Hangout and Grab a Bite!
Newark Liberty International Airport is often in the shadows of its two NYC neighbors (JFK and LGA) and while the Garden State’s main hub for airport travel doesn’t have the luxury of Three Star Michelin Manhattan Restaurants, there are still plenty of places to find a quality meal.
I’d have to recommend two fun cities in particular – Hoboken and Jersey City. Both are very close to EWR and should make for a great stop on your ride to or from the airport.
The one-square mile city and the home of Frank Sinatra is a quick 20-minute ride from EWR Airport and boasts a plethora of small local restaurants and not to mention some magnificent views of New York City.
- Carlo’s Bakery– Rose to fame when it was featured on TLC’s Cake Boss and showcased the staff creating elaborate custom and unique pastries. It’s also worth trying Basile’s Pizza which operates about five feet away and never has their doors closed providing a unique old-school Italian pizzeria feel.
- Fiore’s – Sticking with the old-school Italian feel (as is the case with most places in Hoboken) a sub from Fiore’s is an absolute must. Every day the owners handcraft their own mozzarella and while you are unable to sit-down, it’s a great place either coming or going from the airport. On Thursdays and Saturday’s their signature roast-beef, mozzarella and gravy sub will often come with lines out the door and it most definitely recommended.
- Ali Baba – Open since 1983, Ali Baba is a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant located near the Hudson. This is a great place to stop to suit all your needs: apps, sandwiches, platters, and even specialty courses.
The ever-changing Jersey City located just a quick mile trip south of Hoboken is quickly progressing into a beautiful waterfront area and with that, typically comes new delicious cuisine.
- Grove Street – Just off the Path station and easily accessible from EWR/Newark is one of the liveliest areas in all of Jersey City. Grove is a walking street with a multitude of bars and restaurants and year-round will have people coming and going between different places. Try these places below:
- Porta – extraordinary pizza and a great nightlife
- South House – outstanding brisket and fun cocktails
- Skinner’s Loft – family run North American cuisine and a vibrant rooftop
- Battello – Located directly at the end of a pier on the Hudson you can enjoy magnificent views of New York City along with an upscale seafood heavy menu. If an upscale restaurant isn’t your forte, you can always enjoy some nice cocktails and conversations along with a view of one of the best skylines in the world.
- DOMODOMO – Located right off the Exchange Station Path trains and a short walk away from the Hudson, DOMODOMO can be found at the base of a high rise resembling a massive Jenga block. Delicious Japanese cuisine known for their hot cuisines and of course their sushi