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elements in Princeton - upscale and up-to-date

xsivjosh Jun 20, 2010 09:03 AM

Celebrated our 27th anniversary last night. Looked for something new and special around Bucks County, usually quite a challenge.
Found postings on elements in Princeton and it seemed to fit our needs for 4 people.
Started with drinks at the 4 seat bar. Creative and truly knowledgable bartender who shared lots of knowledge on spirits and made some really nice drinks.
Seating in dining room is comfortable and tables are nicely set without being overdone. When you go to the bathroom they refold your napkins. Glassware is very nice. We brought our own wine and paid a $40 corkage for 2 bottles. The sommelier let us open a third bottle without an additional charge. Despite pouring our own wine, the wine service was great with separate, appropriate glasses for each bottle.
Amusee Bouche was a shot glass of a creeamed soup. We all licked out our glasses. (Very classy)
Apps were Fois Gras Torchons, a small salad, shrimp and calamari, spaghetti carbonara, and a single portion of their Charcuterie plate. All were awesome. Shared our apps and ordered a small glass of Montbazzilac to accompany the fois gras. Carbonara looked small, but was rich and ended up to be plenty for us all to taste. All the portions were ample, not enormous. Fois gras was quite generous.
Entrees were short ribs, lamb chops, bronzino and fluke. All had nice accompaniments and tasted delicious. Portions were just right (4 nice chops, 6 nice pieces of sous vide short ribs, medium filets of fish).
Desserts were special. I enjoyed the Kit Kat best. Cheese selection was nice, mostly local artisonal. Finished with petit fours.
The service was very attentive without being overbearing. The waiter was very informative and the timing was perfectly even. Every dish was explained as it was served.
We walked out well-fed (and I am no lightweight, believe me). We feel this restaurant fills a much-needed void that existed in the area. Not cheap ($225/couple included everything including tax and about 22% tip, since we brought our own wine and had it served nicely).
Bartender wrote some notes for me about whiskies I had inquired about
All in all, this will be our "go-to" special occasion restaurant. Only wish it was closer to our home in Bucks County. Still, well worth the "shlepp". I'd give it 2 Michelin stars or 5 AAA diamonds if I were a critic.

  1. sixelagogo Jun 22, 2010 03:29 AM

    been wondering about the place since i saw the review in the nytimes (and the Bergen Record's Elisa Ung's twitter feed). I too live quite a schelpp away, but may make this a special occasion place in the future. Thanks for posting.

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      coldbeer Jun 22, 2010 05:30 AM

      The short ribs are a culinary miracle. And the french toast and egg will blow your mind away.

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      1. re: coldbeer
        metfan630 Jun 22, 2010 02:05 PM

        Agree on both, awesome dishes. I've been here twice and each time the meal was excellent, and quite different.

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