HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
8:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 6 times today

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

4.0
1024 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
Nico kitchen + Bar, Newark's sleekest dining destination. Enjoy Chef 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(973) 642-1226
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Andrew Watterson
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
We can cater any event from office breakfasts, lunches or dinners, private parties, corporate events, weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Mulberry Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
NICO offers free parking with validation on non-show nights only (although not in conjunction with any NJPAC performance)
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Newark Light Rail - NJPAC
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
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.

Available at Nico Bar.
icon/ic_gift_cardCreated with Sketch.
Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1024 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.0  based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
RBSThree (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

A bit pricy for the portion size; but, the food & service were exceptional. Limited performance menu so you can get to your show on time. Very convenient for NJPAC when you have on-site parking and a show before of after.

Report
Helpful
vipa2zdining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Visited for the first time as a "post-theater" dinner. The operating hours are based on the ongoing performances. To this end, they offer a prix-fixed menu of 2 or 3 courses to get you to the show on-time. We were very pleased with the attentive staff and manager. A special nod to our waitress, Maka for her courteous and sweet nature.

We were also pleasantly, surprised at the selections and then the quality of the food.

My date enjoyed the Roasted Beet salad as a starter and the Salmon in a puff-pastry shell as her entree. Her dessert was the flourless chocolate cake. For me, I started with the Babe Farms Green Salad and then the melt-in-your-mouth Braised Rib, served with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed carrots. I ended my meal with a tasty Banana Bread Pudding.

I highly recommend the Nico Kitchen + Bar for anytime they are open which includes normal lunch and dinner hours during the week. Reservations are necessary, especially, if your are planning to attend a show at NJPAC.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Great pre-concert dinner with friends. Nice prix-fixe menu options. Great service. Highly recommend .

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice Valentine’s Day lunch. The Cobb salad is always good!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Had the ancient grain salad with shrimp, it was perfect. My partner had the tuna and loved it. Good spot.

Report
Helpful
MagalysV 
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was pleasant but a little disorganized. Too many people were taking our orders and some things got confused. It would be best to only have one server responsible for all the serving of a table. Otherwise, we enjoyed the food, the salmon was perfectly cooked, the ambiance and the convenience to our performance.

Report
Helpful
AhmedA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I had wonderful time. Plan to visit again. It was quiet romantic and the service was great. First time being in newark and i love it

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

My daughter and I came in to try something off the regular menu on a Wednesday night. I had the Ancient Grain salad and added tuna. It was just what I wanted-clean, healthy and really, really good. It was also a large portion for me, so I had some for later. My daughter insisted on a pizza, and it looked delicious. Our waitress was super nice, and knew about the IPA I wanted. Overall one of the best spots for food in the area.

Report
Helpful
vipjerseygirl (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

My husband and I went to Nico’s for a pre-show dinner. They only had a price fixe menu, but the choices were nice and varied. My husband had steak and I had the grilled salmon. We were both pleased with our choices. The salmon, in particular, came with a delightful roast veggie assortment - Brussels sprouts, broccoli, tiny white onions and more. It made the dish.
Delicious pear bread pudding with red wine gelato.
The staff were friendly and efficient. We easily made our show.
Nico’s will be our choice for dinner the next time we go to NJPAC.

Report
Helpful
vipDebbie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The prix fixe menu was very good and reasonably priced. The servers were attentive. I just don’t care for the atmosphere in the back dining room, much prefer the front room where you walk in.

Report
Helpful
vipLoveToEat (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great for pre-theater dinner at NJPAC. Service was better than in the past. Food was dee-lish!

Report
Helpful
Foodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service. Very attentive waiter. Nicely appointed. Great for pre theater outing. Decent but unremarkable food. Delicious drinks.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I was underwhelmed by Nico's. It's a beautiful space but few people. We waited forever for the meal. They promise that they can have you out in 90 min. The performance was at 3, and we arrived (reservation) at 1:15. I had to leave the meal at 2:25 to be sure to het my tickeys because we had recently gotten our meals.

My meal, fish tacos, was cold. The fish was overdone and there were too many limes on top (flavor became lime). It was barely edible. When I said that, they took the meal off the bill.

I am not prepared to give this restaurant another chance.

Report
Helpful
vipLuvgoodfood (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

VERY slow service. Server seemed very inexperienced. Food was just ok. Nothing special at all.

Report
Helpful
LaPlaya (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall the service was great; however, the food was lacking. The butternut squash was quite thin which is probably due to the lack of any dairy, the Caesar salad was slightly sweet and lacked parmesan, the gnocchi was undercooked, and the devils food cake was dry. The only highlights were the salmon which was cooked well and the creme brulee which was delicious. Overall, I would recommend the bar fare over the main room.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

A pre-performance dinner. Tasty and reasonably priced.

Report
Helpful
Atopedave (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Nico is part of the NJ Performing Arts center (NJ PAC). On performance nights, the menu is ultra limited - 3 course dinner -- soup or salad, main (choice of 5-6 options) and dessert. The room is loud. But, on a performance night, the convenience is really outstanding.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The wedge salad is usually a quarter head of lettuce , this was 1/8 of a head of lettuce and $13.99. All portions were very small and the coffee was cold. I would never go back

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great dinner and excellent service. Andrea, Jasmine, and Evelyn we attentive and professional.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent. Everything from service to food was great. Fantastic. 7

Report
Helpful
VictorE (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food and service. Good place to eat on a NJPAC performance night.

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Stopped here before show at PAC. Great location, easy parking. Price fix menu for show so limited selections. Had potato leek soup which was fine but could have use more spice. Same with braised short rib. Cooked perfectly but just lacked a little flavoring. My wife enjoyed mushroom appetizer and chicken entree. Overall fine but could be great if they add some creative flavor to some of the dishes.

Report
Helpful
vipBravo (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent service from a warm and friendly staff. It’s a group effort so you are taken care of by several wonderful servers. It’s a great value for dinner and the food is great with many varied choices.

Report
Helpful
TRISH (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

From the start the the table we were seated at made us feel like we were on a boat. And after 3 attempts of the waitress trying to fix the wobbling table we accepted the fact we had to eat on the rocking boat. Then, we were given the wrong menu, but after finally getting the right menu and ordering for a second time, the food we received was over cooked and was no where near the quality it should have been for the price it was. Overall we felt we were let down and expected a whole lot more....

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

The waitress was nice. Brussel sprouts are good here and my steak was good sized and cooked perfect.

Report
Helpful
vipLovefoodnj (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Awful food. Awful. Over priced. Stale bread. Cold. Awful.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Second visit for lunch. Server was efficient and very personable. Good tasty meals. Recommend to everyone.

Report
Helpful
vipfriend (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a pleasant dinner at NICO before attending a NJPAC performance and that worked very well. We often do that and it is very successful. There was a new menu the night we were there and it was good.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Preconcert dinner at NJPAC. Menu changes a lot at Nico, sometimes choices are disappointing. This time it was top notch, everything was really good. The lamb shanks were delicious with the cheesy polenta. I had crab fondue as my first course, also wonderful. Chocolate cake for dessert was perfect! They had made an even better version of the lamb shank in the past with a Jus that was to die for. This time it was basically a good lamb gravy, tasty but not as impressive.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
35