Finding a watering hole here that isn’t packed to the gills with muscle-bound Jersey Shore wanna-bes (or their female counterparts) isn’t the easiest task. Fortunately, DC’s (505 8th St between Jefferson and Madison Sts; 201-792-5550, dcstavern.com) is exactly the kind of tiny, knickknack-adorned, off-the-main-drag place that can make you forget about that whole scene. Order a brew, pop some money into the rock- and punk-fueled jukebox (arguably the best in Hoboken), wait your turn for a game of pool and bask in the
lack of douchiness.
Audiophiles, take note: Tunes’s 1,700-square-foot digs (225 Washington St between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 201-653-3355, tunesonline.net) has had a vast selection of used and new CDs, DVDs and LPs—not to mention sweet rockist offerings like concert posters—since the ’90s.
Get a meal in Jersey City
Jersey City’s dine-and-drink scene is growing—and growing fast—gaining gastro cred thanks to the likes of Dale Talde (Pork Slope, Thistle Hill Tavern), Kevin Pemoulie and the team behind the not-so-secret West Village speakeasy the Garret, who are launching some of the coolest places in New Jersey. Get ready: Serious eats like these will make you a PATH regular.
Bold flavors take center stage at this Greenpoint joint serving everything from tacos to rice bowls to craft cocktails. Let’s start with a drink: You might go for a signature cocktail like the First Things First with mezcal, Jägermeister, coffee and agave or the Sorry Dave with pineapple rum, chile liqueur, lime, mango, banana and bitters (both $12). Snack on tacos filled with al pastor and ancho salsa ($9 for two, $13 for three) and fried shrimp with cumin-preserved lemon aioli ($10 for two, $14.50 for three) or go for something heartier, like chicken tinga nachos ($14) or a burrito filled with kimchi, seared mushrooms, steak, rice and ginger-soy aioli ($13). Stop by at brunch to try the breakfast burrito ($13) or breakfast taco ($9) with a mezcal Bloody Mary ($12).
Venue says Because tacos, cocktails, and mezcal are always a Good Move