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Wining, dining and gallery touring in New Jersey
Situated in the heart of Metro New York, Newark, N.J., is a historically rich and culturally vibrant metropolis. Many travelers arrive by plane at Newark International Airport and head to the nearby Big Apple boroughs without even stopping to explore the city. It's a shame, because this delightful locale has a lot to offer, from the magnificent modern architecture lining the downtown area to the ethnically diverse neighborhoods throughout.
Taste the flavors of New Jersey
With New York right around the corner, it's no surprise that New Jersey is home to a wide array of fine dining establishments and casual eateries. Drive your rental car to the downtown region to find three restaurant rows near Halsey Street, the Prudential Center and Ferry Street in Newark. For some Portuguese fare, take a seat at Adega Grill, or enjoy some Italian at Nico Kitchen and Bar. For an especially fancy night out, reserve a table at Fernandes Steak House or Don Pepe 844. If you're craving a libation, head to one of the pubs adored by locals, such as Kilkenny Alehouse or McGovern's Tavern off Halsey Street. Depending on when you arrive, you may also catch one of the annual culinary festivals - Wine and Dine Downtown runs over a weekend in early April, while the Cajun Crawl takes place in March.
Explore the art scene
Newark is home to a thriving community of creators, and many display their works in loft spaces, studios and galleries. City Without Walls, for example, is an urban gallery that showcases pieces by up-and-coming artists from the region. Other top institutions include the Aferro, Twenty-One and Red Saw galleries and Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art. For a more exhaustive cultural excursion, stop by the Newark Museum, which presents works from local as well as international painters, sculptors and other artists, before leaving town via Newark International Airport.