Definitely worth driving the extra 15 minutes to. This place appears to be criminally under-marketed and in fairness, has one of the most irritating websites imaginable, but the food was really good. My colleague recommended it and told me to go because she likes it "and there's never anyone in there." Well, that was pretty much true--only about 1/4 of the tables were occupied on a Saturday night at 8 PM, which is a real shame.
On weekends (at least for the current few months), they serve soul food, but at other times the restaurant is sort of upscale creative Caribbean/French/American--you'll have to look at the menu. (Be forewarned--getting to it via the website is a production.) The food we had last night was from the soul food lineup and it was almost universally excellent. I had fried chicken with a side of collards and a side of mac and cheese; other members of my party had barbecued beef ribs, shrimp and grits, and a grilled Niman Ranch pork chop, with various sides. I thought my fried chicken was fabulous, with a crispy, peppery batter; the collards in particular were the best I've ever eaten, and the cornbread served with everyone's meal was good too (although the Southerner in our party found it on the sweet side). Everyone else raved about their food as well, including a very picky rib eater. We will definitely be going back to try other items. It looks like the restaurant will be a great place for brunch in nice weather. There are a few tables outside.
The one downside, and it is definitely worth mentioning, was the drinks menu. The place has a full bar for cocktails and serves a small selection of OK wines, but for some reason has Corona (!) as the sole beer selection. After dinner, the only tea was Lipton--no better-quality or herbal teas--and the coffee was really weak. This was a letdown after the great food, but could easily be improved (I hope someone from the restaurant is reading this!) The drinks side doesn't come close to the creativity and quality of the food side.
The dining room is very nice, sort of a mash-up of Old New Castle style and zebra prints, if you can imagine that, and well executed. The restaurant is right on the corner of the main square in New Castle, heading toward the water. I'm sure they'll get a bigger crowd in the summer when tourists are there, but Prince on Delaware needs much better marketing in general. It's been there for a while, but I'd never heard of it, and as I mentioned the website is awful. I hope they work out their drinks kinks, get some advertising going, and get better known!
Prince On Delaware
124 Delaware St Ste Frnt, New Castle, DE 19720