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May 11, 2008 09:55 AM

LA Foodie Going home to Lower Bucks for visit. Help

The family is scared of the city so I have to find a few decent places in the 'burbs. Newtown/New Hope area preferred if possible. Last time I was there a few years ago there was nothing particularly memorable. I would love to do a chef's table somewhere. All price ranges fine, fine dining, seafood, ethnic, anything goes. Advice?

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  1. If you're going to New Hope, you might as well cross over into Lambertville - lots of good eating options there (check out some of the other posts). Esca in New Hope wasn't bad at all - very solid Italian food. Although I have not been to the new version of Martine's, I have not heard good things (it used to be my favorite place). Avoid the Triumph Brewery in New Hope unless you're going for burgers and beers, and Havana's is nothing memorable. Other than that, there's a lot of places I haven't tried...

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    1. I have not been there myself but people rave about it here on CH:

      La Bonne Auberge, New Hope PA - classic french cuisine.

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      1. re: flourgirl

        I just came back from france, this looks fun. And with those prices it will be like I am still there paying in Euros. What a great menu, thanks flourgirl

      2. I don't live in the area anymore, so I can't vouch for its current quality, but Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville, NJ, right across the bridge from New Hope might be a good choice.

        La Bonne Auberge in New Hope is pricey (for the area) but had a very good rep when I lived nearby. They may have a chef's table (they used to, not sure if they do anymore).

        And when you're in New Hope walking around, Gerenser's, right on the main drag is a little hole in the wall with wonderful ice cream.

        If you're in the Lower Bucks area, you're very close to Trenton, which has wonderful, distinctive pizza. Delorenzo's on Hudson Street (byob) is tiny and has no rest rooms (!) but their "tomato pies" regularly win "best of" competitions and deservedly so. Delorenzo's Pizza on Hamilton Ave (same family but not affiliated with the Hudson Street Delorenzo's) is a charming little (byob) pizza place. They don't call what they make tomato pie, but it's absolutely delicious thin-crust pie and you'll feel like you're dining on a set from the Sopranos. If you go on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared to wait. They don't take reservations.

        Marselio's Kitchen, also in Trenton, is a fabulous little mom-and-pop Italian place.


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        1. re: SharaMcG

          OMG delorenzo's. I haven't been there in over 10 years. They did have the best tomato pie ever. Nothing like that in LA. I remember they had such random hours, we used to joke they had some other um, more organized Italian business going on. Is the neighborhood still kinda shady? Not sure I can bring the family and the small children.

          1. re: wasabica

            I haven't been to the Hudson Street location in years, but they just opened a place in a suburban strip mall in Robbinsville. You don't want to take small kids to the Hudson Street location, not because of the neighborhood, but because the place has no bathroom. The Hamilton Avenue DeLorenzo's is pretty good too. They have a bathroom.

          2. re: SharaMcG

            I am not sure if Gerenser's and Marsilio's are still open. I think Marsilio's might be catering only?

            1. re: Heatherb

              Gerenser's was closed (I think for good) by the board of health!!!

                1. re: flourgirl

                  From what I understand, it was a dispute over city water that was somehow related to the Board of Health. I could be wrong, but I don't think they were sneezing on the ice cream or anything:-)

                  Here it is:

          3. Also check out the Yardley Inn, Stockton Inn, Frenchtown Inn, and Black Bass Hotel. All have good food and shouldn't scare the family.

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            1. re: Ellen

              i will read up on their reviews, ty ellen

              1. re: Ellen

                I believe the Black Bass is not currently operating

                1. re: flourgirl

                  Correct, the BB is not open presently.

                  1. re: mschow

                    Did they ever reopen after the last flood? It was closed the last time I tried to go there but that was about 1 1/2 years ago. Shame, I always liked that place.

                    1. re: Ellen

                      I believe the premises were recently sold at auction.