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These cheesesteak spots in Hoboken + JC will *almost* make you think you’re in Philly


While everyone has their own take on what a good cheesesteak should look like, the key elements are the same: fluffy bread with a crispy crust, fresh meat well-seasoned, and flavorful toppings for added texture. You can’t go wrong with the classic cheesesteak, simply with onion and cheese, but creative recipes are always fun too. Read on to learn where to find some of the best cheesesteaks in Hoboken and Jersey City.


Midtown Philadelphia Steaks | 523 Washington Street

In addition to classic steak sandwiches, the menu also includes somewhat more spicy dishes such as the popular “Diablo” with jalapenos, hot relish, banana peppers and ranch. Customers can also create their own sandwiches by choosing from a list of toppings, or opt for “low-carb platters,” which are served with no bread and added meat and vegetables. Salad, wings and Italian subs are also on the menu.

piccolos | 92 Clinton Street

Piccolo Hoboken

The cheesesteaks here are simple – beef, onions and cheese on Italian buns. But unlike the thinly sliced ​​fries in most cheesesteak recipes, Piccolo’s steaks are thickly sliced. Ask for hot peppers for some extra flavor. Other menu items such as soups and sandwiches are made from family recipes.

Tony Boloney | 263 1st Street, Hoboken + 363 Grove Street, Jersey City

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You won’t only find pizza here. The fast food restaurant makes some of the cheesiest, messiest, and most creative cheesesteaks in town. Try the OLE’, loaded with mezcal-marinated ribeye (or chicken), chipotle sauce, fried onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and spreadable cheese (vegan alternative available). For something even cheesier, get the “OUI OUI” stuffed with shaved ribeye, caramelized onions and gruyere — essentially a meaty French onion soup in a sandwich.

Jersey City

Barshay’s Original Steak N’ Take | 175 Gulp Alley

The no-frills eatery makes more than a dozen types of cheesesteak, ranging from the original with onion and cheese to spiced up versions like the Hawaiian. Other comfort food options abound, like fried fish and popcorn chicken.

ghost truck kitchen | 356 Varick Street

The restaurant, which operates primarily for pickup and delivery, offers a wide range of fusion-style home cooking. For example, an order might end with cauliflower hash tarts, coconut curry, and a tres leche cake, because why not. GTK’s take on a cheesesteak is filled with grilled steak and topped with chipotle aioli, mushrooms, peppers, onions, all on a pressed baguette.

O’Hara’s Downtown | 172 1st street

O’Hara’s Cheesesteaks are prepared with thin ribeye, onions, peppers and American Cheese. For something a little more unconventional, diners can order it in spring rolls. Steak, peppers, onions and mixed cheese, all elements of cheesesteak wrapped in an egg Rolled up and served with chipotle aioli dip.

south house | 149 Newark Ave

Southern house

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The menu of the southern restaurant combines the highlights of southern cuisine with new American classics. His southern-inspired cheesesteak is stuffed with chopped smoked breast topped with onions, poblanos, and queso.

subculture | 260 Newark Ave

The funky little shop serves all kinds of pop culture-inspired sandwiches and milkshakes. Some hot sandwiches aren’t strictly “cheesesteaks,” but they’re just as meaty and melt-in-your-mouth. For example, try the Balboa with chicken or steak, topped with cheese, peppers and onions.

The Little Sandwich Shop | 333 Grove Street

Located just off Jersey City’s main street Newark Avenue, this small deli prepares all kinds of sandwiches and breakfast items. Customers love the chicken cheesesteak served on crusty bread. Top it with grilled mushrooms for extra heartiness.

White Star Bar | 230 Brunswick Street + 179 Warren Street

White star bar

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Not only does the restaurant make some of the city’s most famous burgers, but it also offers all sorts of comforting American classics. His cheesesteaks are exactly what diners would expect — thinly sliced ​​steak, caramelized onions, American cheese, queso, all loaded on fluffy hoagie buns.

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Yiwei Gu

Written by Yiwei Gu

Yiwei was born and raised in China. She lived in Beijing and Hong Kong for a long time before finally settling in New York. After a few years in Westchester, she moved to Hoboken and immediately felt at home. Two years ago, she left her job at an investment bank to travel the world and explore her interests, and has since taken on a few freelance jobs in career coaching, college admissions counseling, and writing. When she’s not roaming the streets of Europe, Asia or Latin America, she can be found sipping espresso at one of Hoboken’s cafes or trying out restaurants in the Hoboken and Jersey City areas.


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