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Apr 3, 2005 06:41 PM

Hungry In Greenwich, CT !

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Just moved to Greenwich, CT and am deperately in the need of some good food recommendations. There seems to be a big drop off here from New York.

Please help!


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    1. Any move to a suburb outside of NYC will be a "big drop off," chow-wise. But, Greenwich Ave has TONS of restaurants, most of which are probably overpriced and swelled with suburbanite singles on the weekends. Despite that, Greenwich probably has a better selection of restaurants than most of the surrounding area.

      As doc said, Thataway's is fine for a casual dinner. The outdoor eating space is beautiful on a summer evening.

      I love Versailles, though I haven't been there in a while. I'm pretty sure they don't serve dinner, but they have nice French lunches and brunch on the weekend.

      Dome is a beautiful space. I think the food was pretty good when I was there a few years ago.

      The Italian place (I want to say it's called something like "Da Vinci"), is also a nice room. The food is good, if not authentic, and a little more on the fancyish side.

      Other than that, I'm not familiar with the other restaurants. Go to Port Chester (right over the border in NY) for some a couple of fancy places or grittier Latin cuisines, or Stamford (up two or three exits on 95) for a slightly wider range of choices. Good luck!

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      1. re: Eva and Ziv

        I believe Da Vinci is recently closed....

        I had some great (but expensive) sushi at Tengda on Field Point Road (just off Greenwich Avenue) yesterday. The uni was very fresh and the miso soup was streaked with lace mushrooms - delicious!

      2. Hello-
        I moved to Greenwich about 5 years ago and they have many great restaurants. There are quite a few good ones on Greenwich Ave. Dome has closed- but Terra is good, Gingerman is good for bar type food. If you want seafood Elm Street Oyster House is amazing. Baang in Riverside is great also- it's Asian Fusion. Barcelona is good. There are just so many- for very fancy- Rebecca's and Polpo are my 2 favorites- they are on the pricey side, but worth the money- at least in my opinion. There are also a lot of good restaurants in Port Chester and Rye, NY. If you like Mexican- you have to try Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich.

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        1. re: Sara

          As Sara said, while you don't have the 1,000s of choices like you do in NYC, greenwich is by no means a culinary wasteland.

          Greenwich actually has some good restaurants. Kai (I think that is the name) in cos cob on putnam has good sushi. Alta on greenwich ave has good seafood. Terra is good. As can be mediterraneo. For lunch or light dinner try meli-melo, a great crepe place on the avenue. Excellent.

          Agree also with the other recs sara and others have given. (I do have to disagree with Boxcar, though... if you want mexican, don't go anywhere in Greenwich... head to Port Chester or Stamford).

          If you are looking for other international food, then you need to go to port chester or Stamford. Both have excellent food. If it is latin you are looking for, then port chester rivals some of the boroughs given its very small size.

          Stamford also has some good options for a range of restaurants. Good mexican, haitian, etc. Also good italian, fusion, etc. My latest fav is egane (thanks to cteats' tip on this board a while back). Good korean. At the good places in Stamford you get a little more for your money than similar quality places in greenwich.

          That said, Greenwich has some very good high-end places, which Stamford doesn't. Jean-Luis on Lewis St, for one.

          1. re: adamclyde

            If you enjoy Italian food, Valbella is my choice. The food is very good and they aim to please. Nice atmosphere and fun too.

            1. re: adamclyde

              Adamclyde...I agree about Port Chester. What is your Mexican recommendation in Port Chester? Many thanks.

          2. I'm not an expert, but I'd say Manero's Steakhouse
            is good. They claim to have a "Nationally Famous
            GORGONZOLA CHEESE SALAD". I've had it, it's good, I like their fried onions, too. See website below for address/info:


            Across the border in Port Chester is the Willet House steakhouse. Manero's is like a good family place, Willet is more upscale corporate. Expensive...nickname is Wallet House.

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            1. re: Triple

              I believe Manero's has been closed for some time.

            2. I'm very sorry but Port Chester has the best ribs and hoedown food you will ever find this side of the Mississippi. I live in Stamford but for lunch I go to Bobby Q's if I have time. Go there for ribs!!!