Hard Grove Cafe

(Now Closed)
Cuban Restaurant · Van Vorst Park
319 Grove St (Wayne St), Jersey City, NJ 07302, United States
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
  • What you need to know
    An X.
    "The Cuban sandwiches are the best."(3 Tips)
    Ali S.
    "Cuban chicken and rice...AMAZING!"(2 Tips)
    Christa C.
    "Love the bottomless mimosas and bloody marys!"(2 Tips)
    Ezana E.
    "I F's with the empanadas"(2 Tips)
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  • mojitos
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • good service
  • tres leches cake
  • margaritas
  • fish tacos
  • happy hour
  • brunch food
  • salads
  • chicken
  • shrimp
  • plantains
  • mofongo
  • dinner
  • yuca
  • ropa vieja
  • home fries
  • guacamole
  • lunch
  • specialty drinks
  • What's Good Here

    Remember to order the Cuban sandwich and some croquets for a bit of Cuban fast food.

    What's Good Here · August 29, 2014
  • Jeanette V.

    Try everything. You won't be disappointed.

    Jeanette Verga · June 28, 2014
  • Jeanette V.

    Try the fish tacos.

    Jeanette Verga · June 3, 2014
  • Javier V.

    Love the place love the drinks beautiful place

    Javier Vega · January 12, 2014
  • Javier V.

    I love a food the drinks beautiful place the people

    Javier Vega · January 12, 2014
  • Y. NEGi S.

    guaquamole is a must ! but be aware ! it's a huge portion !

    Y. NEGi Sato · January 3, 2014
  • William A.

    They speak Spanish here.

    William Alvarez · October 15, 2013
  • Jersey City Gal

    My thoughts here: http://jerseycitygal.com/2013/06/20/hard-grove-cafe/

    Jersey City Gal · September 17, 2013
  • Nikea R.

    Great food, good service!

    Nikea Rodriguez · September 16, 2013
  • Jenn P.

    Surprised by all the tips that say service is bad. Servers are helpful, food comes quick, and is amazing.

    Jenn Pedde · August 11, 2013
  • Eric S.

    Ropa Vieja is excellent here - just a little chew. And it's nice to find vegetarian black beans... Trying to keep Kosher-style can be a challenge!

    Eric Sohn · August 6, 2013
  • Joyce

    Haven't been here since June '12 and they have new wait staff. But the service is still slow.

    Joyce · July 31, 2013
  • Eugene T.

    Shrimp & chicken taco salad is really good. Shrimps are big and tasty.

    Eugene Troynov · July 24, 2013
  • Paige D.

    Here is a good tip, don't friggin eat here. Worst service ever. The only thing that tasted decent was the drink. Ugh, what a waste of time and money

    Paige Davis · July 12, 2013
  • Matthew D. B.

    Skip dessert

    Matthew D. Brown · July 4, 2013
  • Robocub™

    Calle Ocho salad is the best.

    Robocub™ · July 1, 2013
  • Ray E.

    One bathroom ?!? Seriously ?

    Ray Esperanzate · June 22, 2013
  • Elke N.

    My Santa Fe salad was delicious (ordered without the black beans) and the staff could not have been any nicer! Kudos :)

    Elke Nominikat · June 20, 2013
  • Oliver B.

    The crazy Hemmingway salad with steak is very good.

    Oliver Bouchard · June 20, 2013
  • Ezana E.

    I F's with the empanadas

    Ezana Epps · June 1, 2013
  • Jason O.

    ...The service will take about 1,000,000 years but the food I think is worth the wait. All I'm saying is don't show up really hungry and you'll be tip-top.

    Jason O'Brien · May 29, 2013
  • Purnima L.

    The food sucks.

    Purnima Lakshminarayanan · March 11, 2013
  • Case G.

    They serve up a nice Cuban here

    Case Gilbreath · February 16, 2013
  • Mark B.

    Bottomless bloody Mary brunch

    Mark Buchmoyer · February 3, 2013
  • Pradnya W.

    The black bean soup is just a warm can of beans with no seasoning.

    Pradnya W · December 29, 2012
  • Mdot B.

    Ordered chicken sandwich. Came out a bit pink on the inside. Waiter then asked me if I wanted it burnt? Naw sir, I wanted it cooked.

    Mdot B · November 17, 2012
  • Kevin O.

    The skirt steak was small and the rice was bland. Overall place is so so

    Kevin Ocampo · November 16, 2012
  • Brooke B.

    I've been coming here for years. I come back because I love the drinks and food but I hate the slow service.

    Brooke B · November 10, 2012
  • Abigail P.

    Limited menu - but the chicken and rice dish was delicious except for the massive amount of bones.

    Abigail Phillips · November 3, 2012
  • D.R. S.

    Try Tres Leche cake!!!!!

    D.R. Sharpe · October 30, 2012
  • Carl F.

    Ropa Vieja. That is all

    Carl Figueiredo · October 13, 2012
  • A. D.

    Ask for a large margarita and the plantains with guacamole. Oh boy!!

    A. Del Sole · August 17, 2012
  • Katie L.

    I can forgive the long wait, but I was served toast with blue mold patches and a burnt omelet at brunch this Saturday. Never going back.

    Katie L. B. · July 22, 2012
  • Eddie C.

    Not the servers fault the owners are lawyers not customer service people. So they think everyone is a thief so makes service slow.

    Eddie Connects · July 8, 2012
  • Meryl S.

    45 mins for an appetizer!!!!

    Meryl Santana · June 19, 2012
  • Darryl W.

    Horrible service tasteless food. Seems to be the norm for cuban places. Good chance ur order will be wrong

    Darryl White · June 19, 2012
  • Darryl W.

    Horrible service for a place that's usually good

    Darryl White · June 18, 2012
  • Nicole P.

    I've experienced slow service before, but management has yet to hire more staff. After waiting 1hr 17mins for my meal it came out completely wrong. Over it

    Nicole Pettigrew · June 16, 2012
  • Tonya P.

    GREAT food & drinks!!! Cuban food!!!

    Tonya Parrott Carlisle · May 30, 2012
  • Keila S.

    Best food ever!

    Keila Sone · May 12, 2012
  • Mike L.

    Drinks are excellent here! Though the service is in slow-motion. The food is tasty... if a bit pricey.

    Mike Lyden · March 5, 2012
  • lindsay v.

    in case you need one more person to say it, food isn't worth the wait. INSANELY slow. like, the slowest place I've ever been. no bs.

    lindsay v · March 2, 2012
  • Robocub™

    Get the yuca home fries. Yum

    Robocub™ · February 25, 2012
  • Caitlin C.

    Prepare to wait!

    Caitlin Caldwell · January 29, 2012
  • Angel R.

    Cuban Skillet = 

    Angel Rivera · January 8, 2012
  • Catherine S.

    Mofongo & stuffed Plantains w/ropa vieja are my fav dishes. Also try their empanadas.Svc very slow, not sure if they don't mean to rush you or are in need of more staff. Great place for happy hour!

    Catherine Scerbo · January 1, 2012
  • DJ Cellz Supreme

    This place is great. Food is good and Mixed drinks are strong.

    DJ Cellz Supreme · December 22, 2011
  • Gia G.

    Tasteless food and poor service. Took forever to get (Tap) water in a jar. Forever to be seated and Noticed by whoever the hostess is. Saving grace was the Mudslide.

    Gia Garcia · October 30, 2011
  • Brian M.

    Slow service

    Brian Minish · October 9, 2011
  • Keith P.

    Their jack & coke... actually has jack in it, definitely coming back

    Keith Pantaleon · August 30, 2011

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