Named for the initials of the owner's wife and daughters, Three A's Olde Bar & Grill beckons eaters in with an eclectic menu of Italian specialties and classic pub fare. Chefs use the eatery's signature vodka sauce to coat the stuffed pasta of the specialty lobster ravioli ($14), before they blanket a tortellini alfredo in grilled chicken ($14) to warm stomachs to Italian flavors better than Luciano Pavarotti's infamous bear hugs. Dough tossed into the air daily falls to earth to form the edible canvas for six specialty pizzas painted with toppings such as the house-made pesto, shrimp, and olives of the pizza pesto ($8). Teeth sink into the meaty morsels of homestyle pork chops ($17) or a grilled to order porterhouse steak drizzled in mushroom gravy ($22). Between bites, diners sip the potable blends of eclectic martinis ($10) such as peach cobbler. An original tin ceiling covers patrons as they watch plasma TVs at a hardwood bar or slip into a cozy dining area to serenade a date with operatic renditions of their favorite menu items.
Hummus Bar, recently featured in the New York Times, tickles taste buds and fills tummies with delectable vegetarian or carnivorous Mediterranean fare. Parties of two or all-kazoo barbershop quartets adorn compartment plates with the veggie thai combo, grilled tofu topped with crisp peppers and onions. The Seniya platter unites poultry rivals chicken and turkey in an effort to make peace over a supportive chorus of onions and mushrooms. Pita bread and the choice of two sides, such as hummus or baba gannouj, accompany combo platters, as does a small, shareable falafel side, or a larger regular side, such as fried cauliflower, for parties of four.
Stacks Pancake House and Café offers early-rising breakfasteers and midday-rising lunchatoons a menu brimming with fluffy pancakes, double-decker sandwiches, and piping-hot cups of Joe. But Stacks’ dishes aren’t the usual diner mess; they are elegantly presented and often overflowing with fresh fruit. Peruse the list of more than 20 pancakes varieties and order a stack of Strawberry Fields (infused with farm fresh strawberries, $7.25) or Addiction (banana-mixed pancakes topped with melty chocolate chips, $7.25), or opt for oversized pancake wraps, which are named after Hoboken streets, such as the Hudson filled with scrambled eggs with home fries, melted cheddar, bacon, and salsa ($7.95). Those hankering for protein can chomp a flavorful omelette, such as the tomato-infused American ($6.95), paired with breakfast all-stars crispy bacon and toast. Stacks' talented team of batter-flippers also serves an array of hearty sandwiches, including corned beef on rye ($6.95) and Philly cheesesteaks ($7.25). Stacks' dining room, which has bare brick walls and high ceilings, makes diners feel at home with a blend of traditional and trendy decor.
Maoz's menu revolves around a diverse range of vegetables and fresh food prepared from scratch, including sauces and pita bread made in-house daily. Prematurely end hunger strikes with the Maoz royal sandwich meal deal ($8.75), which tops a white or whole-wheat pita with eggplant and hummus, with a plethora of veggie-friendly options available for additional toppings. Meal deals come with Belgian fries, access to the salad bar, and a soft drink—a welcome respite for flask-wielders who generally prefer a hard drink. If you want full custody of just a sandwich ($4.50), try the shaka (poached egg, tomato sauce, lettuce, spices) or the verde (avocado, lettuce, cucumber, roasted peppers, tahini sauce, and cilantro sauce). Diners can completely customize a pita with the salad bar ($4.50), or go with the house favorite, the Maoz falafel ($4.95), which is baked fresh daily and stuffed with flavor fillers of your choice.
Pita Grill's chefs observe Mediterranean culinary tradition as they craft a menu of nutritious pitas, tandoori platters, and other Greek-inspired fare. Natural-wood paneling surrounds the recently renovated restaurant, which boasts bench seats with taut, taupe cushions. In contrast to the contemporary woodwork and seating elements, Evangeline-style tiles decorate the ceiling, adding an ornate accent and eavesdropping over dinner conversations. Pita Grill's convivial table minders happily uncork libations brought by visitors and serve freshly blended signature agave smoothies.