Connecting Culture and Cuisine in Paterson

Aug 25, 2016

Food has always been one of the most important ways that we experience and understand difference cultures. It has always been a major part of Paterson's cultural landscape, from Alexander Hamilton's 1778 picnic at the Great Falls to the Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern restaurants that line the city's streets today.

Since Hamilton's time Paterson has been a city of immigrants, opening its doors to people from around the world looking for new opportunities. Hamilton championed the "diversity of talents" that immigrants would bring to the new nation. Each successive wave of newcomers has infused Paterson with a new culture and character, making it the diverse, multicultural city it is today.

People nationwide are discovering what Paterson has to offer. The Washington Post called the city's markets, bakeries, and restaurants "a dream come true." And the Los Angeles Times describes Paterson as a must-see destination—even giving directions on how to get here from California.

In 2017 we partnered with the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and local restaurants and businesses to connect the history of the Great Falls to contemporary life in Paterson through food. The Great Falls, Great Food, Great Stories community engagement program and the Savor Paterson cultural festival invited residents and visitors to explore the city's rich culture and heritage through its many cuisines.

Paterson restaurants and businesses that participated in Great Falls, Great Food, Great Stories and Savor Paterson include:

Abu Rass, 1057 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuisine 
Al Basha, 1076 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuising 
Al Basha Sweets, 1090 Main Street
Arabic bakery 
The Brownstone, 351 W. Broadway
Fine dining and events 
City Green Mobile Market
Traveling farm stand and market 
Costa Marina, 182 Market Street
Peruvian cuisine 
Delizioso, 21 Mill Street
Peruvian and Italian cuisine, ice cream parlor 
Dulcemente Peruano, 73 Market Street
Peruvian desserts 
JonJax, 356 10th Avenue
Soul food 
Nablus Sweets, 1050 Main Street
Middle Eastern bakery 
Nouri Brothers, 999 Main Street
Middle Eastern market 
Nouri's Family Restaurant, 1003 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuisine 
Panchito's, 46 Market Street
Peruvian chicken (pollo a la brasa) 
El Regional, 51 Cianci Street
Argentinian and Uruguayan market 
El Rompe y Raja, 57 Cianci Street
Peruvian cuisine 
El Señorio, 30 Market Street
Peruvian cuisine 
Somos Tu Peru II, 1194 Market Street
Peruvian deli and market 
Syraan, 1090 Main Street
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine 
Toros, 1083 Main Street 
Turkish cuisine