Food Around Town

Food Around Town

This list will help you find a variety of foods, and places to eat throughout the city of Newark.
Price Key ($ =under $10, $$ =$11-30, $$$ =$31-60)


NJPAC/Military Park Area

  • Blaze Pizza ($) Pizza, traditional and build-your-own
  • Don Pepe ($$$) Spanish seafood and steaks, substantial portions
  • Maize ($$$) New American cuisine, inside Robert Treat Hotel
  • Nico Kitchen and Bar ($$) New American cuisine
  • Whole Foods ($) Gourmet supermarket across Military Park
  • Wok to Walk ($) Chipotle-style Asian noodle chain

Halsey Street Area

  • 27 Mix ($$) Southwestern, Asian, and Italian Fusion
  • Burger Walla ($$) Hamburgers with an Indian twist
  • Central Restaurant ($) Basic diner food
  • Dario’s Restaurant ($) Mexican burritos and bowls
  • Grabba Green ($$) Smoothies, salads, vegan and vegetarian options
  • Green Chickpea ($) Kosher Middle Eastern Mediterranean, vegetarian options
  • Harvest Table ($$) Sandwiches, salads, smoothies,
  • Halal Guys ($) Middle Eastern/Mediterranean platters and gyros
  • La Cocina ($) Latin American and Cuban food
  • Kilkenny Alehouse ($$) Irish pub, vegetarian options
  • McGovern’s Tavern ($$) Classic Irish bar, excellent burgers
  • Mi Gente Café ($) Latin American cuisine, empanadas
  • Nizi Sushi ($$) Sushi and Japanese cuisine
  • Queen Pizza ($) Pizza slices, salads, sandwiches, breakfast
  • Spice n Grill ($) Indian combination platters
  • Chains: Starbucks, Jimmy John’s, Qdoba

Prudential Center Area

  • Dinosaur BBQ ($$) Southern-style barbeque chain
  • Mercato Tomato Pie ($$) Pizza and Italian food
  • Novelty Burger and Bar ($$) Burgers, Bar, Sandwiches
  • Redd’s Biergarten ($$) German beer garden
  • Chain: Chipotle

Downtown/Broad Street Area

  • Alva and Skylab ($$) Inside Hotel Indigo, restaurant and rooftop lounge
  • Chateau of Spain ($$) Spanish/Portuguese cuisine, with bar
  • Hobby’s Delicatessen and Restaurant ($$) Classic Jewish deli

Ironbound Neighborhood

  • Adega Grill ($$$) Portuguese/Spanish seafood and meats, wine
  • Bello’s Pub and Grill ($$) “Newark’s First Gastro Pub,” beer
  • Casa d’Paco ($$) Spanish, Tapas Bar
  • Casa Vasca ($$) Spanish/Basque seafood and meats
  • Fernandes Steakhouse ($$$) Portuguese/Brazilian, rodizio
  • Forno’s of Spain ($$$) Portuguese Ironbound classic
  • Hamburgao ($) Brazilian hamburgers
  • Hero King Handcrafted Sandwiches ($) Classic Jersey sub shop
  • Iberia/Iberia Peninsula ($$) Portuguese, two restaurants across from each other
  • Krug’s Tavern ($$) Old school dive bar, 12 oz. burger
  • McWhorter Barbeque ($) Spanish barbeque chicken and ribs, cash only
  • Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge ($$) Tapas, elegant décor
  • Nasto’s Ice Cream Company ($) Classic for ice cream, sorbet, desserts
  • Seabra’s Marisqueira ($$) Portuguese seafood
  • Sol – Mar ($$) Spanish/Portuguese seafood and meals
  • Spain Restaurant ($$ lunch, $$$ dinner) Spanish seafood and meats
  • Spanish Tavern ($$$) Spanish seafood and meats, generous portions
  • Tony Da Caneca ($$) Portuguese restaurant, seafood and meats
  • Taste of Portugal ($$) Portuguese restaurant

Worth a Drive

  • JJ’s Hot Dog Truck, Newark NJ ($) Legendary American hot dog truck
  • Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, Newark NJ ($$) Authentic family-style, home-cooked
  • Tops Diner, East Newark NJ ($$) Award-winning classic Jersey diner.

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Want to Open Shop in Newark?

Want to Open Shop in Newark?

Newark has Been a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity for several years and it doesn’t look like that’s about to slow down. If you’re looking for an organization or environment that will nurture and advance your entrepreneurial spirit, Newark has several resources that may be just what you need.

Newark Venture Partners

Newark Venture Partners (NVP) is an equity investment group and tech incubator that is backed by several large corporations in Newark, including Audible, Prudential, Rutgers University and Dun & Bradstreet. NVP seeks to help entrepreneurs build distinctive technology companies and advance the overall technological development in the city. The group invests in seed and Series A companies, and will invest up to $1 million in the businesses it selects.

Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) supports urban entrepreneurs looking to make socially conscious change. CUEED connects scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors. The center’s goal is to build a research-driven, teaching and practitioner-oriented urban entrepreneurship and economic development program, and create wealth in urban communities.

NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center

The Enterprise Development Center (EDC) is a high-tech and life science business development center on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology. The center’s mission is to help startups become independently profitable as well as profitable to the local and global economy. EDC teaches entrepreneurs how to attract investment capital, how to grow staff, and how to develop effective marketing strategies, among other skills.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Whether you already have a business or just a business idea, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) can help you. The organization’s goal is to increase its members’ access to the knowledge, networks and capital they need to be successful. IFEL does this through its Workshops in Business Opportunities, its 14-day Business Plan Bootcamps, its GrowSpace co-working spaces, and its annual Next Level Conference for aspiring entrepreneurs, business professionals and business owners.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 30-week after school program for middle and high school students interested in starting and running their own businesses. YEA! is run by the Newark Regional Business Partnership and has helped over 6,000 students launch over 4,000 businesses and social movements.

FOWNDERS, Accelerated Growth For Millennial Entrepreneurs

FOWNDERS is a startup accelerator program for millennial entrepreneurs. It accepts startups that have been proven market fit and puts them through a 12-week business development program. The organization’s mission is to “innovate, develop and scale businesses that make a measurable, meaningful, positive difference in the world.”

Newark Community Economic Development Corporation

The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC) is the primary business development company for the city of Newark. It retains, attracts and grows businesses, enhances small and minority business capacity, and spurs real estate development throughout Newark’s 20 neighborhoods.

Taste of the Town

Taste of the Town

Whether you need a table for two or a girls’ night out, Newark’s got a restaurant for you.

Lauren Craig

Lauren Craig, the Glambassador

Newark’s diversity is reflected not only in the faces of its residents but in its food and restaurants—170 in the Ironbound section alone! Dining out here is just as much about where to eat as what to eat. Looking for a Sunday brunch or a good place for a power lunch? Take-out or a sit down dinner with the family? A romantic table for two or an after-work retreat that serves a great cocktail? Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Newark.

Destination Newark reached out to Lauren Craig, Newark’s very own “Glambassador,” to get some restaurant guidance. Craig is the founder of Brown Girls Bar Crawl and she writes for, the official travel and tourism blog for the city of Newark. Here are her picks for where to go when a particular mood strikes.

Best for: Late night bar food and a strong pour

Kilkenny AleHouse
Favorite dish: Tacos
27 Central Avenue | Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 824-8048 |

This Irish pub, which is named after a historic city in southeast Ireland, offers lots of seating and a reliable menu with crowd favorites like buffalo wings, chicken fingers and, of course, tacos. The type of tacos change daily but Craig swears by the chicken tacos, her fave. Plus, they pour a good drink, which is always a good thing.

Best for: Lunch in an inspiring setting

Freetown Café
Favorite dish: Mango Avocado Smoothie
41 Halsey Street | Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 732-7517 |

The recently reopened Freetown Café sources its artisanal coffee from East Africa and has an interesting menu of light bites and flavorful drinks like Craig’s favorite smoothie, the Mango Avocado. Owner Emeka Onugha is hoping to re-brand the Freetown Café for a whole new audience, and he’s using renowned chef, author and Freetown, Virginia native Edna Lewis as his muse.

Best for: A romantic dinner

Casa d’Paco
Favorite dish: Salmón a la Plancha
73 Warwick Street | Newark, NJ 07105
(862) 307-9466 |

This cozy, family-owned restaurant is known for its tapas and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a great place for a quiet, intimate meal. Angel Leston and his parents run the place together and, if you’re lucky, you might catch his mom making some of her delectable pastries. Craig’s favorite entrée, the Salmón a la Plancha, is a filling and tasty grilled salmon steak.

Best for: An authentic taste of Newark

Favorite dish: A hamburgao
288 Lafayette Street | Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 465-1776 |

Never heard of a Brazilian-style burger? Head on over to Newark’s Hamburgao restaurant in the largely Portuguese Ironbound community and see what you’ve been missing. Their signature Hamburgao burger is made out of steak-quality beef and comes piled high with mozzarella, ham, bacon, eggs, corn, potato sticks, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. Oh, my. And, yes, all of that yummy goodness comes ON the oversized burger, which is why it comes nestled inside a peel-away wrapper.

Best for: Girls/Guys night out

Taste Venue
Favorite dish: Grilled Hennessy Honey Wings
47 Edison Place | Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 642-8400 |

This massive, 5,000-square-foot venue is just the right place to unwind with your friends after a hard week. The space has two bars, one of which overlooks the other from a balcony, and frequently features live entertainment. The menu offers “American cuisine with a unique flair,” which includes several flavors of chicken wings. Craig says the grilled (not fried) Hennessy Honey Wings that she loves to nibble on are so well cooked that the delicious meat practically falls off the bone.

Ask the Mayor – Summer 2017

Ask the Mayor – Summer 2017

In line with our ‘Dine Out’ theme, we decided to ask Mayor Ras Baraka his views on food.

We’ve heard that you’re a fan of juicing. What’s your favorite juice concoction?

My favorite juice smoothie is called the “Mayor’s Special” and it was created by the 4 Seasons Café on West Market Street. It consists of spinach, mango, banana, pineapple, whey protein and peanut butter. Try it some time!

Are there any foods you limit or avoid in your own diet?

I do not consume sodas or red meats in my diet. I eat mostly seafood and vegetables.

What is the City of Newark doing to promote healthy eating among its residents?

We have moved to address the slim grocery choices in Newark by encouraging urban farming, both as a business and a community-based activity, and now by proudly hosting the world’s largest vertical indoor farm, AeroFarm. We have welcomed health-oriented grocers like Whole Foods to our downtown, and most importantly, we’ve recognized the importance of public health and made it a safety issue. We have tasked our re-named Department of Health and Community Wellness with leading the charge in the effort to get our residents to replace sugary snacks and fried foods with affordable fruit snacks and baked foods. We will win the struggle to slim Newark’s waistline and create a healthier city for all.

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