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Apr152012

Saturday Night Cheeseburger at Arthur's Tavern

Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night Cheeseburger! This week’s host is Arthur’s Tavern and a guest appearance by TWM reader, Peter Chu and featuring The Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher! And now, please welcome this week’s host, all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey, Arthur’s Tavern!

I've exchanged several emails with Peter Chu, who's been reading my blogs way back from the 365 Bars days and he suggested that I should come out to Hoboken, New Jersey and check out Arthur's Tavern sometime. I actually tried to go to Arthur's last year when I was doing MAD, but the trains were screwed up and I ended up going to the Hollywood Diner instead. I had good luck with the Path trains last week, so I told Peter I'd meet him at Arthur's tonight, so it's down into the subway we go.

There's a familiar sign, didn't we just do this a week ago?

Just three quick train stops and baboom, here we are in Hoboken. It's a nice day and there's a lot of people out and about here!

I've got my old school gps guide programmed to get us to Arthur's from here, hopefully I won't get lost too many times before I find it.

Amazingly I found Arthur's in about ten minutes without getting lost at all. Hoboken's pretty easy to get around. There's just one problem though...

I told Peter I'd meet him in front of Arthur's at 6:30 and of course I'm crazy early and it's just 5:30, so I've got an hour to kill. What should I do...

Hey, this looks like a good place not only to kill an hour, but to kill a few pre-dinner beers as well.

It's nice inside.

And it's even nicer after I meet pretty and friendly bartender Lauren, who happily serves up a beer.

Okay, fast-forward an hour and a few beers later and here we are back at Arthur's and there's Peter! Time to begin Saturday Night Cheeseburger!

Arthur's is a real old-school steakhouse, love the checkered floor and table cloths.

The walls are covered with vintage mirrors and pictures.

Ceiling fans with lamps in them hang overhead and illuminate the restaurant.

And of course the ceiling is tin. The mark of a classic place.

Here's a couple of chefs back in the kitchen area.

And here's a couple of plates of Arthur's signature dinner's, steak and their famous homemade potatoes.

Arthur's is a lot bigger than I thought, there's several dining rooms to eat in. As you can see, it's a popular spot on a Saturday night.

And here's the table Peter and I settled into.

Our friendly waitress Claudia brings the first course of the dinner.

And shortly after the main course arrives! I got a cheddar cheese burger with carmelized onions and bacon and a serving of Arthur's home made potatoes.

Peter opted for a little simpler burger and got one topped with American cheese and an order of fries.

The burger was delicious, but just like last week, it was so big I had to put it down and eat it with a fork and knife.

I want to thank Peter, he generously picked up the tab for dinner, so I told him I'd buy us a nightcap somewhere. As we left Arthur's nighttime had fallen on Hoboken.

Peter guided us to this bar a few  blocks away, Louise and Jerry's.

It's a nice dark bar and not too crazy on a Saturday night, which I appreciate.

And Pat the bartender serves up dessert!

And a glance out the window and it's time to head back home. Thanks again to Peter for meeting me and for picking up the dinner check, the next one's on me!

Cheeseburger Rating
Three Wimpy’s, a delicious cheeseburger in Hoboken, New Jersey!

Arthur’s Tavern
237 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ
201-656-5009


Further Reading: Burger Conquest, hobokeni.com and Gear Patrol.

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‘Cause I’m the Taxman!

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Bonus Photo By Gene Rubbico!

Gene sent in this photo from DePaola's Pub, in Arbutus, MD. It looks like something straight out of 1977! Thanks for the photo Gene and good luck with your Reserves duty the next couple of days!

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Bonus Photo From Duncester!

After seeing this Hoboken post, TWM reader and frequent guest star, The Duncester sent in this photo he took from Hoboken last Thursday. Here's what he has to say about the shot: "Last Thursday evening, on my way out to Jersey via the Path Train and NJ Transit, I took this shot of the Freedom Tower from Hoboken, now at 100 plus stories (total will be 104 stories). Thought it might be a nice fit for your Hoboken burger post, especially for your out of state audience." Great photo, Duncester, thanks for sending it in and hope to see you soon!

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Reader Comments (23)

How great were those homemade potatoes? and the burger,,,,,excellent choice. Louise and Jerry looked like a real bar bar, and how nice it is to venture out to Hoboken on the weekend,,,,,so many bars,,,,and really good ones too, tin ceilings.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAl

The only Arthur's Tavern I know is on Grove Street in the West Village. But then again, I don't get around much anymore.
http://www.arthurstavernnyc.com/

Might be worth a visit, Marty.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

I always like the food in the bars you visit, meaty burgers that look delicious, yum yum! But how about a visit to a real dive bar, a real losers dump, something out of Eugene O'neill's The Iceman Cometh, the bars that used to be around 23rd St in Manhattan, where did they go to? Those were my home away from home, you might say. Sigh, gone away forever :(

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMykola Mick Dementiuk

there is something about your pictures taken in daylight that feels odd...

that burger certainly looked path worthy and nice to meet you Peter Chu!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreen Monkey

@Al: The burgers were great, but the potatoes were an unexpected treat, really tasty! I haven't been to Hoboken in over a decade and will be returning soon!

@Uncle Waltie: I went to Arthur’s on my bar crawl, but will try and make return visit for TWM!

@Mykola Mick Dementiuk: Sadly, I think all those places are gone and have turned into yuppie bars and 7-Elevens, but I'll try and find a dive bar to go to soon!

@Green Monkey: I hear you and it's even odder for me to be out in the daylight! And yes, great to meet Peter, he'll be here again in the future, stay tuned!

April 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Great finally meeting you Marty! Thanks for taking the ride out to NJ two weekends in a row. Hope to share a beer with you again soon.

Green Monkey: thanks for the greeting!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

@Peter: Great meeting you as well! It was a fun evening, let's hang out again soon!

April 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Lauren is HOT !!!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Great looking burger Daddio!
Always good to welcome another fan to the mix.
I love the shot of Freedom Tower with the 'Rabbit Ears'.
(I'm having an 'Uncle Martin' flashback!)

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

OMG...that cheeseburger was a virtual MEAT EXPLOSION! I'd happily kill a hobo and give Arthur his clothes to get my hands on one of THOSE!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

"Whiskey Bar" I would have involuntarily begun singing a Doors song.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Oh yes, Hoboken is a VERY cool town in NJ. And that burger is making me super hungry!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

Marty, You were close to ny neighborhood of Weehawken, yea Arthur's is a very old school classic place. Went there a lot as a kid with Grandma. She was born in Hoboken.
Hoboken is supposed to have 6,572 bars for it's mile square size. Scotland Yard is one of my Fav's, cheap drink's & Rock & Roll, but Maxwells is still very cool & you can check out some great bands in the back, Saw R.EM & the Smashing Pumpkins there..

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanny the Freelancer

Looks like a friendly neighborhood spot. Too bad there aren't more of them around my way in Brooklyn.

The condom machine is indeed something out of the 70's, hopefully the condoms are newer.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaveW

@GENE: Agreed!

@"Boris:" Great to meet another TWM reader and now a friend! And that's a great rabbit ears shot that the Duncester captured!

@Jaws: You're right about the meat explsosion, I had to put it down and eat it with a fork and knife, too much burger to be manhandled!

@csp: I hear you!!

@meleah: Hoboken is cool and I hope to return soon!

@Danny the Freelancer: Holy shitballs, that's a lot of bars for a town the size of Hoboken! I'll let you know the next time I go and maybe you can join us!

@DaveW: It's a nice friendly spot and if those condoms are from the '70's, I have a feeling there may be a raise in population in the area!

April 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

There are a lot of rednecks in the area !

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Wow fantastic night out! totally awesome.
so awesome to meet Peter..
seems like a very cool dude.
Honestly I am not sure if i ever been to Hoboken..
But for some reason I know I must have..
I think that is where the deli is that my uncle swore had the best bologna.
Laughing at Martys uncle Martin joke:)

I am so salivating over those potatoes.. wow so yummy looking...

Hope Peter hangs out more with us:)

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@GENE: Good to know!

@Gidget: It was great to meet Peter, a cool guy and I'll be heading to Hoboken more often! And you're right about those potatoes, they were delicious!

April 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Back in the mid-80's I worked for an upstate branch of a big NY bank and would come down to the city periodically for meetings. One of my friends lived in NJ at the time and I think Arthurs was the place in Hoboken that we hit for dinner one night. In those days ('86 or '87), crossing the Hudson to hang out in Hoboken was considered pretty adventurous and even somehat risky. My recollection is that the food was pretty good but any other memories are clouded by time and beer goggles.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave - Everywhere

Looks like you lucked out with friendly and beautiful Lauren and Claudia! Oh, and Pat too! That cheeseburger looked fantastic! Actually, both of them did. As much as I like those specialty burgers, the classic American with lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard really hits the spot from time to time. Glad you had fun in Hoboken. Nice to meet you, Peter!

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: I lucked out for sure on this Hoboken trip! A great night and a great cheeseburger. And very nice to have met Peter, you'll be seeing him again on here, I promise!

April 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Arthurs's looks like my kind of old school steakhouse. I love the decor and the food looks so good. Thank you for allowing us to tag along Marty.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@Tiki Bar Susie: Definitely an old school place and it was fun to go to Hoboken. It's an easy trip and I'm going to check it out again, soon!

April 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

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