• Restaurant Recommendation: Mistral

     
    POSTED March 21, 2017
     

Princeton, New Jersey’s Mistral opened in 2013 with a splash. The shared plates menu made a big impression on New Jerseyans seeking something globally inspired yet close to home. Now, Mistral has added to its growing empire (which also includes the award-winning elements in the Princeton location) and opened a spin-off in the King of Prussia Mall in February 2017. 

“While we were originally questionable about opening at a mall, we saw a lot of potential for the restaurant in the area. There are some great local purveyors and farms in the area to gather ingredients from and develop new flavors with. In addition to heavy foot traffic at King of Prussia, we were intrigued by the corner location and strong outdoor seating area,” says Stephen Distler, co-owner. 

The 3,700-square-foot restaurant offers seating for 111 guests, including an 18-seat bar, and as weather permits, outdoor seating for 48. Groups can either buy out the entire restaurant or enjoy a semiprivate area. Like its Princeton cousin, Mistral is decidedly modern. “Unlike many of the chain restaurants surrounding Mistral KOP, Mistral KOP offers diners an independent, chef-driven menu concept that can be seen throughout the taste, style and atmosphere of the restaurant. Food activists and culinary pioneers Executive Chef Scott Anderson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Polignano place a superlative emphasis on sourcing local ingredients from Montgomery County to impress diners with the freshest flavors available in Montco,” adds Distler. 

We've all been there: You’re heading out to lunch with a group of people when someone asks, “What are you hungry for?” Everyone responds at once: “Italian!” “Chinese!” “Sushi!” “I could go for a burger!” Well, now what? Thanks to food halls, you no longer have to choose just one. Here are five food halls across the North- east that will satisfy everyone’s cravings (and possibly serve as your next meeting venue!).

 

Green salad, chicken, two veggies and a starch—that might have been a reasonable meal to serve group attendees in the last century, but it won’t cut it in 2020. Today, guests expect that a growing range of dietary needs will be accommodated, whether they’re eating keto, vegan, paleo, gluten free or some combination of all four. And, in a time when tech employees enjoy gourmet in-house commissaries on the job, it takes some serious culinary pyrotechnics to impress them.

 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.