i'm interested in portuguese, spanish, and brazilian food in the newark area. i don't care if it's in the ironbound or not; i know that there are a lot of brazilians and portuguese in kearny, harrison, east newark, belleville, union, and hillside these days, so i'm sure there are some good eateries in those towns as well.
i know this topic gets asked all the time on this board, but was hoping for some fresh tips. i've been to ferry st in newark's ironbound district many times and have been to most of the usual suspects (iberia, brasilia, tony da caneca, casa vasca, fornos of spain, seabra's marrisquiera, etc.) and have been increasingly dissatisfied with these options. i feel there has to be better out there, but haven't had a chance to go back to newark in months. hopefully some of you eat there regularly and can help me out.
i've asked around and done some internet research (including on this board) and come across a few places. i was wondering if any of you have been to the following, and if so, what was your experience and which dishes do you recommend, if any:
-poeta (portuguese--97 lang st, newark; reviewed by robert sietsema in the village voice)
-boi na brasa (brazilian riodizio--70 adams st, newark; received very favorable review in the voice
-burnet (portuguese bbq chicken--2 locations in union): i realize that jim leff and others highly touted it back around 2000/2001, but i'm wondering if anyone has been here recently and can vouch for its quality nowadays
-solar do minho (either portuguese or brazilian, not sure--15 cleveland st, belleville)
-torremolinos restaurant (portuguese--190 midland ave, kearny)
-beira mar of spain restaurant (spanish--18 downing st, newark)
also, about a year ago i went to tapajos river steak house, a brazilian riodizio on 28 wilson st toward the eastern end of the main portuguese/brazilian drag. i thought the food was mediocre at best but the village voice critic had given it a great review several years earlier, so it's either declined or i came on an off-night.
again, if you have any recommendations that i didn't already mention, please share. thanks.