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Holiday dinner/lunch for group in central NJ- Hamilton,Bordentown, Trenton area....Help!

Boss just asked me to sched. holiday lunch/or dinner for staff, about 15 ppl. Not much time, so I can use any recommendations for local places that are casual, good food & drinks. Our group can get a bit loud with talking & laughing!

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  1. The one place that comes to mind is Oliver a Bistro in Bordentown. Another one to consider is Rats in Hamilton for the beautiful grounds and room. The food has received mixed reviews and I understand their chef, Kevin Sbraga, winner of last season's top chef has recently left to open his own place in Philadelphia. Good Luck.

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    1. re: bgut1

      Yes, I was wondering about Oliver a Bistro. Have you been to Marcello's in Bordentown, that's another one that I've heard was pretty good.

      1. re: meTOO17

        I've never been to Marcello's. However, I would seek out the advice of NJFoodies. He is the authority for restaurants in that area of Jersey. Good luck.

    2. What kind of budget are you talking? Should it serve alcohol?

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      1. re: Heatherb

        Boss is fairly generous with the budget :) and we would prefer to have a bar available for ordering drinks.

      2. If you are looking to stay in Bordentown, you should try Toscano's. They have a bar. I remember them having a great bolognese sauce. Another great place for a big party of people is Spigola (love their eggplant rolletini appetizer with a glass on montepuliciano!!!)

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        Spigola
        US Highway 130 Klockner Rd N, Trenton, NJ 08610

        1. I'd also consider Farnsworth House. They have a comfortable amount of space for group outings and a bar. The food is always decent. You might even be able to get a private room.

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          Farnsworth House
          135 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, NJ 08505

          1. What about Spigola, the Italian restaurant in Hamilton?

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            Spigola
            US Highway 130 Klockner Rd N, Trenton, NJ 08610