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Princeton & Beyond: Selected Restaurants

Amalfi’s Cuisine, 146 Lawrenceville-Pennington

Road, Lawrenceville. 609-912-1599. Fax: 609-912-1544. Italian cuisine.

Open for lunch on weekdays; dinner daily. See page 18 for menu. Liquor


Reeve Johnson, the former chef at Francesco’s in Chambersburg, offers

Italian food complete with all the trimmings. Reservations accepted

for more than four people. Credit cards. No smoking.

Aljon’s Pizza, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center,

Building D-2, Plainsboro. 609-275-1117. Open daily for lunch and



Blue Point Grill, 258 Nassau Street, Princeton.

609-921-1211. Fax: 609-924-5336. Seafood.

Open daily for dinner. BYOB

Very fresh grilled fish and a raw bar known for its amazing array

of raw oysters imported from all over the world, available as a


plate. Entrees are from $12 to $24, and vegetables are a la carte.

Credit cards accepted. Outdoor tables available. No reservations.

No smoking.

The Bog at Cranbury Golf Club, 49 Southfield Road,

Cranbury. 609-799-2715. Fax: 609-799-4639. Winter hours: open for

lunch daily, for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, on Sunday until 5 p.m.


In a picturesque golf club setting, located between Route 571 and

Village Road, the Bog serves creative casual cuisine.

The new fall menu features an array of interesting items that aim

to please a wide variety of tastes. An appetizer might be smoked duck

quesadilla followed by an arugula salad with aged provolone and jumbo

crab. An entree might be herb-seared rack of lamb, weiner schnitzel,

of a grilled filet topped with crumbled gorgonzola. The Bog also


nightly specials and prime rib night every Wednesday.

Brunches on special Sundays, 20 draught beers on tap. Reservations

and credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Private rooms

available. Working fireplace in winter.

Capuano Ristorante Italiano, 217 Clarksville Road,

Village Square Shopping Center, Lawrenceville. 609-897-0091. Fax:

609-897-9755. Italian cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, to

midnight on weekends. BYOB. Reservations and credit cards. Party rooms

and catering available. See page 16 for menu.

Capuano Ristorante Italiano, Princeton Arms


Center, East Windsor. 609-426-0020. Fax: 609-426-0506. Italian


Open daily for lunch and dinner, to midnight on weekends.

Chambers Walk Cafe/Catering, 2667 Main Street,

Lawrenceville. 609-896-5995. Fax: 609-896-0445.

Rustic Italian cuisine. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday, for dinner

Friday and Saturday. BYOB.

Cranberry’s Gourmet Shoppe, 40A Public Road,


609-655-0134. Fax: 609-655-0138. Gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. See

page 20.

Corporate and residential caterers, luncheonette, take-out and



Doral Forrestal at Princeton, 100 College Road

East, Princeton. 609-452-7800. Fax: 609-452-2523.

Italian and American cuisine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.


In Gratella Trattoria, note the impressive antipasto bar and authentic

Tuscan cuisine with wood-grilled specialties and Italian desserts.

Entrees are $18 to $26, and dinner is served daily. Upstairs in the

Homestate Cafe, the Saturday night seafood buffet is always sumptuous

($30, $10 more with lobster), as is the Sunday champagne brunch ($30).

Breakfast and lunch are served in the cafe. In summer outdoor tables

on the patio offer the bar menu. Reservations and credit cards


and both smoking and non smoking areas are provided.

Princeton Forrestal Village, Market Hall, 100-390

Village Boulevard, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton.

When you pick up your food from one of the many eateries, you can

enjoy it on the terrace upstairs or in the courtyard. See page 68

for the complete list.

Good Time Charley’s, 40 Main Street, Kingston.

609-924-7400. Fax: 609-924-7070. American cuisine.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. (See page 18 for menu). Liquor.

Steak and seafood served in an atmosphere livened by antique


pictures, a working fireplace, and old-time ads. Happy hour on


Smoking and no smoking sections. Private rooms for 20 to 150 people.

Murder Mystery dinners and Monday night football.

Ichiban, 66 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.


Fax: 908-359-8551. Japanese cuisine and sushi. Open Monday to Saturday

for lunch and dinner, with dinner served on Sunday from 2:30 p.m.

BYOB. Outdoor tables.

Independence Cafe and Catering, 3 Independence

Way, Princeton. 609-419-9699. Fax: 609-419-9698.

Catering and corporate lunches. See page 17.

This total food service management company does corporate catering,

and also has on-site cafeterias at 3 Independence Way, 600 Alexander

Park, 500 College Road, among others. Check the website for cafeteria

specials for hot entrees, salads, soups, and sandwiches, or the



Lahiere’s Restaurant, 5-11 Witherspoon Street,

Princeton. 609-921-2798. Fax: 609-921-3812. American

cuisine. Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday. Smoking and non-smoking

sections. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Private

rooms available. Liquor.

Main Street Euro-American Bistro & Bar, North


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

609-921-6801. American cuisine. Open Monday to Saturday

for lunch and dinner and for dinner on Sunday. Liquor.

The September, 2002, issue of Bon Appetit magazine selected Main


Euro-American Bistro & Bar "One of America’s Great Neighborhood

Restaurants." The editors cited Eggplant Rollatini and the


spanning best buys’ wine list." However, it is almost impossible

to elect one outstanding specialty, as the menu changes monthly to

offer the many regular customers a variety of season choices mingled

with the bistro classics: burger, chili, steak, chicken feta salad,

and brownie a la mode.

Masala Grill, 19 Chambers Street, Princeton.


Fax: 609-921-2857. Indian cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

See page 17 for menu. BYOB.

The lunch and Sunday brunch buffet is $10. No smoking. Reservations.

Credit cards. This is the closest restaurant within walking distance

to McCarter Theater.

Nassau Inn: The Tap Room, Nassau Inn, Palmer


Princeton. 609-921-7500. Fax: 609-921-9385.

American cuisine. Open for three meals daily. See page 17 for menu.


The big fireplace, the battered old booths, the photographs of famous

alumni, and Norman Rockwell’s "Yankee Doodle Dandy" mural

— they are all still part of the Princeton tradition. Credit cards

and reservations accepted. Happy hour discounts. Entertainment


jazz on Thursday nights and a variety of music on Fridays and


No. 1 Chinese restaurant, 510 Route 130, Royal

Shopping Center, East Windsor. 609-443-6898. Fax: 856-455-0204. Open

daily for lunch and dinner. BYOB.

Romeo’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizzeria, 10


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


Open daily for lunch and dinner, on weekends to midnight. BYOB.

Enter through the pizza parlor and continue to a series of more


back rooms. Entrees such as vodka rigatoni, seafood, veal, and chicken

dishes, helped this place win a Reader’s Choice award in New Jersey

Monthly. Credit cards accepted.

Rusty Scupper, 378 Alexander Road, Princeton.


Fax: 609-924-5170. American cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

See page 19. Liquor.

Dine outdoors when it’s hot, or by the fireplace when it’s not. Hefty

drinks with steaks, seafood, and a salad bar attract a regular


for business lunches. Also popular, the weekday happy hour at the

loft bar, complete with pool tables. Reservations OK, credit cards

accepted, smoking and no smoking sections. Private rooms available.

Sunday brunch, $19. Free parking.

Sadya and Nicky’s, Forrestal Food Court, Market

Hall, Princeton. 609-520-1105. Fax: 609-520-8337. Indian cuisine.

Open for lunch and dinner daily. See page 18 for menu.

Gourmet Indian food for the food court, catering, or takeout. Sadya

is completely vegetarian, and Nicky’s has both American and Indian


Sahara, 1582 Montgomery Shopping Center, Skillman.

609-921-8336. Fax: 609-921-3091. Middle Eastern, Lebanese cuisine.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. BYOB.

Santa Fe Grille & Bar, 137 Washington Street (Route

518), Rocky Hill. 609-683-8930. Fax: 609-683-8931.

American Southwest cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays,

dinner on Saturday and Sunday. See menu, page 16. Liquor.

Owner Jenna Kleinman offers American cuisine with a southwest touch.

Count on the overstuffed burritos popular and other southwest


plus grilled steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta. Healthy eaters will

welcome rice and beans cooked in water, not oil, and all-corn or


items for those with allergies. On every table, garlic cheese


Reservations for parties of six or more.

Frozen margaritas are a specialty and there are 24 beers on tap or

in bottles. Smoking section in bar. A private room is available for

up to 45 people. Happy hours on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Shogun 27 Restaurant, 3376 Route 27, Kendall Park.

732-422-1117. Fax: 732-422-4688. Japanese cuisine with sushi and


tables. Lunch on weekdays, dinner daily. Liquor.

Shogun retains its Japanese flair but offers adaptations for American

tastes. It’s a huge place with 16 hibachi tables that are redolent

with aromas, plus 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. Reservations and credit

cards accepted.

Teriyaki Boy, 3535 Route 1, Princeton Marketfair,

Princeton. 609-897-7979. Fax: 609-897-1204. Japanese cuisine and


Open daily for lunch and dinner. See page 16 for menu.

Teriyaki Boy, Princeton Forrestal Village,


609-734-0900. Fax: 609-734-0910.

Thai Village, Nassau and Olden Streets, Princeton.

609-683-3896. Fax: 609-683-1981. Open daily for lunch and dinner.


Valentino’s Pizzeria Trattoria, Market Hall,


Village, Princeton. 609-520-1191. Fax: 609-520-0048. pizza, pasta,

salads. Lunch and dinner daily. BYOB.

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