It was a nice summer day to go for a walk. We didn’t really feel like going to a park or the reservation, so we hopped a train to Hoboken.
The Hoboken Waterfront Walkway is located along the Hudson River on Sinatra Drive. It’s right by the train station and makes for a nice stroll, bike ride, or jog. The entire walkway is actually over 18miles long and spans from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge.
The walkway provides plenty of photo opportunities, but we mainly went to check out Pier 13. A pier that extends out into the Hudson and has food trucks, bars, activities, and special events.
It was about a 15 -20 minute walk from the train station. There were several food trucks offering burgers, BBQ, Belgian waffles, pizza, empanadas, sandwiches, and seafood. You can check out the complete Food Truck Schedule on their website.
We started off with a couple empanadas from Empanada Guy. As much as we wanted to try everything, we narrowed it down to a couple of trucks. The food truck offers their signature empanadas and a few sides. The restaurant is located in Freehold, NJ where you can find more empanada varieties, appetizers, sandwiches, specialty dishes, and churros.
We decided to try the Beef Empanada made with flour pastry, ground beef, garlic, olive oil, fresh Sofrito, and mixed herbs and spices. We also ordered the Mexican Chorizo Empanada made with Mexican chorizo, potato, Chipotle, Monterrey and cheddar cheeses.
They were good and the pastry was fried crispy and golden brown. They would have been great with some sauces like their salsa verde or pico de gallo . Unfortunately, they ran out of all their sauces except the hot sauce.
I really wanted to try something new, but I’m a big fan of Luke’s Lobster. Ever since I had their lobster roll at Governors Ball, I was hooked! They also offer Crab and Shrimp Rolls. Most of the food trucks are cash only, but thankfully Luke’s accepts credit cards since they are pricey compared to the other food trucks.
We ordered two lobster rolls. They only use claw meat and dress them simply with a tiny bit of mayo, some lemon butter, and their secret spices.
The rolls are buttered, toasted New England-style split-top rolls. They are not big in size, but big in flavor. The amount of dressing is just right and the sweetness of the lobster meat really comes through.
At the end of the pier, there’s a small Beer Garden with a couple bars offering craft beers, homemade sangria, and specialty cocktails.
There is an ATM nearby if you have to withdraw some cash.
We ordered an IPA and Abita Purple Haze. The first time I had that beer was down in New Orleans and I really enjoyed it.
Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables or sit on one of the small plastic chairs scattered around and enjoy the NYC skyline all lit up. They offer cards and boards games to enjoy as well. It can get pretty windy out on the pier, so it’s not a bad idea to bring a sweatshirt or light jacket.
It was nice to finally check out Pier 13. I wish I didn’t wait until the very end of Summer though. I would really like to come back again and try some other food trucks, as well as some special events they have throughout the Summer. Fall hours should be coming out soon.
1301 Sinatra Drive N
Hoboken, NJ 07030