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A New Venezuelan Restaurant is Coming to Jersey City

BY libertytowers, February 22, 2017

Here in Jersey City, we are surrounded by restaurants featuring cuisines from all corners of the world, whether the food be French, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Irish and more. However, thanks to El Cocotero, a Venezuelan eatery that is opening in the McGinley Square neighborhood at 749 Bergen Avenue between Montgomery Street and Fairmount Avenue, which is about two miles from your Liberty Towers apartment, the city is about to have another cuisine to call its own.

El Cocotero currently operates one location on West 18th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and specializes in ‘authentic home style Venezuelan cuisine’, such as arepas and pabellón criollo. It will be the first Venezuelan restaurant in Jersey City and one of just a few in the Garden State. Previously, the space at 749 Bergen Ave was occupied by Restaurante Delicias de Puerto Rico, Pho Thang Long Vietnamese Restaurant and Surf and Turf.

The tiny Venezuelan eatery has won awards from publications including Eater, New York Magazine and Serious Eats, and for good reason – they serve huge, generous portions of favorites such as hallaca especialidades de la cas with a Venezuelan-style corn tamale stuffed with a stew of chicken, beef, pork, olives, raisins and capers wrapped in banana leaves and served with Venezuelan potato salad as well as camarones cocotero especialidades de la casa which features sautéed shrimp in cilantro pesto, crispy green plantains and tostones with green salad.

With prices for these delicious entrees ranging from $17 to $23, you definitely won’t break the bank at this cozy spot and you will have more than enough to eat later at your Liberty Towers apartment!


El Cocotero

749 Bergen Avenue