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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.
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
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
Princeton Ave & Rt 518
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Personal or corporate events served in our private wine cellar
Parking is in the rear of the building. Additional parking can be found on the street & in a remote lot 1 block away.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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