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fave byob's in mercer/hunterdon nj for birthday?

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Been to Hamilton's in L'ville, Matt's in Flemington, Ota Ya in L'ville...all my fav's for BYOB. Does anyone have suggestions for new places to try in the general area? Anyone been to the Blue Bottle in Hopewell? I'd love to bring a small group for a birthday celebration to a place with some energy and atmosphere. Would appreciate ideas...Thanks.

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  1. I was going to suggest the Blue Bottle, it is terrific! Be sure to leave room for dessert, as the wife of the chef/owner is a pastry chef and the desserts are great. I would go back in a second. Have fun.

    1. When it comes to Mercer County, my geography gets a little shaky. Nevertheless, here's a list of some of the BYOs in Hunterdon and Mercer (I think). I have not been to all of them but of the ones I have, Manon and The Ferry House rank as faves.

      Lawrenceville Inn, Lawrenceville
      Acacia, Lawrenceville
      Gennaro's, Princeton
      Casola's, Califon
      Ixora, Whitehouse Station
      Blue Point Grill, Princeton
      The Ferry House, Princeton
      Manon, Lambertville
      Fedora Cafe, Lawrenceville
      Ajihei, Princeton
      Il Mulino, Flemington
      Fusion on Main, Flemington
      Za, Pennington

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      1. re: ambrose

        Hi ambrose -

        What kind of food is served at Za?

        Il Mulino in Flemington - have you been there recently? We haven't gone there in ages. Our experiences in the past weren't great - but that was a looong time ago - maybe it's better now?


        1. re: flourgirl

          Haven't been to Za yet, but some friends in Hopewell have been several times and saly it's very good. One is a real foodie, so I totally would believe it is as good as she says.

          1. re: flourgirl

            Za is one of the restaurants I have not been to. Like mschow, I have heard good things about this place and the reviews I've seen were uniformly good. The one negative I've heard is that Za does not take reservations (I plan to go on a week night).

            I believe they change their menu frequently so I don't know if what's on their web site is current. Nevertheless, here it is:


            1. re: ambrose

              Thank you! I'm going to make it a point to try it. Re: the lack of reservations - yep, that's what we do most of the time anyway - almost always go out on a weeknight instead of Friday/Saturday. We prefer this because it's almost always quieter and more relaxed, the service is usually better, and they don't run out of stuff as often.

              1. re: ambrose

                We ate at Za several months ago and the food was quite good but we thought the prices were high for the quality. If you are going to spend that much you can do better without traveling too far.

          2. I appreciate all your suggestions. I think it's going to be Blue Bottle...Can't wait. Thanks!!!

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            1. re: pfarrell

              I think you'll be very happy with Blue Bottle. My parents have eaten there a few times and always rave. Unfortunately they were closed for my birthday in January and we couldn't get a reservation for my mother's birthday in April. I'm still waiting patiently to try it since I've heard nothing but good things.