The team behind Millburn’s Common Lot restaurant has announced plans to open a new venture in Hoboken. The new restaurant, BYRD, will be located at 800 Jackson Street and will open in the first quarter of 2024 — breathing new life into a space that has had several restaurants in its locale over the last decade. The menu will embody a relaxed and global dining experience, according to its owners — who we got a chance to chat with this past week. Read on for more details about a new restaurant, BYRD opening in Hoboken.
The team behind Millburn’s Common Lot took to Instagram to announce the opening of a second restaurant — of a different name — in Hoboken, New Jersey. The post read, “We are super excited to be opening our second restaurant in Hoboken in the first quarter of 2024. We can’t wait to meet the community there and share our globally inspired food coupled with a great wine list and cocktails …because YES! BYRD will have a liquor license.”
The Hoboken Girl chatted with the team and learned why the team felt Hoboken was the ideal location for BYRD. “We loved the vibe that the area was giving off, with young families and a new park across the street being built,” Chef Ryan said. The quest for the perfect location in Hoboken led the team to 800 Jackson Street.
The space at 800 Jackson Street holds a storied history. Previously, the space was home to several eateries including the Tilted Kilt, Taphaus, and the very short-lived Privé bar and restaurant. Its most recent tenant was Sangria, a Spanish tapas wine bar, which suddenly closed last year. Now, the space welcomes a new chapter with the arrival of BYRD in the new year, with hopes that this restaurant has the staying power needed to thrive in West Hoboken.
The new restaurant will be housed near the 9th Street light rail station, Palisades elevator, and a nearby multi-story parking lot. The location includes an outdoor area plus a spacious dining room that accommodates 100 people comfortably.
“We want to attract all types of dining to our place, families that dine early, date nights, food and wine enthusiasts, and gathering friends together for a good time,” Chef Ryan shared with our team.
The Journey to BYRD
Common Lot in Millburn, co-owned by Chef Ehren Ryan and his wife Nadine, is known for its contemporary American cuisine with global flair. The restaurant is recognized for its upscale dining experience, great service, relaxed atmosphere, and prix fixe menu options. Some menu highlights include the Black Angus Beef Tartare and Roasted Duck Breast with truffle sauce. The new concept, BYRD, will be the casual version of Common Lot. “Common Lot is our fine dining flagship, while Byrd will take influences from it, it will have its own identity,” Chef Ryan said.
BYRD, according to its owners, will introduce Chef Ryan’s signature culinary vision to Hudson County. The menu will feature influences from Common Lot’s menu but with new choices of burgers, steaks, and pasta dishes, including a kids’ menu. An additional experience will be a Sunday roast lunch tradition.
Each Sunday, there will be a family-style meal of lamb leg complemented by roast potatoes, Parker rolls, assorted vegetables, and an array of garnishes.
Something different about BYRD is that it will have a liquor license (though the Hoboken space always had a liquor license here), while Common Lot does not. BYRD will showcase a curated selection of wines from around the world, as well as seasonally-focused cocktails.
As for the ambiance, the same design team behind Common Lot’s interior, Studio 1200, will engage in the design concept at BYRD to match Chef Ryan’s vision of providing a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, according to its founders.
“We are excited to be opening in Hoboken and we are looking forward to being a part of the community,” Chef Ryan said.
Stay tuned for further updates on BYRD’s Instagram as it prepares to open in Hoboken. To stay in the know of all the local happenings, be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on all social platforms.