Dining Recommendations in New Hope?
- KWynn Feb 15, 2008 11:02 AM
2 DC Hounds heading to New Hope tomorrow and staying at the Logan Inn for the night on Saturday, looking for restaurant recommendations for dinner that evening.
We currently have a reservation at the Logan Inn for convenience sake, but would appreciate comments on that as well as a few others that look good (found them through Open Table and the menus/pricing seem to be what we're looking for): Centre Bridge Inn, Lambertville Station, and The Mansion Inn. I also saw a chow post on here from last week about the Inn at Phillips Mill which looks tasty from the menu on their website.
We'd apprecate comments on the restaurants mentioned above, as well as any suggestions for others that aren't on this list.
The Inn at Phillips Mill has lots of romantic atmosphere and the food is always good to great. Don't eat dinner at the Logan. It's fine for lunch but not dinner. Manon in Lambertville is also a wonderful french byo and now that I think about it probably my first recommendation. Hit the New Orleans style place (can't think of name) for drinks at the bar and/or Left Bank Libations (Lambertville) for cozy after dinner drinks. Try lunch the next day at Lilly's on the Canal (also Lambertville). And make sure you check out Blue Racoon (a home store in New Hope near Victory Brewing). Have fun!
I too would vote for Manon in Lambertville, just across the river. It's a delightful little French bistro that is BYO. You will absolutely need a reservation for Saturday night.
If you brought lots of money and want to splurge go to La Bonne Auberge in New Hope!
BTW, many restaurants are still doing Valentine's dinners this weekend so be sure to phone ahead.
The setting for the Inn at Phillips Mill is quaint, but I would not recommend it. I was there last Saturday for the first time and had a terrible dining experience. The food is average to slightly above average, there were some nice flavor combinations (lamb pate with cherries), but the service was terrible. The wait staff was so bad it was almost like being in a Saturday Night Live skit. None of the three couples that went would ever return. Examples of service: repeated requests to refill the bread basket (one basket for 6 people) and water (and when I say repeated, think 4 or 5 times before there is action). We were very polite, but asking again did not result in the typical "oh, I'm sorry I forgot" response, but it would get a glare that told you how much of a bother you were. It is a BYOB and I gave up asking to have another bottle of wine opened and walked to corner a wait person to have them open the bottle. We kept expecting someone to step out and say "Smile, you're on Candid Camera".
I wish I'd read this thread before last Saturday night. We had dinner at the Logan Inn (menu looked good). What a disappointment. I ordered the rack of lamb medium rare. It was supposed to be served over a seafood risotto. The lamb was medium well (so pretty unappealing) and they were served over mashed potatoes, not risotto (My fault for not just sending it back and sharing my wife's dinner). The wife ordered short ribs. The measly portion she ended up getting was tasty for pot roast, but there is no way those were short ribs. Service very slow. One (yes, ONE) wait person for the entire dining room and NO assistance from anyone bussing the tables, serving or clearing. Ridiculous - it's not like they're giving the food away. (They had twice as many people greeting diners and assigning tables). Curious where you ended up and how it was.