6 Spots to Eat & Drink Outdoors in the Mile Square
6 Spots to Eat & Drink Outdoors in the Mile Square
There’s something special about summertime in the Mile Square. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, thousands of Hoboken residents escape the confines of their winter coops to enjoy the warm weather and explore all that this city has to offer, because let’s face it, sometimes we forget that we live in one of the most magical cities – with skyline views of Manhattan, parks, piers and a plethora of charming shops and restaurants.
When it comes to outdoor dining, Hoboken has so many awesome spots for friends and family to enjoy. Whether you’re planning your three-day weekend, making the most of your company’s Summer Friday policy, or just looking for new places to eat and drink this summer, here are six of our favorite outdoor dining options:
525 Sinatra Drive
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With spectacular views of the Freedom Tower, modern décor and authentic Italian dining, it’s no surprise that Blue Eyes Restaurant has been a Hoboken hot-spot since it opened its doors in April 2015. Situated on the Hoboken waterfront, this eatery, which pays homage to Frank Sinatra, is an Italian lover’s dream – with everything from antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas, paninis and assorted coffees.
Outdoor patio seating is available in the spring and summer, along with a raw bar and gelato stand (yes, please!).
For a casual-chic dining experience and the best skyline view in Hoboken, Blue Eyes is a must-visit.
Perfect For: When friends are vising from out of town; you’ll wow them with the waterfront views
Favorite Menu Item: Tagliolini all’ Amalfitana (Homemade tagliolini with garlic and oil, shrimps, calamari over roasted plum tomatoes rosemary bread crumb)
1319 Washington Street
If you don’t think it gets any better than BOGO sushi, think again! Las Olas in uptown Hoboken combines traditional Mexican fare with Japanese classics for a really cool fusion of culture and cuisine.
Since 2011, Las Olas has delighted Hoboken residents with its unique array of offerings – encompassing signature sushi rolls, wok & grill, tacos and more. Tartare dishes are paired with homemade tortilla chips, an unlikely but appetizing match.
The courtyard dining area seats plenty, and provides a quaint and charming ambiance any time of day. Visit Las Olas on Wednesday for 2 for 1 classic sushi rolls, Thursday for happy hour and all-you-can-eat wings, and Sunday for $12 sangria pitchers.
Perfect For: Mid-week pick-me-up; the daily specials and relaxed atmosphere are great for casual weeknight dining out
Favorite Menu Item: Kiss of Fire (Spicy salmon, shrimp tempura, jalapenos, and spicy yellowtail wrapped in rice paper and topped with tangy chili sauce)
1405 Grand Street
This cozy uptown spot is one of Hoboken’s hidden gems. If you’re looking to stray from the hustle and bustle of busy Washington Street, the peaceful outdoor café at Carpe Diem is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the warm weather.
Carpe Diem offers everything from comfort food to Irish pub fare and award-winning chicken wings. If you’re looking to splurge, the Shepherd’s Pie or Gruyere & Mushroom Burger are sure to hit the spot, but Cape Diem also has several healthy options, like the Goat Cheese & Pear Salad. The warm, inviting atmosphere and pleasant wait staff are sure to put a smile on your face as soon as you arrive. (Make sure you take a peek at the inside, too – the walls are covered with vintage photos of famous legends including Ernest Hemmingway, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Joe DiMaggio and Elvis Presley).
Seriously…seize the day and check out Carpe Diem before the summer is over!
Perfect For: Brunch with your bestie; it’s quiet enough that you’ll be able to catch up without shouting over loud music
Favorite Menu Item: Coconut Shrimp with sweet chili sauce
1301 Sinatra Drive North
On a Saturday in the summer, you’re rest assured to find hundreds of millennials hanging out and catching some rays at Pier 13 (P13R). The outdoors-only spot is the perfect Hoboken haven for those hungry for a backyard party atmosphere. Some of the hottest local food trucks line the entrance to the Pier, which extends out into the Hudson, providing unparalleled casual grab-and-go options. From Dark Side of the Moo to Mac Truck, Amanda’s Bananas, Glazed and Confused, Lexylicious, JimmyDawns, Luke’s Lobster and Bro-Ritos – to name a few – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Not to mention, P13R has some of the best drinks in town, including can beers (like the signature P13R Summer Blonde by Departed Soles), sangria, housemade punch, frozen cocktails, and of course their famous Party Pails.
Pier 13 also hosts several summertime events, including Game Night each Monday, Movies On The Pier on Tuesdays, painting, yoga and more.Heads up that P13R is cash only, so hit the ATM before you head there.
Perfect For: Large groups of friends; the party atmosphere, bean bags and beach chairs are the perfect spot for groups to gather, enjoy live music and sip in the summertime.
Favorite Menu Item: How do I pick just one?! But the Chicken Chipotle Bro! from Bro-Ritos is amazing (Pulled chicken slow cooked with sautéed onions, roasted peppers and special chipotle blend; all burritos served with rice, beans and the guest selection of various toppings). #BroritosFT
534 Adams Street
I admit it – there are plenty of nights when I get home late from work and pop an Ellio’s in the oven. It happens to the best of us. But when you’re craving a real pizza, look no further than Dozzino. This artisanal pizza shop has a modest but mouthwatering menu, including daily crostinis and unique pies, like the La Roma (an Italian delicacy with fior di latte [made in-house using curd from Caputo Brothers Creamery], tomato and sorpressata) and the Diavola, flavored to perfection with red pepper and calabrese salami. All ingredients are sourced locally and brought in daily, giving the dishes a super fresh flair.
An adorable outdoor dining area boasts bistro tables and twinkling string lights that illuminate the patio after the sun sets. A bocce ball court provides the perfect, post-dinner activity.
Boylan soda bottles are available for purchase, but the restaurant is BYOB for fellow wine/beer lovers!
Perfect For: First dates – the cozy environment is great for a table of two; simple menu takes the worry out of what to order; and bocce ball is a fun icebreaker activity
Favorite Menu Item: Dino (fior di latte, tomato and mortadella) and the Nutella crostini for dessert
306 Sinatra Drive
New to Hoboken is Union Hall – a gastro pub under the leadership of Executive Chef, Matthew Arlington (who trained under celebrity chef Amanda Freitag and learned how to run a world class restaurant at Mario Batalli and Joe Bastianich’s Esca). The city skyline lends a scenic backdrop for Union Hall’s comfortable and charismatic vibe. The menu features an array of small plates, each infusing flavors from around the world. Decadent dishes, like Truffled Scallop Toast, Pepperoni Pizza Cavatelli and Black-Eyed Pea Hummus are some of the many bites that can be enjoyed alongside more than 50 wines by the bottle, an additional 25 by the glass, and a sundry of cocktails and hand-crafted brews.
Industrial accents enhance the large indoor space, while high top ledges look out to the Manhattan skyline. An outdoor lounge, as well as a dedicated outdoor dining area, are open in the warm-weather months. Daily happy hour specials make Union Hall a great spot to swing by for a bit any night of the week.
Perfect For: Kicking off the weekend; go for dinner and stay for the DJ and dancing
Favorite Menu Item: Truffled Bacon, Egg and Cheese Flatbread (an upscale twist on a breakfast classic? Count me in!)
What are some of your favorite outdoor dining spots in Hoboken? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to enter our summertime photo contest on Instagram by showing us how you’re enjoying summer around the Hoboken area with #LivingWithLiberty.