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My wife is having a big birthday. I was thinking of going to the Peacock Inn for dinner. Is it that good? Is it worth it? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Peacock Inn is worth the price. You and your will will have a great meal.

    1. It is worth every $ you spend the food is excellent and so is the service, We ate there a few weeks ago and planning to return the first week of January for our anniversary. Lobster entree and cheese plate for dessert were amazing. The foie gras was over the top,

      1. Yes it's that good and would be great for a big birthday. Just had another excellent dinner there recently. Details here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7040....

        Elements (chef's table) and One 53 are our other local favs, but the Peacock Inn would be our pick for a special night out.

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        1. re: Foody4life

          Really very good. Have been there 3 times.

        2. I just went ~2 weeks ago (weekend after Thanksgiving). It was very good, classic food. One thing to note, just in case you missed it, is that since the re-vamp/re-modeling the dining room is now prix fixe only. I went with a friend to have a late dinner and while we found the prix fixe menu to be reasonably priced we didn't need nearly that much food, so we sat in the nicely appointed bar area. Split the equivalent of a three course and it was very good (got the filet, perfectly cooked). The service was great, very professional and warmly personable at the same time.

          To compare, I've also been to Elements, which is generally regarded as one of the top 2 restaurants in Princeton, along with Peacock Inn. I think Elements is more creative/foodie-oriented, and has the potential to be more impressive when they hit it out of the park, but it also more hit-or-miss. Peacock Inn is more well-executed classic American fare. Elements has a more impressive dessert menu in my opinion; Peacock Inn has a nice bar area if you wanted to have a drink before dinner, Elements doesn't really (very small bar). Both have great cocktail lists :) If I recall correctly, not 100% sure, but getting the prix fixe at Peacock Inn is most likely still going to be cheaper than Elements.

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          1. re: Jennlax27iga0

            I must disagree with your description of The Peacock Inn's cuisine as "classic" American fare. To me, classic American food is steaks, burgers, bbq, lobster rolls, etc. At The Peacock, the cuisine is *contemporaray* or *modern* American with strong French influences.

            I do agree that the cuisine at elements is much more unusual and may not be to everyone's taste, while The Peacock's cuisine is "more accessible" and would please a wider range of diners.

            The Peacock Inn photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            elements photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            1. re: RGR

              What you described is *casual* American fare... I don't know too many restaurants with a $60 prix fixe that includes burgers and lobster rolls. The current main courses at Elements include a filet with potato and spinach, roasted chicken, lobster, salmon & short rib. Even by part of your own description that is classic American--done very well and elegantly, with some international twists. My point was that in comparing the two, Peacock Inn is more classic in their menu while Elements is more modern. I think "hit or miss" and "may not be to everyone's taste" are pretty similar. You just clearly favor peacock inn (which is fine, as mentioned I like both).

              For some reason you took classic American to be a disparaging term. I had very positive feedback on Peacock Inn, but just wanted to give a comparison between the two in case the OP was interested.

              1. re: Jennlax27iga0

                I think we need to clarify the symantics here. "Hit or miss" does not = "may not be to everyone's taste." Rather, when I read "hit or miss," I take it to mean that some dishes are successful in their execution, but others miss the mark in some way. That is entirely different from saying that a style of cuisine is not to everyone's taste," by which I meant some people will like the overall style of a particular chef while others will not.

                I would agree that the cuisine at The Peacock is more classic, if by that you mean in the French tradition, than Scott Anderson's very personal and eclectic style at elements. But it is not classic American. Classic American fare is what is being served in restaurants like, for example, Keens and The Dutch, in NYC, and at Steakhouse 85, in New Brunswick. And the food is anything but cheap. A porterhouse for two at Keens is $90, the Dry-aged Ribeye for Two at The Dutch is $105, and the twin lobster tails at Steakhouse 85 are $48..

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com .

                1. re: RGR

                  That's only correct if "well executed" is purely objective, which is not the case. I may think a dish is well cooked and executed while the next person may disagree. And then as you noted there's the separate issue of taste and palate.

                  You now don't seem to distinguish between "American" and "steak house" which are not one and the same/mutually inclusive. And for some reason your descriptions of American fare are both limited to surf and turf. Agree to disagree I suppose; it's immaterial to the OP which was looking for opinions on the quality of the restaurant and whether it was a worthwhile value for a special event.