Dining Places

Specialty Foods & Caterers

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Acacia, 2637 Main Street, Lawrenceville. 609-895-9885.

Progressive American. BYOB.

The decor, the food, and the formal atmosphere at Acacia seem much

more Manhattan than Princeton, yet portions are generous. Lunch,


to Friday, dinner daily.

The Bog at Cranbury Golf Club, 49 Southfield Road,


609-799-2715. American. Liquor license.

Enjoy 20 draught beers on tap at this "public country club,"

located between Route 571 and Village Road — and the working


on a chilly night. Lunch daily, and dinners from Thursday to Sunday.

Cafe Colore, 4095 Route 1 South, South Brunswick Square.

732-355-0410. Liquor license. www.t2restaurants.com

Regional Italian cooking with fresh ingredients in an upscale casual

atmosphere — white cloths covered with white paper. The chef is

Michael Coury, who owned the innovative owned Nodo’s on Witherspoon.

Open weekdays for lunch, daily for dinner.

Capuano Ristorante, 217 Clarksville Road,


609-897-0091. Also, the Princeton Arms Shopping Center, 609-426-0020.

Italian. BYOB.

Antonio Gonzalez, owner-chef, offers dinner entrees from $10 to $25,

so this eatery can do for a quick bite or a nice evening out. Open

daily for lunch and dinner.

Carlucci’s Grill, 335 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West

Windsor. 609-936-0900. BYOB. Website: www.carluccisgrill.com

The signature dish is Chicken Santa Lucia — grilled breast sauteed

with roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, topped with

smoked mozzarella in a marinara sauce, served on a bed of farfalle.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Casa Rosaria, 607 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro.


Italian. BYOB.

Marco Gonzalez is open for lunch and dinner daily for pizza plus such

entrees as chicken marsala, veal scallopini, and special treatments

of fettuccini, ravioli, and lobster.

Forsgate Country Club, Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg.


Regional American. Liquor license. www.forsgatecc.com.

Stirling’s, a formal dining room in the country club tradition, is

open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

The early bird special is a three-course meal for $20 including tax

and tip, and the Sunday brunch is $26. Entrees are priced from $16.

The Tartan Grille is an inexpensive way to enjoy the beautiful


of the Forsgate club. Dinner entrees start at $8 with all-you-can

eat prime rib on Fridays for $17.

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


American. Liquor license. Smoking section. www.gtcharleys.com.

Steak and seafood served in an atmosphere livened by antique


pictures, and a working fireplace. Entrees run from $14 to $22,


the benchmark prime rib. Open daily except Christmas Day for lunch

and dinner.

Hot Wok Cafe, 217 Clarksville Road, West Windsor.


Chinese. BYOB. Smoking section.

The eggplant is spectacular here, and the decor is serene and spare.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Try the seaweed salad with ginger

garlic dressing and the whole fish.

Ichiban, 66 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. 609-683-8323.

Japanese. BYOB.

Princeton’s upscale Japanese restaurant, complete with sushi bar,

creates a haven of quietude. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and

dinner plus Sunday dinner.

King’s Castle, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton


Center. 609-924-8001. Chinese. BYOB.

An extensive and mainly Cantonese menu. Open daily for lunch and


with dim sum brunches on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Malaga Spanish Restaurant, 511 Lalor Street off Route

29, Trenton. 609-396-8878. Spanish, Portugese. Liquor license.


Gigantic piles of authentic Spanish and Portugese food such as paella

and mariscadas are the hallmark of this eatery. Entrees run from $11

to $27. Open for lunch on weekdays and dinner daily. On first and

third Wednesdays, see flamenco dancing.

Masala Grill, 19 Chambers Street, Princeton. 609-921-0500.

Indian. BYOB.

Enjoy a variety of low-fat, health choices made with organic wholesome

ingredients and including some vegetarian and vegan dishes. Open daily

(with lunch buffet) for lunch and dinner. This is the closest


within walking distance to McCarter Theater.

The Old Bay Restaurant, 61-63 Church Street, New


732-246-3111. French Creole. Liquor license. www.oldbay.com

Reminiscent of New Orleans, this is a casual restaurant where


circumvents stress. The American Creole menu avoids excessive spices.

The taste, however, is definitely Louisiana. Good selection of 24

beers on tap. The Bourbon Street Cafe has live music on weekends.

Piper’s Pub & Pipers Restaurant, 1736 Route 206, Skillman.

908-431-4233. Irish/Scottish American.

Choose the casual pub for lunch and dinner daily or fine dining in

the Black Watch restaurant. Look for British ales and a Scottish ale

soup, with tangy cheeses and rich cream, or fish & chips. From the

grill are salmon with lemon vodka sauce and baby back ribs with Black

and Tan barbecue sauce.

Princeton Country Club, 1 Wheeler Way, Princeton.


A banquet facility for groups of from 50 to 400 people. With an


terrace and moderate prices, it has been catering for weddings, bar

mitzvahs, retirement, and all-occasion parties for 50 years.

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 attract a regular

following for business lunches. Smoking section. Open daily for lunch

and dinner.

Sahara, Montgomery Shopping Center, Skillman.


Middle Eastern. BYOB.

Authentic Lebanese fare, popular with the Montgomery Theater pre-movie

crowd. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday.

Santa Fe Grille & Bar, 137 Washington Street (Route 518),

Rocky Hill. 609-683-8930. Southwest American. Liquor license.


American cuisine with a southwest touch — overstuffed burritos

and other southwest specialties plus grilled steaks, chicken, seafood,

and pasta. Smoking section in bar; 24 beers on tap or in bottles.

Open weekdays for lunch and dinner, for dinner on weekends.

Seafood Empire, 2205 Route 1 South, North Brunswick.


Chinese. BYOB.

Granted four stars by the Star Ledger. Weekday lunch buffet and


and Sunday brunch.

Shogun 27 Restaurant, 3376 Route 27, Kendall Park.


Japanese. Liquor license.

Authentic Japanese fare (sushi, teriyaki, tempura, et cetera) plus

a large room full of hibachi tables, tatami rooms, and a sushi bar.

Open for lunch on weekdays, for dinner daily.

Simply Radishing, Route 1 and Texas Avenue, Lawrenceville.

609-882-3760. American. BYOB.

A favorite is the bread bar — four kinds of fresh-baked bread

and four butter spreads. On the menu, many salads and pastas, plus

such items as chicken marsala and various kebabs. Open Monday to


for lunch and dinner.

Sunny Garden, 15 Farber Road, Princeton. 609-520-1881.

Chinese. BYOB.

A very pleasant spot, with a decor designed to emphasize calm serenity

and genuinely friendly service. The menu pays attention to your health

and is very tasty besides. There is also a sushi bar. Open for lunch

(including the lunch buffet) and dinner daily.

Teriyaki Boy, Forrestal Village (609-734-0900) and Market

Fair (609-897-7979). Japanese.

A price performer, and the sushi here meets high standards. Open daily

for lunch, dinner, and takeout. Cash only.

Thai Village, Nassau and Olden Streets, Princeton.


Thai. BYOB.

Ray and Elsie Pang’s menu features aromas of coconut and lemon.


will do well here, with one selection being fried bean curd with


sauce. For dessert, enjoy Thai coffee with tropical fruits in wine


World Buffet, 368 Route 33, Mercerville. 609-689-3688.


Eclectic cuisine includes a sushi bar plus continental, Italian, and

Oriental dishes. The buffet is billed as the largest in town. Open


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Specialty Foods & Caterers

Chambers Walk Cafe/ Catering, 2667 Main Street,


609-896-5995. www.chamberswalk.com

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


609-924-3623. www.lucysravioli.com

McCaffrey’s, Princeton Shopping Center. Also Southfield

Shopping Center, West Windsor. 609-683-1600. www.mccaffreys.com

Sir Ives Caterers, 39 East Railroad Avenue, Jamesburg.


Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton.



Thomas Sweet, 33 Palmer Square West and 179 Nassau Street,

Princeton. 609-924-7222.

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