The Hoboken food and drink scene is ever-changing — from Mile Square staples announcing their closures to new spots opening up all over town. After temporarily closing in March of this year, celebrity chef-owned barbecue chain Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ officially closed its doors at 618 Washington Street in Hoboken. In its place is a new Asian eatery called Saka Sushi + Hibachi + Mocktail — a woman- and Asian-owned eatery which opened up back in August. Read on for more about Saka in Hoboken, New Jersey.
All About Saka Sushi + Hibachi + Mocktail
Signage first went up for Saka Sushi + Hibachi + Mocktail on the afternoon of August 9th, 2023. The restaurant opened up in the Mile Square on August 25th.
The offerings here are pretty expansive — ranging from salads and soups to sushi, hibachi, and teriyaki. Some of the sushi rolls here include an avocado cucumber roll, a yellowtail scallion roll, a white tuna jalapeno roll, and a crab mango roll, among others. There are also naruto rolls; special rolls; sushi or sashimi a la carte; Japanese fried rice; as well as desserts like mango mousse and tempura vanilla ice cream. You can check out the full menu here.
On our trip, we opted for the hibachi — and while there are no hibachi grill tables (the only place in town for that is Ayume), the meal certainly satisfied our cravings. The spot is also BYOB, making it an affordable option for a night of dinner + drinks with friends.
Saka doesn’t appear to be a chain restaurant (there’s a Queens-based restaurant called Saka Sushi + Asian Cuisine, but this seems to be a wholly different business), but one local resident shared in the Hoboken, NJ Facebook group that the new owners simply smiled when the resident joked it “wasn’t their first rodeo.”
Other Asian restaurants to come to Hoboken in the past few months include Purple Rice, a grab-and-go spot in the former Pastrami House location that comes from the same owners as Keming; and Toast x Bowl, an Asian-fusion restaurant that is open until 9PM daily.
What Was There Before: Myron Mixon’s
In December 2021, celebrity chef Myron Mixon set down permanent Hoboken roots at 618 Washington Street in the form of a casual barbecue restaurant bearing his name. Hoboken’s Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ marked the eatery’s second location, the first in Alexandria, Virginia — and the spot brought a new flavor of BBQ to town with dishes like beef brisket, pulled pork, and house-made sausage.
In March 2023, Myron Mixon’s posted an Instagram indicating a temporary closure, but the restaurant promised it would “be right back,” per Patch. Despite those promises, Myron Mixon’s continued to stay closed, much to the confusion of customers + local residents. Now Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue is permanently closed, and in its place is a pretty far cry from American BBQ: a hibachi + sushi restaurant.