Bom Dia!

A $7.00 round trip train ride from Penn Station NYC and your in Newark, N.J. on Ferry street, a little Portuguese Street where you can get a taste of the old country. You'll find craft stores, kitchen shops, bakeries and restaurants that are as
authentically Portuguese as one can get around here. Having been to Portugal, the tradition is eat early, take your time, eat well and enjoy. Seabras Marisqueira was the restaurant of choice for our late lunch, early dinner and it did not disappoint. As wine goes, the vino verde, which is a traditional Portuguese light green wine is the best bet. We started with the cold sea snails picked from their shell with the tip of a paper clip. Then, the flaming chorizo was brought to the counter where we sat on cushy stools; the chorizo was slightly charred in grapa then, thickly sliced up. Entrees were the pork and clams alentejana and, what's a Portuguese meal without bacalua (cod fish)? So, the second entree was just that, prepared with onions and peppers on top of a very dense piece of bread they called corn bread (not to be confused with the southern muffin type) and served with potatoes. It was all very well prepared. This entire meal could feed four adults comfortably. Left-overs were unashamedly taken home. The all Portuguese staff were cordial, respectful and serious about their food, as they should be. Conveniently across the street is Riviera Bakery, where Portuguese favorites Pastels De Nata which can be explained as mini baked custard tarts can be bought. NOTE: Buying any less than half a dozen would be wrong on every level. And, taking home a portuguese is a bonus!

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