While the Mile Square City has no shortage of restaurants and bars, event and rooftop spaces are surprisingly hard to come by. The latest endeavor from one of the city’s best new restaurants will be bringing both of those components to life — Antique Loft at Riverview just put the finishing touches on their newly opened space.
In January, Jersey Digs reported that Hoboken’s planning board approved a penthouse eatery for 33-41 Newark Street in a building known as Riverview Historical Plaza. The business comes courtesy of Joseph Castelo and Chef Paul Gerard, who opened Antique Bar & Bakery in 2016.
The top floor of Riverview Historical Plaza was previously occupied by a hedge fund and when they vacated, Antique Bar & Bakery’s ownership jumped at the chance to take over the 4,000-square-foot space. Spanning the length of the building, Antique Loft sports floor-to-ceiling windows, small chandeliers, and an L-shaped wraparound terrace, plus a separate glass-enclosed section suitable for use as a bar area.
Lots of spots in Hoboken have great views, but even those spoiled by scenery will likely be impressed here. NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building and Freedom Tower are visible from almost any part of Antique Loft, as is Pier A Park, Downtown Jersey City, and the Palisades thanks to the openness and column-free nature of the space.
Antique Loft is being coordinated by Kelli Carucci and Elena Perdikakis, who both have catering backgrounds from New York City. Perdikakis says that Antique Loft is striving for a 1970s New York City loft vibe, but the space is highly customizable for daytime and nighttime events that can range from corporate retreats and meetings to press events, holiday parties, and even weddings.
Booking an event at Antique Loft is a full-service affair, as they will manage the entertainment, flowers, music, photographers, or almost anything else customers need. Custom menus can be created from Antique Bar & Bakery’s gourmet food options, which use classic Italian and French techniques on their dishes that are baked in a 100-year-old custom-built coal-fired oven.
Antique Loft’s events come complete with an onsite host and an elevator doorman. Their first celebration, the All Saints Day School’s Spring Auction, was held in late April and the space is up and running just in time for the warm summer months.