Saying there are a lot of bars in Hoboken is like saying the Cookie Monster is sort of into baked goods. In this town, you’ll find lots of rowdy pubs where the venn diagram of people who wholeheartedly enjoy SantaCon and who wouldn’t look out of place at a pre-game with a borg in hand is largely a circle. That being said, there are few places that really stand out as cozy spots to get a great cocktail and enjoy a night out that won’t require an Advil and Pedialyte the next day.
Enter Antique Bar and Bakery. This is a restaurant that has excellent cocktails like A Stone’s Throw From Manhattan, with coal-filtered bourbon, smoked cherries, and sweet vermouth, as well as giant portions of comfort food you’ll be daydreaming about into next week. The meatballs with ricotta and buttered bread are technically on the shareables menu, but this is one of the few times you’ll want to be a bit greedy and get one for yourself. Dessert here is also essential: the already rich bread pudding is made even more decadent by a drizzle of tuaca caramel sauce.