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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark, Newark, NJ

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

4.2
4.2
1625 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
dinner + happy hour + takeout

Unwind from the grind at NICO, Newark's most relaxing space. Kick back with happy hour every day 3-6pm. Savor our American menu and the best fries you've ever had. NICO is the perfect place to meet up with friends after work, enjoy a pre-show meal before your NJPAC performance or grab an easy takeout dinner. Our award-winning team is always here to bring you good times, great music, and delicious vibes.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 297-5855

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Watterson

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    NICO Kitchen + Bar is available for special events in our three private dining rooms for 20 to 200 guests.For details and menus:Kathy VermilyeKVermilye@ciemail.com

  • Private party contact

    Rose Watts: (973) 642-1226 ext. 8566

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Cross street

    Mulberry Street

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,625 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - North

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  1. JS

    JudyS

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico is a great place to grab something to eat before a show at NJPAC! So convenient and we loved the food, service and atmosphere. This was our first time and definitely will not be our last. I had tried to make a reservation a few months ago for dinner before another show, but I waited too long to try and couldn't get the time I wanted. This time I made sure I reserved in plenty of time.
  2. KL

    KriL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The pumpkin and squash bisque appetizer was not tasty at all and it was not what we expected. Tasted more like an indian curry. The entrees were fine, but overpriced. Did not even want dessert (also, I think there was only ONE option...?) after such an underwhelming experience. Service was underwhelming as well. We had so many different people coming to the table (i.e. it did not seem like we had one waiter/waitress looking out for us or being a point of contact), our appetizer plates were not taken away timely nor were our waters filled even though it was not busy at all. We will be looking for another restaurant in the nearby area next time we go to NJPAC.
  3. l

    local

    New York Area

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good and service were good and accommodating of our varied and diverse groups needs. Limited menu but I totally understand why so they can move tables along before a show. The smoked old fashioned was awesome! Great place for pre show. Only disappointment was when I made the reservation and when we checked in and after ordering dinner I noted a birthday in our group and they totally forgot it.
  4. TB

    TomB

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very convenient for NJPAC patrons. Good food and ambiance.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NJ Symphony concert
  6. DO

    DieterO

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Limited menu offerings; quality of food was nothing to write home about.
  7. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the gnocchi Bolognese and my wife had the salmon. Both dishes were delicious. Great service staff, convenient location for a performance. Highly recommended
  8. j

    jenniferj

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Portions somewhat small…service not the best, slow but overall a good dinner before a show
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wasn’t feeling especially well for the dinner, but our server was extremely attentive, offering tea and seltzer water. She was absolutely excellent!
  10. c

    cmac7

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The hostess was friendly and accommodating. We arrived early, with three people instead of the two in our reservation, but she accommodated us right away (the place wasn't crowded). The menu is very limited -- more a bar menu than a fine dining restaurant, but there are some interesting choices. The waiter was businesslike. Service was very slow. The food was a mix of hits and misses: Burger was ordered medium, came well done, but the fries were excellent and piping hot. Risotto looked gorgeous but was kinda bland. There was what looked like a pesto topping but I didn't get any pesto flavor. Wings were very good, a generous portion of meaty wings. My biggest complaints are the slow service and the overcooked burger. We will consider returning the next time we're at NJPAC.
  11. JG

    JadeG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The restaurant was beautiful. The ambiance and service were great! The drinks were delicious, but the food was disappointing. The wings weren’t bad, just lacked flavor. I paid $42 basically for an unseasoned steak in tomato sauce with a corn garnish and my husband had “sloppy joe” and gnocchi, definitely didn’t taste or resemble the short rib we were expecting. We heard such good things, but didn’t experience it this time. The staff were all pleasant and it saved the experience. Thanks Dana!
  12. DL

    DebbieL

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding However the food was not up to the standard that it was in the past and the menu selection was somewhat limited. The soup was bland and the coffee very bitter.
  13. GG

    GaleG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Had dinner before a concert at NJPAC. Cocktails were good & priced for Happy Hour. Our party each had salads ( green or caesar) which were plentiful & delicious. The service was very accommodating & attentive. Will return again.
  14. TB

    ThomasB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner at Nico's on 11/04 was an enjoyable experience. Food is good and reasonably priced but want to call out the excellent staff from the greeters to the Maitre D and particularly our server (Sophie I believe is her name). The service provided by this team is top shelf. So friendly, engaging, and attention to detail that is appreciated very much. Makes for a great visit and will return next time we have show tickets. Prior to dinner we stopped at the bar and the bar team displayed the same hospitality. Great place.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I was there for dinner before a concert.
  16. S

    Sarah

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Very good!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Thank you to Surayyah for her top notch service!
  18. GB

    GlennB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Great ambience and waitress was very attentive to our group.
  19. NJ

    NewJNative

    New York Area

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time back to Nico's since the shutdown. It was even better than I remember. Our server Maya was outstanding, and we enjoyed shrimp and grits, a hamburger, salmon, and short ribs--all delicious. Highly recommended!
  20. A

    Augustus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The person who served us, Raul, was everything but a customer service professional. Rude, with an egotistical attitude, and because he said he was overwhelmed, he rushed us to order 3 min after we sat down. We did, knowing that we checked in at the restaurant at 7:30 pm and our event at the venue didn’t start until 9 pm. One hour after we placed our order, we didn’t receive our food. We had to talk to both the host and the manager about it. They got us our food after that, and we went in time to our event. Rail’s unprofessional demeanor almost ruined our experience. James and other staff members were extraordinarily customer-centric and helped repair it. Overall, the food was great and tasty. We kept a great memory from the event as well. We definitely will be back.
  21. LE

    Love2Eat

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dina was great, very attentive, Love the new lounge look.
  22. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had a great lunch new lounge/bar is cool and sexy.
  23. AS

    AnitaS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The menu needs updating and more vegetarian choices. The entrees were pricey and portions smell. Loved the happy hour. Though did not like that we couldn’t order the bar food in the dining area.
  24. L

    Lila

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Nico’s!! The staff are amazing, the food is fantastic (they have vegan options yay!) & the overall vibe/ambiance is great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the wait staff was very attentive. I always make a point to stop by Nico for a date night.
  26. EP

    ElleP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The service, food and drinks were OK. I probably won't return especially since there are other eateries in the area that offers a diner so much more overall.
  27. LE

    Love2Eat

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    sat at the bar for lunch fairly busy bartender was attentive food was great. had the pizza with a local draft beer I never had before was pretty good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We came to Nicos for pre-show dining at NJPAC. The dining room remained quiet but the bar was ultimately busy before the 8 pm show. The servers were well-meaning and polite but needed a bit more training/experience. The menu had limited options with small portions while the wine list was short but had selections for the average wine drinker at reasonable prices. A berry infused mojito was good. We would return when we attend another show.
  29. PN

    ProudNJTeacher

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed the quiet professional atmosphere. The servers were so professional and courteous. Service was slow-we attribute that to shortage of workers but they were so nice. Cant wait to return!
  30. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    restaurant was very busy, our server was running but very attentive and stopped to ensure we were ok many times, only wish weather was good enough to sit outside.
  31. LE

    Love2Eat

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A bit to windy to sit on the patio so we opted inside. Love+Love+Love Meshon our server, he is just such a great person w calm demeanor and made us feel right at home. He made some great specials recommendations. The watermelon salad was a perfect call.
  32. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside with friends patio was quiet and perfect for our lunch meeting. our server maya was attentive food was great, just one question for you. will you be brining pretzel back to the happy hour menu this summer as it was my favorite thing to eat with a beer on the patio.
  33. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager James was personable, clever and funny. quiet outdoor seating that's not right on the street, The Shnitzel sandwich was was perfect with a kale salad on side. Although the fries are probably the best fries I have ever had. When I asked how they are made I was told that willie Wonka doesn't reveal his secrets LOL. I do scout locations for a major network and will be back.
  34. AS

    AvaSM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Before attending a show at NJPAC, my husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary. The service was great. Our server, Dena, was very nice. However, the salmon dish I had did not have a good taste. I had to send it back.
  35. BK

    BarbaraK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at 5:20, 40 minutes early for a 6 pm. reservation and did not leave until 7:30. My salad and salmon entree were terrible. My daughter ordered a salad with chicken and coffee. One dessert. We asked for rolls or bread, and when we finished eating and asked again what happened to the bread, rolls or crackers, the waitress brought one slice of hard bread. If we had arrived on time, we would have missed some of the concert (2 hrs, and 20 min. for dinner!) . I finally had to ask for the check when our waitress brought the one brownie, and we got 2 checks-one was ours and the other one was for another customer, both charged on my credit card. She straightened it out after I told her. I realize you may be short of help, but this was ridiculous. I have no reason to come back. The restaurant was 1/2 full.
  36. N

    Newaker

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food wasn't very good. But the place was nice.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The menu is very limited. I ordered steak medium well. They cooked it wrong twice. In addition, the service was extremely slow. I probably will not visit this establishment again.

    Nico Kitchen & Bar - NewarkResponded on June 22, 2022Hi there, I wanted to personally apologize for your experience here on Sunday. There is no excuse for not getting your steak cooked to your liking twice and for you feeling the service was slow. I know we took care of the filet for you and brought you a complimentary appetizer while you waited, but I'll also reach out to you privately since clearly you still felt let down. We do appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback, it is how we grow as a business. Thanks, James

  38. TH

    TraceyH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy NIKO KITCHEN- drinks are good, food is great and the fact that it is strategically attached to NJPAC with parking available is a win-win every time we attend an event there. Love it!
  39. N

    Noe83

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I came here for dinner before watching a show at NJPAC and we were so surprised at how good the food was! We had the shrimp and grits to share, I had the chicken and my friend had the salmon and for dessert we got the brownie. What we were surprised about was how many GF options were available which we appreciated. I would definitely come back here!
  40. DS

    DianaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Like many of the other restaurants no days they were understaffed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 297-5855.

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark is rated 4.2 stars by 1625 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mulberry Street

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Watterson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 297-5855

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    NICO Kitchen + Bar is available for special events in our three private dining rooms for 20 to 200 guests.For details and menus:Kathy VermilyeKVermilye@ciemail.com

  • Private party contact

    Rose Watts: (973) 642-1226 ext. 8566

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