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Old 06-14-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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I'm a huge "Cake Boss" fan and I'm going to be in New Jersey in August and I was going to make a stop at Carlo's Bakery on Saturday morning when my flight arrived in Newark.

Does anyone know the parking situation there? Are there any lots nearby?
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Paramus, NJ
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Hoboken consists of side street meter parking and public garage parking. Unlike NYC, you'd probably have an easier time finding a side street spot but that all depends on luck. Depending on when you go, I'd advise you to go early in the daytime. Then again, I only have experience of being around Hoboken in the weekend so there are a lot more traffic then. Not sure about the weekdays.

Also depending on the time, the line outside the bakery can be ridiculously long, but it'll go fast if you're patient enough. Bring a book if you want (-there's a Barnes & Noble, the next block over). Just know what to order when you get to the bakery because it can be super packed.
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Hoboken consists of side street meter parking and public garage parking. Unlike NYC, you'd probably have an easier time finding a side street spot but that all depends on luck. Depending on when you go, I'd advise you to go early in the daytime. Then again, I only have experience of being around Hoboken in the weekend so there are a lot more traffic then. Not sure about the weekdays.

Also depending on the time, the line outside the bakery can be ridiculously long, but it'll go fast if you're patient enough. Bring a book if you want (-there's a Barnes & Noble, the next block over). Just know what to order when you get to the bakery because it can be super packed.
Cool, thanks for the information.
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Paramus, NJ
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No prob. Wish you good luck of going there. Go to this site for further info on Hoboken and its parking rates, too: City of Hoboken, NJ
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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I agree with the side street parking. It usually takes me less than 10 minutes to find a parking spot. I can almost always find a parking spot on Newark or 1st streets. The 3 times I have been there have all been on weekdays and it isn't too crowded, but there is almost always a line. They were filming last time I was in there and the employees are not allowed to walk in front of the cameras, so it took longer. Try their Lobster tails and cupcakes they are both very good. The cupcakes I am talking about are in the case on the left and are right at the end. The Lobster Tails are their specialty.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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Also, if I remember right, Carlos is only 4-5 blocks from the Hoboken train station. So thats also an option if your not going to be picking up a big cake.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:16 PM
 
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Bring a book if you want (-there's a Barnes & Noble, the next block over).
I think that B&N has shut down.

Carlo's is really nothing special. There are similar quality bakeries dotted all over NJ without the insane prices and ridiculous lines. Yes, they make pretty speciality cakes, but the run of the mill stuff (cupcakes, cookies, canolis, lobster tails etc.) aren't significantly better than average for an NJ Italian Bakery. They're on to a good thing and milking it for all its worth.
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Your real problem is not going to be the parking but the line you will have to make outside the bakery to get in. I work nearby and there is usually a line of people outside to come in (the line gets shorter or longer depending on the day of the week and time). But maybe really early on Saturday you won't find a line.
And yes, the Barnes and Nobles has closed down.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Paramus, NJ
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I think that B&N has shut down.
Really? Awww... Thanks for the update.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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I think that B&N has shut down.

Carlo's is really nothing special. There are similar quality bakeries dotted all over NJ without the insane prices and ridiculous lines. Yes, they make pretty speciality cakes, but the run of the mill stuff (cupcakes, cookies, canolis, lobster tails etc.) aren't significantly better than average for an NJ Italian Bakery. They're on to a good thing and milking it for all its worth.
We're going to be getting a small custom cake for the coolness of having a cake made by the Cake Boss. After a red-eye flight and an arrival in Newark International, I think pretty much anything will taste like heaven, but the novelty of having a cake made by such a famous baker would be really cool. Plus, Hoboken is where Harold and Kumar live!
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