{Best Hoboken Restaurants} to take Each of Your Out-of-Town Relatives

You know that panicky moment when your family member announces that they are coming to visit you? And you instantly get onto your Hoboken phone tree for recommendations about where to bring them? Yeah, we know about that too, and we got you!

Whether you are new to Hoboken or a Hudson County seasoned veteran, it is hard to sift through the dozens of restaurants in the Mile Square to find the perfect vibe, menu and location for your next family affair. The plaguing questions include “I want to make sure it is trendy…” “They have to have a big wine list…” “Are there enough TVs?” “Do they have vegetarian options?” …and so on.

To help, we put together the perfect guide to soften your concerns, so here you have it. Best Hoboken Restaurants to take…

Your Trendy Cousin from NYC

Antique Bar & Bakery or Grand Vin

Antique Bar & Bakery

Dirty Ribeye, pre wood-fire @ Antique Bar & Bakery

You finally convinced your cousin, who never wants to leave the West Village or Soho, to hop on the path to Hoboken for the night, and now the pressure is on. You want to convince her that “Hoboken is cool, too” (‘CAUSE IT IS) while also playing to her foodie side. Between the laidback, trendy vibes and exposed wood-fired Kitchen at Antique Bar & Bakery and the exposed brick with dangling lights at Grand Vin we’ve got you covered. Both have chic ambiance, amazing food and killer cocktails that won’t disappoint even the most judgmental of New Yorkers.

Antique Highlights:

  • Dirty Ribeye
  • Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Grand Vin Highlights:

  • Short Rib
  • Meat and Cheese Platter 


Your Aunt who Drinks a Little Too Much Wine

Sorrelina or Bin 14


Truffle Spaghetti (middle), Ricotta Gnudi (left) and Cacio e Pepe (right) @ Sorellina

Looking for a place for your next girls night with your aunt, mom & cousins? Uptown spots Sorrelina Italian Kitchen & Bin 14 are both perfect for a glass of wine and a dish of elevated Italian food. Each of the spots boast exposed brick walls and cozy tables that make for an intimate, but chic, vibe. With massive wine lists and big menus, these spots are perfect to unwind with family.

Bin 14 Highlights:

  • Truffle Fresh Mozzarella
  • Sausage and Pepper Bruschetta

Sorrelina Highlights:

ANY of the pastas, specifically the Cacio E Pepe Conchigli or the Pumpkin Gnudi 


Good Ol’ Mom or Dad

Zack’s or Blue Eyes


Macaroni & Cheese with Tempura Buffalo Bites @ Zack’s

Let’s be honest, there are no shortage of great restaurants in Hoboken, and Mom and Dad really care more about seeing your face and criticizing the amount of laundry you’ve allowed to pile up in your hamper; but Zack’s and Blue Eyes are both a safe bet for your next parental outing. For a nice sunny day lunch or an early dinner, there’s nothing better than the sweeping NYC views and fresh baked Neapolitan pizzas at Blue Eyes. And for those nights that no one can decide what kind of food they want, Zack’s has a little something for everyone.

Zack’s Highlights:

  • Buffalo Bites
  • Caesar Salad
  • Roasted Pork Chop 

Blue Eyes Highlights:

  • Linguini on Vongole Veraci
  • Dessert Pizza!


Your Sister who recently became a Vegetarian

Bareburger or Charritos Midtown


Tableside Guac & Mexican Street Corn Elotes @ Charritos Midtown

For meat lovers, there are few things worse than having to amuse your vegetarian relatives by bringing them to a place full of quinoa bowls and butternut squash. But luckily for you, Bareburger and Charritos will leave you with plenty of carnivorous eats to indulge in. Plus with Charritos’ colorful decorations and Bareburger’s rustic accents, they’ve both got perfect vibes for a girls night.

Bareburger Highlights:

Charritos Highlights:

  • Guacamole
  • Elotes
  • Steak Tacos (Cause you ain’t vegetarian, right?)


The Italian In- Laws

Otto Strada or Tenth Street Pizza


Spaghetti Carbonara & Crispy Prosciutto Pizza @ Otto Strada

You want to welcome your in-laws to Hoboken with the perfect Italian meal, but you also don’t want to take them somewhere that’s too over-the-top. We’re going for the whole “trying hard without actually trying hard”, am I right? So if you want to impress them with two Hoboken hot spots with fresh ingredients, simple menus and comfortable prices, then Otto Strada & 10th Street Pizza are for you! Both these spots dish out amazing pies and great pastas… plus they are BYOB so the In Laws can bring their favorite wine!

10th Street Highlights:

  • Square Pie with Buffalo Mozzarella
  • Ricotta Crostini 

Otto Strada Highlights:

  • 1-lb Meatball
  • Soppressata Pizza
  • Pasta Carbonara 


Your Hot Cocoa-Loving Little Cousin

The Hoboken Gourmet Company or Aether Game Cafe

Hoboken Gourmet

Hoboken Gourmet Company Latte (

Your aunt finally let you take your little cousin on an outing while she gets her nails done, and you want to take them somewhere “cool” but kid-friendly. The Hoboken Gourmet Company offers a bright setting with unique decorations added to their drinks, both of which should be enough to land you the title “Cool Cousin” for a while. But if that isn’t enough, you’ve also got Aether Game Cafe, where you can share a pastry while playing a game of Monopoly or Clue.

Hoboken Gourmet Company Highlights:

  • Matcha Latte
  • Cafe Mocha

Aether Game Cafe Highlights:

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Hot Chocolate 


Your Conservative Grandparents

Augostino’s or Court Street


Rigatoni in Sunday Sauce @ Augostino’s

Maybe you’ve got a cool set of grandparents that would enjoy a loaded burger at The Shep or a delicious square pie at Tenth Street, but I think it is safe to say that most of us have grandparents with a little bit more of an elegant taste. So for your conservative grandparents who prefer white tablecloths, stuffed bread baskets and stellar service, you can’t beat the Hoboken classics: Augostino’s & Court Street.

Augostino’s Highlights:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Carbonara Pasta

Court Street Highlights:


Your Brother Who Mostly Wants to Watch the Game

The Ainsworth or House of ‘Que

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TV view booths @ The Ainsworth

So your brother comes to town, and although he loves sinking his teeth into some great game-day food, he mostly cares about the number of TVs in the place. With a wide variety of Hoboken bars becoming hot spots on any NY/NJ game day, it can be difficult to find a spot to accommodate your desire to eat without being shoved out of the way by people screaming about the most recent Giants loss. But with the high number of TVs, ample restaurant seating and large menus at The Ainsworth and House of ‘Que… we’ve got you covered.

Ainsworth Highlights: Macaroni & Cheeseburger and the Sweet Tea Wings

House of ‘Que Highlights: Queso Dip and Smoky Baked Potato

And you can’t forget the extended Family…

Always wanted to be the person that always pics the perfect restaurant? Follow this guide and I can almost assure you, that reputation will be following you soon.

Written by Tabi Krier

Tabi is Jersey-born, but took a brief stint as a “Hey y’all”-saying, hair bow-wearing southern girl while attending the University of Kentucky! Finally landing back in the north, she can be found in her preferred color wheel (black, grey & white), with sneakers on her feet and an aggressively long walking stride. Tabi is constantly trying to balance equal but conflicting obsessions with mac & cheese, bourbon and bathing suits, but mac & cheese and bourbon always win.

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WEEKENDER: Art Barrel Jam, Cha Dao Tea Ceremony and more

What’s on this weekend…


Temperatures have dropped in the 852, so we’re looking forward to curling up this weekend and checking out the latest that Netflix has to offer. If you fancy getting out and about, don’t miss Brickhouse’s art jam (and free-flow!), a special Cha Dao tea ceremony at Fivelements and much more…


Art Barrel Jam

Opening its doors early for one day only, Brickhouse will be home to an art jam session like no other this weekend. The idea is to celebrate the local Hong Kong art scene and support local artists by providing an outlet for creativity – something that is core to the Brickhouse experience. Throw in three hours of free-flow drinks and it’s got us sold! 

When: Saturday, 13 January, 3pm to 6pm
Where: Brickhouse, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $280 – includes free-flow beer, margaritas, house wines and nibbles

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Cha Dao Tea Ceremony

Join Master Wu De this weekend, as he gets set to take you on an insightful journey sharing the practice of Cha Dao, meaning “The Way of Tea”. Along with the chance to drink some rare old teas that aren’t easy to come by these days, the ceremony will be followed by a three-course tasting dinner at the renowned and newly opened Fivelements Hong Kong.

When: Saturday, 13 January, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Fivelements, Hong Kong, 81 Tai Chung Hau Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
How much: $350 per person (tea ceremony only) / $698 (tea ceremony and three-course chefs tasting dinner) – email wellnesshk@fivelements.org or call 3959 0000 to book!

weekender imagine dragons

Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour Live in Hong Kong

The Grammy Award winning and Multi-Platinum selling band Imagine Dragons are returning to Hong Kong this weekend and there are still tickets left! Presenting the band’s third album, Evolve, grab your friends and rock out to what is sure to be a great show.

When: Saturday, 13 January, 8pm to 11pm
Where: Asia world Expo, Cheong Wing Road, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $480. Get yours here!

weekender exploring our relationship with food
Exploring Our Relationship With Food 

In this three-part workshop, nutritionist Paloma Gerber will be exploring our complex relationships with food, and she will be explaining how you can improve your relationship with food and your body. Split over three weeks, topics to be covered include Healthy Food Relationship, Healing Foods and Healthy Body Relationship.

When: Sunday, 14 January, 3pm to 5pm, Sunday, 4 February, 12pm to 2pm and Sunday, 25 February, 12pm to 2pm
Where: Caelum Greene, G/F-1/F, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $300 – get your tickets here! 

Work-Life Balance Workshop

The Building Blocks of Branding: Logo & Graphics Workshop

Join Garage Academy and IMIT Advisory this week for an evening workshop with Hypebeast Senior Designer Frankie Yuen. Perfect for entrepreneurs, professional and individuals interested in design, the workshop will walk you through the key tenets of great logo and graphics design, helping you to maximise the potential of your company’s aesthetic appeal.

When: Monday, 15 January, 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Garage Society, 19F 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $150 – get your tickets here!

weekender bao bei drinking games

Jeng-Bei Wednesdays: Drinking Games Galore

Looking to have a bit of mid-week fun? Head to Bao Bei for its epic games night! Every Wednesday from 9pm enjoy a selection of games, including Jeng-Bei, stack cup, flip cup, cards, beer pong and more!

When: Wednesday, 17 January, 9pm
Where: Bao Bei, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $228 for a jug of beer or mixed spirits. Call 2801 7779 to reserve or email bookings@baobeihk.com

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Quick Meditation Tips That You Can Actually Use

If you have no idea where to begin…


Meditation doesn’t come easy to everyone (myself included) and for all of its health benefits, we aren’t always sure of how we’re supposed to start – apparently it’s not all guttural chanting and lotus positions! Meditation can be done anywhere, there are no hard and fast rules that restricts you to signing up to singing bowl classes, when you can get literally your ‘ohm’ on in bed, on the bus or in the bathroom at work. We spoke with Coco Chan of Wellness Warriors for a little insight on how to get started, and her top tips for techniques that you can use day-to-day.

Read more: Your Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness in Hong Kong

Quick Meditation Tips That You Can Actually Use

When you’re in a rush…

Be in the moment,” urges Coco. Our lives are such a blur of deadlines, meetings and social commitments that we forget to be present and enjoy each day. “Put your phone away and on silent. Focus on your breath, notice how your chest rises and fall with each breath. Notice your surroundings,” she continues. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm, the goal when you’re in a rush is simple: just aim to pay attention.

There is no set time that you should be meditating either, it’s all down to personal preference. “You can do it in the morning when you wake up, while you’re walking to work, in between meetings or in the evening in the comfort of your home,” says Coco. “I personally like to meditate in the morning to achieve clarity and to prepare myself for the day ahead. I also have an evening meditation practice to unwind and calm myself so I can easily slide into snooze mode.”

Read more: Can’t Lose Weight? Hormones Could be the Culprit!

When you’re feeling stressed…

We all have moments where we just need to walk away and take a moment to regroup.

“Find a quiet corner. Focus on your breath. Take three deep inhales and exhales. Apply two fingers on your pulse point. Focus on your pulse and allow it to slow down as you prolong your breath as your inhale and exhale. Repeat for two to three minutes and feel yourself ease into calmness.”

Read more: What Kind of Yoga is Right for You?

Quick Meditations Tips That You Can Actually Use

When you’re distracted…

When aren’t we distracted?! In this day and age of technology, we’re glued to our phones, constantly watching Instagram stories, checking our Whatsapp messages and refreshing our emails. “The easiest way to avoid distractions is time blocking and putting your phone on silent,” advises Coco. “Allow yourself to be in the moment while you’re handling your to do list. Close down all unnecessary internet search tabs, chats, pages and be fully present with your task at hand.” It’s okay to  allow yourself a five minute break in between tasks to check emails, messages and reply to people, but try not to let your phone dictate your time.

Read more: Quick Flights from Hong Kong: 5 Wellness Retreats to Reset for the New Year

Okay, but why should we meditate?

According to Coco and practitioners around the globe, “meditation has been linked to increased focus, memory, energy levels and reduces stress.” Studies even show “that mindfulness practices regulates our mood and anxiety disorders. Therefore, those who are affected by emotional issues can highly benefit from meditation. Training the mind to be calm and positive has its long term effects in raising overall well-being.” If you’re keen to delve deeper, there are several meditation apps available on your phone that can help to introduce you to meditation ,too. “I use Calm when I prefer a guided meditation session,” says Coco, however “Headspace” is also a great introductory tool that you can use on a day-to-day basis.

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Your Guide to 9 {Can’t-Miss} Hoboken Events This Weekend: 1/11 – 1/14

Thursday 1/11

Meet The Brewers: NJ Beer Co & 902 Tap Takeover @ Black Bear

902 beers can

Meet the Brewers of both NJ Beer Co and 902 Brewing at Black Bear, and enjoy a tap takeover! The event starts at 6pm.

Building Homes for Heroes @ Kolo Klub

kolo club

Come out and support the American Legion and their effort to rebuild their Post while developing housing and support services for homeless veterans in our community. The event will include an open bar, live band, auction and raffle prizes – get your tickets here!

Karaoke @ Hotel Victor

hotel victor

Get ready to sing your way into the weekend! Join Powerhouse Productions for karaoke at Hotel Victor from 8pm to 12am.


Friday 1/12

Yappy Hour @ The Ale House

yappy hour jan

All dogs welcome! $5 wristbands at the door for drink specials, and 100% of wristband proceeds benefit Liberty Humane Society!

NJ Brewers Brawl @ Urban Coalhouse

nj brewers

NJ Brewers Brawl is happening! Order a beer flight at Urban Coalhouse any time this month and be given a ballot to vote for your favorite! Post a photo tagging the brewery of your choice, @urbancoalhouse, & #njbrewersbrawl, and you can win awesome prizes from participating breweries!


Saturday 1/13

The Return of Hot 97’s DJ Camilo @ The HUB


The HUB presents the Hoboken return of HOT 97 DJ CAMILO and Mtigzpro.com’s official birthday bash. No cover all night!

The Event Horizon @ Willie McBride’s

willies jan 18 music

The Event Horizon takes the stage to get your Saturday night going in the back room at Willie McBride’s. Show starts at 10pm!


Sunday 1/14

NFL Playoffs @ Texas Arizona


Catch the Steelers at Texas Arizona this Sunday! Game time is 1pm.

DJ Cream @ The Shepherd & The Knucklehead


Catch DJ Cream at The Shepherd & the Knucklehead during NFL Sundays. He’ll be there live from 1-4pm !

Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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What’s New In The 852: 11 Westside Brunch, YUM CHA Causeway Bay and more

Promos, Deals and New Places To Eat


In keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, we want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop ups in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. And because we want you to find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:

New Locations
Special Menus and Offers
Lunch and Brunch Specials
Pop Ups

New Locations


Yum Cha devotees, rejoice! Not only is this new Causeway Bay restaurant a fun and welcome addition to the area’s foodie scene, but the latest location also pays homage to Hong Kong’s historic and traditional typhoon-shelter fare. In addition to feasting on the already Insta-famous, playful take on traditional dim sum options already on offer, you can expect to see new menu items such as the peanut sauce and sesame-filled Peanut Papa Buns (complete with moustaches!) and Mentaiko Rice Rolls all over social media. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper dim sum experience without tea – take your pick from its wide range of brews!

YUM CHA, 2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.yumchahk.com

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Special Menus and Offers

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge

A wholesome brunch at the Michelin-starred ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge is something worth waking up for on a Sunday morning. The celebrated restaurant now offers two exciting new brunch menus – Le Grand Brunch ($688) and Le Petit Brunch ($488) – with the option to upgrade to a free-flow package (prices start from $198). Featuring exquisite canapés (think beef tatakis and caviar tartles), artisanal appetizers, and hearty mains, this brunch has everything you need to cure a nasty hangover (or gives you a perfectly valid excuse to drink more). Dessert is served family style with a delectable selection of homemade pastries and fresh fruits to wrap up your weekend on a sweet note.

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2174 8100, www.ontop.hk

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Cooking with the Culinary Stars

Are you curious about what happens behind the closed doors of Michelin star restaurants? Learn how to craft gourmet international dishes with culinary experts like Yan Toh Heen Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai and Rech by Alain Ducasse Pastry Chef Thomas Moulin. Hosted by InterContinental Hong Kong, “Cooking with the Culinary Stars” classes are back by popular demand, with prices starting from $1,888 per person. Polish your culinary techniques, experiment with exciting new recipes, and cook up a storm alongside all-star chefs. For happy hour lovers, InterContinental offers thirst-quenching wine seminars and Chinese tea appreciation workshops.

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/promotions/cooking-classes-culinary-stars/

Cuisine Cuisine

Unsure if you should opt for an all-American brunch or traditional dim sum this weekend? Why not both? Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira recently revamped its Oriental brunch menu and is now servicing a premium five-course meal with bottomless champagne and freshly brewed tea every Saturday. Starting at $498 per person, the upscale contemporary Chinese restaurant is ideal for hosting family gatherings and enjoying all-you-can-eat dim sum.

Cuisine Cuisine, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2368 1111, www.themirahotel.com/dining/cuisine-cuisine/

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Known for its rich selection of Nikkei-inspired dishes, the popular Japanese-Peruvian joint TokyoLima is introducing a new Alma Winter Collection. The Hot Prawn Ceviche ($170) and Iberian Presa ($150) will warm your belly with bold flavours reminiscent of the sizzling Peruvian heat. For sushi lovers, don’t miss the Sakura Maki ($100), inspired by delicate Japanese cherry blossoms, and the Niku Maki ($130) with seared beef tenderloin.

TokyoLima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2811 1152, www.tokyolima.hk


On 19 and 20 January, HAKU will be hosting the much anticipated collaboration dinner led by its own Executive Chef Agustin Balbi and Executive Chef Paulo Airaudo of the Michelin-starred Amelia San Sebastián. The two seasoned chefs will combine their creative minds to prepare a series of culinary delights for the guests. The special eight-course menu ($1,980 per person) features a reinvented cacao e pepe with black truffle and a Japanese-inspired Koshihikari rice with king crab.

HAKU, Shop OT G04B, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2115 9965, www.haku.com.hk


You don’t have to be Australian to go and celebrate Australia Day the right way at FRITES. Serving Stella Artois draught beer for a generous $26 all day on Friday, 26 January at all branches, it will also be screening the Australian classic “Welcome to Woop Woop” from 6pm, so be sure not to miss out on the fun…

FRITES, multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.frites.com.hk

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From 16 January to 11 February, NOBU will be offering a new seasonal menu that pays homage to the local cuisine culture of Fukuoka – a city with a unique food culture influenced by Korean and Chinese cuisine. Enjoy the six-course lunch menu ($668 per person) that includes freshly prepared ara sashimi and grilled saba fillet. The eight-course dinner menu ($1,488 per person), featuring uni gyoza and juicy Japanese wagyu, makes the perfect date night meal.

NOBU, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/nobu

The Drunken Pot

Ever wished you could have fresh hot pot delivered straight to your door? Well, The Drunken Pot has turned this unimaginable possibility into a reality with its ‘new age’ door-to-door hot pot deliveries (in recyclable packaging, too!). The meat-themed menu is priced at $322 per person, while the seafood is $368, allowing customers to pick from four signature soup bases: Numbingly Spicy, Black Truffle, Chao Zhou Satay and Pork Bone Broth. The delivery package even has a condiments box with eight complimentary seasonings and sauces, as well as utensils and reusable tablecloths. Having hot pot in the comfort of your own home has never been easier!

The Drunken Pot, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2321 9038, www.thedrunkenpot.com

Burger Circus

January blues and cold, wet weather getting you down? Sticking to its American diner roots, Burger Circus is now offering up monthly pie specials, and this month it’s all about the classic apple pie ($48). Guests can also pre-order the nine-inch pies ($258) for delivery, or pick up one business day in advance through info@burgercircus.com.hk or by calling 2878 7787. And if apple isn’t your thing, we’ve been tempted in with the promise of chocolate, blueberry and peach in the months to come…

Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, www.burgercircus.com.hk

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Eat Pizza For A Good Cause

Craving a good ol’ slice of pizza? We’ve got another great excuse for you to savour that crispy yet gooey piece of perfection (if you need one at all). Mark your calendar for the first ever weeklong celebration of National Pizza Day in Hong Kong and Macau. From 9 to 16 February, 19 restaurants (including 208 Duecento Otto, Ciao Chow, Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar) will serve special limited edition pizzas boasting creative combinations of toppings and sauces. 10 – 20% of the proceeds will go straight to UNICEF HK’s Syrian Children Fund supporting children in crisis – what a guilt-free way to indulge in your guilty pleasure!

Lunch and Brunch Specials

11 Westside

Now you can enjoy your favorite Mexican plates at 11 Westside’s new weekday lunches and weekend brunches. Indulge in hearty Molletes ($98) topped with broiled cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, poached eggs, roasted chilli, and escabeche. If you’re ready to splurge, get in on the Big Baller Brunch, featuring everything on the menu paired with unlimited Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne for $5,000 per person.

11 Westside, 1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3996 7754, www.11westside.com

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Pop Ups


From now until Sunday, 14 January, TEST KITCHEN will be hosting an unforgettable five-night dinner series with all-star culinary trio from La Bijouterie in Lyon, France – Chef and Manager Arnaud Laverdin, Chef Thomas Pezeril, and Chef Pâtissier Remy Havetz. The pop-up event offers an impressive eight-course tasting menu ($980) of French gastronomic plates such as turnips with kimchi and smoked cod roe butter, and charcoal grilled duck heart withy chutney yuzu. For an additional $300, you can enjoy the carefully curated wine pairing menu.

TEST KITCHEN, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building, Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9032 7628, www.testkitchen.com.hk


Join Hong Kong’s chef-driven Neapolitan Pizzeria Motorino as it hosts another pizza party from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, 13 January. The so-called ‘party’ offers guests snacks and wine before giving them a chance to acquire a new skill (or perhaps become better at an existing one!). Left in the hands of an experienced chef, you’ll learn how to create your own Neapolitan pies and gain all the insider ‘know-hows’, from shaping your own dough to having the best authentic Italian toppings. The class is $248 per person and includes two glasses of wine, antipasti, an apron and your very own pizza too!

Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com

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4 Podcasts You Need to Download if You Live in Hong Kong


Podcasts are taking the world by storm, but did you know we have some seriously high-quality content created, posted and streamed right here in our own city? We went on the hunt to find Hong Kong’s most interesting podcasts, and here’s what we found…

Read more: 32 Podcasts to Listen to on Your Work Commute


In #Impact, host Regina Larko, takes us through interviews with some awe-inspiring members of the Hong Kong community and social impact space. We love these engaging and motivating chats with Hong Kong’s finest, and Larko’s enthusiasm is infectious in each episode. Varying from female empowerment to volunteering, the guests of the show are absolute experts in their field and really know their stuff – you’re guaranteed to learn something new with each listen! If you’re looking for some great one-on-ones, these will light a fire under your butt to make an #impact in your own daily life.

We recommend: Episode #33 – Making Zero Waste Possible in Hong Kong and Beyond with Fanny Moritz from NO!W No Waste.

Better in Bed

Don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a podcast by its title! Hosted by sex coach and experts, Sara Tang and Jye Smith, Better in Bed isn’t afraid to take the bull by the horns when it comes to sex. Surprisingly funny and informative, you can expect open banter between the two hosts and their guests, which will perhaps even motivate you to have some open discussions with your own friends. Let’s be frank, we could all do with more candid sex talks in our lives…

We recommend: Episode 06: Opening up to open relationships

4 Podcasts You Need to Download if You Live in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Heritage

If you’re interested in exploring Hong Kong’s cultural, architectural and artistic heritage, you’ll love host, Annemarie Evans’ interviews with a variety of fascinating guests. Ranging from an exploration of Queens Road West’s history to the On Sharks and Humanity installation, the conversations provide a unique insight into Hong Kong’s history. You can find episodes of Hong Kong Heritage on RTHK weekly, with a weekly update available from the iTunes store.

We recommend: General Post Office (14 Jul 2017)

Hong Kong Confidential

Hosted by the boisterous Jules Hannaford, this newbie on the podcasting scene is all about the lives and journey of everyday Hong Kongers. Her personality and ability to create a comfortable environment for her guests leaves this show feeling intimate in a way many interview-heavy podcasts don’t. Hannaford has already managed to compile a fantastic and colourful roster of guests discussing topics such as dating and sexuality to entrepreneurship in our city, and we look forward to seeing who else she sits down with! This podcast is for anyone looking to understand what threads make up our unique cultural fabric, and maybe even learn something along the way.

We recommend: Episode 10: The Unsung Heroes with Jane Engelmann

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Club Albergue 1601 Offers an Eclectic Mix of Seafood, Pasta, Pizza and More

All the oysters and more served up in a hip, mid-century setting

District: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Eclectic – something for everyone
How much: Starters from $58 to $178; Mains from $168 to $888, Seafood (daily price), Pastas from $138 to $378
The Best For: Date night, dinner out with friends
Must Order: Oysters, of course!

The last place you’d think to go for a nice meal out is the top of Times Square, but on the 11th floor is a restaurant that truly impresses. The décor and vibe of Club Albergue 1601 is unlike most; it features impressive prints from photographer Simon Mak along its walls, is tastefully lit, and its super comfy mid-century modern chairs make you feel like you’re stepping into an episode of Mad Men. It’s meant to be four bars in one, with a special coffee bar in the front, a cocktail bar in the middle, an oyster bar (featuring at least 16 varieties from around the world!) in the back, and a super cool outdoor deck that is one I will definitely be hanging out in come warmer weather!

Skydeck Club Albergue 1601

I came here on a date night and could not have picked a better spot. The low lighting, great music, ambience and general feel of the place was perfect for a night out after a long day. We started with – of course! – an assortment of oysters which were selected for us from France, Ireland and the United States. Served atop ice with a side of lemon and sauce (if you like to try it with a topping), it was fun to savour the different textures and flavours of each one. (Platters range from $498 to $1498, depending on the quantity of oysters and seafood combinations).


Because #treatyoself, we decided on the Crabmeat & Caviar Rocket Salad ($178), which was served with crispy bread slices atop a salad of tomatoes and rocket. I have never seen caviar served on top of anything other than sour cream, and this was a welcome alternative. It was hearty and delicious, and when they noticed we ran out of bread slices, they happily served us more.

caviar and crab

There is plenty of seafood and meats to be had here, from seasonal fish to Alaskan King Crab, to Tiger Prawn to lamb, chicken, steak and more, but we wanted to try its other dishes and opted for the Four Cheese Pizza ($188) and Sea Urchin Carbonara ($198). The pizza was unlike any four cheese I’d ever seen – rather than being a mix of cheeses, it was two slices of each kind of cheese. The crust was thin and crispy, and I enjoyed having a selection of different types for a change. I would definitely order that again.

The Sea Urchin Carbonara was cooked perfectly al dente, with a creamy sauce, bacon and just the right about of uni to top it off. It was a very filling dish to end the night.

dessert combo

Even though we were stuffed to the brim, we just had to try out the dessert combo on offer ($188). Our favourites were the Earl Grey Panna Cotta (creamy with a nice hint of tea) and the Crème Brulée (my husband declared it was the best one he’d ever had).

Club Albergue 1601, Shop 1105, 11/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 2573 3344, www.facebook.com/clubalbergue1601

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Happy Hour in Hong Kong: Sassy’s Favourite Deals Around Town

The happiest time of the day!


Living in Hong Kong (or any city!) isn’t exactly cheap. And although we can’t do much about the high rent prices (and our slight shopping problem…), we can save precious dollars when it comes to drinking. So, being the savvy Sassy Girls that we are, we’ve scoped out some of the best happy hours all over town and are sharing our insider knowledge with you. Check out a few of our favourite deals and start planning your next girl’s night!

Read more: Brunch in Hong Kong: 8 New Menus to Try for Under $500

Editor’s note: this post was originally published on 28 April, 2017, and has been updated on 11 January, 2018.

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7 {Seasonal Beers} to Get This Winter in Hoboken

Winter is coming! Just kidding, it’s already here. To help us survive the freezing cold, and yet another winter without Game of Thrones, there is seasonal beer! If you prefer beer instead of winter cocktails, then have no fear. Here are some of my favorite winter beers you can get in Hoboken this season.

1. Mad Elf Beer

Mad Elf

Mad Elf Beer has hints of cherries, raw honey and cocoa, along with notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice – basically everything you want while you’re sitting by a fire watching Netflix.

Where to get it: The Shepherd & the Knucklehead


2. UFO Winter Blonde


If you like vanilla-flavored coffee, then this is the beer for you! UFO’s Winter Blonde is very light and has hints of vanilla in every sip.

Where to get it: The Shepherd & the Knucklehead

3. Anchor Christmas Ale


This creamy, Christmas special is packed with flavor, including everything from roasted nuts, to herbal spices, to honey, and more.

Where to get it: Mills Tavern

4. Sam Adam’s Winter Lager


Sam Adam’s seasonal beers are (imo) always awesome. The Winter Lager has hints of cinnamon and ginger, pairing great with a nice warm dinner or even leftover Christmas cookies!

Where to get it: Urban Coalhouse

5, 6, & 7: Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Victory Winter Cheers, Brooklyn Winter Lager

winter beers

Looking to have a cold one curled up in front of your TV this season? Check your nearby Hoboken liquor store and grab one of these winter specialties! Lagunita’s Brown Shugga’ Ale is made with sugar cane. Yummm. Victory’s Winter Cheers is a fruitier beer, with hints of citrus and clove. Lastly, Brooklyn’s Winter Lager is another one of my favorite “staple” beers. It’s a little on the heavier side, and has hints of chocolate and roasted barley.

Where to get them: Your Local Hoboken Liquor or Beer Store


Written by Taylor Bilecky

When she’s not obsessing over Public Relations (her MondayFriday persona), Taylor enjoys people watching, trying new things and attempting to taste every flavor of ice cream available. Born and bred in New Jersey, Taylor just signed her second lease in Hoboken and loves nothing more than a Sunday Funday. Taylor loves to meet new people and prides herself with her ability to talk to anyone – she is that person in the Uber who won’t stop speaking to the driver.

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Cabin Closed: Jack’s Cabin {Forced to Permanently Close}

We’re saddened to share that Jack’s Cabin announced some very bad news via their Instagram and Facebook accounts last night. As of yesterday, Jack’s Cabin is permanently closing their doors. Based on their statement, the closing was caused by a year-long battle with their landlord. Check out all of what they shared below:

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We will share any and all updates/developments/info as we receive it with respect to the closing, as well as any future plans for the spot. We surely hope they’re able to find a new home soon!

Written by John Connell

John‘s going on his 5th year living in The Mile Square. His talents include napping, eating sunflower seeds, growing a neckbeard, Ja Rule karaoke, and napping. Although knee injuries have slowed him down, he’s currently working his way back onto the field. An avid sports fan, the only thing he enjoys more than attending a game, is the beach.  Don’t let the knee injury fool you though, he can still get down on the dance floor!

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