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

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yogi70 Sep 16, 2013 09:09 AM

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?
thanks.

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    saltylady Sep 17, 2013 06:12 PM

    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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      yogi70 Sep 18, 2013 09:46 AM

      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.

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        hcentro Sep 21, 2013 05:16 AM

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

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          Curlz Sep 21, 2013 09:37 AM

          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... :-)

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            yogi70 Sep 21, 2013 03:03 PM

            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.

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              yogi70 Sep 21, 2013 03:06 PM

              @ 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.

        2. equal_Mark Sep 17, 2013 09:57 AM

          What's a "Rock?"

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            cwdonald Sep 17, 2013 10:18 AM

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

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            bifpocaroba Sep 17, 2013 05:05 AM

            McWhorters is definitely kid friendly, cheap and very good.

            http://www.mcwhorterbbq.com/

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              yogi70 Sep 18, 2013 09:44 AM

              may check them out, thanks bifpocaroba!

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              PuniceaRana Sep 16, 2013 07:10 PM

              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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                yogi70 Sep 18, 2013 09:43 AM

                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.

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