The Brass Rail (Hoboken, New Jersey)

The Brass Rail is a restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.

The Brass Rail
Restaurant information
Street address135 Washington Street
CityHoboken, New Jersey
StateNew Jersey
Postal/ZIP Code07030
CountryUnited States

Description Edit

The Brass Rail is a two-story restaurant located in historic downtown Hoboken,[1] at 135 Washington Street. Originally built and opened around the turn of the 20th century, it has for many years been known for its raspberry beer,[2] as well as its French cuisine.[3] Residents of Hoboken recommend the Brass Rail to visitors,[3] although the restaurant does retain a local crowd.[4] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Brass Rail was frequented by many poets, during an emerging literary revival period in Hoboken. They met there, drank and discussed their art.[5] The restaurant in the 1980s was owned by Michael Peters,[6] and the building suffered a devastating fire.[7] It was reportedly caused by a careless smoker; the damage forced the building to close down, and Michael Peters sold the restaurant and opened up another restaurant in Kinsale, Ireland.[6]

By 1989, the Brass Rail was rebuilt with etched-glass doors, red velvet banquettes and painted cherubs along the ceiling.[8] The first floor holds the pub,[8] while formal dining in a French salon style is on the second floor.[3] Hanging on one of the walls of the Brass Rail is a large oil mural depicting the history of Hoboken.[4] It has been restored to its original 1900s' style,[1] and a wooden spiral staircase wraps around the wall facing Washington Street, which along the ground floor has been revamped into a part of a lounge.

Reviews Edit

A New York Times review called the Brass Rail "very good."[8] Zagat has rated it as excellent.[9]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "The Brass Rail". Welcome to The Brass Rail Restaurant. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Johnson, Christina (June 2, 1991). "Hoboken Journal; Night Life With 'Music Coming Out of Every Doorway'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Strom, Stephanie (April 22, 1990). "Lifestyle: Sunday Outing; Where Stoops Offer a Great Skyline". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Heide, at al., p. 41.
  5. ^ Sullivan, p. 223.
  6. ^ a b Schumer, Fran (July 5, 1998). "Restaurants; Bistro Days and Nights". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Kleiman, Dena (March 7, 1988). "A Dream Falls Flat: Fleeing Hoboken for the Suburbs". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "Dining Out Guide: New Jersey". The New York Times. June 2, 1989. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  9. ^ Zagat New Jersey Restaurants. Zagat Survey. 2001. p. 224. ISBN 1-57006-289-7.

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