THE PERFECT SATURDAY: Hoboken
BY COLLEEN VENTO
Colleen is a twenty-something Jersey girl who has lived in Hoboken for almost two years. She is a Senior Account Executive at a major advertising agency in NYC. When not eating, drinking or shopping in Hoboken, Colleen likes to explore NYC or even take her travels further.
Hoboken, New Jersey. It’s often known as the hometown of Frank Sinatra, the birthplace of baseball, or just a place to find awesome Italian food (we take our mutz VERY seriously). But Hoboken is so much more than that. Recently named the most exciting small city in America by Movoto Blog and the one of the most walkable city by Walkscore.com, Hoboken has something for everyone. Not only do we have an awesome view of the NY skyline, but the city is a quick 6 minute Path ride away. While we all know there are endless possibilities of fun things to do in NYC, Hoboken has a lot more to offer than a trip to see the Cake Boss. Get ready to experience what I consider the perfect summer Saturday in Hoboken.
A MORNING WALK
After a Friday Happy Hour turns into a long night of drinking, my body could use some exercise. Hoboken has many overpriced gyms in its seemingly small square mile, one to which I belong, but after our long winter why would I choose to be inside on a beautiful summer morning? Even though I am not much of a runner, my perfect workout includes a long walk along the waterfront to take in the stunning views Hoboken has to offer. This truly is a million dollar view which I get to enjoy every day.
THE BEST MEAL OF THE DAY
Perhaps one of my favorite things about the weekend is partaking in brunch. And not just any old brunch, but a boozy brunch. There are endless brunch options in Hoboken depending on what you are looking for. On this particular Saturday I decided to try Anthony David’s, a BYOB place which is well known along Hobokenites but somewhat off the beaten Washington St. Path. After picking up a bottle of champs from a liquor store nearby, my friend and I sat down and enjoyed an awesome meal.
Since I had worked out that morning, I felt I deserved to treat myself to an antipasti plate as an appetizer. Our waitress helped us navigate through all the options and we finally landed on grilled artichoke hearts, a salami type meat and a soft and hard cheese. Everything was so fresh and delicious! My friend and I then decided to split a grilled chicken sandwich and a french toast & crispy bacon benedict. While the sandwich was light and tasty, there is something so right about the french toast/bacon/runny egg combo that was just delightful. I would come back for that alone!
WHAT HOBOKEN DOES BEST
Hoboken can drink. A lot. And while we love a ‘Sunday Funday', I have found we choose not to discriminate which day of the week should be a ‘Funday’. After a long boozy brunch, we decided to keep the party moving! We walked a little further uptown to a spot called Madison Bar and Grill, which in my opinion, has the best sangria in Hoboken. We opted for a pitcher of white sangria and even had the bartender throw in a few gummy bears on top! Nothing pairs better with a glass or two of sangria than a handful of alcohol infused gummy bears. The bar in the middle of the afternoon was surprisingly crowded, yet still low key. After my friends and I polished off the pitcher we continued our bar crawl further uptown.
BEER, BIER, BOOZE GARDEN
The Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken is a great place to go to rain or shine. Having studied abroad in Austria, I consider myself to be a bit of a beer garden snob. And while this is no Hofbräuhaus in Munich, the American version is still quite fun! Though the inside is always crowded, there is often a spot at the bar or at one of the communal tables. There is also outdoor seating which is perfect on a nice day. While they have a large beer list and strong cocktails, I can never leave the beer garden without a traditional soft pretzel. Measuring almost larger than the size of my head, these perfectly cooked pretzels are great for sharing…though I could probably finish one off on my own. This is just a great place to drink good beer, eat great food, listen to fun music and most importantly catch up with friends.
While Hoboken may not have massive skyscrapers or the sheer volume of bars and restaurants you’ll find across the river, there is a certain charm here you can’t find anywhere else.
Posted on the third Saturday of the month, The Perfect Saturday is a series which asks everyday people to build and follow an itinerary for their ideal day. Its aim is to get tourists off the beaten path or inspire locals to try something new. What does your perfect Saturday look like?