Cafes in Paterson

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With a crêpe-centric menu, Kafe Neo expands on the repertoire of the typical café kitchen with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack-time fare. During each visit, diners can look on as crêpes ($2.99–$8.99 each) are cooked to order in a pan, flattened over a copy of the French Constitution, and filled with signature combinations of more than 70 different meat, vegetable, cheese, and fruit fillings. After coffee beans are carefully put through the antique roasters at nearby Dallis Bros. Coffee, they're ground up and brewed onsite to make café mochas ($4.49), lattes ($3.99), and classic cups of joe ($2.49 with refills). Whether you're eyeing something savory, sweet, or simply not caught on fire, the restaurant also serves fresh paninis, omelets, and french toast.

650 Union Blvd
Totowa,
NJ
US

Every day, bagels emerge from the ovens at Manhattan Bagel. Crisp on the outside, doughy on the inside, they form the perfect base for customers to top with cream cheese, whether plain or blended with fruits or veggies. Bagels are also split in two to build sandwiches, with eggs and bacon for breakfast, or deli meats and crisp veggies for lunch. Not limited to bagels, the eatery also crafts sandwiches using wraps, focaccia, and other breads. Specialty coffee drinks get brewed with beans roasted in small batches for a smoother flavor than using a file to even out each bean's rough edges.

650 Union Boulevard
Totowa,
NJ
US

After more than a decade following different paths in the restaurant industry, friends Donny Giordano and Pellegrino Mongillo merged their culinary passions into Pellegrino's Restaurant & Lounge. In the kitchen, chef Mongillo—a Culinary Institute of America graduate—and his staff combine fresh, seasonal ingredients into dishes inspired by the various regions of Italy. Fresh seafood crops up in the octopus bruschetta and the scallop-, shrimp-, and mussel-flecked orzo. Other offerings include seared hangar steak with provolone and cavatelli pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and chicken.

In the main dining space, servers glide across tiled floors to wood tables set under arched doorways. Behind a granite bar, bartenders mix specialty flavored martinis and pour a range of international wines.

560 High Mountain Rd
North Haledon,
NJ
US

Luis Parada is an unofficial ambassador for Cuban culture. A celebrated musician, he traveled the globe sharing the unique arts of his homeland. But he's also a master of traditional Cuban cooking, having tried his ladle at homestyle dishes that have been passed down through generations. Today, Luis and his fiancee Doris Fenton make it their mission to share the spirit of the island at the Cuban Flavor Cafe. That heritage informs every plate that passes out of the kitchen, whether its a classic Cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham, and swiss cheese, or a grilled, marinated skirt steak proudly waving a tiny flag. And ears can feast on Cuban flavor as well?live music fills the cozy cafe on Friday and Saturday nights.

197 Diamond Bridge Ave
Hawthorne,
NJ
US

New Jersey Monthly’s runner up for Best Coffeehouse, The Fine Grind recharges caffeine-powered batteries with a menu of delicious drinks and treats. Customers can plug their keister into a couch and wait for the friendly cadre of coffee slingers to whip up a cappuccino ($2.95, small) or a yerba maté latte laced with cardamom, vanilla, and cloves ($3.80, medium). The Fine Grind defies the laws of physics with the customer-favorite froho, a frozen hot chocolate blendesso concoction ($4.25).

101 Newark Pompton Tpke
Little Falls,
NJ
US

Fresh ingredients and hearty portions characterize the eclectic eats at Luna De La Cosecha. Guests can stop in for lunch staples such as a BLT paninis or mediterranean chicken wraps lined with feta and cous cous. Other options include Latin-inspired empanadas and quesadillas, which heat up palates before fresh fruit smoothies cool them down.

292 Main Avenue
Passaic,
NJ
US