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20+ New Hoboken + Jersey City Restaurants to Try This Fall

by Nicole Gittleman
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Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. On June 9th, we shared an article highlighting 14 new restaurants coming to Hoboken and Jersey City which seemed to be a pretty impressive number amidst a state-mandate requiring the closure of indoor dining operations. On June 15th, New Jersey allowed for restaurants to offer outdoor dining with additional restrictions in place, including an eight-person maximum party capacity and a minimum of six feet between tables.

Now, we’re excited to share over 20 NEW restaurants that have since opened in Hoboken and Jersey City, as well as many “coming soon.” Even while faced with COVID-19 adversities, we admire the hungry entrepreneurs that have hustled on and opened their restaurants’ doors {hypothetically, of course}.

New Restaurants in Hoboken

Café Vista {527 Monroe Street}

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The Mile Square isn’t stranger to cute and quaint cafes, but the addition of Café Vista to Hoboken brings a vintage flair that other cafes don’t quite offer. The restaurant is perfectly curated with floral, pastel, and antique elements – plates, cups, utensils, and all. The owner of Café Vista is a local mom originally from Istanbul, Turkey, whose family has been encouraging her to open a café for years. The menu ranges from toasts and salads to baked goods and sweet treats, but the coffee and tea selection is a true dream for caffeine lovers. One of the fan favorites is quickly becoming the rose latte. Café Vista is quite the Instagrammable spot!

MOJO Coffee {230 Willow Avenue}

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Back in May, Hoboken Girl discovered a new coffee shop coming to town. In June, MOJO Coffee opened its doors at 230 Willow Avenue and introduced two unique coffee blends that make their menu special – the Mojo House Blend and the Rio Azul. The owners, Hoboken residents, decided to open a coffee shop to bring their favorite blends of coffee to their hometown. MOJO has two unique coffee blends that make their menu special – the Mojo House Blend and the Rio Azul.

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The Mojo House Blend is a rich drip and espresso brew, while the Rio Azul brews a medium to light roast coffee with citrus and rye aromas and a taste of milk chocolate. MOJO also offers macchiatos, cortados, flat whites, lattes, espressos, iced coffee, and shots. The variety doesn’t end there – add flavors like vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel and choose from a variety of dairy options or the non-dairy trifecta – oat, soy, and almond milk.

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Cowabunga Coffee Roasters {2 14th Street}

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On July 13th, a cute little coffee spot opened up on 14th Street quickly and thankfully for uptown Hoboken residents. Cowabunga Coffee Roasters prides itself on using the highest quality 100% Arabica beans. The small, NJ-based chain is from the owners of the larger NJ-based chain The Turning Point, also in Hoboken at 1420 Sinatra Drive. Inside the coffee shop, the tables double as a checkers board and there is a small area where merchandise is sold in the back. Aside from fantastic coffee, Cowabunga Coffee Roasters offers an array of locally-sourced pastries and baked goods.

Restaurants Opening Soon in Hoboken

Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar {1309 Washington Street}

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Breaking restaurant news is our game, Hoboken Girl is our name. In May, we shared that the location where Maxwell’s Place once called home would be opening a sister restaurant to Sorellina Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar with a seafood twist – Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar. Construction began on the location in January 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the opening has been delayed to fall. We’ll keep you posted with more updates as they become available!

The BackYard Bar {359 First Street}

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Taking over the location where local favorite Nag’s Head Pub once stood, The Backyard Bar is coming to Hoboken and welcoming Mile Square residents {and their pets} to hang out on their dog-friendly patio soon. While many details about the bar are yet to be revealed, a teaser video from Cliffside Park-based Ashlina Design Atelier reveals what visitors to The BackYard Bar can expect to experience upon its opening. Follow @backyardbarhoboken on Instagram for updates on the remodel of the space and the opening.

Olivia’s Uptown {1038 Garden Street}

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Back in November 2019, temporary signage and brown paper cover suddenly covered the storefront at 1038 Garden Street, where Sasso’s Liquor and Delicatessen once stood. The sign outside the deserted storefront reads “Olivia’s: Dining and Cocktails.” While the space, which we’re told was set to originally open March 2020, is still not open, we’re excited to see what kind of food flair the restaurant concept will introduce to the neighborhood. Check back for updates!

SouzaFit {579 Washington Street}

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Owners Christina and Felipe Souza shared just last week with Hoboken Girl that they would be welcoming their small chain eatery, SouzaFit Restaurant, to the Mile Square. SouzaFit, with locations in Mount Vernon, NY, and Newark, NJ already, offers a healthy take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beyond the food that will be served in the restaurant, SouzaFit also specializes and sells protein shakes and prepared meals. The Souza’s originally built their business from their home, when they began prepping and sharing healthy meals for friends as early as 2014. Their first location in Mount Vernon opened in 2015, followed by Newark in 2017. The Hoboken location, filling the space where the old Flatbread Grill once stood, is set to open in early September.

Muteki Ramen {538 Washington Street}

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Soup slurpers, rejoice! A new ramen spot is soon opening its doors on Washington Street, next to Piki Poke in Hoboken. While there is little to learn about what the interior of the restaurant and decor will look like, Muteki’s website recently launched and its menu can be viewed on Yelp. Hoboken first learned about Muteki coming to the Mile Square as early as 2017 when Jersey Digs first reported the owners of the soon-to-be restaurant had put in a request to open to the Hoboken Planning Board. In late 2019, Muteki signage went up outside the storefront, which used to be a mattress store. Muteki’s official opening date is still TBD, as far as Hoboken Girl knows.

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Happy Vegan {410 Washington Street}

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Clifton-born restaurant Happy Vegan is opening its second location in Hoboken. The official announcement on Happy Vegan’s Instagram broke on July 14th, and the restaurant plans to open {soon} for outdoor seating, delivery, and pick-up. The vegan eatery features a Turkish plant-based menu with options like tofu and turmeric rice, veggie burgers, vegan sushi rolls, coconut curry dishes, and its famous Çiğ Köfte — a Turkish delicacy. In addition to vegan food, Happy Vegan also has an impressive lineup of smoothie options to enjoy.

Gregory’s Coffee {River Street}

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If you’re looking for a quick, classic cup of joe on-the-go while making your way up or down River Street, Gregory’s has got you. Hoboken Girl recently learned from a reader tip that Gregory’s is opening on River Street. With two locations in Jersey City already, the East Coast coffee chain is known for its strong drip coffee, unique roasts, and blends. Recently, Gregory’s began offering vegan breakfast options in addition to its previously sold pastries and baked goods. While the window signage is up at the newest location, TBD to when this Gregory’s Coffee location will open officially. If you text the information number on Gregory’sInstagram page {917-383-0636} and ask when it’s opening, like one Hoboken Girl reader did, you’ll get the 411.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf {98 Hudson Street}

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of the oldest and largest privately-held coffee and tea retailers in the United States with more than 300+ nationwide. Soon, the chain that started out in Southern California serving up the most premium Arabica beans to Hollywood A-listers, will be able to call Hoboken home, too. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sells a variety of coffee and tea options including premium brews by the cup, K-cups, fresh beans or loose teas, ice-blended drinks, and seasonal blends/flavors. The chain recently introduced a special brew, Heroes at Heart Coffee, which is sold by the bag and encouraged to purchase for your favorite first responder or healthcare professional as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf donates $1 to first responders from each bag sold.

BK Lobster {322 Washington Street}


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A Brooklyn-born restaurant all about lobster, lobster rolls, lobster pasta, and lobster mac announced on August 20th that they would be soon opening their first NJ location in Hoboken. BK Lobster is an upscale, fast-casual {yes, a bit of an oxymoron} restaurant with a lobster-centric menu.

New Restaurants in Jersey City

Downtowner {9 Erie Street}

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Two years ago in April, a husband-and-wife duo opened the doors of Darke Pines, a small-but-mighty butcher shop located on 2nd Street in downtown Jersey City. In July, Erica and Will Messmer introduced their latest and greatest market concept to the neighborhood — Downtowner. Having opened Friday, June 26th, Downtowner is a place for “simple, good food for downtowners on the go.” The expanding menu of house-prepared foods includes charcuterie, sandwiches, soups, and stocks – all of which are prepared at Darke Pines.

Lobster Garage {98 Morris Street}

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Fans of Light Horse Tavern, a European bistro nestled in Paulus Hook, no longer need to anxiously await the re-opening of the beloved restaurant, which had closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Light Horse Tavern is back but in a new, summer-style. Lobster Garage is a new concept from the restaurant that has opened up on Morris Street in the restaurant’s garage space. While the menu isn’t the same as what patrons might remember at Light Horse Tavern, Lobster Garage offers an impressive slew of seafood options such as po’boys, lobster rolls, fried clams and mussels that will make your mouth water. The pop-up restaurant, which also sells a variety of beer, wine, and frozen cocktails, is set up as a grab-and-go style, but guests can opt to sit at a table right outside Light Horse Tavern should they choose.

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Grace O’Malley’s Whiskey Chapel {140 Newark Avenue}

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Grace O’Malley’s opened its doors in Jersey City at the perfect time in the perfect place – June 19th {just four days after outdooring dining re-opened} on bustling Newark Avenue. In early 2020, the pedestrian plaza on Newark Avenue saw a handful of long-running businesses close. LITM {Love Is The Message} was one of those businesses and had operated out of 140 Newark Avenue for over 17 years. The new restaurant to take over the space is owned by Michael Dorrian of Dorrian’s Red Hand, which has a location on 84th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and 555 Washington Boulevard in the Newport area of Jersey City. Grace O’Malley’s is described as a “whiskey chapel” and in addition to the impressive selection of beer and whiskey, also serves up classic pub dishes.

Jollibee {393 Danforth Avenue}

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Journal Square’s culinary scene is going through a reinvention. With the opening of multiple new restaurants in the neighborhood, foodies are flocking to see what’s new and tasty in JSQ. While fast-food chains don’t normally excite crowds like a mom-and-pop shop might, Jollibee is another story. The highly-anticipated Filipino fast-food chain recently opened for delivery and takeout at 393 Danforth Avenue and is often coined the “McDonald’s of the Philippines.” Its claim to fame menu items includes Jolly Spaghetti, Yumburgers, and Palabok Fiesta {a garlic noodle dish with crushed pork, shrimp, and a hard-boiled egg}. The most popular menu item is the Chickenjoy – a fried chicken dish served with Jolly Spaghetti or gravy on the side. Expand your culinary palette and check out Jollibee!

Burger IM {2 Journal Square}

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Jollibee isn’t the only fast-food chain to open its doors in Journal Square this summer. Burger IM is an Israeli burger chain located in the recently constructed Journal Squared building that offers a unique take on fast-casual burgers. While the chain sells classic cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and tenders, fries, onion rings, smoothies, and the like, their burger menu offers an eclectic mix of options that speak to different flavor profiles of specific cultures. As an example, consider trying the Hawaiian Salmon burger, Greek lamb burger, or Spanish beef burger.

Shell ‘N’ Tail {150 Bay Street}

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Summertime is an especially popular time to indulge in fresh seafood – and thus, the perfect time for seafood-forward restaurants to open. Shell ‘N’ Tail, located in the Powerhouse Arts District of Jersey City, held its grand opening on July 18th and offers plenty of outdoor seating on their covered, elevated patio. Shell ‘N’ Tail’s menu includes delicious fresh seafood {delivered daily} such as crab legs, lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, and more.

Laree Adda {287 Grove Street}

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While not a brand new restaurant to Jersey City, Laree Adda might not be a recognizable name. That’s because it’s actually the new name of a restaurant that has been a Grove Street staple for nearly 12 years, Shah Taj. In addition to changing its name, the Pakistani spot has also refreshed its menu and interior decor. While the menu will still offer some of the beloved Indian favorites that Shah Taj offered, Laree Adda holds a greater emphasis on Pakistani cuisine. Some newer dishes that Shah Taj patrons may not recognize from the former menu include butter chicken, palak paneer, or mutton korma, a Mughlai stew dish. So, why the new name? Laree Adda’s website explains that the phrase means “Lorry Stop,” which is defined as a junction point where people meet before heading onto a new adventure. The name of the restaurant translates to owners’ commitment to serving passersby with on-demand street-inspired, made to order simple Pakistani/Indian food and canteen-style offerings.

East Hana JC {103 Montgomery Street}

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In the space where NaanChing once stood, Jersey City welcomes a new Japanese restaurant on Montgomery Street. East Hana JC specializes in sushi, sashimi, rolls, and ramen. There is a sister restaurant located in New Brunswick, as well. For now, East Hana JC is open for delivery and takeout.

Yaso Tangbao {30 Hudson Street}

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Yaso Tangbao is the newest kid on the block at 30 Hudson Street in Jersey City, joining recently opened Bluestone Lane in the list of restaurants in the retail space of the Goldman Sachs office building. Jersey City marks the 4th location for the local chain, which is also, that can be described as a fast-casual restaurant inspired by the vibrant flavors and swift service of Shanghainese street hawker fare. The mouth-watering menu includes items like steamed buns, spicy braised beef, SHainghainese noodles, soup dumplings, and more. It’s important to note that while Yaso Tangbao is open, the delivery is limited. For now, you can pre-order frozen, family-sized meals at yasotogo.com.

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Vegan AF {291 Central Avenue}

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Hoboken isn’t the only city in Hudson County to welcome a new vegan restaurant to its neighborhood during the pandemic. Vegan AF is a Mexican-American inspired vegan and plant-based eatery in the Jersey City Heights that opened in late March. Couple Norma Perez and William Toledo, immigrants to the U.S, from Ecuador, decided to open up their own restaurant to share their love of vegan food. The name of the restaurant, more specifically the “AF” part, stands for “As F***” and “animal friendly.” The diverse menu at Vegah AF ranges from breakfast and brunch items all the way to desserts.

Sweetgreen {90 Hudson Street}

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This opening is going to make a lot of NYC commuters currently not commuting really happy. Fear no longer, the beloved chain Sweetgreen has made its way to New Jersey, Jersey City to be exact. Sweetgreen opened on August 12th for pickup and delivery. Their first location in Chilltown is conveniently nestled near Exchange Place. The Sweetgreen menu is also made up of other categories like Warm Bowls, Salads, and Make Your Own — a build-it-yourself option in which the guest can pick their base, ingredients, premium ingredients, and of course, dressings. {And in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes — there are gluten-free options.}

Restaurants Opening Soon in Jersey City

Hudson Hound {8 Erie Street}

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Hudson Hound, a popular, modern Irish bar and restaurant, has called NYC for over 20 years but is making its way to Jersey City. Hoboken Girl recently reported on the news, sharing that the opening of the restaurant has been put on hold until the fall. Hudson Hound JC is taking over the beautiful space that Talde {and Miss Wong’s} once lived, and bringing an entirely different type of cuisine to the table. While Hudson Hound JC will offer modern American cuisine, the owners’ Irish heritage brings a special flair to the menu. Owners Jason O’Brien and chef Donal Crosbie are not just Irish, they’re also locals. O’Brien moved to Jersey City six years ago, while Crosbie has been in residence for 20 years.

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