How many remember all of the great catering
halls we had here in Newark?
Here is a list from my 1961 phone book:
THOMM'S on Park Ave; CORONET on Springfield Ave; HOUSE FOR BRIDES
on South Orange Ave; OLD COLONIAL INN on Broad Street; STEINER'S
on Clinton Ave; CONTINENTAL BALLROOM on Broad Street; FORREST HILL
CATERING SERVICE on Bloomfield Ave; LIBERTY HALL on 16th Ave; TERRACE
ROOM in the Mosque Theater; BIASE'S on Bloomfield Ave; CARLTON ROOM
in the Hotel Carlton; CLINTON MANOR CATERERS on Clinton Ave; ESSEX
HOUSE on Broad Street; ROBERT TREAT HOTEL on Park Place; STEINER'S
on Clinton Ave; TEEVAN'S on Roseville Ave; CLIPPER SHIP on Roseville
Ave; ZIG' RESTAURANT on Central Ave; and the TAVERN and STASH'S
in the Weequahic Area.
In addition to these here in Newark here are some of the others
in the surrounding areas: ALPINE CATERERS in Irvington; CLUB DIANA
in Union; CLUB NAVAHO in Irvington; CRYSTAL LAKE CASINO on Eagle
Rock Ave in West Orange (I had my High School Graduation there);
ROD'S STEAK HOUSE (remember that one - the railroad car) on Eagle
Rock Ave in West Orange; THE FOUNTAIN in Bellville; HAWAIIAN PALMS
in Harrison; MAYFAIR FARMS in West Orange; SPRINGFIELD STEAK HOUSE
in Springfield; THE SPANISH TAVERN on Rt 22 in Springfield; KARTZMAN'S
I'm sure that there are other's that I've not included. What were
your favorites - perhaps you had your weddings, first communion,
confirmation, birthday's, bar mitzvah's, etc. at some of these places.
Also, many of the bars and taverns had back rooms that they rented
out for private parties - the one I'm thinking of right now was
the West End Bar on South Orange Ave next door to the Roscommon
House between 10th and 11th Streets.
How about Ann Gordons on Elizabeth Ave
Hi Jule: I worked at the Old Colonial Inn, great job. I also went
to almost all the other places at one time or another.
How can you forget "The Branch Brook Manor"
I had my reception at the Club Navaho, Irvinton...9/11/65
Here's a biggie...."The Chanticlair", either Maplewood
Couple of add-ons
Bow and Arrow
Manor, West Orange "AAAAAAAAAA"
Hi Jule, My Second Cousin owned the Colonial Inn. I had many dinners
there. I also worked at the Branch Brook Manor for 1 week as a dish
washer in 1956. I was 16 years old, I decided to change my occupation
Jule, I need to correct you on one minor point...the Hawaiian Palms
was actually in Lyndhurst just a short distance from Harrison. It
began as a neighborhood tavern in the 40's called Hawaiian Joe's.
It was owned by a family friend, Joey Kraft, who later transformed
it into a very successful catering business called the Royal Hawaiian
yes, The Hawaiian Palms was in Lynhurst. We had our wedding reception
there almost 26 years ago. The place was sold and turned into an
insurance brokers offices. I think it is vacant now.
Cathy Blume (Grabowski):
My mom did catering work for Jack Bendett's Catering, Lyons Ave.
The Chanticlair is in Short Hills, and Bob Dandrea and his group
(name unknown) sang Darling Lorraine at the Garden House in Lyndhurst,
before they became popular.
Barbara and Gene Taylo:
We had our wedding reception at the Club Navaho 10/17/59, they served
a complete roast beef dinner. It cost $7.50 a person!! We had our
pictures done by Lorston Studio, andyone remember them? From Broad
ST., I think.
Hi Jule and everyone! I remember Lorstons Studio very well. I had
my first child's pictures taken there as did every young family
in the area. Great pictures too. The Royal Hawaiian Palms was where
the office of the bank went for a banquet, I think it was a Christmas
party. It was so beautiful then and so different then any other
The Essex House was there my mom took me to see Abbys Irish Rose,
I think it was in 1952, give or take a yr. There were so many very
nice places to go to...and rest assured you had a great time. I
also went to the Continental Ballroom...I think it was a country
and western show. Since I am not a country type of lady...I remember
it but not as well as I should have. Was on a date...it was nice
but not my kind of time. A lot of those places I am sure I went
to through the years...I do know that I had a good time.
My wife's aunt Josie (Paone) Romeo was a waitress there for over
25 years and her cousin Rosemarie (Paone) Marinaro worked as a waitress
as well and Millie Spatro was the hat check girl for years.
There was Dunphy's Hawaiian Palms in Harrison on 4th and Cleveland
Hey Everyone, Lets not leave out the "Club Diana" in Springfield.
Out front was the elegant statue of Diana with bow and arrow in
Here's a few other restaurants we haven't covered yet: Pal's Cabin;
May Fair Farms; Friar Tuck Inn in Cedar Grove; Twins Rest n Park
Place; The Roost on Fulton St; one of the first restaurants I went
to with my parents was Cortese down neck at 47 Ferry Street; the
Star Rest on 15th Ave; Rocco's on 18th Ave; and the Reservoir on
Also, we were talking about Tad's Steak House on Market Street.
Could it be that it was called Ken's Steak House instead of Tad's
or were there two of them. In 196l Ken's Steak House was at 124
Market Street and I don't show a Tad's at that time.
If you go to Harrison now you will still see the old neon sign that
runs along the side of Dunphy's Hawaiian Palms. Its been closed
so long, but my mom used to tell me her crowd used to go to dances
there in the 40's.
She remembered going to Nasto's Ice Cream Shoppe on Jefferson St
in the Ironbound for dances on the second floor. She said Al Nasto
the present owner used to be a great dancer. Later on old man Nasto
expanded his apartment into the dancehall to accommodate his growing
family. She said they had booths in the store and they used to hang
out and share .05 cent sodas. But if he didn't see any sodas he'd
throw the kids out. Tell them they had to buy or get out.