ONE 53

4.7
1854 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
ONE 53 is 99 seats serving American/Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and features a seasonally changing menu. ONE 53, which received flattering reviews from OpenTable users, the NYT, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, NJ Monthly and other local publications, combines local hospitality with traditional and contemporary dishes. ONE 53 uses only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients, a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s, their nearby market. ONE 53 features wines from the US and Europe along with a full bar offering a variety of traditional and specialty cocktails.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are offering our full a la carte menu, with special additions!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 1854 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dinner!

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive to details in every facet. Lock in a time, and be ready for a great experience in a down home and welcoming spot. Enjoy!

PN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the best restaurant in Princeton! We love it!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place - far too expensive for its pedigree

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Portions are small for the prices. Wine prices by the glass are ridiculous. Tables are way too close together.
Service was excellent.

C
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food and atmosphere
Would completely recommend to friends and plan on returning somethings are a bit pricey but in the end everything was well worth it

BB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I saw that they have corn ravioli on the menu an I knew we needed to go. My meal did not disappoint.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food/service great cocktails always our favorite place for a great dining experience

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though One 53 is quite pricy, we have never had a bad meal there. Food is excellent and ambience is great! We only go there on special occasions.

JT
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hands-down the best BURGER, I've ever had in my life! The rossini burger was out of this world - i am not one to usually order burgers, nor do i ever finish them and this burger was so good that i devoured it!

This was my first time dining there and I will definitely be going back. The atmosphere is upscale casual with an intimate vibe to it - definitely, recommend for smaller groups and date nights. Upon arrival, there is a complimentary valet which is a nice touch.
The bar was crowded when we arrived, so it was a tad noisy, but our table was available we didn't mind the fun vibe.
Food and service were excellent and they have an extensive wine and drink menu.
If you haven't been, i definitely recommend giving it a try.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food decent but expensive. Portions so-so. Crowded tables and VERY noisy. Good service but won't be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall the food was excellent. The server could have stopped by a few more times to check if everything was ok. As some other reviewers have stated, the tables are very close to each other and it is impossible to have a private conversation.

D
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One53 is one of our favorite restaurants, the food is consistently very good. We don't go very often because it is on the pricey side. The one thing that makes our experience a little less enjoyable is the feeling that we are being rushed. Last visit my appetizer plate was whisked away even though I hadn't put my fork down and my husband was still eating. I guess we're going to have to work harder at setting the pace.

I
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Generally pretty good but was expecting a little more tbh. Nothing was bad, but aside from the desserts nothing stood out as exceptional....ok I lie....the cheeseboard for starters was great. The steak I ordered was claimed to be flavorful; it was moist and juicy but not massively flavorful. They served the steak with French fries.....not a bad idea but for me they were to thin and stringy and honestly over cooked. I think I’d have preferred an option for thin cut or real steak fries which for me was a better accompaniment. The rest of my party ordered pasta dishes. I tried a couple; my sons pasta carbonara was ok but the pancetta wasn’t as moist and tender as I’d have expected so he refused to eat that. Service was good. I think drinks are overpriced for what you get. So overall not bad but not mind blowing either. I don’t k is much about their meat sourcing strategy but I’d like to have known more.....to me it was a bit too much like “mystery meat” since they don’t provide that info on the menu. For the prices they charge I’d expect grass fed as a minimum. Give it a go but don’t expect exceptional.

JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner, again. Great restaurant!

g
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There were flies flying around which was not very enjoyable while your eating inside a nice restaurant. It’s very tight because the restaurant is small and they feel the need to sit everyone on top of each other when the restaurant wasn’t that crowded. The food was just average drinks were good. The grilled pound cake was the best part of the meat. All in all i wouldn’t rush back to dine here again.

AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely date night spot. Excellent cocktails and great service. Would go again. Definitely not a place for young kids, as they warn you.

AJ
New York Area
320 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always love going to One53. Terrific service and burgers. Great local restaurant.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was The Roast Pig Special, delicious, well presented, with good service and a good wine list

T
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The special menus are fun and usually quite good. Last time our service was excellent in suggestions, explanations and a small special request. The food was good but sometimes a change up of a favorite is not as good as original. We like the sit inspite if the noise level but the noise keeps us from going there more frequently.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pros:
Great food
Great staff
Nice setting

Cons:
Dining floor is very cramped (unless you are dining in private room below)

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Bastille Day menu was available and offered many tempting options. We chose the sweetbreads, which were tender, well prepared and well-seasoned. As an entree, my wife chose the hangar steak, which was prepared medium rare and had a full and satisfying beef flavor. I chose the pork chop, which was beautifully cooked, tender and extremely tasty. Finally, for dessert we shared the creme brulee, which was among the best I have ever tasted.

YO
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This quickly became our go-to restaurant because of its friendliness, ambiance and incredibly good food. There is nothing we’ve ever had that wasn’t perfectly prepared, presented and delicious. Their drinks are great and it’s an added plus that they have free valet parking. Love this place!

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal with perfect service at One 53

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have the best time here! The entire staff is so attentive and hospitable. One53 is our go to place for special occasions, date nights or when we are craving an awesome burger 😉

TB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Best flatiron steak ever. Good wine and beer selection. Even the bread was great. The service was fair to ok. Despite being a Monday night, we were informed that we had a deadline of 715 to accommodate the next reservation. Whatever. Despite her deadline, it was difficult to get the attention of our waitress. However, other wait staff were helpful. Upon our departure after 730, the room may have been half full.
Can't wait to return but will go to the bar.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service at atmosphere are always fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding experience at One53! Wife and I went for a “date night”. Starter salad was fresh and crisp. Fried chicken and crab cakes were excellent. The Mac and cheese and bacon sides were also just fabulous. Finished off with the chocolate bread pudding as the grilled peach wasn’t in season just yet. Next time! Also, the bartender knows what he’s doing...great Manhattan and sangria.

Atmosphere is great, cozy but didn’t feel like we were seated too close to neighboring tables. Some background noise but we were able to chat and hear each other just fine. Service was excellent, just the right amount of checking in without hovering, dishes cleared right on cue. We will absolutely be going back for more!

w
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

one of our go-to places for excellent food, ambience we like, and fine service. really a treat, always

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment and service are excellent! Food here is wonderful. But it’s a little bit overpriced. But it is overall a great restaurant considering for celebrating special occasion.

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Great service. Food was fantastic. Went there for my husband’s birthday.

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tables are too closely spaced...feel very close to other diners.

l
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have eaten here several times (it is in the top 5 of my NJ restaurants) and this is the first time the entree was only okay. The crab cakes while “lump” as advertised were lacking in taste. Everything else was delicious.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the third time I have dined at this wonderful restaurant. My only reservation is that the menu seemed a little less varied than in the past. Other than that criticism, I thought the food was delicious. It is a warm and inviting restaurant.

J
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Outstanding given the creative approach to cuisine that can’t be found in neighborhood restaurants outside of NYC.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great Service...slightly cramped but OK

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Our waiter was amazing. The food and wine excellent!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner date, waiter was friendly, well informed, made good recommendations

MW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was quite good. Service was excellent.
We were served next to a table where the patrons were well known to the staff and were first name friends with the staff.
We were treated no differently which indicates the high quality of service.

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