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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

ONE 53 Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for a Date (29)
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Local Ingredients (25)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Seasonal (18)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Romantic (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Authentic (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was amazing. The service delightful. We had a terrific time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Unfortunately one of my party was seated on the end of our table - and every single time any worker in the restaurant passed by, they bumped into her chair. She found it to be very annoying, and I don't think she'll be dining at 153 any time soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and food. It was really nice that the host remembers us as well

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A bit off the beaten track from Princeton, but plenty of free parking and the food and service were first rate.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great little restaurant, with fantastic food, friendly service, good bar tender. Can’t go wrong. A bit pricey- but great place for a special dinner!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our first time dining at this place. It was a pleasant experience. Warm ambiance. Server was friendly and helped us with vegetarian choices. Would surely recommend to anyone looking for fine dining. Would like to see more veg pasta options.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is our third trip to One 53. It’s starting to become our go to Date Night place. Great assortment of cocktails and beers. Great monthly specials. This trip we shared the mushroom soup with chile oil. Very creamy with just enough zing to keep you interested. Our server split the bowl for us without requesting it. Which was a welcome surprise.

We ordered the December special veal chop and Monkfish puttanesca for entrees. We both thoroughly enjoyed the meals. Both were cooked perfectly and had loads of flavor.

For dessert we shared the pound cake iced cream sandwich and some cappuccino. Really great way to end the meal.

The only partial downside to this particular meal was being seated near the rear exit. It was extremely cold outside and while the exit wasn’t supposed to be used by normal guests a few people needed to use it and it sent a major chill into the restaurant each time.

We will return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing, simply a well done platform and good. When you want good food, atmosphere and great employees, this is your spot!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Organic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We are long time fans of 153 and have been coming here since it opened. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the area, the food is consistently good, the drinks are amazing...(shout out to Craig, bartender extraordinaire!). We have brought many friends and family to experience 153 and it never disappoints. Finally, the entire staff, from the hostess to the waiters, are always warm and professional. We look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One 53 never disappoints! We ate downstairs in the wine cellar. Less diners and a little more room even though the tables are family style. The service was impeccable and attentive. My wife has a wine allergy and the server double checked with the chef and found it was a hidden ingredient. The chef offered a alternative sauce that was delicious. The halumi cheese app was delicious. The schnitzel was tender and had a lovely mushroom gravy and perfectly cooked spatzle and red cabbage. Would not have expected to find this gem here. The drinks were great too. The rum mule is highly recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and ambience. The jagerschnitrks were delicious so was the bronzino. Grilled Caesar salads were ok. Good wine list although they were out of a couple.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good and service were both excellent, as always. Unique menu items and cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall a nice place but very expensive for the quality of the food. Annoying experience around ordering a glass of wine. Pay attention! Default is the 9oz glass which for the wine selected was $27. Monkfish puttanesca was so so. Mussels were really good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

One53 is our favorite restaurant in the area. The food is delicious, the service is friendly, and it's a fun atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I really dislike giving bad reviews.
Pro: decent service, the table was ready at the reservation time. Sourdough bread was good. Margarita was good and my friend's wine was decent.
Simple lettuce salad was good, they make a lemon+oil dressing which is very good.

Con: 1. I ordered pasta puttanesca which was the only vegetarian dish available. The pasta sauce was mediocre at best. I had a better pasta at honest pizza joints.
The pasta itself was okay.
My friend ordered foie grass which was good and a lobster risotto. The lobster was somewhat rubbery ( I didn't try it).
I ordered coffee which was of a mediocre quality. My friend ordered an espresso which was worse than mediocre.
The bill came to $170 or so for two people.
We also shared a large bottle of St. Pellegrino water.
Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything was very good except the servers. They rush every part of the meal and it is really annoying. Really rude. Taking out played before we were done.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a wonderful meal, and the bartenders make a wonderful drink.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Overall nice time. Monthly special menu has interesting choices regular menu less inviting. Always a good time and reliable food quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had an excellent meal. Liked the family style seating. Server was prompt and knowledgeable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our expectations were high and the ride to get there was long but it was very much worthwhile. Everything was top notch from the service and the food. Would highly recommend this establishment.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

WE go to ONE53 frequently and it is always enjoyable but pricey. Good wine selection and the food is fine.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Never disappoints. The food is creative and extremely well prepared by people that understand food. Nice bar great wine selection. The service staff is a choreographed friendly and competent group. We avoid Friday and Saturday dinners as it can get noisy. Have been going for years and hope for many more years in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Bacon with tomatoe and blue cheese appetizer was terrific!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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