Neighborhood: Hoboken, 343 Park Avenue (corner of 4th and Park)
The scoop: Onieals is a cozy neighborhood bar and grill off the beaten path in Hoboken, with another location in SoHo. The Hoboken location is situated on the corner of 4th Street and Park Ave., and directly across from popular Church Square Park. Since I live right around the corner, I have enjoyed many meals here, but this was my first brunch experience. The bar area when you first walk in has a long bar with seating available at the bar and at high top tables across from the bar. The dining area in the back has limited seating, but you don’t find yourself cramped at all. For brunch, we were seated in the dining room area. Onieals also offers outdoor seating directly in front of the restaurant on Park Ave. and along the side on 4th Street. I always see people enjoying their food and drinks outside, but since this was a very rainy day, everyone was inside. We came here at 2 p.m. on a Sunday and did not have to wait for the table. The server was very nice, but the food and drink service was a little on the slow side.
Bottoms up: Although Onieals does not offer a drink special with brunch, they have a huge selection of brunch beverages. One of my favorite things about Onieals is their extensive beer list, and luckily, they serve all of these beers during brunch. You can order your typical brunch drink such as a bloody Mary or mimosa, but they offer some really cool twists on these conventional drinks. We decided to get the Derailed Black Cherry Ale and Magnolia cocktail. The Magnolia is champagne with a splash of raspberry liqueur. I loved this drink because it was definitely a fun way to mix things up during brunch! The champagne was a little strong, but the liqueur was a good way to add a little bit of a bitter sweetness to the drink. I liked it so much that I ended up ordering two while we were brunching. The Derailed is cream ale that was served in a cool pint glass. It had a mild hint of black cherry and was the perfect midday beer.
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Eggs Benedict $10 / The classic combination of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffins and our delicious hollandaise sauce and homefries
I was so happy with my dish! The eggs were perfectly poached and even when I was eating them, they did not make the English muffin too soggy. The Canadian bacon was cooked well and had a nice flavor to it. I really loved the hollandaise sauce. It was a little foamy, but had a really nice yet subtle kick to it. I feel like hollandaise sauce can be so hit or miss, since it can either have no flavor or too much, but this was just perfect and really complemented the eggs. The home fries were soft with a mild hint of onions. They were cut into bigger pieces than most home fries, which I really liked. Overall, a great choice for brunch!
John Wayne burger $13 / Served with all the trimmings and topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, a side of BBQ sauce, and a side of onion strings
This was a super tasty burger. It was huge, and came on the perfect size bun. The bun was nice and buttery, but not too buttery. I ordered the burger medium rare, and it came out exactly as I had ordered it, and was very juicy. The burger had just the right amount of cheddar cheese. There was also a good amount of crispy bacon. The BBQ sauce that they gave me with the burger is made in-house and had a little touch of sweetness to it. I loved the onion strings! There were more than enough and they were not only crispy, but also had a really great flavor to them. I ended up putting some on the burger, too. This is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve had in Hoboken.
The final bite: Onieals delivered in all of the key areas. It would have been nice to have some sort of drink special included with brunch, but in the end, we didn’t mind paying a little more for quality beers and creative brunch cocktails. And the food was just delicious! You really can’t ask for more than that.
Reviewed by: Jen