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ONE 53, Rocky Hill, NJ

ONE 53 is 99 seats serving American/Euro Bistro cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and features a seasonally changing menu. ONE 53, which received flattering reviews from the NYT, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, NJ Monthly and other local publications, combines local hospitality with traditional and contemporary dishes.

ONE 53 uses only the best and freshest seasonal ingredients, a commitment its owners have delivered on for years at Lucy’s Kitchen and Market, their nearby market. ONE 53 features wines from the US and Europe along with a full bar offering a variety of traditional and specialty hand-crafted cocktails.


Angel "Manny"

It's always nice to see a dedicated employee move up through the ranks. Manny started at ONE 53 as a busboy moved into "expo" and then was schooled by Craig and is now our bartender. Manny flys solo on Sundays and Tuesdays and is at ONE 53 as part of our bartending duo on Fridays and Saturdays. Come in and enjoy a cocktail with Manny.


I have known Caron and Joe since I was 16 and have worked at ONE 53 since 2008 (Can you believe it?!). During those years, I have learned many things about food and wine. One of my favorite dishes on the menu is our double cut pork chop but my weakness has to be all our chocolate desserts. I love learning about wine and food. - Carla


“I've been at ONE 53 since ’06 – opening day  wow, that went by fast! I've been in the restaurant world for over 35 years. I started as a dishwasher and worked on up to owning my own place. My favorite thing about ONE 53 is the changing seasonal additions to the menu. Currently, the short rib is my fav but when the rabbit loin is on the menu, it's amazing!” – GO METS!!" -- Scott


Chef Juan Mercado is old school. He started in the kitchen at age 14 as dishwasher. Along the way he spent time at Poet's Cafe, Les Champignons, Lobster House, Lawrenceville Inn and other stops. Today his feet are firmly planted as Head Chef at
ONE 53 - aren't we lucky!


I've been a server since I was 16 years old (yikes!!!). I started working at ONE 53 in August 2012. I enjoy the people I work with but most of all I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of our regular guests. My current menu favorites include short ribs, our ravioli ...and of course the grilled pound cake ice cream sandwich! - Kelly


I got my start in the restaurant business while I was in college. It was then I realized the old adage was right, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." And I haven't. (I'm sure my co-workers would agree.) All kidding aside, I now realize it’s the people that kept me behind the bar. I’ve meet some wonderful people. As a bartender you witness many celebrations in people’s lives. I've been a part of weddings, birthdays and graduations. I can't think of a better way to spend my time. Working at ONE 53 has been one of the best jobs I've had in a long career. It’s a great spot. If you haven’t been, come to ONE 53 and experience what you're missing. If you have already, hurry back, I miss you! - Craig.


Katie runs ONE 53. She came up through the ranks as server and is now our GM. Her hard work, experience and ability to make our guests comfortable is a pleasure to enjoy. Like our entire staff, she is genuinely gratified by our guests having a memorable dining experience at ONE 53. It’s not a learned trait, it comes from within. Come experience for yourself.


Jose "Rambo"

Jose “Rambo” del Cid has been a part of ONE 53 since 2008 and we are so grateful. Rambo is our expeditor “calling the pass”. Not every restaurant has this very integral position in their operation. The “pass” is the line between the back of the house, where our chefs make your food, and the front of the house, who serves and delivers your food. Rambo is to our kitchen what a conductor is to an orchestra. He makes sure that everyone keeps working together so that dishes are brought to the table simultaneously, hot and lookin’ good! To add to his talents, Rambo is most proud of becoinging a father!


Adrienne, or "Age" as we have so lovingly termed her, is a accomplished biathlete (which is cross-country skiing combined with rifle shooting), and a scratch golfer. Just kidding! She's the retail  manager at Lucy's!! Age is
ONE 53's best kept secret (she's only here on Monday nights). There's no such thing as The Monday Blues at her bar.


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ONE 53
153 Washington Street
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

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