The Growing List of Local Bars + Restaurants With Heat Lamps for Fall and Winter

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One of the most unique and quaint aspects of living in the city is the option to sit outdoors on the various restaurant’s and bar’s expanded sidewalk cafés. With the coronavirus global pandemic still a concern in the latter months of the year, Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla has announced that restaurants and bars may continue outdoor, expanded dining throughout the fall and winter months. But what if it gets chilly? The city has an answer for that – heat lamps!

In a press release, Bhalla said, “Hoboken is doing everything possible to facilitate socially distant outdoor dining options for residents to enjoy. We are committed to working with our businesses to continue keeping as many people as possible outdoors in a safe and comfortable environment during upcoming weather months.”

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In addition to the outdoor expansion, the State of New Jersey is also allowing restaurants to seat indoors, but at only 25 percent capacity. While the 25 percent capacity rule has drawn much criticism — particularly from small business owners trying to stay afloat as coronavirus takes a sledgehammer to our economy — the hope is that moving forward, the decision to keep outdoor dining open will help eateries continue their business well into the colder months.

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As per the city’s new regulations, eateries must adhere to the guidelines for the continuation of outdoor dining for winter moths, which include safe, outdoor heating options, procedures on snow removal, and an application for existing businesses to continue parklets and streateries.

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So far, more than 50 streateries have been approved since outdoor dining began in town. But it’s not just Hoboken either. Jersey City is also getting on the open-outdoors-all-year-round train!

Ready to get your outdoor dine on as the leaves fall and the weather chills? Keep reading for a comprehensive list {updated all the time!} of restaurants and bars with heat lamps.


8th Street Tavern { 800 Washington Street}

Barbès {1300 Park Avenue}

Belo Bar {104 Hudson Street}

Carpe Diem {1405 Grand Street}

Charrito’s {518 Washington Street}

City Bistro {56 14th Street}

East LA {508 Washington Street}

Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington Street}

Finnegan’s Pub {734 Willow Avenue}

Green Rock {70 Hudson Street}

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria {411 Washington Street}

Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street}

Karma Kafe {505 Washington Street}

Leo Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

Margherita’s {740 Washington Street}

Mikie Squared {616 Washington Street}

Moran’s {501 Garden Street}

Napoli’s {133 Clinton Street}

Northern Soul {700 1st Street}

Onieal’s {343 Park Avenue}

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

Saku {936 Park Avenue}

A rep for Saku explained to Hoboken Girl they felt the heat lamps didn’t give off much heat. So, instead, they’re working on a new resolution for customers. “After trying out at an offsite location, we determined that the heat lamps really don’t project heat in an open setting and are more [for] looks than comfort. So, we elected to go a different route. We have ordered Saku blankets for our customers and are selling them at the exact cost we purchased them for. We would supply them for free if it wasn’t for COVID.” Once you buy a Saku blanket, you can then return to Saku, BYOB-ing that same blankie.

San Guiseppe {1320 Adams Street}

Sorellina {1036 Washington Street}

The Brick {1112 Washington Street}

The Madison Bar & Grill {1316 Washington Street}

The Shepherd & the Knucklehead {1313 Willow Avenue}

Touch the Heart {324 Washington Street}

Wicked Wolf {120 Sinatra Drive}

Zero Otto Uno { 502 Washington Street}

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Jersey City

Amelia’s Bistro {187 Warren Street}

Emma’s JSQ {4 Path Plaza}

The Kitchen Step {500 Jersey Avenue}

Battello {502 Washington Boulevard}

Edward’s Steakhouse {239 Marin Boulevard}

Frankie {264 Grove Street}

Fox and Crow {594 Palisade Avenue}

Hamilton Pork {247 Tenth Street}

Harry’s Daughter {339 Communipaw Avenue}

Iron Monkey {99 Greene Street}

Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue}

Latham House {299 Marin Boulevard}

Liberty House {76 Audrey Zapp Drive}

Lokal {2 2nd Street}

Maritime Parc {Liberty State Park, 84 Audrey Zapp Drive}

Matthew’s Food + Drink {351 Grove Street}

Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

Rooftop at Exchange Place {1 Exchange Place}

Rumba Cubana {235 Pavonia Avenue}

The Hutton {225 Hutton Street}

The Kitchen Step {500 Jersey Avenue}

White Star Bar {230 Brunswick Street}

If you are a Hoboken business looking for the guidelines, applications, and more information on outdoor dining in winter, visit the business recovery homepage at  


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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.