Moving to Princeton from NYC - what are your favorites?
So I'm very sad to be leaving my favorite food city, but I hope to find good food in the Princeton area as well. So far we've been to Elements, which was great! But where else should we go? I'm thinking mostly weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, and sweets, but maybe an occasional weeknight dinner as well. High-end, hole in the wall, and everything in between. I'm excited to be living minutes from a Cheesecake Factory, so good chains are welcome as well. We eat all types of food and are willing to drive... although having a few places that are cab-able from West Windsor would be appreciated for when we'd like to share a bottle of wine with dinner and not worry about driving after!
I've heard about Blue Point Grill, but anything else? Thanks!
Last time I was in downtown Princeton, I had to settle for the newly opened Cheeburger Cheeburger because it was a Saturday night and everywhere else had a ridiculously long wait. There's a lot of restaurants that look worth trying, but I've have very limited opportunity.
Bent Spoon for gelato - must try.
Ajihei (sp?) for authentic Japanese sushi - pricey but great quality.
There is a bakery across from the library (for the name, sorry) that has some interesting bread offerings.
Small World Coffee is an awesome coffee shop.
Darn it, i wish i live in or closer to Princeton. I can only wish Freehold downtown could have better offerings...
I have always liked Eno Terra which is in Kingston, a few miles from the center of Princeton. Peacock Inn is good if you want a more formal meal. Main Street Bistro is ok, sort of a high end diner.
welcome to the area! Here's our local fav's:
.. Fine Dining
.. Any night of the week dining:
Blue Point Grill - byob
Blue Bottle Cafe - byob
Osteria Procacinni - artisan, byob Kingston location, wines at Pennington location
Nomad - artisan, byob
Conte's - traditional
.. Steaks and more
KC Prime (casual)
.. Frozen Custard
Abbott's (closed for season till spring)
Small World Coffee
.. Breakfast or weekend brunch
Lucy's Ravioli Kitchen
Wegmans Market Cafe
Mo C Mo C
.. Seafood (fresh market)
Nassau Street Seafood
.. Cakes and more
.. Specialty Foods
Bon Appetite - Princeton shopping center
Lucy's Ravioli Kitchen - fresh pasta, prepared foods and more
.. Wines & Spirits
.. Fresh poultry, specialty market (and awesome pot pies)
Griggstown Quail Farm
Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs
.. Happy hour or cocktail lounge
One 53 (small bar but great cocktails)
Witherspoon Grill's bar
.. Beers / Sports bar
Tiger's tale - food's average at best
Rocky Hill Inn
That should get you started! Lots of info on all the above here on chowhound or google for menus/info.
ok, 2nd try at this reply....
wow, thanks, foody - that's quite a list! and to everyone else's responses as well. after our crazy expensive chinese takeout last night, we're looking forward to trying all the places in this post.
will report back if we find something that was not mentioned that we like... thanks again!