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The Unassuming Neighborhood In New Jersey That Has The Best Portuguese Food Ever

New Jersey as a state has so many amazing dining destinations. You’ll find great restaurants all over but certain towns stand out for their culinary scenes. Montclair, Hoboken and Princeton have all been named top foodie destinations but one major city doesn’t get the credit it deserves. That city is Newark. Why aren’t people flocking here? It’s a bit misunderstood. You can’t put the city in a box, it’s home to a variety of vibrant neighborhoods with wonderful attractions, museums, galleries, entertainment venues, universities and restaurants.

In the working-class Ironbound neighborhood, you’ll find an abundance of authentic Portuguese eateries. The neighborhood is easily accessible by train and light rail and also offers a monorail to Newark Airport, making it a very easy destination for travelers. It has been described by locals as reminiscent of a small European village, very walkable, very friendly. Another major perk? It is home to over 200 restaurants, most offering Spanish, Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine. The Portuguese food is so good that New York restaurant critics often direct their readers here. Below are just a few of the many dining options worth checking out.

One of the great things about New Jersey is our dining diversity! The Ironbound is four square miles of culture and cuisine that cannot be missed. What is your favorite Portuguese restaurant in Newark? If Cuban food is more your style, head to this New Jersey city, also known as the Havana on the Hudson.

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.