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A Visit to Biggie’s Clam Bar on Newark in Hoboken

by Jennifer Tripucka
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There aren’t many restaurants in the Hoboken community I would term “OG,” but Biggie’s Clam Bar would definitely be one of them.  Housed on Madison Street since 1946, Biggie’s has been a Hoboken staple for the last half century. In 2012, its Newark Street location opened {after 3 other successful restaurants opening after the Madison Street original}. After a long day at work, I visited Biggie’s for the perfect after-work activity: Happy Hour + dinner.


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For starters, we ordered a Blue Moon and a mojito {happy hour special on Tuesdays = $3 Blue Moons}. The perfect cure to a long day. As far as appetizers, Biggie’s has a nice variety of seafood, as well as some bar food staples {think mozz sticks, chicken tenders, and spinach/artichoke dip} including lobster salad sandwich apps. We opted for the lobster salad sliders {just two, but they were $5}…which did not disappoint! Toasted bun and mayo + tomato + lettuce = lobsta roll perfection.

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As far as entrees, even though Biggie’s is known for its seafood, my date and I were set with the lobster rolls that day since we were doing some happy hour imbibing. I went with my happy-hour Caesar Salad craving and he went with a chicken mutz sandwich. Biggie’s Caesar salads are DELICIOUS — and I love that there is a lot of chicken, and dressing on the side. Perfect if you want to eat some now and wrap some for later! The lettuce was fresh and crunchy, and it had some parmesan {but not toooo much, which can be intense}.

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Chicken-filled Caesar Salad.

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As if that wasn’t filling enough, my happy hour date’s entree was quite eye-catching, especially due to the MAJ waffle fries sitting on his plate. He ordered a Garlic Chicken Mozzarella sandwich, complete with garlic bread as the sandwich bread {yuuuum} and toasted onions, chicken, and cheese.

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Waffle fries the size of my hand.

What did I tell you about the waffle fries? They were huge and so tasty — the perfect compliment to a somewhat healthier option of Caesar salad {even though we all know Caesar salads are a great option out when you still want something to satisfy a cheese/salt craving + a side of lettuce to make you feel a bit better about it}. Some other entree options I’d recommend are the fried shrimp, baby back ribs, and seafood with lobster cream sauce. Again — nothing that you’d want to eat on a diet most likely, but very good comfort food nonetheless.

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As far as ambiance, there are a ton of TVs to watch games and plenty of space to spread out or meet a big group — the perfect happy hour spot {sliiightly off the beaten PATH [no pun intended]} to meet your NYC friends if they’re feeling like a trek to Hoboken for some drinks. It also has a private room downstairs for parties. While we were there it seemed there was a work happy hour happening {a lot of labels on sweaters and awkward post-work convo, you know the drill}. The staff was friendly, and the service was quick but not too quick — a nice mix of serving you quickly while hungry and leaving you to enjoy your drinks and food in peace.


A few more HH drink options:

$2 Off Draft Beers
$4 House Wines
$5 Specialty Drinks
$5 Specialty Margaritas& Mojitos
$5 Specialty Martinis


You’re probably wondering about clams. I am too — need to come back to try them! Til next time, Biggies — definitely a neighborhood joint that I would definitely recommend for a big group of friends for a decent happy hour/meal.

Have you been to Biggies? What did you think?

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