The newest addition to the Princeton dining scene is the renovated space at 277 Witherspoon Street, the former site of Jim Nawn’s Two Sevens Eatery and Cantina.

Mon dieu! There is a French bistro in town and it is tres magnifique. Kristine’s has opened next to Jack Morrison’s Witherspoon Grill and is the newest addition to the Princeton dining scene.

Formerly known as Cargot, a French-themed bistro, the space across University Place from McCarter Theatre has been completely renovated and is now Roots Ocean Prime.

A popular restaurateur in the Princeton area since 1999 when he opened La Terrazza on State Road, Gennaro has steadily moved forward in enlarging his imprint on the food scene.

Fine dining has resurrected phoenix-like in Princeton in the newly reopened Peacock Inn on Bayard Lane. The restored, grand old mansion, bar, and restaurant heralds a much needed alternative to the on-trend, casual spots that dominate the dining scene in town. The grand reopening was the las…

The long wait is over and fans of Marhaba, the beloved Middle Eastern restaurant in Lambertville, are giving a hearty marhaba (or “welcome”) to the newly opened second location, now in the heart of Princeton. Hampered by a variety of issues that caused frustrating delays for owner Karim Elsh…

It’s much too early for the culinary jury to return a verdict on a new dining establishment after just a few weeks, or even a few months. But if two very early visits are any indication, the dining scene in the charming town of Pennington has a recent addition that’s off to a promising start. […]

There’s an old saying that goes “The third time’s a charm.” If that’s truly the case, Basilico, a recent addition to Hopewell’s growing dining scene, should lead a doubly charmed life. Basilico — Italian for “basil” — is the third restaurant to open at the 9B East Broad Street location, foll…

If any production ever deserved a sneak preview it would be Princeton University’s long planned and much discussed new arts center in the vicinity of McCarter Theater and the Princeton Dinky train station. While the official opening is now set for the first week in October, sneak previews ar…

We often look to New York or Philadelphia for creative and sophisticated dining. But there are also a handful of places in central New Jersey, and we can add one to the list: Il Forno, at the intersection of Route 571 and Southfield Road. Tucked into a retail center, kattycorner to McCaffrey…

Hopewell has definitely become a destination location for fine dining and shopping, and SweetGrass is adding excitement to the mix with its “seasonal fare with a southern flair.” Located in a smooth, modern-style East Broad Street venue that had been The Bell and Whistle, the restaurant is n…

One morning last week, a commercial played on the radio for the grand opening of Bobby’s Burger Palace in MarketFair. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who started the casual burger chain, would be on hand that afternoon to greet the first customers. A friend, who shall remain nameless, asked a fai…

Some things are expected when a new restaurant opens in town: longer-than-expected waits, confusion over orders, a staff learning on the job. What I did not expect to see was every seat at every table taken and a line out the door for take-out orders. But that’s exactly what happened when my…

Last weekend I had Naked Pizza. And no, it was not top(ping)-less, nor was it prepared by a naked chef or consumed by naked diners. “Naked” means that the pizza is all natural — prepared without artificial flavorings or “freaky chemicals,” as the company’s website, nakedpizza.biz, states. A …

The next time someone tells me to go take a hike, I will happily say thank you. The D&R Greenway unveiled its easy, looping Poetry Trail last autumn, and now that spring is creeping up and before the trees are fully leaved, it is the best time to appreciate the breadth and sweep of the […]

It’s a dilemma every boss faces at one time or another: The staff is fully engaged, racing toward an end-of-the-day deadline, but lunch is approaching. Letting everyone scatter for food will knock at least an hour and possibly more like two hours from the heart of the day. Keeping everyone n…

If you want to be treated like royalty, you need go no further than the newly renovated Crown of India restaurant at the spiffed up Princeton Meadows Shopping Plaza in Plainsboro. As you enter the foyer, the massive carved wooden doors worthy of a Raja’s palace set an elegant and exotic tone…

Subdued lighting, soft voiced servers who greet you gracefully, comfortable seating. A new wildly expensive dining experience too posh to be called a restaurant? No, a new Indian venue in the Princeton Shopping Center on Harrison Street. This new restaurant has all this and more. Located at …

It almost makes you believe in reincarnation. Metro North is the welcome new life for the beloved venue once known as the Rusty Scupper on Alexander Road. The location, close to town and train, blessed with ample parking, was for more than 30 years a popular destination for all who wanted a …

It’s a shore thing: the catchphrase is used by any and all New Jersey restaurants that have beach-related summer specials. The pun has gotten a little stale since it first popped up in June, and I was skeptical about yet another venue offering “shore” things when I heard about the Clocktower…

The change happened quietly in a matter of just a few days: the basement restaurant at 128 Nassau Street that was home to Sotto Ristorante and Lounge until late June was transformed into the Princeton Sports Bar and Grill. The owners, Rich and Joe Carnevale and John and Tino Proccacini, are …

My spouse, George, cultivated his sushi chops in Japan and San Francisco. When lots of Japanese restaurants sprouted up in 1996, he and I did a kamikaze survey of seven sushi restaurants in as many days for this newspaper. So we were excited to read Pat Tanner’s account (U.S. 1, May 5, “New …

Mythology tells us that it is the phoenix that is reborn resplendent but we now know that the peacock comes back shining anew as well. The Peacock Inn at 20 Bayard Lane inaugurated its renovated restaurant last week, and my friend and I made reservations for dinner on Saturday. We had seen t…

You had to look closely last week to see the “Now Open” sign that quietly appeared in front of the Peacock Inn on Bayard Lane in Princeton. It was just an understated whisper, but it did not go unnoticed by the inn’s neighbors and fans who have been eagerly waiting — for four years — […]

Keep a sharp eye out for the strikingly colorful advertising graphics featuring a smiling cherry tree and be ready for the newest addition to the dining corridor on Route 1 South. Located where the old Sunny Garden resided, Hanami opened its doors in the dark days of December, only days befo…

About 20 years ago I worked for a public relations firm in Carnegie Center with clients in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.My boss, a California native, introduced me to two of California’s finest creations. No, not Napa Valley merlot and the scenic coastal Route One drive. I’m talking about No…

Who among us, save the vegetarians, doesn’t hanker for a good steak or plump pork chop every once in a while as a change from the virtuous chicken and fish? If you get such a craving, you might head for On the Bone, located in the DoubleTree hotel on Route 1 South at the corner […]

In a town known for its prestigious university and upscale shops, a bar that serves up $1 pints of Milller High Life and warns “Beware pickpockets and loose women” on a sign that hangs behind the bar may seem out of place. But in fact, Ivy Inn, located at 248 Nassau Street, is popular among […]

A grand opening is always fun and when it promises a new watering hole and eatery, it is doubly enjoyable. The Westin Hotel at Forrestal Village launched its newly refurbished lobby lounge and restaurant with a gathering on one of the glorious Princeton spring days. Parallel 40, the renovate…

For most people, finding a mouth-watering snack or simply ingredients for a healthy meal is as easy as walking into any neighborhood supermarket. But for others, who have allergies, special diets, or are trying to lose weight, dining out and food shopping can be a constant challenge as they …

She’s back! The grand old lady on the corner of Princeton Avenue and Washington Street in Rocky Hill has received her initial face lift and will soon be completely back to her former glory. This venerable restaurant, which has had several incarnations, is housed in a proper Victorian mansion…

New York dining, in all its glory, has come to Princeton. Your first clue that this will be no ordinary dinner date is the dramatically different, ultra-modern structure on Bayard Lane. Enter its sleek interior and you are surrounded by stone and steel, glass and wood, all in subdued tones. …

Somewhere in Dublin, a cozy English tearoom fell in love with a robust French cafe and then settled into a Victorian house in Cranbury, New Jersey. The Blue Rooster, the newest addition to the delights of Cranbury’s main street, is this blend of old and new world. Cheerily decorated in soft …

Tucked away on a cozy corner of Nassau Street and Harrison is a new shop specializing in wines and fine spirits. CoolVines is overflowing with choices and to help sort things out, the shop sponsors free wine tastings every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. On a brisk […]

An icon of fine dining has finally come to Princeton and very elegant it is too. Located at Forrestal Village on Route 1 South, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is unimposing from the outside but has certainly one of the area’s loveliest interiors. The retro-metro feel is awash in color; Chihuly-sty…

It’s always a joy to see an old friend again and to revel in the changes that have taken place. Such is the pleasure to see the rebirth of the late lamented Rusty Scupper on Alexander Street in Princeton. The wait was worth it. The newly renovated space, now known as JL Ivy, is a […]

Anyone who appreciates a decent place to eat with a lively bar and — perhaps most important — convenient parking just a few minutes from Route 1 must have been missing the Rusty Scupper on Alexander Road for the past four-plus years. The Scupper closed abruptly in January, 2004, and then sat…

Serious reading has returned to Nassau Street in the space formerly occupied by the late, lamented Micawber Books. Fans of the homegrown readers’ refuge will be slightly disappointed with the new, modern Labyrinth Books, lacking as it does the warmth and cozy feel of the old shop. But the ne…

We’re ever on the lookout for new watering holes so when Jim Weaver of Tre Piani in Forrestal Village opened TreBar — Princeton’s first and only wine bar — we couldn’t wait to go. Credit for the original vision goes to Weaver’s new wife, Kim Clearwater, who was inspired by the traditional ta…

A new star is born just off Nassau Street. The Calico Grill, behind Cox’s Market in a formerly under utilized space adjacent to a municipal parking lot, opened earlier this month for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The space is set off by a pleasant lattice-work screen and sports a patio that …

The second jewel in the crown for the Village Center in Plainsboro is the new Asian restaurant East. Located around the corner from Positano Mediterranean Grill (U.S. 1 August 15), in the heart of the new mixed use development, we found a crisp, modern venue with a contemporary flair. Our vi…

July’s Friday the 13th was a lucky day for lovers of Italian food. Positano opened its doors in the new village center in Plainsboro and ushered in fine dining to the area which up to now had offered only good, but very casual, restaurants. The entrance leads you to a small area where take-o…

Hang onto your whole-wheat hat. Banish all thoughts of vegetarian meals as being nondescript lumps of white-ish unknown substances and gelatinous goo over brown rice. The recently opened Zen Palate in the Princeton Shopping Center on Harrison Street brings sophistication to vegetarian cuisin…

Last month “Wanda” posted a query on chowhound.com, the website where average joes like you and me rate restaurants around the country. “I will be in Trenton for a very short time. I’m looking for a place to have lunch near the capitol or train station or en route walking between them.” Out …

Books should never be judged by their covers and restaurants should never be judged by their facades. The entrance to Tom Yum Goong on Nassau Street is easy to miss and looks much like any small storefront, but there is a jewel box inside. This newest addition to the dining universe in Princ…

With lines of people queued up between the two huge horse sculptures facing Route 1, P.F. Chang’s, the new venue at MarketFair, is obviously the hottest ticket in town. So what’s this “China bistro,” as Chang’s describes itself, all about? First off it’s more bistro than Chinese. Those horse…

For years, the culinary landscape of Hillsborough has been one of blue-collar Italian and bagel places. (I should know. I grew up in this town, where people revealed social allegiances by naming their usual pizza joint. Mine was Frank’s in the Nelson’s Corner Shopping Center.) Driving throug…