Sports heaven
Wicked Wolf Tavern is epicenter of Hoboken sports bar scene
by Ray Smith
Reporter staff writer
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DELICIOUS BUFFALO AND BBQ BITES – The Buffalo Bites, a popular $5 happy hour selection, can be ordered with Buffalo, BBQ, or Teriyaki sauce.
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If there’s a big game on television, there’s only one place to go in Hoboken. Situated on the corner of Sinatra Drive and Second Street, Wicked Wolf Tavern offers sports fans, commuters, and happy hour seekers the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and cheer on their favorite team.

The Wicked Wolf, which is owned by Post Road Entertainment, is new on the scene in Hoboken and opened in September. The Hoboken Wicked Wolf is the third Wicked Wolf Tavern in the tri-state area. The other two locations are in White Plains, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn.

The high definition televisions are the first things you see as you enter. Sports events from across the globe are broadcast throughout the oversized restaurant. If you’re looking for a place to watch football on the weekends, arrive early, because The Wicked Wolf fills up quickly and has become the hot spot in town for college and NFL action. That means get down there between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on the weekends, according to Jessica Powers, sales and event manager of the tavern.
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If you’re looking for a place to watch football on the weekends, arrive early, as The Wicked Wolf has quickly become the hot spot in town for college and NFL action.
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During the weekdays, the business casual crowd fills the bar to watch hockey on some televisions, college football on others, and NBA action on yet more screens. While many bars in Hoboken have been overtaken by a particular sports fan base, the Wicked Wolf Tavern is consistently filled with a diverse array of sports enthusiasts. The largest crowds come in on the weekends, and the focus of the fans is primarily on the New York Giants and the New York Jets. On Saturdays, for college gridiron action, Powers said there are an unusual high number of alumni from Clemson University, which is based in South Carolina. However, Rutgers and Penn State alumni also make their way to the tavern on the weekends.

In a city that has been nationally recognized for the amount of Happy Hours, The Wicked Wolf stands out from the rest, with Happy Hour on Monday – Friday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Big portions of hearty food

The most popular items on the Happy Hour Value Menu are the $5 Buffalo Bites, a delicious appetizer. Served smothered in Buffalo, BBQ or Teriyaki sauce, this item has become a fan favorite because of the large portions. Other items on the $5 Happy Hour Value Menu include sliders, quesadillas, a Chicken Caesar salad, Mac and cheese bites, pita pizza, mozzarella sticks, chili cheese fries, and onion rings.

Other popular starters include the Wicked Good Nachos ($9.49) or the Party Platter ($12.49), which comes complete with a combination of all the popular items on the Starters menu: Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and chicken fingers.

When the winter wind is blowing off the Hudson River nearby, enjoy an Onion Soup ($3.49) or hearty beef chili ($4.99) before you delve into either the popular sliders ($8.99), ‘Wicked Good Burgers’, Overloaded Wraps or Signature Sandwiches.

In addition to classic burgers, the Tavern also offers a Cowboy Burger ($10.99) uniquely finished with a fried egg on top, a Southwestern Burger ($9.99), a Guacamole Bacon Burger ($10.99) or, for the adventurous and extremely hungry, the Belly Buster ($15.49), two burgers stacked high with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. Or, if you don’t like what’s on the menu, create your own signature burger (starting at $8.99).

If wraps are more your preference, the Buffalo, BBQ, Blackened Chicken, and Chicken Caesar Wraps come served with French fries and a pickle ($8.49 - $10.99).

Signature Sandwiches and Salads are also options for the healthier eater. Or, try the “Hearty Tavern Fare” section of the menu which includes Grilled Garlic Herb Salmon ($14.99), a 14 oz. New York Strip Steak ($21.99), or their famous Fish and Chips ($13.49).

Suds and social charity

If you’re there for the beer, and the weekend and after-work crowd usually is, 18 different draft beers are on tap, and a wide variety of liquors is available.

Owned by Todd Koskawoski and Albert Silverman, The Wicked Wolf Tavern has quickly become part of the Hoboken community. The establishment takes part in Project Play’s VIP card program, which entitles patrons to a 10 percent discount from their meals and also contributes $5 to assist in the restoration of Church Square Park.

The Wicked Wolf has also contributed to other charities in New Jersey.

On Nov. 3, the Wicked Wolf held an event which led to a $3,500 donation to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund. With former Rutgers star quarterback Mike Teel in attendance, and the Rutgers vs. South Florida on the televisions, portions of purchases were set aside for a charity for Eric LeGrand, a Rutgers junior defensive tackle who injured his spine and became paralyzed below the neck in an October Rutgers game.

The Wicked Wolf, which had their soft opening on Sept. 9, has only been open for football season thus far. However, once the season ends, don’t expect the crowds and entertainment to stop. Live bands, karaoke, and trivia nights fill the schedule.

For more information, visit WickedWolfHoboken.com. Wicked Wolf Tavern is located at 120 Sinatra Dr. in Hoboken, and their number is (201) 659-7500. The Wicked Wolf does not take reservations, but parties of 12 or more can call in advance and the restaurant will try to accommodate.

Ray Smith may be reached at RSmith@hudsonreporter.com

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