Ethnic options continue to grow

It seems like there’s a new restaurant opening in Princeton every few months, and the past year has been no exception. Since Reunions 2018, at least four new eateries have popped up near campus. There are some commonalities — three of them are new locations of local chains, and three offer online ordering — but each has a signature taste to fill your Reunions craving. Let’s dive (or dine) in!

Clockwise from top left: Tacoria, Lil Thai Pin, KBG, and Pizza Den
Allie Wenner

Nestled between the two Hoagie Haven buildings, Pizza Den sells pizza-by-the-slice as well as full pies. Traditional options such as pepperoni or ham and pineapple are complemented by more uncommon options such as a “sauceless” pizza, which has ricotta, goat cheese, and olive oil. The slices taste great and prices are fair, but you must be willing to make the walk down Nassau. One thing to note: Although recently renovated (and fashionably so), seating is very limited, so be prepared to take your hot-from-the-oven slice down the road. (242 ½ Nassau St.)

Tacoria sells Mexican street-fare-inspired food in a cozy space with décor to match. There are plenty of options to pick from for both forms and fillings — their Mission-style burrito and quesadilla are especially hearty. If you’re a fan of spice, their chorizo filling is a great choice — if not, they’ve got selections like al pastor pork, which is marinated in savory spices and pineapple for a touch of sweetness. Vegan protein options are also available, and there’s a kids’ menu that mirrors many of the adult options. (110 Nassau St.)

Operating out of the old Eatery location, KBG sells Korean barbecue bowls, burritos, and tacos made to order.  Portions are large — even the “medium” bowl is enough for a filling meal — and their toppings are varied and flavorful, with options that include pickled cucumbers, fishcakes, and of course, kimchi. If you’re not in the mood for a customizable dish, KBG also sells barbecue wings and tenders — but their bowls are their best item and the best value. (180 Nassau St.)

Next door to KBG, Lil Thai Pin (the baby sibling of Thai Pin in Lawrenceville) sells authentic Thai dishes from a menu pared down to the size of the restaurant’s cozy space. The menu is still varied, with curries, fried rice, soups, and noodle dishes, and the food is flavorful and well-portioned, although the curry might be a bit spicy for less acquainted taste buds. Service is brisk; this is a good place to get take out, although you’ll have to call over the phone (no online ordering is available). Value could be slightly better, however — dinner entrees can hit $17-18, although lunch portions are more reasonable at around $12. (180 Nassau St.)

This story appears in PAW’s 2019 Reunions Guide. Visit your registration tent during Reunions to pick up a copy of the guide, which features reunion plans for the major classes, new restaurants in Princeton, and more.