lops. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Mon–Thurs,
5: 30–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–11 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G
The Inn at Millrace Pond 313 Johnsonburg
Rd (Rt 519), Hope (908-459-4884). Seasonal
American fare, featuring roast half duckling,
mixed grill and fish. L—Daily, 11: 30 AM– 5 PM. D—
Sun–Thurs, 5–8 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–9 PM. $$. AX,
D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Mattar’s Restaurant;1115 Rt 517 (corner of
Ridge Rd), Allamuchy (908-852-2300). Italian/
French cuisine, featuring a seasonal menu. D—
Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 11 PM; Sun, 11: 30 AM– 9 PM.
$$$. AX, MC, V. G ; I
Anton’s at the Swan; 43 S Main St,
Lambertville (609-397-1960). New American fare,
featuring grilled shrimp with coconut rice and
peanut sauce, grilled rack of lamb and Readington
River buffalo strip steak. D—Tues–Thurs, 6–9
PM; Fri and Sat, 6–10 PM; Sun, 4: 30–8 PM (Bar has
extended hours). $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G I
Brian’s; 9 Kline’s Court, Lambertville (609-460-
4148). Provençal cuisine, daily menu featuring
head cheese, mushroom soup, ravioli. L—Tues–
Sat, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5: 30–9 PM; Sun,
5–8 PM. B—Sun, 9: 30 AM–1: 30 PM. $$$. D, MC, V.
El Tule; 49 N Main St, Lambertville (609-773-
0007). Peruvian and Mexican cuisine, featuring
ceviches, Afro-Peruvian stew and lamb shoulder.
Sun, Tues–Thurs, 11 AM– 9 PM; Fri and Sat, 11
AM– 10 PM. $$/$$$. D, MC, V. BYO I
Hamilton’s Grill Room; 8 Coryell St,
Lambertville (609-397-4343). Mediterranean
cuisine, featuring grilled shrimp in anchovy butter, grilled cowboy steak and grilled branzino.
D—Mon–Thurs, 6–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM;
Sun, 5–9 PM. Brunch—Sat and Sun, 11 AM– 2 PM.
$$/$$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. BYO I
Harvest Moon Inn;1039 Old York Rd, Ringoes
(908-806-6020). Creative American fare, featuring pan-roasted rack of lamb, Cajun blackened
tuna and hazelnut-crusted chicken breast. L—
Tues–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Thurs,
5–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 1–8 PM. $$$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
La Casa Bianca 325 Main St, Whitehouse
Station (908-534-8384). Italian and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, featuring a brick-oven Tuscan-style pizza menu. L—Tues–Fri,
11: 30 AM– 3 PM. D—Tues–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri
and Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 4–10 PM. $$. AX, D, MC,
V. ; I
Milford Oyster House 92 Water St, Milford
(908-995-9411). Seafood, featuring oysters, lemon-pepper mackerel and filet mignon. D—Sun, Mon,
Wed, and Thurs, 5–9 PM. B—Sun, 10: 30 AM– 2 PM.
$$$. D, MC, V. G ;
The Pass 88 Kingwood Stockton Rd, Rosemont
(609-961-1887). French-inspired New American
cuisine, featuring Portuguese-style tuna, sockeye
salmon, local cheese selection. Wed–Sat, 5: 30–10
PM. $$$. AX, DC, D,MC, V. BYO
The Ryland Inn 111 Old Route 28, Whitehouse
Station (908-534-4011). New American cuisine,
featuring skate wings, stuffed Griggstown quail
and lemon curd with Earl Grey meringue. D—
Tues–Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 5–9 PM. $$$. MC, AX, MC,
Agricola; 11 Witherspoon St, Princeton (609-
921-2798). Farm-to-table, New American menu,
featuring cod fritters, dayboat scallops and fudge
brownie. D—Mon–Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 5–9 PM.
Brunch—Sat and Sun, 10: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. $$$. AX,
D, MC, V. G ; I
The Brothers Moon 7 W Broad St, Hopewell
(609-333-1330). American fare, featuring a
seasonal menu. L—Tues–Sat, 11 AM–2: 30 PM. D—
Tues–Thur, 5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–9: 30 PM; Sun,
4–8 PM. Brunch—Sun, 10 AM– 2 PM. $$. AX, DC,
MC, V. BYO ; I
Mistral 66 Witherspoon St, Princeton (609-688-
8808). Modern, global fare, featuring lamb mer-guez sausage, kimchi pancake and brown-butter
cake. Mon–Thurs, 11 AM– 3 PM and 5–9 PM; Fri
and Sat, 11 AM– 10 PM. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. ; BYO
Peacock Inn 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton (609-
924-1707). Contemporary American cuisine with
global influences, featuring braised suckling pig,
salmon wrapped in puff pastry and milk choco-late-peanut butter mousse. Sun–Thurs, 5: 30 PM– 10
PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–11 PM. $$$. AX, DC, D,MC, V.
Rat’s 16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton (609-584-
7800). Country French/New American cuisine
with steak tartare, filet mignon and butter-poached lobster. L—Tues–Sat, 11: 30 AM–3: 30
PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5–9 PM. B—Sun, 11 AM–3: 15 PM.
Light fare 3: 30–5 PM. (Closed January; limited
hours in February.) $$$. AX, DC, D,MC, V. G ;
The Frog and the Peach; 29 Dennis St at
Hiram Sq, New Brunswick (732-846-3216).
Modern American cuisine, featuring local sea
scallops a la Plancha with crispy sunchoke, preserved lemon, carrot, fava beans, smoked French
butter. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–
Thurs, 5:30–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–10 PM; Sun,
4: 30–9 PM. $$/$$$. AX, D, MC, V. G ; I
Just Restaurant;2280 Route 9, South, Old
Bridge (732-707-4800). Contemporary American
cuisine, featuring 28-day, dry-aged N Y strip,
miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and banana-Nutella
wontons. D—Mon–Thurs, 5: 30–10 PM; Fri and
Sat, 5: 30–11 PM. Sun, 4:30–9: 30 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G
Mizuki Asian Bistro 800 B Denow Rd,
Pennington (609-737-6900). Asian fare, featuring
crispy duck roll, surf and turf and ice cream tempura. L—11: 30 AM– 3 PM. D—4:30–9: 30 PM. B—Sun,
10: 30 AM– 2 PM. $/$$. D, MC, V.
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub 855 St. Georges
Ave, Woodbridge (732-636-6100). Irish-American
fare, featuring corned beef spring rolls, chicken
Murphy, Harp beer-battered fish and chips. L– 11
AM– 5 PM. D—Thurs–Sun, 5 PM– 2 AM; Fri and Sat,
5 PM– 3 AM. $/$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ;
Spigola Vino e Cucina;Deer Path Pavilion,
3817 Crosswicks–Hamilton Square Rd, Hamilton
Township (609-585-5255). Italian, seafood
Mediterranean cuisine, featuring pan-seared
mozzarella, osso buco and chocolate-hazelnut
mousse cake. Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Sat and
Sun, 1–10 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. G
Stage Left Restaurant 5 Livingston Ave,
New Brunswick (732-828-4444). Contemporary
American cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and
steaks. L—Fri, noon– 2 PM. D—Mon, 5: 30–9 PM;
Tues–Sat, 5: 30–11 PM; Sun, 4:30–9: 30 PM. $$/$$$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Steakhouse 85; 85 Church St, New Brunswick
(732-247-8585). American cuisine, featuring
prime Black Angus steak, lobster mac and cheese,
and bananas Foster. Mon–Tues, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM;
THE DANISH CAFÉ
2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
Hours: Tues-Fri, 8 AM- 5 PM; Sat-Sun, 9
AM- 5 PM.
Style: Occupying a large-windowed, open
space in the Galleria at Red Bank, the Danish
Café puts fresh flowers on every table.
Husband and wife owners Claudi and Lone
Kofod love to share their enthusiasm for
Nordic food and strive to make every patron
feel at home.
Don’t Miss: The Frikadelle, a sandwich of
pan-fried Danish meat patties and red cabbage
on white or whole-grain ciabatta roll ($7.99).
Or explore the Hapsdog Great Dane, a hot dog
served with house-made ketchup, mustard,
rémoulade, roasted onions and pickles on a
baguette ($5.50). For starters, try the Danish
Plate—ham, jam, cheese, an artisan roll,
Danish rye bread, a hard-boiled egg, fruit,
and a Danish pastry made from dough flown
in from Denmark ($12.50). Traditional open-faced sandwiches include roasted pork on
rye with red cabbage, which is satisfyingly
filling ($5.50). Coffee Roasters of Oakland
supplies the café with its beans for drip,
(refillable 12 ounces, $2.25), French press or
espresso drinks. A frothy, sweet chai latte
is $4.25. Smoothies are available for $4.95.
With your hot drink, choose from house-made treats like Danish apple cake with
whipped cream ($3.95) or a flaky croissant
with butter or jam ($3.25).
Heads Up: The café holds periodic Danish
dinner parties to introduce people to Nordic
food (check website for dates). Customers
can park for free in the lot at Bridge Avenue
and West Front Street.
The Scoop: The Kofods hail from the small
island of Bornholm in Denmark. They pride
themselves on being the only European cafe
in Red Bank.