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What's hot for Portuguese food in the Newark Ironbound?

We enjoy Seabra's Marisquera, but have been there several times in a row. We would like someplace that is a manageable size and with authentic food. Not an institutional nut house. And we don't need a week's worth of paella. Thanks, it is for SUnday 2/24 after the Devils' game.

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  1. "Authentic" is not on the table in Newark. These restaurants get people in by serving HUGE quantities of food. (They do NOT do that in Portugal!)

    If you want to take a ride, some really AUTHENTIC Portuguese cuisine can be had at Churrasqueira Ribatejo in Ossining, NY.


    Closer, but a bit more eclectic, with some Portuguese disnes, (the owners are Portuguese) is Quinta in Pearl River.


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    1. re: lemarais

      I will note those restaurants for future reference, but I am hopeful someone can assist me for Newark, since that is where I will be at 8pm Sunday.

      1. re: scarlet knight

        I also enjoy Tony Da Caneca...... and Sol Mar, but SM not as much as Seabra.

    2. Have you tried Casa Vasca?

      1. Well there are a lot of places in newark.....

        There is a restaurant called Spain that is right outside the train station. The food is quite good and portions are large, as noted. I think you can't go wrong there and its conveniently located. I have been there dozens of times and its consistently good. There are better IMO, but spain is good, consistent, and close.

          1. if you can grab a cab, my favorite is Fernandes steakhouse. You definitely can't go wrong there!

            1. Go to The Adega Grill...get a couple of seats at the bar. You will enjoy the food, and you will definitely enjoy the view.

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              1. re: coldbeer

                I didn't know what you meant by "view" until I hit Google images ; )

              2. For authentic Portuguese atmosphere and menus, check out Coimbra, Cervejaria Portugalia or Estrela da Ponderosa. You might be the only non Portuguese speakers there. Order off the specials of the day menu, not the regular ones.

                1. The "view" a the Adega bar is certainly a treat.

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                    1. re: fourunder

                      I wonder if a "best eye candy" thread would be a good one lol

                    2. re: bifpocaroba

                      This may be true, but in general, I find the places staffed by middle aged Portuguese men have better food.

                    3. Ever since I have gone here to Portugal Express in Elizabeth..I have never been back to Newark. Amazing food, great prices, and anyone I ever take there, now they are followers.

                      Here is the link:

                      Right off Rt. 1 & 9 South side...by the Burger King.



                      What I like, is that is is not one of those huge, banquet sized restaurants serving lousy food.


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                      1. re: Angelina

                        Will definitely try Portugal Express another night, but will stay in the Newark neighborhood on Sunday after Devils. Leaning Casa Vasca (not Portuguese, I know), will report back on where we go.

                      2. Sol Mar is what you are looking for: https://www.solmar-restaurant.com/.
                        Smaller place. Usually not crowded. Very Authentic. Reasonable prices, and recommended by the locals. Not the tourist trap.
                        If you need rodizio, I would recommend Fernandez, but that is a much bigger operation.

                        1. I am a big fan of Seabra's Marisquera, but before I discovered it, I used to frequent Solar Do Minho in Bellville, which is not far from the arena, off Route 21. Their sister restaurant in Roselle Park is an awful catering hall, but this one used to be pretty good. My friend, who is Portuguese, took me there and he also introduced me to Seabra's Marisquera.

                          15 Cleveland Street
                          Belleville, NJ 07109

                          1. We tried Casa Vasca. I had grouper with shrimp and clams, my wife had chicken with spinach sauce. Food was very good and very fairly priced. The sangria was good and the atmosphere was quiet, neighborhood-y and tranquil. Service was great and there were some Devils fans among the staff who spotted our regalia. Thanks for the suggestion, we would return, as well as try the other suggestions!

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                            1. re: scarlet knight

                              nice, Casa Vasca, although not Portuguese, is my favorite in the ironbound.

                              1. re: scarlet knight

                                Thanks for the report...always good to have another Newark spot.

                                1. re: ELA

                                  No need to trek all the way to Newark. If you are in Bergen, we have El Cid on Paramus Rd in Paramus. They specialize in the giant quantities of steak, lobster and paella that proliferate among the Ironbound restaurants. It could be called a "clone" of the Newark prototype.

                                  1. re: lemarais

                                    I think the OP is looking for more authentic Portuguese. El Cid sounds like a Bergen version of Iberia, just the kind of place they are not seeking.