Newark, New Jersey is well-known for its unique flavor, but you can’t truly appreciate it until you settle in to dine at some of the area’s finest local restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a fast lunch on the cheap or an elegant pre-theater dinner, this city has something for every foodie. You’ll find hot and cold salad bars, grilled steak, seafood, and even delicious fusion cuisine, paired with carefully selected wines and dessert to top it all off, and you can enjoy it all without breaking your budget. Try out our top picks for Newark cuisine!
Eat Your Fill at Brasilia Grill
The Brasilia Grill stands out in Newark for its Brazilian menu, featuring native dishes with truly original flavors. You’re sure to get your fill thanks to the hot and cold salad bar and all-you-can-eat BBQ. Expect to find delicious options like arugula and palm hearts in place of the wilted lettuce other restaurants offer. If you’re not interested in the all-you-can-eat option, you’ll find a generous menu with seafood, steak, and chicken.
Grab an Affordable Lunch at O Preguinho Cafe & Grill
Stop in to O Preguinho Cafe & Grill and grab a sandwich for just $6. The affordable menu will leave you with plenty of room for dessert, filling out your meal for less than $10. Located less than ten minutes from cheap airport hotels, this Portuguese restaurant always provides friendly service and daily specials. Book a room at an affordable spot like the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport on Hipmunk.com for an all-around budget vacation.
Enjoy Elegant Dining at Maize
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If your idea of the perfect meal includes light jazz in the background and an elegant atmosphere, Maize should top your list of must-try spots in Newark. The menu includes gourmet options like grilled prime rib in mushroom sauce and homemade crepes filled with crab meat. Located on the ground floor of the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, this is a foodie favorite that offers delighted diners the opportunity to stay upstairs for convenient access throughout their stay.
Sip Carefully Paired Wines at the Spanish Tavern
At the Spanish Tavern, the wine and food go together flawlessly. Enjoy carefully selected Spanish wines with your authentic regional dishes. The menu includes a wide selection of seafood, steak, lamb chops, pork chops, chicken, and veal. Don’t miss the paella, which is particularly delicious. The Spanish Tavern offers lunch, dinner, and a to-go menu for tired travellers looking to take a meal back to the room.
Dine Late at 27 Mix
The bar at 27 Mix keeps things busy here till midnight or later most nights of the week, but you should arrive in time for a meal before the kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m. This restaurant serves southwestern, Asian, and Italian fusion cuisine. The stand-out menu includes items like the chipotle chicken caesar wrap, grilled marinated hanger steak in gravy with port wine, and beer-battered tilapia with shoestring fries.
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Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites including Hipmunk. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.