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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. www.bluepointgrill.com. 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.
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. www.chamberswalk.com.
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
Corporate and residential caterers, luncheonette, take-out and
Doral Forrestal at Princeton, 100 College Road
East, Princeton. 609-452-7800. Fax: 609-452-2523. www.forrestal.com.
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. www.gtcharleys.com. 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. www.lahieres.com. 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:
www.mainstreetprinceton.com. 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. www.nassauinn.com.
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
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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