Newbies To Put On Your Radar

Openings, coming soons and closing.

Hudson Hall, a new bier hall and smoke house from the team behind Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten in Asbury Park, and Wurstbar in Jersey City, is serving forth at 364 Marin Boulevard in Jersey City.

Led by executive chef Dan Hoose, formerly of Dinosaur BBQ in New York City, Hudson Hall sports a menu that focuses on the flavors and foods of Eastern Europe. Smoking, pickling and fermenting techniques are applied to meats, fishes, cheeses and vegetables to make for a menu centered around charcuterie, seafood, salads, sandwiches and platters.

Since its official grand opening on October 20, early hits in the food department have included the Hudson Hall Charcuterie Board, which serves 4 to 6 and offers mousse truffee, cheese spread, smoked whitefish salad, soppressata, pork belly and spicy links, fig and caramelized shallot jam and fermented vegetables; the cucumber and fermented black radish salad; and both regular and monkfish pastrami sandwiches.

Hudson Hall’s beverage program includes draught and bottled beers as well as Old World and New World wines and cocktails. Take-out fare will be offered at Hudson Hall’s lunch counter and walk-up window.

Hudson Hall is open from 4 pm to 2 am, Monday through Friday and from noon to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 201-659-6565 or visit


Chocodiem, the chocolate-plus pastry shop specializing in Belgian chocolates, has reopened in a new location in Clinton.

Now at 12 Lower Center Street Annex, the shop founded by JP Hepp toasted its grand reopening on Friday, October 20. On tap in the new location are seasonal macarons, product lines from The Belgian Boys chocolatiers,  Speculoose cookies, waffles and Stroopwaffles, European-style hot chocolate, vegan mousse and brownies.

Chocodiem was named one of the 10 best chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional magazine during a competition at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday. For information, call 908-200-7044 or visit

Other openings:

Surf Taco, the beloved fast-casual Cali-Mex chain born and based at the Jersey Shore, has opened an outpost at 62 Newark Avenue in Hoboken. Ex-pats from coastal ‘burbs now can get their Surf Burrito fixes after PATH’ing it home from jobs in NYC. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the northern ST opened October 13. 201-683-8156;

Havana Cafe, 296 22nd Avenue in Paterson. Hookah lounge. This bar has a limited dinner menu. No phone yet.

In the pipeline:

Passion Cafe, 165 Passaic Avenue in Fairfield.

Africa Rib Grill, 677 Bergen Street in Newark. 973-643-5703.

Doughboy Seafood House, 1075 Stuyvesant Avenue in Irvington. 973-371-1002.

PT Just Jerk, 551 Chancellor Avenue in Irvington. 973-374-2585.

Hawaiian Grill, 355 State Street in Hackensack.

Kaka Curry, 8 Old Road in South Amboy.


Al Sogna, which only recently opened on Valley Road in Montclair, last week post a CLOSED sign in its window.

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