Zaro’s Family Bakery Opens 3rd Location in Newark

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This summer, Newark is in for a treat or two. The quintessential New York bakery, Zaro’s, has plans to open its third New Jersey location in the downtown district. If you’re an Essex County local and a fan of rugelach, challah, or everything bagels you’re certainly in luck. The spot will join two existing storefronts in Newark, both located in or adjacent to Newark Penn Station. Read on to learn more about Zaro’s history and what we know about the upcoming opening in Newark. 

Zaro’s Bakery

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Family-Run 

Zaro’s is truly a family-owned and operated establishment, currently in its fourth generation. Take one look at the business’s Instagram page and you’ll see Zaros of all ages behind the counter, baking, or enjoying some favorite menu items. The family tradition harkens back to 1927 when patriarch Joseph Zaro arrived in the Bronx by way of Ellis Island.

Zaro’s Bakery

(Photo credit: @zarosfamilybakery)

According to the family, Joseph and his wife May “seized the opportunity to open one of the best bakeries in America” inspired by their Eastern European roots. 

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Newark Location

Zaro’s Bakery

(Photo credit: @zarosfamilybakery)

While Joseph crossed the Atlantic before opening his initial bakery, the new location will simply have to cross the Hudson. According to Newark Pulse, the official opening is slated for sometime this summer, though news surrounding a potential Zaro’s coming to the Shoppes on Broad development has been circulating since 2019. The spot is expected to serve all the classics, including Zaro’s iconic black and white cookies, hand-twisted pretzels, and bagels with lox. 

If Broad Street is a bit out of your way, never fear. Zaro’s has additional locations across Manhattan and a storefront in the Bronx. The bakery often caters to commuters, with multiple shops within Grand Central Terminal, one shop at Laguardia Airport; two spaces at New York Penn Station, the aforementioned presence at Newark Penn Station; and one bakery at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Zaro’s Bakery

(Photo credit: @zarosfamilybakery)

According to the official website, the business is proud to report that 1.5 million people walk directly by a Zaro’s every day. A pastry or freshly-brewed coffee from the vendor can regularly become a part of that morning ritual. 

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In addition to completely commuting compatible, Zaro’s is an excellent stop for far-flung travelers eager to experience a taste of the tristate area. Nationwide shipping, facilitated by Goldbelly, is also available for interested out-of-towners. 

Fans of the eatery can download Zaro’s mobile app to order local delivery, earn loyalty rewards, and receive general updates. Keep up with the bakery’s newest location via its Instagram


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Born and raised in Morris County, Campbell is a Jersey Girl through and through. Montclair has held a special place in her heart since she was first introduced to the township by good friends who lived there. When not at work in NYC, Campbell can be found sampling tacos at Tacoria, researching local real estate listings, and visiting friends.