Monday, September 21

Best things to see, do and eat in Hoboken, New Jersey: Expert expat tips

Originally from Sydney’s Rose Bay, Georgia Tyndale has lived in the New York area for five years, bringing Australian and New Zealand lifestyle brands to the US market. She now lives in Hoboken, home to Frank Sinatra, the first ever baseball game, and the Marlon Brando classic On the Waterfront. “Once considered the red-headed stepchild of the New York area, this little neighbourhood just across the Hudson River is experiencing a rejuvenation,” she says. See jacandbean.com

SEE

Hands down, one of the best spots to see the full length of the Manhattan skyline is here in Hoboken. Head down to the waterfront for a walk along Frank Sinatra Drive. If you’re there in summer, an evening picnic or outdoor movie in the park at Pier A is magical as the sun lights up the buildings across the river.

DO

From the PATH train station, stroll along the waterfront to the Farmers Markets (9am – 2pm every Saturday in the warmer months) on 14th St, where the neighbourhood picks up its fresh produce from local farms. Wander downtown via Garden or Bloomfield to see beautiful tree-lined streets with envy-inducing brownstones, or pop into the boutiques down Washington Street like Margo Market, a lifestyle and fashion boutique that focuses on sustainable goods that are handmade and ethically sourced, gardenstreetfarmersmarket.com, themargomarket.com

EAT

The influx of post-war Italian immigrants defined much of Hoboken, and the many Italian restaurants in town are their legacy. Augustino’s is legendary: family run, cash only, no-nonsense and delicious. With only eight tables and eight bar seats, getting a reservation is a challenge worth fighting for. For something more casual, but equally authentic and delicious (and BYO), try Margherita’s for homemade pasta. Vito’s Deli makes the best sandwiches in town. See augustinos.netwaiter.com, margheritasrestaurant.com, vitosdeli.com

DRINK

Antique Bar + Bakery, tucked away on a quiet back street, makes the best cocktails in town in a vibey converted garage space. I’m a big fan of tequila cocktails, and My Fate (think burnt strawberries, cucumber, lime and anise) never disappoints. Too early for a cocktail? Unlikely, but just in case, The Roost Outpost is just around the corner from the PATH station and has great coffee and pastries. See antiquebarbakery.com, facebook.com/theroostoutpost

AVOID

Texas Arizona and the other sports bars on Washington Strett on a Saturday or Sunday. And the other days too. Unless you’re in the mood for some shots with backwards-hat-football-jersey-wearing bros.