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La Isla – A Taste of Cuba Hoboken, NJ – Plate Of The Day
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La Isla – A Taste of Cuba Hoboken, NJ

March 9, 2007

"la isla - a taste of cuba" hoboken "cuban food"

La Isla – A Taste of Cuba
104 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ
201 659 8197
Open Mon-Sat 7-10pm

Was out in Hoboken, New Jersey a few weeks ago. Haven’t been out there for a long time and it sure has changed. Every block there’s at least 3 or 4 real estate offices selling luxury condos on the waterfront with Manhattan views. Yes, there’s still the loads of bars in Hoboken, but for the most part I’d have to admit when "la isla - a taste of cuba" hoboken "cuban food" these new glass condos are built nearby it’s never going to be the same again. Fortunately there’s still some local flavor in the neighborhood such as La Isla – A Taste Of Cuba. This is a major locals hangout where you can get some great food for low cost. I believe it’s BYOB too at least that’s what it says on the card. I ordered a cuban sandwich or ‘cubano’ – it was also on a toasted bread like they do at Sandwich City in Spanish Harlem (actually I am sad to announce that that Sandwich City is no longer in business) Anyhow this sandwich was good but again, I have to say the bread makes a difference and here it just tasted like a regular bread roll – nothing spectacular. The other items we ordered however were amazing such as the plantains, the rice and beef steak and the Papa Relleno"la isla - a taste of cuba" hoboken "cuban food" It’s basically a deep fried mashed potato. Potatoes mixed with picadillo spices, eggs, and breadcrumbs then deep fried to a crisp. The outside is a golden brown and the interior has the savory and spicy potato filling. I’d probably travel all the way to Hoboken for one of these (until I can find a place in Spanish Harlem that makes these). As the landscape and demographics of Hoboken / Jersey City change, I certainly do hope that places such as La Isla – A taste of Cuba survive and continue to give a little flavor to the neighborhood.

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  • Reply Anthony December 4, 2007 at 7:32 am

    La Isla is great for people looking for authentic Cuban fare. The restaurant has a solid base of local patrons (who swear by it), and for that reason I believe it will withstand the test of time. This is not one of those “here one day, gone the next” restaurants. Hoboken is an extremely competitive environment, so in order for a restaurant to survive it has to be pretty good. And La Isla continues to hold its ground.

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