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Oct 1, 2010 06:15 AM

Newark Recommendations: Dinner, lunch, coffee and pastry -- and a bar

Hello, New Jersey folks. I'll be attending the Dodge Poetry Festival this Thursday through Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. I am looking for suggestions for the following:

*Dinner. On this board I've read recommendations of Portuguese and Spanish restaurants in the Ironbound. (And there will be a shuttle to the district.) But if there are under-the-radar places or one that stands out for you (Portuguese, Spanish or other), I would be happy to hear about them.

*Standout lunch near NJPAC.

*Great coffee and/or pastry near NJPAC.

*A great bar in Newark.

I look forward to your suggestions.

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  1. Fornos of Spain, right across from Amtrak. Good food, and LOTS of it

    Fornos of Spain
    47 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

    1. MonPou is a Tapas Bar which is great for a few drinks. Food is good as well. They are on Ferry St., which is the main street in the Ironbound.

      Seabra's Mariqueira is a great seafood Restaurant on Madison Street, right off Ferry St.

      Riveria is a nice place for dessert and coffee. They also have a nice lunch menu. They are on Ferry St.

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      1. re: Applecheeks

        The suckling pig at Seabra's is great. It's not strictly a seafood place, of course.

        1. re: buttertart

          I've read about the suckling pig. Looking forward to it.

          1. re: celestialmundane

            If you like oysters on the half shell theirs are very good and cheap, too. Hmm..need to go to Newark soon. (Love the big Seabras supermarket just down the street from them too, just about everything from Portugal and Mexico down through South America your little heart is likely to need - and excellent meat.)

            1. re: buttertart

              Were we separated at birth? Suckling pig, oysters -- and I grew up in Bergen County.

              1. re: celestialmundane

                Don't think so, I'm a very recent transplant to Bergen Co. But you have excellent taste in food! (Watch the sauce they give you with the pig, it's delicious but very very salty - and I love salt. You probably do too.)

      2. As a poet, you might appreciate what someone wrote on the roof of the chicken place across the street from NJPAC:

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        1. And what about near NJPAC? Lunch? Coffee?

          How about the barbeque spots?

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          1. re: celestialmundane

            There's a reason that our responses haven't been very enthusiastic. For breakfast you could try Food For Life Supreme on Commerce St, or Bagels & More on Park St, but for just coffee I guess I'd see what the Best Western is serving, or down from there on Park Place is City Beans Coffee, or maybe even just the place right across the street in the park, if they are open.

            For Rodízio style churrascaria I'd like to try Rio Rodizio. It is just north of NJPAC on McCarter Hwy. Walking might be difficult, very heavy traffic, I guess I'd cross McCarter at Lombardi. Let us know if you try it.

            Food For Life
            37 Commerce St, Newark, NJ 07102