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Jul 23, 2011 09:11 AM

Newark—Within Walking Distance of Penn Station

Five of us, three adults and two teenage boys, will be going to the All-Star game at Red Bull Arena next Wednesday. We’re looking for a moderately-priced place to eat that’s within walking distance of Penn Station, Newark. Thinking Newark only because I don't know if there's anything Chow-worthy near the arena. Would certainly consider Harrison instead.

Problem is, since two of the party will be leaving for Spain and Portugal a few days later, we’re really not interested in either Spanish or Portuguese food. One of the teenage boys has his heart set on BBQ, which would be just fine with the adults, as long as it’s good BBQ.

A search of the boards came up with Pic-Nic, but that’s Portuguese, isn’t it? And it doesn’t look as though is would satisfy the teenager who wants ribs. Is it walkable from Penn Station? Modestly priced?

Fernandez Steak House, just reopened after the fire, looks as though it’s not within walking distance.

Can’t find much info on Stephanie’s BBQ. Is it just chicken? Do they have ribs? Are the ribs any good? Is it within walking distance?

Any other suggestions for me?

The Steak House
455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Pic-Nic Bar & Restaurant
224 Grant Ave Ste A, East Newark, NJ 07029

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  1. Fornos in Newark is a couple of blocks away, but unfortunately no ribs....just a terrific, reliable place. Maybe another time.

    1. Mi Pequeno Mexico at 81 Ferry St. is the only non-Spanish/non-Portuguese place I can think of. I'd recommend it based on my two visits there. If I remember correctly, I had excellent enchiladas. The huaraches were just average or slightly above-average though. The chips and salsa are very good as well. Nice people. Definitely very different from Spanish and Portuguese, to my taste buds anyway.

      I'm sure I read something about a good Italian place around here, but that's not my area of expertise and I can't locate the thread... sorry....

      Another option: Ride the PATH 10 minutes to Journal Square and walk a few blocks north if you're in the mood for Indian. That's a block of Jersey City that makes you feel like you've suddenly stumbled through a wormhole leading to the middle of Bombay.

      1. There is Hell's Kitchen Lounge a few blocks away. No ribs, but lots of bar food and several flavors of wings. I think the food is pretty good. We have eaten there a few times before Devils games.

        1. A place that the might satisfy both the teens and adults is the Brazilian hamburger joint Hamburgao, at the corner of Lafayette and Adams (one block off Ferry). Google it to check out some online reviews; it would be a reasonable walk to Red Bull Stadium afterward.

          3 Replies
          1. re: jmoryl

            Don't be confused with the term BBQ. In Newark and Harrison it is Portugese BBQ. Nothing like Kansas or Menphis BBQ. Dinosaur BBQ of New York is supposed to open up in Newark on Broad Street, which is in walking distance of Penn Station. I am not sure if it is open yet. You might want to google it to see if they are open.
            Fernandes is not in walking distance of Penn Station. There are no restaurants in Harrison that are in walking distance of Red Bull Arena.

            Pic - Nic is Portuguese BBQ. One of my favorite places. The chicken is outstanding, the ribs are pretty good. My very favorite is a dish called Picadinho. It is pork chunks and shrimp in a tasty gravy, served with rice and french fries. It is not an elegant place, but a little store front with very good food. It is rather inexpensive compared to some of the other Portuguese restaurants in the Ironbound.

            1. re: Applecheeks

              Pic-Nic sounds great. I will have to try it next time I'm up there. I had some excellent rotisserie chickens in Lisbon -- I wonder if it's the same type of preparation.

              Pic-Nic Bar & Restaurant
              224 Grant Ave Ste A, East Newark, NJ 07029

              1. re: Applecheeks

                Dinosaur BBQ is going in on Market St just next to the plaza in front of the Prudential Center (where the Devils play). I pass it every day and unfortunately the space is still completely gutted. I'm hoping it will be open by the time the season starts in September/October!

            2. I've only been to Stephanie's BBQ once - they do chicken and ribs I believe but I only had the chicken, which was excellent. I would suggest skipping the ribs and going for the chicken, it seems like most of the orders coming in were for chicken there. But it's not American BBQ, more like latin style rotisserie chicken.