Bon Appetit visited the Ironbound presently, and this is what they had to say.
If you’re visiting New York City, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t have a trip to New Jersey on your itinerary. But if that’s the case, you’re missing out. In the heart of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, you’ll find a culinary gem: the Ironbound. The 19th-century neighborhood is known for its clusters of Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian restaurants and bakeries, many of them located on or around Ferry Street. Waves of Portuguese immigrants began to join the Ironbound population in the 1960s, surpassing the number of other European immigrants who came before them. A wave of Brazilian immigrants arrived in the late ’80s. Not only did the neighborhood’s close proximity to Manhattan make it attractive to those who worked in nearby factories or in New York, but the convenience of having everything within a three-mile radius was a major draw. And it still is.
Ironbound is just a short walk from Newark’s Penn Station, where the PATH train arrives from New York every 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll know you’ve reached your destination the second you smell grilled meat in the air, coming from one of the many barbecue restaurants or someone’s backyard. Take a seat at one of these restaurants or bakeries, enjoy a casual lunch or more upscale dinner, and be back in New York by bedtime.
Great locations were mentioned.
- Portugalia Sales
- Seabra’s Marisqueira
- Fornos of Spain
- Adega Grill
Which one is your favorite?