• Saku, Hoboken’s Newest Restaurant, Opens THIS Thursday

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    It’s no understatement to say Hoboken was collectively shocked when it was announced that the Turtle Club was closing. Though some may still be mourning the departure of a classic local bar, things are a-changing and a new restaurant/bar is taking over the former Turtle Club space. Hoboken, meet Saku, the Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar opening to the public 936 Park Avenue on Thursday, November 29th. While it may differ drastically from its predecessor, Saku is guaranteed to turn some heads {and feed some hungry mouths} thanks to its Japanese staples, sushi, and an array of eclectic cocktails.

    Keep scrolling for a sneak peek of Saku in Hoboken, what to expect from the menu, and more:

     

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    ^^ The view from outside 

    Concept and Vibe

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    The decor alone definitely sets apart the space, and Daniel Grey and his team worked hard to create the upscale casual vibe. “There are lots of traditional sushi restaurants in town and I want to bring more of an upscale cocktail bar feel to the mix – a Japanese-inspired vibe with a fresh twist,” says Dan, also an owner of Grand Vin, as well as a partner at Real Hot Yoga, Walking Dog Pet Care, and Green Rock. “A sushi experience, with other exciting food and drink as well. A place for people to gather that is different and interesting.”

    Bamboo-adorned bathroom walls, black and white {yin and yang} decor, an extensive mural by a local artist, and hanging diamond lights are just a few of the noteworthy design touches.

    “The vibe is what makes it different and interesting, apart from the food,” Dan says. Visitors can expect the ambiance to be upscale casual. “Higher-end sushi and cocktails, more unique focus on sleek decor elements to transform people into a new age of sushi,” he continues. At the bar, patrons will be able to opt for “Omakase”, which translates into “chef’s choice” in Japanese. A request is sent to the cook to prepare whatever he’s in the mood for.At Saku it will be around 10 small courses for the Saku Omakase {with limited availability on a daily basis}.

    Sushi is one of my favorite go-to cuisines,” Daniel explains. “I am excited to create a new spot in town that mixes unique ideas, working from traditional concepts.”

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    And expect no shortage of sushi on the Saku menu. {And no shortage of alcohol, either.} Though many Hoboken sushi spots opt for the BYOB option because it eliminates the restaurant’s need for a costly liquor license, Saku will operate differently with a full bar. Patrons will be able to choose from beer, wine, and anywhere from 10 to 12 fresh, upscale cocktails on the menu {and sake, of course}. Cocktail recipes have all been designed by a local mixologist from Jersey City favorite Kitchen Step.

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    “[There will be] Innovative ways to use Japanese inspired ingredients throughout the menu,” Daniel promises. “And the food menu will feature cold/hot appetizers with a twist on classic rolls as well as a curated selection of traditional style Japanese favorites, and customers will be presented with a clean and precise list of options with seasonal menu updates.” The menu also has several vegan options {Beet Roll FTW!} and is listed with GF/DF/VEG to denote various dietary restrictions including dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free.

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    Dan Grey of Saku

    The Goal

    Saku’s goal, according to Dan, is simple: to join the ranks of delicious restaurants serving Hoboken quality food in an aesthetically pleasing setting. “Another great restaurant to add to the growing uptown community,” Daniel says. “Having recently moved to uptown Hoboken, I think it will be a fresh mix to the already thriving nightlife.”

    We visited the space a few times — during construction + for a soft-opening tasting and we can attest that this spot will not disappoint. From the food to the atmosphere, Saku is a unique addition to Hoboken and we are so excited for everyone to experience it! 

    Here are some more pics from our visits:

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    ^The Big Daddy Roll – a mix of lobster tempura, avocado, eel, lobster meat, fish eggs, and orange mayo sauce with miso yuzu sauce

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    ^The bar area to the left of the entrance

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    ^Bathroom bamboo, nbd.

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    ^A must-try drink: We totes forget the name but it’s the one with Mezcal and squid ink — yes, SQUID.

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    saku japanese restaurant hoboken

    ^Chocolate sushi roll – complete with coconut flakes, dates, and chocolate stuffing. So. So. Good.

     

    Will you be checking out Saku? Share with us in the comments below and tag us in your foodie pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl <3

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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