Marcus B & P

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Marcus Samuelsson’s brings his passion for food and culture to the Newark neighborhood with Marcus B&P. Named for the Swedish concept of BP or “back pocket,” this is a spot where you can meet your family, friends, or coworkers at the Bar (the “B”) or take home some delicious locally grown Provisions (the “P”) any night of the week. We pride ourselves on highlighting the spirit of Newark by hiring our family of staff from within the community, buying from local purveyors, and hosting and partaking in community events.
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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for my mom’s birthday. The service was great. They gave her a free glass of wine and the table a complementary salad. So A+ for that part of the service. But it took so long for our dishes to arrive. And they care separately. It was as if the kitchen forgot to make our order and were reminded after we inquired about food.
My linguine with crab was terribly bland. No amount of salt would fix it. My mom and brother enjoyed their dishes. The cornbread was great. And so was the salt cod fritters.

LT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our way to the NJ PAC for a show. Food was inventive, delicious and portion sizes were just right. Servers were attentive and personable, good eye contact and demeanor. We had cocktails and wine and all were perfect. Little on the pricey side for Newark but matches the quality. Have been here other times without the time constraint of going to a show. Those times were also great. The Cacio e Pepe is outstanding.

FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We looked forward to our visit. The four of us were seated at a table near the bar, making conversation nearly impossible given the din. Our waitress was excellent, but the kitchen sent out appetizers for two of us and then two salads ten minutes later for the other two. Ten minutes later...for salads! Entrees were served to three of us and then to the fourth about eight minutes later. The char was over cooked. The cod fritters might just as well have been a salt lick. We liked the waitress though.

RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were beyond reproach. Very nice ambience.

PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very well prepared but grew cold very quickly. Will return as overall this is a very good restaurant. Particularly gracious front of house staffers. Tea selection needs to be replenished. Thank you.

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience from food to service. Casual atmosphere. Menu selection small but well thought out for carnivores to vegetarians.
Comfort food with a sophisticated twist.
Cocktails fun and creative.
Service is excellent.

S
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with my family for my sisters birthday. She never disappoints. Everything was delicious. The Spaghetti Piccadilly was quite tasty. The Fried chicken was delicious with the Pri Pri hot sauce (must have). Mango Margarita = 5 stars. And for dessert we had carrot cake and the brownie and ice cream. The sauce for the carrot cake took us to the moon.

S
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the cornbread. Then eat everything else. And save room for dessert.

AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch was delicious, though somewhat pricey for quantity. Nice jazz duo playing in background. Shared frittata, 2 pizzas, french toast, eggs Benedict, grits, cornbread and one dessert among 4. With 1 drink per person and coffee, count on $50 per person. We had fantastic service--water refilled without asking, table cleared and cleaned (with new silverware and plates) in between "courses." Although cornbread was very good, and we were told it was shareable among 4, it is really only for 1 or 2.

LH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the drinks were strong and flavorful.

s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very attentive, food was good but not amazing. Nevertheless, it’s great having a spot open for Sunday brunch in downtown Newark.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service!

AF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best shrimp and grits. EVER. If someone tries to share it with you tell them NO. SO good.

FF
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great visit!

AF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The space is very cute and trendy on a very trendy block. After 5, the parking lot nearby is 6.

However, I went to Red Rooster the previous week and loved the service.

Unfortunately, Marcus B&P doesn't compare. The server are very young and cool looking.

However, while the servers at Red Rooster were like a well oiled machine continuously checking in and refilling glasses, or giving clean glasses, or giving you new flatware (ONLY when you're done with the old), however, here when I asked for ice with our water (they gave us a glass without a spoon to use). While I was still eating my appetizer, the young man came and cleaned the table for the next course (temporarily removing the silverware while I was literally and clearly still eating i.e. fork in hand)

Also, there was a huge wait for the chicken. And if they had checked on us in between, especially to refill water glasses, it would've been fine.

Red Rooster set the service standard really high, but the 20-something waiters appeared to lack the preternatural sense of customer needs (which is fine), but if you know it'll be 20-25 min until the main dish arrives, maybe check in 2-3 more times (as opposed to 1-2) -

Also, I know everyone loves the cornbread, but it didn't taste any different from Jiffy my mom made growing up.

AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was rather tasteless. The portions were small, but the prices were fairly exorbitant.

K
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the non-bar-special cocktails were meh. Our group enjoyed the bar specials though. Food was great as was the service.

B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun vibe with excellent food, including seasonal heirloom tomato salad.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time we’ve been there and we thought the 1st time was great, it was... but the 2nd time was even better. so we’re expecting the 3rd time and everyone after will be the charm :)

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff extremely nice and helpful! The ribs were our favorite! (Tables near us were jealous they didn’t order them!) loved the fried chicken and sweet potato waffle appetizer. All in all everything had great flavors. Can’t wait to come back!

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Marcus, food was just as good as the first time. There were four of us celebrating a birthday and we took advantage of that to over indulge. Appetizers were delicious, the Salt Cod Fritters and Summer in Jersey salad favorites. Fresh, bright flavors. For mains the Festival Fried Chicken was crispy without any hint of oil, and amazingly moist inside. The Ribs were also outstanding and highly recommended. Cocktails were on point, service friendly and efficient. And leave room for dessert, we ordered one of each and they were all so good we couldn’t decide on a favorite!

NM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best corn bread ever! Salad w shrimp was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fine except for having run out of the dinner menu entree item the 4 of us wanted (from a limited menu) by 6:45 on a weekday evening.

RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quaint establishment for business or pleasure. The food quality is great and the drinks are refreshing!

TG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff.Delicious food. Better make a reservation small dining room. Great drinks too !

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pleasant, but not as exciting as I hoped it would be. Lunch menu very limited although everything was good and prices are reasonable. The cacio e pepe is a good-sized portion, but no salad or even garnish on the plate. An Arnold Palmer was a mind-blowing $5! Go for the chicken and waffles or crispy bird. Cornbread is yummy.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took two business associates to Marcus B&P for a business lunch. They are from Seattle and I wanted to show them a taste of Newark. I ordered the ham special with cartelized onions and a salad. It was amazing. My colleagues were equally impressed. Overall, we had great food, great atmosphere, and great service. Thank you Marcus B&P for helping me show my friends a little taste of Newark.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Waited over a hour for 3 salads.

M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcus B&P is one of our go-to restaurants when we want a guaranteed great meal. The salads are fresh and original, the chicken and waffles app is always a hit, and the pasta with crab is outstanding.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I am a little disappointed after my visit. I wanted to order the Arctic char, a dish with vegetables for 27 USD, and asked if they could exchange the succutash for the broccoli, both were listed for 8 USD as sides. The answer I got was that they cannot exchange anything, they could leave it away and I could order the broccoli in addition. I found this to be extremely weak for an already expensive dish. I went for something else. The food was ok, the drink as well, but I will not be back. I just can't deal with this inflexibility for a simple ask. When I go to a nice restaurant I go there for service, ambience AND the food. I want to be treated like I matter. Imagine having your mom over and she says 'oh I can't eat this can I maybe have some of that?' and you say 'No, Mom. The dish is what it is. But you could order a pizza.' I won't be back.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was very warm, uncomfortably warm. Service was ok - the servers never smiled and seemed very preoccupied.
Our food was ok but not wonderful.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, efficient service. Food was delicious, great cocktails and desert was great. Definitely will return soon.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, creative food, friendly staff and great atmosphere

s
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal and enjoyed the place.

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Even though I made a reservation for 5pm during happy hour for dinner service, once entering the restaurant staff was taking amongst themselves and not hugely receptive, it continued when seated at the bar the bartender didn't service me as in his words "he thought I was with them (the staff) " so hence was tardy with menu and service. Thank goodness our dinner service waitress. Ari was excellent!!

P
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came across this place in Open Table, on a road trip from NY to PA. The food was excellent, really fresh healthy options, the decor was interesting and appealing and I love that they have a hydroponic garden right at the back of the restaurant, from which they grab their fresh herbs for the unique and tasty meals. We were so glad to come across this find and we wish we lived closer.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I am a huge fan of Marcus' - from back in his Aquavit days, so as an East Orange native I was looking forward to my first foray to this local spot. It was described as tiny, lacking ambiance and with overpriced food. I was pleasantly surprised and in true MS style, the food was incredible. For our group of 4 we ordered the $50 friend chicken tower, which seemed absurd on it's face, but after seeing it delivered to a neighboring table we realized it was cut in such a way that it was easy to share for the table. It was perhaps the best fried chicken I've had in a restaurant in years -- crispy outside, tender an juicy flesh and seasoned simply and to perfection (they cut the breast in half leaving 8 portions for the whole bird). We supplemented the chicken by ordering the traditional Ethiopian dorowat, a salad and broccoli rabe. It was plenty of food, topped off with the warm carrot cake w goat cheese frosting & rum raisin ice cream... it was a great evening - with great food... One simple yet significant suggestion is with this eight pieces of fried chicken which they serve with 2 herb biscuits they surely should deliver w 4 biscuits (they charged us $5.00 for 2 additional biscuits which was absurd with a $50.00 chicken)... when you go, enjoy yourself!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons Birthday

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere of the restaurant was great but the service was just ok. Our server wasn’t the friendliest and it was a huge deal that I asked for my eggs to be scrambled and not fried as listed on the menu. It required approval from the chef. I would consider revisiting for bar service/ drinks only because the drinks were awesome.

VB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good chance to see the resurgent Newark at its best. Unique menu well executed - and worth a trip. We will definitely visit again - maybe before a NJPAC event.

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