Theater Square Grill Annual Holiday Wine Party: Wed, Dec 17 6:00-8:30pm

Got plans for Wednesday night? Theater Square Grill will be hosting a Holiday Wine Party with a prix fixe $65 menu with a special menu (all inclusive: tax, gratuity & parking).  Mention Zing Marketing and get more than 20% off.
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NJ.com: Investing in Newark, fork in hand, eateries have high hopes

Investing in Newark, fork in hand, eateries have high hopes
Newark seems to be the place to launch new restaurants these days, especially with the new venue created by the Prudential Center. There’s been a couple of really positive reviews in the papers in the last couple of weeks of Newark restaurants The Spot and Theater Square Grill.

The article also mentions a potential $4 million upgrade to Military Park, which is situated between NJPAC and the Prudential Center on Broad Street and Park Place.

It’s not on the list of most successful Newark spots, but restaurateur Sean McGovern and Senate President Richard Codey are betting they can make 60 Park Place a go with an upscale sports bar and restaurant.

The two previous restaurants at that address, Arthur’s Downtown and the Savoy Grill, were short-lived at what their owners thought was a sure-win downtown location that would attract patrons of the NJ Performing Arts Center and a long-promised sports arena.

But the arena stalled several times, and the prospects to revive the former Hahne’s Department Store failed. Neither restaurant could overcome the issue of how central city Newark becomes a virtual ghost town after dark.

Now, the Devils have played their first season at the Prudential Arena, and Codey and McGovern said they’re hearing a new buzz in development circles: “If you build it, they gotta eat.”

Star Ledger: There’s a new hot Spot in Newark

There’s a new hot Spot in Newark
The Ledger reviews a new restaurant in downtown Newark with high praise. Carl Sharif, whose wife owns the restaurant in addition to her day job as director of human resources for the Irvington School System, writes a blog called We Don’t Need Permission, which you can always find in our Further Reading section down below.

So when I started to hear some buzz about a new place called The Spot on Commerce Street, it seemed like a good choice for lunch on a sunny, spring day. I asked my co-worker Roz to join me, and off we went, having no idea what we’d find. What we found was a knockout.

The Spot is great-looking space: soaring ceilings with an industrial look, softened by rich woods, comfortable banquettes and a wall of windows looking out on the city. The bar is five shelves high, and with its mirrored backdrop, the bottles reflect the light; it’s simple and dramatic at once.

The only things more exciting than the look of The Spot are the animated conversations and the crowd itself. Diverse in every way, there are suited-up professionals, college faculty, doctors in scrubs, politicians, artists, musicians, athletes — I have been there at three different times since my first visit and if you’re looking for anybody who is anybody in the city of Newark, you may very well find them eating and drinking at The Spot.

New York Times: Focused Food, Center Stage

Focused Food, Center Stage
Glowing review of Newark’s Theater Square Grill, which can be found in the NJPAC building downtown.

Come to think of it, it was a bit like Riverdance without the music: a vast crew of servers choreographing three courses — fixed price, $50 — with no stumbles or unseemly haste.

A meal at Theater Square does entail sacrifices, of course. Intimacy, for one: the dining room, designed by Barton Myers, the arts center’s lead architect, is the size of a small airplane hangar. Still, it remains one of the handsomest restaurants in the state — a soaring, airy two-story space, its formal geometry and muted browns, blacks and whites lightened by wall-sized windows that look out on the arts center’s graceful plaza and the Newark skyline.