Blue Point Grill in Princeton
I know that this place serves mostly simply prepared seafood and is a bit overpriced from what I heard. Anyone been there lately with tips on what to order?
Thanks a lot!
I absolutely love the monkfish! I beleive it is a special, so it might not be on the regular menu. I always order this whenever we go. The monkfish is prepared sauteed over mashed potato and brocolli rabe. It has a light broth to it so it is not overkill with sauce.
Blue Point Grill is really at its best when it comes to oysters. The fish there is of course very nice, if expensive, but even moderately reasonable cooks can do just as well with decent ingredients at home. But who really wants to shuck? So, if you are not afraid of eating oysters in the summer and go with a friend, bring a bottle of sauvignon blanc from corkscrew and get 2 dozen of kumamoto oysters and a few appetizers and sides -- mussles in white wine mustard sauce, grilled octopus, sardines, chowder (the white one), a side of french beans or even brussel sprouts. If you require an entree, whole bass, crab cakes (both fried) and scallops are very nice.
For a restaurant that has its own fish market next door, I was really disappointed by the quality of the fish. Not that it wasn't fresh, it just wasn't prepared well. Whoever was in the kitchen overcooked every fish dish we had in a party of 6.
I do agree with thegenia - the oysters were marvelous. I'd go with those and maybe some other appetizers. But the fish just wasn't worth the expense.
OOOPS!!! I just realized that I was thing of BIG FISH in Princeton...not Blue Point Grille! I am sorry, but I posted the wrong place!
Blue Point Grille I do not like at all!!! We eat there a few times and nothing ever stood out in my mind as wonderful! Go to Big Fish instead. As SarahEats posted, the quality of the fish is not that good at all and it is quite pricey.
I'm now a bit confused as to which place we're talking about, so I'll comment on both.
Big Fish (in the Carnegie Center shopping mall off of Route 1) sucks big-time. They screwed up the simplest piece of fish and the service was amateurish. Seriously, this was atrocious.
Blue Point Grill (on Nassau St.) is good, but the lines can be insane. I thought the specials were good, but the prices were a bit high. On their more typical menu items, the prices were better and the fish was good. On the side, I liked their sweet potatoes.
Thanks for the tip about the Blue Point Grill overcooking food...I think we will absoultely pass on that one seeing that not all of us are oyster fanatics (although I am!) and we ate at a similar place in Florida that killed the food nixing any freshness.
Is the Big Fish *that* good (I see that it's part of a chain and immediately an upscale Red Lobster or Bonefish Grill pops in my head)? The reason I am asking is that we are picking up my son at camp in Princeton and if the Big Fish is say only average (I hear that the restaurant scene in Princeton is not Ivy League) perhaps we should try another type of food while we're up there. I think not Mexican or greasy Chinese food though.
Tell me what you think and thanks for the tips!