Office Party Recommendations (Newark area)
Looking for a recommendation within a 15 minute radius of Newark to take my staff of 10 for dinner to celebrate the holidays. Something nice/fun without being too uptight/fancy. Looking for a place where people can let their hair down a little bit and relax, rather than worry about using the right fork :-)
Will be a Monday night. Will need to be able to accommodate us at a large table.
Stamna Greek Taverna on Broad Street in Bloomfield is your answer; easy to get to off the Parkway, open Monday nights, BYO (liquor store a couple of doors down), wonderful food at ridiculously good prices, good portions, and lots of fun with a group. I've done everything from dinners for two to a luncheon for 30 there, and always enjoy it. I think it would be a lot of fun w/fun co-workers.
In Newark proper, go to Seabra's Marisquiera.
1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
I'll mirror the others with recommending Seabras but we had a rowdy good time also at Rio Rodizo, Big place,decent food,sushi bar and a pretty hopping bar scene on the week ends also.
If your looking for a real "let your hair down" place, I have a suggestion for you. Nino's Restorante and Pizzeria at 442 Bergen St. Harrison (in the Harrison Plaza) is a great place for a party. They have a pizzeria on one side and a dining room on the other. They have appetizers, salads, pasta selections, chicken, pork, beef, veal and seafood entrees. Of course, there is pizza and subs if you are so inclined. They have a bar, as well.
I have been going there for years and have never had anything that I didn't like. I have a friend that lives in Brooklyn and anytime he passes through this area of Jersey, he makes it a point to stop at Nino's.
I would suggest going there before for a simple lunch and see how you like the food. If you do, be sure to reserve for the date of your party, as they fill up quickly for holiday parties.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, it is right near the entrance to Rt 280, where you can access the Parkway and the Turnpike. Makes for and easy commute home for your co-workers.. There is also a big parking lot, so you don't have to worry about hunting around for a parking space.
Can't believe I didn't mention Assaggini Di Roma! It's on the southern end of the Ironbound...I had a great afternoon-long holiday lunch there with former co-workers a million years ago...and am still remembering housemade sausage, housemade wine, and a cheesy crooner in the corner. OLD. SCHOOL.
Edited to correct the spelling of the restaurant name. It's at 134 Clifford St Newark, NJ 07105. Phone: (973) 466-3344.