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Jan 7, 2014 06:26 PM

Long layover in Newark (EWR) - go to Ironbound or eat in the airport

We're connecting through EWR Thurs en route to Tel Aviv. We have almost a six hour PM layover. I'm seriously considering going to the Ironbound district for dinner and have some recs for there. We have a couple of passes for the United clubs in the airport but, from what I've read, they're not really anything to write home about. A couple of CHs on the SF board slipped in recs for Barducci's and the crab cakes at Gallaghers. I'd appreciate any advice.We certainly have plenty of time to leave the airport but it's not a must-do. Anyone have any opinions or recs? TIA.

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  1. 6 Hours? Without question...I would head to the Ironbound...good luck and enjoy...

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    1. re: ELA

      Any specific places that you prefer? TIA.

      1. re: c oliver

        Jersey City is a short ride....If you want to try a real neighborhood joint for Old School Red Sauce Italian....there's Laico''s in the middle of a block of row houses.

        Most of the food in the Ironbound is mediocre, but i still like Seabra's Marisqueira for fish. Very basic, but good quality and fresh. Very typical of Portuguese style of fare. I don't like the dining room, but prefer to hang in the bar.

        There are three menu items in the pictures...Halibut ($28), Paelha à Marinheira ($24), and Frutos do Mar....A combination of clams casino, shrimp in
        garlic sauce, shrimp shish-kebob, mussels
        in a zesty red sauce, broiled lobster, clams in garlic sauce and stuffed oysters with crab meat.
        Serves four

        1. re: fourunder

          So how long is a taxi ride from EWR to Jersey City please?

          And, yeah,, Seabra's sounds tasty.

          1. re: c oliver

            Depending on time of day, about 1/2 hour (one way).

            1. re: c oliver

              Laico's comments from the past.




              ipse is correct about the time...unless there is serious traffic, no more than 30 minutes It's one exit up and over the the waterway heading toward NYC. In a cab it should be no problem, because you don't have to worry about parking and they could call you a cab for the ride back without any delay.

              1. re: fourunder

                You could also take the airport shuttle to the Amtrak trains, take the train to Newark Penn Station, then walk/taxi to the Ironbound section - or then take a PATH train to Jersey City/Hoboken.



              1. re: jrvedivici

                I did Fernandes for my Birthday last year. I like it overall. Brasilia isn't as nice obviously and can be hit or miss...but when the selection is a little better on cuts..I prefer it when I'm looking to gouge on meat. Their Sirloin, Rib Eye and Skirt are always spot on and available. At Fernandes, they don't seem to pass it around as much...Depending on who is asking....I would size up and recommend one or the other....or both.

        2. that Gallaghers is not like a real one at all. it's operated by hmshost (as are all of the dining establishments at EWR). it's not very good at all. terrible service, inconsistent and often poor quality food.

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          1. re: freshmanjs

            What about Grand Central Oyster Bar?

            1. re: c oliver

              Much worst than Gallaghers.Not at all connected with the original Grand Central Oyster Bar in ingredients,finesse or service.Gallaghers is an airport restaurant however though pricey has fabulous jumbo lump crab cakes wcreolo mustard sauce and great creamed spinach,as I mentioned to you on the SF board.I have done a dragnet for the tastiest food out of EWR as I work out of there.It's an airport if you have no other options,not a dining destination.The only other tasty thing is the freshly prepared custom to order rolls and nigiri that you can ask the tiny Japanese lady to prepare for you at the place next to Gallaghers.That is why I also suggested to you Mompou,Sagres and Seabras Marisqueira in Ironbound and how to get there on the 62 bus from EWR.You must be in TLV by now enjoying falafel,St Peter's fish and fresh squeezed pomegranate juice.BTW for future reference,as an Italian,Laico's menu is tired,heavy and nothing like the refined food my grandmother or mother prepared.Everthing is subjectve.IMHO Valenca in Elizabeth does not have good Spanish/Portuguese food and Golden State Diner sucks.Smash burger is better.

              1. re: casalbore spirit

                How exactly did your grandmother and mother refine traditional red sauce? thanks

                1. re: fourunder

                  Only meat sauce is cooked for a length of time.Marinara is a 15-20 minute process to retain the lightness of tomatoes ,spices and herbs.

          2. There's really nothing worthwhile of note except for the burger at Golden State Diner (Terminal C).

            As good as it is, I dunno if I could nurse a burger for 6 hours.


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            1. re: ipsedixit

              We RARELY eat a burger except the ones we grind at home but that one sounds reall good. Thanks, i.

            2. You won't get any real food in the United lounge - cheese, chips and free booze, but not the kind of spread you find in bizclass lounges outside the US

              A second vote for the bar at Seabras

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              1. re: OGguy

                Yep, I'd vote for a trip to Seabras too.

                1. re: MGZ

                  +3 for the bat at Seabra's!

                2. re: OGguy

                  I thought I read that you don't even get free booze. "House" wine and beer only. No?

                  Seabras is sounding better and better.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    You have to pay for premium brands of whiskey and wine, but not for less expensive stuff

                    I do love Seabra's, but also love Valenca in Elizabeth, and it is a few minutes closer to the airport....

                    1. re: OGguy

                      Good to know as I like to "self-medicate" before long flights :) I've heard good things about Valenca also.

                    2. re: c oliver

                      United club is awesome if you want to get tanked before your flight. Wine beer and spirits are free, but there are "premium" selections that are extra.

                  2. Some good ideas here. That said, if you are talking about 6 hours, with an international flight -- are you really talking about 6 hours. You might want to be checked in, at/nearby the gate, at least one hour in advance. I could be wrong, but I think the airlines recommend even more for international flights -- 90 minutes? More?

                    Depending on time of day, day of the week, etc. -- there is weather, traffic, lines, security, etc. Thus, maybe we are talking 4 hours. Perhaps less.

                    I can certainly see a trip into downtown Newark. That's simple enough. But even the simplest excursions can get complicated. LOL. However, personally, I don't see taking a trip to Jersey City, or anywhere else for that matter. But that's just me. The Ironbound offers some very good options -- Seabra's is one. I would do a search here and read up on some of the other places. Opinions will vary and you'll see critics galore, LOL, but several Ironbound places are popular, have strong followings, have been around a long time, do well and offer good food. JMO.

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                    1. re: ELA

                      I always factor in as many "what-ifs" as possible with air travel! I ALWAYS err on the conservative side. But since this is a continuation of a trip that starts in SF, checking in is already done. It's basically just reclearing security, which isn't necessarily a "just" :( But I'm thinking/hoping that security around 9PM on a Thurs. night wouldn't be too onerous. Thanks for all the suggestions.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        keep in mind that for that tel-aviv flight you have to re-clear security at the gate and that once you enter the secure gate, you cannot leave the gate without getting screened yet again.

                        1. re: freshmanjs

                          Isn't that true for all flights? Once you leave any secured area you have to go back through again? Or is there something special about Tel Aviv?

                          1. re: c oliver

                            like i said, you have to re-clear again AT THE GATE. it is the only flight at ewr where that is the case.

                            1. re: freshmanjs

                              Thanks. I'm not surprised. Israel takes their security VERY seriously.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                I think that is only true for El Al .. not sure about other airlines.

                                1. re: cwdonald

                                  nope. that is wrong. it is true for the UA flight to tel aviv as i've said 4 times now in this thread.

                            2. re: c oliver

                              I believe for all airlines, it's the security checkpoint -- once you leave or exit past there, you have to go back through again.

                              There are additional requirements for El Al from what I've been told.

                              1. re: ELA

                                as i've said twice (3 times now), for the United flight to Tel Aviv, you have to re-clear security at the gate. it's not complicated. just unusual.

                                1. re: freshmanjs

                                  Yep, your completely correct. We were flying United and still had the gate check. It was very quick but, as you said, I'd have not expected it. We factored a few extra minutes into our schedule. Considering how slammed flights out of the East Coast are right now, it was good to have the knowledge.. Thanks, fresh.

                              2. re: c oliver

                                Just TLV.Doesn't matter if is El Al or UA.