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About Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

Nico kitchen + Bar, Newark's sleekest dining destination. Enjoy Chef de Cuisine Andrew Watterson's menu featuring crisp salads, delicious sandwiches, inventive entrees, and a great selection of appetizers.
A value- priced, three- course , more traditional prix fixe menu, priced at $44 pp, and two course (first and second courses) for $40 pp, is exclusively offered on performance nights.

One Center Street
Newark, NJ 07102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday through Friday 11.30 AM-3 PM

Dinner: Monday through Friday until 9 PM

Happy Hours- 4PM -7PM ( except on show nights)

Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with the performances only

Cross Street:
Mulberry Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 642-1226

Website:
http://www.nicokitchenbar.com/

Catering:
We can cater any event from office breakfasts, lunches or dinners, private parties, corporate events, weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Parking Details:
NICO offers free parking with validation on non-show nights only (although not in conjunction with any NJPAC performance)

Public Transit:
Newark Light Rail - NJPAC

Executive Chef:
Ryan DePersio

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Winesdays

HALF PRICE WINES EVERY WEDNESDAY AT NICO BAR

Join us for 'Winesdays' with friends and enjoy half off select wines. While you are there checkout our tasty appetizers from our Bar bites menu.

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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (15)
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Business Meals (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
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Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Romantic (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our meals were great, server was super nice and helpful. Definitely recommend the calamari and the brick city chicken dish. We would come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went to Nico's before seeing a concert at NJPAC and while the food and ambience was wonderful, I have to give a huge shout out to the service. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and helpful. She even left the restaurant to go to the box office to help me with a problem I was having with my tickets! My husband and I had a great evening. We would definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Good, fast service. Burger was cooked perfectly and the fries are great here. I'll be back to try more of the beer list.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I found the restaurant was good overall Avions was good food was good the way it is with superb and I was your friend enjoyed the dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The place was great but Open Table did not provide all the dining time options when I was making reservations. Thankfully the restaurant called me to see about an earlier time, which was essential for their three course, very delicious menu.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Staff was great, got there earlier then our reservation and they found a table for us. Didn't make us wait even tho we got there 30 min early. Food was great, but the options are limited when there is a show.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went to Nico''s before a show we were attending at NJPAC. Very convenient- they told us to allow 2 hours before showtime- perfect timing. Had limited menu but good choices, very tasty and great service. We are attending another show there in April, and will definitely go to Nico's for dinner beforehand.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner and drinks!!! Food was really good! Service was outstanding!! Will be dining with you again soon.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

For the price, I was disappointed with the food. I also wasn't expecting the "performance menu." The cake was too dry to eat, the steak had an odd sour flavor that was very discordant with the onions. We didn't finish anything we were served except our salads—it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either and for the cost, I expected to be wowed. Even the creme brulee was bitter (the out of season strawberries maybe?). Our server was very nice and the restaurant was convenient to the event we were attending next door.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent service. Staff go above and beyond to accommodate all needs. Good food for an affordable price.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The service and the food were excellent. I have been to this restaurant several times over the years it has been in business and have enjoyed it each and every time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch, or dinner or a quick meal before going to the PAC. I have never been disappointed in this restaurant.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Three children ages 8,5,5 , and three adults enjoyed their meals after the Nutcracker ballet at NJPAC. All agreed the food was great. The wait staff was very good about a food allergy as well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall, I like Niko restaurant, but The portion of the Salmon on my order was not right for the price, not that I expected a large portion but moderate would be the appropriate. I will be back to Niko's
Thanks!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had dinner at nico with my daughter before the Neil deGrasse Tyson show. We showed up a little late (after 7) because of traffic but they were very accommodating and we were able to order and eat in time for the show. She loved the fruit kabobs that came with her sliders from the kids menu and my salmon was cooked a perfect medium. We shared a chocolate cake which was delicious! We'd definitely eat there again if we come back for a show.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We ate at Nico because we were going to a performance that evening at NJPAC. While waiting for our food, we ordered drinks. I asked for a martini, a little dirty. I basically got olive juice with a little vodka. Their soup of the day was a shrimp bisque. It was fairly good, marred only by the odd choice of putting raw onion as a garnish. My daughter liked the chicken pot pie. It was huge. My gnocchi was fair, a little pasty and the sauce needed more seasoning. I suppose I would eat there again if attending something at NJPAC, but otherwise would pass

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Best part is location. If you are going to NJPAC- it can’t be beat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A group of us from work had dinner here before a Christmas concert. Several of us arrived early and they seated part of the group and we enjoyed delicious cocktails until the rest of our party arrived. We were seated at a round, corner booth that was quite comfy and afforded a great view of the entire bar/dining area. Our server and server-in-training were fun and professional and served us well. The drinks were interesting and hit the spot and the appetizers and entrees were served in a timely and professional manner. I’ll certainly be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Went after a show for dinner, food came out quickly and was delicious. Definitely will be back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A must If you’re attending an event at NJPAC.
The restaurant is in the same complex- a short 3 minute walk from your table to the usher. The ambiance is wonderful, and food is acceptable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was over cooked and uneven. Tableware and glasses were dirty. Service was slow. This leads me to the opinion that it was overpriced and not satisfactory.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food could definitely be better....salad was good.....pizza....not great....hard crust...nearly warm.....

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

burgers were delicious. we went before a kid show and they had a good kids menu too, full with the option of make your own sundae for $3 so my daughter was thrilled. our server was great and it was nice start to our afternoon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The restaurant is in a great location if you are going to NJPAC for a concert but the food is not the best. We ordered a steak the plate it’s self was dangerously hot but the food was stone cold. My creme brûlée was cooked on the top but cold in the inside. If it wasn't for our waitress who was amazing I think I would have complained about the food......and to top it off the manager or the owner walked around to each table but did not flatter an eyelash at us which was very weird. Unfortunately, I don’t think I would eat there again if I happen to go to another concert there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Conveniently located outside New Jersey Performing Arts Center was the only thing I could appreciate since I was going to see a show. If you’re considering going you need to know the menu doesn’t have many choices and it’s pre-fixed. In other words your meal comes with appetizers (soup/salad), a main course and desert. That didn’t work for me because I couldn’t just get a salad or add chicken to the salad and I couldn’t order any sides separate. The ambience beats the menu and service. Service wasn’t great, I had to chase down my waitress a few times. I expected better!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We were there before the Savion Glover show to celebrate our anniversary. Great service, personal service, made it a very special evening

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food and service here was impeccable! I can't wait to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The good news is that the food was great. All 4 of us loved our meals. After eating here 5-6 times, the food quality is consistently superb. In spite of my rating, the wait staff was fine, but the staff or kitchen seemed overwhelmed even for a pre-fixe, pre-theatre meal that should have been served much faster. We arrived at 6:40 for 6:45 reservations and were promptly seated. Our served came to our table at 7 pm; we promptly gave her all of our order (beverages, entree and desserts). Our first course was served at 7:15 and our entrees at 7:30. By the time dessert arrived, we had to go to the 8 pm performance. The server suggested that we return after the performance for our desserts. When we did, it seemed that the kitchen and hostess knew little about it and we waited 30 minutes again. The couple sitting next to us also waited 30 minutes to just get bar food. We've never had this experience before, but it was especially irksome when we expected to have a nice, relaxed pre-theatre meal. We also saw a couple arrive after us and get served their meal and dessert before we even got our entrée!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The restaurant was greatly improved since last season. Our server, Evelyn, was delightful. Other servers who came by our table were also very caring as was the manager who stopped by to talk with us.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Although the price fixe menu seemed reasonable, after eating what was an inedible main course of salmon en croute, it was far too expensive. The appetizer of pear and Gorgonzola cheese with a light salad was satisfying and the chocolate mousse was dessert delicious with a wonderful presentation. However, the main dish lacked presentation and quality ingredients. The salmon en croute was served on top of a thick cream sauce with several asparagus stalks embedded in it. Atop the salmon was a “mushroom?” Which looked like a long tongue grilled in a pan, also tough and inedible. The salmon seemed old, smelled fishy, and dried out. I don’t usually complain, but I did tell the management. Some apologies were received, but they could have offered some compensation or coffee or something. However, they did not. Too bad, because their being in NJPac was so convenient. We will not return.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was executed perfectly, thoroughly enjoyed it. Three inventive and delicious courses for 44$, great value for exceptional food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

excellent ! excellent! been here many times pre concert/theatre lunch or dinner.
great service and food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The meal and service was very good. It is a great spot for an early dinner before a show at NJPAC. I would definitely go there again and would recommend.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

A enjoyable meal with friendly and professional staff . Our server Lax provide excellent service always with a smile. He was quietly attentive. Its location adjacent to NJPAC a huge plus. Already made reservations for next event.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Beautiful facility with great food and friendly staff! Perfect location to eat then see a show at NJ Pac!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

There is a need for more waiters (service was very slow).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went after day of Jazz at Njpac, food wonderful, service great but slow.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere it is very convenient when attending a concert. The salmon and steak were wonderful. The gnocchi was dry and tough but the sauce was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Over all it was fine..however the front desk seemed rather disorganized and told us that there was no reservation and no table..after some confused minutes, they seated us to a table. It was clear that the restaurant was not fully booked that night. So why were we told that they did not have a table for us just because they did not find us on the reservation list?
It would have been less unpleasant if they had offered a simple apology for the inconvenience/misunderstanding.
The server was cheerful and polite which made up for the initial unpleasantness.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Staff was attentive and service was efficient. Decor was very nice and quite pleasant. The food was perfectly portioned, though the menu was limited by a preshow prix fixe situation. There was nothing to complain about - a very positive experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

They did honor our reservations, but Nico's was totally overwhelmed Friday 11/10/17 because of the Jazz Festival and multiples events (at least 2). The waitress either put in an incorrect and more expensive order or thought we wouldn't notice the additional charge of $20? (we'd ordered the smaller size of steak and were charged for the 16 ozs. serving. Who needs that much steak?) I had to wave at the hostess to get my glass of wine. The bus staff was trying very hard but was understaffed for the number of people there. We'd both ordered the strip steak. I ordered rare, but med. or medium rare came out. Had to wait. We both decided that the steak cut was too chewy for our tastes anyway. My roasted tomato soup was excellent. Desserts were v.g., but we had to rush out for our concert start time. Didn't have time to finish them. (We arrived at 6; concert started at 7:30.) Good value as they included a starter and dessert with the charge for the main course.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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