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Hat City Kitchen
Hat City Kitchen

Hat City Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hatcitykitchen.com
  • Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
  • Phone: (862) 252-9147
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Pierre-Jerome
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Hat City Kitchen is a speakeasy-style restaurant and live music venue. We opened in mid-January 2010 to showcase artists like blues guitarist Billy Hector, Al Gold another regional favorite as well as nationally known artists and guitar icons such as Leslie West of Mountain. Our fall season is almost fully booked with local, regional and nationally known artists, ranging in genre from jazz, blues, rock, acoustic as well as larger orchestras. We showcase CD release parties and other special events.
    Please note: seating in stage area subject to a cover and minimum for live events.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer large group menus starting at $20 dollars per person plus tax and gratuity. These are family style three course meals and great for sharing. Please see our website for party packages for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forest Street
  • Public Transit: Highland Avenue Station NJ Transit
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is adequate street parking as well as our exclusive use of the Church lot diagonally across from the restaurant.
A word from Hat City Kitchen
At the corner of Valley and Forest streets, (459 Valley) in the shadow of Our Lady of the Valley Church, HAT CITY KITCHEN is a new restaurant in an old building with a new vibe.

"Our emphasis is on quality and integrity. We offer American Comfort foods with an influence from the south and New Orleans or, as we say Creosoul. By focusing on a simple menu, we have the ability to perfect an artisanal process, creating the best food imaginable. We have created an experience that has broad appeal to families,traditional food lovers and critical Epicureans at an affordable price."

All profits from Hat City Kitchen go to support revitalization of the Valley neighborhood; true to Orange's history as a small city where culture and commerce meet in the street. Hat City Kitchen is a happy collaboration of art, urban planning, food and music, playing for the neighbors late into the night.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I love HCK I go as often as I can. Food is good, the entertainment is great and I service is superior."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We always have a great time on Thursday evenings at HCK...Staff, food, service and JTProject Jazz is always superb!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Hat City Kitchen is a cool local spot for happy hour, and live music. Appetizers and drinks are good though service tends to be slow. Reservations are suggested if you want seats on the lounge during a live performance as this place gets crowded quickly. If you love R&B, check out Unfinished Bizzness - a great band. No need to fight traffic to the village in NYC when they are playing."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Hat City is known for appy's and presenting local talent. Often times you can see really good groups their. I saw E.R.I.C (love him) and the J.T. Project...groups I would never hear from without the exposure. The food...is mediocre and I wish it was a little better. Flavor is ok, but certain dishes need work. Presentation is nice, but flavor is important. I like the place, its really cute...they just need more staff to serve you...often times its just one waitress, but she is really nice."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "There for dinner - food was good wine selection awful. Male bartender friendly but rest of staff seemed rude/bored/annoyed"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We went for lunch before going to a local theater because it was close and had a flavor of the old Hat City section of Orange, NJ. Unfortunately, it's more of a local place that features Open Mic and jazz sessions throughout the week. It's more of a local bar and it may very well be best suited for that. No menu just a buffet although they made eggs to order. Food was good, not great and the service was wonderful. Our waitress I think felt sorry for us because she must have realized we were expecting something else. We were the only four people in the restaurant section except for two others with 2-3 people at the bar. As we were getting ready to leave jazz musicians began to arrive for the 3PM jazz jam."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went to Hat City Kitchen for Valentine's Day. Great atmosphere. Enjoyed the venison chili and shrimp and grits, while my wife had the fried chicken. Maybe a little milder than I expected, but very tasty. With a live jazz band playing, an eclectic clientele and good food, it was just a really enjoyable experience. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was really not impressed with the food. Everything we had was lacking in flavor and seasoning. I normally finish everything and I wanted to get out of there and get something tastier. I really expected the food to be better and I was disappointed it wasn't."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great neighborhood bar/restaurant! A place to go with friends or where you'll quickly make friends. Eat in the room away from the stage if you plan on talking..."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The service was terrible, and the food was also horrible. We would never recommend this restaurant or return."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The food was good the service was friendly but food service was very slow."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Thursday nights are usually our favorite night because jazz group JT Project hosts...but we've recently seen an up tic in the jazz genre...for fridays & saturdays....food is always good and service is excellent... btw Open Table...Why do the reward points increase JUST as I am within reach of fullfilling the requirement?...ijs..."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We went early before seeing a show at Luna Stage. Food is very good since it was early it was quieter. So if you want to go for the band it's after 8 pm. And gets a big crowd."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Nice pub space redone to support local arts initiative. The food was fun and southern driven, if not spectacular, would have preferred to offer three and a half stars as the fried zucchini sticks and shrimp with grit cakes were terrific; thevrest was more average. Our group enjoyed the rock band which was classic enough for we older folks to enjoy. Of course it was loud....service was earnest and casual."
    Dined on 10/25/2013