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yes, newark airport.....meeting a client at the airport and then trying to find a decent spot for a dinner meeting - food important, safe neighborhood even more important, and i would appreciate any restaurants in the general vicinity. thanks much

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  1. How far are you willing to drive

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      10-15 miles

      1. re: bvb8569

        It may take you 20 minutes to get there but look at David Drake in Rahway. Easy to get to from Rt 1 and fine dining to rival NYC, it will impress and it's quiet.

    2. Forno's in the Ironbound Section has its own parking lot. 10 minutes from the Airport. Spanish/Portuguese, more upscale than most of the neighborhood, excellent fresh fish, larger menu than the usual for this kind of establishment.

      Seabra's Rodizio on McCarter Hwy, opposite the NJPAC is pretty good, for what it is. 12-15 minutes from the Airport.

      Manolo's in Elizabeth (www.manolos.com) can be very, very good. Safe. Close.

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      1. re: rruben1

        Ugh, Fornos is like a factory. Mediocre. There are much better options, including Casa Vasca (which also has its own parking lot), at 141 Elm St.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/255972
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340702
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453519

        1. re: Ike

          I definitely concur with Ike!

      2. this one is easy- HAROLD'S New York Deli in Edison NJ- right off the turnpike, 10 minutes south of newark, excellent pastrami, smoked meats, soups, pickles, jewish deli style, and very big too. a quiet table near the back should do it. nothing fancy, but delicious- i always hit harold's on my way out on an international flight- a turkey sandwich from harold's can last for days... and on my way home to make the wife and kids happy too!

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        1. re: frankbooth

          As much as I love Harold's---and the owner and his family are old friends---the only way you get there in 10 minutes from Newark Airport is if a 727 drops you on the building from 30,000 feet.

          Plan on 25 minutes w/o traffic.

        2. Adega Grill in the Ironbound section of Newark is one of the more upscale (read: business meals happen there) spots...and they have free parking available in the lot on Madison Street (across from Seabra's Marisqueria). Adega is 3-4 blocks behind Penn Station--easy to find, easy to get in/out of the Ironbound, and the food is terrific. www.adegagrill.com

          1. 27 Mix in downtown Newark on Halsey near Central Ave. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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            1. re: sidnek

              27 Mix is a terrific restaurant, but a bit tight and (sometimes) loud for a business dinner, imo. Plus, they don't have parking (unless something has changed since my last visit)... Just FYI.

            2. This is not really an answer to your post but I thought you might be amused to know that Newark Airport, like some others, was once a fine-dining destination in its own right. My father-in-law and others of his generation would drive there for upscale meals. Today, the idea -- with all the parking hassle and the security hassle -- of going to an airport to dine and not to take a flight seems generally unthinkable.

              1. Fernandes 2 Steak House or Brasilia both have their own parking lots and the food in either is superb.

                1. okay looked for restaurants actually in newark airport and two have had some good reviews...Gallagher's Steak House in Terminal C and Rio Douro also in Terminal C, but both are past security.

                  1. If you're still looking for a place, I strongly suggest you consider Lorena's in Maplewood.

                    Directions are on their web site:

                    http://www.restaurantlorena.com/