Ferry Street in the Ironbound District

Within Newark's downtown is the historical Ironbound District with over 20 fine dining restaurants. The Ironbound District is famous for its Portuguese and Spanish influences where one can enjoy the best rodizio and sangria in the world.

We got off of the New Jersey Turnpike, exit 15W (at 28 miles from Hastings-on-Hudson), and got onto US 280 going west. In 2.1 miles we got off at the exit for Harrison (Essex Street). We then turned right and then a left on onto Bergen and then another left onto Frank E. Rogers Boulevard. It is also known as 4th Street. Take this street over the bridge over the Passaic River into Newark. Go straight past Market Street and Downing Street to Ferry Street and turn right or left and find a place to park. This is where most of the shops are. The area extends from the intersection of Market and Ferry Streets on the west side and heads slightly southeast to where it intersects with Wilson Street and Merchant Street and then turn and heads northeast

I found the addresses of the advertised business in Newark in the Brazilian Press which is gratis at various locations.

Ferry Street

Quite a few bakeries with places to sit down. More opportunities to talk.

Near where Ferry and Market Streets meet is the Newark Pennsylvania Station. It is 293 feet long and finished in Indiana limestone. It was constructed in 1933 with Art Deco detailing. The station serves Amtrak, Conrail and PATH trains. In here English rules, while on Ferry Street there is a lot of Spanish and Portuguese as well as English.

Outside Pennsylvania Station on the east side is a triangular fenced-in area known as Mother Cabrini Park. There is a monument dedicated to Catholic war veterans. Mother Cabrini was the first American citizen canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. At the east end of the park is a bust of Jose Marti, liberator of Cuba, that was placed by Cuban organization in the Newark area. Down Market Street once can see The Lunch Place Restaurant (Portuguese-American cuisine) and Burger King further east.

Ferry Street: This street was created in 1765 as part of the first direct route between Newark and the Hudson River. It consisted of a roadbed of rough logs. In 1849 this roadbed was lifted and replaced by smooth planks. The name of the road was changed to Plank Road and tolls were instituted.  Today cherry trees line the streets.  

002 Ironbound Station Plaza.

Across from the church is the Peter Francisco Park with an obelisk monument "In honor of Peter Francisco, the Hercules of the American Independence." At Edison Place.

Centro Evangelistico da Igreja Assembleia de Deus (Pastor Walter Dos Santos) at the corner of McWhorter Street. This was originally the Second Dutch Reformed Church (1874-1848). In 1890 it became Italian. Then it was home to the ironbound Educational and Cultural Center (Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, 1983).

Padaria Brasileira (Brazilian Bakery).

041 Brasilian Travel Service (Passagens $399.00 Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Rio).

043 The American English Center with classes to teach Brazilians English.

045 Fornos of Spain Restaurant (corner of Union Street).

050 Tropical Music.  Samba girls says One favorite place I always visit is TROPICAL MUSIC INC. located at 50 Ferry St. (973) 344-7990. It is located across from Walgreens near the corner with Union Street. The owners, Idalino and Jacy Cavaco and their staff are the most friendly people you could ever meet, you will find the latest Brazilian CD's, and some of the ingredients for the recipes you will find in the Recipes Page. Stop by and say "HI" and tell them Samba girl sent you.

Iberia Peninsula Bar & Restaurant on Prospect Street (next to Walgreens). Down the street is Sport Club Portugues.  At 21 Prospect Street is Amazonia Brasil that specializes in tarot cards, CD's, Bibles, and Natural Products from Brazil and China.  

079 Casa dos Presentes (Portuguese Gift Shop).

080-084 Iberia Restaurant (huge restaurant with big parking lot).

Luso-Americano newspaper (founded 1928); located on the corner of Congress Street. Small book store.

093 a little store that sells souvenirs from various countries (Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador, etc.).  Among the flags sold were from Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. Also we purchased some decorative CDS.

Rogue & Rebelo Restaurant (Spanish-American and Portuguese Cuisine)

098 Botanica: La Estrella with lots of herbal remedies.

100 Ourivesaria Portuguesa.

Jefferson Street

103 Pao d'Azucar bakery.

114 Lisbon Wines & Liquors.

Down the side street is Brasil Shopping; Produtos Brasileiros (Brazilian Products).

120 Ironbound Bank. There is a sign in Portuguese "Attention to all our clients."

121 Coutinho's Bakery, across from the Ironbound Bank.

124 Riviera Bakery (corner of Ferry and Madison Streets).  We stopped here April 3, 1999. The place was very busy.  Pictures of New Jersey Governor Whitman on a Christmas shopping tour in the Ironbound district (September 1996) were on the wall.  It was hard for use to tell what was what as far as the pastries were concerned because we only found one label: pasteis de nata (custard cups). We had a kind of light pound cakes with embedded raisins on top in the shape of a starred cupcake, a pastry with coconut flavoring on the top layer, and a type of wet cinnamon french bread with sweet ricotta cheese mixed inside. Smoking is allowed and it was a bit noisy with all the customers.  Up the street is the store Brazil Shopping that sells many Brazilian products.  

123 Portugalia Sales Inc.

127 Jugueteria (Toys)

130 Adega Restaurant & Bar.

132 Brasilia Restaurante (upstairs) avertises typlical Brazilian cuisine.

141 Delgado Travel (advertising for Lima, Peru, El Salvador, Columbia, and Mexico).

Delicia's Bakery & Deli at corner with Jackson Street.

Jackson Cafe Restaurante Euatoriano at 108 Jackson Street.

168 Cafe Del' Rey Brazilian Restaurant and Catering (at corner with Jackson Street).

179 Aveirense Bakery

Library on Van Buren Street.

195 A Nossa Casa Restaurante.  Half bare and half restaurant.  There is a long bar at one end and an restaurant part with small tables for sandwiches.  

209 Tasco do Pedras Bar and Restaurant; Portuguese cuisine and Bar-B-Que; Night Club, Dancing Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sunday.

Wilson Street runs off of Ferry Street by St. Stephan's United Church of Christ.  

24 Wilson Avenue is where Mango's Bar is located. It is located across the street from a school, Hamburg Place, 1881? It's owner is Tony Silva. They celebrated their first anniversary in March 1999.

Brazilian Pizza (at 97 Wilson Avenue) advertises that they have more than twenty types of pizzas with that Brazilian taste. They also have pastas, salads and sandwiches.  Cafe Central on 92 Wilson Avenue.

St. Stephan's United Church of Christ (Ferry St. and Wilson Avenue)

Across the street from St. Stephan's, down Merchant Street, one passes another of the Casa Pao de Queijo bakery, then the Igreja Emanuel, and then Central Do Brasil, which has a great selection of Brazilian CDs.  Via Brasil, 41 Merchant Street (TV soap opera on the tv, t-shirts, CDS, English courses, Brazilian grocery products).   The advertising for the store says:

Central Do Brasil; 41 Merchant Street; Newark, NJ 07105; phone (973)-344-7711.

John Havrilchak writes that there is a wonderful store on Kearny Street called "Two Nations" in Portuguese.

The store offers a wide range of Brazilian imports, including CDS, books, specialty foods, chocolates, cosmetics, men's and women's clothing, perfume, and cologne. Discover the little piece of Brazil in Newark. They have Brazilian magazines and newspapers, plus Brazilian video rentals of TV shows and films. Traveling to Brazil, or just returning? We provide money exchange services during many more hours than the bank.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rio Cafe Restaurant.

220 Restaurante Sanduba.  

228 Pao d'Azucar Supermarket (Sugar Loaf Supermarket).

There are 3 Casa-Nova Restaurants. 262 Ferry St and 70 Adams Street in Newark and 600 Frank Rogers in Harrison.

On Jackson Street there is the Verona Supermarket (Hispanos-Americas and Portuguese products) and the Quixote Bar and Restaurant (at corner of Clover Street).

Coisa Nossa is on 40 Adams Street.

Shop number 1 is the Casa do Pao de Queijo bakery.  They advertise vitamins, natural juice drinks, sweets, teas, tortas, etc.

Shop number 4 is Churrascaria Boi Na Brasa.

Shop number 5 is the Laundromat.

Shop number 6 is the Comunidade du Graca Igreja Luterana (Grace Community Lutheran Church).

Shop number 7 is Tu Patria Restaurante Ecuatoriano (Entrega Gratis).

Shop 8 is Unisex, Salon Brasil.

Shop 9 is Coisa Nossa.  On our first trip to the Ironbound district , the first place we stopped was Coissa Nossa, which is like most of the other four shops we stopped at later. They carry: Brazilian magazines, a few Brazilian comic books, a few Brazilian CDS, a few Brazilian products such as candies and cookies and some spices and basic products: They also carry some "fitas" or tapes from Brasil News? of soap operas. The time we went they were selling the video of Central do Brasil.  They sell unwrapped coconut candies in the shape of small round domes placed in plastic containers.  I did not know whether I should just reach in or what, so I decided I better ask.  The attendant just handed me a napkin, so I used that to fetch the coconut dome -- and boy was it ever sweet -- I thought Americans had a sweet tooth!  But sugar from the sugar cane was one of the earliest and biggest export products of Brazil.

Shop 10 is Tutti Fruit Boutique.

The next place was the Tradicao Restaurante & Launchonete.  They advertise salgados (appetizers) for parties.

Also here is the restaurant Casa-Nova III.  This is Brazilian Barbecue -- it advertiese the most complete Brazilian restaurant of New Jersey and the only one in Newark with a liquor licence.

Adams Travel Agency.

There was a sign

Uniao de Pastores da lingua Portuguesa nos Estados Unidos. Solenidade de Posse da Diretoria, at Igreja Emanuel (31 Merchant Street).

Edna's English Center.

Fleet Bank.

Brazilian Products

Boa Forma  = health magazine

Casa & Jardim =  House and Garden

Brazilian Playboy = Playboy

Carnaval Tapes

CarnaBrasil (Carnaval Censurado 99) = Carnival Brazil; Carnaval Censured 1999

Internacional = a men's magazine

Show Bizz = deals with Brazilian and American music

Raca  = a magazine for black Brazilians

Ferry Street seems to be the major street with some stores off to the side such as one on It turns and there are a few more stores, but it soon peters out.

Nova -- Lacta Grandes Sucessos da Lacta

Diamante Negro; Sonho de Valsa; Confeti; Laka (Chocolate Branco), Ouro Branco, Bis

There are other stores serving Peruvians and Ecuadoreans.

There are many money exchange shops.

And there are many restaurants and bakeries. Pao de queijo bakery.

Seabra's 60 Lafayette Street; Newark, NJ 07105; (201) 589-8606.  Carries a complete line of groceries, fresh fruit, vegetables, and frozen fruit pulp.

Independence Park

If parking is difficult around Ferry Street you can weave your way down to Independence Park on Adams Street.  At the north end of the park are two ball fields.  There are basketball courts toward the south end with two bocci ball courts in the park along Adams Street side. The dominant tree here is the sycamore (Platanus occidentalis).

Walking up to Ferry Street via Adams Street we passed:

145 Adams Street; Luna de Mel (small bakery).

181 Adams Street; Brazil Tropical (small luncheon place).

243 Adams Street; Amazonas Video which had at least 50 or more videos in Portuguese as well as many in Spanish (the majority being in English). They also sell Brazilian candies and some grocery products.

Night Club Near Independence Park = Palacio Europa (278 New York Avenue), east of the park.  

This is a pretty big night club.  They avertise their Musica Ao Vivo Sextas & Sabados (Live Music Fridays and Saturdays) all around town.  The advertised attraction for April 3, 1999 was the Group Star Samba (Show de Mulatas -- Show of the Mulattoe Women) Com a Escola de Samba Verde & Amarela (With the Green and Yellow Samba School ).  Also on the program was Odimar.  


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