Clam Broth House
36-42 Newark Street
Hoboken, N.J. 07030
between Hudson St. and River St.
The original Clam Broth House was located right near the new location and was around since the late 1800’s or the early 1900’s depending on who you talk to, as the records are a little sketchy from that time. In it’s early days the Clam Broth House was a favorite destination at lunchtime for the many dock workers who roamed the Hoboken water front at the time when it was a major shipping port in the northeast. On any given day you might also see the likes of Hoboken native, Frank Sinatra grabbing a meal with friends or quite often with his mother whom he was very close with. It thrived as a landmark restaurant for a century until it had to be closed down in 2004. According to hobokenjournal.com the original building was condemned due to structural failures cause by construction to the very old building. A sad day for Hoboken and the tri-state area indeed.
Although it is not housed in the original location, executive chef Marcos Brito restored the Clam Broth House to it’s original glory when he opened it again in 2010. Any Hoboken resident might recognize Marcos Brito, as according to hoboken411.com, he had been the chef at Elysian Cafe, Amanda’s and 4 L’s. all of which are in Hoboken. He tried to keep the original charm and history of the Clam Broth House while adding a couple of new twists and he did an outstanding job.
If pasta is your thing you should definitely go with the linguine and clam sauce. Done in a white sauce it is out of this world. If you would like to go with red meat, the filet mignon is hard to top. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, it is to die for. As you would think, you might want to go with seafood at the Clam broth House. My advice is take your pick. If you are on a budget the Guinness battered fish and chips is always above par. Off the small plate menu, you certainly can’t go wrong with the lobster rolls. Order them and you will see why. Now it comes down to the starters and you must order what they have always been famous for, the steamers. Also known as “piss clams”, they come in a sauce of white wine and garlic and are the best you will ever have. When you eat them see if you can bring back the old saying, “putting diapers on piss clams”. They also offer pizza and salads.
The Clam Broth House attracts quite a crowd so be prepared for a little wait, but it is worth it. Pricing is moderate and they have a fully stocked bar. So come to Hoboken, New Jersey and visit this great restaurant. Something old is new again.