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About ONE 53

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.

153 Washington Street
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, European

Hours of Operation:
Bar & Restaurant opens at 5:00pm seven days a week.

Dinner is served:
Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Lunch is served:
Thursdays & Fridays: 11:30am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Princeton Ave & Rt 518

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 921-0153

Website:
http://www.one53nj.com/

Entertainment:
None

Catering:
Personal or corporate events served in our private wine cellar

Parking Details:
Parking is in the rear of the building. Additional parking can be found on the street & in a remote lot 1 block away.

Public Transit:
None

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays

25% Bottled Wine Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Come be our guest at ONE 53 this Christmas Eve!

ONE 53 Ratings and Reviews

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4
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2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for a Date (37)
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Local Ingredients (36)
Bar Seating (34)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Seasonal (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cozy (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (13)
Casual (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Healthy (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Authentic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Three diners, two excellent meals, a $38 burger, and pork chop and one over cooked Monk Fish buried in muddled looking room temperature sauce, with dry cold burnt toast. The house special drink had no taste, no discernible or indiscernible flavors except for grain alcohol, I do not recommend that drink.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as always. Delicious Steak Frites! A very nice dining experience. Go early to aoid the crowds.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kelly, our server, was knowledgeable and attentive as were the others we interacted with. Great place, great food and menu. Will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always great place to enjoy with friends or as a couple. Consistent food and service.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Hadn't been for a couple of years following a disappointing experience but was most pleasantly pleased this time. Good food, attentive and informed service, reasonable value, and not too loud.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place in the Princeton area. Dinner menu is fantastic.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service, great lunch menu, good wine selection and a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good but the ribeye special was very expensive and the server should have mentioned the price.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was very good. The only reason why I did not score this a 5 star was because the noise level was much louder than I expected. There is not a lot of space in between tables so you're practically on top of one another.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was outstanding. While server was friendly, never told us the specials, never asked if we wanted a second drink. I did not enjoy sitting in direct path of side door- very cold every time it opened, which was several times during out 1.5 hr dinner. Our second visit to the establishment, and just feels too crowded for my comfort. Maybe I would try again only on a slow night just because the chef is so talented.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was very good here. We sat right next to the stairs and it was cramped. That was our only complaint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food an service always great. Wine prices are outrageous. 16 dollars a glass for house blend wine. Don’t mind a small markup for convenience but can by two bottles retail for their price!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Bartenders Craig and Manny are the best! Love dining at the bar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good food & pleasant decor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Perfect for a business lunch for two reasons, first the staff briefly explained the specials, and then after they delivered your order they left you alone. No interruptions, yet if you needed something they magically appeared. Second, it was quiet enough to have a conversation. Will return again

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I put in the notes we were going to the show, and it was read by the host, which was nice. We were early on a Thursday, so it was fairly empty when we got there, but filled up by the time we left, which is nice to see on a weeknight.
We split the grilled Caesar as a starter - a good twist on the classic. I had the rabbit ragu over pappardelle which was heavy on the pepper, but very, very good. Date had the fish special which he inhaled. Shared Supersized warm cookie with ice cream was a perfect ending. Delicious all around and looking forward to returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was really good. We both had the flounder with spinach. Salads interesting. Service was OK, but waiter was serving too many diners to be very attentive. A couple of very loud parties detracted from the evening. A large party in the the downstairs function room overwhelmed the kitchen resulting in a very long wait for their entree by the table of two next to us. Parking lot is cramped and too small for the full restaurant. The overflow lot is not very convenient.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place; wonderful seasonal menu and great service. The grilled calamari starter was the best I've ever had. My monkfish putanesca entree was equally great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We scheduled our dinner for 5:15 following a show and I made a mistake in the reservation on the date. The host handled the problem very nicely and was able to seat us in the restaurant because of the early hour, though the restaurant was fairly booked. The menu had a variety of choices including some season ones. My friend ordered the salmon, which was done to her specifications and was very nicely presented. I order the jagerschnitzel fro the seasonal menu and was very pleased. It was very lightly breaded and served with a tasty mushroom gravy, spaetzel and red cabbage. It was very flavorful and beautiful in appearance. We shared a delicious coconut cake for dessert.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My spouse and I have been here a few times, and it's always a good meal. Portions are a good size, the tastes are excellent. Love how they use local whenever possible, and the seasonal menus. Service is great. Only drawback is how cramped it can get in the main dining room. We were seated next two large groups. It worked out fine, but it's tight.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

5 Star food and service. Friendly, cool hip place with an amazing menu and nice wine selections. Our table for 2 was just a tad squeezed in for those of us used to dining on the West Coast, but overall a fabulous dinner experience. Highest recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love the staff and customers! Real authentic experience with local town feel.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food here is very good, but the tables are too close together to have good conversation - you can clearly hear the people around you and they can hear you. Not ideal for a romantic date night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Consistently excellent experience. That’s why we coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The chicken is succulent. Wish I could make it like this at home. Excellent squash with sausage soup.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good and very inventive. Service was OK until the restaurant began to fill, and then it was slow. We were a table of 3; the table next to us was 2, seated after us. They finished and had paid their check while we waited almost 15 minutes to get our check. The noise level was not conducive to conversation unless we spoke loudly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the Princeton area. The food is exceptional, services, staff always great and friendly and bar area is wonderful. Craig is an awesome bartender who I’ve known for years. My favorite meal here is the Porkchop which I get blackened and it is the best Porkchop that I’ve ever had. My friend tonight got one of the German pork schnitzel specials which was exceptional . This place never disappoints.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Absolutely fabulous food with superb service. Always a treat to visit Princeton and have a meal here!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We were there to celebrate the birthday of a friend and got a nice round table in the back which made it possible to talk to everyone.
We shared starters and that worked perfectly; staff got us plates and came with good suggestions. The food was nice the wine too and the little details they did at dessert for the birthday lady was a nice touch to a great diner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love this local jewel. Food is always great and their by the glass wines are special. Service is always outstanding and friendly. Early is best as the small dining room can get noisy when full.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great as always. went this time for the 'Octoberfest' specials. New waitress - she got better as the night wore on - keep it up. Love the constant refreshing of the wine list. Great bistro feel.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is outstanding but the drink prices are criminal. $ 23 for a glass of wine. $ 14 for a regular drink. The food does not justify $ 600 for a party of 4

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall very Disappointing. Hostess was rather rude towards us right from the minute we walked into the establishment. We asked for corner or quiet seating - she took us to the busiest area. We moved and watched as she did the same to everyone that entered until finally someone was willing to sit there.

Good took over an hour to come out. Others that ordered after us got their food long before us. No one apologized. Food was disappointing too.

I've been looking forward to coming to 153 for over a year and I must say I was incredibly underwhelmed. We ended up leaving to go elsewhere for dessert and coffee.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

service was amazing ! food was delicious ! this place is a hidden gem! can't wait to come
back again

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great as usual!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

ONE53 is perhaps my favorite restaurant in the Princeton area. We have taken almost everyone we know there. This is the first time I have been disappointed and I might also add that I was the only one that just did not order right. Nevertheless there has never been a wrong order before. They are trying to serve an authentic schnitzel and spaetzel dish I presume for Octoberfest. I have eaten this dish in both Germany and Austria and this did not come close. The meat was too pounded, thin and tasted only of the breading; the spaetzel was certainly NOT real spaetzel. The red cabbage was good though. I suggest a few more lessons with a real German cook before trying this again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A wonderful place to dine for all occasions. Delicious fresh food, amazing cocktails, wonderful bartenders and wait staff. Everyone is so friendly. This place is a great hidden gem!

Tags: Cozy, Vegan, Authentic, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Groups, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great food & drinks, knowledgable and energetic wait staff. A little cramped, but everything else makes up for it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and drink were excellent. No question. But, don't go on a Saturday night and expect to have a quiet dinner conversation. The restaurant is loud and the tables are on top of each other. Will definitely be back to enjoy the food and drinks, but probably on a weeknight when hopefully it will be quieter!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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