Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lahiere's Restaurant, Princeton, New Jersey Review

Today, I wrote a review of Lahiere's Restaurant, another of my favorite restaurants in Princeton, New Jersey.

This is one of Princeton’s finest restaurants well-located in the middle of town across from the main gate of Princeton University at 5-11 Nassau St. (at Witherspoon St.) (609) 921-2798. With it's prime real estate and nearby parking ramps, this is the restaurant where you are most likely to find V.I.Ps in Princeton. Of course, it will cost you plenty for a nice dinner. But lunch is also a nice time to visit, for a business or somewhat lengthy meal, when the sun filters beautifully through the windows creating a cozy, soothing, restful location and offering a slower pace within a bustling town center.
Along with this convenient, prime location and its’ celebrity-spotting possibilities, you will find a surprisingly comfortable place to relax (if you are not worrying about the bill), with European style ambience, multiple white tablecloths, candles, flowers and fine food. Lahiere’s offers fine wines in very generous glasses (or by the bottle) and has extra rooms upstairs for large, private dinners or tables joined for groups in the various rooms downstairs. Many smaller dining rooms on the main floor add to the charm and intimacy of Lahiere’s. The mirrors and wallpaper, art and nice lighting add a certain relaxed atmosphere that is rare to find in Princeton restaurants.
I have been here often enough over the last twenty-five years to appreciate the reliable continuity of Lahiere’s and hope for more of the same. Menus vary with the seasons, with carefully prepared soups, salads and entrees, side dishes, cheeses and desserts made from the freshest ingredients.
In my view, along with the relaxed ambience and fine food, it is the discreet and attentive service that differentiates Lahiere’s from most of the other, newer restaurants. The staff does not draw attention to themselves but I have not ever found their attention lacking. It tends to happen unobtrusively before it is needed.
Whether you are with one other or with a large group,"rich and famous" or not, Lahiere’s will find a place for you (especially if you reserve ahead weekend nights) and make your dining experience memorable and pleasant. I only hope at some point that the chairs become slightly softer to sit on (maybe it's just me), and that entrees are very, very hot when delivered to table. Being an affectionate, loyal client, one tends to just forgive and enjoy everything, because of the exciting, prime location, management's constant attention to detail, good old-fashioned service, and relaxing ambience. It is probably the restaurant most relied upon by Princeton's elite.
This fairly dress-up dining location, where jackets and ties are not “required” any more, is what most Princetonians consider the finest restaurant in town. Just be sure to be ready for that check.
More information on this fine dining establishment is available on their website, along with some history. http://www.lahieres.com/
SADLY, THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED.

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