One night in Newark...amazing dinner and great bar for later.
we will be staying at Newark airport hotel on the Monday after Easter, and I have been reading all the posts that say go to "Ironbound".... is this my best bet for a great meal in that area? We like everything,,,,,,, (but one member of our party is vegetarian). also my bf needs to find a great bar to watch the basketball at after dinner....???ANY IDEAS???
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If you are at the airport you might want to try Elizabeth as well...just down Route 1-9. Not more then a couple of miles away you will find the Valencia Steak House...Portuguese but with the added fun of cooking up chunks of tender filet on a hot rock they bring to your table...best filet I've ever had. Also, a little down the road is the City Tavern in Elizabeth...tableside guacamole, blue sangria, and the best skirt steak in the state. Both of these places are cheaper then Newark, and in my mind slightly more authentic.
1109 Elizabeth Ave Ste A, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
I like the bar at Adega and the girls are very attentive.I've also only had food at the bar and it has never exceeded anything but mediocre.I don't know why,but i've had the chorizo served over a flaming dish in a couple of Portuguese places and it has always been dry ,charred and ruined IMO.I no longer order it at Adega.I second Valencia for a good Iberian neiborhood bar and fairly priced,simple food.It's off the beaten track but I think it's worth the detour.
Honestly, two different places. Mompou is going to have a younger vibe and tapas... Adega has three parts to it (bar, restaurant, lounge) but you can only eat in the restaurant. It's not stuffy but it's definitely a more formal setting--some friends love it b/c there are some tables they dub romantic. I go b/c the food is good. :-) It really depends on what you like, but I'm guessing Mompou is a more likely choice. Either way, let us know where you end up!
They have a parking lot, Mike! It's on Madison Street, which is the corner before Adega, but it runs one way in the 'wrong' direction when you're coming up Ferry from Penn Station. Since you can't turn right on to Madison, you just have to go to the next block (I think it's Monroe), turn right, and then turn right again on Lafayette to come around. It's a HUGE lot and it's shared by Adega, Seabra's Marisquieria, and another 1-2 restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Tell the attendant which one you're headed to and he'll give you the matching slip for it--and then the restaurant will validate it for you (Adega does, at least...). :-)
Adega is a lot of fun. Since I am super picky :), last time I met a friend here and we had a few different plates between us and we enjoyed it. I can't help you with the basketball part, they do have TV's in the lounge, usually with soccer on, but who knows, maybe basketball wiill be on!
If not, once you are on Ferry St. there are so many places to go to, and that area is fairly safe.
Have a great time!!!
I've only been once, but it was last month--Mompou is a tapas place just a couple of blocks down Ferry St right behind Penn Station (you could take the train from the airport)...
And I'll have to agree with Beerweezil on a couple of points: there IS some very good food in the Ironbound (I'm a fan of Seabra's Marisqueiria, Casa Vasca, and Adega Grill--all very different places), AND you really want to go sit at the bar at McGovern's to watch basketball--just know that will require a cab ride, albeit a short one, and it's a GREAT bar. A GREAT bar. The real deal.
ETA: I thought the food at Mompou was (overall) very good--esp the hangar steak! Nice vibe, too. Also just realized you're talking about being in town on Monday--make sure these places are open, esp the day after Easter!
141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105
forget ironbound potuguese food is a very very minor artform
take a quick cab to harrison less than 10 minutes away
go to mr nino's across the street from wendy's in the strip mall on bergen st
forget what it looks like
you will have two of the best pizza in the world particularly the sicilian with garlic cooked with basil and then topped with it
their fish is wonderful and their staek italiana is not to be missed
also have a small sercive bar but a huge projection screen tv eat in the dining room not the pizzeria part
do not go anywhere else
ok if necessary go to seabra's rodizio on mccart catty corner to the neark bears stadium just a tv in the bar but also a sushi bar as well as a nice salad bar as well as brzilian rodizio
tell them marty sent you at nino's and if you treat me for dinner i will play cabby with my suv