Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

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1451 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.


Bikram Bhandari, our General Manager believes in complete guest satisfaction and providing the best in service and hospitality.

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 Symphony/Speaker Series nights. A flexible priced three course Performance Menu is offered for performances featuring Legacy Artists, Comedy Shows etc.
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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Nico was delicious. Waiter and bartender are friendly and professional. They forgot a side sauce but brought it promptly with apologies.

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

The service was exceptionally good!!!! outstanding is a better word. we were delighted that we came.

TR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Nico is the on-site restaurant at NJPAC. They offered a pre-fix menu for the evening we were there. We intentionally ordered items that would be easy prep, but were disappointed at every stage. It literally took 30 minutes for the first course, soup! And they only brought it out after I got up from the table and walked over to a manager to inquire. That’s how inattentive the service was. The soup was tasty; the entrees disappointing and dessert just so-so. Wine list is short, uninteresting and overpriced. Ambiance is warm although slightly loud. It’s convenient- only steps away from the show- but not a well-managed restaurant.

GN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Service was very slow - had to wait 24 minutes for starters of soup and salad - and the food no better than OK. Very overpriced for what it offers. Noisy. Been there, done that, never again.

HX
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

So convenient when attending event at NJPAC.
Liked the "shareables" addition.
Service was rather erratic and less efficient than usual.

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great until time for dessert. Through no fault of our server, it took forever to get our simple dessert order. In spite of this we were pleasantly surprised and would eat here again.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Choose Nico on a performance night at NJPAC. 3 course prix fixe so not all menu items available but still a good selection. Chicken entree a bit dry but salmon cooked exactly as ordered and pleased with dish. Our server was very attentive and there was plenty of staff to keep water glasses filled and food coming to tables without feeling rushed. Finished with plenty of time to be seated for the show. Would try again on a night with complete menu. Also an attractive bar that looks worth a visit.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner before Wait don't tell was really good. This was our first time here, and we complimented the manager how everyone was friendly and our waitress was outstanding. We are sold!

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice restaurant to come to. Friendly people. Great value, something hard to find in Newark

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meeting/lunch at Nicos today. The staff was attentive, our food came out fast and all of us liked the food. Definitely will recommend to our friends at Panasonic.

WC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time coming for Dinner. Came in with a few people to celebrate a promotion. Server was amazing and knowledgeable. Food was also great. Kudos to Nico for a good time!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our waitress, Maya, gave us amazing service and recommendations. Staff was friendly including the manager. We will be back!

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was great. Food came out promptly and was tasty. Fast and efficient service.

DA
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good, we loved the tomato salad and the filet mignon. Our waitress was pleasant and accommodating to my wife dietary restrictions.

WK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Everything was great except the noise outside. There was some event going on outside and this made it much too noisy for a relaxing dinner.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

The venue has a nice atmosphere. The food was very disappointing. We were there to see Gladys Knight and for convenience we went to Nico. I will not be returning. To be safe, it was a party of four, we ordered the cheese burger and the pasta bolognese. It just was not the least bit enjoyable. I don’t know was it was but it was not beef for the burger. The waitress was wonderful can’t blame her. She was on point and we made sure her tip did not reflect the fact that we did not enjoy our Meal. We will not be returning.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great performance dinner before Gladys Knight. We were late but were accommodated graciously by the hostess, and dinner and service was lovely.

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant did a great job in serving us a nice three course dinner and got us out on time. Overall a great establishment. Thank you

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest cancelled, so got to dine alone and catch up on some work. My server was courteous and got my salmon just the way I asked for.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back for a show. Everything was good. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere. The restaurant is chic and has the ambiance with an upscale feel. The food that I had was delicious and service was amazing. Nice wine selection and variety of foods. My only two complaints are the following: when we arrived with reservations our table was not ready and the restaurant was completely empty. The table next to us was dirty and nobody was there to eat at the table. It had what appeared old crumbs on it and was unkept. They promptly cleaned it. Also one of my guest food was not made correctly so they had to substitute her mash potatoes for macaroni and cheese. She was not pleased. However other than that I enjoyed the restaurant and I would recommend

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I enjoy this place. We find it consistent and great for business meetings

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant. Bartenders are really friendly and make great cocktails that we like. Floor service is friendly and our server recommended the Heirloom Salad and the new Tacos. She seemed to know the menu.

GJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very helpful and attentive very knowledgeable

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had great first visit. Definitely will visit again.

R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue was one of the meals brought out was incorrect, but was just brought to wrong table. Correct meal was brought out in minutes. Food was outstanding as well was the service.

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

On show nights at NJPAC they reduce to a “snacks” menu at 6:30 PM. There is no forewarning of this when you make reservations. They also ran out of bread and neglected to tell us. We sat waiting for our bread and salad for over 20 minutes. We weren’t informed that they were out of bread until I asked. The service was subpar to say the least.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Server was good, but I ordered Gannocci there was more sauce than pasta very little for the money. Then I ordered another piece of bread because I was still hungry and you ran out of bread.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Menu online was not menu that they had their. Crabcakes were frozen already made patties that were microwaved. What restaurant does not give atleast bread. Ask server several times for stuff that she didn't bring to table. Just overall bad

t
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

My entree was inedible....

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experience and we dine out often. Such friendly service, meals were served hot and were delicious.

N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meals. Our waitress had the best smile ever. She was super sweet.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Calamari and Avocado toast were delicious. Love to come here for lunch with co workers. Service was exceptional. Did not have to ask for anything.

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a quiet lunch at Nico. My colleagues and I enjoyed our meals. Service was good too.

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

I enjoy Nico for business lunches. I usually have a good experience. This time, service was slow. It took a long time and several requests just to get the soup I ordered. The soup and the entree were delicious.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining here. Our meals were well prepared . Friendly service.

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just had a great meal at Nico. Food to service was excellent.

TD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The restaurant is a great location to eat or have a drink before a show at NJPAC. My reservation was at 6pm, they wouldn’t serve anyone until the whole party was there, we ordered at 6:30pm and our food came at 7:20pm and the show started at 7:30pm. Poor service and food had to be sent back.

KB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

It would be great to be able to have a great meal, with options on show nights but there is often a pre fixed menu with awful options. They try to hard to be upscale, but without the prefixed menu options to support it. 90% of the time I’m disappointed. Options at the bar are ok but the dining room lacks in options and taste. It’s just OK.
Maize restaurant at the Robert Treat hotel has been my go to lately...delicious food, reasonably priced and options. I tried NICO recently, only to be reminded why I do not do dinner on show nights! NICO...stop trying to be super super fancy and make some good dinners!

DD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My sister & I had dinner before the Iyanla show. First, the service team was really good to us ... Teamwork 🙌🏾, Attentive, Professional.
The food was great as well! For Starters, we ordered the Cheese Plate with jam/fresh fruit & the kale ceaser salad. (that Salad was Excellent! I could have eaten 2 of them) From the Bar, my sister ordered a lemon drop & I ordered a white sangria. The drinks were well balanced and delicious. For the Entrees, My sister had the gnocchi & I had the salmon. very good! For Desserts, My sister had the peach bread pudding with vanilla ice cream & I had triple chocolate cake. IMO... the 🍑 bread pudding is SO SO SO GOOD! 😋 YUMMY!

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