If dining on a wraparound porch with ceiling fans and garden views is your idea for a good summer night, look no further than Coffee under the moon in Lambertville, New Jersey. Sitting in a historic red brick building tucked away behind an iron gate, you’ll find Under the Moon Café on North Union Street in downtown Lambertville.
It is the second restaurant for the mother and son team, Estela Buontempo Orosco and Santiago Orosco. They have another restaurant in downtown Bordentown. This is the new location in Lambertville. He is now downtown in a much larger space than before.
The menu at both restaurants is an eclectic mix of Spanish, Italian and American recipes that have been in their families for generations. The dinner menu features appetizers ranging from artichoke rice balls to beef empanadas, salads, and seafood including charred octopus and giant crab cakes. For meat lovers, there are pork chops stuffed with figs and prosciutto and ropa vieja, Cuban-style ground beef with rice and beans. There are great choices for vegetarians. Try the butternut squash risotto.
The owners are originally from Argentina and have brought their love of tapas to Under the Moon. You can try four selections of tapas on their menu. I tried the roasted goat cheese with caramelized onions, Spanish potato pancakes, marinara meatballs, and wild port mushrooms.
Tapas are served on a vintage tiered platter, and each serving is enough for two people to share. My favorites were the goat cheese and the potato pancakes. My dinner partner had the ropa vieja served with fried green plantains. If you like Cuban cuisine, this dish is for you.
They have a great selection of homemade desserts such as creme brulee, lemon cakes and ice cream. If you like ice cream, I recommend stopping for your favorite flavor.
They also host and organize private parties outside or inside. The interior space is very European, and don’t forget to look up at the tin ceiling! If you can’t travel overseas this summer, Under the Moon Café will make you feel like you are there.
They are open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and are closed on Mondays. Reservations are recommended.
23 Union Street North, Lambertville, NJ • (609) 397-1710 • UnderTheMoonCafe.com