Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar Officially Open in Hoboken

When one door closes, another opens. And in this case, the longstanding, iconic Maxwell’s restaurant and rock club closed its doors just over two years ago, and the beautiful restaurant that is breathing new life into the venue has just announced that it’s ready to open its doors. After months of renovations, Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar is officially opening on October 5th at 1039 Washington Street, brought to the Mile Square by the team behind Sorellina. Here’s what we know about Sirenetta in Hoboken:

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How Sirenetta Came To Be

Back in October of last year, Sorellina issued a press, shedding light on what to expect from its upcoming venture.

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The press release read:

“We plan to continue our mission to provide first-class hospitality while celebrating Italy’s vibrant culinary culture through food and wine, and to provide a lively space where guests can meet, share & enjoy genuine food, authentic wines, and great company.

We look forward to bringing another quality restaurant & bar to uptown Hoboken, and to making the corner of 11th and Washington Street a bustling dining destination.

As for the full details of our concept & plans for the space? You will just have to wait and sea…”

We got the exclusive from the owner herself, Gabi Lombardi to find out more about this new locale.

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“Sirenetta is a Seafood + Raw Bar concept that will be opening this summer 2020,” she shared with Hoboken Girl at the time.

“The name Sirenetta, which means ‘little mermaid’ in Italian, is meant to be a playful, nautical spin on Sorellina {which as you know, means ‘little sister’}. The restaurant is currently undergoing a full renovation to create a lively, welcoming, and modern space. I am excited to take the next step in creating a restaurant group, and to making the corner of 11th and Washington a destination for quality dining and imbibing in uptown Hoboken!”

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As of this week, Sirennitta has announced via Instagram that it is officially opening its doors this Monday, October 5th. The team unveiled the major renovation project this week to friends and family {as well as their Instagram} and the exterior and interior are stunning, with a modern, and sleek design with a touch of an upscale coastal vibe.

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The warm blue that starts on the exterior of the restaurant, extends into the interior of the large space with touches of gold, light wood, marble-inspired tabletops, exposed brick walls, art-deco-style counters, a chic bar, and a brand new kitchen.

The Menu

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The menu will feature an extensive raw bar selection with a variety of shellfish and assorted seasonal Crudo, plus homemade pasta and innovative entrees.

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The wine list will feature boutique producers from Italy’s coastal regions, with a focus on sparkling and white wines to pair with the fare. The bar will feature craft cocktails with a “Mule Bar” and local craft beer.

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The raw bar will include six types of oysters as well as clams that are served with prosecco mignonette, house cocktail sauce, Calabrian chili hot sauce, and lemon. King crab legs, tiger prawns, sea urchins, and caviar will also be available.

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The seafood towers {that are sure to be a hit} come in small, medium, and large. Patrons can also expect soups, salads, no-frills apps, house-made pasta including gnocchi and rigatoni, several fish entrees, and steak.

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On Maxwell’s Legacy

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While the community appears to be excited about Sirenetta breathing new life into the locale, it’s very much worth noting longstanding Maxwell’s had been a main staple in the Mile Square, gaining notoriety when Bruce Springsteen taped his “Glory Days” music video there back in 1985 {as well as hosting other rock legends and bands}.

However, in 2013, shortly after Timberlake shot a music video commercial at the space and helped put the venue back on the map with a younger crowd, the owners of Maxwell’s as it once was still hung up the towel. According to the past owners, the Mile Square had changed and the lack of parking spaces made it difficult to welcome customers. Shortly after, new owners took the space over and dubbed it Maxwell’s Tavern as part of a rebranding effort — but called it quits in 2018 after just a few years of managing the rebranded bar.

Now, the location gets a new fresh start {pun intended} with Sirenetta’s full revamp of the space.

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Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.