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Martha’s: Upscale American Fare in Uptown Hoboken

by The Hoboken Girl Team
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Back in May, we reported that La Isla Uptown officially closed its doors on Sunday, April 9th, leaving many locals to wonder what would take over the 25 12th Street outpost. A restaurant called Martha’s has since made its way to the Hoboken space, from the team behind North Bergen eatery Harry’s Food + Drink. The restaurant opened in July and is an upscale, New American restaurant + bar with a menu that expands on the eats already served at Harry’s. Read on for more about Martha’s, located at 25 12th Street in uptown Hoboken.

All About Martha’s

Nestled on the corner of 81st Street in North Bergen sits Harry’s Food + Drink, a cozy American restaurant with shareable eats and a full bar. Per Harry’s website, this spot is a “neighborhood place for leisurely lunches with friends, family dinners, and late-night cocktails.” Recently, that neighborhood has expanded — the team behind Harry’s has made its way to the Mile Square with a new venture called Martha’s.

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Like Harry’s, Martha’s is a “New America restaurant and bar,” located in the former La Isla uptown location at 25 12th Street. This new spot expands on Harry’s menu, serving “reinterpreted classic dishes [that are] thoughtfully prepared,” alongside “a curated beverage program of wine, craft beer, and signature cocktails.” The kitchen team is led by Executive Chef Franco Dominguez, who draws influence from “his years of training…at top NYC dining destinations including the Atlantic Grill, Buddakan, and The Standard.”

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Highlights from the brunch menu include salmon tartare tacos, a poached egg + chorizo bowl, and cauliflower nuggets. Some of the lunch options include meatballs, rigatoni bolognese, a filet mignon cheesesteak, and butternut squash soup. Dinner items include Spanish octopus a la plancha, crab pasta, steak frites, and chicken Milanese, among other options.

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There’s also a cocktail menu as well as a happy hour menu, including drinks like the limoncello spritz (limoncello, sparkling wine, mint, + soda); the Tropic Thunder (cachaca, Aperol, passionfruit, lime juice, demerara, pineapple, + guava foam); and the Hawaiian Sunset (vodka, lime, lemon, orgeat, + grenadine), among others.

The restaurateur behind Harry’s and Martha’s, Alex Cabrera, told HG that Martha’s is named after his mother-in-law, “a strong, fierce woman who’s always ready to lend a hand.” A happy coincidence, Alex said that he + his team liked the name even more when they learned about “Martha Bayard, the matriarch of Hoboken who made so many significant contributions to the community.” Read our article from the archives about Martha.

Martha’s is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner from 12PM-10PM Monday through Thursday, 12PM-12AM on Friday, 11AM-12AM on Saturday, and 11AM-10PM on Sunday. Find the restaurant on Instagram here.



What Was There Before

On March 29th, 2023 La Isla took to Instagram to share that it will close the doors to its Uptown location at 25th 12th Street. See the Instagram post below.


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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 continues to serve 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.”

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La Isla Uptown invited local residents to join them at 25 12th Street before the doors officially closed on Sunday, April 9th.

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