255 Jefferson St, Newark, NJ
We’ve been concentrating a lot on restaurants and food in the Ironbound (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) lately, mainly because I’m a huge fan of Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian cuisine, and because the Ironbound itself is vast and begs a great deal more exploration.
One of my favorite restaurants in the Ironbound is in fact the first restaruant I had ever been to in Newark, and also was my introduction to rodizio and Brazilian churrascaria cuisine, some 15 years ago. I had been brought there by my best friend’s dad, Lew. Lew, like myself, is a big guy, and is capable of putting down large quantities of food. He’s also got a stomach that is for all practical purposes lined with asbestos, because he has the talent of being able to out-spice and out-chile anyone in the room.
In any case, Mediterranean Manor was one of Lew’s favorite Jersey restaurants, and it’s now its one of mine. Over the years, however, it has undergone extensive renovations, so what used to be a smoky blue collar churrascaria is now a elegant Portuguese/Brazilian restaurant with a great bar (and with the new no smoking laws, not at all smoky and child safe.) The food, however, is quite excellent, and is still a bargain for what you’re getting.
Mediterranean Manor as seen from Jefferson Street. The building is quite large as in addition to having a full service Portuguese and Brazilian restaurant, it has a catering facility and a take-out business as well. Across the street is Mediterranean Manor’s large parking lot, which makes it an ideal restaurant if you’re going with a group of people. Mediterranean Manor is also one block away from Nasto’s Ice Cream.
Around the corner Mediterranean Manor has a takeout business where you can get virtually all of the churrascaria and Portuguese favorites to take home.
The newly renovated bar area.
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A tank of live lobsters awaits their fate as patrons watch a soccer game.
The main dining room at Mediterranean Manor.
Compared to other churrascarias like Brasilia Grill, the salad bar is quite spartan, but its kept fresh. The concentration at this restaurant is really on the meat and seafood.
When you’re eating Portuguese food in Newark, you can be assured that you’re always going to have locally baked bread that is hours old at the very oldest.
A look at the spit roaster.
Now this is what I call a bar menu.
Guarana Triunfo, a relatively new Brazilian soft drink import. Mediterranean Manor is owned by the Seabra family, which owns the A&J Seabra’s supermarket and the importer of Triunfo as well as Sumol (below).
Sumol, a orange flavored carbonated drink from Portugal.
Caldo Gallego, with big peices of chorizo in it.
A Portuguese take on Mussels Marinara, with chopped bell pepper, onion, celery and chorizo.
Monkfish with Shrimp Sauce
Instead of Rodizio, I decided to try the Mixed Grill, which is a ton of food for $19.95.
The mixed grill is shell steak, pork belly, chorizo, chicken breast, picanha (tri-tip sirloin), a pork chop, potatoes and sauteed greens with garlic and red kidney beans. I had to take half of this home.
Rodizio service — Bacon-wrapped filet mignon and turkey.
Another mixed grill platter on a different visit.
Arroz con Mariscos, similar to a paella but with seafood only.
Filet Mignon a la Portuguesa — a big chateaubriand with ham and fried egg.