A Lambertville, NJ Restaurant Review
9 Klines Ct
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Fare: New American - French/ Italian fusion
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the best restaurants in Lambertville. Brian's serves a well prepared, very creative, menu that changes daily.
Elegant yet casual and intimate ambiance
Cash only, does not take credit cards
Parking is street metered. On busy weekends you may have to drive around to search for a nearby space.
Noise Level: Moderate - high
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent eclectic new American fusion food in a casual, yet elegant setting.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer casual comfort food, lower prices, and less amenities.
Recommended dishes: When available, Sweetbreads Milanese; Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ; and Braised Beef a la mode.
Brian's. a contemporary American - French/ Italian fusion, is one of the best restaurants in Lambertville.
Located near Bridge Street in the Kline's Court alleyway, Brian's is the creation of owner and chef Brian Held, a 1995 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. After his formal training, he honed his skills at the River Club in New Brunswick and in 2001 opened Juliana Rose in Richboro, PA. Previous to opening this Lambertville gem, he owned Rouget, a top French country restaurant in Newtown, Pa.
The decor is casual with an elegant feel. Set in a small, low-ceiling space with seating for 40, there is a curved counter separating the open kitchen from the dining room. The casual open kitchen offers an attractive contrast to the more elegant dining room's white linen tables and framed wall of mirrors.
Tables are decently spaced for intimate conversation, though on busy weekends the noise level rises when dining room is full.
Chef Held masterfully fuses French and Italian cooking styles into his contemporary menu. The rustic country Provence and Northern Italy influenced menu changes daily.
The menu features several selections of house-made pastas created by sous chef Robert Poletick who previously worked with Chef Held at Rouget.
The wait staff is cheerful, attentive and knowledgeable, however when the restaurant is full the service sometimes falls behind.
Brian's offers a three course, Tuesday - Thursday, weekday prix fixe dinner that is an attractively priced bargain.
For diners forgetting to bring wine, there is a wine store is located nearby.
Parking is street metered. Except for busy weekends, a space can be found nearby. Be advised to bring plenty of coins. Meters are a dollar an hour until 9 PM.
(updated: May, 2015)
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