Â By Sally Deering
Itâ€™s January and the winter blahs are knocking on the door, but that doesnâ€™t mean you have to sit home with another Lean Cuisine. Why not skip the frozen dinner, throw on your overcoat and head out for some yummy neighborhood dining during Hudson Restaurant Week and a night of yummy delights at A Taste of Hoboken. Both events are a terrific way to spice up these cold wintery days â€“ and nights.
Â On Tues, Jan. 22, A Taste of Hoboken, the Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA’s annual gala fundraiser celebrates its 22nd anniversary. It will be held at Stevens Institute of Technologyâ€™s Canavan Arena in Hoboken with 40 restaurants, bakeries and cafes participating. These eateries will be offering tasty bites from the dishes on their menus and some chef surprises, too. Â And for the first time since A Taste of Hoboken started all those years ago guests will have the opportunity to sample beer and wine from all over the world.Â
Â Proceeds from A Taste of Hoboken will go to the Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA which recently received the approval of a $500,000 grant by the Hoboken City Council to finish the $15 million construction of new â€œsingle apartmentsâ€ at the Yâ€™s Washington Street location.
Â Tickets to A Taste of Hoboken are $60 for general admission; $80 if you want to go to the 6 pm Champagne Reception prior to the gala. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. If you decide to get your tickets at the door, add $10 to those ticket prices. And donâ€™t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Music will be provided by Swingadelic.
Less than a week later, starting Mon, Jan. 28 and running through Fri, Feb. 8th more than 35 eateries in Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne and Weehawken will serve up prix-fix menus at discount prices. Lunches will start at $12 and dinners will cost no more than $35, not including alcohol, taxes or gratuities.
Hudson Restaurant Week began in 2005 as a culinary celebration to promote Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey. Held twice during the year, in January and July, Hudson Restaurant Week continues to gain popularity and attract foodies from all over the tri-state area. Â
Every year new restaurants jump on board, too, and this yearâ€™s newbies are The Fig Tree, Raaz, Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House, Pilsener Haus, Las Olas Sushi, VB3, Goodfellas, O’Hara’s Downtown, and Skylark on the Hudson. Eateries that are back for another year include 3Forty Grill, Amandaâ€™s, Chart House, Maritime Parc, Liberty House and Light Horse Tavern. To see a full list of participating restaurants visit www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com.
Hudson Restaurant Weekâ€™s organizer Tamara Remedios of Xplore Communications offers some fun aspects to Hudson Restaurant Week withâ€œTweet from your Seatâ€ where if you tweet #hudsonrw from your seat you might be eligible to have your meal free. You can use that same hashtag — #hudsonrw â€“ and instagram your food photos.
“We are excited to celebrate Restaurant Week for its ninth year,â€ Remedios says. â€œIt has become a part of Hudson County culture to celebrate the culinary scene and support our local economy. Now, especially after Sandy, our community businesses need help recovering. So we encourage all to eat and shop local this year.”
If you go:
Tues, Jan. 22, 7 pm (6 pm Champage Reception)
A Taste of Hoboken
Stevenâ€™s Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson
For tickets: http://tasteofhoboken.bpt.me/.)
Mon, Jan. 28-Fri, Feb. 8
Hudson Restaurant Week
For info: www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com