Fun Things to Do in Plainsboro
Restaurants, Shopping, and Fun Things to Do in Plainsboro, NJ!
Just over 12 square miles, Middlesex Countys Plainsboro is most well known for its abundance of delicious restaurants and as being a great place to live.
Plainsboro has become an attractive place to live because it is home to many gorgeous apartment complexes and is considered to be very safe and quiet.
Much of Plainsboro is considered to be a part of Princeton Meadows, an unincorporated community located within the township. Plainsboros surrounding towns include Princeton, Princeton Junction, South Brunswick, West Windsor, East Windsor, and Cranbury, placing it in the center of some of Middlesex and Mercer Countys most adored towns.
The Restaurants in Plainsboro Offer a Plethora of Really Cool Diverse Cultural Dining Options
With such a wide variety of places to grab a bite to eat, the restaurant scene in Plainsboro has created a cultural experience within the small town that is unlike any other.
We’re here to tell you about the neighborhood favorites, best places to have dinner, most delicious spots to have lunch, and even clue you in on some of our favorite menu items.
Romeo’s Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria
10 Schalks Crossing Rd | 609-799-4554
If you’re looking for great Italian food in Plainsboro, Romeo’s is the place to go! Also a great spot for a quick lunch, the restaurant is clean, the service is always friendly, and the food is excellent! We recommend trying a cheesesteak or a slice of pizza!
Aljon’s Piizza & Sub Shop
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-275-1117
Aljon’s is well known in the Mercer County area as having some of the best pizza around. The pizzeria has been open for over 50 years. Head over on a Monday after 5 pm for their Monday Night Pizza Special—any large plain pie for just $9.99!
607 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-9009
The service at Casa Rosaria’s is always fast and friendly. Casa Rosaria’s offers a full menu with all of the Italian classics. At lunchtime, stop in for a panini or a slice of their buffalo chicken pizza!
660 Plainsboro Rd. Suite 6 | 609-936-8818
Ichiban Sushi is one of our top picks for restaurants in Plainsboro! Sushi lovers, you won’t want to miss this. Ichiban offers ‘All You Can Eat’ sushi for lunch and dinner 7 days a week! For dinner, we recommend trying the American Dream roll or a bento box, which comes with a lot of food at an affordable price.
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-269-5218
Sumi Ramen is new to Plainsboro, as it just opened in the spring of 2020. Their menu includes some really delicious starter options, ranging from takoyaki (battered octopus) to poke salmon mini tacos. We recommend trying the Black Queen ramen!
6 Market Street #904 | 609-799-3100
Jhopri of Plainsboro is an elegantly decorated restaurant offering a traditional Indian menu. Portions are large, making Jhopri the perfect place to spend a family outing. They offer a daily luncheon buffet between 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM, which includes a great selection of both vegetarian and nonvegetarian options!
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-936-8484
Indian Hut is a simple and laid-back restaurant, offering all of your favorite Indian dishes. Their lunchtime buffet is very popular among locals. They also offer delicious Indo Chinese specialties on their menu!
Crown of India
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-275-5707
Crown of India is a very popular Indian banquet venue. They also offer a daily lunch buffet 7 days a week and an extensive a la carte menu. Stop in for one of their vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch boxes!
Cake Walk Bakery
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-269-5582
Cake Walk Bakery is a bakery with an Indian touch, serving Mumbai street food, as well as a variety of chaats, rolls, and sandwiches. Try all of your favorite Indian cakes, pastries, cupcakes, and other bakery items at Cake Walk Bakery!
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-799-8888
Plainsboro locals know that Lotus Garden is one of the best places to enjoy a delicious meal for a great price. Their lunch specials are offered from 11 am until 3:30 pm, and this menu includes offer a wider selection of Chinese entrees than others.
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-1888
Rhong-Tiam is a casual Thai restaurant that not only prepares amazing food but is also beautifully decorated. The Bangkok-inspired restaurant offers all of our favorites—Tom Yum soup, chicken Pad Thai, and Thai crispy basil duck. Definitely try a Thai iced tea or Thai iced coffee with your order!
East Asian Fusion Restaurant
5 Market St. #500 | 609-750-3278
East Asian Fusion offers Japanese, Chinese, Cantonese, and Thai options on both their lunch and dinner menus. They also have a sushi bar and offer select Vietnamese specials. This restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Caddyshack Bar and Grill
70 Hunters Glen Dr. | 609-799-9626
Caddyshack Bar and Grill has the small town atmosphere that you might be looking for when heading to a local bar. The menu includes classic American comfort food, with wings being one of their most popular items. The bar is located in the Hunters Glen apartment complex and frequently hosts trivia and karaoke nights!
Original Steak & Hoagie
515 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-9600
Well-known for their cheesesteaks, Original Steak & Hoagie is family owned and offers some of the most delicious sandwiches in the area. The inside of the restaurant is small and laid back. We recommend trying a cheesesteak and a side of curly cheese fries!
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. #301C | 609-936-1000
Mexican Post offers all of your favorite build-your-own Mexican classics—including tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and more. With fresh ingredients carefully prepared, you are sure to be satisfied with a meal from this restaurant. Try their famous hard shell tacos!
Bagels & Deli
Bagel Street Grill
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-936-1755
Bagel Street Grill is one of the best bagel shops in New Jersey. Well-known for being seen on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives, their bagels are fresh-baked daily. They also offer a wide selection of other sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more. Try our favorite order—pork roll (or substitute your favorite breakfast meat), egg, and cheese on an everything bagel!
The Bagel Place
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. #15 | 609-799-0555
The service at The Bagel Place in Plainsboro is always great and the staff is exceptionally friendly. Stop in at lunchtime for an egg sandwich or try one of their wraps or sub sandwiches.
410 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-8578
Plainsboro’s Village Store offers all of the necessities you’d find at a convenience store, with the addition of a grill and deli area. Village Store is known as a staple to Plainsboro locals. We recommend trying one of their made to order egg breakfast sandwiches!
If you’re just looking to grab a quick bite to eat, Plainsboro is packed with all of your fast food favorites! Stop at McDonalds for a classic BigMac or grab an iced coffee at Dunkin’ as a special treat to your day.
Five Guys 15 Schalks Crossing Rd. #104 | 609-799-2222
McDonalds 10 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-897-0190
Panera Bread 15 Schalks Crossing Rd. Suite 1 | 609-606-9073
Subway 660 Plainsboro Rd. Store #8 | 609-275-7428
Dunkin 10 Schalks Crossing Rd. Unit 301B | 609-285-5134
RedBerry Frozen Yogurt 7 Schalks Crossing Rd. #313 | 609-275-2880
Gyms & Fitness Centers in Plainsboro
Not only does Plainsboro deliver in the restaurant area, but there are also many highly rated fitness centers and gyms located in the town. With three gyms and three yoga studios to choose from, staying in shape has never been easier!
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-385-2555
Planet Fitness Plainsboro is an affordable gym that is great for beginners and regular gym-goers alike. They have an abundance of cardio equipment—including treadmills, stair master machines, ellipticals, bikes, and more. The gym also features different areas meant for different types of workouts: stretching, a 17-minute ab workout area, and a 30-minute full body workout area. Choose between working out using the weight machines or take advantage of the free weights—there is no judgment at Planet Fitness of Plainsboro! The PF Black card membership includes access to the HydroMassage room, massage chairs, and tanning beds.
Princeton Fitness & Wellness
7 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-7777
Princeton Fitness & Wellness is an affiliate of the Princeton Medical Center. Membership to this wellness center includes world-class amenities such as a fitness floor, access to group fitness classes, an aquatics center with a salt water-filtered lap pool, spa, and therapy pools. This fitness center also includes complimentary childcare for all of its members!
Life Time Athletic Princeton
7 Forrestal Rd. S | 609-608-7100
Life Time of Princeton is a luxury gym with a full-service spa and resort-style pools. The workout facilities at this gym are truly impressive and offer stunning views throughout the building. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to Life Time Kids Academy, where they offer fun classes that teach kids the basics of working out. Life Café offers healthy breakfast and lunch items, as well as sandwiches, smoothies, and pizzas.
84 Hampshire Dr. | 609-945-2299
YogaVirtues of Plainsboro is a yoga studio that offers small classes that are kept between 6 and 8 students with the aim of creating a peaceful and welcoming environment. YogaVirtues plans on opening a yoga retreat center located in a quiet and picturesque location soon.
91 Tennyson Dr. | 650-730-4345
Polka Yoga offers two different types of classes: small group classes with 4-5 people in a group and large group classes with 8-10 people in a group. The studio has a different theme each week and the classes for that week contain postures that fit the theme. Yoga Nidra and meditation classes are also offered once a week!
Hot Yoga Plainsboro
3 Market St. #426 | 609-275-8480
Hot Yoga Plainsboro brought one of the biggest health and fitness trends right to Plainsboro—hot yoga! Heated Bikram yoga sessions are offered 7 days a week. Enter a room that is heated to about 108 degrees and your entire body will be invigorated and healed from the inside out. Their classes are designed to work for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. We recommend trying a class with Ian!
Parks in Plainsboro
Morris Davison Park
Schalks Meadow Park
Mill Pond Park
Millstone River Park
Waters Edge Park
Plainsboro Dog Park
Plainsboro Public Library
9 Van Doren St. | 609-275-2897
The Plainsboro Public Library makes a great effort to educate and connect the entire community. They have a great selection of books to browse and rent out. The location is wonderful and in close proximity to some of the town’s most popular restaurants. We definitely recommend stopping by if you’re looking for a quiet space to read, study, or do work. The library hosts fun events for adults like monthly book clubs and trivia nights, and events for children such as family storytime, build n play workshops, musical stories, and more. Check out their website for more information!
Grocery Stores in Plainsboro
With no big-name grocery stores located within Plainsboro, it, at times, can feel like the nearest place to grab an ingredient for your home cooked meals is far away. Shop Rite of East Windsor and Shop Rite of South Brunswick are, however, located just about 10 minutes away!
If you don’t want to make the drive, have no fear—the town has two cultural-packed grocery stores to choose from, and we recommend paying both a visit!
Asian Food Markets Plainsboro
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-1828
Asian Food Markets Plainsboro is the town’s primary grocery store. They sell an assortment of Asian groceries, as well as a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Aisles are dedicated to goodies from different Asian countries—Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, and more. We recommend stopping by to check out the large produce department!
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-275-1800
Big Bazaar is a small grocery store that is stocked with Indian foods. This is a great place to stop if you’re looking for a specific spice, as they have a large selection available. Try one of the Indian sweets made in New York City!
Spas in Plainsboro
Plainsboro Massage Spa
7 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-799-7878
Treat yourself to an indulgent massage or facial at the Plainsboro Massage Spa, located at Princeton Fitness & Wellness at Plainsboro. The spa offers a great buy 10, get 1 free massage special that is definitely worth taking advantage of! We recommend trying a combination massage, which includes all of your favorite parts of a Swedish, Chinese, deep tissue, Thai, sports, and/or medical massage.
Plainsboro Liquor Stores
The Wine Valley
660 Plainsboro Rd. | 609-269-5362
The Wine Valley of Plainsboro is a small liquor store with a friendly staff. Not sure what to get? The staff is very knowledgeable (about wine specifically) and they are always ready to make a helpful recommendation.
Plainsboro Wine & Liquor
10 Schalks Crossing Rd. #7 | 609-799-0989
Plainsboro Wine & Liquor has a wide selection of wine and beers. The aisles are well-organized, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Spend some time browsing the store, as they often have great specials and deals on different bottles of wine!
Shopping & Pharmacies in Plainsboro
Plainsboro Pharmacy & Medical Supply
9 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-750-0101
Although the store is small, Plainsboro Pharmacy and Medical Supply offers the small-town pharmacy feeling that larger chains lack. The service is always outstanding—very fast and friendly. The staff makes an effort to make their customers feel valued!
Pet Valu 15 Schalks Crossing Rd. Suite 2 | 609-269-5172
Dollar Tree 10 Schalks Crossing Rd. #100C | 609-806-0070
CVS 4 Schalks Crossing Rd. | 609-275-9312