Local favorites in Clifton?
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I WAS IN CLIFTON BUT HERE GOES...
SINCE YER NEXTDOOR TO BOTH PATERSON + PASSAIC..THOSE ARE THE PLACES TO BE. PATERSON HAS A LITTLE ARAB SECTION ON SOME MAIN STREET THAT RUNS N-S INTO RTE 46. I ALSO HEAR THAT PATERSON HAS A BUNCH OF PERUVIAN PLACES.
PASSAIC HAS LOTS OF LATIN PLACES. ALSO, THERE IS A GOOD POLISH BAKERY ON MADISON ST(?) IN PASSAIC. MY FAVE THINGS THERE ARE THE RUSSIAN BREAD AND THE MULTIGRAIN BREAD. THERE ARE THE REAL THINGS. NOT THE WIMPY 5 GRAIN BREADS YOU GET @ A FANCY PLACE. THESE BREADS ARE TASTY, COLON SCRUBBING, AND HEARTY. THERE IS ALSO A POLISH BUTCHER EITHER NEXT DOOR OR ACROSS THE STREET. THE LOCALE LOOKS ROUGH BUT I'VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM AT ALL DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS.
THERE USED TO BE A SO SO JEWISH DELI ON RTE 46 EAST JUST A LITTLE WEST OF DOWNTON CLIFTON.
FOR BEER TRY THE LIQUOR STORE IN THE SHOPPING PLAZA JUST OFF VAN HOUTEN AND RTE 46 WEST. I FORGOT THE NAME OF THE STORE AND THE PLAZA BUT THEY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD SELCTION OF BEERS, MICROS ETC AND ETHNIC WINES, BOOZE ETC.
ALSO, CORRADOS FAMILY AFFAIR(?) IS A BIG OLE ETHNIC SUPERDUPER MARKET. THIS IS RIGHT OFF THE GARDEN STATE. VERY BLUE COLLAR, LOTS OF ETHNIC STUFF. I ALWAYS HAD FUN SHOPPING THERE EVEN IF I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HALF THE STUFF WAS.
re: IVAN STOLER
I second the recommendation of Corrado's Supermarket. It's my single favorite ethnic food store in NJ, much better and more authentically downscale than the place that opened in JC a few years ago. I especially like the bread aisle, where it's possible to take a trip around the world by traveling maybe 50 feet. --Ken
re: Ken K
By "the place in JC," do you mean the Food Mart International by Newport Mall? I was looking for a place to buy lychee jellies that didn't seem so much like A&P gone haywire. . .:-P
Speaking of Clifton, I'll be up there in two weeks and my friend is taking me to Joey's. ..describes it as some sort of 80s dance club, with a slightly older (than me) crowd. Anyone have any thoughts/comments?