Opening Up: New Food, Drink and Retail

The pandemic was a huge economic and social disruption, but Newark’s service and retail options have continued to grow. Here’s a quick rundown of our picks for what’s new in Newark.

Boss Blend Coffee

This Afro-Latina-owned small-batch coffee shop and art space is a great new addition to the emerging caffeine scene on Halsey Street. Grab a coffee during the day and check out one of their BYOB open mics in the evening. Who knows who you might see at this new hip spot? One recent customer was former Miss America, singer and actress Vanessa Williams.

Boss Blend Coffee
25 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Brown Mill Company

Founded in 2009, Brown Mill Company has opened a flagship store downtown where Newarkers can buy clothing that straddles “the crosscurrent of bespoke tailoring and streetwear.” This is a welcomed arrival for consumers looking for quality contemporary urban clothing and special edition items featuring Afrocentric themes.

Brown Mill Company
49 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Ocean Oyster Bar

For an East coast city with one of the largest seaports in the country, Newark had a strange deficit of raw bars. No more! The people that brought us the much acclaimed Casa D’ Paco have opened a cool new space that combines the feel of a bistro and fish market. If oysters aren’t your thing, check out other seafood staples like the lobster roll.

Ocean Oyster Bar
331 Adams St. Suite 1
Newark, NJ 07105

La Tienda Tapas 33

The family behind the formal staple Fornos of Spain have branched out with a new concept in the Ironbound. This place is a great combination of attractive décor, tasty tapas, unique cocktails and some really great outdoor seating. Date spot!

La Tienda Tapas 33
33 Patterson Street
Newark, NJ 07105

Illustration by Sharon Adarlo

Halsy Co. (Hlsy)

Where would Newark’s hippest stretch be without CBD products? Head to Hlsy to stock up on Newark-made oils, gummies and baked goods! The shop also serves as a collective that sells art and apparel like Gabriel Ribeiro’s Nork Project line.

Hlsy
25 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Fern & Fossil

Artist Samantha Katehis has opened a brick and mortar space for her signature handmade terrariums, workshops and events. If you’re looking for something earthy and modern for your home, this is a great place to go.

Fern & Fossil
155 East Kinney St. 1st Floor
Newark, NJ 07105

Little Tijuana

The old Catas space got a very impressive re-design into a Mexican restaurant with real nightclub vibes. We love the outdoor space and tequila based cocktails. Be sure to make reservations, this place is enjoying instant popularity.

Little Tijuana
538 Market Street
Newark, NJ 07105

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