Cotali Mar is another restaurant where the cuisine is influenced by the strong Portuguese presence in New Bedford; however the menu features an eclectic mix of Portuguese and local fare with a few more international touches. Every dish is utterly delicious and expertly prepared; but Cotali Mar’s real edge is its stunning venue. This restaurant boasts a grand, classy dining room that immediately reminds diners of a ballroom, and is in fact frequently booked for special events. Another area, with a completely different look and feel, is inspired by the rustic style of Tuscany’s osterias. As if this wasn’t enough, Cotali Mar also provides al fresco seating on a large outdoor patio, anchored by a small, gushing fountain in the centre of the space.
Cotali Mar Restaurante, 1178 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 990 0066
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a light, healthy lunch with a soul-warming soup, especially if the soup is as delicious as it gets. For those times, New Bedford’s residents and visitors can drive to Destination Soups, a cosy, neighbourhood spot serving up tasty soups, fresh salads, delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries. The soups – the signature chicken vegetable and tomato basil are available every day – are served with a ciabatta or a French stick bread, the sandwiches with crispy potato chips, and every item comes with vegetarian and vegan options. Before ordering, make sure to take a look at the daily specials on the board.
Destination Soups Inc, 141 Union St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 991 7687
Looking for Mexican food in New Bedford? No problem! Head down to taqueria No Problemo – they will take good care of you. A popular lunch spot, here you can choose between tacos, taquitos, burritos, quesadillas and a selection of delicious tortas. Each staple is available with a variety of mouth-watering fillings, and at particularly convenient prices: tacos and taquitos range from $3 to $4, while you can pay as low as $5 and no more than $7 for every other item. For such fresh, flavourful bites and hearty portions, No Problemo proves to be a quick, tasty lunch with great value.
No Problemo, 813 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 984 1081
No judgements against vegetarians and vegans at downtown New Bedford’s The Green Bean. In fact, this cosy, welcoming café happily caters to veggie advocates with a selection of mouth-watering, wholesome snacks that have enough taste and flavour to appeal even to the most stubborn carnivor. Moreover, The Green Bean has two more good factors that make it worth visiting: the café frequently hosts live performance by local musicians; and in a similar effort to support New Bedford’s artistic community, The Green Bean’s walls exhibit fresh works by a rotating selection of regional contemporary artists.
The Green Bean, 740 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 984 3300