New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Spring fever manifests in many ways, including the itch to visit different places. Right now traveling to far-away, exotic locales is still a challenge. Luckily for New Jerseyans, we have so many towns rich in history, activity and delicious food right here in our state. One such place perfect for your next Date Night is Lambertville.

Named for the 18th Century New Jersey politician John Lambert, this town is chock full of history and boasts being the antique capital of the state. Taking in a walking tour, a visit to the James Wilson Marshall House Museum or finding a treasure at the Golden Nugget Antiques Market or The People's Store are great activities for you and your date. 

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You’re sure to work up an appetite and Lambertville delivers an amazing variety of restaurants featuring a wide range of culinary options. Lambertville is indeed a town for everybody, especially for those looking for a romantic day trip.

Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night where the only thing better than the shopping is the savor!

Getting an Early Start!

Beginning your Lambertville adventure with breakfast at Liv and Charlie’s is always a great idea.  Of course the challah French toast, buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles are great ways to start the day, but you might be tempted by one of their stellar omelets. The Craftsman (egg white omelet with turkey sausage, spinach and pepper jack cheese) is a great choice, as is the Southwest (with black beans, peppers, onion, jalapeño, queso blanco, avocado and salsa). 

Don’t worry if you get a late start because there’s always a stellar lunch waiting for you. Their paninis are delicious, like the pesto grilled chicken (with fresh artichokes, roasted red peppers, spinach and pesto aioli) and the Cuban (maple-glazed honey ham, slow-cooked pork, Swiss cheese, sliced dill pickle with Dijon mustard and mayonnaise).

For more information about Liv and Charlie’s, visit www.livandcharlies.com.

Love, Lambertville Style!

When a resume is as extensive as Chef Dennis Foy’s, you know you have to experience his and his wife’s restaurant in Lambertville. D’floret is an amazing venue complete with an open kitchen and impressive art. 

Begin your meal with the sautéed gnocchi with mushrooms, truffle and sage, or cucumber salad (cucumber, tomato confit, shallots over mixed greens). Your main choices include North Atlantic salmon with asparagus, mushrooms and mint pea purée, and dry-aged sirloin with fingerling puree and carrots. Nothing says Date Night like sharing a dish and the organic whole roasted Amish chicken for two with pomme purée and seasonal vegetables is a perfectly romantic choice.

For more information about D’floret, visit www.dfloretrestaurant.com.

Rustic Romantic Flair on the Canal

If enjoying your love while enjoying a canal view is appealing, then Hamilton’s Grill Room is the place for you! The setting is rustic yet elegant, and you’ll be impressed with both the flavor and the freshness of their ingredients as they prepare dishes with the best of local products. 

Their menu changes daily to reflect seasonal produce and meats and their three-course prix fixe meal is superb. Some of their past first course offerings have included braised octopus with tomato, potato, olives, capers and fresh herbs, and asparagus salad with sherry vinaigrette, shallots and grated egg. Main courses include sea scallops with citrus fruit sauce and duck breast with cherry port wine sauce. All of their desserts are created in house.

For more information about Hamilton’s Grill Room, visit www.hamiltonsgrillroom.com.

Make it an Overnight!

Lambertville Station is your answer if you want to extend your Date Night an extra night or two. You’ll marvel over this meticulously converted train station, complete with well-appointed guest rooms featuring views of the Delaware River. 

Dinner with a river view is also on your agenda, starting out with the homemade bread basket with whipped Vermont butter. Choices abound for your main course, including the tuna noodle bowl (seared rare tuna over ramen noodles and stir-fried vegetables in a garlic chili broth with wasabi aioli and soft boiled egg) and short ribs (coffee- and chili-rubbed ribs with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach). You can’t go wrong with the grilled gold Angus center cut filet, topped with caramelized cipollini onion butter, served over a potato pancake and roasted pepper coulis.

For more information about Lambertville Station, visit www.lambertvillestation.com.

Middle of the Road, Trip

Road trips can be lots of romantic fun, but when it comes to traveling down the “middle of the road,” nobody did it better than Lambertville’s namesake.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, John Lambert held several political offices, including US Senator, but one of the most important offices he held was his appointment to New Jersey Governor. 

This happened because there was a deadlock in the election, and while recounts occurred and results debated, he was chosen to lead because he was a middle-of-the-road kind of man who both parties respected. 

Not all couples agree on politics and party differences don’t have to be a relationship deal breaker.  You might not agree with your mate politically but if you include respectful listening to the mix, you might learn something new. Maybe you’ll discover a point or two on which there’s a consensus.

For couples with differing political opinions, finding the middle of the road isn’t impossible if you both want it. Take a lesson from John Lambert … you’ll be glad you did.

Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit www.CraigRogers.nyc.

What’s your idea for a great New Jersey Date? Tell Craig all about it at crogersnyc@gmail.com.

 

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