Last fall, Hudson Hound debuted in the pedestrian plaza, and owners Jason O’Brien and Donal Crosbie are excited to launch Nucky Tompson’s, a moonshine speakeasy within the restaurant at large. With sister locations in the West Village and the Financial District, the speakeasy will be a unique addition to the Jersey City nightlife scene.
Named after HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” the speakeasy is inspired by a Atlantic City crime boss and seeks to portray the spirit of the roaring twenties. Exposed brick, repurposed wood accents, and a bootlegger’s keg wall all at the to the Prohibition-era aesthetic.
Long tables and smaller high tops provide room for groups of all sizes. As of now, menus are shared between the main floor of the restaurant and the speakeasy. O’Brien and Crosbie ultimately envision a menu specific to the speakeasy, with the plan of turning Nucky’s into a tasting room.
Food can currently be ordered to the speakeasy off of Hudson Hound’s bar, dinner, and dessert menus. The bar menu contains finger foods like fried pickles, dry-rubbed chicken wings, and empanadas. Classics pub entrees make an appearance as well.
Seating at Nucky Thompson’s is currently first-come, first-serve. Hudson Hound is open Tuesday to Sunday, with the option for delivery.