There have been many changes to the Nassau Street restaurant landscape, with the 56-year-old Carousel becoming the latest eatery to close. It will be replaced by a chain restaurant, one of several that have opened in recent years. Here’s a snapshot of selected eating spots along Nassau Street, past and present.
50 Nassau St.
Now: Ralph Lauren
Known as Wicks — and located at various locations along Nassau Street in its 70-year history — this Princeton landmark started as an ice cream parlor and hosted hamburger-eating contests in the ’50s.
80 Nassau St.
This classic Greek diner serves salads and souvlaki to its many fans, including members of the University’s staff.
THE BALT (CLOSED)
82 Nassau St.
Now: Paper Source
This tiled-wall classic (full name: the Baltimore Dairy Lunch) was a student haunt for more than four decades. Now it’s a fancy stationery shop.
5 Witherspoon St.
Albert Einstein ate lunch here, and it was the place your parents took you for shrimp cocktail and rack of lamb when they visited. It closed in 2010. No word on what will replace it.
100 Nassau St.
The coffee mecca competes with local favorite Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street.
110 Nassau St.
Decorated in orange and black — and festooned with banners from Princeton and its Ivy League brethren — Massimo’s dishes up pizza and pasta to hungry students.
THE ANNEX (CLOSED)
128 Nassau St.
Now: Princeton Sports Bar & Grill (shown above)
The beloved Annex — with its stained-glass roaring tiger and old football-team photos — was replaced first with Italian restaurant Sotto, and is now a burger-and-nacho joint.
136 Nassau St.
This spot finds students munching muffins and checking email using the free Wi-Fi.
TRIUMPH BREWING COMPANY
138 Nassau St.
Behind the lively bar — a favorite hangout for Princeton staffers — is the seven-barrel, stainless-steel brewery where craft beers are made.
QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL
140 Nassau St.
This newcomer — a national chain — dishes out huge burritos to students on a budget.
PJ’S PANCAKE HOUSE
154 Nassau St.
Students huddle in line under heat lamps on weekends; once inside, they carve their names in the wooden tables, if they can find an empty spot.
180 Nassau St.
This chain calls its pizza “all-natural” with “no freaky chemicals”; students perch on outside benches, since there’s no seating.
182 Nassau St.
Opening spring 2012: Cheeburger Cheeburger
A favorite of Cornel West *80 and other faculty members, this breakfast-all-day diner — known for the carousel horses in the window and originally located farther east on Nassau Street — is giving way to a burger chain with a ’50s motif.
GREENLINE DINER (DESTROYED)
179 Nassau St.
This natural-foods restaurant — later known as the American Diner — was destroyed by a spectacular fire in 1990.
183 Nassau St.
Outdoor tables make this Greek takeout spot a draw on sunny days.
242 Nassau St.
Opened early 1970s
The ultimate student hangout, known for serving the cheapest, greasiest sandwiches around; there are crowds here at 2 a.m. Says James Paddon ’88: “Anyone who does not say Hoagie Haven (is their favorite place to eat in Princeton) should have their degree revoked.”
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