Finding a good neighbourhood restaurant can be hard to find especially when you are blinded by the amazing views of New York and the Hudson River. Gregory Grishayev a 9 year West New York, NJ occupant, 16 Year New Jersey resident and local foodie, names his absolute top picks along the waterfront.
Now keep in mind there were others but these were chosen based on the overall atmosphere, food quality, views and price.
Hopefully, this article will solve the “Where should we eat on the Hudson waterfront in New Jersey?” The argument once and for all.
The Highwood (Weehawken / Port Imperial)
The Highwood makes this list by definitely passing the vibe check. Even though the restaurant has a very modern look and feel, they will try to accommodate you with seating even if you didn’t get a chance to make a reservation.
Post-2020, we all know how painful last-minute dining can be without having a reservation in the New York / New Jersey area, this is doubled by restaurants along the Waterfront. Any time places like these are accommodating especially to locals, they make the restaurant experience that much better.
The Highwood features every sports game as well as all of the boxing & MMA fights including pay-per-view. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen this many televisions in a restaurant without it being overwhelming.
Their new menu offers anything from burgers to pizza to pasta, great food quality and a very reasonable price for the area. While sitting down you can look across to see the gorgeous NYC skyline. One very important factor is that they are open late and dining there won’t feel rushed. So cheers to Marcelo Martins Co-Founder and operator as well as the other founders of the restaurant for making this place a top pick and a great place for nearby locals.
Chart House (Weehawken)
Landrys never disappoints, this Chart House is right on the water and is fantastic by all standards. Stunning views, delicious eats, good service and great wines. They have a great selection of appetizers and fish items on the menu. They serve large portions and are reasonably priced for the waterfront. Their staff is meticulously trained and it’s hard to get bad service here.
Even though there is no dress code here, most people that come into the chart house are dressed to the nines. The main caveat is that you must make a reservation here because there will be an hour plus wait even on a weekday. They did finally add seating to the bar and the bar area seats are first come first serve, even on the weekends.
The Yacht Club (Edgewater)
Formerly Joe’s crab shacks a Landrys location. The Yacht club which taken over and renovated by the owners of Molos in Weehaken. This location is awesome featuring full unobstructed views of New York from almost everywhere except the bathroom. They probably are at the top for food quality as compared to the price on the waterfront. Their selection includes simple items like burgers and more intricate fish items like Lavraki, a Mediterranean sea bass also known as Bronzino.
Since they opened during the pandemic, this is probably one of the only places you can still just walk in on a Saturday without a reservation and get fine dining with a view for a very reasonable price.
House of Que (Hoboken)
The House of Que in Hoboken on the waterfront (Sinatra Drive) is a favourite. Anything related to your barbecue needs, they have. From healthy choices like chicken to fantastic one of a kind hotdogs and burgers, this is one of the locals’ go-to spots. On the weekends they feature duelling pianos which you can have the artists play almost any song you can think of. If you like the Bier Haus vibe, good eats and fine drinks then this is the place for you.
Once you’ve finished your food, you can’t take a nice walk along the Hudson River and enjoy the full New York City skyline. Very walkable if you live in and around the Hoboken area, nestled right next to Stevens college.
Lunch & Take Out
Maine Artisan Cafe ( Edgewater, on Old river road)
Now If you just want to grab a bite to eat for lunch in the area, this is the place for you. Maine artisan Cafe is a Mom & pop owned family cafe. A big plus is that it is actually owned by locals that live in the area.
Most places have lobster rolls but they all only serve them cold, if you’re like me, and you are looking for something aside from the original they serve it in a Connecticut style which is warm with butter.
Even if you don’t like lobster rolls and crab cakes, like my wife, they have a crazy intricate selection of awesome salads on the menu. The only negative is their weird hours 11 AM -3 PM and 5 PM – 8 PM, but they mentioned they will be extending them soon.