Newark Restaurant Week starts Friday: Here are the 58 eateries participating

Annual event, created by Invest Newark, aims to generate enthusiasm for local restaurants

Perhaps it’s a good thing that the always-popular Newark Restaurant Week actually lasts 10 days — patrons will need the extra time if they hope to get to all 58 establishments that are participating.

This year’s event, which starts Friday and runs through Oct. 1, is bigger than ever, said Emily Manz, senior vice president of business development at Invest Newark, which is the lead sponsor of the event.

Manz said attendees will enjoy an array of prix fixe menus and exclusive offers on breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner offerings, spanning a range of dishes, cocktails and treats.

Best of all, patrons will be supporting local entrepreneurs, as many of the venues are proudly owned by local Newark restaurateurs, exemplifying the city’s burgeoning small business community.

“Most of the eateries are owned by local entrepreneurs who play a vital role in the city’s economy,” she said. “Newark Restaurant Week was created to amplify these business owners and drive traffic to their establishments.”

This year, Newark Restaurant Week is introducing the #NewarkRW Foodie Passport, encouraging attendees to explore the city’s neighborhoods. Eating at and collecting a passport stamp from one restaurant in each of Newark’s five wards offers event attendees the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $1,000 Newark Gift Card once the event concludes.

Manz said Invest Newark is confident the event will drive additional foot traffic and generate enthusiasm in the coming 10 days — and beyond.

“Over the past few years of hosting Newark Restaurant Week, Invest Newark has conducted surveys among the participating businesses to understand how successful the event has turned out to be for each,” she said. “Many restaurants reported that Newark Restaurant Week attracted new clientele and reconnected them with long-absent patrons.

“This year, we’re excited to collaborate with more restaurant owners than ever, including new and local favorites. We have also engaged more tracking tools in order to follow up with both participants and restaurant owners on their experience with the event.”

The event is sponsored by Invest Newark, with support of the Junction at Gateway (Newark’s new “Restaurant Row”), Rutgers University – Newark and the New Jersey Devils.

Here’s a look at the participating restaurants:


  • Adega Grill
  • Allegro Seafood Grill
  • Aqua Phit Water & Juice Bar
  • Arata Sushi
  • Banzai Sushi
  • Black Swan Espresso
  • Blitz Bar & Grill
  • Blueprint Cafe
  • Blueberry Cafe
  • Burger Bound


  • Cafe Avenida Restaurant
  • Casa D’ Paco
  • Casa Nova Grill (264 Ferry St.)
  • Chateau of Spain
  • City Rub
  • Dayton Steak House & Grill
  • Elan Cafe
  • Envy Bar & Grille
  • Ferry Street BBQ
  • Five Corners Ristorante
  • Fresh & Co


  • Hobby’s
  • Kanela Cafe
  • Konoz Restaurant
  • Krauszer’s (226 Halsey St.)
  • Kung Fu Tea
  • Latin Salsa Bistro
  • Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
  • Magic Cones Garden Plant Based Ice Cream
  • Marcus B&P
  • Mercato Tomato Pie
  • Mex Rooster
  • Mi Lindo Ecuador Restaurant
  • Mompou Tapas Bar & Restaurant


  • Neighborhood Scoops NWK
  • Pita Square
  • PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans
  • Plants & Poets Cafe
  • Portucale Restaurant
  • Pour Abbey’s Bar & Grill
  • Queen Pizza (Halsey St)
  • Queen Pizza (Commerce St)
  • Rocketfuel Wings
  • Sabor Unido
  • Salaam Ice Cream
  • Sihana Cafe
  • Sol Mar Restaurant & Marisqueira


  • Taino’s Kitchen Downtown (Halsey Street)
  • Taino’s Kitchen (Mt. Prospect)
  • The Taste of Brazil
  • The Halal Guys (72 Halsey)
  • The Halal Guys (110 Edison Place)
  • The Village Bar & Restaurant
  • The Weekend Spot Restaurant
  • The Yard
  • Tinjune Downtown
  • Tossed NJ
  • Uncle Willie’s Wings