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Going to a show in Princeton, want some info/scoops on any interesting places on the restaurant scene in town. Prefer New American, creative food.

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  1. Do a search on Princeton on here as there are a million threads. There was just one last week. The usual responses are:

    The Ferry House
    Blue Point Grill
    La Mezzaluna
    Lahiere
    Mediterra
    Triumph
    etc, etc

    For American creative, I don't know if there are many options for you. I'd go with The Ferry House, or if in the mood for seafood, check out Blue Point Grill. Both are BYO. -mJ

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    1. re: njfoodies

      There may be a million, but none that addressed the question I raised. I saw diners and pizza. Was looking for guidance with commentary, not a list. Thanks.

      1. re: menton1

        I would recommend elements where Chef Scott Anderson (who formerly worked at the Ryland Inn) is serving excellent creative New American cuisine. I recall posting a review of it on the MId-Atlantic Board. But because of the reconfiguring, I can't locate it there or on this new board.

        You can see photos of the meal we had at elements here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        1. re: RGR

          elements thread : )

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567617

    2. For your New American, creative food preference, I'd suggest elements, fairly new in town, outstanding cuisine and probably the height of Princeton dining.

      An alternative would be Blue Point Grill, mentioned above, for the absolute freshest fish in town.

      Note elements can be booked on opentable. BPG doesn't take reservations & typically has waits out the door unless you arrive at 5:01pm!

      http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

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      1. re: Foody4life

        I agree with RGR and Foody4life. Elements is the perfect choice if you are looking for "creative American" food. However, be mindful of the fact that the restaurant is a bit on the pricey side. Others that come to mind (but require a little bit of a drive) are One53 in Rocky HIll and the Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell. Good Luck.

        http://www.one53nj.com/
        http://www.thebluebottlecafe.com/

        1. re: bgut1

          I'll 2nd both of bgut1's picks. We go to One53 almost weekly and continue to enjoy the classic bistro cuisine. One53 has a great wine list while the Blue Bottle Cafe is byob (as is Blue Point Grill above) if that affects your decision.

          1. re: Foody4life

            I orefer One 53 over Elements, but both are good places!

            Can't go wrong at Blue Bottle either. We need to get back there soon! -mJ

      2. Appreciate the input. That's what I was looking for. Think it's going to be between elements and One53. What's the town of Rocky Hill like?

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        1. re: menton1

          Rocky Hill is a quiet village 5 minutes north of Princeton. Not much there other than One53, a tavern/restaurant, the post office, a couple of churches and the fire dept! Don't let the lack of a town sway your choice, One53 will not disappoint.

          1. re: menton1

            menton1, in your original post you say that you're going to a show in town. If you end up at One53 in Rocky Hill, make sure you allow enough time to get back to Princeton, park, and get to your show (it's more than 5 minutes, even on a week night). elements is closer to downtown but not within walking distance.

            Of the two restaurant mentioned, I would choose elements. On the other hand, if I was worried about getting to the show on time, I would opt for The Ferry House, which is in the center of town.

          2. My two fav's in the area are Elements and Enoterra.

            1. Another great option within walking distance is Witherspoon Grill. Can't believe I forgot about it. Not BYO, but nice American-esq cuisine. -mJ

              1. Enoterra and Blue Point Grill are truly great restaurants.