• 6 Completely Unique Dining Experiences in Hudson County {+ Beyond}

    Between the quality, diversity and sheer number of places to eat in Hudson County, it’s hard for a restaurant to really set itself apart when “this place is sooo good” is the norm. So we set out on a mission to find you a few good dining options that truly offer something different. From eating on the Hudson to dining in a cave, here are five completely unique dining experience in Hudson County.  

    15 Fox Place {15 Fox Place, Jersey City}

     

    In this area, we know Italian food, but this BYOB Italian dining club that’s part dry speakeasy, part Grandma’s dining room {complete with wall-to-wall tchotchkes and seasonally-themed decor}, has an air of exclusivity unmatched in Hudson County. 15 Fox Place is located in the Marian Neighborhood of Jersey City {West of Journal Square and next to Lincoln Park}. You’ll find this house-turned-restaurant has no standard menu, instead you’re treated to a marathon of fresh, seasonal courses. The sample menu — filled with subtle twists on home-cooked Italian classics — is available online, and with dining available only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, reservations are pretty much mandatory.

    Dino & Harry’s {163 14th St, Hoboken}

    A converted longshoreman saloon, 19th-century decor {be sure to check out the 150-year-old clock on the wall}, live piano music, AND the not-so-insignificant chance you’ll spot a celebrity, there’s really nothing basic about Dino + Harry’s. The contrast between the saloon-era tiled floors and fine dining experience creates a special, decidedly old-school vibe that somehow just feels authentically Hoboken. And despite having found itself named one of NJ’s most expensive restaurants recently, you can keep your bill reasonable, since entrees for one are mostly between $20-40 {but maybe skip the $1800 bottle of wine on the menu if you’re keeping costs down. Ya know, just an idea}.

    Spirit of New Jersey Cruises {1500 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken}  

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    Forget restaurants with a view of the water, dining on the water is the way to go. The Spirit of New Jersey runs 2-3 hour lunch, dinner and brunch cruises out of Lincoln Harbor multiple times a week. Every cruise includes a full buffet, coffee, tea, plus a cash bar, a DJ, interactive games, and of course the most amazing views from the Empire State Building down to One World Trade. And honestly, while it may seem tourist-y, there’s literally no better way to take in that gorgeous skyline we call home than sailing by. Lunch tickets come in around $56, brunch around $66 and dinner ranges from about $100-110.

    Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken}

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    Known most for their hands-on cooking classes {a super cool dining experience in its own right}, Hudson Table also offers Chef’s Table classes, where you get to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious meal while your chef handles the hard part {the actual cooking, that is}. Questions are encouraged as you watch your meal come together, and trust us, after seeing the technique and detail put into each dish, you’ll have a new-found appreciation for every delicious bite. Schedules are released now through June, but with limited seating, they book up fast, so for this experience we highly recommend planning ahead!

    Charrito’s {974 Boulevard East, Weehawken}

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    Yes, we know Charrito’s has more than one location, making it not completely “unique” — but when it comes to cool + colorful + authentic decor, delicious food {and amazing guac made tableside}, plus VIEWS on VIEWS of the skyline, Charrito’s in Weehawken is where it’s at. Bonus: The Weehawken location has a full bar, so no BYO-tequila needed for your marg at this spot.

    Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue, Jersey City}

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    While Italian food is a dime a dozen in our area {not complaining}, being served authentic Italian by a family that’s been in the biz for generations — complete with a restaurant that is legitimately on a residental street of houses in the middle of a neighborhood — is not. Laico’s Restaurant in the Greenville neighborhood of Jersey City, a hidden gem off-the-beaten path, serves up delicious food and has a cozy, intimate vibe. Drive your car there for dinner, get a free valet {because it’s that residential there’s nowhere to park}, and enjoy a delectable meal of ravioli, fried shrimp, and their house-made vinaigrette. {And if you’re drinking wine, we recommend a cab / uber of course.} It’s a can’t-miss spot!

    Archetypus {266 Old River Road, Edgewater}  

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    So, technically not in Hudson County, but worth a mention. Dine within the caverns of Archetypus: A restaurant dressed up as cave, complete with plants hanging from the ceiling and carvings in the walls. The dimly-lit spot has plenty of slightly hidden tables within the cavern walls, so it’s an amazing date-night pick. Plus, now that spring {+ let’s be serious – summer} is finally arriving, you’ll be able to dine outside in their bamboo garden, you know, if you’re craving the intimacy-level but caves aren’t your thing. HG Tip: If you want to snag a seat in the cavernous area, get there right at opening; they don’t take reservations and the best seats fill up fast! {Oh, also there’s an entire page of desserts on the menu, so make sure to save room for one of their signature sundaes to cap off the night.}

    Where’s your favorite place to dine when you’re looking to shake up the norm?


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    A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).


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