One of the most talked-about restaurants in the Lambertville area, Brian’s features French and Northern Italian fare in a rustic yet trendy bistro-style setting. The ambiance is comforting with a semi-exposed kitchen containing a wood-fired oven that warms diners in the adjacent room. Brian’s offers prix fixe and regular dinner menus as well as Sunday breakfast. Each plate possesses a simple yet artful combination of flavors. Try the highly acclaimed sweetbreads Milanese or the black sea bass grenobloise for Saturday night dinner. Then, choose from an extensive range of omelets the next morning. Chef Brian Held regularly cultivates new dishes for the menu and a BYOB policy keeps the bill reasonable. More than just a restaurant, Brian’s is a concept; simple, delicious ingredients in a pleasant setting make for a wonderful dining experience.
Brian’s, 9 Klines Court, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 460 4148
This neighborhood gem offers the best of both food and culture. Located in a converted 19th-century home, the decor follows suit with high ceilings and exposed brick walls, contrasting nicely with a display of local artists’ work. A culinary favorite among Lambertville residents since 1995, Caffe Galleria fosters a trendy atmosphere with excellent service and delicious food. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. It specializes in predominantly Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Using only the freshest ingredients, this restaurant serves health-conscious dishes featuring full-bodied flavors without any sacrifices. Here, there’s a diverse selection of meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes as well as freshly baked desserts and al fresco dining in the summer months.
Caffe Galleria, 23 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 397 2400
Surpassing its primary function as a restaurant, Cross Culture is about more than quality food inspired by the gastronomic traditions of Northern India – it provides diners with a holistic cultural experience. The décor is a combination of old-fashioned refinement and contemporary design elements that showcase a definitive Indian aesthetic. One of four restaurants otherwise located in Princeton, Haddonfield and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Cross Culture puts great care into creating an authentic and stylish atmosphere in which to dine. An expansive selection of curries, kormas and tandoori specialities – made in the traditional manner, using a clay oven – constitute only a fraction of the restaurant’s lengthy and accommodating menu. Presenting the best of Indian cuisine, music and design, Cross Culture has found great success within the Lambertville community.
Cross Culture, 13 Klines Court, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 397 3600
Awarded the title of ‘Best New Restaurant’ in the 2013 Jersey Choice Awards, D’Floret is a proven Lambertville treasure. The open-kitchen restaurant features chef Dennis Foy’s two greatest passions: works of art and excellent food. Thus the walls are adorned with several pieces of Foy’s own artwork. Colorful and abstract, his paintings bring a vivacious quality to the otherwise sleek decor. A large and unusual light fixture by Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty adorns the ceiling and guests have the pleasure of sitting in comfortable yet classically stylish Arne Jacobsen chairs. Using high-quality, farm-fresh ingredients, Chef Foy’s dishes are clean and inventive at excellent prices. This is fitting for the restaurant’s modest yet thoughtful atmosphere.
D’Floret, 18 S Main Street, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 397 7400
In affectionate reference to the family tree of owners Fausto and Carmen Egoavil, El Tule is named after a giant Montezuma cypress tree located in Santa María del Tule in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Having relocated from Lima, Peru in 1992, the Egoavils opened El Tule in 2011. Here, they offer a vibrant fusion of Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. The menu features Americanized favorites like quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos. There is also traditional and wholesome Peruvian fare such as ceviche (fish cured in citrus juices), yucca fries and an assortment of quinoa dishes. A small and intimate restaurant decorated with Hispanic folk art, El Tule provides the sophisticated tastes of Latin and South America in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
El Tule Restaurant, 49 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 773 0007
Charmingly located on the Delaware River, Zagat-rated Hamilton’s Grill Room fosters an air of timeless elegance throughout five rooms. These include the luxurious Bishops Room, sophisticated Gallery Room, the grill-side Delaware Room, spacious Grill Room and the rustic Garden Room. There is also an open air garden courtyard, offering several variations on a terrific dining experience with each visit. Providing a romantic atmosphere and quaint outdoor dining area, Hamilton’s Grill Room offers seasonal menus. They artfully utilize the freshest local ingredients within an exceptional setting. Featuring an extensive choice of meat and seafood dishes with a Mediterranean flair, Hamilton’s Grill Room is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. It is consistently delicious and never dull.
Hamilton’s Grill Room, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 397 4343
The ideal location for a romantic meal for two or a relaxed gathering of friends, Manon specializes in the best of French country cuisine and decor. One of several BYOB Lambertville venues, Manon features a charming ambiance with warm colors and a replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Night across the ceiling. The restaurant offers a three-course fixed price menu, house menu as well as a selection of special dishes. Each of these dishes are beautifully presented and served in generous portions. Choose between soups, salads, and steamed mussels in wine broth as an appetizer. Then, move on to a selection of grilled meats and fish. Finish the evening with an indulgent dessert. While the menu does not typically vary, the food is consistently good and keeps local customers coming back for more.
Manon, 19 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ +1 609 397 2596