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La Isla Restaurant

104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
| +1 201-659-8197
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Sun 10am - 9pm
Mon - Sat 7am - 10pm


Before I begin, this post is not about a bakery. There is more to Hoboken than Carlo. Just don’t tell the people waiting in line, they would never believe you.

In a desperate attempt to get our vacation fix over a long weekend, we decided to give our home state some love and explore a little city with a whole lot of character. We booked a room at the W Hoboken, and much to our surprise, were upgraded to a room on the 10th floor with a spectacular view of the NYC skyline! Manhattan is gorgeous from this angle don't you think?

While the view was breathtaking, we were eager to dabble in the wide variety of cuisine available at the small pubs and restaurants throughout the city. Stroll down Washington Street, or according to the GPS, “Carlo’s Bakery Way” and you can find just about any type of food you desire.

Of course, I had done my research ahead of time and there was one place I just had to find: La Isla. La Isla is an authentic Cuban restaurant. It’s tiny with luncheonette style seating. The employees all wear blue shirts with the word CUBA displayed across the front. It’s bustling and people are in and out, sitting at little tables and on stools at the counter, quickly scooping up rice and beans on their lunch breaks, then vacating their seats so others can have their turn. The food was exceptional. We feasted on shrimp and chorizo skewers, served next to a green salad followed by delicious Cuban sandwiches.

Hoboken...more than just a bakery...