30 best meals 2015: Mistral in Princeton

30 Best Meals: 2015

ON DAY 7 of our best choices in American cuisine, we offer…


 Chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen made this summer announcement on Twitter: “Fresh huitlacoche for our new pozole dish.”

Nerenhausen complemented that tweet with a photo. Which didn’t help; you still didn’t recognize huitlacoche. Twitter offered to translate, but then was stumped as well.

Thus, Mistral — a restaurant that takes all these wild, zany particles, a double helix of ingredients and somehow creates an amazing, well-formed, astonishing dinner. (For the record: Huitlacoche is corn smut, a fungus. In Mexico, it’s a delicacy. Pozole is a hominy.)

Mistral continues to rack up national accolades — Nerenhausen as a semi-finalistfor a 2014 James Beard Award, the restaurant’s roasted Jersey fluke named one of 2015’s most visually exciting dishes in America by Grub Street.

But trust yourself — have the burrata or the chicharrones or the bucatini. This is how clever, intelligent, satisfying food is done. It’s genius. No one else comes close.

And the real beauty of Mistral is that you don’t have to be a food nerd or have a fat wallet to have one of the best food experiences in the state. You don’t have to understand huitlacoche or pozole.

If you do, terrific. If you don’t, that’s terrific, too. Spend $16 for the pozole, which is also made with pork and clams, and be mesmerized.

Mistral | 66 Witherspoon St., Princeton | (609) 688-8808mistralprinceton.com

Original Article on NJ.com here: http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/index.ssf/2015/11/30_best_meals_2015_mistral_in_princeton.html

Plate to Date: Mistral’s Brunch Burger and Jack Rose Cocktail

Princeton’s Mistral just got even better.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

First a new bar and now Sunday Brunch – Mistral in downtown Princeton is on a spree of delicious. Esteemed Chef Scott Anderson & Ben Nerenhausen have debuted an outstanding Sunday Brunch menu complete with cocktails from some of of NJ’s finest mixologists.  In addition to a la carte dining, the new two-course prix fixe ($33 per person) menu offers a wide variety of sweet and savory options. Menu highlights include the French Scramble made with broccoli and epoisse on sourdough bread and the Dutch Boy Pancake complete with quince and maple. However, there’s one menu item that’s sure to blow you away – this week’s “Plate to Date,” the Mistral Brunch Burger. A crowd favorite, the Brunch Burger is topped with a fried egg, aioli, and bacon jam – yes bacon jam – all on a brioche bun. This inventive burger pairs perfectly with Mistral’s Jack Rose Cocktail made with Laird’s applejack, lime, and house grenadine.

Mistral’s brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 66 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. To make reservations, call 609.688.8808, and to view more mouth-watering brunch options, check out Mistral’s menu: http://www.mistralprinceton.com/brunch-menu/

Original Article Posted in:  Princeton Magazine

Give And You Shall Receive This Thanksgiving Eve

Give And You Shall Receive This Thanksgiving EveCome together at Mistral Bar this Wednesday, November 23 to give thanks and cheers with friends.

We are proud to support The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, whose mission is to provide low-income families with services needed, including hunger prevention.

This Thanksgiving Eve, we invite our guests to join us in our support by donating non-perishable food items such as canned low-fructose fruits and vegetables, dried beans, rice, cereal, etc. to the Crisis Ministry. As an expression of our gratitude, all guests who donate two non-perishable food items will receive a complimentary house cocktail.

Restaurant News | 20 Places You Should Definitely Visit in Princeton

Article from FunNewJersey.com   by

Dine at Mistral: Named one of the Top 25 Restaurants of 2015 by Princeton, Mistral is an upscale and classy restaurant that serves decadent global American cuisine. On their menu, you can find everything from oysters and bluefish to buckwheat short steak and rabbit. They also have a full wine menu where you can order by the bottle.

Originally posted here: http://blog.funnewjersey.com/20-places-you-should-visit-in-princeton-nj/