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Princeton area BYOB

george2 Jan 25, 2010 02:27 PM

Any recommendations for a BYOB in Princeton or areas south? Moderately priced and good food, but doesn't have to be exceptional.

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    george2 Feb 3, 2010 01:00 PM

    Thanks again for all your recommendations. While my wife and I appreciate good food and are willing to pay for it, the other couple demurred, stating "those places are a bit rich for our tastes." We ended up at Banzai for Japanese. The other couple ordered large bowls of soup my wife and I had a large tray of average sushi. It was worth the visit as we were mostly interested in the company.

    We'll certainly go to Blue Point and Ferry House another time.

    1. ambrose Jan 26, 2010 04:36 AM

      Excellent suggestions from njfoodies. I know you specify Princeton or areas south but I really urge you to think about the Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell. If I had to pick one place near Princeton, that would be it.

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      1. re: ambrose
        george2 Jan 26, 2010 08:12 AM

        Thanks all for your recommendations!

        I made reservations at the Ferry House and am waiting to hear if the other couple is in favor of their menu. Blue Point appears on everyone's list but they don't take reservations. I'll have to try it out, though.

        Blue Bottle Cafe looks great, but may be a bit out of our way this time, but it's definitely a gotta go there place.

        Anyone familiar with Za or Enzo's?

        I've been to most of the places in Lambertville and Lawrenceville but hadn't thought of them.

        1. re: george2
          njfoodies Jan 26, 2010 09:28 AM

          Ferry House is a great choice, and I am sure you will enjoy it. Do a search on here as there are a few links. I know that tom246 really enjoys The Ferry House, and I can't blame him in the least. It's a good place! We definitely need to revisit again soon! -mJ

          1. re: george2
            Heatherb Jan 26, 2010 11:22 AM

            I happily endorse the Blue Bottle Cafe (it's my favorite restaurant for when my two best friends and i want to have what we call a "grown-up" dinner). We had very good food at Za but its prices seemed high to us. We figure, why go there when Blue Bottle is a guaranteed home run for the same price? Haven't been to Enzo's...

            1. re: Heatherb
              jerseybill52 Jan 29, 2010 12:23 PM

              I like La Mezzaluna.


              Outside Princeton I vote for ZA. I go there regular.

              As for Enzos, last time I went it was a) crowded, it is small and tables are cheek by jowl and b) had a really lousy meal. I emailed a complaint and they offered me a 1/2 on discount on a meal the next time. Well who wants a lousy meal for 1/2 price. I've not gone back for the last two years.

        2. njfoodies Jan 26, 2010 03:55 AM

          Do a quick search on the board and it will bring up quite a few threads: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664691

          Our favorites in Princeton include:
          The Ferry House
          Blue Point Grill
          La Mezzaluna

          Other nearby options include:
          Blue Bottle Cafe - Hopewell
          Vidalia - Lawrenceville

          A little further in Lambertville:
          Hamilton Grille Room
          No. 9
          Cafe Galleria

          Under the Moon
          Oliver - A Bistro

          Hope that helps! -mJ

          1. Angelina Jan 26, 2010 03:54 AM

            One of my favorites in the town...delsih seafood is Blue Point Grill. BYO, and the seafood is always super fresh. Actually, that is probably the only restaurant I care for in that area.



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