The Best Places for Delicious Tailgating Food {in Hoboken and Jersey City}

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What’s better than settling into your favorite neighborhood bar and settling down for a Sunday full of football? Actually going to a game. Whether you’re locally heading to root for the Jets or Giants or are headed for a longer ride away, be sure to check out these local Hoboken & JC spots for foodie-approved tailgating essentials.

1. Craft Beer



Departed Soles Brewing Company produces freshly crafted beers {even offering 100% gluten free options, too! Score.}. Fill up your growlers with Departed Soles’ Light Rail Ale {Vienna lager malt bill, ale yeast, and hops for a crisp tasting light beer}, or opt for the deliciously seasonal Ghost of Pumpkins Past {gluten free amber beer with real pumpkin and spiced perfectly with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger} for a not-so-basic fall fiesta. Craft cans more your thing? Grab ’em and go. Cheers! 

2. Italian Subs

With accolades including, “Hoboken’s Best Hero” and “Top 3 Best Hero in the Country,” how could you not stock up on subs from Vito’s Deli?! Whether you opt for individual subs or “Super Footers” ranging from 2 – 6ft long that are just loaded with goodies, you can create your own sandwich options for the essential pre-game meal. With tons of meats, cheeses, grilled veggies, and toppings to choose from, just be sure to preorder your large-and-in-charge subs to have it ready to go in time for kick-off.

3. Pro Antipasti Platters


Preorder then grab-n-go the most gorgeous and delicious cold cut and antipasti platters you’ve ever seen from Fiore’s. This infamous Italian deli specializes in its freshly made mutz and roast beef sandwiches, but pair that on a platter with fresh cold cuts and veggies that are easy to pick on + perfectly crafted and you’ll be the MVP of your tailgate. {FYI – they’re closed on Sundays, so be sure to pick up the day before a Sunday game!}

4. Mouthwatering BBQ


BBQ and football just go together. With fall off the bone ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken and brisket perfectly packed and portioned, you can order to-go BBQ to bring straight to the stadium at Jersey City’s Hamilton Pork. Select your favorite sides {like the jalapeno cheddar cornbread and the sweet potato mash = OMG} for down-south flavors and ‘fixins perfect for your parking lot party.

A Hoboken favorite for BBQ is the new waterfront spot House of ‘Que — and you can also order to-go containers {above}. Easy peasy!

There are so many great spots in Hoboken and JC to help with your tailgate situations. What are your favorites?

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Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.