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.

Available at Nico Bar.

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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.7

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4.0

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3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (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.

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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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent option for pre-show at NJPAC. Attentive staff.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We couldn't order soup or appetizers or desert separately, had to be done altogether. The brought us the wrong bottle of wine. They gave our check to someone else. Service was basically a mess. Would only go back for the bar.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Loved the new performance menu. Food was great, choices plentiful, and a terrific price!! Sometimes the regular price fixe menu is too expensive for a pre show dinner. Great idea having a performance menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went to Nicos before a show. It was the worse service I have ever encountered at a restaurant. I think all the regular wait staff did not come in and they got family or friends to wait tables. We waited 20 min to get our drinks and 15 more min to get our appetizers. They had no idea where the food was going to what table. They brought us 3 different appetizers that we did not order. They brought us 2 different entrees that we did not order.
Our reservation was for 6:00 for a 7:30 show. At 7:30 we were still waiting for our check to pay. They had no idea what check was ours. What a nightmare.
Nicos better get it together. They were not that crowded that night. We had been there about 5 months ago and they were packed. Probably will not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was average.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was best pre show spot as we were steps from the theatre. The menus was prefixed with app, entree and dessert!!! We both had the steak which was cooked perfectly (as I requested) with awesome mashed on the side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

While the food is of highest quality and exquisitely prepared and presented, the inexperienced and undertrained staff affects the overall dining experience. The wait for cocktails was beyond acceptable and despite the apologetic and friendly server it ruined the rhythm of the dining experience. I'm not sure if there were an optional dining choice I would continue to patronize Nico's.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Only thing to recommend was the location. It is located in the NJ PAC building. So the convenience of parking once and walking into the show from dinne in 5 min was great.
However for a restaurant that should be prepared for r
Pre show events was clearly not prepared for a full dining room It took us 30 minutes to have our wine served. Glad we had the time
Dry meatballs and an average Ceasear salad with 2glasses of wine for $50
Will look a little harder next time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was our second time dining at NICO Kitchen and Bar, and it was fantastic. Service was friendly, and accommodating. The menu was diverse, and everything we ordered was perfect. We would absolutely go again, and will recommend it to friends.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fun, People Watching, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We were among several patrons who thought that the portion sizes were ridiculously small.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a 2 or 3 course price fixed meal prior to attending an event at NJPAC. This restaurant and bar a adjacent to venue and the food and drinks are good. We’d go again if attending NJPAC event.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Nico is a great choice before a performance at NJPAC. The food was very good and the service was exemplary. The personnel were all wonderful and efficient. Very impressed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very convenient pre-symphony or performance at NJPAC - but I wish the noise level weren't so intrusive

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Horrible Lunch Menu. Very bad selection. People should eat at better places in Newark

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We go to Nico for dinner before concerts at NJPAC since the restaurant is right in the building. You don't even have to go outside to get to the NJPAC lobby! On nights when there is an event at NJPAC, they sometimes have a pre fix dinner but not always, so call to check. On this occasion (10/31/17), our server was Andrea and she was perfect. All the staff at Nico are very pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. Even the manager came over to speak to us and helped with our table, although this was not necessary as they have plenty of staff per table. It got crowded but not loud. Would love to sit at the bar sometime. The food is delicious but not over-plentiful so get an appetizer (and/or dessert) if you're really hungry. We are going back 11/16 - Open Table said there were no reservations available but the hostess checked and she got us a table at our preferred time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed every aspect of our pre-show meal. Chili spiced fried calamari was delicious as were all of our entrees. Wait staff extremely friendly and attentive. Overall excellent meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nico's is part of the NJPAC building. As you walk in one is impressed by the ambience, casual, but sophisticated. A look at the bar and one sees a nice crowd. Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive and ready to assist with any questions.

The menu is limited but appealing. The food itself is well prepared and presented. Overall a solid dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I was very disappointed. I have heard great things about the restaurant and I have never been able to get a reservation when attending an event at NJPAC. The convenience is great. The service was extremely slow particularly knowing we were going to the event. Our food took well over 30 minutes to arrive after ordering. The place is not that big either so the kitchen staff should have been prepared to be quicker. The food was below average in my opinion as well. I will not be returning. There are fabulous restaurants in Newark, Nico's is not one.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Went in for a pre-show quick dinner. Our server was sweet, and our food came out quickly. My tuna was cooked spot on, and the pizza looked delicious. It's the perfect spot for a great meal, and a glass of wine before a show. We will defnitely go back to try more on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nico's has turned the corner and got its service on track. Food was good if not special, and service was friendly and efficient. Located in NJPAC it is perfect for pre performance dining--one time parking, etc. Our meals were simple but satisfactory and as we were interested in a light meal, this was fine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

If you get the right server... it will be a lovely gastronomic experience. Great that it is connected toNJ PAC ... slagain..... IF you get the right server who doesn't stand around and avoid eye contact and call you "you guys .. or "mama "...or brings coffee out w/o sugar dish or steak without a steak knife until reminded... or not making sure dessert was served before the curtain went up.... i missed out on the banana bread pudding! The manager is awesome visiting tables to ask about dining experience! It works for quick dinner, a drink and a great show.. with parking right across the street!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful place; casual, good food and service. Most important, excellent location inside the PAC.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent, however the portion size for the vegetarian meal could have been a little larger.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went to this restaurant for it's convenience and because it was recommended. Although not a total loss, the food was not notable and the service was only OK. Very high ceilings made for loud echo noise. Price fix was OK.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Visited NICO prior to attending a show at NJPC...You cant beat this restaurant and pleasant bar for convenience while attending a show at NJPAC. The cocktails were great and the food was spot on. We received outstanding service and every attention to detail was followed up by an attentive management staff.
The restaurant is clean, bright and appealing.
We recommend NICO when ever you are attending NJPAC for a pleasant dinner and great cocktails. It attaches directly to NJPAC so you do not even have to go outdoors once dinner is complete.
Nice job all around by the NICO staff....we will most definitely be back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a person in our party that is limited in what can be eaten due to having had throat cancer. . We looked at menus online, one labeled ‘dinner’, one labeled ‘all day’. We reserved when we saw options for our friend. We got there to find out they only had the limited dinner menu, either price fix or ala carte and ala Carte pricing only kicked in an hour prior to the show. The ‘all day’ menu with so many options was no where to be seen. Needless to say, our friend found something but could only eat a small bit. Pretty poor for $44 price fix. Also. The $44 price fix cheeseburger was so over valued....would never go back. Our server was great! All food was mediocre at best. Too bad it is really the only restaurant very close to the PAC

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was just OK and 4 of 5 of us left hungry, even after 3 courses. Service was great - great location as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The fried green tomatoes app was delicious but the gnocchi needed salt or something-a little bland...but the salad and appetizers and specialty drinks were excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Been here twice. Food is mediocre at best. Ordered chicken milanese that came to the table cold and had to send it back. Chicken was very dry. Had "crispy brussel sprouts" app
that was not cooked enough to make them "crispy.
Only positive is the convenience of being inside NJPAC. It is a pretty restaurant that is great for before or after show drinks but that is it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good for pre show. Hope the staff is in training. They need help

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

Overall goof meal, a little pricey for average food. Waiter was great and attentive. Good spot for quick bite before show

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Arrived very early evening to register for an event next door. Decided with our group of 4 to get a bite. Walked into an empty space and an extremely rude girl told us we could not be seated because we didn't have a reservation. I told her I would call and make one, to which she replied then I won't answer. We went outside and used the open table app and got a reservation. We went back in and told her we had a reservation to which she said no you don't you were just in here! We showed her our Confirmation code and still argued about seating us. The wait staff is very nice but tried to deliver four other tables food to us . The restaurant had mostly empty tables near us. We finished and left . Food was okay. Considering they are the only place attached to the PAC what a wasted opportunity for greatness!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The service was awful.. there is very little else to say.. we all received our appetizers, except 1 person..we all received our entrees except 1 person, we gave the waitress out credit cards and 15 minutes later we had to send someone to find her...
More comments but not worth it

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