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........  Best:  Fornos of Spain (Newark- Spanish);  Seabra (Newark- Portuguese)
Pintxo y Tapas: Spanish; Englewood; 47 Dean @ Palisade; 22/20/$38; 201-569-9999; Some of the best Tapas anywhere; Large selection of mouthwatering, authentic delicacies; All meals come with complimentary soup; Paellas are excellent; Plenty of hot a la carte items to pick; Best of all- the Sangria. Name changed from Tapas de Espana. Facelift has caused slight decline in quality.  Portions huge.  Reliable quality. Paellas so-so.
Segovia RestaurantPortuguese; Moonachie; 150 Moonachie Rd; 23/16/$38; 201-641-4266; Extremely personable service; Wonderful seafood combinations; Lobster tails to die for; You will be treated like family; Energetic setting where you will leave full & satisfied; One of best of its genre outside of Newark. Try the shrimp in garlic sauce. Chilean Sea Bass;  Even the steak is well prepared. Red & White sangria available. Fairly loud and often a wait. Endless specials. If you can’t get to Newark go here. Tapas menu as well.  
Adega GrillPortuguese/ Spanish; Newark; 130 Ferry St @ Madison; 21/22/$39; 973-589-8830; One of the fancier of the genre; Gigantic portions of incredible fish and seafood dishes; Large wine list; Epic quality sangria; Friendly staff in lively yet elegant-ish setting. Romantic option in the area. Hip adjacent lounge. Try the grilled seabass or lobster tails; Service is excellent.  Has a large bar. 

Allegro Seafood Grill: Portuguese; Newark; 58 Kossuth St; 23/22/$33; 973-344-4500; Amazing portions that promise a great bang for the buck; Nice outdoor patio for summer; Smallish place and parking tricky at peak hours; Courteous service; Great alternative; Garlic shrimp special; Pitchers of sangria; Menu is endless – features tons of seafood and fish, especially lobster and shrimp. They will grill calamari for you and add it to a salad.


Campino Mercado: Portuguese; Newark; 70 Jabez; 22/18/$38; 973-589-4004; Large portions at great prices – enough to share; Nice setting with murals of the homeland on the walls; Large space – lots of room and attentive service bordering on excellent; Seafood appetizer for 2 for $28 is worth it (Lobster, Shrimp, Crab); Try the Portuguese Paella. Seafood focused menu.

Casa VascaSpanish; Newark; 141 Elm St; 23/16/$36; 973-465-1350; Huge menu of amazing seafood selections; Steak selections as well; Massive portions of food all served with soup and rice; Shellfish central; Can dine at the bar. Stands out among the many Newark options. Bit off the beaten track; Full bar; Free parking; Menu is huge. Attentive service and reasonably priced.  

Chateau of Spain: Spanish; Newark; 11 Franklin @ Broad-Mulberry; 22/17/$37; 973-624-3346; Serving classical Spanish and Portuguese cuisine;  Also – great variety of American classics;  Casual bistro bar set up; Try the seafood paella, Shrimp enchiladas, Snow Crab legs, broiled lobster, King Crab, a variety of steaks and lamb and veal. Great location near Prudential Center. King Crab Legs. Lobster tails!  
Don Pepe: Spanish; Newark; 844 McCarter Hwy @ Raymond; 21/17/$41; 973-623-4662; Truly the home for gigantic portions of lobster and steak; Tasty sangria is a must beverage here; The seafood paellas are outstanding as well;  More than enough to share; Lobster stuffed with crabmeat; Shrimp in garlic sauce; Various steaks, veal chops – oh it’s just perfect for a feast. Excellent pricing. Service is iffy.
Fernandes SteakhousePortuguese; Newark; 152-158 Fleming Av; 25/21/$40; 973-589-4099; Rodizio at its best; Servers come by with endless meat offering on skewers; Huge portions if ordering off menu- seafood is outstanding; Large salad bar/ buffet; Festive atmosphere; Great bang for the buck. Perfect for a boys night out; Your stomach will be stuffed. Rave reviews from all sources. Large place. Broiled seafood combo;  King Crab; Lobster Tails; Has a full bar.

Fornos of SpainSpanish; Newark; 47 Ferry St; 24/20/$46; 973-589-4767; Huge portions of delectable steak, seafood and

paella; Great for large groups or sharing; One of the more famous Ironbound Spaniards; Sangria to die for; Fun, festive

atmosphere. Surf and Turf is worth trying. Paella is excellent. Lobsters calling your name. Free parking; 250 seat restaurant.

Pricy for genre. Excellent service – reliable.   


Iberia Peninsula: Portuguese/ Spanish; Newark; 63-69 Ferry & 80-84 Ferry @ Prospect; 22/18/$43; 973-344-5611; Featuring fabulous Rodizio – with 10 selections; Huge place that expanded to 2ndlocation; Try their Parrilhada – seafood platter for 2 ($41.95) with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari and flounder. Whole lobsters available 1-6lbs; Free parking in 500 car lot; Full bar; King Crab; Giant menu with huge portions. Sangria - $20 pitchers.  Great website. 


MompouSpanish; Newark; 77 Ferry St @ Congress; 23/22/$37; 973-578-8114; Tapas house; Serious Martini menu as =

well-all for $9.50; About 20 different Tapas to choose from which can be served in larger portions as well. Sophisticated

with a beautiful courtyard; Entertainment on weekends. Lounge feel; Happy Hour weekdays from 4-7pm; Not your typical

Ironbound restaurant.  Outdoor courtyard. Full bar. Has Grilled Calamari on menu;  Sea Bass. 


Seabra Marisqueira: Portuguese; Newark; 87 Madison St @ Ferry; 24/16/$37; 973-465-1250; Authentic seafooder; Large portions; Free parking; Great service though bland décor; Full bar; Notable selections are Codfish, Grilled Jumbo shrimp, King Crab Legs, and Twin grilled Lobster tails.  Lobster stuffed with crab as well; Lots of steaks as well; Don’t forget a pitcher of sangria.  Rave reviews.  Grilled Calamari.


Sol Mar: Portuguese; Newark; 267 Ferry; 24/20/$37; 973-344-8540; Fresh fish, seafood and steaks; Connected to a bar; More laid back for the area; Fabulous value and spot on service; Get taken back to Lisbon; Smaller menu than most of this genre as they focus on quality. Just a gorgeous interior; Website has a great written description of the culture of the place. Stuffed Lobster with Crab meat! Quality galore.


Spain: Spanish; Newark; 419 Market St @ Raymond; 22/18/$38; 973-344-0994; Beautiful murals on the walls; Well spaced tables, lively atmosphere; Old school Spain feel; Giant menu focusing on splendid seafood entrees including Lobster; Various combinations and sauces to choose from; Noted Spanish wine list. Huge portions of steak and seafood. Close to train. Free parking. Known for the Paella.


Spanish Manor: Spanish; Newark; 246 Heller Pkwy; 23/19/$26; 973-481-2500; Spacious setting; Reasonable prices and monstrous portions; Frog Legs appetizer; The paella is excellent; Clams are garlicky and excellent for bread to dip in; Extremely friendly service; Shrimp in garlic sauce; Huge menu with over 20 meat and seafood entrees; Call for specials or Grilled calamari.  


Spanish TavernSpanish; Newark; 103 McWhorter St; 24/17/$45; 973-589-4959; Gigantic portions; Seafood heaven; The lobster and paella stand out; The usual lively setting ideal for a group or celebration; Bit more expensive than competition but the quality is there. Just a huge menu and you will leave with a full stomach. Well reviewed Sangria as well. Solid wine list. Professional service. Free parking. Get take-out after a day game!  Seafood is super fresh. #1 ranked in Trip Advisor. Paella Valenciana!


Taste of Portugal: Portuguese; Newark; 148 Delancey St; 21/17/$37; 973-274-0600; Authentic regional cuisine; Fun bar and great sangria; Try the clams casino, Grilled Lobster, Crab-stuffed lobster; Paella Valenciana, or Twin lobster tails. Also features a nice selection of fish including sole, swordfish, red snapper, and codfish.  Steaks include grilled prime rib and Pork chops with clams. Can’t go wrong! 


Tony Da CanecaPortuguese; Newark; 72 Elm Rd; 22/18/$39; 973-589-6882; Around since 1965, serving its loyal

cliental; Charming, attentive staff; Comfortable, well spaced tables; Highest quality seafood and grilled steaks;

Wonderful combo paella; Superb Clam and Crab appetizers. Large bar area- fun crowd. Rabbit stew and suckling pig available

on weekends. Lobster & clams galore. Skirt Steak. Soft shell crabs.   




Tapas de EspanaSpanish; North Bergen; 7909 Bergenline Av; 23/20/$38; 201-453-1690; Some of the best Tapas in Bergen; Large selection of mouthwatering, authentic delicacies; All meals come with complimentary soup; Paellas are excellent; Plenty of hot a la carte items to pick; Best of all- the Sangria. Friendly service to boot.  Date-friendly décor and also great for a mid-sized group. Flavorful steaks.




Meson Madrid: Spanish; Palisades Park. 343 Bergen Blvd; 20/18/$35; 201-947-1038;  Website is excellent. Pan Seared

Sea Bass; Beef Short Ribs; Prime Rib; Huge portions of their non-tapas menu; About 30 Tapas as well; Twin Lobster special for $30.95; Wonderful Paellas; Broiled Lobster tails; Full Bar; Fun vibe; While not as good as the best Ironbound Spaniards, it is still a solid option.  Been around 30+ years.




EL CidSpanish; Paramus; 205 Paramus Rd @ Century – Rt 4; 22/17/$48; 201-843-0123; Lobster central. All time huge portions of seafood, Paella, ribs, and Prime Rib; Try the Twin Lobsters = ‘3’ one-pounders; Tasty sangria; Overall- fun, family style dining for not too much! Mixed bag on service. Recent reviews have prices going up and cleanliness going down.  Prime Rib is gigantic. Excellent sangria. More than enough to share.