Princeton's swiftly improving dining scene has gotten another fresh burst of culinary energy from visionary chef Scott Anderson, whose breezy new BYOB turns out stunning seasonal small plates from its open kitchen that are a more casual and affordable companion to his luxe fine-dining tastings at nearby Elements. Chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen is a serious talent to know - if only the disorganized and often inexperienced service can keep up.
(Menu changes often) Grilled beets; corn arepa with duck confit; smoked garganelli; poached farm egg; aged duck; gnocchi with sweetbreads; fried chicken thigh; 48-hour short rib; chicken roulade with nori; clam chowder custard; crab salad; cured hamachi; scallop with barley; skate wing; octopus; roasted cauliflower; short rib albondigas; tempura summer vegetables with house-cured ham; bonito tartare with plum consommé; brown butter cake; carrot cremeaux; corn panna cotta.
BYOB. Bring a crisp white, such as grüner-veltliner, or a flexible mid-weight red, like the Nobilo Icon pinot noir from New Zealand ($19.99 in Pennsylvania, code 46044) we enjoyed. Public Wine store (23 Witherspoon St.) offers a 10 percent discount to Mistral customers.
So incredibly noisy at 97 decibels that we couldn't hear what the server beside our table was saying. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less).
Entire menu Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., then 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.