Hoboken, New Jersey’s long history of immigration framed the waterfront city’s food scene from its earliest days. In the 1800s, the Germans arrived after the Dutch settlers established the area. The next wave included Irish immigrants looking for work on the bustling docks. After World War I, the Italians settled, and later, in 1960, the Puerto Ricans. In the past, the different ethnic groups were at war with the newcomers, and various neighborhoods were off-limits to the other. People of each nationality were expected to stay in their own sections of town. When the cultures started to mix, tensions eased until the next immigrant group arrived. Eventually, the newest residents began to find their footing and integrate, creating a multicultural city. Today, the one-square-mile town is a real melting pot with a variety of ethnicities representing their cultures through food. For diners, this diverse population offers a plethora of dining options from several countries around the globe. Hoboken is a foodie city and offers diners many options. This list is just the tip of the culinary iceberg in historic Hoboken, and our recommendations are shared in no particular order.
1. Pilsener Haus And Biergarten
Pilsener Haus and Biergarten is an authentic beer garden that occupies an old brick factory from the 1920s on Grand Street in Hoboken. The atmosphere sets the scene with distressed signs, German flags, and long wooden communal drinking tables. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was in Munich. Pilsener Haus serves 18 different beers on tap from Germany, Austria, Belgium, and local breweries and more than 50 different bottled and canned varieties of European- and American-style beer.
Not a beer drinker? Cider, wine, and cocktails are also on the drink menu. The food is just as alluring. Try pairing a warm Bavarian pretzel with an Oktoberfest lager as a starter. The bratwursts are also traditional, as is the wiener schnitzel served with German potato salad and lingonberry sauce. If you saved room, the apple strudel is topped with vanilla ice cream.
Pro Tip: If you can’t decide between a wurst or a pretzel, order the Meatlover Pretzel, served with bratwurst, kielbasa, barbecue pulled pork, sauerkraut, Liptauer cheese, and Bavarian mustard for the best of all worlds.