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El Criollo is a family-owned restaurant located in Newark, New Jersey that has been proudly serving up the best in Puerto Rican cuisine for over 35 years. Founded in 1983, El Criollo has been a staple in the community and beloved by locals and visitors alike for its delicious authentic dishes and friendly atmosphere. Our menu features classic dishes that have been passed down through generations, made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time fan, you’re sure to have a great time at El Criollo.

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