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About Elements Restaurant

Executive Chef Scott Anderson chose the name "elements" for the restaurant because he is passionate about sourcing fresh, local, organic ingredients and sustainably raised meats and seafood. He wants the very elements of your meal to play a major role in the taste of it. Then he and his team work to reveal the complementary flavor dimensions inherent in the elements by skillfully combining them—often in edgy new ways. Restaurant menus change constantly here, making this the dinner restaurant that is excitingly different every time you return.

If you're a foodie, you want to know where—and how--your food grew. It's fascinating, it's a good health practice and it provides extra pleasure from everyday experiences, like a meal with friends. elements is the American restaurant serving local steak and seafood, but with global influences in seasoning and cooking methods. A true culinary adventure!

66 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Between Hulfish St. & Paul Robeson Pl.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 924-0078

Website:
http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

Parking Details:
We recommend parking in either the Hulfish street or Spring Street garage .

Public Transit:
NJ Transit to Princeton Station, once arrived, an additional 1.5 mile walk or 3 minute cab ride.

Executive Chef:
Scott Anderson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

$99 Five Course Tasting Menu (Christmas Eve)

Sunday Dec 24, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

$99 Five Course Tasting Menu (Christmas Eve)

Sunday Dec 24, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Details

Elements will be offering a 5 Course Tasting Menu (choice of 2 items per course) for $99 per person. $55 kids menu available. Please notate dietary restrictions. Optional wine pairings available. 48 hour cancellation policy - subject to full charge. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid on Sunday Dec 24, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Elements will be offering a 5 Course Tasting Menu (choice of 2 items per course) for $99 per person. $55 kids menu available. Please notate dietary restrictions. Optional wine pairings available. 48 hour cancellation policy - subject to full charge.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

$125 5-Course Menu for 1st seating (5pm-6pm reservations). $185 9-Course Chef's Tasting Menu for 2nd seating (8:30pm - 10:30pm reservations). Please notate dietary restrictions. Option wine pairings. 48 hour cancellation policy - subject to full charge person if cancelled within this period.

Elements Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.7

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.0

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (8)
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Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Seasonal (7)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Scenic View (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Business Meals (2)
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Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This place is fabulous from service to restaurant design to the food. I am really impressed that an unpretentious fine dine dinning establishment of this caliber is in tiny Princeton. As good as any top nyc foodie restaurant and i have been to them all and many around the globe. The $100 tag for the 5 course is a bargain by comparison to other similar quality restaurants as is the chefs tasting menu. Blissfully happy that Elements is in my town.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular. Of course. I'd argue it's a veritable bargain in this way: it's such an exciting cross cultural dive in a 5 senses kind of way....thus way cheaper and easier than hopping on a plane or in a car for the weekend to have a hoped for thrilling new experience. We're sophisticated foodies, and we kept exclaiming. For a combo Christmas/birthday gift for all 5 of them, I'll send my 21 and 27 year old sons with their 15, 18, and 25 year old cousins here for dinner without the parents. What an unforgettable experience for them to share together. In the end, so worth the $100-$200 a head. At first they'll be like "wtf?" and by the middle of the tasting menu they will totally get it and be in thrall. I'm sure of it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful night. Staff were attentive but not intrusive and food was outstanding (4 course menu). We chose the wine pairing which was an excellent add. Atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. Not inexpensive but well worth it!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Enjoyed their delicious and creative tasting menu! Wine were spectacular and generous pour.
We had a memorable evening celebrating our son's 21st :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This was my second visit to Elements and it did not disappoint. The special event Japanese seafood tasting menu was excellent! And I loved the sparkling apple cider they current have on the menu because it is so dry and sophisticated; perfect fit for the personality of the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food didn’t march up with the reporting. Too salty. Too earthy. Not enough variety in flavor profiles

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Definitely a great experience... service was phenomenal, food was delicious and well presented, love the ambience and all the small details of the place. Excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We called to confirm if there was an Ala Carte menu and were told yes. There wasn't. We brought guests who were in from London and were embarrassed by the food portions and simply no menu choice. The portions were extremely small and we all left hungry. My wife had to give her meat portion to my son so that he ate something. Service was good and the food was tasty but we spent a lot of money to leave hungry.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was a bit precious, but wine pairing and sommelier were fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Dinner for 4 and we did the chef's tasting menu with standard wine pairing. Every course great and the 3 off menu surprises from the chef all terrific. Service as good as it gets. Wines were unusual and perfect with every course. A true fine dining experience without any pretense or attitude

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing date night! The most unique and exciting meal I have ever had, that's for sure. Definitely going back - The sommelier seemed to have known me from another life - he was just spot on with the wine pairing! Love love love

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

I went to Elements for my birthday. I had an amazing, full, and well rounded culinary experience! The food was very good and forced me to try new dishes I'd never thought to try. Very fun!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Absolutely top notch experience in every aspect. They even presented us with a signed card for our anniversary. Spectacular and exciting food prepared impeccably, phenomenal service, I can't say enough about Elements; it was an experience I will not soon forget.

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

Fantastic food with smaller portions but did not leave hungry. All restaurants should serve like that. The chefs brought out the food and the kitchen was visible from all seats. A marvelous experience. Just expect to pay for it

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Our experience at Elements was fantastic. Not only was the food world class, but the service as phenomenal. We went for my girlfriend's birthday and the kitchen staff wrote and signed a card wishing her a happy birthday. Fantastic place, highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very unassuming friendly restaurant with amazing food. The Maitake mushrooms were just out of this world and they had a great wine list. Even the wine by the glass was good. We were just in Princeton off chance and so happy we stumbled on this through the internet reviews.
Pitty I can't get back there again soon.

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

Finding your Elements
Located on the 2nd floor at 66 Witherspoon Street in the heart of charming Princeton, Elements provided us with a sense of a dinner as a wondrous gathering of people, the craft of cooking, superlative flavors and tasting menus of impeccable taste and elan.
Imagine soft-boiled quail eggs wrapped in leaves which have been gently smoked. Now add a glass of Domaine Daniel Dugois, a Chardonnay from Arbois France and the food and drink wonders commence. Worth every cent from a skilled team including all the chefs who quietly bring their dish to your table. Voilá and enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Difficult to find and at this level of fine dining, no table cloth is quite unusual. Our waiter did not communicate well and several pieces of information he provided were inaccurate, e.g. when I asked for the menu of the evening, he explained that menu changed on a daily basis and he wouldn't know what would be served. Fair enough, I then asked for the menu to be printed at the end of the evening, which he agreed. Barely five minutes later, an exquisitely printed and beautifully illustrated menu was given to us ! Eh? They don't talk to each other?

As for the food, we pre-booked the grand tasting menu of nearly 20 courses . Some worked better than the others, overall it's verged too much towards experimental and quite a hit-and-miss. At this price level, I would expect something more sure-footed.

Restaurant was very empty on a Thursday evening in downtown Princeton. We were the last table to finish and the sous-chefs did not hesitate to change into casual clothes before we had dessert and the waiters also closed shop early. Main chef who served us did not show a smile all evening. He looked tired and disinterested in serving us. Not a good sign.

I won't return and if you have not tried, don't bother

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

From Hostess to Service to The Food, AMAZING! The Chefs Tasting menu was a lovely way to celebrate my husband's birthday. Perfectly portioned to be able to enjoy each course without feeling uncomfortable afterward. The wine pairings were lovely and professionally presented. They add the gratuity for you which I appreciated, less math for me to do after enjoying my meal. The dining room is lovely, the music is kept low and unobtrusive, you can actually carry-on a conversation at your table. The open kitchen is incredibly fine tuned and Zen-like. I can't say enough good things about this experience. It's definitely in my top 5 tasting menus.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had tasting menu-each course was mouthwatering !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food overall was great except for the wagyu that was prepared was a bit on the salty side. There were also a few dishes that were too salty. Excellent service for sure. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Overall value for food is okay.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Good food, inventive menu. Attractive decor but stiff atmosphere. Server was not helpful or pleasant and, at times, verged on rude. There should be a better balance between superior food and commensurate service. Third time we have visited, consistently unimpressed by the service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We attended the special BBQ dinner and all three of us agreed that it was among the best meals we've ever had in a Philadelphia area restaurant (none in our party reside in or near Princeton). To our surprise, the menu was actually more seafood-centric than meat driven. In fact, the only traditional BBQ'd meat was a wonderfully moist and flavorful piece of brisket. The sophistication of the menu and the artistic presentations were reminiscent of what you see in Barcelona. And at Elements, it's not just about the food. Whether you know a lot or really nothing about wine, the wine/beverage pairings offered are varied and very impressive in several contexts. Without exception, in our experience, the sommelier at Elements is the best of his profession in the Philadelphia region. Overall, Elements has evolved into one of the best restaurants in the country -- see for yourself!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We went there for my husbands birthday. The food and service was outstanding. If you are a foodie and enjoy sampling menu this is the place

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 15, 2017

What a fantastic experience! The food and the wine were spectacular and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Elements greatest strength is its attention to detail. The service is consistently excellent, as is the inventive cuisine. A great choice for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Dining at Elements was a such a pleasure! The menu is creative and filled with interesting, locally sourced ingredients; the staff is impeccable; and the food and hand-crafted cocktails are absolutely delicious and beautiful. Every course was a work of art! We visited on a Wednesday and chose the four-course, prix fixe menu option. Everything was fantastic, but the highlights for me were the scallop second course and the chocolate dessert with cajeta. The staff signed a card for my brother, who was celebrating a birthday, and gave him an autographed copy of the menu as well. So thoughtful! I hope to return soon!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The most incredible and creative food. The sommelier was amazing - he paired our meals with some fantastic wines!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I found this place through Open Table recommendation and reviews. It did not disappoint! It was a great experience. The food was great, creative, fresh and tasty.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We enjoyed a fine meal to celebrate my wife's birthday. The three of us had the four course menu. The meal began with the terrific smoked quail eggs. We all had fluke sashimi to start, very tasty. Then two of us had the Aji, which was a bit bland after the sashimi. The only slightly off note of the evening. My wife had the Peakey Toe crab which was first rate. For mains we had black bass, chicken, and rib eye steak. All were excellent. For dessert we had strawberries, chocolate, and honey pie. All very fine. Service is great, the presentation of dishes very well done. The sommelier is very helpful. We had a bottle of champagne through the meal. We look forward to the next special occasion to visit again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The creativity and attention to detail are something to behold. The dishes are deliciously adventurous. Presentation of the dishes is outstanding, too. It was a wonderful evening for us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Awesome . Food was excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

One of the best places to go in CNJ, always a great meal and great service

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

an excellent evening, all around. If we had any complaint, it is that the third, main course, lacked the punch and the excitement of those that preceded it....

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Very creative, unique dining experience. All staff was very attentive & knowledgeable. We did the chefs tasting but afterward wished we had done the even longer grand tasting because we were having such an enjoyable night. There was an earthy, "granola" feel because of the presentation of some dishes. Beef cooked & served over bark, dessert served on top of baby pine cones, another over fir leaves like moss, beautiful ideas. My husband loved the Grateful Dead music playing softly in the background which was unobtrusive. The farmers cheese dessert was our favorite!! Followed by a tie between the sirloin or the sorrel. My husband did the wine pairing & it was presented with class & knowledge. We went for our anniversary & they delivered a card with our final dish. It's the little attention to detail that makes a dinner so special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had a truly memorable experience savoring the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings. I cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Open and bright, great experience. Do the wine pairings, it makes the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was delicious and creatively presented, but I have to say I went there a few years back before they moved locations and the tasting menu back then was amazing. One of my favorite meals. This time I was disappointed, and after spending quite a lot of money on a tasting menu, left feeling hungry. I think its my last time at Elements unfortuantely.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Impressive presentation with a touch of creativity. Food was delicious with a perfect wine pairing. Amazing how the chef makes a simple element turns that into a mouth watering meal. My compliments to the chef and the assistants who aims to perfect their precious knowledge and talents in entertaining people through our sensorium. Certainly one of my favorite restaurant and highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Food and service were outstanding but having to have the same menu for everyone at the table is a little challenging.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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