Banzai, Capuano, Carluci’s, Conti’s

Diamond’s, Hunan Chinese, Ichiban, King’s Castle

Lahiere’s, Main Street, Maxine’s

Mediterra, Opera Room, Orchid Pavilion

Rat’s, Romeo’s, Rusty Scupper, Sahara

Santa Fe Grille, Shogun 27, Sunny Garden, World Buffet



By the Links

In the Hotels

Food To Go

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Dining, Casual to Elegant

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Banzai, Capuano, Carluci’s, Conti’s

Banzai Hibachi & Sushi Bar, 3690 Quakerbridge Road,

Mercerville. 609-584-1234.

Classic Japanese food with sushi bar, hibachi-cooked

steaks and seafood, Japanese drinks, and private tatami rooms. Private

rooms available, liquor license.

Capuano Ristorante Italiano, 217 Clarksville Road,

Village Square Shopping Center, West Windsor. 609-897-0091.

With dinner entrees from $11 up, this eatery can do for

a quick bite or a nice evening out. BYOB. Party rooms are available,

as are catering services. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Carlucci’s Grill, 335 Princeton-Hightstown Road,

Southfield Shopping Center, West Windsor. 609-936-0900.

This is another of those shopping center restaurants

that will surprise you with its elegance and its impressive menu.

The full Italian menu here gets an unusual twist thanks to a special

woodburning grill. More casual diners can choose from an assortment

of gourmet brick oven pizzas. BYOB. Outdoor tables.

Conti’s Little Flower Ristorante, 136 Farnsworth

Avenue, Bordentown. 609-291-0291.

In historic Bordentown, this restaurant offers


Italian dining and cocktails. Formerly Conrad’s, it is open for dinner

Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Diamond’s, Hunan Chinese, Ichiban, King’s Castle

Diamond’s, 132 Kent Street, Trenton. 609-393-1000.

The classic ‘Burg eatery, with characteristically opulent

decor and a huge and varied menu — Italian, of course. Diamond’s

specializes in veal, prime aged steaks, fresh seafood, and a wide

variety of inventive, elegant, Italian specialties prepared by an

award-winning staff. Lunch on weekdays; dinner daily. Liquor license.

Hunan Chinese Restaurant, 1225 Route 206, State

Road, Princeton North Shopping Center, Princeton. 609-921-0995.

This is the Chinese restaurant in the Grand Union


center. Daily lunch specials, children’s menu and Chinese New Year


Ichiban, 66 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.


This stylish Japanese restaurant, complete with sushi

bar, is tucked into the little center opposite the public library

and creates a haven of quietude, especially with outdoor seating in

the garden patio.

BYOB. Open daily for lunch and dinner plus weekend


Wheelchair accessible.

King’s Castle, North Harrison Street, Princeton

Shopping Center, Princeton. 609-924-8001.

King’s Castle offers an extensive Chinese menu with Hong

Kong specialties. And if you’re really hungry consider the lunch


on weekdays. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Dim sum brunches are

on weekends. BYOB. Outdoor tables. Wheelchair accessible. Private

rooms for up to 120 people.

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Lahiere’s, Main Street, Maxine’s

Lahiere’s Restaurant, 5-11 Witherspoon Street,

Princeton. 609-921-2798.

With its elegant atmosphere and prime location, just

off Nassau Street on Witherspoon, Lahiere’s has always been the Place

to Go on an important occasion. Now its classic French cuisine has

evolved to include Italian, Californian, and even Japanese influences

to loyal repeat customers and new visitors alike.

A look at the lunch menu shows how Lahiere’s cuisine

has changed in the past few years. The rich sauces, sleepy spices,

and elaborate presentations of yesteryear have been banished in favor

of healthier, punchier, simpler choices. And while dinner continues

to be pricey, especially if you choose what you really want from the

extensive and expensive wine menu, lunch can be a real bargain.

Main Street Euro-American Bistro & Bar, North


Street, Princeton Shopping Center. 609-921-2779.

Owner-founder Sue Simpkins has figured out what her


customers crave — comfort, variety, less salt, and most


better drinks, an extensive wine list, and microbrewed beers on tap,

served in perfectly frosted pint glasses.

Lunch is equally inventive, with smaller and cheaper

portions of some of the items on the dinner menu, plus a variety of

sandwiches and burgers. A private room for up to 50 people is


in the wine cellar. Liquor license. No smoking. Bringing infants and

toddlers is not encouraged.

Maxine’s Restaurant, 120 South Warren Street,



International cuisine with a soulful flair is the


here. Located just around the corner from busy State Street in the

capital city, Maxine’s also hosts a bustling business lunch crowd.

In the evenings Maxine’s also features a varied menu

of live entertainment, including salsa dance lessons, open mikes,

karaoke, and jazz.

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Mediterra, Opera Room, Orchid Pavilion

Mediterra, 29 Hulfish Street, Princeton.


As in the name, the menu includes a little bit of


from the three continents and 21 countries that border the


Dine in the restaurant area (indoor or outdoor tables) or snack at

the tapas bar.

In the Spanish tradition of noshing or nibbling at any

time of the day, the tapas is delectable, and portions are tiny —

as planned, so you can relax with a glass of wine and a bite to eat.

Choose from all different types of olives, salads, a tuna carpacchio,

white beans with Spanish sausage, a red pepper coriander humus, with

a variety of breads.

Opera Room, Route 206, Skillman. 609-921-8551.

Both Chinese and Japanese cuisine are offered by the

former proprietors of the Great Wall restaurant at Princeton Shopping

Centers. For up to 150 people can be accommodated. Live Chinese music

will be offered on some evenings. BYOB. Open daily for lunch and


A weekday business lunch buffet, including sushi, is $6.95.

Orchid Pavilion, 238 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Elsie Pang presents regional Chinese cooking from


Canton and Taiwan, with superb outdoor seating on a raised terrace

above upper Nassau Street. The menu features unusual soups such as

Malaysia Laksa, a half dozen diet-worthy steamed dishes, plus such

specialties as an creaky squid, Thai-style fish fillet, and something

called "Strange Flavored Chicken." Reservations accepted on

weekends. BYOB. Free parking in rear.

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Rat’s, Romeo’s, Rusty Scupper, Sahara

Rat’s Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton.


Located next to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, this

premier destination for elegant dining is the brainchild of sculptor

and pharmaceutical heir J. Seward Johnson Jr. Newly built as an


world" village setting, with slate floors and rustic stone and

woodwork, the goal is sophisticated dining in a picturesque, country

inn setting. There are numerous dining rooms and a lakeside terrace.

The food has been termed "the well-traveled French

kitchen." Menus range from a light-fare Cafe (with entrees as

low as $9) to a full menu of five to seven courses that change with

the seasons. A la carte menu also available. Diverse cheese course

and innovative dessert menu. Wine list features 550 bottles that focus

on small growers and original wines with extensive French Bordeaux

and Burgundy selections.

Romeo’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizzeria, 10


Crossing Road, Plainsboro Town Center, Plainsboro. 609-799-4554.


Enter through the pizza parlor entrance and it looks

like another sub, pizza, and calzone take-out place with booths. But

ask to have dinner, and you begin the migration through a series of

more pleasantly decorated back rooms. Entrees such as vodka rigatoni,

along with seafood, veal, and chicken dishes, helped Romeo’s win a

Winner Reader’s Choice award in New Jersey Monthly. BYOB.

Rusty Scupper, 378 Alexander Road, Princeton.


Dine outdoors when it’s hot, or by the fireplace when

it’s not. Recent renovations have added some tables indoors and out,

but the hefty drinks with steaks, seafood, and a salad bar still


a regular following for business lunches. Also popular, the weekday

happy hour around the large tables at the loft bar, complete with

five TV screens and pool tables. Private rooms available. Open daily

for lunch and dinner.

Sahara Restaurant, 1582 Montgomery Shopping

Center, Skillman. 609-921-8336.

Authentic Middle Eastern fare, in generous portions,

popular with the Montgomery Theater pre-movie crowd. Shish kebab,

gyros, kibbee, baklava, stuffed grape leaves, etc., plus some American

standards for the timid. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to


BYOB. Credit cards accepted. Also takeout.

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Santa Fe Grille, Shogun 27, Sunny Garden, World Buffet

Santa Fe Grille at the Rocky Hill Inn, 137


Street, Rocky Hill. 609-683-8930. 609-683-8931

Owner Jenna Kleinman serves up American cuisine with

a southwest touch. Count on southwest specialties plus grilled steaks,

chicken, seafood, and pasta. Healthy eaters will welcome rice and

beans cooked in water, not oil, and all-corn or all-wheat items for

those with allergies. Private room available.

Shogun 27 Restaurant, 3376 Route 27, Kendall Park.

732-422-1117. 732-422-4688

Shogun retains its Japanese flair but offers adaptations

for American tastes. It’s a huge place with so many hibachi tables

— 16 of them — that the hibachi room, off to one side, is

redolent with aromas. There’s one Japanese style tatami room and two

American style "VIP" rooms plus a regular bar, the long sushi

bar, and more than 100 tables in the dining room.

Sunny Garden, 15 Farber Road, Princeton.


A pleasant spot, with a decor designed to emphasize calm

serenity and genuinely friendly service. The menu pays attention to

your health and is tasty besides. It’s so popular that at popular

times, unless you make reservations you may have a bit of a wait.

The lunch buffet is $7.55. Open for lunch and dinner daily. No


Private rooms available. BYOB.

World Buffet, 368 Route 33, Mercerville.


Eclectic cuisine includes a sushi bar plus continental,

Italian, and Oriental dishes. The buffet — billed as the largest

one in town — costs $6.45 at lunch, $11.95 for dinner on weekdays,

and $2 more on Sundays. Weekend brunch is $19.95. Private room


Open daily.

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KatManDu, 50 Riverview Executive Plaza, Trenton

Waterfront Park, Trenton. 609-393-7300. 609-695-5816

Sprinkling a dash of the tropics next to the Delaware

River, in Trenton’s old Cooper Iron Works on Route 29 at Trenton


Park, KatManDu packs a whole lotta jah-mon into 20,000 square

feet, six bars (indoors and outdoors), seating for 160 (including

a tree house that seats 30), two music stages, a large dinner menu,

and voluminous hours of operation.

The hordes mingle at the canopy-covered outdoor bar


with tiki torches.

Varsity Liquors, 234 Nassau Street, Princeton.


This homey store — near "restaurant row"

on the east side of town — boasts a surprising selection of wines.

Best of all: It delivers.

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Baldassari Regency Caterers, 145 Morris Avenue,

Trenton. 609-392-1280.

Four Girls Catering, Princeton, Pennington, and

Titusville area. 609-406-0700.

Main Street Catering, 5 Crescent Avenue, Rocky

Hill. 609-921-2777. 609-921-7067

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By the Links

Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe.


Stirlings offers an elegant dining experience,


in daily, fresh-from-the market fish selections, in a setting


by two award-winning 18-hole golf courses.

The Bog at Cranbury Golf Club, 49 Southfield Road,

Cranbury. 609-799-2715. 609-799-4639

Enjoy 20 draught beers on tap at this "public country

club," located between Route 571 and Village Road. Brunches on

special Sundays, such as Mother’s Day. Private rooms available for

up to 70 people. Working fireplace in winter.

Theo’s at the Meadows, 70 Hunters Glen Drive,


at Middlesex Golf Course, Plainsboro. 609-799-8315.

Billed as Plainsboro’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, it

has happy hour and Sunday football specials and occasional live music.

It’s located on the public golf course, Meadows at Middlesex, formerly

Princeton Meadows Country Club.

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In the Hotels

Cafe Nicole at Novotel Hotel, 100 Independence

Way, Princeton. 609-520-1200. 609-520-0594

New American food in a hotel setting with a sleek


atmosphere. A special feature of the restaurant is its daily breakfast

buffet. Look also for the nightly fitness specials, low in fat,


and calories. Liquor license with a nice wine list. Open for


lunch, and dinner daily, with fancy brunch for special Sundays.

Crystal Garden Cafe at the Hyatt, 102 Carnegie

Center, Princeton. 609-987-1234. 609-987-2584

Something’s always going on that is stylish and fun at

the Hyatt. A jazz band may play or the grand piano is staffed during

dinner. The bountiful Sunday brunch includes unlimited champagne.

Favored dinner entrees include crispy farm-raised bass, Japanese


and blackened Atlantic salmon.

Doral Forrestal at Princeton: Gratella Trattori,

100 College Road East, Princeton. 609-452-7800.

Impressive antipasto bar and Italian specialties,


Tuscan cuisine with wood-grilled specialties and Italian desserts.

Special brunches with entertainment on holidays.

Doral Forrestal: Homestate Cafe, 609-452-7800.

Emphasis on Jersey Fresh vegetables — including


greens. The Saturday night seafood buffet is always sumptuous, as

is the Sunday brunch. In addition to the main dining room, decorated

in Arts & Crafts style, there is a casual bar (Barley’s, with a bar

menu, billiards, shuffleboard, and card tables) with photographs on

the walls provided by the Historical

Society of Princeton.

Gallagher’s Steak House, at the Holiday Inn,


4355 Route 1 South, Princeton. 609-452-2044.

Billed as "the best known steak house on the east

coast," Gallagher’s has been at 52nd and Broadway since speakeasy

days. Now it’s also at the Holiday Inn, where the atmosphere is New

York casual, accented by hundreds of photographs of celebrities,


and working people of the 1920s. They are all meat-and-potatoes


you figure, and they all look pretty healthy.

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Food To Go

Lucy’s Ravioli Kitchen & Market, 830 State Road,

Princeton. 609-924-6881.

Think of two dozen varieties of home-made ravioli, for

take-out. Also pasta, sauces, gourmet sandwiches, home-made meatballs,

pot pies, cheeses, olives, pates, salad, bread and dessert. Box


can be prepared.

Main Street Coffeehouse and Bakery, 56 Main Street,

Kingston. 609-921-2778.

Stylish is the word for everything at this continental

shop with tables for lunch and brunch munchers. It also does a brisk

takeout business with its soups (three kinds daily), fresh salads,

sandwiches, and all kinds of breads. Mornings, look for breakfast

pastries and sandwiches, such as ham and cheese on a croissant and

sausage en croute. Lunch sandwiches also emphasize the unusual.



Momo’s Market & Bakery, 41 Princeton-Hightstown

Road, Princeton Junction. 609-275-8800.

The same people who bring you Mediterra also have a


shop that sets a similar benchmark for excellence. For something


try one of Momo’s inventive box lunches ($8.95).

Pizza Colore, 124 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Terhune Orchard, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton.


Teriyaki Boy, 3535 Route 1, Princeton Marketfair,

Princeton. 609-897-7979.

Teriyaki Boy, Princeton Forrestal Village,


609-734-0900. A price performer, and the sushi here meets high


Try the vegetable udon soup. The salmon teriyaki includes rice,


broccoli, and salad. With cucumber roll, it’s $6. Open daily for lunch

and dinner.

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