10am: Put the ‘W’ in wake-u
Where can you find the best view of New York? New Jersey, that’s where. Hoboken’s vistas across to Manhattan drop million-dollar magic with the city’s tallest building, W Hoboken, bragging peak vantage. Cobalt rooms with skyscraper motifs create a dreamy in-out flow across the Hudson, with signature W beds on which to drift away. When you finish pillow-talking with Manhattan, that is.
How: Rates from $300/€245 per night (whoboken.com).
2pm: Grab lunch with a gusto!
Hoboken isn’t shooting to be the new Brooklyn (it’s just too preppy), but you’ll still discover foodie finds worthy of any Williamsburg avenue. Ultramarinos, a hole-in-the wall café on 3rd Street, feels like wandering into an old-world Latin cocina. Empanadas and quesadillas are rustled up with home-style heart here, while the Venezuelan chocolate caliente, laced with cinnamon, makes the perfect takeaway.
How: Ultramarinos is tucked away on 260 3rd Street (ultramarinoscatering.com; mains from $10/€8)
5pm: The great Jersey bake-off
A true Hoboken original, Carlo’s Bake Shop has been enjoying cult status since its starring role on the Cake Boss TV show (think Pimp My Ride for panettone). Today, you can pop into their Washington Street store to smack lips with sinfully delicious cannolis or, better still, maestro your own creations at one of their daily baking classes – based on themes like comics and galaxies.
How: Cannolis from $5/€4, classes from $125/€100; see carlosbakery.com for more info.
8pm: On the waterfront
Although just one mile square, ‘Boken’ boasts a seriously vibey bar scene, with hotspots wooing even Manhattanites off their island. Most of the city’s action hangs close to the waterfront, where scene stalwarts like the Pilsener Haus Biergarten (pilsenerhaus.com) and Austin-inspired House of ‘Que (above; houseofque.com) lure the masses with top-notch brews and bites. PS: Hop between Hoboken and Manhattan with a four-minute ride on the PATH train (panynj.gov/path).
Thomas travelled as a guest of WOW Air, which flies to Newark via Reykjavík from €280 return (wowair.ie). See also visithudson.org.