I’ve decided to start contributing to outside.in by linking this (my) blog. I don’t see any users from Weehawken (The ‘Hawk) yet on outside.in so I thought I’d spearhead this effort. To begin, I’d like to post some information about a new restaurant on Blvd. East and Pershing Rd. called Charritos (this used to be a Korean restaurant – but it closed before I moved here). I’m not sure if rumor and conjecture is acceptable to post so I’ll begin with something true and then we’ll continue to conjecture. A few of the neighbors around here have been anxiously awaiting the completion of whatever was going to be occupying the big yellow building on Pershing Rd & Blvd. East in The ‘Hawk because it’s such prime real estate. The views from that structure must be unbeatable. When the Charritos sign went up a bunch of us got excited because margaritas + that view would make for a perfect evening on a night we wanted to get a drink but didn’t feel like going back to Manhattan after coming home from work. But it is taking forever – with months on end that no work appears to be getting done (we peek in the window every now and then). The “news” is that the inside is now gutted and work seems to be ongoing (a few days a week) with pick-up trucks going in and out and landscaping being done to the exterior.
Rumor has it that it all comes down to the liquor-license and Weehawken is notoriously bad about giving out new ones. if you remember, Criollo on 48th St. had a full bar ready to go but folded before it got stocked with anything but soft-drinks.
The ‘Hawk needs restaurants. The demographics of this neighborhood are skewing younger and younger every month (just look at the bus lines at 9am) and we need a way to support the community instead of relying on Manhattan or Hoboken every time we’d like to eat out and/or socialize. I’m not trying to turn Weehawken is into Smith St. in Brooklyn (although I wouldn’t mind), I’m just advocating a more self-sustaining system.
Anyway, if anyone knows what the deal with Charritos is, speak up – I’m dying for a cold margarita.