Time for Lunch - Newark in the late 40's and early 50's

by Seymour Pierce

A few of the great places to eat in the "downtown area". Some may still exist, I haven't "visited " the city in a while.

The neighborhood hot dog, sausage, pizza spots have all been well documented and I agree they are truly great. Others come to mind - the Clay/Bro Diner on the corner Broad and Clay Streets. They served the absolute best "apple turnover " (dumpling) covered with a delicious "lemon sauce ".

Captain Joes Fish House and Hobby's (still doing a good job) on Branford Place. Orchid Restaurant on Halsey Street in the back of Hahne's. He now owns the great place on McCarter Highway and Bridge Street. Hahne's Basement was also a fine lunch place, attracting mainly shoppers and workers in the area.

Fourno's (Portuguese) one block below Penn Sta. Don Pepe's, off McCarter Highway near Center Street. Here's one not many knew of, in the basement of the Federal Trust Bldg (?), on Commerce Street, there was the "Colonade". It was open for lunch only and the cooks and employees all looked like "good cookin' grandma's .

Market Street had the Novelty, opposite the Newark Evening News Building and Grants Lunch. Further west opposite Bamberger's, there was Ken's Steaks, for about $1.99, you could get a steak, baked potato and roll. One block further up another Grants Lunch. Nedick's at Broad and Market.

Waldorf (not THE NY Waldorf), one opposite City Hall, one on Park Pl. near the "Hudson Tubes" (nr. Center St.). The Central Rail Road Station on Broad Street with entrances on Broad Street and also on Lafayette Street, had food. On Lafayette was the tavern that served free lunch with the drinks. On Lafayette between Broad and Mulberry Street, alongside the TRACKS, was a diner run by a few really old timers and they catered to the "working man". The food was hearty and delicious (No Cobb Salads or finger sandwiches served here).

The Five and Tens all had food counters, no need to go hungry down town. There was always Chock Full Of Nuts on Broad and Commerce Streets.

Time to eat, will talk again.


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