When it comes to great beer paired with excellent food, there's few who can come close to Iron Hill in the city. A recipient of numerous awards for its brews, Iron Hill does not rest on its drink laurels alone and sets the bar with a food menu comprising of an exceptional selection of American favorites. The diversity and the amount of choices available will prove to be a pleasant surprise for foodies who've always had a gripe about the attention given to food at proper places to drink. The full menu features great selection in everything from starters and entrees to pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and even desserts. There's a kids menu as well as a selection of healthy choices. It even caters to people with dietary restrictions with a gluten free menu. Iron Hill's award-winning beers form most of the drink selection with seasonal brews also making an appearance. An excellent place for a complete drinking and dining experience.
The deceptively simple name might lead you to wonder what the fuss surrounding this fairly new restaurant is all about. But Caffe Gelato goes way beyond just a gelataria and rightfully deserves all the accolades, recognition and the resultant hype it has generated. For starters, it's a full service Italian restaurant that can stand up to some of the best in the city. Chef Danny Profita’s laborious work with unconventional Italian flavors ensures that the food here doesn't taste like any run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. The fact that it mopped up an award that year it was established speaks volumes about the food. The wine cellar close to 1500 selections holds its own and choosing one that pairs with your food should be no problem. The recognition by Wine Spectator is further proof of the quality of the list. The homemade gelato on offer has kids of all ages squealing in delight and is some of the best you'll get in the city The decor is intimate and well suited to family dinners and romantic rendezvous alike. The delightful outdoor area presents a slightly more casual setting. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant when in Newark.
Experience the zesty flavors of Spain at this delightful restaurant located slightly away from the city center. Tapas, a quintessentially Spanish creation has gained worldwide following, and despite the simple nature of it, has been widely experimented with much to the delight of foodies. At Ole Tapas, you're up for a good Spanish experience with the tapas menu spanning the traditional as well as the contemporary palate. The menu has quite a lot of options and it wouldn't be a bad idea to ask for a recommendation from the helpful wait-staff. Apart from tapas, the menu has a good selection of Spanish classics ranging from paella to chorizo. Kids won't be disappointed with a separate little selection for them. The restaurant also caters to vegetarians and vegans with quite a few options that can be made to suit their palate. The dining room is as Spanish as it can get with red and yellow hues dominating the walls and Spain inspired artwork and decor adorning them. Stop by with family or friends for a fantastic experience.
Located a little away from the Newark's city center, The Blue Crab Grill is a tempting affair for seafood lovers with a varied menu of specialties from the sea. Everything from mussels and oysters to lobsters and crabs of course is well represented on the menu. The little menu of seafood pastas is worth a try as are the seafood platters. To accompany your food is an excellent selection of wines chosen carefully to pair with the seafood flavors. For a little more diversity, head to the bar that has a superb selection of local beers, microbrews and wines. The interiors are done up in fairly muted colors, but feature great use of woods for a warm effect. Seafood artwork and memorabilia adorn the otherwise blank walls. An excellent bet for lovers of seafood.
The first of the two acclaimed McGlynns to open in Newark, the pub sits at the site of the historic Drummond Ale House and has seen the changing face of the city since its inception in 1983. Expectedly, it has a special place in the hearts of the locals who've made it their hangout of choice for everything from game days to simply chilling out with friends. On offer is a stunning array of beers (about 50) and other spirits to keep things flowing and an above average menu of American favorites that is hard to resist. The bar area is designed to encourage socialization and is great if you're on your own. Television screens strewn across the pub ensures that you get a glimpse of the game no matter where you're seated. The patio is a popular prospect on non-game days and is a great option to relax in an airier setting. The food at McGlynns has such a following that they also offer catering for occasions. Holding functions at site is also possible Check website for more.
A quintessential public house, McGlynns was first established in 1983 within the Polly Drummond shopping center. It's popularity has grown manifold since and has resulted in two more locations. McGlynns' second location stands within the Peoples Plaza and like the original location, boasts of a fairly large area. The stuff on offer essentially remains the same; an excellent beer selection and hearty American food to go with it. There's close to 50 varieties of beer on offer including the signature Taylors Grog brewed specially for this and a handful of more pubs. There's a good selection of wine and other spirits as well. The food menu is surprisingly diverse for a pub and features everything from the usual pub grub to hearty lunch specials and elaborate preparations. There's a small selection of kids specialties as well. An array of television screens throughout the pub ensures large crowds on game days. There are good facilities for holding private functions as well.
Treat your sweet tooth with some amazing frozen preparations at Sweet Shop. This ice-cream parlor is ideally located on West Pulaski Highway and serves a wide array of decadent items. Chocolate waffle cone remains a local favorite and does the salted caramel truffle.
Voted as one of the best creameries of the state, Woodside Farm Creamery is a haunt for children and adults alike. True to its name, the ice cream parlor is located in the center of a picturesque farm with rustic paraphernalia strewn all around. The parlor is quite small but its petite size is a hallmark of the place. All of the ice creams served at Woodside Farm Creamery are the product of milk collected from their own Jersey cows. Hence, the ice creams are not only moreish but also healthy. The creamery is open throughout summer months but during off season, patrons can collect ice creams by the pints from here. In addition to ice creams, fudges and pies are their favored offerings. Unique and homey, Woodside Farm Creamery is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Hockessin.
Housed inside the Trabant University Center, Vita Nova Restaurant is known for its hearty buffet featuring America culinary delights. Completely managed by students, the management, and the chefs of this restaurant have been recipients of numerous awards for their outstanding achievements. Trying the five-course, full-menu while at Vita Nova Restaurant is recommended if you want to experience the best of everything that they have to offer.