Nestled in an area of New Jersey once nicknamed Havana on the Hudson, West New York boasts plenty of authentic Cuban restaurants along with a host of other Latin American venues. There are also many other local dining options including barbecue and authentic Japanese cuisine. Here’s our guide to 10 of West New York’s very best places to eat.
Family-owned and operated bakery and cafe Dulce De Leche is the place to go for a fix of traditional Argentine sweet and savory treats. Enjoy the classic Argentine staple lomito, a hearty steak sandwich alongside soups, salads and empanadas (choose from beef, spinach, chicken, four cheese or ham and cheese). There’s also a variety of delicious pastries – milhojas, pastelitos and cañoncitos included.
A lively neighborhood joint boasting a bustling bar, elegant dining spaces and live Latin music, Las Palmas is a family-friendly local favorite focusing on authentic Cuban cuisine. Open early until late daily, the restaurant’s breakfast eats include Spanish-style omelets and mangú (mashed plantains with egg, salami and cheese). Llunchtime-friendly offerings include classic Cuban sandwiches like media noche and croqueta preparada. At dinner, appetizers like ground beef stuffed tostones and shrimp ceviche are followed by dishes like churrasco, ropa vieja and seafood mofongo. Desserts including tres leche and Cuban-style flan and plenty of sangria complete the restaurant’s authentic menu.
Classic Texas-style barbecue brimming with Latin flavor is on the menu at Louie’s BBQ Pit. A concise menu featuring staples like pork ribs, smoked chicken and beef ribs alongside hearty pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches is served, but it’s the secret blend of seasonings used for the meat rubs and marinades that really makes the restaurant stand out from other barbecue joints. Mix delicious meats with sides like tamales, mac ‘n’ cheese, beans and homemade corn bread.
Mi Rinconcito Colombiano serves classic Colombian fare like higado a la plancha (grilled liver), bandeja paisa and lomo empanizado (breaded pork loin) as well as tempting seafood dishes. Alternatively, opt for a dish from Mi Rinconcito Colombiano ‘fast food’ menu which features options like burgers, sandwiches and empanadas. Desserts include the likes of tres leche and Colombian-style cheesecake, while the restaurant’s beverages are equally authentic – choose from batidos, juices and a wide range of cocktails.
Ginger Grill serves Japanese cuisine in a modest little joint which boasts an approachable, affordable menu. Options include plenty of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls alongside bento boxes, perfect for a quick lunch. Appetizers like shrimp tempura and pork dumplings are served before hearty entrées such as chicken teriyaki and tofu vegetable udon soup. Ginger’s Grill’s classic Japanese desserts include options like green tea ice cream and banana tempura.
Tasty Mexican eats are the name of the game at Sabor a Veracruz. Go at breakfast for a hearty kick-start to the day with dishes like huevos rancheros and the holy guacamole omelet. Alternatively, stop by at lunch and dinner when the restaurant serves a huge range of tacos, burritos, tostadas and the alongside entrées such as mole poblano and chiles rellenos. There are also American-inspired choices like hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and wraps and a few Italian entrées including lasagna with meatballs.
Son Cubano is a beautiful restaurant nestled on the edges of the Hudson River. Executive Chef Eleazar Fuerte brings a modern, global twist to classic Cuban cuisine with exquisite dishes like the arroz imperial – a Cuban take on lasagna featuring layers of saffron rice, smoked ham, sweet roasted lime-parsley and a mozzarella and manchego cheese gratin available with seafood or chicken. Son Cubano has a charming riverside patio which offers stunning views of New York City.
One of West New York’s most recent additions, MAD – which stands for ‘Modern American Deli’ – is a cozy little spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. MAD’s breakfast treats include the likes of omelets, challah French toast and homemade pancakes. You’ll also find sandwiches, salads, quesadillas and juicy burgers, which are perfect any time of day. Make sure you save room for one of MAD’s delicious homemade desserts such as banoffee pie or apple turnover.
SubHub believes they have perfected the art of sandwich-making. They serve Cold subs like the Fat Cow (with roast beef, turkey and Swiss) and the Fat Guido (ham, capicola, salami and provolone) alongside panini grilled hot subs including the Sicilian (ham, pepperoni, provolone, roasted red peppers and creamy Italian dressing). SubHub also cooks up plenty of delicious waffles – choose from options like Oreo, chocolate chip or Nutella banana.
Brazeiro Churrascaria is the best place to head in the city for traditional Brazilian-style barbecue. The restaurant’s menu is a meat lover’s dream with succulent cuts of beef tenderloin, sirloin and skirt steak, as well as beef ribs, chicken and pork ribs, teamed with sides like yellow rice, fried yuca and tostones. Opt to be served rodizio-style – a kind of all-you-can-eat way of Brazilian dining whereby waiters carve meat tableside.