Hard Grove Cafe

(Now Closed)
Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Van Vorst Park, Jersey City
63 Tips and reviews
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  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 29, 2014
    Remember to order the Cuban sandwich and some croquets for a bit of Cuban fast food.
  • Jeanette V.
    Jeanette VergaJune 28, 2014
    Try everything. You won't be disappointed.
  • Jeanette V.
    Jeanette VergaJune 3, 2014
    Try the fish tacos.
  • Javier V.
    Javier VegaJanuary 12, 2014
    Love the place love the drinks beautiful place
  • Javier V.
    Javier VegaJanuary 12, 2014
    I love a food the drinks beautiful place the people
  • Y. NEGi S.
    Y. NEGi SatoJanuary 3, 2014
    guaquamole is a must ! but be aware ! it's a huge portion !
  • William Á.
    William ÁlvarezOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They speak Spanish here.
  • Jersey City Gal
    Jersey City GalSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My thoughts here: http://jerseycitygal.com/2013/06/20/hard-grove-cafe/
  • Nikea R.
    Nikea RodriguezSeptember 16, 2013
    Great food, good service!
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeAugust 11, 2013
    Surprised by all the tips that say service is bad. Servers are helpful, food comes quick, and is amazing.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SohnAugust 6, 2013
    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!
  • Joyce
    JoyceJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Haven't been here since June '12 and they have new wait staff. But the service is still slow.
  • Eugene T.
    Eugene TroynovJuly 24, 2013
    Shrimp & chicken taco salad is really good. Shrimps are big and tasty.
  • Paige D.
    Paige DavisJuly 12, 2013
    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
  • Matthew D. B.
    Matthew D. BrownJuly 4, 2013
    Skip dessert
  • Robocub™
    Robocub™July 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Calle Ocho salad is the best.
  • Ray E.
    Ray EsperanzateJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One bathroom ?!? Seriously ?
  • Elke N.
    Elke NominikatJune 20, 2013
    My Santa Fe salad was delicious (ordered without the black beans) and the staff could not have been any nicer! Kudos :)
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardJune 20, 2013
    The crazy Hemmingway salad with steak is very good.
  • Ezana E.
    Ezana EppsJune 1, 2013
    I F's with the empanadas
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    ...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.
  • Case G.
    Case GilbreathFebruary 16, 2013
    They serve up a nice Cuban here
  • Mark B.
    Mark BuchmoyerFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bottomless bloody Mary brunch
  • Pradnya W.
    Pradnya WDecember 29, 2012
    The black bean soup is just a warm can of beans with no seasoning.
  • Mdot B.
    Mdot BNovember 17, 2012
    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.
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin OcampoNovember 16, 2012
    The skirt steak was small and the rice was bland. Overall place is so so
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been coming here for years. I come back because I love the drinks and food but I hate the slow service.
  • Abigail P.
    Abigail PhillipsNovember 3, 2012
    Limited menu - but the chicken and rice dish was delicious except for the massive amount of bones.
  • D.R. S.
    D.R. SharpeOctober 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try Tres Leche cake!!!!!
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoOctober 13, 2012
    Ropa Vieja. That is all
  • A. D.
    A. Del SoleAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a large margarita and the plantains with guacamole. Oh boy!!
  • Katie L.
    Katie L. B.July 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Eddie C.
    Eddie ConnectsJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not the servers fault the owners are lawyers not customer service people. So they think everyone is a thief so makes service slow.
  • Meryl S.
    Meryl SantanaJune 19, 2012
    45 mins for an appetizer!!!!
  • Darryl W.
    Darryl WhiteJune 19, 2012
    Horrible service tasteless food. Seems to be the norm for cuban places. Good chance ur order will be wrong
  • Darryl W.
    Darryl WhiteJune 18, 2012
    Horrible service for a place that's usually good
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PettigrewJune 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Tonya P.
    Tonya Parrott CarlisleMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    GREAT food & drinks!!! Cuban food!!!
  • Keila S.
    Keila SoneMay 12, 2012
    Best food ever!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LydenMarch 5, 2012
    Drinks are excellent here! Though the service is in slow-motion. The food is tasty... if a bit pricey.
  • lindsay v.
    lindsay vMarch 2, 2012
    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.
  • Robocub™
    Robocub™February 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the yuca home fries. Yum
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CaldwellJanuary 29, 2012
    Prepare to wait!
  • Angel R.
    Angel RiveraJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cuban Skillet = 
  • Catherine S.
    Catherine ScerboJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • DJ Cellz Supreme
    DJ Cellz SupremeDecember 22, 2011
    This place is great. Food is good and Mixed drinks are strong.
  • Gia G.
    Gia GarciaOctober 30, 2011
    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.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MinishOctober 9, 2011
    Slow service
  • Keith P.
    Keith PantaleonAugust 30, 2011
    Their jack & coke... actually has jack in it, definitely coming back
  • Joyce
    JoyceJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing's changed. Service is soooooooooo slow.
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