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Feb 9, 2009 09:17 AM

Recommendations needed: Princeton, NJ

My wife and I are traveling to Princeton for a concert on Wednesday. We have only visited the town once before and have never dined there. I have heard that most establishments offer relatively mediocre "college-faire" and we were hoping to eat somewhere that offers meals that are a bit more memorable. We are planning on having something relatively lights - a chicken-based entree, marinara-based italian dish, or even high quality pizza or sandwiches. Thus far the only restaurant that seems to fit the bill is Teresa's Cafe Italiano.

Do any of you have suggestions for where we should dine?

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  1. Teresa's is fine for what you describe. Another to consider and my favorite is Blue Point Grill. Excellent quality seafood. Get there early as the place is very popular.

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    1. re: tom246

      Yeah, I agree. Teresa's is fine for that, but so is Sotto if you like the classic Italian-American style food. I have heard that the Underground Cafe (I think that's what it's called) has somewhat more unique fare (more Eastern European), but I have not gotten around to trying it myself yet.

      1. re: Heatherb

        Teresa's & Sotto's would fit the bill. Both a nice enough spaces, good food..generally a nice time but memorable would be a stretch. Unless you want to spend big bucks in Princeton, finding something memorable might be difficult. Dessert at The Bent Spoon would be memorable.

        The Bent Spoon
        35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

        128 1/2 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

        Teresa's Caffe
        21-23 Palmer Square East, Princeton, NJ 08540

    2. I suggest you take a look at the menu at the Main Street Bistro, which is in the Princeton Shopping Centre. Might be exactly what you're looking for.

      In town, you might want to consider the Underground Cafe, which offers eastern European dishes at pretty reasonable prices.

      1. Since you want light fare, I would suggest Olive's on Witherspoon Street if you don't mind sitting at a counter. They only have a few seats but everything is homemade and you have a number of choices including entrees and great sandwiches.

        Olives Deli & Bakery
        22 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542