Marilyn Monroe Quote

A Look Inside the New Monroe’s in {Hoboken}

Customers of the old Biggie’s Clam Bar at 36-42 Newark Street won’t recognize the space. It’s been totally transformed into Monroe’s—an elegant, dimly lit restaurant adorned with velvet chairs and chandeliers, and a mural of its namesake, Marilyn Monroe. One of her famous quotes sits alongside her headshot: “It’s better to be absolutely ridicuous than absolutely boring”

Monroe's Mural

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But enough about the ambiance. Let’s get into the good stuff—the cocktails and the food.

Ginger Dolly Rogers

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I’m starting with the Ginger Dolly Rogers because it was a crowd favorite. Absolut vodka, bianco, yuzu bitters, suze, lemon juice and honey ginger pom made up this signature cocktail. We all had more than one.

Coyote Loka

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Featuring Cacao Mezcal, Tequila Blanco, fresh lime, wasabi kiwi gomme and spicy cranberry bitters was the Coyote Loka. It’s definitely a drink for those who like a punch of smokey heat.

Ol’ Blue Eyes

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This prosecco-based blue drink also included tiki rum, apple blossom, fresh lemon, sweet blue spirulina and nutmeg. It’s the ideal evening drink for a mimosa lover.

Roulette Peppers

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These shishito peppers covered in butter soy parmesan and smoked salt had us all one the edges of our seat. You see, they’re called roulette peppers because one out of every ten is spicy. Delicious and dangerous.

Rose Fries

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These rosemary potato wedges came with a trio of dipping sauces to die for. The mustard and ketchup are homemade, and the garlic ponzu was on point.

Monroe Sliders

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I was totally wowed by these vegan sliders. The patties were made of tofu, couscous, beet powder, onion, garlic and paprika. They were topped with a creamy tofu dressing, katsu sauce and ketchup, and served with a side of pickled cucumber, pickled tomato and daikon pickled in beer.

Mistress of A Pollo

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This tender oven-grilled chicken leg with lavender salt was juicy and flavorful. It sat atop a cauliflower puree and alongside roasted sweet peppers.

They Call Me Babe

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This decadent stewed pork belly served in stew with zucchini and pearl onions was the perfect way to end our night at Monroe’s.

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Right now, the restaurant is open for dinner with plans to expand their offerings with brunch, happy hour and late night. Eventually, there will be a speakeasy in the basement as well. It’s ideal for a date night or a celebratory night out.


 

Written by Cat Shaw

Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not out of town for her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found in downward dog at Asana Soul Practice, drinking a sour at Cork City, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi’s chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.