!}, Elysian Park {also has a table}, or Stevens Campus {which has Adirondack chairs with unbelievable city views}. There are also great spots on Pier A, Pier C, and Columbus Park.

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So grab some food, some drinks, and some friends (of the furry or non-furry variety) and head outside!   Happy picnicking!

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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.