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Princeton/Kendall Park NJ - Good BYOB restaurants

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Recently relocated here from North Jersey and looking for recommendations for byob restaurants in the area - good food and relaxing atmosphere (not Asian). Thanks.

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  1. Most of the Princeton restuarants are BYO, the best being Ferry House on Witherspoon.

    1. The Blue Bottle Cafe is only a short drive outside of the Princeton in Hopewell. It's my favorite in the area, but I admit that there are a great many places I've yet to try. Za in Pennington is another good BYOB choice.

      1. lucas in north brunswick is right on 27 about 15 min. from kendall park and is excellent.
        i think there is a byob italian place in the strip mall on route 1 in south brunswick by the home depot- kind of unsure of the name
        blue point grill in princeton

        1. Welcome to CNJ, FordhamGal. Fortunately, you have a lot of places from which to choose. Our favorite is Blue Point Grille in Princeton. It might be our favorite restaurant ever, period. It has the freshest seafood simply prepared. I always recommend whatever the special fish combo is. Live music and outdoor dining in the summer. Go early or prepare to wait!

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          1. re: njchowgal

            Blue Point allows you to call ahead to be put onto their waiting list (they don't accept reservations for parties under 6)

          2. Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell is our favorite. Blue Point Grill and Ferry House in Princeton are solid. Acacia a few miles south of Princeton in Lawrenceville is very good as is Enzo's, also in Lawrenceville.
            Run a search of the above restaurants and you will get several threads and numerous posts.

            Welcome to Central NJ!!

            1. Ditto on Blue Bottle, Ferry House, Blue Point, Za, Enzo's - as far as food quality is concerned. As for relaxing atmosphere, Blue Point gets crowded and noisy on weekends, as does Enzo's. Za is really small.

              Acacia is under new ownership, as is Lawrenceville Inn. Haven't tried either in their new incarnations but both used to be quite good.

              Would add Brothers Moon (Hopewell), Chambers Walk (Lawrenceville), Piccolo Trattoria (Pennington).

              Let me add my welcome to central NJ. Try a few and report back. Always good to get the view of a fresh set of taste buds.

              1. The original post, which is seven months old, languished on the Tristate board for a long time with minimal response. As far as I can tell, FordhamGal has left the building, which is too bad because I would be interested in hearing about BYO restaurants in and around the Kendall Park area. I have a feeling there aren't many.

                For newer hounds, here's a thread that might be of interest. The discussion covers a wider geographical area but includes many of the restaurants already mentioned here.