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Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark, Newark, NJ

Nico Kitchen & Bar - Newark

4.0
4
1611 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 11 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

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What 1,611 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. 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.
  2. NJ

    NewJNative

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. AS

    AnitaS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 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.
  7. 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. PN

    ProudNJTeacher

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 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

  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. S

    Serendipity

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico's is a very nice bar/restaurant; open and airy. The staff was professional, friendly and attentive. The cheese board and Kale Caesar salad were delicious. The burger was cooked exactly as ordered. Nico's added to a great experience at NJPAC. We would recommend it.
  25. G

    Gigi

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It wasn’t bad but very limited food choices and service was not good/
  26. JK

    JenniferK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Our hummus appetizer literally came with two green beans and one small carrot even though the description said vegetables and pita. We had to ask for more pita as we only got 4 pieces. For the price this was ridiculous. Entrees were very small for the price and the flavor mediocre. The only nice part was the wine and the waiter gave me a glass on the house which made up for the appetizer disappointment. Waiter was very nice but had way too many tables to offer quality service.
  27. A

    Adivad

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The menu is quite limited. The server was pleasant but did not follow through on requests, limited as they were. The food was okay, nothing that would make me return. The location is perfect for attending a perfidy NJPAC but the quality of NICO does not equal the quality of the venue.
  28. MG

    MadelineG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, service and atmosphere at Nico are all outstanding! They also do their best to cater to individual needs, which makes the experience even more special!
  29. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, as always. Great food Highly recommend!
  30. J

    Julimango

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was a bit slow but servers were very nice and food was good.
  31. D

    Diane711

    St. Louis

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a long layover at the airport in Newark, and we needed a break from airports. This was by far the nicest restaurant we saw in the immediate area. Service was great, And there was a good variety of delicious food.
  32. F

    Fulli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was excellent!!
  33. DP

    DonnamarieP

    Key West

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This is a great before or after NJPAC event dining..... menu is a little limited, but everything we've had has been amazing.
  34. D

    Dove

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant is clean and food was delicious. Salomon was good but needs a little more sauté vegetables to have a better presentation in the plate.
  35. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Our server was super nice. The kale Ceasar salad and cheese platter were delicious! My entree, French Chicken, was very good, but the portions were TINY. (My wife joked that I got a kid's meal! Lol!) Drinks were AMAZING. I had the Brick City Mule and loved it. Overall an excellent dining experience and we would definitely eat at Nico's again.
  36. M

    Melie35

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience1
    Went for my sisters birthday, I was 30 mns late, and I appreciated that they held my reservation, the food was good but they lost point for my sister’s salmon was dry even though we specifically asked for it to be medium, and the drinks felts like they barely had any alcohol . Overall though it was ok.
  37. F

    Fanta61

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very convenient pre-show dining. Food was tasty and served quickly. Would definitely return.
  38. N

    Notalocalnjgirl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Limited menu. Wings were amazing. Soup was great. Whoever was on the grill didn't know how to cook a steak medium rare or even medium well. Don't order the steak. Price point is a little higher because you are in the theater which is fine, just cook my steak to my preference for $48.
  39. D

    Donald

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant should definitely be on your list of consideration if visiting the area. It’s better than you think it would be.
  40. SV

    SalV14

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and superior service in a very quiet casual atmosphere. A bit on the pricey side, though. Perfect place for dining before an NJPAC concert.

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 stars by 1611 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 11 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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