The Best Puerto Rican Restaurants in Paterson, New Jersey

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Photo of Katherine Oakes
22 March 2018

Puerto Rican cuisine is a unique combination of West African, Caribbean, American and Spanish fare that really packs a flavorful-punch. With the many different cultural influences that this island-cooking has, it’s not always easy to find authentic food. Good thing that the town of Paterson has plenty of options. So to help you narrow it down, we rounded up the best Puerto Rican restaurants in town.

Coconut Café

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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The folks behind Coconut Café are known for their friendly service, delicious and authentic Puerto Rican plates and philanthropic efforts thanks to their continued support in helping many Puerto Ricans recover from the hurricane. Stop by to catch some live music and feast on one of their famous pastelons.

Bonfire Mofongo House & Lounge

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Bonfire Mofongo House & Lounge is part restaurant and part club, which makes for a lively and entertaining experience while you’re here. Regulars, locals, and out-of-towners visit Bonfire Mofongo for the fun atmosphere and elevated cuisine that has other Caribbean dishes on the menu, as well.

P.R. Flavors

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Check out Paterson’s P.R. Flavors for a real taste of Puerto Rican… well, flavors. Famous for their alcapurrias (a fried, fritter dish stuffed with ground beef), this tiny restaurant also serves up traditional Caribbean fare like mofongo, pernil and tostones.