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NJ Monthly Best Bars: Central Jersey

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

Mistral Princeton
pouring cocktails at mistralOn 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/

Mistral Princeton Featured on New Jersey Monthly’s 25 Best Restaurants List Second Year in a Row

Mistral Princeton Featured on New Jersey Monthly’s 25 Best Restaurants List Second Year in a Row

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.

10 Days of Giving | Mistral Restaurant Princeton NJ

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/.


  • 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
  • Barbie

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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: 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/

Packet Magazine | Princeton’s Hottest Restaurant Corner

Farm-to-Table Meets Unforgettable at Mistral and Elements in Princeton

Read the Article Here: Packet Magazine

Packet Magazine Princeton's Hottest Restaurant Corner

Mistral Princeton Named One The 25 Best Restaurants 2015

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Our Annual List of the State’s Finest Dining Experiences
Original Article: http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/the-25-best-restaurants-2015/3/

Mistral Princeton

In the last year, Mistral, one of the most engagingly inventive (and scandalously affordable) restaurants in the state, has quietly increased in size from 45 seats to 130. Owners Stephen Distler and Scott Anderson, the latter the executive chef, did this by three-season weatherproofing the patio and creating a Mistral bar with the liquor license they brought over from their first restaurant, Elements, now located on the second floor, just above Mistral. (Elements, by the way, long a fixture on the Top 25, reopened too late for consideration for this year’s list.)

“It’s a whole new can of worms,” jokes Mistral chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen, 32. “Increasing seating capacity that much brings all new challenges, but we’re finally hitting our stride.” That’s an understatement. Mistral now has four menus: dinner, lunch, brunch and bar. Each is loaded with oohs and aahs, meaning things you really want to try. They range from bar bites such as chickpea fritters with romesco sauce and Yorkshire pudding with bone marrow gravy to dinner entrées like lamb breast navarin with ricotta gnudi and roasted cabbage with sauerkraut cream and guanciale.

Though the Mistral Bar has its own room, basically any drink or menu item can be ordered there or in the original restaurant. The drinks and food at Mistral live up to Nerenhausen’s avowed goal: “exciting flavors, things that are a little different, a little thought-provoking, and fun.” 66 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-8808.