Permanently Closed - Piggyback Bar

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124 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Critically acclaimed Chef Leah Cohen and business partner Ben Byruch of Pig & Khao bring their signature style to Harborside with Piggyback Bar. Located steps from the Exchange Place Path, Piggyback Bar serves elevated traditional American bar fare fused with Asian flavors. With stunning NYC views the restaurant offers brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour menu with signature dishes including Mapo Chili Dog, crispy shallots, scallions; Korean Honey Butter Wings, gochujang, garlic, scallions and Mussels, Chinese sausage, dashi, fried mantao buns. The cocktail menu, developed by the team from Black Crescent, offers Asian-inspired cocktails, wine, and a selection of Asian and local beers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southeast Asian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
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Phone number
(201) 345-7775
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Leah​ ​Cohen
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Catering
Corporate​ ​events,​ ​banquets,​ ​weddings,​ ​partays!
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
PATH​ ​-​ ​Exchange​ ​Place,​ ​Light​ ​Rail​ ​-​ ​Harborside,​ ​Ferry
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Entertainment
DJ​ ​Booth,​ ​TVs,​ ​Sunday​ ​NFL​ ​Ticket
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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4.5
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4.2
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HM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here!! So sorry to see this little gem disappear.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! The burrata and the patte were phenomenal!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. We had the Siracha buffalo wings and the Disco Phories. Super delicious. To top this off, we had outside seating that was overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Fun, Affordable, and Friendly.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow. We ended up asking them to take the ribs off of our order because we never received it and didn’t want to be there all night. Calamari was not worth $15 for portion and the dish itself wasn’t impressive.

KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with views and delicious food

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Servers were hard to find and it wasn’t crowded, what gives?

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Something different- skirt steak was good but not much for the price

M
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant was nice however, the service was terrible. My boyfriend and I visited The Piggy Back bar since it was listed as participating in Hudson restaurant week. Our server forgot about us twice, he asked us if we were waiting for dessert while we were waiting (for a while) for our entrees. A manager came out to apologize and offered to pay for our drinks... but when we ordered drinks, they never came lol. The food was good and we may visit again but, definitely not for a weekenddinner date. I'm guessing the Piggy Back Bar would be best enjoyed on a

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed my experience and I would return and recommend to a friend. Three of us sat outside on beautiful summer evening and enjoyed the restaurant week menu. It was mostly delicious. The dessert was a bit bland and I would have liked a 3rd bun for my Steak Bao. For the price, it felt more like a lunch portion. The Brussels Sprouts were out of sight and the froze was good and refreshing. I'd return to just to drink froze and eat brussel sprouts! Although the staff was very nice and attentive, they were forgetful on a few things. For instance, a friend had to request her side order of rice multiple times. Also, I think you should NOT allow diners to bring their dogs/pets. We seemed to be surrounded. One one side, a large dog barked throughout the evening. Then, 3 tables down, a woman had her dog seated in a chair. Later, she brings her dog to do his business right in front of our table and well away from her table. I was thoroughly disgusted at her entitlement and poor taste. In general, businesses need to curb this (service animals only) because it's getting out of hand in Jersey City.

KH
Tulsa
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The stunning waterfront view was everything, and we really appreciated the hostess accommodating our request for a table by the windows. The food was very good and everyone was pleased with the dishes. The table service was disappointing: the person who took our drink order must have been new and training because he asked "what kind of soda" my husband wanted when he asked for a vodka/soda (he also had no idea what seltzer or Perrier meant - we finally had to say "fizzy water"), and then our assigned server was nice but not very attentive and we had to flag him down a few times (empty drinks, paying the bill, etc.). Overall a good experience and worth going back.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, The Pat LaFrida burger was AWESOME. It was my first visit to Piggyback Bar. My friend and I both enjoyed our time there and the food was delish, will definitely return there. The waiters were very attentive and friendly. I highly recommend going there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a place to hangout after work with amazing views, delicious food and drinks. All good except the disinterested Maitre D who seem to have a bad day going through her work with no eye contact and smile. The waitress and rest of staff are friendly and provide excellent service.

CY
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Piggyback Bar offers a limited bar bites type of menu, but what stands out is that each bit is awesome. We almost ordered one of each item on their menu and loved them all. The corndogs and Korean wings were my favorite.

Also nice is a wide selection of draft beers, many of which are local. And the view... Spectacular!

AM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The scenery of the city is unreal! Our server was very tentative and everyone’s food was delicious! We thought with the wonderful view we may need to compromise on food quality but that was not the case and the prices were very reasonable.

LP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This is American food with Asian influences. Generally, the food was tasty although the bass fish was a very small cut for the price. Salads and burgers were much more substantial portion size and the appetizers were delicious. The restaurant has a nice view of the Hudson and NYC skyline, and we received attentive service. Overall, it was a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day and birthday

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We used to really like Piggyback bar, but like it less so now. The food is overly salty, and the service is hit or miss.

b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good happy hour offerings all week. Outdoor seating weather permitting. And even when seated outside, service coverage was consistent and great.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The view of lower Manhattan is fantastic with their outdoor seating, but service can be a bit slow. It's not a problem though when you're having a leisurely meal.

DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a terrific location in Jersey City, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The burgers are out of this world.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I had was delicious

VV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food, courteous staff, great ambiance, convenient location

OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The bar tenders service was sub par but the waitress and the delicious food redeemed itself.

KB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The view is amazing. The food is absolutely delicious! We had out of town guests and the LOVED it too!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ambiance was beautiful outside. Food was good but disappointed by how much steak you get with the bao buns.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch!

CB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

This is our third time to Piggyback Bar. This time the food was very salty (compared to same orders other times). The hot ciders were so-so and the setting was very noisy. We will not go back.

v
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

My sisters and I go here a lot, but this last visit was an utter disappointment. I’m sure it’s a fluke and hope my next visit is amazing. We sat there 30 mins waiting for someone to even come back with our drinks. We came in for Brunch at 2pm and didn’t leave till 5. Not our normal experience. I hope I don’t have to cut it from my faves.

N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server could be friendlier, she seemed very angry from the beginning and unapproachable.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good service and food

ML
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Piggyback Bar multiple times for lunch, happy hour and dinner as well. This was our first brunch experience at Piggyback and it did not disappoint! We had the onion petal appetizer as well as the honey butter wings(WE LOVE THESE!), both were great! I had the longanisa bowl which was EXCELLENT, great blend of ingredients with the egg, cucumbers, crispy sausage and delicious rice! The only thing I did not like at all, was the Smokey Mary, their version of a Smokey Bloody Mary. It tasted watered down, almost no tomato juice and just was not appetizing. Service was good, we will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time! Great meal!!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The edamame was delicious. Staff was terrific. Did not like the fluorescent lighting. But view was nice.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time with excellent food, service was on point prices were fair. The View of New York was incredible. This is an awesome place for a date night or just to hang out with friends

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The edamame is the BEST. Everything we’ve had has been super delicious. The sriracha wings are spicy- but sooo tasty!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The happy hour menu is worth the trip. Only comment the music is too loud that makes it hard to talk, instead I feel like we are screaming to each other.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, particularly the pulled pork sandwich and burger, and excellent value for a Restaurant Week special.

NM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good and I enjoyed my meal up until the end. The tables are very close together and I accidentally bumped into the table next to me as I was trying to get by- just because it was tight, I hadn't been drinking. The table was empty but there were glasses on it and I accidentally knocked over a glass and it broke. I apologized to the waitress but she wasn't having it at all. She was very annoyed at me and looked like I had ruined her whole night. I was really sorry and I did apologize, but accidents happen. It seemed like overkill to me for a waitress to be that upset at me over one broken glass.

L
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Disco phories are worth the trip alone! Everything we had was delicious I will definitely be visiting again!

DW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We saw this place from Fios Cable channel and seems interesting to check out. The View and Restaurant were nice. Food is so so. I ordered their ribs, which I find a little bitter and salty, My friends ordered the Burgers and Lobster Sandwich, which is okay, but nothing spectacular about it. Grain Salad was good and the Salt and Pepper Shrimp appetizer were also good. The Fries comes with the burgers was also good. We may consider coming back just because of the place. Excellent Location.