Best Newark, NJ Restaurants

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    10. Brasilia Grill

    The spread at this casual Brazilian restaurant is guaranteed to take on and handle even the biggest appetites. To whet your palate, the gigantic salad bar features fresh, tasty tidbits like aurgula, palm hearts and...

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    8. Don Pepe

    Housed in a large complex just off a busy Newark street, Don Pepe provides a casual dining experience. The dining room is usually bustling and locals frequent the restaurant for large offerings, including great...

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    7. Casa Vasca

    Casa Vasca is considered one of the best Spanish restaurants in Newark, and it is certainly one of the busiest. Known for a Spanish-Basque menu that includes wonderfully presented seafood fare and succulent meat...

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    6. Theater Square Grill

    This posh restaurant in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has so much to offer! A menu with New American influence and specialty seafood dishes is sure to delight. An excellent pre-show dinner choice and an ideal...

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    5. Adega Grill

    This attractive restaurant, whose interior features stone fireplaces and archways, wrought iron gates, and walls painted in earthy yellows, is one of the best reasons to venture out to Ironbound. Fabulous Portuguese...

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    4. Je's

    Soul food has never been done as right as it is at Je's, a friendly little storefront dive on Williams that sees folks from all walks of life come through its doors from week to week. Down-home delights, most of them...

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    3. Assaggini Di Roma

    One of Newark's more established and well-respected Italian restaurants, Assaggini is proverbably packed at lunch and dinner, a testament no doubt to the kitchen crew's knack for delivering topnotch seafood and pasta...

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    2. 27 Mix

    This restaurant and bar, whose cool, colorful interior is the brainchild local designer Madeline Ruiz, serves as a gathering place for Newark's best and brightest. They're attracted, no doubt, by the opportunity of...

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    1. Fornos of Spain

    This casual spot is popular for sangria and authentic Spanish cuisine. For over 20 years, Fornos has offered generous portions served by an attentive waitstaff. The wood-walled dining room adds comfort and intimacy....

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About Newark, NJ Restaurants

Newark possesses a handful of culinary gems – the trick is just finding them. If you want to dine with up-and-comers, your best bet's the Ironbound District, filled with upscale, contemporary eateries and a scrumptious selection of Spanish and Portuguese eats. The rustic, yet charming Adega Grille specializes in imported wines and authentic dishes made with fresh fish and organic meat, and the Spanish-Basque cuisine at the popular Casa Vasca dining room is also a treat. In downtown Newark you'll also find flavorful options.

About Elizabeth Baxley

Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.

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