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
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
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
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.
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