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New Hope October Birthday Brunch Suggestions??

michael Oct 8, 2010 12:27 PM

I am searching for a somewhat refined yet contemporary restaurant to hold a Saturday birthday brunch for a 30 something friend of mine. We have a group of approximately 15. Our intention was Hamilton's Grill Room, however Hamilton's does not offer brunch after mid-October (save for larger parties than ours).

We are looking for an attractive atmosphere, preferably within a few minutes walk of the shops and galleries; and a menu that can offer something to a variety of palates. Nothing too stodgy or too hole-in-the-wall would be great. An attractive view would be a plus.

I know New Hope has a lively, enjoyable atmosphere this time of year and we'd love to take advantage of it! Your help is much appreciated.

Hamilton's Grill Room
8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530

  1. m
    michael Oct 12, 2010 04:03 PM

    Any recs? Your help is appreciated.

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    1. re: michael
      cwdonald Oct 13, 2010 07:41 AM

      I am not sure you are going to find exactly what you are looking for in New Hope or Lambertville.

      You could check out the Landing, or you could consider going to one of the inns further up the river such as Black Bass, or Golden Pheasant. Down river the Washington Crossing Inn offers a nice brunch

      Inn at Lambertville Station might be another one to consider. Anton at the Swann is nice, though not sure how a party of 15 would work there, I would call first.

      Personally, I would go to Hamilton NJ to RATS. Fabulous brunch, and you have the sculpture gardens there.

      1. re: cwdonald
        gaffk Oct 13, 2010 08:03 AM

        The problem is, the OP is looking for brunch on Saturday and most spots only offer Sunday brunch. All of your suggestions are great (though not familiar with Anton), but all would be serving a regular lunch menu on Saturday. If I'm not mistaken, the Golden Pheasant only opens for dinner and Sunday brunch.

        So, Michael, if you're OK with lunch vs brunch, New Hope has some good choices. If you have your mind set on brunch, I'd suggest changing your plans to Sunday.

        1. re: gaffk
          michael Oct 13, 2010 08:14 AM

          Lunch would be a fine substitute gaffk. What restaurants are among or within walking distance of the shops and galleries, etc. that satisfy what I mentioned in my initial post?

          I appreciate your help.

          1. re: michael
            gaffk Oct 13, 2010 08:32 AM

            The Landing is a good suggestion, and has a nice outdoor area as well. Or if you're looking for something more casual, Triumph Brew has good pub food (and beers, of course). I know there are a lot more restaurants withing walking distance of the shops as well, maybe others will know their names.

            1. re: gaffk
              madgreek99 Oct 13, 2010 06:09 PM

              I may be wrong, but I believe Triumph has closed their New Hope location.

              1. re: madgreek99
                gaffk Oct 14, 2010 07:52 AM

                Really? It's been a few years since I was there, but I checked their web site and it's still listed as a location. That was a pretty large location right at the train station--wonder if anyone else has moved in?

                1. re: madgreek99
                  crazyspice Oct 14, 2010 12:26 PM

                  When did you hear they closed? We were there in September to see a friend's band play and they are scheduled again for November.

                  1. re: madgreek99
                    cwdonald Oct 14, 2010 12:44 PM

                    This is erronious information. I was there two nights ago and they are going strong. The only change in the microbrew scene in the Central Bucks area is the Porterhouse Restaurant is no longer brewing, but is still a restaurant and has a nice selection of microbreweries.

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          madgreek99 Oct 13, 2010 06:10 PM

          You can try Lillys on the Canal in Lambertville or Havana in New Hope. Both should be able to accomodate a large party. Lambertville Station can surely accomodate you, and it offers a nice atmosphere, but the food isn't very good.The Landing, in my opinion, has awful food. I would steer clear. I haven't been to Black Bass, but I've heard good things. Rats is absolutely beautiful, though its nowhere near New Hope or Lambertville and it is in a commercial office complex so there will be nothing to do besides the gardens and eating. You might also try asking on the NJ board.

          Lambertville Station Restaurant
          11 Bridge Street, Lambertviile, NJ 08530

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          1. re: madgreek99
            michael Oct 13, 2010 07:02 PM

            Thanks very much madgreek99. It appears our party will be closer to 8-10. So no need to accommodate for a medium to large group. It seems like we'll be having lunch and not brunch. Still looking for reasonably nice, contemporary, in/near the mix in New Hope. Good food. I will do some homework on Lillys and Havana. Thank you.

            1. re: michael
              sadiefox Oct 15, 2010 06:58 AM

              I would choose Lilly's over Havana. The food at Havana is NOT good, especially for the price. I second the suggestion for Triumph, particularly if you like beer. If you want somewhere on Main Street, especially if the weather is nice, you might check out the Sand Bar. Food is better than average for New Hope and it's a cute atmosphere. Good burgers.

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            FoodFind1 Oct 14, 2010 06:16 PM

            A new restaurant in New Hope could fit your request. While it does not have a buffet brunch the chef could plan a meal just for your party.
            Restaurant Thyme on the Delaware is a BYO ( which is rare in New Hope) serving new American cuisine. It is at 32 S. Main St in the Mall across the street from the old Logan inn. We have been there 5 times and are amazed at the quality of the cooking and the inexpensive prices. There is a nice ambience and it has not yet been discovered, so the restaurant is quiet at lunch and during the week. Most Friday and Saturday nights it is best to make reservations. See if they could plan something for you as there is nothing better than having a section of a restaurant reserved just for your group. Do order the homemade noodles with shreds of short ribs.

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