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On the Bone - Princeton

jethro Dec 21, 2013 03:26 PM

We went one recent Friday night and walked into an almost empty restaurant. The restaurant is connected to a hotel which seemed crowded, but OTB was not. We stuck with burgers and sandwiches, which were all good. I must admit we were hesitant to try a steak due to the emptiness of the place, perhaps our loss. The reviews are very mixed for this restaurant, either very good or very bad. The staff was nice. I couldn't place the problem here, but then we only went this one time. Anyone have more visits to here and a reason for why they are empty on a Friday night?

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    fourunder RE: jethro Dec 21, 2013 03:32 PM

    Is this where the Gallagher's/city Grille used to be?

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      jethro RE: fourunder Dec 21, 2013 04:12 PM

      It's with Doubletree Hotel at Rt 1 and Ridge Rd. Not sure where Gallagher's was.

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      eapter RE: jethro Dec 22, 2013 03:32 PM

      You and I agree almost all the time - will put this on my "Must Try" list just to get a feel for the place and will post. Anything else we should know since we give the place a run?

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        jethro RE: eapter Dec 22, 2013 03:45 PM

        No, I don't know anyone that has been here. As I said, the steaks might have had me singing soprano, but just a very weird vibe to the place. Assuming you watch "Restaurant Stakeout", where there is a nice looking restaurant, but not busy, and people always ask "how come no one is here?". Please let us know what you think.

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          Foody4life RE: jethro Dec 23, 2013 06:03 AM

          We're local and have never dined here.

          I think it's a tough spot - hidden in the fairly unattractive Doubletree (used to be a Holiday Inn) on a underdeveloped (if there can be) section of Route 1. Unless the light is red, traffic passes here at 60-70 miles an hour and north bound travelers have no chance of even knowing On the Bone is here.

          Most office/commuter traffic is Forrestal on south. Most shopping traffic is Meadow rd and south so not much reason to venture up here.

          If they had a nice sign in yard fronting Route 1 it could help. Also if they painted their section of the building a different color than the hotel it could help establish them as a separate entity. As it is, their only sign is a small name above the door, facing the parking lot and hidden by trees most of the year.

      2. kamiosaki RE: jethro Dec 23, 2013 04:17 PM

        Also Friday night at a business hotel is not the best night to take a reading - Friday afternoon/night is when most people checkout and head for the airport at most business hotels, and if you are still stuck there over the weekend there's probably better options within a quick drive on Route 1. I realize that the rest of the hotel looked busy but there could have been a conference, etc.

        I stayed at the (formerly) Staybridge Suites right next door for about 6 weeks two years ago - no hotel worker or other guest ever told me about On the Bone in numerous conversations.

        Having said all the above, I did eat there once, and it was good.

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          tommygphotos RE: jethro Jan 5, 2014 09:26 AM

          I work in this area and want to try it but to drive here from home doesn't make much sense and I think it doesn't get full because it's just outside the realm of the hotter areas. Brunswicks and Princeton... Any agreeance?

          1. Foody4life RE: jethro Jan 24, 2014 01:37 PM

            On the Bone has evidently closed.

            It's now called "The Restaurant at the DoubleTree" and is listed on OpenTable as a steakhouse.

            Looks like they simply replaced the On the Bone name in the OpenTable description without much care in editing or updating. Also the website link now goes to a generic senior center blog page.

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