Jersey City Beer Hall and Smoke House Evokes Nostalgia

Pastrami hash (Image: Hudson Hall)

By now, the portmanteau gastropub is common parlance among New York foodies, but a two-month-old addition to the local food scene takes a novel approach to its marriage of suds and grub. Its name is Hudson Hall, it is a PATH ride away in Jersey City, and its self-described genre — beer hall and smokehouse — conjures up thoughts of another place and another time.

Its decor helps evoke that old-world ambience, with reclaimed wood tables, vaulted tile ceilings, handcrafted ironwork, handpainted murals, and period details. A central feature of the dining room is two large custom-built smokers whence come monkfish pastrami(!) ($14) and smoked spatchcock chicken ($14) both piled high on crusty bread.

Find four to six hungry friends and order up the HH charcuterie board, served family-style  and laden with truffled mouse, smoked whitefish salad, pork belly, and more ($33).

Among the small plates you will find pilsner mussels — with pickled onion, smoked garlic, and pork belly, served with crunchy garlic toast ($13) — and smoked salmon roulade ($13).

Hudson Hall, 364 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, 201-659-6565. Open weekdays for lunch, weekends for brunch, and seven days for dinner.


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