The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is thrilled to be debuting its new fall menu on October 1. “We looked back to last fall to see what were big sellers. We change our menu all the time, but we don’t want to lose what works,” explains Executive Chef Michael LaCorte. The gastro pub-style restaurant strives to provide a higher-end pub food, using local and seasonal products. LaCorte strives to “raise the bar on presentation while also keeping up with trends.”
Returning seasonal favorite appetizers include cream of butternut squash soup, a fall classic. Other delicious appetizers fitting with the gastro pub theme include warm crab meat and artichoke dip, Rhode Island fried calamari, and spicy lamb sausage cassoulet.
Apple orchard salad and slow-cooked pork panini are two delicious options being offered on the lunch menu. Tasty dinner entrees include dhal stew with chickpeas (yellow lentil dhal with chickpeas, potatoes, kale, and roasted garlic), braised lamb shank, and the Yankee Doodle chicken pot pie.
The chicken pot pie and pulled pork paninis are returning to the menu after an absence of a couple of years. Chef LaCorte has updated this sentimental favorite. The menu includes many gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room also boasts a new seasonal drink menu, including pumkintini, apple cider, and cocoa cocktails. There is a rotation of 22 beers on tap, including high end craft beers, plus “beertails.”
A Princeton institution since 1756, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room was a drinking club for Princeton University’s male students and faculty until the late 1970s, when it began to allow women and the general population to also gather. Entering the gastro pub-style restaurant you immediately see the wall of famous Princeton alumni, which was doubled in the past year to include newer alumni and many more women.
After passing the images, you are greeted warmly and brought to an oak table in the cozy dining room. The oak tables in the booths along the wall have carvings in them, including one by “Dr. Einstein.” The restaurant continues to add pictures from the Edgar Palmer Collection, which features historic photographs of the Nassau Inn.
Located behind the bar is the world’s largest Norman Rockwell painting. The 13-foot painting took the artist nine months to paint. The painting fits with the historic theme depicting Revolutionary people in authentic attire celebrating, and adds to the ambiance of an English tavern.
Fall also brings football. The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is a proud sponsor of Princeton University Athletics. It has the Big Ten game package and prizes, as well as fun events planned around NFL games. As long as the weather holds, many of these events will be held on the patio, which has heat lamps and a fire pit to take the chill off on cool fall days.
Open seven days a week, it is a great casual atmosphere with fine food and craft beers. From breakfast through late nights, it is a fun place to spend time with your friends, or make some new ones.
All of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room specials and events can be found on its website at www.yankeedoodletaproom.com.
Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton. 609-921-7500. www.yankeedoodletaproom.com. Breakfast, 7 to 11:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; dinner 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday late-night menu 10 to 11 p.m.; Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Room Service 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar opens at noon daily. See ad, page 31.