• Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Hoboken

    Warm, beautiful weather is finally here, and along with it comes one of the absolute best things about in the Mile Square — outdoor dining. With the wide array of restaurants in Hoboken {almost all have outdoor dining, too}, it can sometimes be overwhelming walking down busy Washington Street and trying to choose a place to eat and/or drink. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite spots in town {both on and off-the-beaten path} for you to enjoy some dining or drinking  al fresco. Read on for our list of the best outdoor dining spots in Hoboken:

    Blue Eyes Restaurant {525 Sinatra Drive}

    As the saying goes: Location, location, location. When it comes to dining on the Hudson, the view at Blue Eyes trumps all. With unrestricted views of the city skyline, delicious cocktails, and authentic Italian pizza and entrees {including a barely-can-tell-it’s-gluten-free pie}, this spot is a can’t miss — and you literally can’t miss it since it’s the only restaurant in that section of town directly on the waterfront. Oh, and two words, Nutella. pizza.

    Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

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    A fave BYO spot in town for brunch OR dinner, Anthony David’s divine menu and romantic atmosphere never disappoints. When the weather is nice, try dining outside. AD’s is in the perfect spot where you’re not in the hustle and bustle of Washington Street, so it’s a great place to enjoy a quiet outside meal.

    Zafra {301 Willow Avenue}

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    The only thing better than sangria and empanadas, is sangria and empanadas outside on a beautiful day. Zafra is a Cuban-fare staple in town, and they’re also BYO, too {#score}. They have the cutest, most colorful outdoor seating complete with umbrellas for when its a bit too hot.

     

    READ: A DIY North Hudson County Waterfront Walkway {or Bike} Tour

    Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington Street}

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    Honestly, Elysian Café couldn’t be any cuter if they tried — from the wicker chairs to the perfectly-manicured flowers lining the tables and facade, dining here is like dining on your own garden terrace in France. Tip: On Wednesdays they offer half-priced bottles of wine and half-priced mussels {with many different flavors to choose from} — it just doesn’t get better than that. 

    Onieal’s {343 Park Avenue}

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    While this is an off-the-beaten path fave, that doesn’t mean it lacks a view — Onieal’s is right across Church Square Park, making for a decent scene for people watching any time of day {especially at night, when the tree outside the restaurant is all lit up}. And the food doesn’t disappoint either — whether you want a juicy burger, salad, or pasta, it’s all here and can be paired with a number of delish cocktails.

    City Bistro {5658 14th Street}

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    It’s always a bit surprising to realize just how few rooftop options there are in Hoboken, but City Bistro is a classic. The food on their new menu is delicious, and the rooftop misters will keep you cool on hot days while you work on that beach tan. Plus, when the sun sets you can walk downstairs to the lounge to start your night, or stay upstairs for a great nighttime view of uptown.

    Pilsener Haus & Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

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    You can’t have a list of outdoor dining spots and not mention a biergarten. Luckily, Hoboken has its own {and a pretty awesome one, at that}. Head to Pilsener Haus & Biergarten for some pretzels + beer {both larger than your head} for a fun day or night out with friends.

    Pier 13 {1301 Sinatra Drive}

    Ok, so it’s not technically a restaurant, but with a food truck lineup each night {during the warmer months only}, Pier 13 definitely qualifies as one of the best places to grab a bite and enjoy the skyline in Hoboken. With rotating food trucks that range from brick oven pizza to Thai to empanadas, you’re going to find something to hit the spot. Complete the evening by grabbing a drink back at the bar and watch the sunset {or their weekly Tuesday movies on the water}. Can you say, perfect night? [Opening soon for the season; stay tuned!]

    East LA {508 Washington}

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    When you offer pretty much every type of margarita in existence and outdoor tables, you’re going to earn a spot on our best outdoor dining list — obvs. The tables at East LA are cute, but small and no frills {but great for people watching!}, so keep in mind if you’re planning on order multiple appetizers and entrees that the tables are small.

    See More: 4 DIY Spring Drinks to Celebrate the Season

    Trattoria Saporito {328 Washington Street}

    White linen tablecloths and an atmosphere of regulars give this spot a romantic, old-school ambience. Plus, Trattoria Saporito is BYOB with large portions, so while the food is a little pricey {for delicious entrees, we might add} it’s totally doable for a budget-friendly date-night and so worth it. Friendly tip: Gratuity is included for parties of any size.

    The Dub Pub {96 River Street}

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    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — a rooftop bar in Hoboken is a true gem. The Dub Pub has exactly that — an entire rooftop patio where you can eat, drink, and enjoy a nice day out with friends. Even better, it’s just a block away from the waterfront where you can take a nice stroll before or after hitting up said roof. It’s definitely more of a drinking spot, so up to you on if you decide to dine in or eat at another spot before you come.

    Hoboken Hot House {200 Monroe St} and Hot House Pizza {606 2nd St}

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    These two Hot House spots are pretty much the definition of off-the-beaten-path, in all the best ways. The cafe and garage-turned-pizza place are catty-corner to each other on the corner of 2nd and Monroe and bridged together by an adorable outdoor patio in the back. Bring your pizza, sandwich, panini, or dessert from either place out back, pair it with your favorite BYOB wine, and relax with the light music and laid-back atmosphere. Psst: The area also doubles as a cute private event space.

    Madison Bar + Grill {1316 Washington Street}

    An uptown standard, the Madison’s food and drinks are always on point, and the raised patio and low fencing give you a feeling of being separated a bit from the busy sidewalk and street with opps for prime people-watching. Note: they do have one incredibly rare feature for Hoboken — free parking. Just bring your parking ticket from Little Man or LAZ Parking and they’ll validate up to three hours.

    Where will you be dining outside this spring and summer?

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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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