• The 2019 Hudson Restaurant Week’s Spots You MUST Try {Jan 28-Feb 8}

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    Tell your appetite to get ready: The bi-annual happiest time of the year for foodies is back — Hudson Restaurant Week 2019. Hudson Restaurant Week is a twice-yearly food extravaganza throughout Hudson County and the winter season’s Hudson Restaurant Week 2019 spans from January 28th to February 8th. With 2019 being Hudson Restaurant Week’s 15th year and more than 50 restaurants participating {the most ever!}, it’s sure to be a foodie’s dream {or just a hungry/hangry dream} come true. Each restaurant is offering three courses of food for a discounted price and a select menu only available during HRW — quite the winter treat.

    See the full list of participating Hudson Restaurant Week restaurants here.

    Keep reading to learn more about Hudson Restaurant Week 2019, starting January 28th, and some our favorite picks of restaurants you need to try, based on the vibe you’re looking for:

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    Hoboken Spots We 💚

    Best Spot for Date Night: Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

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    An ode to Frank Sinatra doesn’t even begin to cover this cozy Italian spot. With a Hudson Restaurant Week menu full of seafood specialties — like the grilled octopus or black squid ink linguini, your taste buds will be crooning louder than Ol’ Blue Eyes. Leo’s is also celebrating its 80th, yes 80th, anniversary this season. It’s worth a trip, even just to see the shrine-de-Frank they have on the walls. Tip: Try the pan-seared scallops! See the full HRW menu here.

    Best Girls’ Night Out: Sushi Lounge {200 Hudson Street}

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    {Photo credit: Instagram}

    This Japanese restaurant in downtown Hoboken has a great vibe for a girls’ night out {think martinis, fun sushi platters, and more}. Order the Sushi Rock Entree — 7 pieces of sushi and 1 California roll, chef’s choice, served with choice of miso soup or house salad. The Sashimi Rock Entree is another go-to, with 16 pieces of assorted fresh fish. Finish it off with some fried ice cream, and continue the night at the bar. See the full HRW menu here.

    Best Spot for Families: Hudson Tavern {51 14th Street}

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    ^Buff chick spring rolls, plz + thank you

    Hudson Tavern proudly boasts that it has some of the best burgers in Hoboken {like the grilled 10oz Hudson Tavern Burger – with choice of french fries, sweet potato fries or side house salad you should DEF try}. But that’s hardly all HT offers; on the menu is buffalo chicken spring rolls, pierogies, and a must-try Pistachio Encrusted Fillet of Salmon – served with steamed spinach, yellow rice and orange beurre blanc sauce}. For our mamas and papas, HT’s spaciousness and friendly vibe makes it a go-to place for families with small children, especially because they allow children’s seating at the bar {and they have a 2-course menu option for $19 for Hudson Restaurant Week}. See more of the Hudson Tavern menu for HRW here.

    Best BYOB: Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

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    Beyond its delicious food, Anthony David’s, a Hoboken staple that just celebrated its 20th year, also offers a unique BYOB restaurant option for anyone preferring to come with their own wine {or beverage of choice} in hand. Beyond just bringing your own, they have a ‘menu’ of BYO options where they can go buy from the liquor store nearby for your meal. Read more about the AD menu for Hudson Restaurant Week here, which features three courses of deliciousness for just $38.

    See the full list of participating Hudson Restaurant Week restaurants here.

    For Vegetarians: Barbès {1300 Park Avenue}

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    A newbie to the Hoboken scene, this Moroccan-French-inspired spot serves up hearty meals that have quite the original twist. The Tomate Montrachet, featured above, has layers of tomato, goat cheese, and pesto with shallot + tomato vinaigrette — a perfect starter for the most delicious meal. See more of the HRW menu here.

    Gluten-Free Friendly: Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

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    While Bin 14 on a regular evening has an array of gluten-free options, its Hudson Restaurant Week menu really takes it up a notch {read: all of the apps AND entrees on the HRW menu are gluten-free except for one [the meatball and polenta] or can be made gluten-free}. HG Tip: The carbonara is a must. You’re welcome. Get the full HRW menu here.

    See More: All the Gluten-Free Options at Hudson Restaurant Week

    Treat Yo’Self: Dino & Harry’s {163 14th Street}

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    Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re feeling like you deserve a “Treat Yo’Self” moment, then it’s best had here. Located in Hoboken, Dino & Harry’s has quite the selection of appetizers and entrees alike, complete with a large bar + piano playing on the weekends. The steak is the famous go-to, of course, and the cozy vibe is unparalleled. More info here.


    Jersey City Spots We 💚

    Best Spot for Date Night: Satis Bistro

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    ^View of Satis’ window seats from December

    This rustic-chic eatery tucked away in Paulus Hook is the ideal spot for date night, with its romantic ambiance and large wine selection. The European-style cafe even made New Jersey’s Top 50 restaurants earlier this year. Might we suggest: The meat + cheese plate, Cast Iron Roasted Half Chicken {with parmesan-crusted Yukon potatoes, charred broccolini, pan gravy}, and the house-made Ricotta Gnocchi. View the special HRW menu here.

    Best Girls’ Night Out: Talde

    If you and the girls are ready to hit the town for a unique night out, Talde is the spot to hit in Jersey City. The Asian-American fusion restaurant can be found in downtown Jersey City, where there are plenty of plum basil margaritas and kabocha squash dumplings to go around! On the Hudson Restaurant Week menu, we recommend the McBao – charsui, St. Louis ribs, and house pickles as your starter.  More about Talde’s HRW menu here.

    Best Spot for Families: Light Horse Tavern {199 Washington Street}

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    To celebrate HRW, the Light Horse Tavern is offering a 3-course dinner menu, $38 per person. Highlights we are loving include Crispy Fried Calamari, Gnocchi, and their mouth-watering Chocolate Bread Pudding {but the creme brûlée is always a hit, too}. View the full menu and make your rezzies here.

    Best BYOB: Pasta Dal Cuore {527 Jersey Avenue}

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    Pasta Dal Cuore, known for its housemade pasta and good vibes, is participating in Hudson Restaurant Week. Bring a bottle of your favorite and order fresh pasta, and mangia bene; there’s really nothing better. More about Pasta Dal Cuore here.

    Vegetarian-Friendly: Villa Borghese III {475 Washington Avenue}

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    Veggie-lovers can indulge in arancini rice balls, a personal gourmet Wild Mushroom Pizza {Pecorino, truffle oil, and thyme}, and Penne Primavera – complete with seasonal vegetables, tomato, shaved parmesan, and more. Book a table and find out more here.

    Best Views, Hands Down:

    Chart House {Weekhawken}

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    Chart House offers a Hudson Restaurant Week menu full of seafood dishes like Gazpacho Grouper and Cedar Plank Salmon — and incomparable views of the Manhattan skyline. Perched in Lincoln Harbor, Chart House offers panoramic views of the glittering city that are visible through the large, nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. Book a table and find out more here.

    Molo’s {Weekhawken}

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    Also located in Weehawken, Molo’s flaunts a gorgeous view of the New York City skyline, with a menu of unique Greek cuisine + seafood to boot. Inspired by Greek and Mediterranean influences, Molo’s HRW menu will offer delectable Greek dishes like Seafood Orzo {with lobster, shrimp, scallop, and mussels} and the hearty fave Mousaka – {Napoleon of beef ragout, eggplant, and béchamel crème}. The two-story restaurant offers floor-to-ceiling window views across the Hudson River, and authentic Greek wine list to boot. Book a table and find out more here.

    See the full list of participating Hudson Restaurant Week restaurants here.

    New Restaurants Participating in Hudson Restaurant Week 2019

    For 2019, Hudson Restaurant Week has five new restaurants participating that include:

    Hudson & Co {Jersey City}  

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    Hudson & Co Bar and Grill offers kitchen hours, bar hours, and brunch. But no matter what time of the day they’re serving, whatever they’re serving is bound to be delicious. Known for its stylish decor, breathtaking views of the city, and of course, an out-of-this-world menu featuring butternut squash ravioli, harbor mussel pots, and pork belly sticky buns, Hudson & Co has everything a diner could want. {They even have a sushi menu!} Book a table and find out more here.

    The Ashford {Jersey City}

    The Ashford’s New American style promises a grand ambiance and signature food to boot. Menu highlights include four different kinds of burgers {including a mac n’ cheese burger and plantain burger}, a steak sandwich, and for dessert, either berry cheesecake or Nutella bread pudding. Book a table and find out more here.

    Porta {Jersey City}

    Porta has everything a lover of Italian cuisine could want: from fourteen different kinds of specialty pizzas to house-made mozzarella and ricotta, Porta’s menu also has a fried section, soup section, vegetable, and salad and appetizer section. You can’t go wrong, and it turns into a dance party later in the evening. Book a table and find out more here.

    Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse {Jersey City} 

    New to Jersey City, the latest Ruth’s Chris location is continues its reputation for best steakhouse. Meat lovers have come to know Ruth’s Chris’ signature sizzle, each dish only crafted from the finest USDA Prime steaks. They also feature a three-course seasonal menu and an award-winning wine list. We reco the 8 oz. petite, that’s fo sho. See the menu here.

    Rumba Cubana {Jersey City}

    With several other locations in Guttenberg, North Bergen, and Clifton, Rumba Cubana has become a New Jersey fan-favorite. The Jersey City location promotes Cuban paradise with every bite, offering classics like ceviche, paella, and more. Find out more here.

    Will you be participating in Hudson Restaurant Week this year? 

    Click here to see the full list of restaurants and make your rezzies.

    Be sure to tag your foodie pictures with #HudsonRW for a chance to get one of your meals paid for! 


    This post is sponsored by Hudson Restaurant Week, but all picks are our own.


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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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