• Places to Bring Your Hoboken Visitors: Where to Eat, Drink + Go

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    Have guests coming to visit your beloved Hoboken, yet stumped on exactly where to take them? Have no fear — we’ve rounded up some of the best places to take your guests based on where to eat, where to drink, and what to do. Keep on reading to learn how to show the out-of-towners what the ‘Boken is really about:

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    Breakfast/Brunch

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    Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington Street}

    Mimosas, bellinis, croque madames, and eggs Benedict galore — this Hoboken staple will have you {+ your guests} feeling like you’re in a tiny local cafè in France. Also, three words — Truffle. Parmesan. Fries. #nuffsaid

    O’Bagel {600 Washington Street}

    Don’t be fooled, O’Bagel is not an average bagel shop. Treat visitors to a Jersey bagel {you know, since Jersey bagels are famous for being better than NY because of the magical Jersey water}. Go traditional and get a bagel with one of their specialty cream cheeses, or go biiiig and try one of their unique breakfast sandwiches.

    La Isla {25 12th Street or 104 Washington Street}

    La Isla‘s plantain-filled omelettes and warm Cuban bread sure will impress your guests and their stomachs too. The Cuban Lattes and Cubaccinos are also a pick-me-up staple of this authentic spot.

    Malibu Diner {257 14th Street}

    Sure, you might think a diner is a diner, but not in Jersey — we take this topic very seriously. Grace your guests with disco fries, tuna melts, milkshakes, and homemade chocolate cream pie — the Malibu has been in town forevvver after all, making it a Hoboken classic. And it’s open 24 hours, so you can dine at any hour of the day/night should you so desire.

    Lunch

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    Mr. Wraps {741 Garden Street}

    One of Hoboken’s off-the-beaten food gems, Mr. Wraps is so much more than that {although their wraps are pretty j’amaze}. With an insane selection of wraps {as well as burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, salads, + more}, this spot will be sure to satisfy any of your guests’ cravings.

    Fiore’s Deli {414 Adams Street}

    You can’t have a guest over and not take them to Fiore’s — a Hoboken staple with mozzarella so good that people have it shipped across the U.S. This old-school spot serves up classic Italian-deli favorites.

    Benny Tudino’s {622 Washington Street}

    Bet your guests never had a slice of pizza the size of a baby. While strolling on Washington, step in to Benny’s for a slice of their *huge* pizza and show your guests just how good the pizza is here in good ol’ Hoboken.

    Dinner

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    Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

    Leo’s is a Hoboken staple, and if you want to show your guests what the Mile Square is really about, a visit to this restaurant is how to do it. Dine on classic and delicious Italian fare while admiring walls covered in pictures of Frank Sinatra and put a dollar in the jukebox to play some tunes.

    Grand Vin {500 Grand Street}

    Grand Vin is a great spot to take guests who are partial to a glass of wine. Besides the drinks, the food is on point, too and will be sure to impress your guests.

    Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

    Two words — Truffle. Risotto. The friendly atmosphere {and delish food} at Anthony Davids is enough to make your guests feel welcomed in the Mile Square. And if that’s not enough — AD’s is BYOB…#win.

    Amanda’s {908 Washington Street}

    If you’re looking for a bit of an “upscale” experience, head to Amanda’s for good wine and fine dining {including oven-roasted Maine lobster, walnut pesto risotto, and more — we’re drooling just writing this}.

    Charrito’s {518 Washington Street}

    If you’re craving Mexican food and want to show your guests some authentic Mexican fare, the obvious option is Charrito’s.

    Drinks

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    Union Hall {306 Sinatra Drive}

    If you’re looking for some dancing-fun and yummy drinks, head to Union Hall after strolling along the water. Their unique drink menu, fun music {there’s always a DJ on weekends}, and ambiance calls for a fun night out.

    The Stewed Cow {400 Adams Street}

    Don’t forget that off the beaten path of Washington Street lives an exotic wild bull {an electronic bull to be exact}. Challenge friends to hold tight at The Stewed Cow *PSA: skirts are not recommended for this activity*

    Pilsener Haus & Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

    This rain-or-shine biergarten stays true to its roots by offering German beers AND delicious authentic eats: giant warm pretzels and bratwurst included {we’ve ventured here just for dinner before, #noshame}.

    House of ‘Que {340 Sinatra Drive}

    The dueling pianos at House of ‘Que, skyline view included, is quite the fun night out, but don’t forget to check the schedule {via website or social media}. Laugh and sing the night away with songs ranging from classic ’90s Britney Spears to the Lion King soundtrack.

    A few other note-worthy spots for drinks and a potential good time:

    • Antique Bar & Bakery
    • The Cuban
    • Kolo Klub
    • Stingray Lounge
    • The Madison

    See More: 10 Historical Facts About Hoboken {You Probably Didn’t Know}

    Things to Do

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    Take a Riverfront Walk {or Ride} Along the Hudson River

    What they say is true, you can’t see the New York City skyline from Manhattan. Take a stroll down the Hoboken Waterfront Walkway which continues into Weehawken to the north and down into Newport/Jersey City past Hoboken terminal if feeling extra adventurous. Stop at Bean Vault Coffee to impress visitors with a delicious flavored latte  {the pumpkin and lavender are on-point}. If you’re adventurous, rent a bike via Hudson Bike Share and bike the route!

    Stevens Institute Lookout

    Walk up to Castle Point and enjoy the beautiful lookout — views of NYC from all sides.

    Indoor Rock Climbing at the Gravity Vault {1423 Clinton Street}

    Gravity Vault is a definite people-pleaser no matter what level of athletic ability. Side Note: we’ve also heard that their kids parties are amazing + affordable.

    Ferry ride to NYC via NY Waterway

    Impress your guests with a picturesque {rain-or-shine} ride across the Hudson to NYC – the trip surely does have a “wow” factor for guests and residents alike.

    Cooking Class at Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street}

    Pay for a BYOB cooking class at Hudson Table, and also feed your guests at the same time — it’s a no brainer. Word from the wise: classes fill up super fast, so be sure to book ahead of the weekend to ensure your spot.


    There are so many more spots to enjoy, but these are a few of our favorites.

    Where do you take Hoboken visitors? Share with us in the comments!


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    Genna moved to Hoboken upon graduating from the University of Tennessee to start her Marketing career at HGTV, and is most currently at The Knot in downtown Manhattan. To Genna, there's nothing better than cheering on UT football, soaking in warm sunny weather on her balcony, and watching starry-skied movies on Pier 13. You may have spotted Genna as a customer associate at Anthropologie ...that is, when she's not doing Hot Yoga or punching bags at CKO! Most days, you can find Genna circling the Mile Square on an early morning run or attempting to justify her shopping habits along Washington Street.