April 28, 2011
87 Madison Street
Newark, NJ 07105
  • Cost: $$$
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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April 28, 2011


For abundant fresh Portuguese seafood, you can’t do better than Seabra’s Marisqueira on Madison Street in Newark’s Ironbound.

At the bar, where there’s usually a European football match on television, or past the glass-enclosed kitchen in the casual dining room, Seabra’s is the place to enjoy heaping cauldrons of steaming mussels, clams, shrimp and cod. Garlic shrimp or garlic cockles are an excellent appetizer. Grilled sardines taste like the ones served on Algarve beaches. You’re missing out if your table doesn’t order one of these: Mariscada (lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops in tomato sauce over rice), Frutos do Mar na Cataplana (a similar mix of seafood plus Portuguese chourico served in a copper pot), or my favorite, Açorda de Marisco (shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and Portuguese bread cubes with olive oil, garlic and a poached egg on top!). Other entrees include Gambas Grelhadas (head-on prawns in garlic sauce), fish dishes, and traditional Portuguese grilled meats. Wash it down with a Vinho Verde or a pitcher of red or white Sangria. Portions are large. I’ve never had room for dessert.

Portuguese is spoken here, often, but there are no difficulties for English-speakers. Service is incredibly efficient and very friendly. You’ll find many families with kids of all ages in the dining room.