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Hoboken’s “fanciest” restaurant sparked some internal debate as we made this list. While it’s undoubtedly a classic, it’s also not as amazingly good as some may have you believe. But we’ll go ahead and include it here, because its Early Bird Special ($14) and brunch are some of Hoboken dining’s claims to fame, and if you’ve got a special occasion dinner coming up it’s never a bad choice.
This classic American spot isn’t currently offering brunch, and while that makes your Sunday mornings considerably more difficult than they already are, you can still go for dinner any night except Monday. Make a reservation for a table on the private back deck, or inside the century-old converted brownstone on Washington Street, and eat some BBQ pork empanadas, housemade gnocchi pomodoro, and apple strudel that’s sitting in a pool of dulce de leche.