Trevor’s Travels: Newark, NJ
Greetings from Newark, just a glance away from New York City and the third oldest city in the United States.
Newark was founded by Connecticut Puritans in 1666, and while there are many – many – historic sites to see (like Military Park), I’m more compelled by some of the historic and iconic eating establishments around town.
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First, though, to build up an appetite, I usually pay a visit to the Newark Museum, the largest museum in New Jersey. Then it’s on to the beautiful New Jersey Performing Arts Center where internationally acclaimed singers, shows, and performance groups can be seen on a regular basis. We always try to catch a show. We also stroll through Riverfront Park and aim to get there in spring to see the picturesque cherry blossom-laden Branch Brook Park. It’s truly spectacular.
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As far as food goes, I try to start with dessert first because, why not, right?
Nasto’s Old World Desserts located in Newark’s historic, multicultural Ironbound area has been in business since 1939 and serves cakes, cookies, confections, and – most importantly – makes their own ice cream, gelato, and sorbets. The family-owned business creates traditionally styled Italian specialties like spumoni and tiramisu on top of everything else.
When we get hungry again, Spanish, Mexican, and Brazilian cuisine fills the Ironbound district with great aromas. That means places like Brasilia Grill, Spanish Tavern, Fornos of Spain, and Casa Vasca draw in people looking to be fed in style and send them back out, happy.
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Last but not least, when I’m in Newark I always make it a point to sit down and people watch from inside Bello’s Pub & Grill across from Penn Station. Bello’s is Newark’s first gastropub and has earned quite a reputation for its quality suds, cuisine and fantastic atmosphere. It’s a perfect last-stop before hopping on the train to the next destination.
There’s a lot going on in this city. What did I miss out on in Newark? What other iconic eateries should I check out, and where should I head to build up an appetite?