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Elysian

1001 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 40.748646 -74.027319
nr. 10th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
201-798-5898 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Bistro
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Official Website

elysiancafe.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 10am-midnight; Sun, 10am-10pm

Prices

$16-$26

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Set off and apart from the frat-party hubbub of lower Washington Street, the stately Elysian has been operating since 1895, making it Hoboken’s oldest eatery. Recently and carefully restored by its current owners, there is an airy drawing-room feel with tall windows, delicately molded details, and light tin ceilings. Contrast is provided by the original dark wooden bar and an ancient but gracefully yellowing mural. At first, the restaurant served steaks and chops, then muddled through prohibition by switching to ice cream, and later, “hair tonic” under the guise of a barber shop. The menu now offers loosely defined bistro fare that positions lemony lobster rolls and pulled pork sandwiches alongside more typical plates like bubbling French onion soup, and moules frites. In lovely weather, a large patio makes meals feel like garden parties—diners, buffered from the sidewalk by flower boxes and planters, sip $5.25 mimosas with their basic omelettes and pancakes on weekend afternoons. A tangle of frisée topped with lardons and poached eggs is a light breakfast that would be welcome on more brunch menus. At night, Elysian’s bar scene buzzes, giving adults a respectable option in a town that guzzles cheap beer like water.

Recommended Dishes

Frisse aux lardons, $7

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