The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

The Peacock Inn, Princeton, NJ

The Peacock Inn
20 Bayard Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 924-1707

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American

Price: Very Expensive

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service: 3 Stars

Decor: 3 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

One of the top restaurants in Central NJ. Excellent for special occasions

Charming and intimate ambiance

The noise level is low with tables spaced apart for quiet conversation

Limited menu

Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Low

Dress:  Upscale Casual

Recommended For:  Diners looking for a high end, upscale restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dining experience.

Not Recommended For:  Budget conscious diners who prefer traditional food in a more family oriented casual setting.

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Organic Scottish Salmon "En Croute" with White Asparagus Purée, Pickled Red Onion, Red Wine Reduction; The Seared Filet Mignon with Panzanella Salad, Roasted Cipollini, Au Poivre Compound Butter, Sauce Bordelaise; and The Roasted Maine Lobster with Applewood Smoked Bacon & Corn Chowder, Potato Dumpling

Liquor:   Full Service Bar

Restaurant Review

The Peacock Inn is set in an Eighteenth century mansion with a storied history of famed guests including Albert Einstein and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This is a special occasion restaurant and a power scene for Princeton business and university people. The soft background music and subdued lighting provide an added touch for an elegant romantic dining experience.

The Peacock inn is run by owner Barry Sussman and his wife Elaine, with the kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef, Maj Parvez.

Chef Parvez, has spent a lifetime in the restaurant industry working his way up from dishwasher, to bartender, to Sous Chef, and currently to his current position as Executive Chef. He came to The Peacock Inn in 2011 and worked under the then opening Executive Chef Jason Ramos as his Sous Chef for four years. Previous to The Peacock Inn, Maj worked at SoHo on George in New Brunswick.

Chef Parvez is committed to preparing a menu using fresh local seasonal ingredients from local farmers and food purveyors.

The menu options are served either as a la carte or as a four course tasting menu.

With advance notice, a Vegetarian 5-Course Tasting Menu can be prepared.

The wait staff is well trained. professional, attentive and knowledgeable.

The decor is sophisticated, yet chic, with a blending elegance, comfort, and romance.

There are three dining rooms on the main level with a capacity for 90 diners. All dining areas are done up to create an elegant blending of the inn’s history with a modern design. Walls are done up in soft gray adorned by artwork, murals, and menus from the 1930's with large murals mounted above each of the room’s original, non-functioning fireplaces. The artwork is supplemented by the Sussmans’ personal collection, including Picasso prints and Ben Shahn lithographs. Soft lighting is amply placed in art modern sconces and hidden under softs. Tables are well spaced for quiet conversation and for an intimate romantic dining experience.

Dining Room Three (back room) with a seating of 50, has subdued lighting and a burgundy ceiling implanted with tiny LED lights for a "dining under the stars" effect --- great for romantics. Chairs are comfortable and opulent with velvet burgundy seats.

The lower level is home to Peacock Alley, a private room with seating for up to 24 people. It’s an intimate space with hand painted murals of sites in Princeton. Peacock Alley is believed to have been a speakeasy during the time of Prohibition that had a hidden side door entrance which now serves as a fire exit.

The bar area has a chic decor with attractive lighting giving off an urban vibe. It's sophisticated and not loud. There is seating for twelve at the bar in addition to peripheral tables.

The Peacock Inn Bar is open daily at 5:00 pm, a half hour before the dining room is open.

They are open for the winter holidays on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

(updated: September, 2016)

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