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Sep 16, 2013 09:09 AM

Going to the Rock with the little guy for some Sesame St. lol

and was wondering if you guys have any ideas for a place to grab an early dinner after a few hours of hanging with Elmo and the gang (god help me). I know of many great Portuguese places (Spanish Tavern and Casa Vasca being my personal faves), and the reviews on here are stout regarding Ironbound Portuguese / Spanish options, but I am woefully unaware of other cuisine options, as the 2 yr old doesn't love paella just yet....
Was thinking about finally hitting Dinosaur BBQ, but yelp reviews are steering me away (particularly regarding the long wait times - cant really have that with a toddler). any ideas?

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  1. There are two places I go to in Newark when I do not want to go for Portuguese. First is Hobby's Deli which is conveniently located about 3 blocks from the Pru Center on Branford Pl, just past Halsey. The food is great, and the place is definitely kid friendly. Hobby's closes early, unless there is a Devils game, so it will depend on when you leave Elmo, and if there is a Devils game that eve whether this is a viable option.. My other restaurant go to is The House of Thai, located on New St, just off Washington. (abut a mile from the Pru center) Not sure if your child likes Thai, but it is an option, and the food at House of Thai is good. Hope this helps!

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    1. re: PuniceaRana

      thanks PuniceaRana, Hobby's would be Perfect, alas they don't seem like they do dinner hours:

      Hours of operation:
      Monday - Friday 7am - 4:30pm;
      Saturday 11am - 3pm; Closed Sundays.
      Hobby's is open until game time for all Devils' home games (except Sundays.)

      and the Devils are away on Saturday.

    2. McWhorters is definitely kid friendly, cheap and very good.

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      1. re: bifpocaroba

        may check them out, thanks bifpocaroba!

        1. re: equal_Mark

          The Rock is the tongue in cheek nickname for the Prudential Center...

        2. I am wondering if a toddler wouldn"t be too wired after seeing Sesame Street to sit still for an actual meal? It might be hard to find parking etc . Maybe just wait until you are closer to home and he has had time to nap in the car before you eat? I am just basing this on experiences I have had in the past after seeing such shows with toddlers in tow ,.And the shows were actually surprisingly good in my memory . Or maybe just a snack at the Prudential Center itself ?

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          1. re: saltylady

            I am starting to thinkthe same thing, maybe just grab something closer to home, or order in. thanks saltylady! As for grabbing a snack at the Rock, wondering if a beer during Sesame St is available / appropriate lol.

            1. re: yogi70

              I'll probably be asking myself the same question at 2:30 this afternoon.

              1. re: hcentro

                Unless things have changed since I was last there, the Pru Center offers a decent selection of food around the arena, including some 'classics' from the Ironbound. I have to agree that's probably your best bet!

                Now go give Elmo a big hug... :-)

                1. re: hcentro

                  no beer but $5 20oz sodas and waters...
                  didn't see any ironbound classics, just over priced hotdogs and candy. we brought snacks and saved some cash.

                  1. re: hcentro

                    @ hcentro
                    wish I read this earlier, would have met you for a soda as there were no beer concessions :(

                    show wasn't too bad though. went quick and the little guy loved it.