At first glance, people might not think of Newark as a "sandwich" type of town, but for those who hunger for cheap eats and tasty treats...bring your empty stomachs and meet a few of our local heroes. Here's where to go.

Hero King Sandwich Shop:


The Hero King


You can't talk sandwiches in Newark without discussing subs (aka: the hero).

Hero King Sandwich Shop, located 2 blocks from Penn Station, is open weekdays and is a lunchtime get in line. Order up a Hero King special with rolls freshly baked by DePaolo Bakery. Deli meats are thinly sliced in front of you and topped with fresh veggies.

A "mini" is still a pretty big 6" sandwich and "half" is actually a foot long! You big bang for your buck (which starts below $4). Their specialty is #3: Ham, Salami & Provolone.

There are only a few counter seats available so take the sammy to go and explore the Ironbound parks nearby Riverfront and Independence.

Bragman's Deli:


Bragman's Deli

Can't get enough kosher-style deli? Newark has an old history of traditional-style deli sandwiches with three multi-generational family businesses in town. You can start a sandwich riot by asking Newarkers to compare: Bragman's DeliCooper's and Hobby's. All three are known for preparing all their meats on site and all sandwiches are served up on rye with coleslaw and Russian dressing. These deli sandwiches are humongous and range from $13-16 each.

Bragman's Deli is off the beaten path a little dive on a tranquil block. However, the sandwich is well worth the trip.

Order up, sandwiches are named after family members and are best accompanied with a side of macaroni salad and a Dr. Brown's soda. Top choice is the Janice with pastrami and corned beef.

Cooper's Deli: 


Cooper's Liquors & Deli



Cooper's Deli has two locations in town - on South Orange Avenue and Orange Street.

From the street, the liquor store combo might be a turn-off, but inside the overstuffed sandwiches will not disappoint.

Cooper's is known for their pastrami sandwiches. And hey you can take a bottle of your favorite liquor to go (no seats inside). Be prepared for a wait on Saturdays. 

Hobby's Delicatessen: 


Hobby's Delicatessen



Hobby's Delicatessen is located downtown, just a block from the Prudential Center.

Although they usually close at 4:30pm, they stay open til game time for Devil's home games and are the perfect pre-game go to with overstuffed sandwiches and $4 beers.

Dine-in guests receive a big bowl of pickles to enjoy with their meal.

Omar's Cafe:  


Omar's Cafe

If you're looking for Cuban sandwiches then you need to make your way to Mt. Prospect Street where neighbors clamour over two long-time sandwiches the beefsteak and the traditional Cuban sandwich. 

Omar's Café on one side of the road is known for bang-up beefsteak sandwiches. The secret ingredient is the potato straws that line the bottom of the sandwich for added flavor and crunch.

Not sure how to order...just follow the crowd. Most everyone orders a beefsteak sandwich and pointing is allowed.

This is a Philly cheesesteak, Newark style, at at about 10-12" its an unbelievable bargain at just $6. Well... at least until you cross the street.



Cuba Bakery:


Cuba Bakery


Cuban Bakery rivals for the tastiest treat in town; throwing a $5 Cuban sandwich into the mix.

What makes a Cuban a Cuban? It's a sandwich packed with pernil (pork), ham, cheese and pickles. Everything is fresh and made inside the bakery, including the bread.

There are just 8 seats in this establishment, if you're lucky enough to score one, enjoy amazing aromas while you savor your meal.

You might want to consider ordering a few pastries to go.


Art Kitchen:


Art Kitchen


Speaking of sweet treats, we've got the perfect place to end our sandwich excursion.

Art Kitchen is a cute little downtown café on Halsey Street. Mainly, used as a coffee shop for young professionals and college students, many miss the sandwich selections on the chalkboard menu.

For $4, try the breakfast or dessert sandwich - chocolate, nutella panini. The loaf of bread is sliced behind and the counter and slathered with nutella and a fresh banana and then warmed on a Panini grill.

Great paired with a tea or coffee. This restaurant offers 2 hour free parking with validation at the Edison lot.

Frugal foodies can feat for $3.75 and onwards, enough to satisfy anyone's sandwich hunger. Eat up! 

Tamara Remedios is a Newark resident, a self-proclaimed foodie, mommy, marketing and events entrepreneur and co-founder of, a positive news site for Newark.