For all the new restaurants that have opened in Hobokem, there's surprisingly little chatter. I count:
The Jefferson -- Washington and 14th St. Italian from owners of The Madison. Tasty, moderately priced, youngish crowd, but farfrom the bar scene over there (across the street).
Venue -- Just opened, 518 Washington, I think, but I haven't been. very high end (think $23-$30 entrees; $70 tasting menu!!!) A very extensive renovation of the site of one of my favorite cafes from back in the day (Cafe Roma). "venue will be known for its flavor & texture combinations as well as elaborate food presentations. (we are a byo restaurant)" Think: auteed monkfish medallions. fried water cress & wasabi leaves, apple jus, almond puree & oven dehydrated apples. We'll see how it flies.
It's Greek to Me -- Washington & 6th St. Very casual Greek joint in the space of the old, burned-out Midtown Diner. I haven't been, but the place has been slammed with crowds, so something good's going on.
Trinity, 340 Grill, The Quays - A trio of bar/restaurants right on the river in a newish office building between 3rd and 4th streets. The seem interchangeable (Trinity is "a Celtic‑inspired brasserie" while the Quays has some sort of Irish tie (uinness Braised Short Ribs with white cheddar polenta fries and glazed baby vegetables). 340 is mostly seafood. They're fairly interchangable especially on the weekends when they're swarmed by hard-drinking hedge-fund boys. (Big brawl at 340 last week.)
Illuzion - 4th and Washington the revnovated Tamura II now a much more stylish Japanese restaurant. Think Sushi Lounge
Elysian Cafe -- 10th and Washington. Been open a several months. A beautiful renovation of a 100-year-old restaurant. From the owners of Amandas. A very nice, moderately-priced bistro menu. An lobster rolls!!!
There others, scary places. One back in the neighborhood, Dino's has recently switched from mediocre Italian to Sushi Italiano!!! Totally frightening.
Company has closed, Jacke's Cheestakes just closed but changed hands.
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