Located in the Hahne building on Halsey street, Marcus B&P is my nod to the culturally rich and diverse community of Newark. I was inspired by the different neighborhoods here, and the restaurant name for “back pocket”. Stop by before or after a show for a great meal and cocktail. You can’t leave without trying the 973 pizza, the cornbread, or the Ribs Is Touchin’ for Two. Much like Red Rooster Harlem, the walls are decorated with art from local artists that tells a story, and use several local partners for our provisions. A great place to have in your “back pocket”!
Mompou Tapas is a lively and traditional Spanish tapas restaurant that serves a varitety of tasty small-plate options like patatas bravas, charcuteria con queso, and tortilla Herminia. They serve a full bar and make killer Spanish favorites for dessert like coconut flan and tres leches cake.
This Portuguese bakery is famous for its freshly made bread and rolls. If you can battle the line, try the egg custard tarts, known as pasteis de nata, or the broa, a corn bread. You can even buy Teixeira’s roles at supermarkets throughout the state and in New York.
Black Swan Espresso is an instragram-worthy coffee shop, selling specialty teas and coffees across from the Prudential Center. The black-owned shop is a great addition to Halsey street, and the Mayor Ras Baraka is a frequent visitor. Definitely stop here for your caffeine fix if you’re in the area.
280 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105
Portugalia is a small and simple Portuguese eatery. The food is authentic, and you’ll find locals speaking their native tongue all around you. Try their signature barbecue chicken and be sure to arrive early or make a reservation if you can.