Rutt's serves just about the ugliest looking hot dog around. Deep fat fried rather than steamed or grilled. Cooked until its skin is mangled and torn. That's the classic Ripper, shown above - proving that beauty, rather than being skin deep, comes from deep within. The meek can order "In and Outers" - hardly wrinkled at all. Strong of spirit might consider a couple of "Cremators" cooked to a tasty black.
Whatever style, top them with a layer of Rutt's secret relish, the secret ingredients being chopped cabbage and carrots
Iberia Tavern & Restaraunt 'The Oldest Portuguese Restaraunt' (in Newark? in New York? in America?)
We had paella here and some of the best swordfish I've ever had in my entire life (have I ever had swordfish before?). MMMMMM. The fish and lobster were so buttery and tender, and you wash it down with glasses of sangria... very cute waiters too!
Favorite Dish: any of the seafood dishes! simply scrupmtious
Brasilian Restaraunt is--duh! a Brasilian restaraunt! On weekends it's crowded with bustling Brasilian and Portuguese families pigging out on meat, meat, and more meat. i think there was one salad item on the menu, but even that was smothered in meat. Try the authentic Brasilian dish of chiarrasco (spelling?) in which handsome dark haired waiters come to your table and slice of hunk after hunk of red, tender beef and chicken. (the chicken was absolutely divine, just heaven on earth) The fish dishes were also exquisitely cooked with yummy Brasilian starche stews like yucca and beans.
highlight: the back room has a mega gigantic wide screen television broadcasting Brasilian television. we got drunk on sangria (more of a Portuguese than Brasilian dish) mourning the Bush inauguration, but that thankfull was cut short by several hours of Xuxa
from what I have been told one of the
better brasilian restaurants in the
Favorite Dish: all the sidedishes as they are delicious
and the rest is very meat-oriented which
doesn't cut it for a vegetarian like me...
beware there is meat in the refried beans
Arthur's Downtown. The food at Arthur's is of the same variety as that of Maize. You'll find Chilean Sea Bass and other such delectables prepared similarly to the restaurant up Park Place, but Arthur's is a bit cheaper, has an atmosphere that lacks the panache of Maize and the food, while indeed excellent, just isn't quite at the standard set by Maize.
Maize Restaurant in the Robert Treat Hotel. My parents took me here for my birthday last summer and wow was it exquisite. It is probably the most expensive restaurant in Newark (which puts it in about the same price range as your average NYC eatery) but the food was as good as I've ever tasted. Even my parents, who used to frequent Bouley in downtown Manhattan (before 9/11) and LeCirque in midtown, were eminently impressed by the new age American/French food served here.
Favorite Dish: My advice to anyone who eats there is to order anything on the menu, it'll be great but when it comes time for dessert, get either the creme brulee or the chocolate souffle.
If you're more in the mood for something light and trendy, check out Newark's preemptive response to Starbucks (which just recently invaded), the Euphoria Cafe. Great for a sandwich and some gourmet coffee while also providing live entertainment at night in the form of poetry readings and light jazz, this is definitely the most Bohemian restaurant in the area.
Hobbie's Deli (great corned beef, pastrami sandwiches, etc. Dinners are also available) corner of Branford Place and Halsey Street. This place has been there a very long time and probably is the last of the Jewish Deli's in Newark. The food there is awesome! If you haven't been there, you're missing out on something special!
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McGovern's Tavern, on New Street, between Halsey Street and Washington Street (across from Rutgers College) Nice atmoshere, congenial bar tenders. A bit of the Old Sod in the heart of Newark! A richly ethnic Irish Bar (just check out the juke box!) with all the drinks that are fitting. Food is served daily and is delicious.
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Krug's Tavern on Wilson Ave. serves the best all around food in the neighborhood. Especially their One (1) pound hamburger! This is a meal in itself. They have specials everyday of the week, and one of their best sellers is fresh ham. Prices are good and all their food is excellent. Anyone visiting the area should stop by and try out Down Necks own.
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