Can you get ANYTHING decent for lunch in Newark?
I work in the Gateway. Coming from Midtown Manhattan to this.... I'm DYING. There is one good food truck that is here most of the time - Two Pitas in a Pod, but other than that my options are crappy deli/buffet or Subway. Any place that delivers is ok too. HELP!!!!
I use to work in Essex County Courthouse and I use to love the soup man's truck right outside!! yum!! That was 10 years ago, so no clue if he is still around, but I feel for you..nothing around!
You are right in the middle of things- my current favorite is Hell's Kitchen in the Ironbound- lots of choices in that area too.
The Food Court on Raymond and Mulberry is definitely edible and Nicks makes a decent salad. I am not a fan of Uber Burger near the Pru Center. Can't wait for Dinosaur to open.
Try Ferry St. BBQ, it is not BBQ as americans make BBQ but rather roasted meats over a wood fire, no messy sauces... 6 bucks gets you a ton of chicken, rice and salad and it is delicious.
or try Iberia or Atlas Horas
I'm still new to the Newark lunch scene but I can pass on some recommedations.
ArtKitchen - Halsey Street; I've only had their coffee but they had a rather promising looking lunch menu. I hear mixed reviews about their food but it seems like the kind of place where you might find a favorite sandwich. I think it's run by the same owner's as Hell's Kitchen in the Ironbound.
Coffee Cave - Halsey Street; I had a jerk veggie sandwich there. It wasn't amazing and I probably won't be going back for it. But their menu looks pretty promising for meat eaters and I hear really good things about their soups. The meat eaters I was with really enjoyed their meals.
Harvest Table - Halsey Street; I hear really, really good things about this place but haven't had a chance to try it yet. www.harvesttablenewark.com
Thai Kitchen Two - New Street; I haven't checked this out but I hear relatively good things about this place. I don't think it's going to be the best Thai food you've ever had but it seems decent.
27 Mix - http://27mix.com/default.aspx; a friend recommended this place but I haven't tried it yet... I'm a wee bit suspicious (Southwestern, Asian and Italian fusion? Uhhh...) But, again, as with any of these places I feel like you might find one or two go-to dishes that are done well. (Or who knows... maybe they've really mastered the art of Southwester/Asian/Italian?)
Mi Gente Cafe - I had their food at a catered event and it was quite good. Again, I think it is a much more promising option if you eat meat. The other people I was with seemed to enjoy it.
I work at PSEG and some of my favorite lunch spots are:
Airlie Cafe - 32 Commerce Street - Really good sandwiches
Market City - 13 Commerce Street - Also really good sandwiches
Queens Pizza - 55 Commerce Street - Great pizza
Better Bites - 1186 Raymond Boulevard - Good "healthy" options
Harvest Table - 127 Halsey Street - This place was already mentioned and I agree
Cafe Loci - 17 Academy Street - Just opened about a week ago. Had a great panini there yesterday.
I understand that the Mexican place across the street from Cafe Loci is supposed to be very good although I have never personally eaten there.
NJPAC - Has a new chef and new lunch menu. Been there several times. Very good food.
Hobby's Deli....authentic jewish style deli that has.amazing home made corned beef, their turkey is"off the bone" no processed crap (*cough* subway), and their pastrami is pretty good too. They have delivery service. ( I believe there is small minimum for delivery, so you may have to team up with a co worker and combine your two sandwich orders into one for delivery)
If you like inexpensive fresh fried fish, there's a fish market on Market Street next to the McDonald's. The items like shrimp, scallop and crabmeat however are imitation. You can also get whole porgies and salmon steaks fried.....and crabs steamed by the pound.
If you like Pastrami or Corned Beef, check out Cooper's Deli and Liquors....a large sandwich enough for two is about 8 bucks with tax included.
The Taco Truck (from Hoboken, just like Two Pitas in a Pod) also comes to Washington Park in Newark for lunch at least 2 days a week