An assortment of internationally themed restaurants and bistros span Paterson,
with a strong influence towards Middle Eastern and Latin culture. Many nationally recognized food chains also make their presence known within the city. You find most restaurants located along Main Street and within the Downtown district.
Torpedo Base USA serves Paterson as the go-to spot for top-quality sandwiches made fresh to order. Located on Lafayette Street, the restaurant's tucked-away location doesn't stop locals from visiting time and time again. Customers at Torpedo Base USA enjoy a fine selection of graciously portioned subs ranging from the freshly baked hot meatball to the traditional turkey breast. With its affordable prices, consistently great sandwiches and efficient service, Torpedo Base USA holds the reputation of a hidden gem in the community. Be sure to try a delectable freshly baked hot pastrami sandwich with mustard for a real treat.
For the most authentic and robust Middle Eastern food in New Jersey, locals make their way to Al Raouche Restaurant on Crooks Avenue. Al Raouche has blossomed into a establishment renowned by residents for its memorable dishes, excellent value and cozy dining environment. Try the signature Al Raouche Combination, containing shish kabab, kufta kabab, lamb kabab, chicken kabab and lamb chops served with the customer's choice of fries, rice or Mediterranean mashed potatoes.
Nightlife in downtown Patterson takes you to an assortment of bars, nightclubs, lounges and hookah bars. Paul's Bar and Bowling on Crooks Avenue provides a full bar, pool table, live musical entertainment and eight official-sized bowling lanes. Regulars enjoy inexpensive drinks and specials on the bar's wings. For a more laid-back atmosphere, locals make their way to Arabian Cafe on Main Street. The cafe provides extremely affordable hookah and serves as a great spot to kick back with a group of friends for the night as you sip on freshly brewed hot tea.