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Top Choice Tapas in Newark

Mompou

With a zinc bar and a snappy cocktail list, this chic bar-lounge hums with convivial conversation. Tapas include bacaloa (salted-cod croquettes), patatas bravas, txistorra (basque sausage) and, our fave, calamari in…
Museum in Newark

Newark Museum

This brick-and-limestone mansion, a legacy of the Ballantine beer family, is now part of an impressive museum with the biggest Tibetan art collection in the western hemisphere. In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama consecrat…
Basque in Newark

Casa Vasca

A Spanish hideout a few blocks off Ferry St, Casa Vasca's white-tablecloth look belies its down-home Basque cooking, featuring delights such as pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus) and garlic shrimp. Old-school all…
Portuguese in Newark

Iberia Peninsula

The granddaddy of all Portuguese–Spanish restaurants seems to sprawl forever: the outdoor bar and stage are the center of the action on match days at Red Bull Arena and Portugal Day festivities. If you're pre-gaming…
Brazilian in Newark

Casa Nova Adams

This cabana-themed Brazilian eatery features murals of country life and Palmeiras football club flags. Adams has a huge oval bar and monster portions: if you order the plato mixto with fried banana, fluffy white ric…
Pub in Newark

Bello's Pub and Grill

This typical soccer pub a block from Penn Station opens early on match day and sets the mood for the mile-long walk to Red Bull Arena. Festive atmosphere and nice pub food; the list of 180 some beers takes up four c…
Soccer in Newark

Red Bull Arena

Just a 10-minute walk across the river from the Ironbound, this arena hosts Major League Soccer and international matches, which bring the area pubs alive with scarf-waving fans. It also hosts concerts.
Bakery in Newark

Alvaro's Pastry Shop & Deli

Perfect place to mix with the locals at a Formica table while sipping an espresso and munching on a bolo de arroz (Portuguese rice cupcake) or pastéis de belém (custard tart). Don't miss the tangy laranja, or orange…