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La Isla Restaurant

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104 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 40.737666 -74.031074
nr. 1st St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
201-659-8197 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

laislarestaurant.com

Hours

Mon, 5pm-10pm; Tue-Sat, 8am-10pm; Sun, 10am-3pm and 5pm-9pm

Prices

$12-$27

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • BYOB
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Hoboken and Jersey City

Profile

Chef Omar Giner left the kitchen of the Russian Tea Room in 1996 to take over La Isla. Since then, he’s been plating unfussy (but not unrefined) Cuban- and Latin-inspired fare for Hobokenites of all stripes. The narrow room has a well-worn and inviting look that’s part diner, part tropical cabana, and part family scrapbook. The long stool-lined lunch counter dominates the space, but the walls, festooned with island paraphernalia like fish netting and seashells, tons of old photos and knickknacks, demand attention as well. Daily lunch specials rotate with a tender roast chicken decked in nearly-caramelized onions available most days. On the dinner menu, look for flame grilled pork chops that have a deep, smoky taste brought out with a squeeze of fresh lime. From the sandwich options, go for a media noche—the barely sweet bread is firmly pressed, lightly garlicky, and loaded with subtly flavored swine. But brunch is where this Cuban-American chef shines. Lines for his weekend meals start early and wrap around the small outdoor seating area. Hyped by Bobby Flay, the stuffed French toast is worth a wait—the cinnamon, almond, and corn flake-battered beauties are filled with a smooth strawberry and guava cream cheese.

Recommended Dishes

Media noche, $8; chuletas encebolladas a la parilla, $19; Chef Omar’s stuffed French toast, $11

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