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need suggestions for 50th wedding anniversary meal with young kids

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My sister and I are looking to celebrate our parents' 50th wedding anniversary. My dad is on a gluten-free diet. My mom won't eat pork or sea food (except fish). The kids of the combined family are 2, 7, 9 and 12. My sister and her family live in Plainsboro, I am in NYC, so the restaurant needs to be somewhere between the two locales or close to Plainsboro. We want it to be a special, memorable meal, but obviously it's got to be a place that won't blanch at small kids in the mix. Please help! I don't know NJ restaurants at all.

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  1. Somewhat in between would be New Brunswick. There you could have the dinner at Due Mari or the Frog and the Peach. More closer to Plainsboro, my choices would be Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, One 53 in Rocky Hill or Elements in Princeton (with all being about 10 to 20 minutes west of Plainsboro. As some of these restaurants may be too much for your young diners, I woudl take a look at their respective websites and menus (especially Elements). Of the ones mentioned, I would think that Blue Bottle Cafe and One 53 are the most accessible to young children. Good Luck.

    http://www.duemarinj.com/
    http://www.frogandpeach.com/
    http://www.thebluebottlecafe.com/
    http://www.one53nj.com/
    http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

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    The Frog and the Peach
    29 Dennis St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Blue Bottle Cafe
    101 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

    One 53
    153 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

    Due Mari
    78-80 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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    1. Since a gluten free diet is hardest to accommodate of all your requests there are several websites devoted to restaurants with gluten free dining in NJ. I'm not familiar with Plainsboro but if you are looking in New Brunswick or Metuchen (both are in the same county as Plainsboro and both have train stops off the Northeast Corridor line out of Penn Station) you may want to try Steakhouse 85 in NB which is a little pricy but a special occasion restaurant that doesn't mind kids. Main St Trattoria in Metuchen is a nice little Italian restaurant but has a gluten free menu in addition to its regular menu and theres a ice cream shop across the street for the kids. Check the websites for menus and pictures to see if either peaks your interest.

      I would definitely look up the gluten free websites and do some research as well. Good luck!

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      1. re: cling0017

        Due Mari's is good or try Mondello's in Monroe. There's a good list of NJ GF restaurants here: http://glutenfreedairyfreenj.blogspot... It's the first place I look for new safe restaurants.