I'm sure a lot of you like the Mom & Pop stores that are along Washington St., but how often do you REALLY shop at these stores?
If you are like me, you shop at a store because of good prices or good quality.
I see these cute boutique clothing stores on Washington - with extremely inflated prices for the most simple of garments. Or there are a restaurants in town - yet they are just as expensive as New York City, but they aren't on the same level as NYC restaurants (quality, service and atmosphere).
Here are my current Top 5 for Hoboken. Remember, these are just *my* wants and needs that i'd love to see in town, and i'm sure everyone has a different opinion - feel free to leave your comments.
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1. Mid to Upscale Chain Clothing Store - You may be thinking "Wait - didn't you just write that you didn't like the expensive clothing stores?" - That is true. I did write that. But, i'd much rather have a J. Crew, Banana Republic or even Gap in town. From what I was told, there are certain requirements for a store like these to open in town - parking being a chief concern. If there was a J. Crew in town, I know i'd be there all the time. Sorry - i'm a very lazy clothes shopper. I like good quality clothes, and don't shop around for cheap clothes. I also may work in NYC - but I don't like to really shop in NYC - i'd rather be able to hit these places on the way home from work or on the weekends. Taking the PATH, into the city, on a Saturday? No, thanks. I'm waking up, oh, around 1pm and nursing a hangover on most Saturdays - if I want to do any shopping it better be within a 10 minute walk of my apartment.
2. High End Steakhouse - I can't believe that Arthur's does so much business. After eating there I feel like I just did a keg stand on a grease vat. I think that Peter Lugers or MarkJoseph or Morton's or Smith & Wollensky would clean up if they had a steakhouse on Washington. I'm sure some of you think that Frankie & Johnnie's is a steakhouse - they aren't. Yes, they sell steaks. Congratulations, here is your pin & membership card to the "Captain Obvious Club". No, we need, nay - demand - a steakhouse. Not a restaurant that serves steak, along with other dishes - just aged steak.
3. Coffeehouse - I like Starbucks, but its too bright and commericial for a real coffeehouse. You want to order your coffee and escape as soon as you can. I'm talking about a large, dark coffeehouse with chairs, ottomans and couches that won't accept anyone with a stroller or child under 12. It would be nice to have a place to relax on a Friday night with friends that doesn't involve alcohol. Sadly, the exorbant rents on Washington St. would doom such an idea, but I would imagine there has to be some place to build this. Also a secondary idea would be a combination coffeeshop / bar. Think like Panera meets Trinity and their bastard love child is the coffeeshop.
4. A Real Sportsbar - No, this isn't a pub that has TVs which show crappy ESPN Sportscenter over and over. No, we are talking a real deal sports for by men for men. Pool tables, foosball, that electronic basketball game like 8th Street Tavern, beer pong, air hockey, bubble hockey, PS2 competitions. This should be like a male grown up version of an arcade meets a sportsbar. No kiddies allowed under the age of 21. Make it a mecca to all sports, from all cities - not just NYC/NJ. This place should be the combination of: Dave & Buster's meets Hooters and Mandalay Bay's sports area from Las Vegas. Get reclining chairs that let guys lounge all day in front of huge plasma screen TVs - as long as they keep drinking & paying. Also get well endowed women to serve them all day, and you have a bit hit on your hands. Rumor has it from "Joe C." is that some prominent sports stars are already doing pre-production for a sports bar in town. They should get a consultant like me to help, I think.
5. Kick-Ass Cheesesteak Place - Jake's you fucked it up. I had faith in you when you said that you were going to listen to the customers. You didn't listen to me and now what - you are about as popular as a pimple-faced Stevens kid in Dipper's. Its not that hard, people. A few key things are needed: Rib-Eye Steak NOT Sirlion. Yes, Sirloin is the "better" meat but Rib-Eye is fatty & flavorful. Amoroso's bread not some "super secret bread we found in Holmdel" - whoppity doo! I liked the bread, but not on a cheesesteak. Normal onions - NOT carmelized onions. What the hell are you doin?? Seriously folks, if I had about 2 million to burn and wanted to clean up in this town - i'd make a die hard cheesesteak place that would blow the doors off anything this town has seen. This would be my gameplan: Step 1, go to Jim's on South Street and apply to work as a chef. Learn how its done. Step 2 - go to Hoboken, get into a partnership with a pub that has a kitchen like Farside, Dipper's, etc. Step 3 - make steaks EXACTLY the way it should be made that any child under the age of 8 from Philadelphia can tell you how it should be made. Step 4 - Buy a rake for all the money i'd be making.
Honorable Fast Food Mentions:
a. Taco Bell - a REAL full Taco Bell not crappy Taco Bell Express.
b. Pizza Hut - Bennie's isn't that good, i'm sorry.
c. In N Out Burger - if you don't know about In N Out, you aren't alone, its a West Coast thing.
d. Atomic Wings - they are located in Down The Hatch and other bars in NYC - awesome wings, I don't understand why a good wing joint hasn't opened up in Hoboken.