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Spanish, Portuguese, or Brazilian recommendations in the Newark area

freshfigs | May 14, 2009 01:44 PM

Looking for a good Spanish, Portuguese, or Brazilian restaurant in Newark or its surrounding communities (Kearny, East Newark, Harrison, Belleville, Elizabeth, Union, Hillside, etc).

I've been to a number of the Newark Ironbound standbys (Casa Vasca, Seabra Marisqueira, Tony da Caneca, Iberia, Fornos of Spain, Spain Restaurant, Picnic, Brasilia Grill, Adega Grill) and have not really been impressed by any of them. They're ok, but nothing remarkable - maybe I need to order from the daily specials menu in the bar area (something that others here have recommended in the past)?

There are also a bunch of places that I've never been to but sound interesting, including Sol-Mar, Coimbra, Paleio Bar & Grill, McWhorter BBQ, Portugalia, and Cafe Opcao. Has anyone been to these spots? If so, what do you think, and what dishes would you recommend?

Please chime in if you agree or disagree with the reviewers in the external links I've provided:

Sol-Mar (Portuguese seafood): http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-05-0...
Coimbra (Portuguese): http://www.yelp.com/biz/coimbra-newark
Paleio Bar & Grill (Not sure if it's Portuguese or Brazilian, but it looks to be a slick, trendy restaurant/bar/nightspot): http://www.paleio.com/index.php
McWhorter BBQ (Portuguese bbq): http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-09-2...
Portugalia (Portuguese bar/restaurant): couldn't find any articles about it
Cafe Opçao (Seems to be a Brazilian or Portuguese cafe - can anyone confirm?): http://www.cafeopcao.com/

There's also a brazilian riodizio called Boi Na Brasa:

I've been to its smaller original location on Adams Street, which was good initially, but merely ok on more recent visits (mainly because their meats were too salty).

Has anyone been to this place recently? If so, what are your thoughts?

Boi Na Brasa also has a huge, gaudy newer location on Merchant Street, which I have not visited. For those who have, is it better (or worse) than the Adams Street branch? Are there any cuts of meat that are recommended or should be avoided? How are their cocktails and other alcoholic drinks?

What about Casanova, which is another Brazilian bbq spot in the Ironbound? How does it compare with Boi Na Brasa, Brasilia, and the other riodizios in the area?


I've also noticed some humble Brazilian cafes scattered around the neighborhood. I do not recall the names of these places at the moment, but hopefully some of you know what I'm talking about.

Any Spanish, Portuguese, or Brazilian recommendations outside of Newark in towns like Kearny, Harrison, Union, etc are welcome, too.

Thanks in advance.

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