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Apr 27, 2009 04:05 PM

BT Bistro-Princeton

BT (Bobby Trigg) Bistro is opening this week. This is Bobby Triggs new restaurant in the Clarion Palmer Inn on route 1.
Here is his web site

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  1. Same chef as the Ferry House Princeton.

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    1. re: shabbystorm

      Bobby Trigg is also the owner (or is it co-owner?) of The Ferry House and BT Bistro.

      According to on-line information, BT Bistro is scheduled to open today, April 30. Here is a recent article about BT Bistro that also contains some information about Trigg's third project, namely The Peacock Inn in Princeton.

      The Peacock project seems to have been going on forever but apparently it's very close to completion. I am going to post a separate message about this.

    2. Has anyone been here or tried this place yet?

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      1. re: shabbystorm

        We've been a couple of times and ate at the bar both times. Overall, food and service were both good, but nothing to make a special trip for. It's another option along Route 1 if you're in the area and lines are out the door at the neighboring chains.

        Overall vibe was inviting and casual. The redo of the former Charlie Browns includes two dining rooms off either side of the bar. The main dining room includes the old salad bar that Bobby left in place as a bit of whimsy from days gone by. The other is a smaller atrium room off the other side of the bar area.

        The large bar seats about 20 plus there's an array of tables surrounding it, so there's plenty of room for all. Martini's were well prepared by an experienced staff of three bartenders and pours of wine by the glass were generous. There's also a large selection of beers on tap and a tempting menu of bar aps.

        Our first time there was the weekend they opened. Very busy, but well staffed and managed. We started with the crab cake/tuna tartare and a crab margarita, then the salmon and the bone-in prime rib. Aps were similar to those at the Ferry House. Entrees were fine. One note was the prime rib was cut into sections for plating on a long rectangular plate. Not my preference, but whatcha going do.

        Second visit we had a couple of aps and split the roast duck leg and a romaine salad. The duck was actually two leg/thigh portions so it worked out well for a split. We enjoyed the duck and at $19, it's a relative bargain.

        We'll be back again.

        Also BT20 (Bobby's redo of the Peacock Inn) continues at a snail's pace. Word is they'll try to open the resto & lounge sometime this year, while work continues on the inn above.

          1. re: shabbystorm

            Found this website for more info on the restaurant before going to try it out...I figured "what the heck." I must admit that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal and service last night. I always like to try out a new restaurant, but never when the first! My own rule of thumb. The bar was actually pretty cool...I liked the vibe of the place (as did my wife). We're Ferry House regulars, so with Bobby having a license here, makes a life a bit easier...and especially with the parking! Kind of a big bonus for us! I agree with the apps being similar to the Ferry house, but always happy to know I can get my fried calamari there that we love. I have to disagree about the "Not worth making a special trip to" comment. We both agree that's a def well worth trip! But, to each their to make your own decision on it. I do agree about the salad bar comment, I can live with or without it...and we opted to live without it. Plenty of other great options for us.

            For dinner, my wife had the scallops entree and I had the featured NY Strip (a dry aged one)...we loved our food, immensely...yes, my steak was sliced for "presentation", but I'm okay with Foody4life stated, it's more of a preference...but we know Bobby's food presentations at the Ferry House. At any rate, we enjoyed their home made ice cream selections (we shared a toasted chocolate almond)...loved it!
            Hope this helps anyone else out!


        1. re: shabbystorm

          BT Bistro gives really bad service. My family and I went there for lunch on a weekday. The girl at the front told us that there were no tables available and we could only sit at the bar, meanwhile, there were tables open and no one else came in during the duration of our lunch there. Then, my father had to meet us there, so he came in late. The waitress came to ask him for what he wanted before he had time to look at the menu, she knew he didn't look at the menu because the front desk girl walked in to give him the menu while the waitress was behind her. So he asked for a glass of water and asked the waitress to give him a minute to look at the menu. She never came back with the water and never came back to take his orders. We waited for 30mns. We of course will never go back there again. This was unacceptable, we felt like we were discriminated against for whatever the reason may be as other people are sitting at tables and eating quite happily. We of course will never go there again.

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            1. I've been dying to go here. Can you do dinner @ the bar? Prices for actual dinner seem a bit over the top, but if the quality is worth it, I'm OK with that. The bar menu looks mighty tasty.

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              1. re: websterwoman

                The hostess told me that we had a choice to eat in the bar area or in the dining room, and was told that we can have the same menu options as dining. To us, it was worth it. If it helps, read the review that just came out yesterday. As far as pricing goes, we've dined up and down the route 1 corridor and they're pretty comparable. Def worth the stop in! Hope this helps ya!

                1. re: dinearoundnj

                  Meaning you could have bar menu in dining room? Vice versa? Or both?

                  1. re: websterwoman

                    You can order anything at the bar, from bar menu aps and snacks to a complete multi course dinner from the dinner menu. We had dinner twice at the bar and had items off both menus, both times. It's all available and all pretty good!