Whenever I'm in the mood for some REALLY GOOD Spanish/Portuguese/Italian food I make the long hike to Don Pepe's in Newark NJ. Although it's a 50 minute drive from my house, the drive is definitely worth it.
Don Pepe's is located in Newark NJ..right when you enter newark. It's a decent area of Newark and they have people looking out for your car. The atmosphere is casually elegant. YOu don't need to wear a dress...but nice pants and top are appropriate.
The seafood dishes here are phenomenol...They have shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams..etc...most entrees are seved with Spanish rice. If you drink Sangria..this is the place to have it. They serve it in Pitchers ..and it is soooo yummy. They also have different Chicken and Beef dishes which i have also tried and are excellent as well. The portions are humungous at this place. Two people can definitely share one Entree. If you go with a group of people, it's probably best to order two or three dishes and share with Everyone.
The price of dinner is not cheap but for what you get it's not outrageous either. most entrees are around 20 bucks..but with drinks and tip and desset etc.. you can spend 40 bucks a person. I usually go to Don Pepe's on special occasions..birthdays, valentines days etc..
Overall this is a great place...with great food, and a nice staff as well. Defintely give this place a try.