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Best Portuguese in Iron Bound?

swannee Jan 26, 2014 09:01 AM

looking for opinions on the best Porrtuguese restaurants (authentic preferred) in Newark's Ironbound. I have only been to a couple--Iberia, Sagres, but there are so many!

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  1. Curlz RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    Seabra's Marisqueria is my favorite...I esp enjoy sitting at the bar w the locals.

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      cke25 RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 01:27 PM

      Seabra's Marisqueria and Sol Mar are two very good choices.

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        josephnl RE: cke25 Feb 8, 2014 02:00 PM

        Are either of these two not too noisy? We'll be wanting a really nice comfortable restaurant where easy conversation is possible?

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          cke25 RE: josephnl Feb 8, 2014 02:26 PM

          i would say Seabras is the quieter of the two, but neither will provide a romantic, cozy atmosphere. And if a family with children is sitting near, you can forget easy conversation because tables tend to be set close together.

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            Curlz RE: josephnl Feb 8, 2014 05:28 PM

            If you want a much nicer atmosphere, then you want to go to Adega Grill FOR SURE.

            I think Seabra's is noisy/bustling--it's one of the reasons I like the place! But for quiet conversation? Nope.

        2. c oliver RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 02:30 PM

          Here's a recent thread:


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            ELA RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 02:39 PM

            Spanish Manor, Seabra's (as previously mentioned), and Sol Mar are some of my favorites.

            I haven't been in several years, but I also liked Spain and Spanish Tavern.

            I also like Fernandes.

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              benn2009 RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 04:05 PM

              Forno's has great food and top notch service but is pretty pricey. If you're looking for something a bit more low key, Mompou has excellent tapas.

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                scarlet knight RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 04:07 PM

                Solmar for dinner. Mompou for tapas.

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                  Lcdsoundsystem RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 06:26 PM

                  Still partial to the Spain. It was the first one to open in that area after don pepes and it still has that old world charm to it.

                  The service is always the best in the area and I've never had a bad meal there. Mind you, one of my biggest pet peeves are restaurants that never change their menu, and they've been guilty of it for as long as I can recall. Regardless, for the rare occasions I go up there for that type of food, I always know what I'm going to get there, and I never feel rushed (the polar opposite of fornos).

                  I do like the veggies and how they family style their sides and salad at fornos though

                  1. Tapas52 RE: swannee Jan 26, 2014 08:18 PM

                    We always enjoyed Don Pepe..& Spanish Tavern when we lived in Newark.



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                      jmoryl RE: swannee Jan 27, 2014 07:40 AM

                      With respect, most of the suggestions here, besides Sol Mar and Seabra's, aren't the most authentic. Have a look at my suggestions in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8909...

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                        cke25 RE: jmoryl Jan 27, 2014 12:21 PM

                        I was hoping someone would mention that. Very good observation 'jmoryl.'

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                        anne Gonsky RE: swannee Jan 28, 2014 09:13 AM

                        Casa Vasca. Consistently terrific and they have their own parking lot!

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                          Curlz RE: anne Gonsky Jan 28, 2014 04:05 PM

                          I love CV as well, but didn't recommend it because the OP said Portuguese; Casa Vasca is Basque, iirc.

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                          ELA RE: swannee Jan 28, 2014 01:55 PM

                          Many good choices...and agreed on the comments about "authentic"...Personally, I would count Sol Mar and Seabra's as "authentic" -- and as far as some of the others, I would count them as well; but I guess the question becomes to what degree, interpertation of authentic, etc.?

                          I've heard people describe several of the others as authentic. Regardless, I am sure the original poster can check the menus of these places and satisfy the authentic aspect.

                          Good luck and enjoy.

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                            ELA RE: swannee Jan 28, 2014 02:00 PM

                            By the way -- I have a luncheon meeting scheduled in Newark in about a month, and I know two of the people coming enjoy Spanish/Portuguese/etc. type food...so now I have to figure out which place to go to! LOL.

                            Unless one of the people says otherwise, I think I might stick with my original three...Spanish Manor, Seabra's or Sol Mar.

                            Has anyone been to Spain or Spanish Tavern lately?

                            Thanks in advance.

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                              Curlz RE: ELA Jan 28, 2014 04:06 PM

                              For a lunch meeting, I'd go to Adega Grill on Ferry Street

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                                ELA RE: Curlz Mar 6, 2014 02:23 PM

                                I went...excellent!!! Thank you very much for the recommendation.

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                                  Curlz RE: ELA Mar 6, 2014 05:03 PM

                                  So happy to hear you liked it! When I worked in Newark that was my go-to for any business lunch or dinner. I also used to have committee meetings (15-20ppl) in their back room. Great spot and the food and service have always been terrific.

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                              DownNeckBetty RE: swannee Jan 28, 2014 07:17 PM

                              Fornos, Don Pepe and both Iberia's are very 'touristy'. I would recommend, Seabra;s Mariqueira or Sol Mar.

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                                cke25 RE: DownNeckBetty Jan 29, 2014 01:40 AM


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                                scarlet knight RE: swannee Feb 9, 2014 12:48 AM

                                We went to Seabra's after a recent Devils' game. Friday night at 9:45pm, so primetime.

                                We ordered mussels in red sauce and fried calamari. Both very chewy and did not seem fresh. Very disappointing for a marisquera!

                                Going back to Solmar or Mompou next time.

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                                  fourunder RE: scarlet knight Feb 9, 2014 09:08 AM

                                  I don't think it was a question of being fresh....both were over-cooked., which makes them both chewy and unpleasant to the nose.

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                                    ELA RE: fourunder Feb 9, 2014 07:45 PM

                                    Agreed...same with their octopus...if it's overcooked it gets rubbery and chewy. They are known for their seafood. Sorry if you had a bad experience. Give them another shot. I've never had fish there that wasn't fresh, and I've never had anything chewy or overcooked. Sorry again.

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                                    jmoryl RE: scarlet knight Feb 10, 2014 09:28 AM

                                    Just curious: were the mussels the green-lipped kind? Several places in Ironbound serve these in lieu of the usual black ones, and I'm not wild about them. They usually (always?) come frozen from NZ, which is a shame considering how good the fresh farmed ones from Atlanic Canada are.

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                                    big1515 RE: swannee Feb 10, 2014 09:36 AM

                                    Went to the Iberian Peninsula about 10 days ago. We found it to be substandard and not even a shell of what it used to be. We asked for some cold lobsters they stated that they do not serve cold lobsters anymore. We then ordered the broiled lobsters without stuffing all three orders came with stuffing. I know at times there is a language problem however all of the wait staff are great at math.

                                    To make a trip Newark for the ironbound section, may be a major disappointment depending on what restaurant you choose.

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                                      DownNeckBetty RE: big1515 Feb 10, 2014 01:47 PM

                                      I won't go to either of the Iberia restaurants. Nor will I go to don Pepe or Fornos. They are for the tourists.
                                      I have never had a bad meal at Seabra's Mariqueira or Sol Mar. I haven't been myself, but I have heard nothing but good things about Adega. If I want less formal dining, I go to Picnic on East Ferry St.

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                                      josephnl RE: swannee Mar 6, 2014 07:12 PM

                                      I know it's not Potuguese, nevertheless I've been told that one of the best Iberian restaurants in the Iron Bound is the Spanish Tavern. Is this true?

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