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Honeymooning in Newport, RI - Aug 27th

We are staying at the Castle Hill Inn and already have a reservation there for one night. Can people recommend other places to have meals, drinks? I have heard Flo's Clam Shack also. Want to buy wine to bring back as well. Thank you! We are from NYC, if that helps anyone decide what to recommend.

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  1. I moved away years ago, but it looks like the <a href="http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide... Desk</a> is still good. <a href="http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide... White Horse Tavern</a> is the first tavern in the US (jacket and tie required). Avoid Brick Alley Pub unless you're searching for mediocrity.

    1. Many good options. Castle Hill Inn is the best, be there for sunset.
      West Deck, Scales and Shells, The Mooring, 22 Bowen in the Thames St area are good/great.
      Flo's Clam shack has the best fried seafood. Very "down and dirty". Just off First (Easton's) Beach.
      The wine shop on Bellevue is the best.

      1. Thank you. I don't mind blending the fancy-pants places with the places like Flo's. Can't wait!

        1. Newport Vineyards has a nice place for wine tasting. The wines aren't half bad. I really liked the cabernet franc that they had.

          1. You might find some useful info in this thread. Incidentally, I am among those who doesn't like Flo's....I would hate to have you eat bad food on your honeymoon.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. I don't think very much of Newport or Sakonnet wineries, but I think Westport Rivers (Westport MA) is wonderful....known for sparklers (excellent) and they also make a nice dry rose that I like.

              1. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                My report from about a year ago - hope it helps.

                And we disliked 22 Boewens enormously. Too touristy and overpriced to boot.

                1. Had a great dinner at the West Deck this past weekend. A bit more upscale inside then a great place to have a few drinks after (a bit rowdy though.) The candy store has great sushi and the black pearl patio is a fun place to hang outside and have a drink at sunset.

                  1. The Spiced Pear strikes me as very different than it's name - it is more parlor-room old-money glamour than contemporary, but views from the dining room of the cliffwalk is so romantic. I had a lovely meal as well.
                    http://www.spicedpear.com/

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                    1. re: xilinxchic

                      The place looks amazing, but wow, those prices are even a bit crazy for New York City, and I am someone who will pay them!

                    2. Lots of good places to choose from. The Castle Hill Inn also recommended a place called The Obelisk and Asterik (I think)?? Has anyone been there?

                      1. I believe it's just called "Asterix" now. It was excellent before the name change and I have not been since this revamping (name and menu overhaul?).

                        1. I will find out and report back !

                          1. I liked West Deck on my one trip there a few months back. Pricey but great food.

                            Baked Oysters au Gratin with Leeks, Fennel Sauce & Parmesan Cheese $13. I could have eaten 12 of these. I get enough raw oysters in Boston so like to try other variations and this was delicious.

                            Bermuda Fish Chowder with Gosling’s Rum & Sherry Pepper Sauce
                            $7.50. Ok, but I'll stick to dark and stormies for my intake of Goslings

                            Lobster Fatulli ~ Poached Lobster with Button Mushrooms, Potato Gnocchi, & Lobster Cream $44/market. Pricy, but delicious. I think the meat was from a 1.25 lb lobster. Gnocchi good but not amazing.

                            I forget what dish my friend had but he ate all of it.

                            http://www.westdeck.com/menus.asp

                            Bob's on Thames is ok for pressed sandwiches. Avoid the Red Parrot.

                            Menu at the Cheeky Monkey looked good

                            http://www.cheekymonkeycafe.com/menu....

                            1. I absolutely love the Cheeky Monkey! The atmosphere is funky but the food presentation is lovely. The bananas foster dessert was my favorite, but the shrimp in puff pastry appetizer was a close second!

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                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                Pegmeister what were the prices like at Cheeky? I seem to recall they were a little less than West Deck but it's been a couple of months since I saw their menu in person and prices are not listed on the website.