Known as the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, Hoboken, NJ, is a charming city with a small-town America feel. Its proximity to New York City, diverse restaurants, galleries, event venues and the addition of the W Hotel have placed Hoboken venues on the radar of meeting planners in recent years.
Considered part of the Greater New York metropolitan area, Hoboken is conveniently located near three major airports: Newark Liberty International (8 miles), LaGuardia Airport (9 miles) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (15 miles). Public transportation ensures that visitors travel to and from Manhattan with relative ease on the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) subway and the New Jersey Transit commuter rails.
As for accommodation, the W is Hoboken's main full-service business hotel with 225 guest rooms. The W Hotel Hoboken also accommodates groups within its 6,000 square feet of meeting space. (Only a few minutes away in Weehawken, the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel is home to 346 suites.)
Local venues in Hoboken include the Lana Lounge, which welcomes up to 40 guests for a cocktail reception; the Irish tavern Willie McBride's Bar and Grill, featuring a large function room for 10 to 350 guests; and the Green Rock Tap & Grill in the Historic Terminal Building.
Once named the "Best Dining Town" by New Jersey magazine, the many dining venues in Hoboken deliver a smorgasbord of cuisine. Charrito's - Uptown Hoboken specializes in Mexican dishes, such as Enchiladas Oaxacanas and Cochinita Pibil. The Dining Room at Anthony David's is known for its northern Italian specialties, while Dino & Harry's Steakhouse appeals to a meat and potatoes crowd. Original to Hoboken is Carlo's Bake Shop, the location for the TLC show "Cake Boss."
Visitors will find that they don't have to venture too far to find something to do in Hoboken, given that it spans only one square mile in size. The Hoboken Historical Museum provides a solid overview of the destination and has other helpful resources, such as a self-guided Frank Sinatra walking tour map, indicating key spots like his birthplace on Monroe Street. Time spent on Washington Street may be well worth it with the many unique shops, bars and restaurants. In the warmer months, outdoor enthusiasts often head to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and Pier A Park during the day. In the evening, culture lovers gather at the Monroe Center for the Arts and the Mile Square Theatre to take in music performances or dramatic productions.