The sprawling menu at Indian Hut showcases traditional recipes of North and South Indian cuisine. Within the family-oriented environment of the restaurant, patrons seated at spacious booths and tables can dig into delectable chunks of marinated chicken and lamb kebabs fresh from a tandoor oven. Additionally, the restaurant offers a lunch buffet complete with a station dedicated to chaat—popular Indian street foods.
Midway between bustling Philadelphia and New York City, Princeton deflects cosmopolitan busyness with an aura of quaint charm and Ivy League scholastic endeavor, augmented by a lively arts-and-culture scene. Strolling through the 500-acre Princeton University campus, visitors can take in the elite institution's traditional architecture and historic character. Year-round tours wend past the native and exotic flowers of Prospect Garden as guides expound on the history of buildings such as Nassau Hall, which served as America's temporary capitol in 1783. Post-tour, visitors can linger in the university’s art museum to contemplate an extensive collection of American, Asian, and Mediterranean art or grab dinner at a local restaurant before catching an evening performance at the Tony Award–winning campus theater.Right across from the school, trees shade shoppers on Palmer Square, which houses everything from high-end retailers to local chocolatiers. Though downtown Princeton can keep travelers sufficiently busy with boutiques and restaurants, venturesome vacationers may want to pay a visit to nearby Trenton for fine dining in the shadow of the state capitol or to tour battle monuments commemorating American victories during the Revolutionary War.
Using only the freshest local ingredients, Tre Piani prepares savory Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in the authentically European style. A major voice in the local food movement in New Jersey, chef and owner Jim Weaver buys the finest seafood, produce, and meat from more than 100 regional farmers, fishermen, and noodle-mongers. Activate your appetite with one of Tre Piani’s three bruschettas ($4-7) before plundering the extensive lunch menu for Garden State Seafood Panzanella Salad ($15, as seen on the Food Network) and homemade fettucini with sausage sauce ($16). Dinner diners, meanwhile, can sample the Chef’s special pignolia nut-crusted New Jersey sea scallops ($28) or the spinach and cheese ravioli with vodka sauce ($19). Unwind after a stressful day quality-testing car alarms with a glass of vino from Tre Piani’s seasonal wine list (http://trepiani.com/pdf/rest-winelistspring200931209.pdf) and finish in luxurious opulence with a homemade dessert of tiramisu topped with creme anglaise and espresso sauce ($11).
Look out the window of Zinna's Bistro and you'll spot a lush, vibrant garden from which the BYOB restaurant's chefs cull freshly grown produce to fuel their salads, pastas, and pizzas. An ample dinner menu showcases the Italian-American bistro's veggies: arugula, cherry tomatoes, and red onion make a bed for strips of succulent steak grown from the garden's steak trees. For a closer look at the flowering garden, patrons can sit outside on a patio while dining on ravioli stuffed with four cheeses or breaded chicken smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella, all the while listening to live acoustic music on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Chocolate Lovers Club is a haven for cacao enthusiasts throughout the Princeton area. Regular meet ups, ranging from classes and tastings to date nights for couples, aim to educate attendees about the rich treat and provide them with hours of delicious fun. Themed tastings broaden palates' horizons with samples made in different countries around the world. Beverage-pairing events introduce participants to the harmonies between wine and chocolate or more unconventional marriages of beer, cheese, and chocolate. On Thursday and Friday nights, a dessert café supplies opportunities to indulge in hot-fudge sundaes, chocolate nachos, and the glories of using chocolate syrup as shampoo.