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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

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1128 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.

Restaurant General Manager- Bikram Bhandari
Our primary goal is 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(973) 642-1226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Watterson
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Catering
We can cater any event from office breakfasts, lunches or dinners, private parties, corporate events, weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mulberry Street
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Parking details
NICO offers free parking with validation on non-show nights only (although not in conjunction with any NJPAC performance)
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Public transit
Newark Light Rail - NJPAC
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1128 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had a great meal before a concert at NJPAC. The food was great, the restaurant was busy but not to noisy. The best part was we weren't rushed in any way. Great place to go before a performance.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We went there for a pre-concert dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The food was creatively prepared and the wait-staff was professional and charming. We'd go again even if we going to a show.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The service and food were very good. My wife and I were there for a concert at NJPAC and dined using the prix fix menu . The only issue we had was that our check had us down for 3 meals, not 2. This was quickly corrected, however I wondered if this error was intentional, possibly to gain a larger tip.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Good pre concert dinner........easy to get to from 21......service is very friendly and efficient.......not very cozy for date night....bar crowd seemed comfortable

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Would have liked to see different apps. Not just salads. Yes , there was tomato soup but the chicken dinner was served with salad.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Second time at this restaurant. First visit, two years ago, was not a satisfactory experience, but we returned because of its convenience to the theatre. Glad we did. Service was outstanding! We arrived 30 minutes ahead of our reservation and hostess was friendly and seated us with no problem. Our server, Jonathan, was exceptional and should be commended for his professionalism. All of the waitstaff were great and made the evening enjoyable. The pre show menu is okay, offering a variety of options. We were not rushed and had a relaxing, memorable pre show dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Really nice place to eat before a concert. The food was good and really liked that the appetizer,meal, and dessert is included in one price. Drinks were perfect. The best creme brûlée. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It is a shame that a beautiful venue like NJPAC contains only a mediocre restaurant.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Enjoyed the kale salad each was split. Had an appetizer which was okay but uneventful.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Receptionist was indifferent and the kitchen lost our meal ticket order. We waited an hour for 2
sandwiches. Noone checked to see if we had our food until I went to the receptionist who was now on her cell phone. So sorry I had to interrupt her personal call. It is a lovely place and convenient to the theater if one would like a drink. Beyond that I would go somewhere else.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We are regular performance night customers at Nico. Saturday was underpar. The menu was not up to usual standards. The avocado toast appetizer was a excellent. i had grilled salmon, which was good and cooked to my liking, while my companion's gnocchi was good, but nothing special. The wait for our entrees was far too long, although the restaurant was not especially busy. It seems that standards and imagination in the kitchen have taken a step back under the new management.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great experience. Exceptional service. Everyone was so friendly and caring.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Phenominal salads!!!! OMG If you go here get the ancient grain salad and add seared tuna on it!!! I can't even! My second time ordering it. Perfectly dressed (I am an avid healthy eater and this salad was amazing and the tuna was seared rare PERFECTLY). I have eaten at so many restaurants that over dress their salads, I need to order the dressing on the side-NOT HERE :) They know what they are doing in the kitchen. The server we had was a darling, and super nice and smart about taking care of the table-I forgot her name but hope she stays because she was just amazing and thoughtful. The decor is dated but it is just NJPAC for you, and I know they have a diverse crowd via all the extremely different shows they venue, so in hindsite it actually really holds up trying to cater to all the different needs. Overall great experience and would absolutely eat there again! Dinner and a show-it's great!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Awesome as always but I’m regular. I get the gnocchi’s or steak. Delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We were at NJPAC for an graduation ceremony, so we reserved a table for late afternoon. The servers were extra attentive and extremely friendly. The food was pretty standard, but the Brussels sprouts were delicious. (and I usually despise that vegetable!). I will definitely make it a point to dine here when I'm in town for other events.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We screwed up and made reservations way too close to curtain time...but never fear, the Nico staff worked like a well-oiled machine to get us our dinner in time. Plus, everything was delicious. THANKS for saving the night!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved the restaurant. Service was one of the best I have ever seen, and we do dine out a lot. Food was well prepared, delicious desserts.
Definitely recommend to everyone.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had calamari first. Whatever it was dipped in before frying was delicious-we would order it again. Cuban sandwich was on point and fries were awesome and piled over the plate-yum. Our waitress was friendly and there are no complaints here.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This restaurant has a pre-concert captive audience since there aren't a lot of places near the concert hall to eat. Each time we cave in and go we regret it. The room is cavernous, unappealing and noisy. The service borders on dreadful. The food is ordinary, but pre-concert you're forced into the fixed price dinner. Perhaps if you can order more freely it might improve. I can't imagine a place with less atmosphere and I do wish they wouldn't whisk the plates away so fast while others are eating. They seem very nervous about getting those dishes back in the kitchen! There is nothing I can recommend here except for the convenience of being inside the same place where one is attending a concert. Probably this will be the last of our several tries.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was my second time dining at Nico and I couldn't wait to return. The menu was great and the staff was professional , and very attentive to our needs. The staff and Chef [whom even came out to introduce himself ] were very accommodating to all of our dietary request. Any and all events taking place at either NJPAC or the Prudential Center that I attend I will always dine at Nico !

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

As usual, the food was good and the service was excellent. Two young women, Sapphire and Jasmine, served us. They were both friendly, efficient.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Had a great time. Steven was so hospitable and clearly a great leader of the staff.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have eaten at Nico's very often and have always enjoyed the food and the service and the convenience. This time, however, the restaurant was set up as a prix fixed buffet, which was not announced when we made our reservation. We were expecting our usual experience, and we are not particularly fond of buffets. But in addition to that, there were many large parties - also unusual in our other times. The noise level was incredible. Maybe all of this was because it was mother's day. Whatever the reason, it would have been appreciated to know it in advance. We were not there for mother's day. Just our usual pre concert lunch.

Nevertheless, the food was as good as always and the servers are amazingly well trained and very friendly.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was great. Did not know only a buffet would be offered. Food was fair, desserts good. Would recommend to friends when regular menu is offered.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very good, chicken pops and calamari were great! Kiddo loved the pizza!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My family and I visited Nico before the Alvin Ailey performance. The food was magnificent. The staff mapped out the timing to make sure we made it to our seating in time. Very professional, friendly and clean.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We dined here this past Saturday evening, before seeing Alvin Ailey at NJPAC, and our waitress Nia was fantastic. She was amazingly attentive, kind and personable and, although the restaurant was quite crowded with pre-event diners, she constantly made sure we were content with our meal and experience. If we could give her more than five stars, we would do so.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

All 4 of us were very pleased with food, ambiance and service. We had tickets to Alvin Ailey show and this was a great place for dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Attentive service and very good food. We had dinner prior to a show at NJPAC. Our table was ready when we arrived, service was great and the food was very good. After dinner, we walked right into NJPAC from NICO's where out tickets were scanned. Very convenient. NICO's is on our list for places to eat pre-theater.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Lovely place to dine before a concert st NJPAC. Will definitely be back!!!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Good spot in Newark. Thanks to Pam for the great service.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Hospitable staff. Everyone was upbeat and our meals were tasty. Our server recommended desserts and she was right on how delicious they were.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We dined here before seeing Mel Brooks for my husband's birthday present. I had always passed Nico while at NJPAC and wanted to try it. Since it was a 3p.m. show, we made a reservation for 2p.m. Nea was very sweet and helpful, the menu is varied, simple, and small. I would have seen a cocktail menu, but it's a wine list they give you. But I think that's just because they focus on the wines. My husband really enjoyed his burger, and my cobb salad with grilled prawns was excellent. Portions were perfect, and we were right there for performance time, happy, full, and ready to laugh!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Enjoyable pre show meal. Great service. Food was middle of the road

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Delicious. Everything we had was great, service was good, too.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I love going to NJPAC, and eating at NICO is so convenient, but unfortunately the food and service were well below acceptable. The salmon, which I asked for medium rare was bone dry.
The salad was tasteless, and they used an unappealing kind of lettuce. The plates were delivered at different times, as we wondered if someone's order didn't get processed.
On the positives, the room is large, open, spacious, and quiet. The dessert was quite good.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My wife and I were attending a concert at NJPAC and Nico's is right next door. The food was good. Jasmine our waitress was superb! On event nights, they have a price fixed menu but the appetizers, entrees and dessert were all good. Service was fine.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My experience at Nicos was ok for a convenient pre show meal. I was attending a show by myself so wanted to arrive at the theater early to ensure a parking spot in the adjacent lot. The pri fix salad and desert were good. The entre was eh. Wine selection was fine. Service was good. If I were going to a show by myself I would like eat at Nicos for the convenience again. If I were with a group of friends I think I would find somewhere else to dine.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent and convenient place to eat right before seeing a show at nj pac

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Very pleasant experience. Our waitress, Jasmine, was very attentive, helpful and accommodating. She was very pleasant, making the dinner more enjoyable. The hostess that sat us at the table though, had to point out that we should have called if we were going to be delayed, which we were (20 minutes late....stuck in traffic). She, along with the other hostess, almost gave the impression that we may not be able to be seated. The restaurant was practically empty, and there were plenty of tables open,...no crowd rush at all. But other than that, it was a very nice experience.

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