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Newark is a rough area but Ironbound is the best area and the food is worth the visit!

Ironbound section is just off 1 &9 so traveling here is not a problem as you don't have to drive through all of Newark which can be rough. This portugese area has some of the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Jupiter, Florida
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Jupiter, Florida
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94 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Ironbound section is just off 1 &9 so traveling here is not a problem as you don't have to drive through all of Newark which can be rough. This portugese area has some of the best restaurants in the tri-state....and if you like portuguese or spanish food this is the place.....the barbecue joints are great for roasted chicken or ribs... More 

Thank JohnBiscotti
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The Ironbound Section of Newark aka Da Brick City is were I sent most of my childhood. I learned 2 new languages (Portuguese & Brazilian) to go along with the English and Spanish I knew. The ethnic area is a melting pot of Portuguese, Brazilian, Spanish (Spain), Puerto Rican, Cuban, African American, Asian and Columbian. Check out Ferry St. Great... More 

Thank Jason D
New York City, New York
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539 reviews
137 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The ironbound district in Newark is awesome. There's so much to see, do, and experience it's amazing. What's good is that it's authentic – if you want great Spanish food come here. Portuguese food here too. Even food from Peru – Authenticity is the keyword to the ironbound section of New York.

Thank sockster
Greater Cincinnati
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I took a visit to this area and ended up moving here within a few days. It is a neighborhood different than any i had ever experienced. Lots of ethnic food, shops and such.

Thank Adekemi A
Newark, New Jersey
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33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The Ironbound section is the heart of Newark. Being a Native I know all the negativity that surrounds this city and I have gotten many looks every time I mention that I'm from Newark, But despite all the bad press Newark is an energetic city full of diversity that reflects in it's gastronomy.If your looking for real authentic Portuguese food,... More 

Thank Lisette517
Bloomfield, New Jersey
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67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

When my husband and I, who had just spent six months in Brazil, decided to move from New York to New Jersey, we wanted to move to the foreign-feeling atmosphere of Ironbound. It is a Portuguese enclave. The restaurants all seem wonderful.Portions and prices great.Wherever one dines, one is happily satisfied. Parking is near impossible, though.

Thank Carole S
Cleveland, Ohio
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My first time in Newark !!! Great Energy !!! We went to dinner at Iberia Peninsula. My friend is going to Rutgers. She and classmates had been there before for meetings. Beautiful city...felt comfortable and safe.

Thank rickie216
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It's all that's good in the Ironbound. Portuguese food to Spanish food. Brazilian steakhouses (rodozio), also lots of bakery and markets.

Thank Bryan B
Brick, New Jersey
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Fantastic neighborhood, safe and colorful. The Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish folks have established a wonderful scene filled with terrific restaurants. One is better than the other. Some folks also call this area 'Down Neck' and I am not sure of the exact distinction. We often make the hour ride to go there. We love Iberia, and Forno's, but all are... More 

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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Ironbound Section of Newark is a safe area to the East of Penn Station. It is full of fantastic Spanish and Portuguese restaurants plus many interesting small shops. There are also some Brazilian and even a few Mexican restaurants. When I first visited the area way back in 1977, there were 7 or 8 Italian restaurants that were excellent... More 

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