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8 Eateries to Try During Newark Restaurant Week

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These restaurants around Newark are serving up three-course chef’s menus for $40 per person throughout Restaurant Week.

From Thursday, January 19 through Wednesday, January 25, enjoy a variety of unique, chef-curated menus at participating Newark eateries. These restaurants offer exclusive Newark Restaurant Week specials in the form of a three-course meal for $40. For the full experience, some locations even offer a wine or craft beer pairing, as well as entrée upgrades for a fee. Here, we offer an overview of what some of these Newark restaurants have to offer.

Hamilton’s on Main

This Main Street newcomer offers approachable fine dining options that have quickly made it a Newark favorite. The restaurant week menu includes options like whipped ricotta with focaccia, shrimp linguini in a lemon cream sauce, a burger with bacon jam and truffle fries and more. Plus, an optional $15 wine pairing and a $20 Filet Oscar entrée are available upon request. Dessert options are a chocolate cheesecake or bread pudding.

Iron Hill Brewery

This Main Street brewery recommends the perfect craft beer to purchase with each course of its Restaurant Week menu. Highlights include a Maryland crab soup paired with Lodestone Lager, fried Brussels sprouts with the Homestead Farmhouse Ale, and a spicy Korean noodle bowl paired with the Philly Phavorite IPA.

Taverna Rustic Italian

If you’re looking for Italian food, Taverna is a go-to in Newark. For Restaurant Week, enjoy a first course of Italian wedding soup or Caesar salad with house-made garlic parmesan croutons. Entrée options include spicy rigatoni, chicken marsala and linguini Alfredo. For dessert, indulge in chocolate or vanilla gelato.

Caffe Gelato

Caffe Gelato starts off strong with a brandied lobster chowder or whipped ricotta and focaccia. Second course choices are a pan-seared scallop or ricotta gnocchi with butternut squash and mushrooms in a sage brown butter sauce. Enjoy a main course of grilled center filet mignon or house-crafted lobster ravioli. Add on a scoop or two of artisan crafted gelato to complete the Caffe Gelato experience.

Home Grown Café

This popular Newark eatery has a reputation for being vegan-friendly and full of locally-sourced flavors. Appetizer offerings include pear and ricotta ravioli and a fennel and apple salad. Entrée options range from dry-aged beef to vegan options like za’atar-roasted cauliflower. A vegan cheesecake or honey bourbon poached pear for dessert rounds out a full menu of options for vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances.

 

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Stone Balloon

Stone Balloon is closed on Sunday and Monday, but it’s a great option for the other five days of Newark Restaurant Week. The menu features an Italian wedding soup, Cajun shrimp pasta, chicken marsala, cannoli and more.

Skipjack Dining

Specializing in upscale, locally-sourced foods, Skipjack’s menu features appetizers like a filet medallion toast with apple bourbon chutney or a crab imperial crepe. Entrée options include a shrimp jambalaya, espresso bison meatloaf and a roasted eggplant and burrata dish. Hours vary throughout the week. More information can be found on the website.

 

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Klondike Kate’s

Another Main Street favorite, Klondike Kate’s offers plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options for Newark Restaurant Week. Start with roast beef-wrapped asparagus or a balsamic-marinated stuffed portobello. Entrée options are a noodle-less lasagna made with thinly sliced squash and zucchini or a crab-stuffed chicken breast. For dessert, enjoy a sweet blueberry cheesecake eggroll or a lemon mousse.

See the full list of restaurants participating in Newark Restaurant Week.

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