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Jan 9, 2013 12:56 PM

Lambertville/New Hope dining suggestions

We'll be in Lambertville for the weekend at the end of the month and looking for dining suggestions for Saturday night.

We've been there quite often before. My husband's favorite place is Hamilton Grill. I'm so so about it. I really like Manon. Last year when we went we had dinner at Tastebuds and really like it but want someplace differant this year.

Have never been to Brian's or D'Floret so thinking might try either of them.

Anyone been recently? What are your thoughts?

All suggestions are welcome.

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Several prior threads on the subject, so please search this board, particularly about Brian's and D'Floret. My preference is clearly D'Floret, Primarily for the level of cooking that goes on there, but also because of the ambiance: Brian's is a larger room, with at least twice the number of tables and a high noise level on Saturday evenings, while D'Floret is small and far quieter. Kathy, I don't know how long it has been since your last Saturday visit to Lambertville, but it is more popular than ever and parking can be difficult. Be advised: leave enough time before your reservation to find a spot!

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    1. re: famdoc

      I am trying to decide between Brian's and D'Floret. Both have pros and cons according to all the reviews. May just toss a coin. Figure if we don't go to one this time, we'll go next time.

      D'Floret was where I was leaning so may go there this time.

      We are staying overnight for two nights, going for winterfest. We go every year. So parking won't be an issue as we'll have parking where we are staying.

      Last couple of times we parked over by Triumph in New Hope and paid the meters. Was easier than searching for a spot in Lambertville on the street.

      1. re: KathyH

        Haven't seen any "cons" to D'Floret. I'd go there.

    2. Lilly's on the Canal is probably the loveliest restaurant in town... great food and beautiful surroundings.

      1. Try Marhaba in lambertville. S union St. You may find parking as it is next door to a public park. They are a middle eastern place and open for lunch and dinner every day. I have been there 7 or 8 times and have never been disappointed. Their lamb chops and chicken schawarma are excellent. They make there own bread, and have delicious hummus.Plus it is a BYOB.

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        1. re: SimonSaysWoof

          Start with their zatter bread, which is a kind of Middle Eastern pizza: pita dough topped with olive oil and a zatter spice mixture.

          1. re: famdoc

            While Marhaba sounds good to me, not sure it would appeal to my husband.

            In the end I wound up making reservations for D'Floret.

            As for "cons" I've seen a few on trip advisor and yelp but looked past those to the good reviews.

            I'm sure it will be great. We are going this Saturday.


            1. re: KathyH

              Had dinner at D'Floret on Sunday. Fantastic. The crab tian is out of this world. The venison special was like sashimi. The cajun chicken was moist and flavorful. If I lived closer I would eat there twice a week. Maybe three times. I said it before...having Dennis Foy in the kitchen every night is like having Springsteen playing the Stone Pony every night. He is a rock star chef and we are lucky to have him in our state.

        2. knowing you cannot get a reservation at Brian's for weeks should answer your question on which restaurant is better. Brian's has the freshest fish I have had in a restaurant properly cooked. Also the best sweetbreads.

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          1. re: mombaker247

            I thought I remembered reading that Brian's was open for breakfast or lunch. Doesn't say anything on the website. Anyone know if it is open? If so, might give it a try for lunch tomorrow. If not, Brian's is definitely on the list for our next dinner in Lambertville.

            Looking forward to dinner at D'Floret tomorrow.

            1. re: KathyH

              Kathy, you are correct. When it first opened, Brian's advertised that the restaurant would be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't know if that ever happened but it's certainly not true now. I'm pretty sure it's open for dinner only.

            1. re: lemarais

              I've only been to Lily's once. Not sure why we haven't gone back. To me it's more of a lunch spot than a dinner spot. Have to give it another try.

              1. re: lemarais

                I don't love Lilly's. Food is OK for lunch, but overpriced for dinner and I find their servers can be less than friendly.