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Thanksgiving in Princeton

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We will be spending Thanksgiving with our daughter who goes to Princeton. Thanksgiving evening we hope to go to a play, but being from Southern California, we have no idea where to go for dinner. It should either be in Princeton, NJ (not as crowded?), or NYC, relative proximity to theatre district. Any suggestions?

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  1. For restaurant suggestions in NYC's Theater District, you should post a query on the Manhattan board. To help Hounds narrow down the possibilities, it's best to be specific about cuisine preferences, type of place (casual vs fancy), and budget.

    Edited to add: I've just been on the Manhattan board and saw that you've already done so. :-)

    1. In princeton you can try Ferryhouse, or Stage left in North Brunswick.

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      1. re: percyn

        Stage Left is in New Brunswick.

      2. close to princeton is jamesburg.
        give fiddleheads a call and see if they have a thanksgiving special going on.
        here's a link:

        1. If you are going to a play on Broadway and plan to dine in central NJ beforehand remember that you will need to finish dinner by around 5:00-5:30 if you are going to make your 8:00 curtain, assuming that holiday train schedules are accommodating. Much as I would like to promote local cuisine, under these circumstances eating in NYC is a much better idea.

          1. Hello, I live and work in Princeton over 30 years. Princeton is not known for great dining. There are two restaruants that you may enjoy. Tri Piani forrestal village and Salt Creek Grill and Mortons are all locted in Princeton Forrestal Village which is less than 10 minute drive from downtown. You can google these restaurants for more info. Better dining of course is in New York City.
            You can spend the evening Thurs and Fri and see the Macy's parade. If you want quiet time with your daughter stay in Princeton. If you want a lot of people and parades go to NYC.

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            1. re: jwiegner

              No Morton's at Forrestal, it's Ruth's Chris - now open, but was a parking lot when the OP was looking for options ;-)

            2. Witherspoon Grill, in downtown princeton (next to the library), had signs on the tables last night advertising their Thanksgiving menu. The food I had there last night was pretty good. it was not amazing, but it was pretty good, especially for Princeton. (Princeton is not exactly SoCal, which I left 6 weeks ago and miss greatly already).

              I'd suggest spending time in NYC and Princeton. The fall colors and town of princeton are gorgeous, so you'd enjoy taking it all in. But I bet your daughter wants to get out of Princeton -- it gets pretty small after a few months -- so a trip to NYC or Philly would be good. You are an hour train ride away from both cities, so it's an easy enough trip.

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              1. re: glutton

                This thread is over a year old so I don't think the OP will be taking advantage of your suggestions. :-))

                By any chance, do you know if the new restaurant in town, elements, will be serving Thanksgiving dinner? I couldn't find anything on their web site.

                1. re: ambrose

                  elements is closed Thanksgiving. It's on the Hours & Directions page on their website (scroll down to see the holiday list). :)

                  1. re: Foody4life

                    Thanks, I missed this completely. They seem to have a non-standard scroll bar, which requires that you drag the up or down arrows rather than just click on them.

                1. re: Princeton

                  Does Stage Left do a Thanksgiving Day meal?

                    1. re: RPMcMurphy

                      Thanks, RPMc.

                      Seems pretty pricey for a turkey dinner. I've seen other places that are serving something comparable for about $20 less. On the other hand, the turkey at Stage Left is supposed to be "100 times more flavorful and texturally interesting" than regular turkeys. Do you suppose if I go and find the turkey only 10 times more flavorful they'll give me a discount? :-))

                      1. re: ambrose

                        upstairs at Catherine Lombardi they have a thanksgiving menu as well, a little bit cheaper.


                        60$ for a three course, I don't think is bad for a restaurant such as Stage Left.

                        The in-laws are actually taking us to O'Conners on 514....http://www.oconnorsbeef.com/events_08...

                        23.99 buffet Whooohoo (although, I'll probably hit Catherine Lombardi for a cocktail on the way home ;))