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
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
Time to eat, will talk again.