If you happen to be doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City /New Jersey and you’re looking for a place to eat before you go to a New Jersey Devils game at Prudential Center , you have a couple of options .
You could go to the Newark branch of Dinosaur Barbecue , which some people do.
You can’t miss it , it’s right across the street from the place affectionately known by hockey fans in New York and New Jersey as “The Rock “.
It’s right in front of the huge grey statue of a hockey player in Championship Plaza.
There is however, another place to eat before a Devils game, and this is the place where most of them go.
It’s called Mercato Tomato Pie, and in spite of the huge wood fire ovens cooking pizza non stop, you’ll find more than pizza there .
There’s salads, mozzarella sticks , chicken wings, and some of the biggest and juiciest looking hamburgers you’ve ever seen .
Now, if you’re vegetarian or don’t eat beef, they’ve got you covered too with Veggie and Turkey burgers.
They also serve fountain soda drinks as well as alcohol, not to mention those mouth watering old fashioned milk shakes.
The restaurant is located at 212 Market Street in Downtown Newark and it’s open every day from 11 am until 10 pm.
It’s a few blocks away from Newark ‘ s Penn Station and right around the corner from the arena.
If you walk to the exit door that’s in the back of the restaurant , you’ll see the parking lot.
That building right across the street with the pictures of the hockey players on it, is the place you want to be if you’re going to see New Jersey’s team.
There are tables and chairs plus booths to sit in, but wait for the host or hostess to seat you.
If you’re lucky , one of the owners of this very friendly establishment will seat you himself.
The atmosphere is very friendly here and everyone seems to know everyone .
If you go to the restaurant enough, the waitstaff will greet you by name and say hello among other pleasantries .
They’ll even ask you if you want what you usually order when you come to Mercato.
Prices are very reasonable , something you don’t see at some of the restaurants or sports bars across the river in New York City .
Of course, since this is across the street from a sports arena, there are televisions set to different sporting events.
One word of warning though, if you go to Mercatos and the Devils are playing either the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins , Philadelphia Flyers , New York Islanders or Boston Bruins .
PLEASE GET THERE EARLY!
You might be waiting a long time to be seated anywhere in the restaurant .
As I mentioned before, if you’re going to a game at the arena, or just happen to be in downtown Newark and want a friendly , inexpensive place to eat , get yourself to Mercato Tomato Pie.
You’ll definitely come back again and again .
212 Market Street
Newark , New Jersey 07102