The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.
With Hoboken's picturesque shoreline as its backdrop, The Quays fuses stunning waterfront views of Manhattan with a tasty bar menu and wines from both small-lot artisanal producers such as Sybille Kuntz and larger bacchanalian enterprises such as Shafer Vineyards. Foursomes can flip a quarter or a table to decide from more than 30 red and white vintages hailing from Napa, Italy, and Australia, or they can nurse frosty brews or classic mixed drinks such as gin and tonic. Spirited sips punctuate bites of chicken wings basted in Guinness barbecue sauce or quesadillas loaded with monterey jack and chicken. The bar’s contemporary-style booths and elegant, yet sociable atmosphere set the stage for groups to synchronously dive into fried calamari or for chicken tenders to test out their best “Why did the human cross the road?” jokes.
Lelabar earned a "critic's pick" from New York Magazine, bolstered by an extensive list of vintage wines such as a Bordeaux from 1970. Their sommeliers recommend selections from nearly 200 international wines, which are imported from the likes of Italy, France, and the moon. Patrons can also look to a central chalkboard, which details the daily wine and food specials. Food selections include meat plates, imported cheeses, and pressed sandwiches.