Visitors filled the bar on Eleven Clinton’s opening night.
Eleven Clinton, Newark’s new home for “Smothered Blues,” officially opened on Tuesday, November 14.
Located at 11 Clinton Street, the restaurant is in the downtown Newark space formerly inhabited by Duke’s Southern Table, and those who spent any time at Duke’s will find that the decor feels familiar, but with subtle updates and new touches.
Owner Charles Hunter in “The Music Lounge” Photo by: M. Brian. Click or tap to enlarge.
Eleven Clinton’s menu leans toward a southern palette, and the restaurant draws its ambiance from cool colors, mood lighting and the soft sounds of straight-ahead jazz piping through its speakers.
The lunch menu offers an array of shareable appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Standout items on our visit included the catfish po’boy, shrimp po’ boy and the upside-down burger, which features Swiss cheese served on two brioche lids. When we inquired with Chef Dawn as to what happens to the other half of all of those buns, she informed us that they’re used to make Eleven Clinton’s delicious bread pudding.
The Upside-Down Burger Photo by: M. Brian. Click or tap to enlage.
We returned for dinner and found a full bar, plus five tables full of diners enjoying sit-down dinners. The
dinner menu consists of an array of soul food-inflected appetizers and salads (we had the fried prawn cocktail and cajun catfish tacos, which were so good we ordered up a second round) as well as entrees of pasta, ribs, catfish, chicken and pork chops.
Eleven Clinton also offers turkey, portobello and vegetarian black bean burger options.
With a full bar offering of beer, wine and signature cocktails (priced at $8) and live jazz music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Eleven Clinton looks to restore a jazz experience with a lounge vibe plus lunch, brunch and sit-down dinner options to downtown Newark.
Happy hour is Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live jazz music is on offer from Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., and Sunday during brunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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