If you’ve never been to Onieals, you’re missing out on a Hoboken gem. Plain & simple.
Located at 343 Park Avenue in Hoboken (right next to Church Square Park), Onieals is slightly off the beaten path, but totally “on” as far as cuisine goes. Because I am able to suppress how I feel about the poor spelling of Onieals (let’s just say I’m 50% Irish), it is one of my go-to dinner spots. Let’s be serious, you’ve tried to type in Onieals in a google search and definitely failed at one point or another.
My dinner date and I would have to agree that it houses one of the better burgers in town – and that’s in part because of the bun! It is soft – almost like a croissant texture… (but not as crumbly). Bound to be yummy!
Before dinner comes out, you are served some bread & butter. Nothing super fancy, but it does the trick if you’re hungry.
My all-time favorite part of Onieals is $5 Wine-Down Wednesdays: they boast a delish Pinot Grigio and some other whites as well as hearty reds for $5 a glass. Usually there is live music on those nights. Great for a post-work HH.
If you’re looking for a place to have a meal that is a tasty mix of bar food and dinner fare, Onieals is the place to go. The food ranges from a Pesto Chicken Sandwiches to Buffalo Chicken Salad to Chicken Montrachet (chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, and goat cheese in a cabernet demi-glace). Might I add that there are plenty of pasta, red meat, and fish dishes as well.
Just FYI, they also have brunch.
Last time I was there, I ordered some white peach sangria:
Very sweet – but a fabulous brunch drink!
The one drawback to Onieals is its size. Like many Hoboken establishments, it’s pretty small. Usually, I am able to get a table without too long of a wait (around 30 minutes), however, if you’re hungry and not feeling like waiting, it could be a bit of an issue. That being said, Onieals’ bar is warm and cozy, and perfect for waiting with a dinner date or a few friends with a cocktail in hand. You can also eat at the bar (or at one of the bar tables), so that may speed up the process.
Now I’m not a big beer drinker, but I’ve heard that Onieals has a good selection according to my brew-loving friends. There is also great outdoor seating (right by the Park, perfect for people watching) in summer. Gah, I miss summer.
Have you been to Onieals? What was your experience like?
Written by: Jen