With a new academic year, comes new restaurants sprouting around Princeton. Here are a few that have recently opened (or are soon to open!) in town, just in time for that time of year when you start craving something — anything — other than dining hall food.
illy Coffee At Earth’s End Princeton
45 String St — turn onto S Tulane St, next to Tacoria. Opens 8 a.m. every day except for Mondays (when they’re closed).
The cigar parlor-café At Earth’s End offers coffee, cigars, sometimes both simultaneously (through their special tasting experiences — drop by to find out! Must be at least 21 to buy cigars). Their coffee beans are sourced via their partner, illy, and composed of a blend of the top one percent of nine varieties of Arabica from around the world.
Check out their specialty drink “Neve Fondente (Melted Snow),” consisting of a single shot of espresso, steamed mocha milk, and sweet cold foam (skim milk, simple syrup, and ice).
The Nassau Diner
82 Nassau St
The Nassau Diner offers a plethora of classic diner foods, from your all-American breakfasts to specialty international options. They are open until 10 p.m. daily, providing ample time to satisfy any late-night cravings.
Check out their “International Breakfast” section, where they offer a range of breakfast foods, from Irish staples to Jersey classics.
The restaurant is currently in a pre-opening period in which customers are free to drop by and order off their menu, but the managers will be tweaking their offerings depending on customer feedback. The diner is slated to officially open starting next week.
Below are some restaurants that are currently under construction, but will be open in the near future.
49 Nassau St (formerly where Dunkin’ was located)
MT promises to be everything from a café to a dessert parlor to a sushi restaurant. Its menu features drinks (everything from their signature fruit teas to boba), cakes (crepe cakes, cheesecakes, mousse cakes, and more), and other desserts (try out their “milky way” treats!). The menu is slated to feature the savory as well, in the form of sushi and poké bowls.
140 Nassau St B (formerly where Qdoba was located)
Love mochi? Love donuts? Mochinut synthesizes the two into their trademark mochi donuts. With locations across the U.S. as well as South Korea and Thailand, Mochinut is a burgeoning business that is coming to Princeton very soon. They offer mochi donuts in a range of flavors, from ube to churro, as well as Korean-style corn dogs, boba drinks, and soft serve (including soft serve on top of mochi donuts).
140 Nassau St A (formerly where Qdoba was located)
Come for the ramen, stay for the myriad of side dishes. Ani Ramen’s offerings will consist of a variety of ramen from the classic shoyu to the spicy miso and even mazemen (brothless ramen). They will also have a vegan ramen option. Apart from ramen, the menu also includes bao buns, bon buri bowls, and side dishes such as chicken karaage (boneless Japanese-style fried chicken) and crispy miso sake wings (limited quantity!).
Steph Chen is a Staff Writer for The Prospect and Data at the ‘Prince.’ They can be reached at email@example.com.