Contrary to popular belief, New Jersey isn’t the worst place to live. It’s home to some great people, landmarks, and, most importantly, food. So, if you just so happen to visit one of the state’s more popular cities, Newark, or if you’re a resident, you might be looking for places to dine. Look no further than my handy list of amazing eateries located throughout Newark.
Still in its infancy, the Blueprint Cafe is one of the greatest places to eat in all of Newark. The cafe’s building was once used as an industrial building, and in the spirit of its history, the cafe’s design relies heavily on this. Adorned with a fire escape and bottle-comprised chandelier, musical instruments on its walls and floor to ceiling windows that offer great views of the city, Blueprint Cafe will leave you speechless. As for food, the industrial-inspired cafe has got you covered with a wide variety of delicacies from vegan desserts to lunchtime classics (buffalo chicken sandwiches anyone?).
Smitty & Mo’s
Located in downtown Newark, Smitty & Mo’s brings the unique flavors of southern cooking to the Northeast. The restaurant specializes in chicken-based dishes, but their varied menu delves into other areas of cuisine. Some of the other Alabaman dishes that Smitty & Mo’s bring to the table (literally) include shrimp macaroni and cheese and a delicious jerk chicken bowl. If you’re in the mood for unique and Southern food, look no further than Smitty & Mo’s.
If you’re looking for food with some history, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy Dutch’s Gastropub. Named after a New York mobster who met his untimely demise somewhere in Newark. In honor of the restaurants namesake, Dutch’s is decorated in decor that is subtle and reminiscent of the ‘30s and ‘40s, during which gangster activity was especially rampant. While the menu’s offerings aren’t exactly unique, the taste is certainly well-worth the cost. As an added bonus, photos of Dutch line the walls, offering a heavy dose of nostalgia.
Whether you’re visiting Newark or you’re a lifelong resident, you’ll want to stop by some of the aforementioned eateries to get the most out of your stay.