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Portuguese seafood in Newark?

rschwim Jul 13, 2010 08:37 PM

Any new Portuguese seafood favorites in Newark? As a matter of fact, just tell me what you favorites are. I'll be heading out there with a group of 3 or 4... (No vegetarians so all is ok with clams and pork together, etc.)

Also once in Lisbon I had cockles (small clams) in "Portuguese sauce"--very vague but fantastic. Anybody know where I might look for that dish?

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    elara22 Jul 14, 2010 10:01 AM

    Fornos of Spain - a little $$ but i've heard nothing but good reviews

    Fornos of Spain
    47 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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    1. re: elara22
      Ike Aug 2, 2010 11:37 AM

      Nothing but good reviews?!? Fornos is like a factory, much like Iberia. Not terrible, but usually just average, impersonal, and overpriced. I admit it's been a few years since I went there, but I can't imagine they've improved (these Ironbound places seem to exist somewhere outside of time as we know it).

      Overall, Seabra's Marisqueira and Casa Vasca are much better. In terms of what the OP was looking for, I've heard good things about Coimbra and Sol Mar as well.

      Casa Vasca
      141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

      637 Market St Ste A, Newark, NJ 07105

      Seabra's Marisqueira
      87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105

      1. re: Ike
        buttertart Aug 2, 2010 11:48 AM

        Seabra's has a mixed seafood grill thing that's great as well as other goodies. Their oysters on the half shell are excellent and cheap.

        1. re: buttertart
          Ike Aug 5, 2010 03:12 PM

          Thanks Buttertart. If you have any other recommendations, let me know. I'm organizing a Meetup World Food Lovers group dinner there, but I have forgotten what other dishes I've tried at Seabra's so I'm not sure what else to recommend to my fellow diners. Everything I've had there in the past has been pretty good though.

          1. re: Ike
            buttertart Aug 5, 2010 08:43 PM

            Not seafood but I totally love their leitao (roast suckling pig). Their pork w clams is also v good. Haven't had a clunker there once. Wine is reasonably priced too.

            1. re: buttertart
              jmoryl Aug 6, 2010 01:57 PM

              If you want the very best leitao around then you must go to Casa do Leitao in Elizabeth. Search this board for a more detailed discussion. If yo intend to dine in, call ahead to make sure a pig is ready, as it is a small place that does a lot of take out orders.

              1. re: jmoryl
                buttertart Aug 6, 2010 02:13 PM

                So I've heard, must get there. Presume they have lots of nice Bairradas to go with?

                1. re: buttertart
                  jmoryl Aug 9, 2010 08:59 AM

                  Joao, the owner, is from Mealhada, which is the leitao capital of Bairrada. He has some decent wine around, but not much from Bairrada, maybe a couple espumantes (including the red stuff) and some Luis Pato. From our conversation, I'm not sure he thinks much of the Bairrada wines he can get here in the US.

                  On my last visit I had a very resonably priced Quinta do Aciprestes '05 from the Douro and before that a Casa de Santar Dao Reserva.

                  1. re: jmoryl
                    buttertart Aug 9, 2010 02:52 PM

                    I'd love to have the espumante with leitao. Must go!

              2. re: buttertart
                Ike Aug 6, 2010 03:58 PM

                Oh good, I'm glad you like the roast suckling pig because that's definitely on the list of things we're getting! I called ahead about that. I just hope we can rope a few more people into this thing. I guess there are a lot of New Yorkers in the group who are afraid that if they step onto the PATH train then a New Jersey black bear will appear out of nowhere and eat them. :P

                1. re: Ike
                  buttertart Aug 6, 2010 04:25 PM

                  When is this going to be?
                  We used to schlep over there from Prospect Heights, eat lunch and buy groceries at thebig Seabras supermarket (Portuguese and Brazilian stuff primarily, that store also has nice dishes once in a while), and go home. Made a fun Saturday. Perhaps the average NYer doesn't know how easy a walk it is from the station to the restaurant (and how interesting Ferry Street is).

                  1. re: buttertart
                    Ike Aug 7, 2010 12:47 PM

                    This Wednesday at 7:30. Send me an e-mail if interested, and spread the word. (My e-mail is in my CH profile -- click my name.)

                    Oh yeah, you mean the big Seabra's supermarket over on Lafayette St., right? It seems like there are about 32 different Seabra's grocery stores in the Ironbound but that's the biggest one as far as I know. I walked through it once or twice and found it charming but haven't bought anything there yet -- I don't get down to the Ironbound enough. The olive bar (if you could call it that, it's more like big buckets of olives) looked good and were inexpensive.

                    You're right, Ferry St. is really interesting; maybe I should play that up more.

          2. re: Ike
            flourgirl Aug 6, 2010 11:31 AM

            I really liked Casa Vasca when I dined there a few months back. We tried a lot of dishes and everything was delicious except for the stuffed clams (soggy).

            I had a grilled baby squid dish there that was seriously one of the best things i've ever eaten in my entire life.

            Casa Vasca
            141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

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          topshot2219 Jul 14, 2010 09:30 AM

          I can't speak to how it rates in terms of the restaurants you may have found in Portugal, but "Tony D's" does have a cockle dish wish I enjoyed very much. The garlic shrimp are amazing as well.

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            coldbeer Jul 14, 2010 06:22 AM

            Here is my top 5 in Newarks Ironbound.
            1) Fernandes Steakhouse
            2) Adega Grill
            3) Iberia
            4) Mompou
            5) Brasilia
            honorable mention...Tony DeCaneca's. That is all.

            Adega Grill
            130 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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            1. re: coldbeer
              jmoryl Jul 14, 2010 09:20 AM

              None of these are particularly good for seafood, though.

              1. re: jmoryl
                Duppie Jul 14, 2010 09:40 AM

                I was a little taken aback by Iberia, which IMHO has morphed into the Olive Garden of Portuguese Cuisine.

            2. Duppie Jul 14, 2010 03:24 AM

              There are any number of treads on this subject and a favorite that keeps popping up is Seabra's Marisqueira. We had the cockles in the garlic sauce flavored with lots of white wine and cilantro just the other day and It was very good. Be sure to ask for spoons when the bread runs out or else you not eating much else.

              Seabra's Marisqueira
              87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105

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              1. re: Duppie
                jmoryl Jul 14, 2010 09:23 AM

                Seabra's is just OK in my book: sometimes we get seafood that seems like it could be fresher. Currently my faves for fish/seafood are Coimbra, Sol-Mar and maybe Taste of Portugal (google for addresses). Tip: try to order off the "daily specials" menu as much as possible.

                637 Market St Ste A, Newark, NJ 07105

                Taste of Portugal
                148 Delancey St, Newark, NJ 07105

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