Hudson Restaurant Week {2018} Spots You *MUST* Try

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Get your appetites ready — it’s time for Hudson Restaurant Week 2018 {sorry if this is a tease to you Whole30-ers}. This year’s food extravaganza is going down January 22 – February 2nd, so there will still be a couple days to enjoy the top dishes even if you’re doing a January cleanse.

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During the Hudson Restaurant Week {err, two weeks}, you’ll get to taste exclusive dishes and 2+ courses for a fraction of the cost. Make sure to get your reservations booked as everyone in town will be filling up the seats at over 40+ restaurants participating {including six new spots to check out}. But in case you’re not sure where to hit up first, we’ve rounded up nine restaurants you must visit {and dishes that you should try} at Hudson Restaurant Week 2018, regardless of your situation:

Best Date Spot: Amanda’s {Hoboken}

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As one of Hoboken’s finest spots in town for a quaint and cozy meal, Amanda’s certainly is serving up tasty plates. From a Steak Tartar to Half Maine Lobster and assorted flavored sorbets, you won’t regret stepping into one of Hoboken’s most treasured spots. The dinner special goes for $40. More info here.


Best Girls’ Night Out: Haven
 {Edgewater}

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If you want to venture outside of Hoboken and Jersey City, head to Edgewater’s Haven for a riverfront view. Get your tastebuds ready for a flavor adventure with top-notch dishes including Pretzel Crusted Fried Calamari, Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi, and a classic New York Cheesecake. Plus, with a a swanky atmosphere, gorg views, and full bar, it makes for the perfect spot for a GNO. More info here.

Best Place to Bring the Kids: Hamilton Pork

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Get the entire family out of the house for a delish, yet simple and hearty meal at Hamilton Pork in Jersey City. Serving up meats {from pulled chicken to lamb belly}, comfort-food sides and desserts, it’s a crowd pleaser for picky eaters. Lunch is just $20 and dinner is $38. More info here.


Best Salad: Brussel Caesar at Union Hall
 {Hoboken}

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Union Hall may be a newbie on the block, but this American-fare restaurant has already proven its tastiness since it opened this year. Best news? For those of you trying to stay slim, this spot offers a lean, mean Brussel Caesar salad that’s anything but boring. With parmesan, kale, lemon, roasted garlic, and croutons, there’s no shame in this salad game. You can get lunch for just $15 or dinner for $29 Monday through Friday. More info here.

See More: Our Visit to Union Hall Hoboken


Unique Dessert: Flan Spring Rolls at Talde

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Switch up your typical cake dessert for Flan Spring Rolls complete with chocolate sauce at Talde. As one of Jersey City’s newest hot spots, the rest of the menu won’t disappoint either. We’re talking Grilled Octopus Robata, Crispy Chow Fun, and Pork Sisig for some palate pleasers. Dinner is $30 during the week. {Above is a dim sum from their brunch but #yuuummmm}. More info here.


Comfort Food: Cajun Shrimp & Grits at South House 

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Get a taste of classic comfort foods in an upscale environment at South House. Not only is this charming restaurant serving up mouth-watering plates likes Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings and Chopped BBQ Brisket Sandwich, you’ll also be able to sip on hot, boozy cocktails to go with your meal {including Winter Tea Rum Punch} and take a ton of pics in their front room, which is 150% Insta-worthy regardless of the time of year. Dinner costs $40. More info here.


Celebrity Chef: Piggyback Bar

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If you want an A-Lister experience, Piggyback Bar is your place {more on a visit from Team HG here}. While it’s a newbie to Jersey City, the chef behind the meals is not — Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao — who has created yet another amazing menu. Try Korean Honey Buffalo Wings, Piggyback Ribs, and finish it off with Ricotta Doughnuts {you’re welcome}. Lunch is $18 and dinner is $28. More info here.


Best View: Liberty House 

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Come for the food, stay for the breathtaking view of Manhattan. One of the best restaurants with a view, Liberty House also happens to be the mastermind behind some delectable dishes. Opt for something different with Guinness Glazed Chicken Lollipops or try the Seared Atlantic Salmon for dinner. Lunch is $20 and dinner is $40. More info here.

Best Place For Co-Workers: Light Horse Tavern

If you want a place to hit up on your lunch break with a group of co-workers, Light Horse Tavern is just the vibe. With a variety of plates on the menu, everyone at work will be pleased. The restaurant offers everything from Chilled Fishers Island Oysters and Chive Fettuccini to Roasted Duck Breast. Dinner is $38. More info here.

So many dishes to try, so little time. 

Here’s the full list of participating restaurants for the week.

Where are you headed first?

 

*This post is sponsored, but we promise ALL of these are vetted and totally delicious.


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By day, Tamara is an editor at a women's magazine, but in her free time, she runs her own fashion blog and helps out with Hoboken Girl. Otherwise, you can catch her ‘gramming like it's her job, checking out the cutest spots to eat and drink and redeeming herself at spin class later. Oh, and if you’re curious about Kylie Lip Kits, she’ll happily show you her collection.