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The Restaurants in Ironbound Newark that Foodies will Love.

Restaurants in Ironbound NewarkDiscover the Restaurants in Ironbound Newark.

Minutes away from The Wilshire Grand Hotel, you’ll find the amazing and trendy restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Discover why Ironbound is considered “Newark’s Culinary Gem” during your next visit with us.

If you are wondering where to find old school and modern takes on Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian dining, you’ll love the restaurants in Ironbound Newark. There are plenty of sandwich shops, bakeries and restaurants in Ironbound so check out the five classic restaurants to try below.

Eater NY is sharing the five classic Ironbound restaurants to try:

  • Iberia Peninsula: Known as one of the most popular old-school spots, this spot is perfect for watching a soccer game. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere!
  • Fornos of Spain: The wide selection of Spanish wines, this restaurant is located a little further down Ferry Street.
  • Brasilia Grill is the place to feast on rodizio with a salad bar to add to your entree.
  • Adega Grill is located in the heart of the Ironbound and a favorite spot for after-work drinks. It is a one-stop shop for a drink, a bite and a dance party.
  • Fernandes Steakhouse is another area staple, located on the outskirts of town. The traditional menu makes it a destination spot for out-of-towners and locals alike.

The restaurants listed below are just a few of the many delicious restaurants located in Newark, NJ! If you’d like to learn more about the different and unique restaurants in Ironbound Newark, Eater NY shares a great guide to the restaurants in Ironbound. Click here to learn more about the dining options near us.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the shops and restaurants in Ironbound Newark. Book your stay with us today and discover Newark’s culinary gem while you’re here.


Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Things to Do in Essex County NJ this WeekendCheck Out our Favorite Things to Do in Essex County NJ this Weekend.

Sometimes, the winter season seems endless. Especially, this time of the year when the holidays are over and we are all counting down until St. Patrick’s Day. To help you beat the winter blues in New Jersey, we are sharing our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend. Some are our old favorites and a few are newly-opened attractions that are worth checking out in 2018. Plan a stay to the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ this winter, there is so much to discover!

Visit the Turtleback Zoo: The Turtleback Zoo is definitely a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why that may be the case. No matter your age, there is something for everyone! Plus, the zoo is much bigger than you may think so you can easily spend an entire afternoon discovering the many interesting species and exhibits.

Discover the eclectic cafes, bars and restaurants in Montclair: We love Montclair for several reasons, there is so much to discover! Located just a 10 minute drive from our hotel, Montclair is jam-packed with trendy coffee shops, delicious restaurants and unique bars that will bring your Instagram game to the next level.

The Montclair Art Museum: You can’t always predict the weather here in New Jersey so if you are visiting and stuck with inclement weather, we recommend taking a trip to the Montclair Art Museum. There are plenty of interesting exhibits on display and it is one of our favorite things to do in Essex County NJ this weekend.

What are your favorite winter activities in Essex County NJ? We are always eager to share our favorite things to do near West Orange NJ so don’t hesitate to stop by our front desk and ask for a few recommendations on what to do while in town.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near all of the Essex County attractions, plus more. If looking to plan a winter, weekend getaway in New Jersey, we invite you to plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Browse our current hotel promotions so you can ensure the best possible value for your stay with us.


Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Must-Haves for a Winter WeddingOur Favorite Must-Haves for a Winter Wedding in New Jersey.

Your soulmate popped the question. Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to begin the exciting journey of planning your winter wedding. You may have began to notice that the winter season is becoming increasingly popular for brides and grooms. We’ve rounded-up our favorite must-haves for a winter wedding so you can be sure that your big day will truly ‘WOW’ your guests.

While the temperatures continue to drop, it’s important to make sure your guests remain cozy and comfortable throughout the evening. If you are considering a tented outdoor ceremony, consider placing warm blankets on each chair for your guests so they are able to truly lay back and feel comfortable during your vows. The last thing that you’ll want is uncomfortable guests during one of the most important moments of your life.

Consider adding warming beverages and comfort foods to the menu. Hot chocolate is, of course, a crowd favorite. Make your own hot cocoa bar is a fun and affordable way to keep your guests warm and happy. It’s also perfect for the little ones, too. Hot apple cider, coffee and hot toddies are also great options. Comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup will warm up anyone!

Unfortunately, winters can be unpredictable in New Jersey. While there’s something very magical about a snowy, winter wedding, you have to consider that snow or rain may cause your guests discomfort, especially while dancing the night away in wet socks! For wedding favors or a thoughtful gesture, hand out comfy slippers for your guests. It’s a thoughtful, unique winter wedding favor that they can cherish for years to come.

We hope you enjoyed these must-haves for a winter wedding. If you are in the beginning stages of wedding planning in New Jersey and looking for affordable wedding venues in NJ, we invite you to tour our facilities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


Happy New Year - New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ!

New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJNew Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ.

Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year from everyone here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Wherever you may be celebrating, may this New Year find you surrounded by your cherished family and beloved friends!

If you will be making us your home this holiday season, we are excited to have you as our guest as we ring in the New Year together. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Jersey. We are sharing our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ in this week’s blog post.

Things to do in NJ for New Year’s Eve:

Count down to 2018 aboard a Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve cruise. Located just under 30 minutes from our hotel, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York cruises is one of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ. Cruise on New York Harbor, and indulge in a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on 2018!

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

Once the New Year’s Eve cruise is over, head back to our hotel and rest your head on our cozy beds. In the morning, start the New Year off right at our complimentary breakfast buffet in our lobby.


Happy Holidays! Few Days Left To Enjoy Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo

Visit the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

Our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and joyful New Year! On behalf of each of our staff members at our hotel, I'd like to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We hope your days are spent with loved ones and you are looking forward to the new year ahead.

We welcome you to make us your number one choice while traveling to New Jersey during the holidays. We would be honored to be your home away from home while traveling to New Jersey this winter.

While you're here, there are plenty of things to do this holiday season in New Jersey. Our number one pick is the Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through New Year’s Day.

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo
Every Night: December 11 – January 1, 2018
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Free Admission

A stroll under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters will certainly get you in the holiday spirit. The New Jersey Zoo will be featuring different themed activities each December weekend making each visit extra exciting! Visitors are encouraged to celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

There’s only a few days left to experience the family friendly holiday lights event in New Jersey! The Turtle Back Zoo is conveniently located just a few minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to experience the holiday lights display while in NJ this season.

Peace and joy to you and your family this holiday season.


How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

The New Jersey and New York Spirit Cruises offer a variety of holiday cruises to enjoy throughout the year. As 2017 is coming to an end and you’re wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, check out the festive New Year’s Eve cruises in New Jersey and New York.

Make your celebrations extraordinary and ring in 2018 on a Spirit of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Cruise and a Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve Cruise.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular NYE fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $279.90

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 21, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $259.90

If wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York Cruises are conveniently located near us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. You will have the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty. Come cruise on New York Harbor. enjoy a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops.

Once the cruise comes to an end, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations. Visit our website and book your New Year’s Eve visit today!


Wishing you a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.

Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey

Happy Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” - John F. Kennedy

If spending the Thanksgiving Day holiday with us in New Jersey, we want you to sit back and make yourself right at home. Spending the holidays away from home can be a bit bittersweet but here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ in West Orange, our staff is committed to making your Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey memorable in every way.

If you just checked in to our hotel, welcome! Take off your shoes, sit back in our cozy accommodations and enjoy our complimentary Internet and in-room amenities. If you’d like to join us for our Complimentary Evening Reception later, you can enjoy a complimentary seasonal hot or cold beverage on us, Monday - Thursday from 5pm-7pm.

Head to our lobby tomorrow morning for our complimentary hot and cold breakfast served daily in our lobby. The morning after a holiday can be rough so don’t forget to fuel up with a hot cup of coffee, too.

If you’re here for the holiday weekend, there is plenty to do around us. We offer a complimentary shuttle service to local attractions and restaurants within a 5 mile radius.

Here are the things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in NJ:

Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 4th through 26th, 2017

Shop for festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations and more in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Experience over 100,000 lights, several animal exhibits and more! 50 animal and holiday-themed figures will light up the Turtle Back Zoo this season.

Wherever you may be celebrating the holiday season, we extend our warmest wishes for a memorable Thanksgiving holiday.


Celebrate the Season at the Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting CelebrationGet in the holiday spirit at the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we head into the holiday season in New Jersey, there are plenty of holiday events to make your days merry and bright. Get in the holiday spirit at the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

The holiday event in NJ will take place at the Prudential Center Championship Plaza, on Monday, November 27th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The tree lighting and concert will begin at 6:00pm.

There’s plenty to do to keep the little ones busy all day long, making it one of our favorite free family-friendly events in NJ during the holiday season. In a previous blog post, we’ve shared the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, another one of our favorite holiday events in Northern New Jersey. If you’re new to the area, both events will keep you entertained and in good spirits as we head into the joyful holiday season.

The Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration will feature music, free pictures with Santa, a bouncy house, synthetic ice skating rink, numerous carnival games, Victorian carolers and much more! Street and lot parking options are available. Rain date for the NJ holiday event will be on Wednesday, November 29th.

Click here to learn more about the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration and to read highlights about last year’s event!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the Prudential Center Championship Plaza. Plan your overnight stay with us and avoid the traffic.

The holiday season can be a stressful time for all but we are committed to making your overnight stay as carefree as possible. We offer large comfortable guest rooms, plush furniture and elegant décor. You will also enjoy complimentary amenities such as wireless internet, our Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet and our cardio & weight fitness center.

Plan your stay with us in New Jersey and experience the magic of the holiday season!


Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back ZooCelebrate the Holiday Season at the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

The holiday season is just around the corner! How will you be celebrating this year? If you’ll be in our Essex County area, you won’t want to miss this year's Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo. The beloved holiday tradition in Essex County is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in New Jersey. No matter your age, the holiday event in Northern NJ is a magical celebration for both the young and the young at heart. You won't want to miss out this winter!

Holiday Lights Spectacular
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 17 – December 10
Every Night: December 11 – January 2, 2018
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Free Admission

Experience the Turtle Back Zoo like never before, under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. The family-friendly outdoor lights event in New Jersey is free of charge for all attendees but food and clothing donations are appreciated.

The Turtle Back Zoo is celebrating the holiday season by giving back. If you’ll be attending the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, feel free to bring donations of non-perishable food items, new toys and gently used coats to help lend a helping hand to those in need.

If you’ll be visiting the NJ holiday light event during a December weekend then you are in for an extra treat! The Zoo will be hosting different themed activities featured each December weekend to help make your visit extra exciting.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located just minutes away from the Turtle Back Zoo. If you’re visiting for the holidays, we invite you to stay with us. Visit our website to learn more about our convenient and affordable accommodations and plan your holiday visit today.


Book our Holiday Party Venues in NJ - ’tis the Season!

Holiday Party Venues in NJ

’Tis the Season to Book one of our Holiday Party Venues in NJ.

Celebrate the holiday season with good cheer. Our holiday party venues in NJ offer the perfect setting for any holiday affair, conveniently located in West Orange, NJ. Every holiday deserves to be celebrated in style, let us be your number one choice this holiday season. Our number of event venues can cater to any event. With us, the possibilities are endless. Let’s make this holiday season one to remember!

You’ve checked your guest list and you’ve checked it twice. Now, you’re searching for the perfect holiday party venues in NJ. Consider our unique event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We offer over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a world-class catering and culinary team, dedicated event planners to ensure your event is successful from beginning to end, plus all of the services and amenities you’ll need to host the perfect holiday event in New Jersey.

For added enjoyment, we also feature our Zagat Rated restaurant and bar, Primavera, which offers delicious entrees in an atmosphere ideal for socializing and networking.

We have been praised for our outstanding cuisine, superior value, and unlimited capabilities. Once the holidays are over, consider us for another social event in the future. We can create any type of event you wish, including:

  • Host a fund raiser or gala event
  • Arrange a fun and exciting high school reunion, prom or anniversary party
  • Plan a celebration such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera
  • Enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception in the garden terrace

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. We invite you to celebrate the season with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to learn more about our holiday party venues in NJ and celebrate the holidays in style.