My Favorite Places: Grand Vin, Hoboken

One of my absolute favorite places in Hoboken is Grand Vin, a quaint restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th Street and Grand Street.

I stumbled upon it accidentally when I was (hangrily) searching for a brunch place that had little to no wait – a rarity in Hoboken on a Sunday afternoon. As soon as I saw its beautiful rustic exterior, I had a feeling this place was right up my alley (only figuratively though, since it was a decent walk from my apartment).

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Grand Vin (Hoboken, NJ)

The inside was even more beautiful; its repurposed decor, organic textures, and soft lighting provided a natural warmth and welcoming atmosphere. I felt instantly at ease in a place so full of charm and character (which may be even more rare these days than a brunch place with no wait).

The food was excellent, too. I had never had avocado fries before, but I can confidently give them a 10/10 and two thumbs up (especially paired with the chipotle aioli sauce, yum). Every meal we got looked and tasted delicious, which increased my love for this newly found rustic paradise.

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Grand Vin (Hoboken, NJ)

This past weekend, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and happened upon a sponsored post for a French wine tasting at (you guessed it!) Grand Vin. I couldn’t resist – I quickly bought two tickets for myself and my boyfriend, Matt.

The tasting was from 3pm-5pm on Sunday, and for $35 each we could taste all the authentic French wine we wanted. Naturally we pregamed the tasting with mimosas and moscow mules, because isn’t that what adulting is?

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French Wine Tasting at Grand Vin, 3/12/17 (Hoboken, NJ)

Now, I had never done a wine tasting before so I’m not entirely sure what I expected to happen. Maybe that we would be spitting the wine out? (Although that may have been a possibility, Matt and I certainly chose to milk every penny of that $35 and consume as much wine as we could.) In any case, I definitely did not expect to get decently tipsy on a Sunday afternoon, but that is in fact what happened.

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French Wine Tasting at Grand Vin, 3/12/17 (Hoboken, NJ)

Regardless of us feeling like we were the drunkest girls at the party, the whole experience was really cool and we learned a ton about wine, including the fact that the adjectives “gravelly,” “stoney,” and “gamey” can be used to accurately describe certain red wines.

As much as I’d love to say I walked away from the experience with a bit more knowledge than that, after a few samplings my level of absorption went from a hard 9 to a soft 4. Nonetheless, we had a great time (and an even better nap shortly afterwards).

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French Wine Tasting at Grand Vin, 3/12/17 (Hoboken, NJ)

It really is rare to find such a unique place these days.

With so many typical dive bars or cookie-cutter restaurants, finding somewhere like Grand Vin was the breath of fresh air I so badly needed, and I can’t wait to make more memories there.