Trenton was once home to Italian and Eastern European communities who dominated the local cuisine, before shifting towards a largely Hispanic and African American demographic. We look at 10 top places to dine in Trenton.
The New Jersey State House in Trenton | © Marion Touvel/WikiCommons
Zagat-rated Amici Milano opened in 1910 under the name Trionfetti’s. It offered authentic Italian food that transformed the otherwise quiet, residential neighborhood of Chambersburg into something of a local dining destination. As one of the few remaining old-style Italian restaurants in the area, Amici Milano continues to provide the generous portions and traditional dishes that popularized this location more than a century ago. With extensive lunch, dinner and special value menus as well as live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings, Amici Milano is a versatile choice. It is suitable for both large events and relaxed meals for two. As Chambersburg continually shifts to accommodate an increasing Latin American influence, Amici Milano stands as a reminder of the neighborhood’s predominantly Italian immigrant past.
Amici Milano, 600 Chestnut Avenue, Trenton, NJ, USA +1 609 396 6300
Hot on D Spot Roti Shop
Bringing ‘a little bit of the Caribbean Islands to you’, Hot on D Spot Roti Shop is the go-to place for no frills Indian-Caribbean cuisine. The menu is a fusion of Caribbean dishes like beef patties and fried plantains with traditional Indian curries. They all feature a roti – a lightly grilled Indian flatbread. Customers can choose from a selection of meat and vegetable curries with their roti, or they can opt for a Dhal Puri roti. This Trinidadian method of preparation includes grinding cooked yellow split peas into a powder. This is then spread across the dough and rolled into thin layers via a method akin to that of a burrito. While the decor is sparse, Hot on D Spot Roti Shop compensates for its lack of design innovation with big Caribbean flavor.
Hot on D Spot Roti Shop, 1469 Nottingham Way #5, Trenton, NJ, USA +1 609 586 0088
A restaurant and bar with a neighborhood vision, Social was specifically designed to attract a younger customer base of musicians, artists, writers and professionals. With close proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, the entrepreneurs behind Social see Trenton’s potential as an attractive residence for millennials who could positively influence the community. That is, if they have the space to do so. Social is one of the few restaurants in Trenton with an active online presence and regular cultural events. These include monthly art exhibitions and guest chef appearances to introduce new, international dishes. Through a diverse, well-priced menu and a trendy urban atmosphere, the next generation of creative thinkers and foodies can mix, mingle and network. Thereby, it is hoped they will develop Trenton’s social and cultural scene.
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