Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

3.9
1570 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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Pre/post Theatre
dinner + happy hour + takeout

Unwind from the grind at NICO, Newark's most relaxing outdoor space. Kick back with happy hour every day 3-6pm. Savor our American menu and the best fries you've ever had. NICO is the perfect place to meet up with friends after work, enjoy a pre-show meal before your NJPAC performance or grab an easy takeout dinner. Don't forget to check our social media for today's drink specials and exclusive ghost menu items. Our award-winning team is always here to bring you good times, great music, and delicious vibes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1570 people are saying
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KimW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great & Professional Service!! Our Reservations were honored by the hostess, food was delivered quickly and the taste was very very good.

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EJay
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The flavors of the food were good. The salmon was cooked and seasoned nicely, as were the vegetables. The fries were interesting; on the thick side and cooked nicely. The food came quickly. The menu was limited due to it being a show night. The service left something to be desired. There were maybe 4 other diners when we arrived (2 of them at the bar). The waitstaff weren't rude, they just seemed distant. Our main waiter did just enough, nothing more; I perceived he may have been overwhelmed. This was my first visit. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great. I have no desire to return.

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice dinner with friends on a Saturday evening. Reservation was for 4pm and I was accommodated immediately. It wasn’t very busy probably because of how early it was. The mushroom cake was excellent. The green salad was nothing special. A bit overpriced in my opinion. But overall good experience.

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MaxineG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location to make it to the show on time and very relaxing!!!

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Happywoman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived for a reservation but it was tight to make the show. The restaurant did all in its power to get us served and happy before the beginning of the show. We so appreciated it and the food was delicious.

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Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Good service from a cheerful and hardworking staff.

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MelodyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

ideal location if you are going to a show. food taste was outstanding. a very limited menu but that's to be expected now. service was poor and they were short staffed, also to be expected right now. We had shrimp and grits appetizer, short ribs for dinner and I had filet mignon. All food was outstanding.

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RosaE
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico Kitchen was great! The staff is very friendly and everything about this location was wonderful. The menu selections were very good, not immense. The variety allowed you to pick from fish, steak, salads to burgers. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was so nice. Would go back even if not attending a show.

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RDickens
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Menu was limited perhaps due to Covid Service was good.

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vipRONA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very very small limited menu but delicious turkey club sandwich. Very accommodating waitstaff. Sad that it wasn’t busy due to COVID This was a pretty concert 🎵 lunch Delightful. Also sad that the concert hall was only 1/2 full due to COVID. this should never have been.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MeShon is excellent! I love this spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food was good, but not enough choices.

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ChrisH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

They certainly have no idea how to make a Manhattan
I have used this restaurant several time and have never had a positive experience

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on October 9, 2021

Hi Chris, So sorry you feel that way. There was a miscommunication between the server and bartender and you received the wrong drink, I apologize for that, it shouldn't have happened and I take full responsibility. I'd be happy to take care of you next time you're in the area and show you we really do know how to make a Manhattan, and a good one at that. Thanks, James Hampson

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Jack
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

It was hard to get a drink at the bar. One bar tender working very hard, the second notWe so much. Ordered pizza and a salad. After 50 minutes we had to cancel the order and go to the show next door. It appeared the service people were mostly all new. We were told the kitchen was backed up, but when you can't get a salad and a pizza after 50 minutes, it's more than backed up. We have been there before and always liked it. This was not a good visit.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi Jack, You have every right to be upset about the way we performed that evening. We let you down when it came to the bar service and to the food. 50 minutes is far too long and nowhere near to our standards. We are making changes to ensure this does not occur moving forward. I appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback and we will be reaching out to you. We'd love the opportunity to show you we are better than what you experienced. Thanks, James Hampson General Manager

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Angel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great please to have a drink/food before a show at the NJPAC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I have eaten here many times before. This time was the worst. I feel bad for the only 2 people that were waiting tables for the entire restaurant. It took 40 min just for them to bring water. They ran out of bread. They didn't have much of a choice for entrees so I went with the steak which was a choice of 3. They told me I'm sorry we are out of steak. So had to go with a Cheeseburger. Wasn't worth it.
My girlfriend ordered the wings and a pretzel. Wings were not good. The pretzel was fresh and delicious. So our dinner came down to eating a pretzel. Lol
Our food didn't come to our table till 1 hour after ordering. We had a show to go to and were late cause of the service. The waiter was so kind and I felt bad for him to have to work in a place run like this. I've been going here for years and never experienced such a horrible time having dinner. I will not be going there anymore. Just to aggravating and not worth it.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi there, What occurred to you on Saturday, from the service, food selection, food quality and then the fact you were late was a complete let down and I sincerely apologize. We will be making a lot of changes to ensure this does not occur in the future. I know we cannot get back what happened that day, but I genuinely hope you allow us to make it up to you, it's the least we owe you. I will be reaching out to you. Thanks, James Hampson General Manager

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CarmenT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Their menu has changed! They only have a few entree options. The pizza came out burnt and the chicken sandwich was dry and nasty. I won’t eat there again waste of money.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi Carmen, I want to personally apologize for your experience here last Saturday. We clearly dropped the ball and did not perform to our standards. I know if you give us another chance we'll show that we are far better than that. As for the menu, we are starting our fall menu that has expanded entrée options this week, so hopefully you'll find more options to you liking. I will be reaching out to you privately since clearly you did not get your money's worth. Thanks, James Hampson

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StanLee
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food never arrived
Not poor service, but NO service
Waste of time. We ate at home…

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi Stan, We sincerely apologize for our performance that evening. We clearly dropped the ball. We have already made adjustments for future performance nights to ensure this doesn't happen going forward. I'll be reaching out to you privately to hopefully make this up to you. Thanks, James Hampson General Manager

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dcherry
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We had a 6:30 reservation, was seated at 6:15, took 20 minutes to order cocktails.
Then we ordered that lousy food (bar food) got french fries around 7:05, salads came at 7:30, show was at 8:00. It is obvious that this establishment is not ready for the crowd that a show brings in, the waitress was WONDERFUL through the whole thing, however, NEVER AGAIN no matter how convenient it is for a show. They made good on the bill, but GOD forbid if they had to make real food!

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi there, I wanted to personally reach out and apologize about your experience on Friday. You are right, we weren't ready. Please be assured we are taking drastic measures to ensure this does not occur on future performances. We'd love for you to give us another chance in the future. I'll be reaching out to you to try and make that happen. Thanks, James Hampson General Manger

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Brittany
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best experience after a rough day, Meshon totally turned my mood around! He was so kind and attentive, and we had some wonderful conversations. The fried catfish dinner and the “bla bla bla mojito” was amazing! I highly recommend you spend your evening here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Made reservations for 8:30pm for a group of 4. Hostess was very kind and sat us outside at a high top table. A busser came over and gave us silverware and glasses. We looked over the menu via the QR code on the table. Checked the time it’s now 9pm. Not a single server came over to take our drink orders. One server came to our table with drinks (by mistake) in which he proceeded to bring to the correct table. We observed another table receive their wings after 20 minutes. Finally it’s 9:15pm and my friend went in to ask why no one has come to the table to take our order. Only to find out the kitchen was closed and they are only servings drinks.


Horrible service,
No communication,
No acknowledgement of customers.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark
Responded on September 22, 2021

Hi there, I would like to sincerely apologize for what occurred to you on Saturday night, Your experience here is completely unacceptable and no where near our standards that we strive so hard for. Be assured we will be looking into this matter so that it does not occur in the future. I've also reached out to you privately so that hopefully we can make amends. Thanks, James Hampson General Manager - NICO Kitchen + Bar

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GradyB
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole restaurant is a really nice place to eat great food great service we definitely going bck

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from NYC and travelled to Nico’s . The food was amazing and the drinks to die for. Loved the place. The waiter was friendly from the beginning to end. Excellent service.

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JoeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent place for food and drink before or after a NJ PACshow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As I understand it was first day so kudos to them. Not a fan of the pizza. Crust is way too dry and vegetable pizza lacked taste and veges!
Chicken sandwiches were very good as was Brussels sprouts, fries, caeser salad and pretzel.
We all enjoyed our experience. Bar were good.

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Kristal
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant decor is sophisticated and clean featuring a beautiful bar stocked with nice liquors. A wonderful selection of cocktails and beers. From the appetizers to the desserts, Nico doesn’t fail to impress! The staff are polite and are quick to cater to your every need. I am very pleased with this establishment and would 100% recommend everyone to attend this restaurant if they want an exceptional experience.

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Tricia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have been at Nico's and it is amazing. Great food, delicious drinks and awesome service!

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vipTDA1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife & I, and two of our grandchildren, visited during one of NJPAC's outdoor concerts, Felix Hernandez's Dance Party. We were seated outside and had a great time, noisy but great.

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LindaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cathy was the hostess and she was most accommodating, friendly and kind and attentive. The waitress was a Latina, and I forgot her name, but she was so lovely that she made our entire experience, FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! We will return next week. I think her name as Jessica.

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RUProf
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate early and sat in our favorite part of the room—adjacent to the bar. We were seated quickly. Our waiter guided us through the options for the evening and worked with us in getting tweaks to some of the options. We had an excellent meal that we thoroughly enjoyed. This was one of our first times eating out post-Covid. It couldn't have been a better experience.

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MarieC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service, and atmosphere. Went before a show. It was perfect.

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TraceyH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was date night, ambiance outstanding food and drinks FAB!!!!
Planning next dates…
Recommend it all !!!!!

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Keke
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place I highly recommend as a meet up spot for drinks & food!

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TimJ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit & VERY IMPRESSED!

We eat out at a lot of establishments across nation (and globe) and squeezed in a quick meal here before a show.

Very much liked the convenience to the theater, the high quality food, the good options for kids (special menu designed by chef's daughter), the value of the food quality to cost, and the service. The waitstaff was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating (when we wanted to go to the show and come back later for the desserts that came with the meals, holding our leftovers, etc).

Would definitely return for all of the above reasons - great job Nico Kitchen & Bar, we're a hard family to impress and you've done it!

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BrittanyM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! All staff was wonderful and very pleasant

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Bear
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under new management, this restaurant has developed new menu items, daily specials and re-trained staff. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and attentive. i thoroughly enjoy coming here for its atmosphere, quality and convenience.

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RONA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New manager ! Yah. Delicious food. Great bean burger. Been coming here for years before NJPHILHARMONIC This was the best lunch ever. Thx to new manager Don’t know if new chef but seems it. A pleasureful lunch.

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KathleenK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

As always, the staff was charming and polite (though they tend to get overwhelmed easily), and the food was atrocious, as it always is. My friend had the quiche and salad. The quiche was absolutely devoid of flavor and the accompanying salad was full of sand and had no salad dressing. I had the burger - pretty decent, except the beautiful, skinny pommes frites that were traditionally the highlight of the meal have now been replaced by some oddly shaped potato that's just god-awful; the overriding flavor was of dirty deep fryer grease.

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vipfriend
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a pleasant pre-performance meal--the food was quite good, the noise level was fine, the service was a little slow but attentive and we finished in good time for the show

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vipTunahead
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pre theater dinner

FAQs

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 642-1226.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark is rated 3.9 stars by 1570 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.