In 2015, La Isla opened its second Hoboken location at 25 12th Street. The 100-seat space is much larger than its downtown counterpart, but it’s just as cozy and the food is just as authentic and delicious. Now, eight years later, La Isla Uptown has officially announced that it will be closing Sunday, April 9th, due to quality of life concerns. The downtown Hoboken location will remain open. Read on for what we know about the closure of La Isla Uptown.
Today, March 29th, La Isla took to Instagram to share that it will be closing the doors to its Uptown location at 25th 12th Street. See the Instagram post below.
Accordingly, the decision to close was “primarily driven by quality-of-life concerns.” The owners want the opportunity to “step out gracefully and on a high note.”
This iconic Cuban restaurant will continue serving up delicious eats at its downtown location, 104 Washington Street. La Isla’s owners said they are “committed to enhancing [La Isla’s] legacy and ensuring that it remains a go-to destination for years to come.”
La Isla Uptown invites local residents to join them at 25 12th street before the doors are officially closed on Sunday, April 9th. Keep scrolling for the many reasons we love this Uptown restaurant — and why we’ll miss it dearly.
About the Chef
Chef and owner Omar Giner opened La Isla Uptown after the downtown restaurant’s long-term success. Critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Trip Advisor, and the Food Network, this location is just as authentic as the original. According to the owner, it aims for a similar setting that would be at home in South Beach.
Giner keeps his heritage and culinary training in mind to create fresh Cuban cuisine. He takes inspiration from growing up in his Cuban home, various Spanish eateries in northern New Jersey, and NYC’s Nuevo Latino restaurant scene.
Beer, Wine, + Spirits
The restaurant features a full bar with over 40 unique wines by the glass, original tropical cocktails, and great happy hour specials Tuesday-Friday. These specials include $5 mojitos and half-price wine by the glass, draft beer, and specialty cocktails.
For those in the mood for something spicy, the Pineapple Habanero Mojito is a mix of Bacardi pineapple, a pineapple + habanero purée, and lemon-lime soda with cilantro + fresh lime. It has the kick you need to get your meal started and the bartender will make the libation as spicy or as mild as you’d like. For fruity beverage lovers, La Isla’s sangria pitcher is made with either white, red, or sparkling wine. It’s made with rose-water, prosecco, and various liquors depending on the wine.
Recently added all-day drink specials include $5 Mojito Monday, On Tap Tuesday for half-priced draft beer, Wine Wednesday for half-priced wine by the glass, and Two for Thursday where your second drink is free.
Apps, Apps, and More Apps
^ The Torta de Cangrejo
Get this – appetizers during happy hour at the bar are also $5. Some of our faves include the tacos de carne asada (with grilled churrasco, avocado, sriracha aioli), queso frito (manchego-crusted queso fresco with spicy piquillo aioli), and the ceviche tropical (fish ceviche with tropical fruits).
If you’re not there for happy hour, La Isla’s regular menu appetizers are just as mouth-watering. Start with the torta de cangrejo, which includes two jumbo lump crab cakes with sriracha, grilled corn salsa, and chipotle aioli. If you’re looking for a chips ‘n’ dip app, try a La Isla staple, the black bean hummus with plantain chips. It’s flavored with sesame tahini, lime juice, and olive oil.
The Main Course
Once you’ve indulged in some starters, La Isla’s entrée list is extensive, but not overwhelming. For something light, check out the Cuban sandwich or the Espinaca y Remolacha salad (baby spinach, mango, avocado, blue cheese, and macadamia nuts all dressed in a champagne vinaigrette).
Some mouthwatering entrees include the pollo al ajillo con espinaca and the churrasco con chimichurri. The white wine garlic cream sauce with the chicken is addicting and the skirt steak is grilled to a delicious perfection.
No menu, however, is complete without a selection of enticing sides. Most entrees come with your choice of two. We recommend the moros y cristianos (black beans and rice), tostones con mojo (twice fried green plantains with garlic sauce), or yuca which comes fried or boiled.
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Dessert + Espresso
Most importantly, don’t forget to end your meal with an espresso and delicious treat from La Isla’s dessert menu. Chef Giner started his culinary work as a pastry chef and guests consider his desserts some of his best creations. We recommend the coconut mango cheesecake or the flan de leche tradicional, a Cuban crème with caramel sauce, coconut, and a berry on top.