Star-Ledger Restaurant Spotlight

Martini 494, a restaurant and bar in the ground-floor retail space at 494 Broad St. featuring New American cuisine, offers a full-fledged, upscale dining option to the north end of downtown Newark.

The 125-seat restaurant features a full-service bar, lounge area and dining room in addition to its café area for takeout and delivery service.

The bar list features a wide array of martinis, specialty drinks and cocktails, and 12 varieties of beer on tap. Menu offerings include everything from bar fare— such as sandwiches, burgers, fries and fresh pizza — to seafood, steaks and chops, and a variety of healthy options.

Martini 494 offers live music from local bands every Tuesday, $5 martinis from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and $5
Figenza cocktails on Friday evenings.

Martini 494 also is available for catered breakfast events, with a focus on corporate catering and delivery.

To reflect Martini 494’s commitment to green practices, elements from Newark’s past have been integrated into the design of the restaurant’s interior space. Martini 494 features a bar and communal table constructed from yellow and white pine collected from demolition sites throughout the city, such as 191 Market St., 35 Edison Place and 17- 19 Crawford St. In addition, the restaurant’s sustainable amenities include Energy Star-certified appliances and kitchen equipment, and recycled glass bottles and jars for condiments and water.

In addition to dining in, delivery and takeout, Martini 494 is available for private events and catering.