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I'll be meeting an old friend for lunch in a couple of weeks. The Princeton area looks like a spot that would be convenient for us to get together. Looking for a recommendation for a nice lunch in a nice setting.

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  1. A nice spot for lunch in Princeton is The Ferry House. Nice varied menu. It is BYO.
    http://www.theferryhouse.com/

    A totally different type place but still nice for lunch is The Triumph Brewery. Very attractive setting, excellent beer and good (not great) food.
    http://www.triumphbrewing.com/indexfl...

    1. The following thread from last year will give you lots of suggestions:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/418032

      1. Mediterra has a nice lunch and is in a nice location. Their faro salad is delicious.

        1. I took some clients for lunch at Ferry House back in December, it's a nice place to stay and chat, a little more quiet. They won't rush you out if you want to catch up with your friend. There is a municipal parking garage around the corner.

          1. Any thoughts on The Brothers Moon in Hopewell?

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            1. re: bucksguy14

              I have never been to The Brothers Moon for lunch but have always been pleased at dinner.

              Also consider the Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell which, IMHO, is the better restaurant. However, it is open for lunch only on Wed, Thurs and Fri.

              http://www.thebluebottlecafe.com/home...

            2. My friend's business trip to NJ was postponed so I don't have anything to report. She expects to reschedule sometime in October so look for a post on our lunch in a couple of months.

              1. Depending on where your friend is conducting business, one of the restaurants in Forrestal Village http://www.princetonforrestalvillage.... may be more convenient than downtown Princeton, since its right off of Route 1. I recently had lunch at the Salt Creek Grill and thought it was very good and the room is gorgeous. I’ve also heard good things about Tre Piani but haven’t had the opportunity to dine there yet.

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                1. re: TomDel

                  I've had several very enjoyable meals at Tre Piani. We've driven down several times to meet friends from the southern end of the state.

                  Their wine bar is also very nice, with good values by the glass, and great small plates.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    I would also give a vote for Tre Piani. A bit expensive, but worth the price. Get a table upstairs. It is much quieter than the bistro settting down stairs. They have a new wine bar next door.

                    General rule of thumb for me is avoid any place in Princeton. Over-hyped, over-priced and over impressed with themselves.

                    First time I went to the Ferry House (YEARS AGO) they asked me for my wine and then left me in the lobby for several minutes. My wife and I were finally shown to our table and I was left with this feeling that after inspecting my wine they had decided what I would likely spend and then gave me a table in accordance with that guess. Fits the over, over, over to me.

                    My favorite Princeton reviews can be found here.

                    http://www.math.wisc.edu/~ellenber/pr...