These Central Jersey bars have plenty of cocktails, beer, food and fun to go around.
By Andrea Clurfeld, John Holl and Kellie C. Murphy | March 1, 2017 | Appears in the March 2017 issue
On Mondays, Happy Hour lasts till last call, featuring beignets paired with Irish coffee. The creativity of Mistral’s kitchen, one of NJM’s Top 25, is an obvious draw. Yet the caliber of the drinks—whether ordered in the restaurant or in the separate bar room—clearly keeps pace. Locals will tell you that the bar, which opened in 2015, is one of downtown’s gems. Happy Hour specials (which can be ordered only in the bar) vary daily. For all the modernity of food and drink (like the Albanian, involving mescal, Irish whiskey, caraway liqueur, artichoke liqueur and bitters), you can get a most satisfying burger here, and even watch the big game.—JH
66 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-8808.
Orginal Article Here: https://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/best-bars-central-jersey/
Chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen has a deceptively simple credo. “It has to be fun,” he says of his food. He keeps finding new ways to make it so. Chilled English pea soups are a spring staple, but this year, Nerenhausen, 33, not only worked tarragon, parsley and mint into the puree for an herbaceous twist, he also submerged a tangy disc of manchego panna cotta in the bowl, topping it with a quenelle of steak tartare poking up like an island. The tartare bristled with fried capers and crunchy chips of fried fingerling potato for a texture rapture.
To be fun, food also needs to be affordable. Mistral clears that bar as well. The pea soup, big enough to share, is $14. Have with the amazing $16 bowl of squid-ink tagliatelle with braised calamari, custardy egg yolk, green garlic cream, ‘nduja sausage and shaved bottarga, and you’ll amble out not only happily full, but still flush.
This holiday season, “give back” to a family in need by donating a household item and/or personal care item to Harvesting Hope, a workforce development and job-training program of Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.
While any personal health care or household item as well as children toys (unwrapped) are acceptable for donation, specific ‘wish list’ requests from some of the Crisis Ministry’s families listed below Monday, December 21 – Thursday, December 31.
As a gesture of our appreciation to those who join us in supporting this organization’s incredible cause, in exchange for each donation, Mistral will provide a complimentary drink token, redeemable for one of our house wines, cocktails or draft beers.
Harvesting Hope helps moms and dads who have been receiving public benefits rejoin the workforce with new skills and experience. Learn more about this program and Crisis Ministry of Mercer County by visiting http://www.thecrisisministry.org/.
ITEMS REQUESTED BY FAMILIES OF THE CRISIS MINISTRY OF MERCER COUNTY Age Range of 3 Months – 15 Years Old
- Baby Books – hard and soft covers
- Educational/Developmental Learning Toys
- V Tech Touch and Teach Word Book
- V Tech Touch and Teach Elephant
- V Tech Touch and Teach Turtle
- Teen Books
- Coloring Books
- Handheld Baby Toys
- Teething Toys
Stephen Distler and Scott Anderson’s Mistral was recently named one of the 30 best meals of 2015 in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine. The menu at Mistral is flat-out impressive and tantalizing. Monkfish wrapped in chicken skin ($18), lightly smoked bluefish sashimi ($16) and kung pao sweet breads ($18) are the siren songs calling you to the tables of Mistral. Honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find these items on a menu anywhere else. The bar menu is equally as impressive and eclectic with deviled quail eggs ($6), Yorkshire pudding ($7), and smoked salmon tartine ($10) serving as the highlights. 66 Witherspoon St., Princeton, 609-688-8808.
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.
Original Article on NJ.com here: http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/index.ssf/2015/11/30_best_meals_2015_mistral_in_princeton.html
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
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.
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/
Hours of Operation
Monday & Tuesday: 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11:30am - 3pm & 5pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 3pm & 5pm - 10pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm & 4pm - 9pm
Monday & Tuesday: 4pm - 12am
Wednesday & Thursday: 11:30am - 12am
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30am
Sunday: 10:30am - 12am
*The kitchen closes daily from 3pm - 4pm*
Come enjoy brunch in Princeton NJ. Served Sunday’s starting at 10:30am
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Tuesday through Friday 4pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 12am