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Princeton Gem Worth the Trip

Delicious, Quirky Fare at Elements in Princeton

By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic

Is the dining world ready to pluck wrinkled brown mushrooms off a mossy branch? How about a crispy chip of fried poultry skin (dabbed with two-year-old fermented mole) perched on a wiry mesh of chicken wire? Or maybe a premeal quail egg, cured in wine lees and smoked, then brought tableside nestled inside a baby bird’s nest?

Such “New Jersey Naturalist” presentations – especially at a restaurant like elements in Princeton serving tasting menus from $79 to $125 and beyond – are just the kind of gestures that have divided my friends into two distinct camps. On one side are the gastronauts who’ll travel the globe to eat the unique and revel in a witty chef or rare cuisine that can reshape the notion of dinner. On the other side are my traditionalist friends who find the whole sweep of modern-dining movements – molecular foam, New Nordic moss, and 30-bite deconstructed menu marathons – to be supremely tiresome and silly.

I can empathize with both, having witnessed the highs and lows of such experiences. But elements, with its flexible approach allowing diners to tackle anywhere from four courses (weeknights) to 20-plus (for the $185 Grand Tasting), may well be a happy compromise.

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A New Restaurant Offers a Michelin-Caliber Experience in Suburban New Jersey

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By Alan Sytsma

Before closing last year, chef Scott Anderson’s Elements was one of the most acclaimed restaurants in New Jersey. The closure, thankfully, was only temporary, with Anderson planning to move the restaurant to a new second-floor space above his more casual spot, Mistral, in Princeton.

“It’s a lot more intimate,” Anderson says of the new restaurant, which seats just under 30 people at nine tables (the original restaurant could seat 80). Along with the new more luxurious digs, the daily-changing menu options include a 12-course tasting menu for $125, a $185 “grand tasting” that ranges between 17 and 22 courses, and, on weeknights, a simpler, $79 four-course prix-fixe menu. And, as you might expect, Anderson hopes new diners use the prix-fixe as an entry point if they’re unsure about going all in on the tastings: “We’re out here in the suburbs, and a fair amount of our diners work in New York City, so we didn’t want to lock people in for a three-, three-and-a-half-hour menu.” And, he adds, “The four-course menu is what we want people to try — it’s nothing too far out of the box,” he says. “The tasting menu’s really where we put some things that people have to think about.” Read More…


NJ Monthly: Elements in Princeton Has Reopened

By: Rosie Saferstein
The restaurant is now in a new space above sister property Mistral.

Elements, which last year closed its Bayard Lane location in Princeton, has reopened at 66 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building that houses Mistral. Elements serves globally inspired modernist cuisine under the direction of executive chef/co-owner Scott Anderson and chef de cuisine Mike Ryan. The restaurant has 28 seats and unobstructed views of the kitchen, so that guests can watch their meals being prepared. A cook delivers each dish, as one of the aims of the restaurant is to eliminate the barrier between the chefs and patrons. The following menus are offered:

A four-course $79 menu; wine pairings, $45; reserve wine pairing, $79.
An a la carte version of the four-course menu is available upon request.

Chef’s Tasting menu, $125; with wine pairing, $65; reserve wine pairing, $125.
Grand Tasting menu, $185; one-week advance notice.

Menu items can be found on the website. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 9:30 PM. Reservations: 609-924-0078.

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Princeton Magazine Feature “Plate to Date: Elements Restaurant”

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Celebrate the reopening of elements by trying these exceptional entrees

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The critically acclaimed upscale eatery, elements, has a new home in downtown Princeton as of August 11, 2015. With its reopening at 66 Witherspoon Street, gastronomes can continue to savor Chef Scott Anderson’s award-winning “interpretive-American” cuisine, but in an exquisite new venue that only enhances the experience. Read More…

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A Summery Sashimi Salad and Chrysanthemum Cocktail

The New York Times – T Magazine

By Adam Robb

Original Article:

Earlier this summer, the New Jersey chef Scott Anderson opened the doors to Princeton’s Mistral Bar, the spirituous neighbor of his year-old Witherspoon Street bistro Mistral. Inside, university professors and foodie types congregate for effervescent cocktails fizzy with homegrown kombuchas and irreverent bar snacks like beef tendon chicharrones dappled with marrow creme. And this evening, in a hidden corner of Mistral Bar, a newly installed elevator will deliver diners to a relocated Elements, the acclaimed haute seasonal restaurant Anderson and co-owner Steve Distler had operated on nearby Bayard Lane since 2008.

Besides being a new home for Anderson’s restless approach to redrawing daily menus from what’s ripe for the picking at central New Jersey farms, his new restaurant will also feel like home. “I’m not a big entertainer. I enjoy my alone time more than not,” says Anderson, who seeks solitude fishing for mahi in the Bahamas and foraging wild mitsuba on long hikes in the Adirondacks. “But making something and watching someone else eat it is what does it for me.” To accommodate his appetite for hospitality, his dining room’s 28 seats offer unfettered views of an open kitchen, from which Anderson and his four chefs will personally serve and walk customers through the dishes they have prepared.

The Elements chef de cuisine, Mike Ryan, visits Z Food Farm each morning to harvest fresh produce before drawing up the day’s menu. Read More…

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Breaking News: First Report On The New Elements In Princeton

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By: Pat Tanner

Scott Anderson’s newly relocated restaurant opens to the public on Tuesday, August 11, but for the last few days he, Chef Mike Ryan, and staff have been testing out on invited guests the new space, new menu, and especially the new, unorthodox style of service. That service? The five cooks, including Anderson, themselves deliver the dishes each has prepared. (A service charge of 20% is added to the bill. If you need to get caught up on the what/where/why/and how behind the move, check out my story here in the July issue of The Princeton Echo.)

I was lucky enough to be among the preview guests and since I will not officially be reviewing this restaurant, I and my husband, Bill, were excited to give it a go. Here with my report. Read More…

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Dinner At Elements: 13 Courses, 9 Wines, One Memorable Evening


By: Faith Bahadurian

Elements reopens in its new downtown Princeton location on Tuesday, in the building it now shares with its sister restaurant Mistral and Mistral bar. To get to elements you step into an elevator just inside the Witherspoon Street entrance (or you can wend your way through the bar, which, by the way was packed when I visited). You are whisked upstairs to elements, and while the décor is similar to the old elements (but, somehow, softer) it’s a whole new world service-wise. Read More…