Hudson County’s Best Outdoor Dining
It seems like our friend Punxsutawney Phil was right this year, because spring is definitely on its way. With temperatures climbing to the 60s and 70s throughout the month of March, it’s (hopefully) time to put away our shovels and bring out our warm weather apparel. With so many places to see and eat, now is the perfect time to check out Hudson County’s best outdoor dining.
Being Hoboken’s first and original wine bar, this Italian/American restaurant features an array of small plates, or tapas, and a list of wines that you can sample in small groups. But possibly the most charming factor of Bin 14 is their private backyard patio. With a rustic design, enough seating to host a private party, and heated lamps for those chilly spring and summer nights, this outdoor space is the perfect spot to drink and dine.
Though it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main Hoboken streets, Dozzino is not to be missed. This artisanal joint is BYOB and specializes in wood fired pizza with authentic toppings to please every pie lover. After you choose your pizza, check out the backyard patio space, and when you’re done dining, play some bocce ball. The restaurant has a full court in the back, so grab your favorite drinks, some friends, and make this your new summer hangout.
Zeppelin Hall Restaurant and Biergarten
A little slice of Germany right in Jersey City, Zeppelin Hall offers much more than your typical beer. With 144 taps pouring out crafts from all over America and Europe, guests can try something new every time they visit. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have a full bar that serves wine and spirits, and, offers a huge menu of different specialties to snack on. Grab a pretzel and a beer and head to the outdoor dining area, to socialize, sip, and snack.
Right in the main hub of Hoboken sits The Dubliner, an Irish owned bar that offers more than just your regular bottled beers. This tri-level bar has a menu of favorite snacks and even margaritas on the rooftop tiki bar, which is a rare find outside of NYC. Get your friends together and enjoy happy hour specials or spend the night in the casual outdoor setting.
This tri-level Hoboken favorite offers everything from brunch to dinner, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s just another restaurant. City Bistro boasts a menu full of American style favorites, from breakfast pizza to braised short ribs, and a bar serving wine, sangria, and speciality cocktails. Relax and dine among the sidewalk seating or check out the rooftop, which has a full bar and beautiful skyline views, along with TVs for games and areas to socialize.
A newer addition to the Hoboken waterfront scene, Blue Eyes is an Italian Eatery and Cafe that offers all of your Italian style favorites, from wood fired pizzas and pastas to espresso and gelato. As the weather warms up, the restaurant has a raw bar facing the Hudson and a gelato stand for the kids (and kids at heart). With specials everyday of the week, now is the perfect time to dine on the water and take in the view, for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just for a few drinks.
Needing no introduction, Pier 13 is a favorite for locals and non-Hoboken residents alike. Opened from May-October, Pier 13 hosts something different every night, from happy hour specials to Tuesday movie nights, to giant Jenga. Different food trucks from the NJ/NY area give guests dining options, while the bars offer beverages from summer beers, to punches and sangrias, to non-alcoholic drinks for the kids. Pier 13 also offers paddle boarding and jet skiing, so there is no excuse to stay in doors this spring/summer.
Henry’s On The Hudson
Away from the hectic streets of Jersey City sits Henry’s On The Hudson, nestled on the boardwalk and in front of stunning views of downtown Manhattan. Sit and chat inside in front of the massive windows at or enjoy the breeze on their outdoor patio, while enjoying speciality cocktails and any delicious option off their menu. They also have happy hour drink and food specials Monday-Friday and specific day specials, like Wine-Down Wednesday, throughout the week.
Pier 115 Bar and Grill
Offering a different side of the Hudson, this American style gastro pub and lounge in Edgewater offers everything one could ask for, with both indoor and outdoor options. At Pier 115, you can enjoy a drink and dinner on the outdoor Pier Deck, sip and snack on specialites in the Q Dock lounge, or grab a pizza and beer at the gastro pub and catch the game. Whichever area fits you and your friends best, head there for happy hour and take in the scenic views.