No longer is Newark a place where you fly into its international airport and hail a 15-minute cab ride towards the twinkling lights of New York City. Newark is a rich destination in of itself, from its background as the birthplace of America’s first public library; the diverse, international art at the 110-year-old Newark Museum; and the seemingly non-stop construction of luxury office and residential spaces taking place in the historic Ironbound neighborhood. And perhaps nowhere is this renaissance more apparent than in the bursting culinary scene that has brought forth an influx of dynamic chefs, from Marcus Samuelsson at Marcus B & P; and at Ayeshia Govan from Blueprint Café. Here are 5 great culinary destinations to check out during your next visit to Newark.
Turning one year old in February 2019, the industrial building-turned-cafe is replete with funky decor like old bottles meshed with an old fire escape rail to create a chandelier; 150-year-old beams that make up the coffee counter; and sprinkled old trombone and trumpets on the walls. The floor-to-ceiling windows bring in a lot of light while you are enjoying dishes like their tenderly made Impossible Burger; Sweet Potato Fries; Quinoa and Coconut Bowls; and Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. There is an assortment of colorful vegan desserts like vegan doughnuts, vegan bread pudding, and vegan date pudding. The Blueprint Café is a social spot too, with its Friday evening after-work hangouts and Saturday brunches (with DJ Airplane Mode 11AM - 4PM).
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened a new restaurant, Marcus B & P in downtown Newark. The venue focuses on farm-to-table fare; and highlights throughout the space with artwork of several New Jersey artists like Bisa Washington and Shoshanna Weinberger. The restaurant has an open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs prepare food with a riveting synergy. For dinner; try the Fried Chicken and Pumpkin Waffle appetizer; Baked Atlantic Cod or Dorowat Rigatoni for dinner; and the Warm Potato Salad as a side.
The pub is named after a New York City gangster who was assassinated in Newark, next door to what is now the Tryp by Wyndham Newark. Opened in April 2018, Dutch’s Gastropub is outfitted in modern, but casual décor with 1930’s era black and white photos of the venue’s namesake, Dutch Schultz. The lunch menu has options like buffalo chicken wings; margarita flatbread pizza; smoked salmon; and organic sweet potato fries. Brass fixtures; poppy colors; and modern takes on Roman busts complete the dining experience.
On a Sunday night, families, couples, and friends pack at the seams of Forno’s of Spain. The popularity of the Spanish-tapas venue is fueled by a good reputation and large following. The historic restaurant also has a claim to fame: boasting a rare and extensive collection of Spanish wine of around 450 vintages. The menu is extensive; where you can choose dozens of different entrees, from shrimp and meat paellas; to pork chops; lobster tails; and stuffed shrimp.
This family-owned neighborhood restaurant and bar brings much life to this historic corner. Reclaiming the name of the original name of the speakeasy era establishment. In this iteration of the corner-establishment refresh yourself with a great cocktail at the lengthy bar or explore the delicious items on their food menu.