This Spanish restaurant is on a side street fight off Ferry which is the main strip of the Ironbound Spanish/Portuguse restaurant section. It is now my absolute favorite, I am planning my birthday party here! We were about to go to one of the typical spots, & just decided to look at the outside menu for the heck of. Glad we did! Enrique, the host came outside to greet us (and that was fortunate as there is a bakery/diner type place in front of it on Ferry street, easy to get confused.) The decor and music were nice, but the real star was the food. First, the portions were huge for the prices and for the fact we ordered all tapas. I cannot imagine what the entree's look like! , it is easy to spend a lot at Spanish restaurants. Of course large portions of mediocre food do not impress me, so I was glad to find out that the cuisine exceeded my expectations. I am not from Spain, but I travel there often, so I'm a bit particular. After having toast with warm garlic butter (mmmmm...) We ordered a bottle of wine ($28, Enrique recommended it) and the following items: Soup of the day - Vivo salad - HUGE, raisins, pine nuts & soft goat cheese with greens, excellent & god to share Fried Calamari - like they serve in Spain, not like what you get in every bar in ny Grilled Shrimp - came in an olive oil sauce, plentiful, & cooked well Stuffed Shrimp - Very good, very large shrimp Stuffed mushrooms - HUGE portobellos, stuffed with cheese & potato & breaded, excellent! Pulpo (Octopus) - the best I've ever had, super fresh and cooked perfectly Piquillos with crabmeat & creamed shrimp - tender peppers with Spinach and white bean soup - very tasty & so obviously homemade The service was fantastic, and Enrique put on some music & danced with me which was fun. They have flatscreens everywhere with the soccer game and a sizable bar with extra bar tables, so I'm going to pop by for a drink here & there. They have dancing after 10:30, but you would need to call for the details. Great food & service, Big recommend!
77 Ferry StNewark, NJ 07105
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I am a frequent visitor at Vivo Lounge in Newark, NJ. The restaurant has proven itself through and through each and every visit. Often out-of-town clients of mine will request some advice regarding the whereabouts of the authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas that has become a staple of the Ironbound area. Without hesitation, I can confidently direct all inquiries to this gem, located in the heart of Ironbound right on Ferry St. The laid-back ambiance that exudes class and cleanliness will have you feeling right at home. The servers, bartenders and upper-management are always friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable of menu items and drink specials. With reasonable prices and a wide variety of delicious authentic tapas, you are guaranteed to leave 100% satisfied. I INSIST that anyone considering a visit to Vivo Lounge, DO IT! Enjoy!
Did you have a bad experience at VIVO? That's strange, because I am there at least three times a week, and I believe that the food, service, and drinks could not be better. First of all, the place is beautiful....you can tell from both the outside and inside that the owner puts alot of work into it. Second of all, I have been to Vivo many times for lunch, dinner, and recently their Sunday brunch, all of which were worth the money. Also, the place is packed five nights a week.....so they must be doing something right.