Perched on the corner of Washington and 10th lies the oldest continually run bar/restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey: The Elysian Café, a French bistro with a lot of ambience and character. The main dining room has a hearty, laid back feel with a welcoming oval bar and a pastoral mural that spans the entire bar area. The antique ceiling is elaborate, with its filigree design and cherubs playing harps. I especially love the vintage lamp which cast a warm glow across the room.
The main dining room opens to an inner room, another dining area which is bright, with white, ornamented ceiling and walls and blue-and-silver flocked wallpaper. The menu is simple and the portions are, well, American. The food was satisfying and the price modest. Seyi took me here for my birthday, and unlike the first time we visited, the place was nearly empty because we went at that odd time between lunch and dinner, which turned out to be perfect: we missed the afternoon crowd. I had the grilled chicken sandwich with pomme frites and Seyi had the fish and chips with tartar sauce and malt vinegar. The next time you are in this neck of the woods be sure to stop by, and bring along a healthy appetite.