elements (restaurant)

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Restaurant information
Established 2008
Current owner(s) Steven Distler
Head chef Scott Anderson
Food type New American
Dress code Smart casual
Street address 66 Witherspoon St.
City Princeton
County Mercer
State New Jersey
Postal code/ZIP 08540
Country United States
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Other locations 163 Bayard Lane*
Other information * location is closed
Website www.elementsprinceton.com

elements is a New American fine dining restaurant located in Princeton, New Jersey which reopened on August 11, 2015 at its new location on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton.[1] The restaurant originally opened in 2008 on Bayard Lane in Princeton and closed in 2014 while the new location was developed.[2]


Founder and owner Steven Distler,[3] a semiretired private-equity executive of Bank of Princeton, purchased and renovated the property from an auto-repair garage next to a gas station.[4]

Distler hired executive chef Scott Anderson, a Rutgers graduate and former associate of restaurant Nova Terra in New Brunswick. He has never been formally trained, but spent six years at the Ryland Inn, where he became the head chef before that restaurant closed. Business partner Laurent Chapuis, owner of the Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop, introduced Anderson and Distler. Anderson is currently an equity partner in the restaurant.[4][5]

In 2013, Anderson and Distler opened Japanese-themed restaurant, Mistral, in Princeton.[6]

elements closed at its first location in Princeton after dinner service on June 28, 2014. It reopened, in the building that also houses Mistral, on August 11, 2015. Mistral remained open during the renovations. Both locations share Mistral's liquor license since the reopening.[7]


elements has a seasonally-changing menu and serves an array of different cuisines ranging from chicken liver pâté to locally-sourced grits to Laughing Bird shrimp. elements offers a variety of wines, with bottle prices ranging from $26 to $2,700.[5]


In 2009, elements was named best restaurant in New Jersey for its unique taste, imagination, and work ethic.[4] Wine Spectator praised Anderson's spaghetti carbonara in 2010.[8]

In 2012, elements was voted both best brunch and best lunch in New Jersey Monthly's 29th Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll[9] and was ranked the 35th-best restaurant in the United States by OpinionatedAboutDining.com, as reported by Forbes.[10]

In 2013, New Jersey Monthly named elements as a Top 25 restaurant, praising Scott Anderson for his revival of artisanal techniques of preserving food.[11]

Scott Anderson was a semi-finalist contender in the 2014 James Beard Chef Award for best Mid-Atlantic chefs.[12]


  1. Gilbert, Sarah Emily (2015-08-19). "Plate to Date: Elements Restaurant". Princeton Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tanner, Pat (2013-06-05). "What's New in Downtown Princeton Dining". U.S. 1 Newspaper. Retrieved 2015-09-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Steve Distler & Leonardo LoCascio". elementsprinceton.com. elements. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Parish, Stan (2009-01-15). "Restaurant Review: Elements". New Jersey Monthly. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cook, Karla (2010-05-07). "Locally Rooted Flavors That Belie Their Setting". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Schumer, Fran (2013-10-17). "Small Plates, and a Taste of Many Cultures". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Saferstein, Rosie (2014-06-08). "BREAKING NEWS: Elements to Close, Reopen in 2015". New Jersey Monthly. Retrieved 2015-09-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Dugan, Owen (2010-12-15). "Spaghetti Carbonara With Beaujolais". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  9. "2012 Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll". New Jersey Monthly. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2015-09-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Olmsted, Larry (2012-03-13). "Just Released — The 100 Best U.S. Restaurants?". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Levin, Eric (2013-07-11). "New Jersey's Top 25 Restaurants of 2013". New Jersey Monthly. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "The 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists". James Beard Foundation Award. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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