"Newark’s Ironbound district, a neighborhood with Portuguese flair"

I've never been to Portugal. Nor had I ever been to Newark, unless you count being stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike directly beneath the flight path for Newark Liberty International Airport. I'd always wanted to go to one more than the other (I'll let you guess which is which), but then I learned that I could visit both in one visit to the New Jersey city. Who knew? Read more..…

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"Hot Dog Paradise"

If you're craving pizza and hot dogs at the same time, the next stop on your quest should be the famous Jimmy Buff's in Newark, NJ. Jimmy Buff's is the home of the "Italian," a combination of sausage, peppers, potatoes and onions all packed on pizza bread and deep-fried. The result? A delicious pizza/hot dog creation that can't be ignored. Read more..…

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Gear Up for World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup might begin on June 12--thousands of miles away in Brazil --but The Mills at Jersey Gardens is already kicking off the festivities in a big way. Located in Elizabeth, near Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey's largest outlet center boasts over 200 retailers under one roof. It's no surprise, then, that in only a single place, there are so many exciting World Cup events planned and stores stocked up on official merchandise. At this "World Cup Headquarters," fans will discover exactly what they need to show…

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Exploring Cafes and Culture in Downtown Newark

Over the past six years, a number of cafes and art collectives have opened along Halsey Street, a side street that runs parallel to the Broad Street thoroughfare, giving New Jersey's largest city (population 277,000) a denser downtown culture district. Lined with three-story brick townhouses, Halsey Street links the century-old Newark Museum (49 Washington Street; 973-596-6550; newarkmuseum.org) and the Rutgers University campus to central downtown. It recalls the West Village circa 1990, pre-sweeping gentrification. Cafes include a fusion…

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"Newark's 10 Best Restaurants Guide"

Newark, with its busy port and bustling downtown area, is home to a dizzying array of cultures and tastes. Its restaurants are the perfect illustration - offering everything from soul food to Italian and Asian fusion, while the up-and-coming Ironbound district has seen an explosion in new, fashionable restaurants. Here are ten must-try cultural restaurants in Newark, from traditional Portuguese eateries to fine dining venues. Read more..…

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Good-for-You Convenience

Harvest Table is so named because it calls to mind a just-picked bounty - specialties include fresh fruit smoothies ($4 and $4.75) and heavy-on-the-veggies salads ($5.75 to $8.25) - but also because Ms. Borraggine's father, John, a carpenter, built her the imposing table - a counter, really - that anchors the front of the shop. Read more..…

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"Improvisations on Small Plates"

So many American restaurants feature tapas these days that traditional Spanish tapas seem new again. A fine place to reacquaint yourself with the more authentically Spanish version is at Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge in the Ironbound section of Newark. Read more..…

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Top 10 new restaurants in New Jersey - Nico + Kitchen

New Jersey doesn't suffer the precious notion of fools. So yes, we've had some buy-in to the era of Brooklyn artisanal hipster cuisine, when tablecloths were banished and foraging became trendy. We welcome some of the recession-backlash highbrow-lowbrow mix, a gathering of everyone under the tent, a certain street chic. And sure, we applaud any aesthetic that celebrates nose-to-tail sustainability and wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. But we don't marry foie gras to potato chips and we don't favor Oreos as a dessert ingredient and we…

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"Dog Ziggity: New Jersey’s Own Hot Dogs"

The hot dog has always been tightly tethered to New York City in the public imagination. As a result, few Americans (not to mention New Yorkers) know that just across the Hudson River, on the hills and shores of New Jersey, this small beast ranges freely, with a welter of variations and a certain abandon. While New Yorkers opt for thin, natural-skin beef franks cooked on the griddle and sparsely decorated with a condiment or two, New Jerseyans prefer thicker dogs with artificial skins in beef-pork combinations. For them the Coney Island frank…

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