Travel + Leisure recently featured the Hoboken restaurant scene and their six favorites, calling them the best restaurants in Hoboken and “New York City-quality,” and added a bonus seventh spot for 107-year-old Carlo’s Bake Shop as a must-stop for cannolis and cakes after dinner. Did your favorite restaurant make the short list?
First on the list is Halifax at the W Hotel, bringing farm-to-table fare to guests through local purveyors and against a backdrop of beautiful Hudson River and NYC views. Next is La Isla, a Cuban restaurant started in 1970 that serves the classic standbys like Cubanos, platanos, tostones, and tropical drinks.
Cucharamama certainly has the credentials of a contender for a best of list–the chef is James Beard award winner Maricel E. Presilla. The menu’s variety gives the restaurant a pan-Latin designation, meaning it’s a mix of Central and South American cuisine, and even has a $25 early bird special at 5 pm.
Fourth on the list is Fiore’s Deli mostly for their Saturday special roast beef sandwich and mozzarella made in-house every single day. Number five is for fresh wood-fired pies with house made fior di latte cheese at Dozzino which is also BYOB.
And last on the list is Chicken Factory–a Korean barbecue spot–where the eponymous white meat is fried to a perfect crisp, comes with a slew of sauces, and counter-service also includes kimchi and bibimbap.
Travel + Leisure’s list is a good start but by no means comprehensive. Maybe any one of the three locations of Mexican joint Charrito’s should be on the list, or longtime Washington Street steakhouse Arthurs, and what makes a restaurant the best anyway?