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Fun + Unique Watermelon Menu Items to Try in Hoboken + Jersey City

by Jordan and Joelle Hernandez
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Watermelon is a crowd favorite during the summer — so much so that National Watermelon Day is actually in August. The versatility of this fruit makes it great for both sweet and savory dishes and, of course, the juice makes for an incredible cocktail mixer. We’ve rounded up places in the area to enjoy watermelon in various ways. Read on to find out where this summer classic can be enjoyed in Hoboken and Jersey City.

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Barbès | 1300 Park Avenue, Hoboken

While we’re huge fans of the Rock’n Moroccan at Barbès, the Montmarte is also a lovely, refreshing summer drink. It’s served with cucumber infused vodka, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, and a little bit of soda — and it’s simply the best on a scorching summer day.

Bistro La Source | 85 Morris Street, Jersey City

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Fried chicken is a common menu item (but that doesn’t make it any less delicious) What takes this dish to the next level are the toppings of salsa verde, watermelon, feta, and mint. Combine this entrée with classic sides such as mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese and you’re in for a yummy meal. 

Cellar 335 | 335 Newark Avenue

Not only does Cellar 335 have yummy Asian eats and a super aesthetic/funky dining room, but it also has some really fun tiki cocktails. Newfound Paradise is the drink to get for a unique watermelon cocktail. It’s served with Tequila Cuervo Tradicional, Bimini Overproof Gin, Campari, watermelon, kiwi, lime, agave, and fenugreek.

East LA | 508 Washington Street, Hoboken

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Coined on the website as ‘The Best Margarita in Hoboken Since 1983,’ East LA has a lot of options to choose from when deciding on which flavor is best for you — including a watermelon flavor. Watermelon margs can be made either frozen or on the rocks. Add an order of chips and salsa for a festive happy hour.

FruitiFi | 404 14th Street, Hoboken

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After a long day or on a hot morning when you’re in need of a refreshing and hydrating beverage, Fruitfi has it covered with their watermelon soda. This combo of sparkling water, watermelon, lemon, honey, and mint is sure to quench thirst. Enjoy along with a wellness shot from this location — plus, on Saturdays, it’s just across the street from the farmers’ market under the viaduct. 

Gringo’s | 12 Coles Street, Jersey City

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What’s better than one watermelon drink? Two. Gringo’s is serving up watermelon with or without spirits. For those who are looking to turn up with tequila, the What-A-Paloma is a fun twist on the classic beverage. Standard grapefruit and lime with tequila gives you a surprise hit of watermelon. For guests looking for a mocktail, the No Paloma will do the trick. Tequila is switched out for tonic water.

Hudson & Co | 3 2nd Street, Jersey City

This waterfront spot with stunning NYC views has a signature watermelon cocktail that’s just right for summer. It’s called the Watermelon Cucumber Smash, and in it is Hanson Organic Cucumber Vodka, fresh lemon juice, fresh watermelon puree, simple syrup, and Fever Tree tonic.

Il Tavolo  | 700 Clinton Street, Hoboken

TikTok trends have put the combination of watermelon, feta, and red onion on the map. Il Tavolo has taken this popular trend and made it into a salad. Additions of thinly sliced mint, arugula, ricotta crumbles, and balsamic glaze pull this fresh meal together.

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La Boheme | 233 Clinton Street, Hoboken

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Pasteque is watermelon in French. La Boheme puts a spin on a crisp salad with chickpeas, sweet Lebanese unfiltered olive oil, balsamic glaze, and mint. Order this as a starter to a delicious meal.

Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken

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Known for their specialty margaritas, Orale has a watermelon margarita with cucumber, basil, and citrus. This is one on a long list of other margarita options from Orale. For non-tequila drinkers, other cocktails are available.

Pier 13 | 1301 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

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Tequila and vodka lovers, rejoice. Pier13 has both a watermelon cocktail and a margarita. A traditional watermelon marg is served on the rocks at this Hoboken summer staple. The Watermelon Skies cocktail consists of Aperol, lime, pineapple, coconut water, watermelon juice, and watermelon vodka.

Pilsener Haus Biergarten | 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken

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During the hot summer days, watermelon and salads are super refreshing. Pilsener Haus has combined both items. This watermelon salad is paired with arugula, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, feta, and basil with a balsamic glaze — and it’s super flavorful and refreshing. Protein can be added to this salad if you choose.

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Porta | 135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

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When a drink starts with tequila, watermelon, and lime, it has to be good. Porta in Jersey City is mixing up summer cocktails and the Argento Surfer is set to be a hit. Bartenders shake up triple sec, agave, and long hots to the refreshing fruit and spirits for a fun time.

Purely Juiced | 262 1st Street, Hoboken

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Watermelon is known for its hydrating properties making it a great addition to a cleanse. Purely Juiced What A Mellon juice is 100% watermelon juice bottled. Add this juice into a full cleanse regimen or drink it alone.

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