We went to the Rod Stewart concert. We had originally planned on going to Brick City across from the arena, but when we got there at 5:45 (we had called and they didn't take reservations, but said this would be a good time for an 8:00 show) there were no tables available and the wait time was estimated at an hour and a half. I had seen an advertisement in The Star Ledger for Hobby's and remembered that tripadvisor had rated them the #1 restaurant in Newark, we gave
them a call, and they said there was no WAIT and gave me easy directions to the restaurant. It was a short walk from the arena, but once we arrived (we were greeted at the door by the owner), we were seated, well fed at a reasonable price and catered too by the server and owners. The pastrami was delicious, and they serve Dr. Brown soda, pickles and sour tomatoes.
The cupcakes looked excellent but we were stuffed. The owners said they stayed open tonight especially for this concert. I am glad they did. Would recommend highly if going to the arena.