Post # 1
A couple questions – we’re looking for ideas for rehearsal dinner sites in or near Princeton that will be fun and not too expensive. We’ll be about 25 people.
Also, I bought my dress in upstate NY and want to have it altered closer to home. It’s a couture dress and was over $2000 so I definitely need someone who is skilled with wedding dress alterations. Ideas?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I’m looking in Princeton too! I’ve heard Mediterra in downtown Princeton is good. We’re looking at Tre Piani and Salt Creek Grille in Forrestal Village b/c we have a kazillion people. Where in Princeton are you getting married? Do you have a florist yet – I’m looking around.
Post # 4
Teresas in Pton Borough (down the street from Mediterra) is really good and even Triumph Brewing is an offbeat idea – the entire upstaits could be sectrioned off for you.
There are some good places in Lawrenceville, but not sure if you are looking that far out of Princeton. Really excellent $$$ at a fantatsic family run Italian place on Rt. 1. Just had my bosses retirement party there and everyone raved about the food and VERY accomodtaing.
Post # 5
Yay for Mediterra – that’s where I got engaged! The food is good, but it can be a bit pricey, especially for dinner. Of course, I guess anything in Princeton proper is expensive. Teresa’s is a nice option (I love their individual pizzas), it is owned by the TerraMoMo restaurant group that also owns Mediterra but is much more reasonably priced.
I like Triumph, they definitely have a cool vibe, good food, and okay beer (I am a total beer snob). But be warned that if you reserve one of the private rooms upstairs, they have an hourly minimum that must be met (and I remember it being pretty steep… a friend of mine had a very expensive birthday party there b/c he didn’t initially realize there was a minimum!)
Lahiere’s on Witherspoon St is another nice Princeton restaurant, and I know they have a room for private parties. http://www.lahieres.com/ Other options convenient to downtown P-ton include Witherspoon Grill and The Ferry House, haven’t been to either but I’ve heard good things.
If you are willing to look in Lawrenceville, I would recommend Acacia: http://www.acaciacuisine.com/ The food is top-notch, and the atmosphere was really nice. I had an office holiday party here in 2006 and was blown away.
Let me know if you have any questions about the restaurants I’ve eaten here or any others in Princeton! I have lots of opinions and would love to help. 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve been to Triumph with large groups, and they do a good job. They have several areas that can be set aside for larger parties so you can mingle.
Teresa’s is super small and can probably only seat 25 people total, they don’t take reservations, so I don’t know if you could get your large party in there.
What about the Alchemist and the Barrister? It has a dining room area and a pub area depending on what vibe you want.
My favorite Italian place in the area is Capuano’s in West Windsor (www.capuanoristorante.com). It’s in a strip mall and looks like a pizza parlor, but they have a really nice dining room in the back and I have seen large parties in there. The food is REALLY good and it’s not pretentious at all and very reasonable.
If you want Chinese food there is Sunny Gardens in Princeton (www.sunnygarden.net). It’s got lots of food options (including sushi) and is spacious, serves family style, and is very nice (tableclothes, etc).
Post # 7
tailoring unlimited, on main st in hightstown.
The woman is awesome. I’ve brought a bridesmaid dress there at the recommendation of my friend, who has been going there for years (all her prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, etc.) No wedding dress yet for her, but I guarantee she’ll be taking it there when the time comes! (I don’t live in the area anymore, so I haven’t gone back.)
Post # 8
I second rosychicklet’s Capuano’s suggestion in West Windsor. My family has been going there for years and the food is delicious, the prices reasonable, and they’re very accommodating. The outside is definitely misleading but once inside it’s very nice! (and there’s a gazebo outside :)) It’s about a 15min drive from Princeton.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary & fun, there’s a hibachi restaurant called Bonzai on Quakerbridge road in Lawrenceville (also 15/20mins from Princeton).
Post # 9
I’m having my rehearsal at Salt Creek Grille on Rt. 1, they have a party room and a great bar area.
Any ideas for hair and make-up in the area?