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I'm in New Brunswick for two nights for work. I will be able to get to Princeton for one of them. I love all food. I'm looking for dinner ideas. Suggestions welcome! Also, anyone know whether I would be able to walk or taxi from the train station?

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  1. From the train station you will need a taxi to go anywhere. Actually, within the area, unless you are staying in Princeton proper, you'll need transportation. Princeton is a cool little town and I would just grab a taxi to Nassau Street or someplace central and then explore. It's a very walkable in the town once you get there and there are tons of neat little places to eat. We like Alchemist & Barrister, Mediterra, and for brews and atmosphere, Triumph Brewing Company (they also have pretty good eats for a reasonable price). Have fun!!

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    Alchemist & Barrister
    28 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542

    Mediterra
    29 Hulfish St, Princeton, NJ 08542

    1. If the weather's nice and you really enjoy walking, you won't have to take a taxi. But it's a long walk, and if it's after dark, you don't get to see the interesting architecture.

      what kind of food do you like?

      1. Princeton's best are:

        -- elements,

        market fresh interpretive American cuisine with Asian influences, wine and a full bar, chef's table 9 course tasting menu a must for an exceptional evening. http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

        -- Peacock Inn

        new American, 3 or 5 course prix fixe, wine and full bar. http://www.peacockinn.com/dining.html

        and

        -- Blue Point Grill

        freshest fish and seafood, simply prepared, excellent selection of oysters, byob, casual, sidewalk dining with cafe heaters available. http://bluepoint.jmgroupprinceton.com/

        Closest to the train station is the Peacock Inn, about a 10 minute walk up from the station. Taxi's are available at the station.

        Other places along the Witherspoon/Nassau streets' restaurant zone are a notch or two below the 3 above. Sushi and other ethnic places are also popular, but one can do just as well dining at similar spots in most any town.

        The Bent Spoon on Palmer Square serves outstanding artisan gelato and sorbets along with cupcakes and more. Other's will suggest the Halo Pub or Thomas Sweet as their pick for an after dinner treat! And finally, end your evening with a coffee or espresso at Small World Coffee on Witherspoon street.

        1. The 2 places that I would recommend for fine dining in Princeton are Elements and Peacock Inn. You could walk from the train station to the Peacock Inn, but Elements would require a taxi. If you want a less formal place which has excellent fish, the Blue Point Grill would good choice, this is also in walking distance , but a little further from the train station. Please note the train station I am referring to is Princeton, not Princeton Junction

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          Blue Point Grill
          258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

          Peacock Inn
          20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ

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          1. re: BigGeorge

            Thank you so much, everyone - and thanks so much, BigGeorge, for the train station clarification!

            1. re: RUNNERFEMME

              while you are in New Brunswick may I highly recommend Due Mari for your dining pleasure. Excellent wine list and some of the best food in the city.

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              Due Mari
              78 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

              1. re: Nursemegg

                Nursemegg - i have been there and agree it's lovely! I had the chilled seafood salad for lunch and it was really quite good.