Gateway (New Jersey)

The Gateway, in northeastern New Jersey, encompasses the six most urban counties in the state that are part of the sprawling metropolitan area of New York City. It is culturally and geographically diverse, home to the state's largest cites and some of its most affluent suburbs.




There are several ethnic enclaves in the Gateway where the cuisine of its residents can be had in an authentic (as well as touristic) way. They include India Square and Little Manila in Jersey City, the Ironbound, a Portuguese neighborhood in Newark, and Bergenline in Union City, where Cuban and other Latin American cultures are concentrated. A large Korean community in the towns near the George Washington Bridge create a sort of suburban Koreatown, while the growing Chinese population in Edison has brought many restaurants with it. A North Jersey tradition is the diner, many of which are open 24 hours, and offer breakfast and blue-plate specials.

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Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Jersey Shore and Long Island beaches, Skylands, Princeton/Trenton, and the Hudson Valley are all easy day-trips or over-nighters, mostly do-able with public transportation.

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