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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicokitchenbar.com
  • Phone: (973) 642-1226
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Friday

    Dinner: Monday - Friday

    Monday through Thursday until 9pm

    Friday until 11pm

    Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with the performances only
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ryan DePersio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any event from office breakfasts, lunches or dinners, private parties, corporate events, weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mulberry Street
  • Public Transit: Newark Light Rail - NJPAC
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: NICO offers free parking with validation (although not in conjunction with any NJPAC performance)
A word from Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
NICO Kitchen + Bar, the “Italian without Borders” restaurant concept from celebrated New Jersey Chef Ryan DePersio of Fascino and Bar Cara fame, is located in downtown Newark at NJPAC. Known for its power lunch week days, sophisticated happy hour, and contemporary, “shared plates” offerings, it also provides a delicious prelude to guests attending performances by offering a value-priced prix fixe menu before every curtain. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "right next to the theatre- no fuss no muss service excellent, food as well- can't go wrong"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Nico's Thursday evening, prior to seeing Earth, Wind and Fire. When we arrived we were greeted by a lady who could not find our reservation, after mispronouncing our name several times. Thankfully, the rest of the staff was very professional and attentive. Our server, Sean, was very personable and timely, without being intrusive. Our main issue, other than the limited show night menu, was the food. The crab balls contained little, if any, crab. they were also lacking any flavor. The chicken breast was very dry and flavorless. My wife enjoyed the Flounder, and we enjoyed dessert. If we were to return there for any reason, it would be to have a couple of drinks at the bar."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had tickets for Rain at NJPAC and saw this restaurant was actually part of the Art Center. Arrived around 5:30 and was very happy to see they had a happy hour going on. Both my wife and I ordered a nice cocktail at the Bar, enjoyed it and then were taken to our table in the large dinning room. Food, Service, etc was great. Next time and every time I am at NJPAC,I will be having dinner at Nico ."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Was going to see Il Volo @ NJPAC and decided to eat at Nico . We were seated immediately and we thought this is a nice place. The menu was strictly Pre-Fixe so we thought we would have plenty of time. We were excited that there was soft shell crabs on the menu. Unfortunately they were out of the crabs We were the first 20- 30 people in the restaurant and they're out of crabs?). The waiter assured us that our main course would be out shortly ( on three separate occasions ). The flounder was served on top of cold and under cooked vegetables and the steak was cool served over cold dry polenta. We told our server we were unhappy with the meal so the manager came by and paid for our two drinks from the bar and took 10% off the bill. NOT HAPPY"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Would recommend because it is conveniently located if you're attending a performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Food was very good but service was terrible. Was forced to cut steak with a butter knife. Although a steak knife was requested it didn't arrive to our table until we were practically done our meal. We had to wait to eat our dessert because we had no cutlery. Couldn't even stir sugar in the expresso."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "bread was day old....drinks came after appetizer.....one of the three entrees was good....the others had little flavor.....quite overpriced for what it is."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was pleasantly suprised. Food and service were very good. Very noisy."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "PARK THE CAR AND ENTER THE RESTAURANT FOR FABULOUS FOOD - IT IS SO CONVENIENT - THE PIX FIX MENU WAS REASONABLE WITH GREAT SELECTIONS -"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Ate there before seeing Rain at the PAC. Service and meal were excellent."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nico is guaranteed to have good food and good service."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have business in Newark three times a year, and besides the Spanish Tavern, Nico's is the only place I've been to that is worth repeating. This was my second time to Nico, and it was good. Fit enough for foodies, but not outstanding. Cocktails read well on the menu but disappoint upon arrival. Wines are very good. Service was very good. We each ordered different entrees, and the meats were all prepared properly. Tasty vegetables. Will I come back to Nico's and bring others from my business group? Yes, until I find someplace else in Newark to beat it on our reliable destination restaurant list, but so far, I'm not finding anything. So tough as a foodie to find epic meals in Newark with NYC (that is loaded with them) so close in proximity."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The menu never really changes. Food is ok, but expensive for what it is."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "As NJSO concertgoers, we are happy to have Nico so convenientlly located at NJPAC. Being in the same complex makes pre concert dinner a huge plus for an evening's entertainment. The prix fixe dinner at $42 for three courses including a non alcoholic beverage is ideal."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had allowed over 1 1/2 to dine and we're rushed from the moment we entered the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, however the bar gets pretty crazy and loud. Waitress was great. She made sure our food courses were timed right for the concert."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is the second time we ate here. The first time the food was excellent, this time it was fair. Had to select from the set menu before a show and the selection was not great. Food was only ok and the desserts were not tasty at all. Disappointed. Waiter was very pleasant and other staff were very nice. Did not rush us."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I took my Mom here for a pre-show dinner before seeing The Midtown Men. I had hoped to be able to order off the main menu, as the selections sounded interesting - but being a show night, we could only order off the price fixe menu. We had only wanted to have appetizers, and Nico's allowed us to order 1 price fixe meal and share it at no extra cost. The food was A M A Z I N G, and although the portions were on the small side - they were actually just enough and very satisfying. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We made reservations before going to the show at NJ PAC. It worked out perfect, we got to the show in time to get great parking. Enjoyed a nice calm dinner, reasonably priced and great variety of food choices. Service was attentive, atomosphere sophisticated, overal a great place. After dinner, we were able to slip right from the restaurant into the NJ PAC thru a side entrance. It was a rainy night and this was greatly appreciated. In addition knew we were already at the show and could relax prior to enjoying the preformance. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went, like everyone else, because we were headed to a show at NJPAC. We hoped only that it would be adequate, but it was genuinely good. I got the beets with st. germaine emulsion and the branzino. My wife got a salad and a pasta thing with chicken. The branzino was great, almost a 5 star dish. The beets and pasta were pretty good and the salad was more than adequate. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food is amazing at Nico's. I have eaten here many times and each time it is consistent. Nice menu, great service and wonderful for eating before a concert at NJPAC. Pleasant experience every time. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was very good, but portions were on the small side considering the price. Waiter was attentive and friendly, but not as knowledgeable of the restaurant's offerings as he should have been. He did go out of his way to answer questions and get answers though. We would probably only eat here before a show at NJPAC as a matter of convenience. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "In order for my husband to have a hamburger, I had to call ahead in the afternoon and get the chef's explicit approval, as it was only on the lunch menu. When we arrived, another table of about 20 people had also wanted to order hamburgers, but they were turned down by the staff, so our table had to move away from their sightline so my husband could receive his pre-approved burger. Otherwise, that larger table would have been upset. We understood and politely moved without incident, but the best way to solve the keen desire for a cheeseburger at dinner by many diners is to put one on the menu! It was really delicious when received, but I've never had to jump through hoops like this just so that my husband could have a burger at dinnertime."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was good but portions were small. The Price was reasonable."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Be warned, only prix fixe at tables when a performance is scheduled. ONLY. Seating at the bar was very attentive and the short ribs were absolutely delicious and available a la carte."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time at Nico, great space, earnest wait staff; food was ordinary and not festive enough for a holiday brunch. Great salads, nice omelet station, but most dishes were cold...hmmm, not enough sterno? Strawberry shortcake and salty, caramel brownies were outstanding...we'll be back for dinner and a show...which was our original plan!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were at the Mother's Day Brunch before attending the Ailey matinee, an ideal location before the performance. Salads and omelets were very good but turkey breast and steak filets were overcooked and tough. The dessert bar was inconveniently located and sparse. Service was fine for a buffet offering. Foods and salad dressings should have been labelled."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I treated a college friend to dinner for her birthday, prior to seeing Alvin Ailey at NJPAC. It was a wonderful experience! The service was courteous and professional; the hostesses made us feel very welcome; the wait staff was efficient, knowledgeable and friendly; the food was tasty, nicely presented and served at the appropriate temperature! I personally compliment the waiter (Shawn) and commended him to the manager. It was clear that the manager sets the tone and standards for his Team. (Regrets that I do not have the manager's name to mention specifically.) It was an exceptionally pleasant evening!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is wonderful and service is outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Tremendously convenient when attending NJPAC, but the food is mediocre at best. Pricing is upscale, as is the environment of the restaurant itself, and the presentation of the food; sadly, the food is no better than what you you could get at any decent New Jersey diner at a fraction of the price."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The meal was fabulous from beginning to end. Ryan DePersio never disappoints. Grilled Bronzini was out of this world. Service is friendly and attentive. Best bet for pre-show dinner (great value at $42 pre-fixe) but also great for just a wonderful night out. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We booked Nico before a performance and were told the time of our reservation would leave us enough time to eat and see the show. It should have, but the bar area where they sat us was so crowded, it was 20 minutes before we even got a drink order in! Since we were forced to have a prix fixe 3 course meal, we had to bolt our dessert and coffee to make the performance. Not a pleasant experience. The food was fine... but be sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy it!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Nico provides an excellent prix fixe menu for the pre-theater crowd going to the NJPAC; lots of meals in a small window. Although crowded and noisy in the hour before show time with an expected "big hair" Jersey clientele (some of the outfits are priceless), they execute it well. Meal was so good, I'd go back on a night when there is no performance. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Nico was good enough to visit, even without attending a performance at the NJPAC! Reasonably priced interesting prix-fixe menu, excellent service. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We were not completely satisfied with the limited choices at the pre-fixe menu, but were happy with what we got. May be problem for repeat visit."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The menu is always interesting and the food excellent! You need to make reservations well in advance as it's the only good restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "There was a terrible noise level in the room. There was no ambience. The food was o.k., and the service was very good. We liked the previous restaurant more than Nico. We will not go back because of the noise."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Convenient spot for dining before performances at NJPAC. Pre fixe, superb meals, but limited vegetarian choices. Rather noisy. Leave at least one and a half hours for dinner before a performance. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had been waiting to try the restaurant prior to a concert and were looking forward to it. Big disappointment. We waited a long time for our wine to be delivered, as well as our appetizers. The meal was good but nothing special and they forgot to give us the dessert that came with the prix fix. They never asked if we would care for another glass of wine and when they brought tea after the meal they didn't ask if we wanted milk or lemon. They served nothing with it. I don't know if it was an off night because others have seemingly liked it but I would not return. Too expensive for too little pleasure."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed the convenience of being close to the concert hall."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had a pre fixe meal before our show. The gnocchi were overcooked and the broccoli rabe was bland. However, the steak was well cooked and the chick was delicious. Not, to take away from the food, but the service from our waitress, Nicole, was amazing! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014