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Dec 18, 2007 10:02 AM

New Years Eve Dinner, New Hope/Lambertville

Will be staying in New Hope over the New Years Eve weekend and looking for a place to have an excellent meal. All cuisines and price points OK. Would prefer to not do prix fixe menu. Looking to have a very memorable meal.

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  1. You might want to check out the Inn of the Hawke in Lambertville. It's intimate with a tasty menu that changes daily. The bar is pleasant and lively but never rowdy. It's one of the few places my friends and I can all agree on. There are several more upscale places in town that I have heard are excellent, but I have not really visited them. I am not a fan of Deanna's, but I live near Trenton, where good Italian food is somewhat ubiquitous.

    1. Although you did say you would prefer not to do a prix-fixe, you might still consider La Bonne Auberge, in New Hope. A gorgeous place with expertly prepared, delicious classic French cuisine. New Year's Eve info here:

      1. can't say what these individual restaurants have planned for NYE, but I can attest to the chances of getting decent meal:

        In New Hope:
        Zoubi (behind Karla's... I think I gave away a hidden gem here, sorry to those who just groaned in disappointment)
        Marsha Brown (was slipping last I visited but have heard better reviews since)
        Martine's (casual, pub, excellent)
        Wildflowers (casual, unique, asian-fusion)
        (out of town) Inn at Phillips Mill

        In Lambertville:
        Hamilton Grill Room
        No. 9
        Full Moon Cafe (casual, decent lunch/breakfast)

        4 Replies
        1. re: aklein

          When I called to make the reservation at our B&B, the innkeeper suggested Hamiltons, Martines, Karla's & Esca....I have been reading alot of horrible recent reveiws (in the past month) about Martines....Which is dissappointing...At this moment we are leaning towards either Hamiltons,Esca or La Bonne Auberge...seems like it will be hard to find an a la carte menu on NYE, they are all doing sittings with prix fixe....any more thougths on these...which has the nicest atmosphere? And what about Tastebuds?v Also went onto Zoubi's website...says they are clsoed until Valentines

          1. re: stack_c

            I should have couched my first note by saying that I haven't been to Martine's since they moved (closer to the river)... was crushed when I thought they closed, now just unhappy to hear about bad reviews. Didn't know about Zoubi, if you haven't been, you should make the time once they're back....

            1. re: aklein

              Yeah, I didn't recommend Martine's because we hadn't eaten at the new location. A friend and I stopped by, but we were disappointed at the change in atmosphere. We ended up at Wildflowers, which was a lot of fun with it's weird mix of cuisines. I'm so sad to hear that the food has gone downhill at Martine's though. My friends and I had such wonderful experiences at its old location. Have not tried the Italian place that moved into the old space.

              I also tried Esca a while back, and it was truly enjoyable, in addition to being reasonably priced.

              1. re: Heatherb

                ah, the old Martine's... the pate platter.. the soups... the drink-and-be-merry-old-pub atmosphere... that's a shame

        2. New Year's Eve? Price not really an issue? Take RGR's advice and go to La Bonne Auberge in New Hope. Everything else is one tier lower. I love Manon but for a NYE dinner I would definitely opt for La Bonne Auberge.

          As for Martine's, just yesterday I posted my impressions of this restaurant on the Pennsylvania board. I would certainly NOT consider it for New Year's and I seriously doubt that we'll ever go back there.

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          1. re: ambrose

            La Bonne Auberge is doing a "gala" type dinner according to their website...with 6 just makes me nervous unf. I have had past experiences with otherwise excellent restaurants that serve lack luster meals on "prix fixe" occasions...

            1. re: stack_c

              Many upscale restaurants which normally offer a prix-fixe menu also offer a multi-course tasting menu (sometimes more than one), and the cuisine they serve is superb. Thus, it seems to me that a high caliber restaurant such as La Bonne Auberge can manage to put out an excellent 6-course meal on New Year's Eve.

              1. re: RGR

                Just an FYI, I was over ruled with La Bonne Auberge so it is now between Manon & No.9....will let you know where we end up and how it turned out!

                1. re: stack_c

                  Thanks all for your help. We ended up at Manon for NYE and No. 9 the night before...what a weekend! Both places were absolutely fantastic! I loved Manon for NYE...a perfect palce for a special occassion like NYE. Although if I had to choose one based on cuisine I would choose No. 9 (not that Manon was bad its just that No. 9 blew us out of the water).....I mean we were really blown away by this place. From the beginning with the fresh out of the oven sourdough bread and REAL butter (room temp!) to the roasted beet salad with goat cheese, oysters, everything was out of this world!. I had the short ribs which were fall off the bone delicious (probably the best I have ever had) and the DP had a ahi tuna special in a thai coconut sauce with fresh veg that was done perfectly! The service was outstadning and prices for quality of food were reasonable. I can't say enough wonderful things about this place. Thinking about booking for Valentine's Day!

                  1. re: stack_c

                    Glad to hear you had two great dinner, stack_c. Over the years, we've enjoyed many delicious meals at Manon, and we love the charm of the space. As for No. 9, the short ribs are a signature dish and definitely a winner.