ONE 53

4.8
2119 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
ONE 53 is a ninety-nine seat cozy neighborhood restaurant & bar serving New American / Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed setting. We combine local hospitality with traditional & contemporary dishes.

Our menu features seasonally changing specials using only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients - a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s Kitchen & Market, their nearby market.

ONE 53 features wines from the U.S. and Europe along with a full bar that offers a variety of traditional and specialty hand-crafted cocktails. We're located in Rocky Hill, just minutes from Princeton, NJ.

We've received glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Star Ledger, The Times of Trenton, and NJ Monthly. ONE 53 was named 2019's Favorite Restaurant and Favorite Bar by Princeton's premier newspaper Town Topics.

ONE 53 was recently named one of the Ten Best Restaurants in Central Jersey by OpenTable and has rece

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 2119 people are saying
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TonyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attractive ambience with Covid protective interface between tables, excellent cuisine and variety of selection, wonderful bar/wine selection, fine service by pleasant, attentive staff. Valet parking with convenient cell technology car retrieval on departure.

Tony Chiurco MD

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vipPamG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun and comfortable. Our favorite place to go . Never disappoints!

TM
vipTheresaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, creative food. Nice ambience and friendly servers. Wine list has good offerings in all price ranges. Highly recommend.

MM
MMPJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Great food, great service, great wine list.

JC
vipJohnC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad experience always on point

S
vipSosi
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Never disappoints!

JS
vipJoanS
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is becoming one of my favorites...a small, elegant storefront turned neighborhood gem. You can enjoy a burger or some fois gras, the pasta is fresh and simply prepared, and the menu offers a nice selection of steak and seafood. Excellent, reasonably-priced wine list. Friendly atmosphere, lots of regulars. Appreciated the COVID protocols.

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LindaI
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are delighted to have discovered this gem! We've been here several times, all providing a great experience, so we brought friends yesterday and now this wonderful restaurant has two new fans! David, our server, was attentive, friendly, and very professional. The place is a modern type of beautiful, and the dishes are imaginative and beautifully prepared. We will be back again, as will our friends!

JM
JohnM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite haunts. The mussels with andouille were top notch - fresh and plump with a wonderful spicy, smoked taste from the andouille. Double cut pork chop was outstanding. Craig at the bar is a master mixologist. The One53 cocktail alone is worth going for. A little pricey - but worth it.

AJ
AJfromNJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One53 is always a treat. I have never been disappointed in the 50(?) times I have been there. Ambiance, food, service, cocktails, bar, wine list etc. All top notch.

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Local
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything we ordered was delicious! I love the plexiglass dividers between tables as it makes the small room feel safe during covid.

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diane
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Carla was sweet. Too much traffic going on too close to our table.

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noname
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Never disappointing, the food is consistently good and service is great, only wish they had a larger menu as the choices are a bit limited.

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terryS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great.
the only thing I would do to make the experience better would have been to lower the light level. Generally, it was just to bright in there.

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avinashd
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in this area and it remains so. In fact the perspex partitions between tables, installed after Covid struck, have removed the one negative feature I had mentioned in the past - the noise level is now much quieter than before. The menu is somewhat simpler / shorter than before, but the quality is still excellent. We had the swordfish and duck entrees, both perfectly prepared and presented. The almond joy type dessert is as great as ever.

DA
vipDanA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love One 53 - went for a birthday celebration. Excellent window round table in the corner. Food and drinks were amazing. One 53 is so consistent - the pork chop is one of the best meals on the planet. Great wine list and desserts too. And our waiter Scott is THE BEST. An amazing human who made our meal an experience.

Go to One 53 as soon as you can. I know you will love everything.

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ZNick
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

My fish entree and my wife's pasta and shrimp entree were very dry and somewhat tasteless, most likely because they were overcooked.

MB
MadeleineB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One53 is one of the best restaurants in the area. I am blown away by the food every time I go. Outstanding burger and all of the pastas are delicious as well. The drinks are phenomenal as well.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE love ONE53, and would go back every week! Great food, great drinks, great service....great ambiance!

BB
BethB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening! The wine and food and spectacular!!!

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vipfasionablefoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

153 has been a frequent go to place for us since it’s opening. It’s a wonderful neighborhood gem with great food, service, drinks, and a vibrant New York City vibe.
It’s a must stop for a perfect dining experience.

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Caburk
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a first time experience it was excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic appetizers and entree’s, the flavor of the salad and shrimp were outstanding. My pork chop was tender and juicy.

Desert Grilled pound cake with ice cream it was delicious

DN
vipDidNotLuv
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Disappointing once again. This place has so much potential with a nice menu and ambiance and attentive staff. Unfortunately the standards in the kitchen just don’t measure up. They serve cold dry bread. That is such an easy fix. Every dish we ordered was just mediocre. The Brussel sprout salad was not seasoned well, the foie gras was minuscule and undercooked, the spicy shrimp were not spicy and the lemon overpowered any other seasoning including garlic and butter, the sauce for the mussels was similarly lackluster. Such a shame because it is a cute place but has not been great since our first visit there a few years ago.

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bricksl
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food never disappoints.
Server very distracted, even though there were only three-four groups in the dining room. Forgot water, forgot lemon, forgot to retrieve drink from bar, etc.

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vipTbart
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal of artic char and the cauliflower steak is amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!

GB
vipGaryB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal, the drinks, the service and the atmosphere were outstanding. Free Valet parking as well was a nice touch! It was our first visit here and I can already tell you it won't be our last.

J
vipJoebean
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food as usual was outstanding! Service was mediocre at best

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Romeo
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered a lot and not one thing disappointed us! Everything was excellent .. will be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service (scott) for out first experience. Looking forward to our next visit

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best stuff and meals ever! Thank you for an awesome experience

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ksullivan23
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Energetic, attentive staff and great food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. They worked with my food specs and it is super fresh!

DT
DevonT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been trying to get a reservation here for quite a while but I always tend to leave things to the last minute. Finally, I started early enough to secure us a reservation for our biweekly date night and I am so happy I did. I can’t rave about this meal enough. From the drinks, to the appetizers to our entrees and dessert, the food was incredible! Our waitress Kelly was also amazing! I highly recommend enjoying a meal here! We started with a cheese plate and the special salmon tare-tare appetizer, the cod and pork chop entrees and the ice cream sandwich and warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert! It was all amazing! Thank you One53 for being close to home and just as amazing as everyone told us it would be!

NY
vipNYJo
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Squash soup was a bit bland, but other apps were extremely tasty and unique - including cheese board, figs and cheese and ricotta crostini. Mahi-mahi was ordinary, but pork chop, mussels and cod were exceptional - fresh, plentiful and sweet. Waitress was excellent - friendly, helpful, concerned but not intrusive. Aside from the upstairs noise level, really like One53!

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Lys74
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, but almost no vegetarian or vegan options!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were amazing, food was amazing, and the waitress was perfect. She came by exactly when we needed her and left us alone for the rest of the time. A++ experience.

DS
DanielS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Place a little bit too loud.

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ONE 53 is rated 4.8 stars by 2119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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