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Zydeco_Mama Oct 24, 2012 08:06 AM

Coming to Newark for the December 15 Rolling Stones concert. Need a place to eat prior to the concert, but only have three hours between plane touching down and the show. We fly out early the next afternoon, so this will be our only taste of Newark. Any suggestions? We will not have a car.

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    zoe111 Oct 24, 2012 08:18 AM

    within walking distance is a wonderful portuguese restaurant called seabra marisqueira in the ironbound section of newark. fantastic seafood. and the house red is good!

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      corvette johnny Oct 24, 2012 11:36 AM

      Didn't seabras close down? Maybe I am wrong but last time I went it was under the ownership of Rio22. (unless maybe there are 2 different ones)

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        jmoryl Oct 24, 2012 01:34 PM

        You might be thinking of Seabra's Rodizio. The name Seabra is attached to many restaruants and shops around the Ironbound, and the Marisqueira is still going strong. The OP might search under Ironbound or Newark Portuguese for many threads. Personally, I'd avoid Forno's, Iberia and Adega...

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          corvette johnny Oct 24, 2012 02:21 PM

          Ah yes, my mistake. Thanks for the clarification.

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          zoe111 Oct 24, 2012 01:36 PM

          seabra marisqueira - 87 madison st, newark tel. 973 465 1250 is still there and turns out some of the best food in the area. oh, those mussels, those cockels and the roasted potatoes.

      2. Bosmer Oct 24, 2012 08:28 AM

        Right next to Prudential Center....

        Dinosaur Barbecue
        224 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102
        (862) 214-6100
        Hours:
        Mon-Thu 11:30am–11pm
        Fri-Sat 11:30am–12am
        Sun 11:30am–10pm

        http://dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/...

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          coldbeer Oct 24, 2012 12:37 PM

          If you want to play it safe and deal with the crowd, Dinosaur BBQ is for you. If you don't mind a 10 minute walk to Ferry Street, you will have an abundance of Portuguese type restaurants to choose from, Fornos of Spain, Mompou, Iberia, and my favorite, The Adega Grill. On Lafayette, there is the Hell's Kitchen Lounge...a funky kind of place with a bar food type menu...and for legit Southern style cooking Je's on Halsey Street. You are not entering a culinary mecca, but they do it right on Ferry Street.

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            Zydeco_Mama Oct 24, 2012 01:40 PM

            Thank you everyone - the Portugese sounds great - we don't get much Portugese around here. Dinosaur BBQ would be okay - but my husband and I are certified BBQ judges, so get an abundance of BBQ!

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              coldbeer Oct 25, 2012 05:26 AM

              Stay away from Ruby Tuesday's, it won't give you any satisfaction. The concert is in December, so time is on your side. In the meantime, have a cold italian pizza with a lemon squeezer, perhaps with some brown sugar. Because you can't always get what you want.

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                Jerzeegirl Oct 25, 2012 06:44 AM

                Well, as long as they try & they try & they try, they should get what they need.

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                Bosmer Oct 25, 2012 08:37 AM

                Well, if you are certified BBQ judges (I took the $30 KCBS class too) then you really should not miss out on Dinosaur!

              3. corvette johnny Oct 25, 2012 07:08 AM

                My friend was telling me about one place that had a few extra "interesting" rodizio selections like alligator, wild boar, and ostrich. Does anyone know which one that is?

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                  cantbeatgoodfood Nov 28, 2012 05:02 PM

                  You have a great place that offers this and so much more at green grill in hackensack nj in the riverside mall,expensive,believe 30.pp but is a all you can eat,alot of choices!!!

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                  bifpocaroba Oct 25, 2012 10:33 AM

                  My favorite in Newark and very close is :

                  Vila Nova do Solmar

                  https://www.solmar-restaurant.com/Home_Page.html

                  My other fave is extremely casual and byob and cheap.

                  McWhorters BBQ

                  http://www.mcwhorterbbq.com/

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                    cke25 Oct 25, 2012 12:27 PM

                    Seabras Marisqueira on Madison (http://www.njdiningguide.net/Seabras/index.html) and Sol-Mar on Ferry St (https://www.solmar-restaurant.com/Hom...) are two of my favorites for excellent food and casual atmosphere. Both are a 10 minute walk from the Pru Ctr.

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                    Zydeco_Mama Nov 1, 2012 09:11 PM

                    Thank you for all of the suggestions. Hoping that everyone is okay, our hopes and prayers are with you all.

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                      BuildingMyBento Nov 1, 2012 11:14 PM

                      As stated earlier, Ironbound (Ferry St. in particular) is a neighborhood littered with Brasilian and Iberian restaurants/shops. Quite a difference from the other side of Newark Penn Station.

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                        cantbeatgoodfood Nov 28, 2012 04:56 PM

                        For a quick bite could just go upstairs in the prudential center & head to jimmy buffs,Great italian hot dog sandwiches & fries,for a good meal could head to don pepes spanish rest.on mcCarter hgwy,near prudential,great steaks,seafood.

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                          Zydeco_Mama Dec 19, 2012 02:27 PM

                          Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Unfortunately due to flight delays, et al we didn't have time to go to a restaurant and ate at the Prudential Center. The concert was great - we did get what wanted! And the wine bar at the airport was lovely! Thank you New Jersey for a great 21 hours.

                          1. Curlz Feb 3, 2014 03:29 PM

                            The Monk Room, brought to us by the folks who own Porta in Asbury Park, is now open--and it's a block from the Pru Center. EXCELLENT food. You just can't go wrong, imo!

                            http://themonkroom.com/

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