Newark is one of my favorite places to go out to eat, just because I’m a huge fan of Iberian cuisine, be it Portuguese, Spanish, or Basque. The Ironbound section of the city is one of the oldest and culturally rich neighborhoods in the area, with lots of Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian restaurants and shopping to be had.
141 Elm St, Newark, NJ
Paella Valenciana from Casa Vasca.
Chorizo Appetizer from Casa Vasca.
Mariscada Verde (Seafood in Green Sauce) from Casa Vasca
Spanish Sangria Restaurant
157 Magazine St, Newark, NJ
Shrimp Ajillo. Spanish Sangria really excels at both this dish and the mushroom one.
Scallops Sangria, scallop shells filled with scallops, crabmeat and topped with melted cheese.
Paella Valenciana. Sangria’s version contains pork cubes and squid as well in addition to the shrimp, clams, chicken, mussels and chorizo. I personally think Casa Vasca’s is better seasoned, however.
Paella Valenciana, plated.
260 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ
Sumol, an excellent Portuguese citrus soft drink.
Triunfo Guarana, a new A&J Seabra import.
Bacalao, preserved salt cod.
Portuguese Presunto Ham
You can buy the same meat cuts used in the top churrascarias in Newark.
Whole cured hams and large chorizos too.
The cured sausage selection is staggering.
Get your beef primals here! Need to feed a few dozen of your closest friends?
Pork cracklin’s. One six pack of beer, a few bags of these, and you’re all ready for the soccer match.
EXTREME chorizo cam.