Loving South Orange and Beyond

South Orange, Essex County is a premier New Jersey urban suburb, with historic housing, a vibrant downtown and home to Seton Hall University.

Things To Do

From art galleries to the zoo, South Orange and the surrounding towns have plenty to keep you busy. Here are some of our picks…

Seton Hall University

SOPAC

Pierro Gallery

Codey Arena

Turtle Back Zoo

Village Center

South Mountain Reservation

Eagle Rock Reservation

NJPAC

Prudential Center

OSPAC

The Wellmont Theater

The Meatlocker

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant

Stop and Shop

City Supermarket

Ashley Marketplace

CVS

Rite Aid

Post Office

Police Deparment

St. Barnabas Medical Center

UPS Store

Public Library

The Baird Center

Watchung Reservation

Essentials

Stop and Shop
407 Valley St, South Orange, NJ 07079
A big-box supermarket with everything you’d expect. Very close to the Ora Manor SHUFly stop.

City Supermarket
525 Irvington Ave, Newark, NJ 07106
A lower-priced market, but with great produce and an incredible variety of ethnic foods from Russia and Eastern Europe to the Caribbean and South America.

Ashley Marketplace
1 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
A slightly more upscale experience, with a great selection of cheeses and a good bakery. Their sandwiches are big and affordable.

CVS
453 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
A big chain drugstore, right next to Stop and Shop.

Rite Aid
139 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079
Another big drugstore store, near the SHUFly in South Orange Village.

Attractions

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-5800

Turtle Back Zoo is a zoo in West Orange, New Jersey and a part of the South Mountain Recreation complex. They are committed to providing an enriching experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation so that present and future generations are inspired to understand, appreciate, and protect the fragile interdependence of all living things.

More Attractions in our area:

Adventure Rooms
Essex County Parks Safari Mini Golf
Paddle Boating & Picnic Grounds
4Sixty6

Parks & Trails

South Mountain Reservation

W South Orange Ave, West Orange, NJ
(973) 268-3500

South Mountain Reservation is a 2,110 acre nature reserve located in central in portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountains. Park at the top and walk the loop to Washington’s Lookout, with its broad view of the region, or look for Hemlock Falls.

4308026049_99dc96a770_bEagle Rock Reservation

Eagle Rock Ave & Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 268-3500

Eagle Rock Reservation is a 408.33-acre forest reserve and recreational park in the First Watchung Mountain of New Jersey, primarily in the communities of West Orange, Montclair, and Verona. Don’t miss the 9/11 Memorial.

Watchung Reservation

452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092
(908) 527-4900

A 2,000+ acre preserve located in the northern portion of Union County, the Reservation was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the celebrated landscape architects who designed New York’s Central Park. It’s just a little bit more untamed than South Mountain, but offers extra features like a nature center, a lake for fishing, and horseback riding.

More Parks & Trails in our area
Presby Iris Gardens
Avis Campbell Gardens
Van Vleck House & Gardens
Brookside Park
Watsessing Park

Events & Concerts

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)

1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 275-1114

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is a destination where you can experience theatre, music, dance, art, and many other forms of entertainment. It has a Mainstage Theatre that accommodates 439 people and also has a 2,170 square foot loft area. It is also home to Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances which includes a Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘n the Hall, and many other Seton Hall University theatre productions.

NJPAC

1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
(888) 466-5722

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in downtown Newark, New Jersey, United States, is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. (Wikipedia) Student rush tickets available.

Prudential Center

25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 757-6464

Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Newark where you can catch a Seton Hall Men’s Basketball game or enjoy watching the New Jersey Devils hockey. They also host a variety of concerts and shows, so be sure to check out their schedule.

OSPAC (Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center)

4 Boland Dr, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 669–7385

WELLMONTthumbnailThe Wellmont Theater

5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 783-9500

The Wellmont Theater is an American theater and concert venue located in Montclair, New Jersey. Check out their event schedule to find out what is happening in the area.

TheMeatLocker

8 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

Music Venue. Popular with the punk/hardcore scene.

TRUMPETSJAZZthumbnailTrumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant

6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744 – 2600

Jazz club serving American and Italian cuisine that also provides fun entertainment for their customers.

South Orange Essentials

Post Office
31 Vose Avenue
(973) 762-2872

Public Library
65 Scotland Rd.
(973) 762-0230

UPS Store
4 South Orange Ave.
(973) 821-5380

South Orange Police
201 South Orange Ave.
(973) 378-7799

Fire Department
56 Sloan Street
(973) 378-7751

St. Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000

In case of an emergency, always call “911”!

Arts & Culture

Pierro Gallery

5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: (973) 378-7754

Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) offers exposure to the work of diverse, established and emerging contemporary visual artists in a non-commercial, user-friendly venue with a special sensitivity toward regional artists. The Gallery is open to considering the work of any visual artist for exhibition.

More arts and culture in our area:

Paper Mill Playhouse
Luna Stage Co.
Oakeside Cultural Center
Newark Art Museum
Montclair Art Museum
Historical Society of Bloomfield
Montclair Historical Society (Crane House)
Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Edison National Historic Site
The Art Garage
New Jersey Tap Ensemble
Liberty Science Center
Hamilton House Museum
Grounds for Sculpture

Shopping & Movies

South Orange Village Center

76 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 763-6899

The South Orange Village Center is home to not only a vibrant assortment of unique shops and delectable restaurants, but also architecturally significant buildings including our Village Hall and Fire Department and the sleek, state-of-the-art SOPAC.

Seton Village

unnamedSouth Orange’s up-and-coming neighborhood is right around the corner from campus, on Irvington Ave. west of Ward Place. New restaurants and coffee shops are opening, plus outdoor events.

Maplewood Village

Maplewood Ave. between Durand Rd. and Lenox Place. South Orange’s “sister” town, Maplewood, offers shops and galleries. There’s also a multiplex showing current releases, the Maplewood Theaters at 155 Maplewood Ave.

More Shopping & Movies in our area:

SOPAC Bowtie Cinema
Livingston Mall
Essex Green Shopping Center
AMC Dine-In Theaters Essex Green 9
The Mall at Short Hills
Clearview Clairidge Cinemas

Seasonal Fun

Year-Round

The Baird Center
Home of South Orange’s recreation department. Here you’ll find tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and the town pool. It’s also next to Flood’s Hill, a vast sunny lawn for picnics and playing. And on snowy winter days it is the best place to be for sledding!

Summer

Summer Concerts at SOPAC
Free Summer Concerts at NJPAC
Essex County Summer Concert Series

Fall

Bane Haunted House
Great Adventure Fright Fest
Octoberfest (Free)
Haunted Scare House
Brighton Asylum
Annual Pumpkin Festival

Winter

Holiday Lights at the Turtleback Zoo
Over 100,000 lights will illuminate figures of bears, tigers and elephants, along with holiday lights designed to look like wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes.

Spring

South Mountain Conservancy
Spring, Summer and Fall group hikes, plus trail maps so you can explore the great outdoors right in our own backyard.

Presby Iris Garden
Peaking around Memorial Day, this is a spectacular show of iris varieties dating back to the Renaissance. A must-see for flower lovers.

Sports & Athletics

Codey Arena

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 732 3828 ext. 0

The Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain (formerly the South Mountain Arena) is an ice hockey and ice skating arena in West Orange, New Jersey as part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex. (Copy from Essex County Parks.)

 

Eagle Rock Lanes

424 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-6363

More Sports & Athletics in our area:

Red Bull Arena
MetLife Stadium
Yogi Berra Museum
Essex Equestrian Center
Montclair Cary Anderson Skating Arena
Floyd Hall Arena

Eats & Treats

From arroz con pollo to baked ziti, South Orange and the surrounding towns offer a big variety of restaurants and takeout places. Here are some of our picks -- just click on the map for descriptions...

Blue Ocean

$
Chinese
(973) 761-8883
Accepts Pirate Gold
Web site

Cluck U Chicken

$
Fast Food.
Accepts Pirate Gold
(973) 275-1234

Giorgio's Ristorante

$$
Italian
(973) 762-4440
Web site

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

$$
Ethiopian

Munchie's

$
Jamaican
(973) 821-5471

New Great Wall

$
Chinese
(973) 761-8788

No. 1 Chinese

$
Chinese
973-761-4920
Web site

Sakura Teriyaki

$
Japanese
(973) 821-5511
Web site

Tung Tin Chinese Restaurant

$
Chinese
(973) 763-3232

Village Pizzeria

$
Pizza
Accepts Pirate Gold
10% SHU discount
973-762-8241
Web site

Boccone South

$$$
Italian
(973) 378-9222
Web site

Pandang

$$
Thai/Japanese
(973) 763-6668

Toro Loco

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Mexican
(973) 327-4840
Web site

Village Trattoria

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Italian
(973) 762-2015
Web site

1 South

$$$
American
(973) 762-2683
Accepts Pirate Gold
Web site

Walia Ethiopian Restaurant

$$
Ethiopian
(973) 762-2186
Web site

Pirates Pizza

$
Pizza
Accepts Pirate Gold
(973) 762-6286
Web site

Harusame Japanese Cuisine

$$
Japanese
Accepts Pirate Gold
(973) 762-4988
Web site

El Greco Pizza

$
Pizza
(973) 763-2030

Guanatico's Restaurant

$$
Latin American
Accepts Pirate Gold
Web site
(973) 821-5959

Lucky Fortune

$
Chinese
(973) 761-5353

Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant

$$
Bar/Burger
(973) 762-7077
Web site

Ariyoshi Japanese Restaurant

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Japanese
(973) 378-8818
Web site

Miti Miti

STONYSthumbnail$
Burgers, Latin Street Food
(973) 763-3330
Accepts Pirate Gold
Wednesdays buy one get one free on selected items with your SHU ID
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Village Diner

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$
Diner
(973) 761-6666
10% off
Web site

Reservoir Restaurant

RESERVOIRthumbnail$$
Italian
(973) 762-9795
Accepts Pirate Gold
Web Site

New York Fried Chicken

NY Fried Chicken$
Fast Food
(973) 761-7700
Web site

Papillon 25

$
Bar/American
(973) 761-5299
Accepts Pirate Gold
10% Discount
Web site

Falafel-ly Yours

falafel$$
Middle Eastern
(973) 313-1333
Web site

Inkosi Cafe

$$
Cafe
(973) 327-4851
Accepts Pirate Gold
Web site

Grid Iron Waffle Shop

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Breakfast
(973) 821-5264
10% Student discount
Web site

Texas Weiner

$
Diner
(973) 763-6300

Tito's Burritos

Titos Burritos$
TexMex
Accepts Pirate Gold
(973) 821-5750
Web site

Bunny's Sports Bar

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Bar/Burger
(973) 763-1377
Web site

J & J Caribbean Restaurant

$$
Caribbean
(973) 761-5818

Valley Portuguese BBQ

valley$
Portugese
(973) 313-3164

Dunkin' Donuts

dunkin$
Fast Food
10% Student Discount
Web site

La Vera Pizza & Pasta

$$
Pizza
(973) 762-2000
Web site

Starbucks

$
(973) 762-1249
Coffee
Web site

Town Hall Delicatessen

TOWNHALLthumbnail$$
Deli
(973) 762-4900
Web site

Domino's

$
Pizza
(973) 378-7900
Web site

A&D Deli and Liquor

$
Deli
Web site

The Dancing Blender

$
Health Food
(973) 821-5707
Web site

Ashley Marketplace

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Grocery
(973) 763-3300
Web site

Maplewood Deli and Grille

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Deli
(973) 762-6688
Web site

Roman Gourmet

$
Pizza and pasta
(973)-762-4288
Website

Village Trattoria

$
Pasta, Pizza
(973) 761-7711
Website

Maplewood Pizzeria

$
Pizza
(973) 378-8588
Website

Village Coffee Co.

$
Coffee, pastries, Indian
(973)-762-6660
Website

Arturo's Osteria & Pizzeria

$$
Pizza
973-378-5800
Website

Tandoori Chef 2

$$
Indian
(973) 763-6770
Website

Cactus Charly

$$
Mexican
973-763-5150
Website

Coda Kitchen & Bar

$$$
Sandwiches, salads, higher-end bar food
(973) 327-2247
Website

Verjus

$$$$
French
(973) 378-8990
Website

Palmer's Sweetery

$
Coffee and pastries
(973) 378-2027
Website

Cait & Abby's Daily Bread

$
Bakery, coffee, pastries, cakes
(973) 763-2229
Website

Maplewood Diner

Maplewood-Diner-Logo$
Diner, open 24 hours
973-763-6511
Web site