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Places to eat in Newark, NJ

Wtg2Retire Nov 24, 2010 06:37 AM

My granddaughter will be going to Newark to work for approximately 2 weeks. She loves dining experieces at new restaurants. Probably the low to mid-level price range would suit her, although she occasionally likes to dine in establishments with a higher level of cuisine. I have never been to New Jersey and cannot make any recommendations for her.

Would you mind sharing some of your ideas for good places to eat, please.

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    bifpocaroba Jan 6, 2011 08:11 AM

    Vila Nova do Sol Mar is consistently the best Portuguese down there........


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      joonjoon Dec 31, 2010 01:40 AM

      Let me add Stephanie's BBQ to the list. I just picked up myself a chicken from there and it was fantastic! They roast it over open fire in a rotisserie type contraption. The breast meat was a little dry but the legs and thighs were awesome. They use some kind of tangy citrus type marinade and give it a heavy dose of salt for an almost salt and vinegar chip like kick. It's up there with Super Pollo for me.

      The price is right too - a half chicken with a TON of rice and fries are only 6.50.

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        Applecheeks Jan 2, 2011 11:49 AM

        Stephanie's quailty depends on the location. I have had good stuff from the one in the Ironbound and horrible food from the one in the North Ward. There are much better Churrascoria's around, Picnic in the Ironbound and East Newark comes readily to mind. I have never had a bad meal from either site.

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          Sadielulu Aug 12, 2012 09:20 AM

          Used to work there

          They add hot sauce to the chicken while they cook It I personally love the fries , the chicken I had better

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          Applecheeks Nov 25, 2010 05:16 PM

          There are two places that I highly recommend. Bothe are on Washington Ave. in Belleville, which is only minutes from Newark.
          Topaz Thai is a family run restaurant which has absolutley wonderful food and service. Prices are moderate. LePrete is an Italian Restaurant, also on Washington Ave. On Tuesday and Wdnesday they have a buffet for $14.95. Selection is small, but the food is excellent. They serve the buffet from 5 to 8pm. The regular menu can be a little pricey, but it is worth the cost.

          Topaz Thai Restaurant
          137 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109

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          1. re: Applecheeks
            Rich D. Jan 6, 2011 06:41 AM

            Plus 1 for Topaz Thai. Excellent authentic thai food.

            Topaz Thai Restaurant
            137 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109

          2. Wtg2Retire Nov 25, 2010 05:57 AM

            Thanks to all of you for providing this info. She will be delighted with it.

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            1. re: Wtg2Retire
              Curlz Nov 25, 2010 06:42 AM

              Another vote for Mompou! Walkable from Penn Station--it's all of 1.5 blocks behind it down Ferry Street

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              bropaul Nov 24, 2010 04:17 PM

              I really like the tapas and the vibe at Mompou on Ferry St. Will your daughter have a car? There are lots of places around Newark that are worthy of a short trip if she has wheels.

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                Wtg2Retire Nov 25, 2010 06:07 AM

                bropaul, she will have wheels and does not mind driving; in fact, she enjoys the exploration of new places.

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                  bropaul Nov 25, 2010 09:11 AM

                  That changes things a lot, because Newark dining is pretty limited to the Ironbound area. Montclair is about 20/25 minutes from downtown Newark and has an amazing array of good restaurants. You should search this board for Montclair.

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                    fourunder Nov 25, 2010 09:59 AM

                    There are not that many places that fit the bill of low to mid level price range in Montclair......, once all is said and done with more than the entree, but here's one place she may like ....


              2. GraydonCarter Nov 24, 2010 03:47 PM

                I liked Don Pepe. If she gets tired of Portuguese, Spanish, or seafood, I would have liked to have had two weeks to explore the more trendy places near Rutgers in University Heights.

                I always eat at a cheap little place across the street from the River Bank Park on Market Street. It says pizza on the big sign, and it is right next to a laundry. They serve a variety of Brazilian street food and usually have an evening blue plate special, although they wouldn't call it that. The cook understands English; not sure about the waitresses.

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                  fourunder Nov 24, 2010 06:50 AM



                  Some of the more popular places are:

                  Sebra's Marisqueira
                  Adega Grill
                  Brasilia Grill
                  Fernandes Steak House

                  A simple walk up and down Ferry Streets and the environs will yield many smaller *BBQ Luncheonette/Cafeterias*, that will have very inexpensive meals available for solo diners available for dine-in or take-out service.

                  BTW.....you may want to edit the Topic to Reflect Newark proper

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                    sockster Nov 24, 2010 08:26 AM

                    Fernandes Steak House is OUTSTANDING!!

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