Craft Beer & Cocktails Bar/Steakhouse opens in Hoboken
Father & Son Owners duplicate successful Haledon Eatery in Mile Square City
By Sally Deering
Joe and Chris Schiavo may be new to Hoboken, but they’re not new to the restaurant biz. The successful father & son team own The Shepherd & The Knucklehead craft beer bar and steakhouse in Haledon and it’s so successful, they branched out here in Hudson.
They just opened “The Shep” a little more than a week ago on Willow Avenue between 13 & 14 Streets. A huge space – it seats 125 – with 23 flatscreen TVs all turned to a sports channel lining the walls. The bar is long with 60 taps and a flatscreen above that has the latest crafts available. Cocktails are crafty, too, Joe Schiavo says, because the bartenders squeeze fresh juices and make all the syrups from scratch.
Joe Schiavo describes The Shep as a craft beer bar that loves sports.
“I play sports,” Joe Schiavo, 25, says, “baseball, basketball, and flag football.”
On a recent Wednesday, baseball and sports talk shows filled every screen and a steady flow of customers sailed through the front doors. Word is out—there’s a new pub in the neighborhood. Even Mayor Dawn Zimmer stopped in to welcome them to the Mile Square City.
“We’ve been wanting to come to Hoboken for three-to-four years now,” Joe says. “It has a dense population of young urban professionals who appreciate quality food, beer, and experience. We’re in a great neighborhood.”
Chef Alejandro Urena executes the menu designed by Joe and Chris Schiavo. It features hearty bar food and entrees; with an emphasis on meat dishes like the 24-ounce Porterhouse Steak and the Pork Poutine, a Canadian style dish featuring braised pork shoulder with cheddar and mozzarella over French fries or nachos.
Starters & Bar Bites; Burgers, Sliders & Sandwiches; Entrée Salads Tacos, Quesadillas, and Wraps; and Entrees – the menu has a lot to choose from. Starting with Starts & Bar Bites, there’s Knucklehead Wings served either Buffalo style or Asian style ($$6.95 for 6; $12.95 for 12); a Giant German Pretzel with house-made mustard dipping sauce ($8.95); Beer Mussels; Spicy Honey-Glazed Kielbasa; Mozzarella Wedges Jalapeno Poppers, and Spring Rolls with Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Philly Cheeseburger, or Veggie ($6.95-$7.95);
The Shep’s Pork Poutine, a different take on the Canadian classic. Served over hand-cut fries or nachos, it features braised pork shoulder, shallots, mozzarella, and cheddar; ($12.95-$13.95). Soups & Chili are Lobster Bisque, Spring Vegetable Soup and Mile-High Chili ($6.95-$9.95) The Shep serves Mac ‘n’ Cheese by the cup ($6.95) and bowl ($8.95).
Entrée salads include the Chicken Caesar, Mediterranean, Ahi Tuna and the Black & Blue with blackened skirt steak and crumbled blue cheese over mixed greens ($9.95-$17.95). Burgers, Sliders & Sandwiches feature the Angus Sliders, Grilled Chicken Sliders, BBQ Pork Sliders; and Half-Pound Angus Burgers like the Shep Classic, BBQ Burger, Mushroom & Swiss, Buffalo Burger, Veggie Burger and the Breakfast Burger which is Bacon and cheddar, topped with a fried egg are popular choices ($10.95-$12.95). Tacos, Quesadillas, and Wraps include the Chorizo Street Tacos, Poutine Tacos, Veggie Tacos, and Ahi Tuna Tacos ($1095-$13.95). And the quesadillas are Cheese, Chicken, Beef, Slicked NY Strip Steak and Bacon & Cheese ($9.95-$12.95). There are Steaks and Pastas, too, like a Pesto ala Shep, linguine tossed with house-made pesto sauce ($11.95) and the 12-ounce USDA Prime NY Strip ($35.95). There are seafood dishes and sides, too!
The Schiavos feel a certain commitment to the neighborhood, already, Joe Schiavo says. Since they opened their first pub in 1998, The Shepherd and The Knucklehead has been “redistributing profits to help clothe, feed, and house the poor, both locally and abroad.” According to the website, the Schiavos fed 231 Ethiopian families, purchased an ambulance for a German Lutheran missionary, and provide ongoing support for the Father McGhee food pantry in Paterson.
“Giving back is important,” Joe says “We’re blessed to be in this position. How can you not give back?”
And although they’re the “new kid on the block” the Schiavos already feel a connection to Hoboken
“The people at City Hall, the Police, and Hoboken Councilmen have gone out of their way to welcome us,” Joe says. “And I like the people that are coming in.”
If you go
The Shepherd & The Knucklehead
1313 Washington St, HOB
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 3 pm-2 am
Fri, 3 pm-3 am
Sat, 11 am-3 am
Sun, 11 am-2 am