Brazilian Eatery Tamborim Bar & Grill Opens Today in Jersey City

Tamborim Bar & Grill 130 Newark Avenue Jersey City Opens
Tamborim Bar & Grill’s opens today at 130 Newark Avenuein Jersey City. Image courtesy of Tamborim Bar & Grill.

One of Newark Avenue’s shuttered restaurant spaces will be springing to life as a tough year for hospitality comes to a close, as a new Brazilian experience from the owners of a top Portuguese eatery will start serving diners on December 8.

Back in October, we broke the news about Tamborim Bar & Grill’s impending arrival at 130 Newark Avenue. Michael Casalinho, who owns the nearby Broa Bistro, took over the space earlier this year and started revamping the former pub with a refreshed bar and colorful Amazon-themed décor throughout.

Casalinho, who grew up in Newark the son of Portuguese immigrants, has drawn up a menu that will feature bar snacks and finger food in addition to more substantial entrees. Mains at the restaurant will include feijoada, a Brazilian black bean stew, and moqueca, a seafood dish with curry and spices.

Tamborim Bar & Grill Biob De Camarao
Bobó de Camarão. Image courtesy of Tamborim Bar & Grill.

Other dishes teased by the restaurant’s Instagram account include mandioca, a traditional Brazilian staple of crispy pork belly with fried yuca, and bobó de camarão, a chowder-like shrimp dish in a ground cassava with coconut milk, herbs, and ginger.

Tamborim Bar & Grill Moqueca
Moqueca. Image courtesy of Tamborim Bar & Grill.

The cocktail program at Tamborim Bar & Grill will make a big effort to use Brazilian liquors in their drinks including cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. Other libations include the restaurant’s spin on a old fashioned dubbed Old Smokey, which features mezcal, lime juice, pineapple ginger, and tangerine.

Tamborim Bar & Grill Bahia Cachaca Jersey City
Bahia Cachaça. Image courtesy of Tamborim Bar & Grill.

The restaurant hopes to have every Brazilian beer they can get their hands on flowing at the space and will sport a curated list of Spanish and Portuguese wines to round out their drink program. While the formal restaurant is launching today, a second portion in the rear of the building sporting a high-end cocktail bar will regularly feature live samba music and launch sometime during 2021.

Tamborim Bar & Grill will be opening their initial dinner service with 25% capacity and will eventually have to-go food available in the coming weeks. The restaurant does not have an official website up and running just yet, but they can be followed on Instagram at the handle @tamborim_bar for updates.



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