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20 Global Food Markets to Explore in New Jersey

The Jersey food scene is so vibrant and numerous that a comprehensive record of cuisine-specific markets can be overwhelming. The following listing of 20 omits essential markets we’ve previously celebrated (Mitsuwa in Edgewater, Corrado’s in Clifton) in order to introduce you to lesser recognized places value a go to.

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99 Ranch Market

Edison, Hackensack, Jersey City

99 Ranch is part of the most important Asian grocery store chain in the United States. Its aisles turn up Japanese dorayaki (bean-paste-filled pancakes), Korean kimchi, Chinese black bean garlic sauce, Thai tom yum goong (spicy shrimp soup), Vietnamese pho ga (chicken-noodle soup) and Taiwanese pineapple cake. The similar variety fills the produce aisles and the food courtroom, the place a client can attempt Chinese dim sum, Japanese ramen or Hong Kong-style barbecue. The chain, which started in California, is greater than 30 years previous and now includes 50 shops, three in New Jersey.

Gold Valley Supermarket


The mission is to provide recent food at an reasonably priced worth “to the neighboring community, including the Korean, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Caucasian, Spanish, Indian and others.” This combine coexists comfortably. Canned banana blossoms from Thailand sit beside Filipino jackfruit in syrup. Vietnamese on the spot rice noodles (pho ga and pho bo) snuggle up to Japanese udon and soba noodles. Coming upon the massive number of Latin Goya merchandise is a bit jarring at first, but they too match into the worldwide mix.
211 Morris Avenue, 973-564-9092


  • Asian Food Markets: Jersey City, Marlboro, North Plainfield, Piscataway, Plainsboro
  • Food Bazaar: Elizabeth, Fairview, North Bergen, Trenton, West New York
  • Kam Man Market: Edison, East Hanover

English Gardener Gift Shop


The English Cook and Gardener Gift shop can be a extra fitting identify. Shelves are full of packaged meals from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s an excellent place to replenish in your next Downton Abbey viewing get together (the film comes out in September). There are common British teas like PG Tips and Ty-phoo, and upscale brands like Brodies and Taylors of Harrogate. No fresh-baked goods, however you’ll be able to decide up ready-made pastries together with crumpets, Eccles desserts, Bramley apple pies, Jaffa desserts, shortbreads, Welsh biscuits and mini Battenburg desserts, as well as mixes for making scones and soda bread and components like Irish oats, golden syrup, Devon custard, marmalade and Maldonado sea salt. Savory alternatives embrace Marmite, mushy peas, piccalilli, chutney and porridge. Cheerio!
123 Kings Highway East, 856-354-5051


The Pie Store, Montclair

Joe’s Market


Even without palm timber, the Caribbean vibe is robust, from exotic greens (callaloo, dasheen, sunchoy) to recent, hard-to-find seafood (doctor fish, parrotfish, pompano, porgy, pink mullet, goatfish) and lots of kinds of jerk seasoning. The store carries African and American merchandise, too, however the reggae soundtrack and lots of Jamaican packaged food and drinks (St. Mary’s banana chips, Agony peanut punch, canned ackee in brine) make it clear the place Joe’s coronary heart lies.
1011 South Orange Avenue, 973-373-5215


  • Ando West Indian Market, Jersey City
  • Caribbean Supermarket, Elizabeth
  • Original Kaneshie Market, Parlin
  • Tropical Sun, East Orange

Hong Kong Supermarket

East Brunswick

Walking down the soy sauce aisle here brings to mind the parable that the Inuit have 100 phrases for snow. In this soy sauce aisle, you’ll find black, skinny, mild, dark, sweet and aged sauces, together with soy sauces for cooking, for seafood, and for glazing food. The market carries noodles, teas, seaweed and soups in many sorts. It additionally has a wide selection of recent and frozen fish, recent meat and a large produce part. Download the Waygo app before purchasing in this or some other Asian market; the app interprets Chinese characters if you level your telephone’s digital camera at them.
265 Route 18 South, 732-651-8288


  • East West Market, Bloomfield
  • New Harrison Supermarket, Harrison

Appetit Fine European Food

Cherry Hill

Appetit imports meals from nations similar to Bulgaria, Albania, Russia and Romania. “Even things like instant coffee and tomato sauce taste different than the American versions,” explains Viktor Levashki, a Bulgarian immigrant who owns the store together with his spouse. He points to displays of meats, cheeses, olives, olive oils, jams, honey, candies and cookies. Juices like birch and pumpkin sit alongside bottles of Fanta, which Appetit carries in flavors usually unavailable right here, such because the lemon-and-elderflower Fanta Madness. Herring is a greatest vendor, as are the various forms of feta. “Try the desserts,” Levashki urges, pointing to a case of frozen muffins from Moldova and Ukraine. He explains that many are made with beet sugar fairly than the cane sugar or corn syrup used in many domestic baked goods. “It’s a different sweetness,” he says. “Americans should try it!”
1614 Route 70 West, 856-324-0211


  • Amira Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Fair Lawn
  • Broadway Food Palace, Fair Lawn
  • Ema International Foods, Clifton
  • Emporium International Food, Old Bridge

Fiesta Oriental Food

Cherry Hill

The cuisine of the Philippines has been influenced by its colonizations by the Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Americans. Fiesta caters to a growing native Filipino inhabitants. “But our customers include Americans, Germans, Spanish and people of other nationalities, too,” says Alma Castro, who’s labored in the shop since it opened 30 years in the past. “The most popular foods we sell are things like soy sauce, fish sauce and vinegars,” she says, including that “snack foods are also popular. Cookies and chips—things people miss from home.” Shelves hold many sorts of noodles and rice, canned fish and corned beef, and packing containers of mixes for making favorites like bibingka (Filipino coconut cake) and puto (steamed rice desserts). The retailer brings in fresh-baked goods from northern Jersey, and in addition presents frozen fish, meat and sausages.
225 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, 856-429-0041


  • Phil-Am, East Brunswick
  • Fil-Am Mart, Edison
  • FilStop, Jersey City
  • Tropical Hut, Old Bridge and Somerdale

Swiss Pork Store

Fair Lawn

The two men—one German, one Swiss—who founded the shop in 1950 have been so nervous about lingering anti-German sentiment that they determined to name the shop Swiss. Still, the German heritage is unmistakable in the instances of smoked pork, sausages and numerous kinds of bratwurst. And, as the store’s slogan states, “We’re not just pork!” There’s rotkraut (pickled purple cabbage), weinsauerkraut (pickled cabbage in wine), Bavarian-style sauerkraut, loaves of dense, dark breads, and bins of cherry- and brandy-filled goodies.
24-10 Fair Lawn Avenue, 201-797-9779


  • Ehmer Quality Meats, Hillsdale
  • Forked River German Butcher Shop, Forked River
  • Kocher’s Market, Ridgefield
  • Union Pork Store, Union

The Greek Store


Although this store is nearly 70 years previous, it’s still younger than a few of its recipes. “The koulourakia [butter cookie] recipe is over 150 years old; it was originally from Constantinople and was passed to us by a family friend,” says Lia Diamandas, granddaughter of the founder. The store-made spanakopita is one other greatest vendor. “We also make our own moussaka, pastitsio and baklava,” says Diamandas. Local Greek families store right here, however “we have an assortment of customers, especially as people travel more and become more aware of Greek food and how healthy the Mediterranean diet is,” she says. Diamantis points to one other widespread product: feta, aged and bought in small picket barrels “like wine casks.” The retailer provides tastes of lots of its items—olives, breads and, sure, the koulourakia cookies.
612 Boulevard, 908-272-2550


  • Local Greek, Princeton
  • Mediterranean Gourmet, Fort Lee

Hungarian Meat Center


The aroma of smoked meat and paprika makes a mouthwatering first impression once you enter this small shop filled with hanging salamis and instances of smoked ham, smoked pork loin, smoked slab bacon and smoked salami. The Rozsa family has owned the store for 20 years and prepares the meats utilizing traditional Hungarian recipes and elements. There are conventional Hungarian sausages, together with kolbasz, szalonna, hurka and blood hurka. In the fridge case, you’ll discover goose lard and pickled cabbage. The shelves maintain luggage of paprika, walnuts, ground poppy seeds and and chestnut purée, a well-liked Hungarian deal with served with whipped cream.
189 Parker Avenue, 973-473-1645


  • Buday Meat Market, New Brunswick

Subzi Mandi


At Subzi Mandi, produce is featured in a big, open area in the middle of the store. Among familiar gadgets, you’ll find recent tamarind, aloe vera, jackfruit and banana flowers. Surrounding the produce area are giant sacks of orange, white and yellow dal (dried lentils, peas or beans) and colorful material luggage of rice. Spices akin to chili powder, fennel, coriander and turmeric, so essential in Indian delicacies, are provided not just in tiny tins, as in American markets, however in giant luggage up to 4 pounds. And they are very recent. There are plenty of snack meals and freezer instances of samosas and kulfi.
1518 Oak Tree Road B, 732-603-0588 (branches in Parsippany and Piscataway)


  • Narmada Indian Groceries, Clifton
  • Patel Brothers, multiple places
  • Patidar Supermarket, Hillsborough
  • Star Bazaar, Lawrence and Somerset


Cherry Hill, Edison, Fort Lee, Leonia, Little Ferry, Paramus, Ridgefield

A trip to HMart makes for an prompt immersion in Korean food, much less acquainted to many of us than Chinese or Japanese. Buy some sweet, nutty corn tea to steep at house. Sample kimchi produced from radish, mustard greens or cucumbers, in addition to the familiar cabbage. Buy spicy gochujang pepper paste to add a contact of fireside to your cooking. Experiment with greens similar to burdock, knob celery, black kale, king oyster mushrooms, seafood mushrooms, ginkgo nuts and lotus root. Some of the fruits and sweets are superbly packaged for present giving. Consider giving that present to yourself!

City Fresh Market

Union City

Choices in the produce part range from Dominican avocados and celery to Mexican chayote to Peruvian mangoes to different produce reminiscent of aloe vera leaves, recent sugar cane, jicama, tomatillos, rambutan, cactus leaves, yucca, taro and sorrel. One aisle holds goods from Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico. Another is devoted to products from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Colombia. There are cookies, coffees, spices, beans, pastas and sauces, packages of guava paste and desserts of brown sugar. Tropical climates understand how to cool off deliciously, so take a look at the frozen Mexican paletas (Popsicles) in flavors like Mayan chocolate, rum raisin, pecan, mango and coconut.
518 32nd Street, 201-348-3660


  • Cousin’s Supermarket, Camden
  • Kikos Supermarket, Fairview
  • La Placita Supermarket, Union City
  • Selecto Supermarket, Trenton

Nouri Brothers


A neon signal outdoors proclaims Hot Pita Bread. Inside, the aisles odor of unique spices. This giant market was opened over 40 years ago by Abed Noury and his brothers. Today, Abed continues to be an lively supervisor, with a lot of involvement from Christine and George, two of his 5 grown youngsters. “The store started as a bakery—we’re still known for our pita, which we bake fresh daily—and then branched out into everything else,” says George. “It’s like one-stop shopping for our customers, who come from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Armenia, Palestine and other places. They can find the same things they’d find at home.” Those embrace dates, olives, pickles, beans, grape leaves, halvah, tahini and pastries. The store, which has a hot-food deli, just lately added a brick-oven, sit-down café. “Everything is made here with our grandma’s recipes and our mother’s,” say the siblings. What’s their favorite? “Everything!”
999 Main Street, 973-279-2388


  • Afandina Mediterranean Specialties, East Brunswick
  • Caspian Market, Ridgewood
  • Phoenician Market, North Brunswick
  • Sultan Food Bazaar, Parsippany

Piast Meats and Provisions

Garfield, Maplewood

Kielbasa and pierogi are simply the beginning. At the two Garfield shops, sorts of recent meat, principally pork, plus sausages, cured hams and lunch meats, in addition to cheeses, fill the displays. All three shops have a takeout bar with scorching prepared meals. “Provisions” encompass tins of cabbage soup, meat and sauerkraut stew, pickled greens, fruit juices, honey, jams and syrups. At the Garfield stores, the dialog is almost all in Polish. Garfield has a big Polish group, but in a concession to English audio system, there’s a printed handout describing 16 styles of pierogi and dumplings, with instructions on how to prepare them. As they say in Polish, “Zapraszamy!”


  • Bratek Deli, Garfield
  • Polish American Deli, Runnemede
  • Polonia Meat Market, Clifton

Seabra Foods

Harrison, Hillside, Kearny, Newark

Newark’s Ironbound district is house to many markets specializing in Portuguese and Brazilian meals. Seabra Foods has its flagship grocery store there. In addition to what you’d find in an American grocery store, there are aisles devoted to the foods of Portugal, Brazil and other South American nations. Stacks of dried salt cod (bacalao) are piled on a table close to the recent fish counter. There are instances of conventional sausages corresponding to linguiça, salchichón, alheira and farinheira. If you’d like to attempt making feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew), buying a specifically bundled packet of the requisite meats—sausage, dried beef and smoked slab bacon—simplifies issues. Seabra additionally has a wide selection of Portuguese baked goods corresponding to pound desserts, sweet breads, and pastel de nata (egg-custard tarts).


  • Brazilian Market, Long Branch
  • Emporium 112 Supermarket, Newark
  • Seabra’s Market (not associated to Seabra Foods): Elizabeth, Newark, Union



More gourmand than Gorbachev, this can be a food market you’ll be able to think about Czar Nicholas and his family frequenting. There’s smoked fish (including smoked sea bass at $42 a pound) and a whole case of caviars. Take a break from pancakes to attempt the extra delicate blini; from Coca-Cola to attempt kvas (a standard fermented rye drink with lower than 1 % alcohol); and from regular salami to attempt Russian, Estonian, Karpatian or Old Kiev varieties. Dense, darkish breads beckon from the in-house bakery. Or select from a wide range of ready meals (in any case, the Czarina in all probability by no means cooked). Recently, a person stood at the bread display and, in accented English, asked his younger daughter to request a Lithuanian loaf from the baker. “But Daddy,” she stated plaintively, “I don’t know how to say it in Russian!” English will do.
221 Route 4 West, 201-308-6888


  • Babushka’s Deli, Livingston
  • Prime Food Markets, Livingston
  • Russian Store, Fair Lawn
  • Syberia, Fort Lee

Stewart’s Scottish Market


In the late 1800s, a number of Scottish corporations, together with the Clark Thread Company of Paisley, opened factories in Kearny, and immigrants adopted. Businesses sprang up to serve the displaced Scots. Stewart’s Scottish Market was not the first to open, but is likely one of the final standing. The retailer has been in the identical family because it debuted in 1931, nonetheless turning out sausages, meat pies, pasties, blood pudding and potato scones. “We also do lots of mail orders, shipping to people all over the country,” says Mike Keefe, the manager, who provides that enterprise is most brisk from Thanksgiving to Burns Night at the finish of January, when many have fun Scottish poet Robert Burns by consuming haggis and other national meals. The store sells quite a lot of imported, packaged meals, together with Scott’s Porage Oats (with a kilted Scottish shot putter on the box), Green’s Yorkshire pudding combine and Chivers blackcurrant jam.
338 Kearny Avenue, 201-991-1436


  • Cameron’s Scottish Food, Brick

Istanbul Food Bazaar


Housed in what was once the Henry Doherty Silk Company, this massive market stocks halal meat, recent fish, cheese, poultry, dairy and packaged items from Turkey and elsewhere in the region. The choice of olives alone is as massive as most salad bars. Turkish delight comes in flavors including rose petal, pistachio, pomegranate, fig and walnut. Dried dates begin with the familiar medjool and move on to mabroom, safawi, sagai and sukkari. The bakery options honey-soaked baklava and sugar-dusted almond cookies.
1500 Main Avenue, 973-955-2989


  • Basci Mediterranean Food and Halal Meat Market, Fairview
  • Bereket Market Place, Monmouth Junction
  • Sahara 34 Arabic and Turkish Food, Matawan
  • Sultan Food Bazaar, Parsippany

Makola African Market

Newark • 375 Lyons Avenue, 973-926-3919

At Makola Market, you shop to the vigorous beat of African music on the sound system. Named for a bustling outside market in Accra, the capital of Ghana, the shop specializes in merchandise from that nation, as well as Liberia, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and different West African nations. Staples like oat flour, plantain flour, rice and pounded yam come in small packages all the best way up to 100-pound sacks. The store sells meats in style in West Africa, together with goat, tripe, oxtail, cow ft and cow pores and skin. Packaged goods embrace common African nonalcoholic drinks like ginger beer, Vita Malt and Maltina. Also an attraction: bolts of the brilliant, printed material Ghana is understood for.


  • Ecowas Food Market, Newark
  • LizzyBoat African Market, Pennsauken
  • New Jersey African-Caribbean Market, Trenton
  • So It Is African Market, Stratford

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