Piggyback Bar

4.3
76 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
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
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Phone number
(201) 345-7775
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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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Free​ ​parking​ ​for​ ​all​ ​guests​ ​of​ ​Piggyback​ ​Bar
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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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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Fri 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Sat 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 76 People Are Saying
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JI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch this past weekend! I went with the french toast...get this as you will not be disappointed. Look forward to our next trip there.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!
Loved everything
View was absolutely stunning
The best in Jersey City
Food was delicious
Dessert was phenomenal
Our waitress Karleigh was Exceptionally Wonderful!
Her suggestions were on point 100%

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu isn’t very large, but there’s more than enough to choose from. I had the scallion pancakes as an appetizer. Definitely enough to share. I also had the scallops in green curry for dinner. Everything was very delicious. Nothing was too spicy. Just the right amount of heat. The view is amazing. Right across from lower Manhattan. I would highly recommend Piggyback.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NEW FAVORITE SPOT, SO GLAD I FOUND IT. MY DATE LOVED IT. GOT ME LAID.

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit. The view of NYC is beautiful, especially at night. Their burger is delicious and the fries have a nice kick. Also loved the grain salad with chicken. The fried calamari was disappointing- small portion and rubbery. Peach crisp with ice cream was a nice warm, not too sweet end to the meal. Good cocktails. Definitely wood return.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting my girlfriends for Brunch at this place was a good idea. It was a perfect Saturday and the view was amazing. We were seated outside and our orders was taken immediately. The food came pretty fast, enjoyed everything except that the sausage (longganisa) was a bit on the salty side and my girlfriend's steak is well done when she asked for medium rare. But overall, we enjoyed the ambiance and the view. Will definitely come back.

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TP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, the drinks were really good and not watered down. I had the desperate housewife which was soo tasty. There was a server named Anthony who had to be the best that's ever done it. He recommended items from the menu and drinks and he was attentive without hovering. He gave world class customer service. He's a keeper.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Drinks were amazing, brunch by the river would be nice

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OP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was very salty and the service was poor. The drinks were very good. We ordered phories and those were salty. The chicken wings and the fried chicken sandwich were very good. The baby back ribs were also very salty.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute, fun and delicious. It’s somewhere I would go every Friday for a laid back night out.

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s
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The food at Piggyback is fine. The grain salad is great and the lobster roll was passable. Nothing special honestly. The noise level is awful and the music vacillated between loud and obscenely loud - to the point that we could not speak without yelling. Even after asking to move to a quieter area we were seated literally 3 yards away from the giant bar area, at a table next to the kitchen. This was odd especially since there is an entire section around the back that is significantly quieter. Our waitress was not friendly but I wouldn’t say she was rude either. She just seemed rather bored, kind of annoyed and pushy. She asked at least three times if we were ready to order even after we told her that myself and my dining companion hadn’t seen each other for a long time and would like to catch up over the bar snack and drinks we had already ordered. And it wasn’t like the restaurant was packed and people were waiting - at no point was the place overly busy and there were open tables at all times. The wait time for food was perfectly reasonable and my friend loved her fried chicken sandwhich. I do not recommend either the lobster roll or the onion petals. I would highly reccomend the grain salad though. It was light and tasty. I will say that the Thai chili margarita was very good and I probably enjoyed that most of all. The setting isn’t comfortable - the chairs are metal and have no softness or cushion so sitting for more than an hour is very uncomfy which is a shame. I understand this is a bar/bbq/casual place but I feel like comfortable chairs are a must have for any restaurant. Needless to say I wouldn’t go back voluntarily to Piggyback but I would go for a happy hour even for drinks and bar snacks.

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h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I've eaten here a couple of times for dinner and it's been fine-to-pretty darn good. I brought my family for brunch this weekend and was really disappointed. Service was indifferent. I asked for my eggs to be 'not runny' to be informed that they do not cook eggs to temperature request; all eggs will be over easy, but they will ask the chef. Okay, I said, that'll work. Well, I guess the request annoyed the chef, because my eggs were not even 'over easy', but just plain raw. The whites were not cooked; it was disgusting. Oddly enough, my partner (who likes runny eggs) received eggs that were cooked to the point where they were not runny (which would have been good for me). My guest's 'medium' burger was well-done. The disco phories were very very very salty.

Our dishes were not brought out together and by the time the last dishes were delivered, the rest of the food was cold. I was embarrassed to bring my family there. Very unhappy.

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SW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

Very limited menu. Everything was too spicy. No real options for non spicy food. Not a great menu. You leave without your tastebuds.

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CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time to Piggyback Bar, this time for brunch. I booked on Open Table and asked the receptionist that we preferred a table outside. She was kind enough to reserve a table for us on the patio.

Ordered some drinks and the steak and eggs, lobster roll and the kimchi pulled pork sandwiches (last two came with spicy fries - addicting!) For desert we shared a "Flux Capacitator" cocktail. The food was very good, highly recommend this place. We will definitely be back to try some more!

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I chose this restaurant based on an online list of recommendations in Jersey City. However, I was unfortunately disappointed. It's located in the ground floor of a large building, and lacks any sort of coziness. There were a couple of dishes not on the menu which were on the website menu. There was nothing of distinction that made me think it should be on anyone's 'recommended list'. The view is of course great, if you are facing it from your table - but it would be better to eat elsewhere and walk along the water afterwards.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a spectacular NYC view! Will be back again, and it will be one of my favorite places when my family and I are in downtown.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my wife and 4.5 month old out for date night. Made a reservation ahead of time that saved us a moderate wait and got a table outside with a view of the city. It was a perfect night. Staff is super attentive and food is amazing. Inside was a noisy happy hour crew with finance bros but outsiders sublime.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was ok. Hanger steak has no flavor unfortunately. But it was edible. Short ribs were a bit hard. And our server was great in service but a smile or friendly you're welcome wouldn't have hurt. Otherwise all was good.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great drinks and food. Mike is great.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Will be going back

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our second time here and we love it! It's kind of a small menu but everything I've had was really good - their drinks and desserts especially! And you obviously can't be the view. We'll be back!

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G
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This really is just a place for getting together over drinks - cocktails were good, but not cheap for the amount of alcohol involved and the beer on tap list is good. Limited food menu. We asked for options that were not spicy and the server recommended a small list. One of the supposedly spicy options (corn dogs) was not at ALL spicy, whereas the grill seafood was spicier than reported to be. I do not recommend the ribs - the meat was dry but were swimming neck deep in an OK sauce.

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The view is priceless! Drinks were amazing. We are sure to return

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LR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our server was horrible- didn’t know menu, was unable to answer questions and clearly did not feel like working that day. We had one person in our party with a dairy allergy, she looked bothered by our questions. Then- we were told we could not add bacon to burger, for a child, chef said no. Waited forever for refills, forever for our check to have mediocre food. Burgers were not bad— everything else was just ok.
Best thing about this place was the view—- which we could not eat!!
The food it’s self was fair—- can’t say it was bad, or disgusting. It was our server who ruined it from the moment we sat.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated immediately. Drink orders were filled quickly. Staff was attentive and friendly. Great food. $5. parking on Hudson St. Will be going back.

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JL
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy food and amazing views. Sit outside when the sun is coming down! Wings and salt and pepper shrimp were awesome. Definitely a great place to come to with friends

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Friendly hostess and server. Both greeted and seated us immediately. Our seats were perfect, overlooking downtown Manhattan, as requested.

We started with 2 appetizers: disco phories and onion petals. The onion petals were amazing! It has that sweet, tangy and spicy kick to it. This was the second time I tried the phories and both times, it has been very salty.

For mains, I had the lobster roll with fries. Horrible for $19!The lobster roll was on a stale hotdog bun. There was so little lobster meat and the kaffir sauce was bland. They made it look pretty with bits of shoestring fries and cilantro for garnish. The fries was probably the best dish. I don’t recommend this!

My partner had the ribs. Over cooked and drenched in Asian 5-spice sauce. For $24, you get 6 tiny slivers of ribs and no sides!

Horrible! What you’re paying here is the view.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! Great food! Would go again! Very good!

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative food. Friendly staff. Great view of NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday weekend

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CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Average food and haphazard service. The view is great if you can get a table outside.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from the beginning to the end. Host asked if we wanted to sit outside and let us know there was a bit of wait and walked us over to the bar to kill some time. Within 15 mins a table was available and she came to get us, the view is amazing. Freedom tower is directly in front of you and although it is a busy walkway it is not bad at all, it actually makes the environment very relaxed. Overall the staff is great and were very attentive although we were outside. As for the food, great as well. I recommend the lobster roll along with the edamame. Thank you for a great night dining out, will do again in a few months.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu had us with high hopes, but everything we ate was severely underwhelming. Soggy, fishy Lobster Benny. French toast that was so rich it was dessert. And the waitstaff didn’t really seem to know what they were doing or talking about.

I’d say the frosé, mimosas, and cocktails were average. My friends commented that the Bloody Mary has a lot of horse radish though.

The best things we consumed were a cappuccino and the pastry basket. Fairly priced, hot, and delicious.

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a
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice view, good server/staff, decent ribs

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was tasty, with some clever flavor combinations. The cocktails were fine. The service was mostly attentive, but one of our appetizers got swapped with a main dish and they came out i nthe wrong order. Harborside Financial Center isn't the most scenic spot, but they do a good job making the space interesting. The tabletops -- maps of the area with brightly colored rail lines -- are a nice touch,

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CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We went to try this relatively new restaurant in JC because I read about the Romanian heritage of the chef. We were seated inside, though I wanted to be outside, but all tables were taken and there was a 40 min wait. The inside is too chilly for my taste.

We ordered a beer and a cocktail and 3 appetizers to share (6 oysters, fried calamari, and spring rolls). The cocktail was nothing special, but the food was quite good.

I think this will be one of our "go to" restaurants in JC. If possible, get the outside tables, you will enjoy the view of lower Manhattan and Freedom Tower!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. I love spicy and i live the view. It’s nice to sit outside.

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DN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was excellent, service was very good and the atmosphere was great! Will come back again for sure! Aloha!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 2

The service is pretty poor. Waitress brought an extra drink by accident after she already charged our cards and when I told her we didn’t order three drinks, only two, she said “oh well I already charged you and its here.” She didn’t even attempt to rectify the issue and take the extra beer off of our bill. This was also the second time I have had this particular waitress and she was not good either time. The food was pretty good but after two bad service experiences, I will not be going back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and filling, will be going back soon, don't pass up the paté!

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