A Brasserie With Notable Siblings Launches in Princeton

A welcome to Fenwick Hospitality Group's Cargot, plus other openings.

Fenwick Hospitality Group’s long-awaited brasserie is up and running in the heart of Princeton’s Arts District.

Cargot, the sister restaurant to Dinky Bar & Kitchen and Agricola, is a true brasserie, with French-accented fare served morning, noon and night.

Fueled by produce from the group’s Great Road Farm, Cargot is already serving patrons of neighbor McCarter Theater, as well as folks looking for an all-day dining options and varied alcoholic beverages in this university town.

Cargot, 98 University Place in Princeton. 609-772-4934; cargotbrasserie.com.


Meanwnhile: Bloomfield is now home to a Southern-style restaurant that offers specialties from a smoker, all-day brunch, fried chicken, and of course, burgers.

The Wooden Spoon, a new restaurant from Brian Costello and chef Donald “Junior” Erickson, is located at 285 Glenwood Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner daily, except Mondays, the restaurant’s signature dishes include jambalaya, blackened catfish, brisket, ribs and pulled pork. There is a bar on the premises.

For more information: 973-743-0099; woodenspoonsaloon.com.


Also open:

Reyla, the Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from the folks at Barrio Costero, has opened at 603 Mattison Avenue in Asbury Park. As we previewed, specialties of the house include mezze of all stripes, including those from the farm, the garden and the sea. It’s all under the kitchen stewardship of chef Rob Santello. 732-455-8333; heyreyla.com.


In the works:

Bar Louie, with outposts at Brunswick Square in East Brunswick and The Plaza at Woodbridge in Iselin, is coming to another major mall in New Jersey: the Garden State Plaza in Paramus.

And, speaking of malls, word on the street is that Hiro Ramen, the popular Philadelphia-based ramen house, is looking to open at the Quakerbridge Mall in Lawrence Township.

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