Princeton’s Elements ranks 20th of the 100 best American restaurants, according to the Opinionated About Dining’s survey. Elements is the only New Jersey restaurant on the list.
Since the annual survey was created in 2012, Elements, which first opened in 2008, has consistently moved up the list. Executive Chef Scott Anderson, a two-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award’s best chef in the Mid-Atlantic also opened the smaller Mistral last year in Princeton.
Elements will be moving from its current location on Bayard Lane to the second floor above Mistral, on 66 Witherspoon Street, according to dining blogger Rosie Saferstein. This will reduce the seating capacity of Elements, but will allow Mistral to share its liquor license.
The survey used 140,000 reviews by more than 4,000 diners who rank restaurants based on quality and quantity. Element’s ranking puts Anderson in the company of esteemed chefs like José Andrés, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz and Dan Barber.