New digs to explore Bar, restaurant openings in Hudson County

Hudson County is known for its exciting nightlife, gourmet cuisine, and the latest cocktails.

So it’s not surprising that there were almost a dozen new places that opened or renovated this year, and several slated to open early next year.

Below is a look at some of the places that have gotten a facelift this year and few to look forward to next year.

New hot spots

Fondue lovers have something to cheer about with the opening of the Melting Pot, located at 100 Frank Sinatra Drive in Hoboken. The new restaurant serves specialty appetizers and entrees all prepared so guests can dip away. Not to be missed is their excellent chocolate fondue dessert.

Those looking to enjoy the good life can escape to the Park Avenue Bar & Grill in Union City. This elegant restaurant and bar has several floors of fun, excellent cuisine, and specialty cocktails. There is also a rooftop bar that is open during the spring and summer and entertainment some nights.

For Asian food and specialty cocktails, Sawadee, located at 137 Newark Ave. in Jersey City offers a tranquil atmosphere and inspired cuisine.

Skinner’s Loft, located at 146 Newark Ave., in Jersey City serves up delicious comfort food in the cozy atmosphere. The bar attracts a fair amount of locals for those looking for a neighborhood place.

The Turning Point located in The Sovereign at the Shipyard in uptown Hoboken recently opened its doors this past fall for breakfast and lunch. They serve classic breakfast sandwiches, healthy wraps, smoothies, salads, and more.

Avenue Bar located at 411 Washington St. in Hoboken has joined the list of lounge restaurants. This bar looks very different from when it was DaVinci’s. There is a long bar along the wall when walking in, dimmer lights, flat screen TVs, and a vibe going on.

Hudson Tavern located on 14th Street in Hoboken opened in December after remaining vacant since the former bar in that spot – Lady Jane’s – closed years ago. Those looking to relive memories won’t be disappointed as it looks similar to the layout of old with the circular bar and tables by the window; yet with brand new wood and fixtures.


Lana located on the corner of Newark and River streets in Hoboken recently revamped from strictly nightclub status to restaurant. The restaurant offers of selection sushi and Latin influenced cuisine in addition to housing the nightclub in the back rooms.

Edward’s Steak House on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City changed ownership this past summer. This stylish restaurant and bar was revamped to surround guests in comfort while they dig into a delicious steak or seafood dish.

The Gaslight tucked on 400 Adams St. in Hoboken is under new ownership. The new owners, who also own the Brass Rail on Washington Street, plan to revamp and reinvent this Hoboken staple.

Helmer’s Café, 1036 Washington St., Hoboken reopened after repairing the damages due to a fire in the building. This long-standing restaurant serves traditional German food and beer.

Coming soon…

Uptown Hoboken will soon have a wine bar located in the former spot of Kelly’s Pub on Washington Street. Look for the grand opening sometime soon.

City Diner, 20 Hudson Place, located across from the PATH in Hoboken, is scheduled to open early next year and will serve hungry locals typical diner food.

In Jersey City, locals can check out the new bar and restaurant, The Embankment, which is scheduled to open at 10th and Erie streets early in the year.

Other places to watch in Hoboken include Shades at 720 Monroe St., Tonic at 13th and Park Ave., since both bars closed this year.

Keep reading the Current for updates in your neighborhood.

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