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radiogrl1 Apr 21, 2012 08:46 PM

Headed in a couple of weeks to The Rock to see Springsteen. I would love some advice re: places to get food before the concert that is close to the venue and isn't a complete ripoff pricewise (Many of the restaurants in the area note online that "prices may change on event nights".

Not particular about the type of food, only that it passes Chowhound muster.

Thanks in advance!

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    maryanne06 Apr 22, 2012 06:56 AM

    Fornos of Spain is excellent for before events. Very close to the Prudential Center, too. I saw Bruce at the Izod Center....he and the band were great. Love the new album. Have fun!

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      fershore Apr 22, 2012 02:27 PM

      I second Fornos of Spain. We parked in their private gated lot while we dined before a Pearl Jam show. When we asked if we could leave our car there during the show, they agreed. We walked straight up the road to the Pru Center. It was perfect.

    2. tommy Apr 22, 2012 02:34 PM

      Given the somewhat limited options for anything decent nearby, you might consider going to someplace like the Orange Squirrel, which is just 10 minutes up the road in Bloomfield.

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        scholar399 Apr 23, 2012 03:50 AM

        FOrnos is a good suggestion. IF you want really simple - Brick City Pub right across the streest has decent food and a good bar scene (it's a little loud) but will serve the purpose and you will only have to park once.

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          JustJake Apr 23, 2012 04:50 AM

          Scholar, while it is nice of you to offer a suggestion, do you have any idea how 'jammed' BCP will be for a hockey, I mean Springsteen show? Think of Stan's across the street from Yankee Stadium. I'm with Tommy as to eating at the Orange Squirrel or any other place out of town (and early enough). Or you could just head into the 'Neck' for some Portugeese food ; SolMar is a good one based on knowledgeable foodie friends. Just know that you're limited cuisine wise when you travel there. Have fun.

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            bifpocaroba Apr 24, 2012 11:39 AM

            Sol Mar is my suggestion.

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          coldbeer Apr 24, 2012 12:45 PM

          If you like southern fried soul food and aren't afraid to try something a little different, you should check out JE's, a block or two west on Halsey Street. The food is GOOD, and you won't be stuck with too many concert-goers.

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            zoe111 Apr 24, 2012 03:41 PM

            we had the same situation last week just before a knicks-nets game. we had an awesome meal at seabra Marisqueira in the ironbound section. it's a ten minute walk from the the Rock. watercress salad, garlic parsely cockles, pork and a glass of portuguese wine. memorable. and the price is right.

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              jerseeboi May 8, 2012 12:54 PM

              I guess Fornos is the logical first choice. In addition to that I would suggest Casa Vasca. It is only a few blocks from the venue and the food is excellent. Like Fornos, it is traditional Basque Spanish cuisine as opposed to Portuguese. Portions are large, prices are reasonable and the food is outstanding. It is just an added bonus that Q cigars has a shop two blocks away which is a mandatory visit after such a fine meal

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