North Bergen is home to a high concentration of authentic Cuban restaurants. Therefore, kicking off the list is Rumba Cubana. The interior is filled with rich crimson and dark wooden hues. At the front of the restaurant is a large bar with a garland made of vines spanning out overhead. Looking up at the ceiling, you will see it is made of vines and branches like a rainforest canopy. Some popular menu items include short ribs, fried beef in a crispy plantain bowl, flan, mofongo, avocado stuffed with zesty shrimp, and tres leches cake. Food is served with creative presentation, and portions are generous. There is no doubt that a meal at Rumba Cubana will be an unforgettable experience.
Rumba Cubana, 1807 45th St, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 553 9100
Tapas de España
As its name dictates, Tapas de España serves Spanish tapas with an emphasis on seafood. They also have live Latin performances like flamenco shows each week. Tapas include ceviche, lobster stuffed crab, and plantains. Tapas de España also serves larger menu items like churrasco steak, crab-stuffed crêpes, and family-style arroz con pollo. These can be shared or eaten as a full entrée. They even have comfort food items like chicken noodle soup. Pair any meal with a sweet and tasty glass of sangria. Expect great service from a fun-loving staff. Reservations are recommended if you’re planning to come for dinner on a weekend, as this place fills up quickly.
Tapas de España, 7909 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 453 1690
Trattoria La Sorrentina
Taking a brief break from Spanish and Latin-style restaurants, Trattoria La Sorrentina is a casual Italian place that specializes in brick oven pizza, pasta, and paninis. The earth-tone interior is warmly lit with lots of places to sit. Start your meal with the mixed appetizer that includes arancini balls, potato croquettes, mini calzones and fried mozzarella. Some pasta dishes on offer are capellini with seafood, gnocchi a la torrentina, lasagna, and chicken alfredo. The octopus salad is another popular favorite as it comes piled high with grilled octopus meat. Pizzas have a crispy thin crust and are topped with remarkably fresh, quality ingredients. Finish your meal with a tiramisu and an espresso for a true Italian dining experience.
Trattoria La Sorrentina, 7831 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 869 8100
Pan Con Todo Express
Pan Con Todo Express serves authentic Cuban and Latin-inspired sandwiches, smoothies, and other casual fare. It is primarily a takeout restaurant, and they deliver. There are a few spots for eating at the restaurant as well. Sandwiches come with roasted meats including perfectly marinated churrasco beef and pork. Additionally, Pan Con Todo Express makes lunch bowls filled with rice, meat, sautéed veggies, and plantains. They also serve fresh tropical juices like watermelon juice and passion fruit juice. The staff is attentive and accommodating. This place will stand up to even those with the highest standards for Cuban food.
Pan Con Todo Express, 6911 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 868 8484
Kebab Istanbul serves shawarma and other Mediterranean-style fare. Some menu items include souvlaki-style meats, lentil soup, hummus, zucchini pancakes, and white bean salad. The interior is a cheerful yellow color with a large picture of the Hagia Sofia against a vivid blue sky. The restaurant also has a backyard patio area, which is the perfect spot to enjoy a tasty meal on a sunny day. Pair your meal with a fruity Turkish soda. For dessert, try the Turkish custard or kanafe and sip on an aromatic Turkish coffee. All meat is halal, and Kebab Istanbul delivers as well.
Kebab Istanbul, 5819 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 861 4400
La Fusta Restaurant
La Fusta is an Argentinian-style steakhouse with a penchant for seafood and pasta dishes as well as grilled meats. Portions are gargantuan, so bring your appetite. For an appetizer, indulge in the grilled prosciutto and provolone or the empanadas. Dinner items include filet mignon in mushroom sauce, mixed grill with tripe and sweet bread, and skirt steak. The restaurant interior is spacious and simple, all the better for rolling up your sleeves and digging in. La Fusta also offers some delicious beverages including a refreshing mojito and excellent sangria. As for dessert, the dolce de leche flan is truly out of this world.
La Fusta Restaurant, 1110 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 770 1950
Porto Wood Burning Pizza & Pasta
Porto Wood Burning Pizza & Pasta offers authentic Italian fare and boasts its own beautiful brick oven made with pale blue mosaic tiles. The layered tomato, mozzarella, and fried eggplant salad makes a great appetizer. For pizzas, try the Pistacchio E Salsiccia pizza, which comes with pistachio pesto, homemade fennel, artichokes, mushrooms and cheese. Really, with such thoughtful combinations of excellent ingredients, you really can’t go wrong. You can also order the pizzas to go. For pastas, the gnocchi Bolognese is hearty and delicious. Desserts include fried Oreos or the Nutella pizza. The interior is stylish with exposed brick walls and artful paintings of iconic celebrities and athletes.
The Coach House
The Coach House has been a fixture in North Bergen since 1939. It started as a 24-hour diner serving American-style comfort foods and has since added a full bar. Some menu items include pancakes, burgers, wraps, omelets, milkshakes, New Jersey-style cheese and gravy fries, and cheesecake. Plus, you can also make your own salad at the self-serve salad bar. Near the salad bar is the massive dessert case with a multitude of options from which to choose. The Coach House even has happy hour. The interior is classic and relaxing, complete with walls and seating made of dark-hued wood.
The Coach House, 921 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 864 8600
Waterside Restaurant and Catering
Waterside Restaurant and Catering serves New American cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. The restaurant is perched on the edge of the Hudson River and overlooks the New York City skyline with impeccable clarity. There are places to sit and eat outside on the water’s edge as well. Waterside Restaurant and Catering is a wonderful place to hold a special event, as the interior is spacious, upscale, and elegant. You can also come in a smaller party for their extravagant brunch buffet, complete with an omelet station and raw bar. For lunch or dinner, try the grilled Berkshire pork or the seared salmon in a flavorful sauce.
Jersey Meatball Company
Last but not least, there is Jersey Meatball Company. It offers traditional Italian-American food with their specialty being homemade meatballs. Typically, the meatballs are served with melted cheese and tomato sauce on a hero roll or intermixed with pasta and veggies. There are a variety of meatball recipes and sauces from which to choose. They even have vegetarian meatballs. If meatballs, vegetarian or otherwise, are not your thing, you can’t go wrong with the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese on offer at Jersey Meatball Company. It is creamy and steeped in delicate truffle flavors. Don’t forget to add one of their famous rice balls to your order.
Jersey Meatball Company, 7409 Broadway, North Bergen, NJ, USA, +1 201 758 8900