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Spanish in Newark - Ironbound

J M S Jan 26, 2011 05:29 AM

Can anyone recommend a Spanish restaurant in Newark - Ironbound district or even in Harrison, NJ? We are attending an event at Red Bull Arena in Harrison and would like to enjoy a great dinner in Newark or the area.


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    jmoryl RE: J M S Jan 26, 2011 07:46 AM

    Just a note to point out that most restaurants in Ironbound are Portuguese or Brazilian (rodizio - the wandering all-you-can eat beef fests). There are a few Spanish places like Casa Vasca or the Mompou wine/tapas bar. Do a search on Ironbound and you will see plenty of discussion.

    Casa Vasca
    141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

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      J M S RE: jmoryl Jan 26, 2011 12:21 PM

      Thanks for the heads up. We love Rodizio.

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        Curlz RE: jmoryl Jan 26, 2011 01:01 PM

        Casa Vasca and Mompou were two of my recs; the others are Adega Grill (more upscale decor, but dress ranges from jeans to dressy) and Marisqueiria, which is decidedly a neighborhood place. I like having dinner at the big bar, there, in fact.

        Casa Vasca
        141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

        Adega Grill
        130 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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        lggfly RE: J M S Jan 26, 2011 12:29 PM

        We go to a number of NJ Devils games each year and always hit one of the Ironbound restaurants first. Our favorites (Portuguese/Spanish) are Casa Vasca and Forno's. Casa Vasca has a decent dining room, their food is consistently good, plenty of selection, and they give you complimentary soup of the day. Forno's has a nicer dining room, very good food and selection, and instead of the complimentary soup, they give a large complimentary salad as a starter. Forno's is my favorite, but it is also a bit more expensive. That said, the portions are very large, with family style vegetables and "to die for" thinly sliced, fried potatoes (like potato chips, just a bit thicker).

        Casa Vasca
        141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

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          Tapas52 RE: lggfly Jan 26, 2011 06:20 PM

          I saw this Newark restaurant Spanish Pavilion last night on Ramsey's kitchen nightmares show....maybe now under his guidance it could be a great spot to dine.


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            Curlz RE: Tapas52 Jan 27, 2011 04:55 AM

            Funny--this is the restaurant my parents would take us to when we were kids! It was often our go-to choice for 'fancy' dinners out on our birthdays. Haven't been in well over a decade, but the food was always good. I'm recalling a garlicky grilled shrimp dish where you ate them skins and all...

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              Ted in Central NJ RE: Tapas52 Jan 27, 2011 01:57 PM

              The Spanish Paviliion that was featured on Gordon Ramsey's program is located in Harrison, not in Newark.

              Also, in Newark, one of the previously recommended restaurants is correctly spelled, FORNOS, not Forno's.

              1. re: Ted in Central NJ
                Curlz RE: Ted in Central NJ Jan 27, 2011 03:41 PM

                It's just across the river (bridge) from Newark. In Harrison.

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            bifpocaroba RE: J M S Jan 27, 2011 06:30 AM

            This place has always been my favorite. Its a bit often the 'beaten path'. The seafood is terrific matter of fact so is everything on the menu.


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              coldbeer RE: bifpocaroba Jan 27, 2011 07:56 AM

              Hey Bif Cafe Lia Cranford....give it a try new, fun, and good

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                scottybk76 RE: coldbeer Jan 29, 2011 10:49 AM

                Iberia is quite good- it's on Ferry Street. The portions are HUGE and the service is always excellent. If you go at lunch you'll be amazed at the prices- you get a HUGE meal for about 12 bucks.

                If you want more of a "hole in the wall," Ferry St Chusqerruia is excellent for charcoal-grilled ribs, chicken, and beef. Also huge portions and great prices, but it gets VERY crowded and the owner is very grouchy so be warned.

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                  maryanne06 RE: scottybk76 Jan 29, 2011 03:27 PM

                  Love "Iberia"! +1

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              Spaetzle75 RE: J M S Jan 29, 2011 06:58 PM

              Fernandes Steakhouse II (Roman numeral two) is very good. Awesome rodesio.

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