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America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food

America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food: Little Lima, Paterson, NJ

Abby Hocking

Little Lima, Paterson, NJ

The Dublin neighborhood of Paterson once thronged with—you guessed it—arrivals from Ireland. Lately, it’s been given a wash over with pisco: 2012 Dublin is made up largely of Peruvians, at least enough to earn the moniker Little Lima. Since Paterson is the second most densely populated city in the U.S. (after New York, 20 miles away), the best thing to do here is walk, gawking at the shops and restaurants. When you get hungry, join the crowd at Griselda’s (81 Market St.; 973-225-0331) for ceviche and jalea, a mixed seafood platter. Time your visit to July to witness the raucous Peruvian Festival. If you’re hungry for more, push on to Paterson’s Italian, Mexican, Dominican, and Puerto Rican enclaves.


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