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Forno's of Spain in Newark

cuddles115 Apr 25, 2011 08:51 PM

I've been invited by a friend. Anyone been there?

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    LEOFONT Apr 26, 2011 05:17 AM

    Been there many times....reliable good food and go hungry, because like some "upscale" restaurants, you won't walk out hungry.

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      Cavalier858 Apr 26, 2011 05:42 AM

      We go as a group of 2 to 6 persons and the foor and service is always outstanding.

      After dinner we enjoy cigars in the smoking area. They also have a humidor.

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      edh1713 Apr 26, 2011 05:46 AM

      Our family likes Fornos so that's become our go-to place when we're jonesing for some good spanish food, even though it's about an hour's drive. My personal favorite is the Paella Marinera (seafood paella) and the Changurro - the scallops and crab meat broiled in the scallop shell. Enjoy when you go!

      1. menton1 Apr 26, 2011 05:53 AM

        The theme of this place, as with most of the others in this neighborhood, is QUANTITY. You can get 3 pound steaks for under $25, giant portions of lobster and seafood at similarly low prices. But low prices means low quality, remember that.

        For seafood, Halcyon in Montclair is a far superior choice, IMHO.

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          Tay Apr 26, 2011 11:41 AM

          "But low prices means low quality, remember that. '

          Often, but by no means always.

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            tommy Apr 26, 2011 01:29 PM

            There are exceptions to just about everything. But with food, big portions and low cost are a very good indicator of what you're about to eat. The places in the Ironbound are certainly not exceptions. Although I've found that lobster is lobster, and it's a bit overdone everywhere.

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              menton1 Apr 26, 2011 03:47 PM

              It's hard to get good seafood in this area, even down at the shore, I recently learned. (from you). In Boston, just about 95% of the seafood restaurants are GREAT. I guess it's a cultural thing.

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                tommy Apr 26, 2011 03:55 PM

                Down the shore has a bunch of not good restaurants. There are certain parts of the state that have a nigher density of good restaurants, and that stretch from Sandy Hook to Cape May ain't one. Good restaurants? Sure. Not exactly dense though.

                Absolutely it's a cultural thing. Boston, of course, is a city. The Jersey Shore is not.

                The best seafood places, in north Jersey at least, seem to be the Greek restaurants, overall.

                I've noticed that most restaurants in NJ have a menu that reads like "tilapia (imported frozen swamp fish at 4 bucks/lb), salmon (not notable at all), and maybe Chilean Seabass (which is tasty, but certainly not pushing the envelope of interesting fish).

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                  menton1 Apr 26, 2011 05:30 PM

                  Actually the whole "shore" from RI to Boston has some wonderful seafood "joints". Shacks abound. Sadly, it's a weekend trip from here...

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                    tommy Apr 26, 2011 05:41 PM

                    I agree.

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                Tay Apr 26, 2011 10:48 PM

                "But with food, big portions and low cost are a very good indicator of what you're about to eat"

                Having eaten at a fair number of 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives', I'd have to once again say : Often, but by no means, always.. :-)

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            Abner Kravitz Apr 26, 2011 01:45 PM

            Went once, and was impressed by the quality and quantity of food. I also believe they have their own parking lot, which I did not know at the time and shelled out $20 for the opportunity to park across the street in a lot.

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              phDuh Apr 28, 2011 02:53 PM

              I agree! The food was good, but the parking lot was great!!

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              DinnerChick11 Apr 26, 2011 07:45 PM

              I was there recently with a friend. The menu is enormous and I had a hard time deciding. The waiter suggested the shrimp stuffed with crabmeat. It came swimming in a cream sauce which I did not expect nor did I enjoy. I was expecting some a nice garlicky bread crumb stuffing but I am not exactly sure what it was held together with ( more cream?). My friend ordered the lamb chops and said they were good. The portions were huge and you get a lot of extras on the table-salad, olives, broccoli, bread, and warm potato chips. Overall, not a bad meal but would definitely order something else if I were to go there again.

              1. fershore Apr 28, 2011 04:12 PM

                Solid good food and lots of it. A bonus: they let us leave our car in their parking lot while we went to a concert at the Pru Center.

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                  Ted in Central NJ May 4, 2011 02:57 PM

                  As long as you can endure some long waiting lines, FORNOS (no apostrophe!!!) is one of the better choices in the Ironbound/Down Neck area.

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                    Ike May 24, 2011 12:59 PM

                    That frequent apostrophe abuse drives me crazy too, but as for the quality at Fornos of Spain, I'd disagree. Unless it's improved since the last time I tried it, it pales in comparison to Casa Vasca and Seabra's Marisqueira. Fornos of Spain is little more than a tourist trap, a big factory, churning through diners like so much grist for the mill.

                    Casa Vasca
                    141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

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

                    Fornos of Spain
                    47 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105

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                    scholar399 May 25, 2011 03:42 AM

                    If you are going to the Ironbound- this is the place to be. Very crowded and busy- good food, good prices.

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                      Applecheeks Jun 2, 2011 12:34 AM

                      I agree with Ike. fornos is a tourist trap - same as Iberia. If you want a good meal, more like you were really in Portugal, go to Seabra's Marisqueira.

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

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