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Dec 12, 2006 09:00 PM

Favorite restaurant on Greenwich Ave???

Mine is Pasta Vera.

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    1. Assuming you are talking about Greenwich Ave in Greenwich, CT...

      which, of course, is home of the overpriced, underperforming meal. That said, Terra isn't bad, though not cheap at all. not a fan at all of Mediterraneo. Gaia gets mixed reviews here.

      Most satisfying for me, though, is a hamburger at Thataway Cafe, since it doesn't break the bank and actually tastes quite good. Especially if you order it with guacamole and bacon... mmm...

      I do hear good things about Ginger Man, but I have not personally been...

      1. I'm lukewarm on Terra, but love Mediterraneo.

        Ginger Man is good, but not great.

        We loved Elm St. Oyster House, just off Greenwich Ave.

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        1. re: lisette

          forgot about oyster house. That's true, it's quite good.

          1. re: lisette

            by the way, what do you recommend at Mediterraneo? I only ate there once and was very disappointed (I had monkfish, wife had some pasta), but I don't doubt they have good things on the menu. Would love your recs.

            1. re: adamclyde

              It's been too long since we've been there for me to recommend a particular dish, Adamclyde. I think we've generally enjoyed the fish and the specials, but I can't think of anything particular.

              If anything at Mediterraneo turns me off, it's the decor. I find it a bit sterile.

              BTW, it's on the other side of town, but have you tried the Beach House Cafe in OG? It's owned by the Thataway folks, but more upscale (although still casual). They have a seasonal menu. We like it.

              1. re: lisette

                no but thanks for the tip. looked on google and it looks like it is just a little past arcuris? I'll definitely have to check it out. Do they have good chowders there in the winter? I'm in the mood...

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Don't know if they have a chowder (chowdah?) but they have lobster bisque. They also have a great "Rhode Island style" calamari with hot peppers. Tasty.

              2. re: adamclyde

                hey adam,

                I go to mediterraneo pretty often, and enjoy these dishes:
                pork chop with crumpled sausage and cherry peppers. Big Niman ranch cut,the sausage and peppers give it lots of flavors you wouldnt normally associate with pork
                Lamb Kabob and Kofte - more of middle eastern/turkish dish. comes with a nice yogurt sauce and wild rice.
                Paperdelle with braised duck - pretty big dish with lots of duck and root vegetables. The tomato suace they use doesnt overwhelm the dish.

                Ive always enojoyed the pizzas. There is a chicken in Flatbread that is served during lunch only that my wife loves. Also a tuna carpaccio appy with seaweed salad and citrus fruits is basically ordered every visit

                Dont forget their bread and humus

                As you can tell I enjoy this place very much :)

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Had dinner at Mediterraneo for the first time in about 3 or 4 years (I swore I would never return after a few so-so meals) and I was pleasantly suprised. Lamb Kabob with mint yogurt sauce and grilled calamari were quite good. Also the reasonably priced wine list was a suprise. Chalk Hill 2004 Chard which retails for $45 was $60 on the list.

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                1. Glad to see the mods nixed a rant and my rant-retort, thanks again mods. Now back to the thread.

                  I am not a big fan of most of the restos on greenwich ave. the addition of Barcelona is a huuuuge uptick in my opinion if it mimics the Norwalk location. DW and I want to try oyster house and on some lazy weekend next summer we will.

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                  1. re: jfood

                    hey, what's the price range at barcelona? typical for the area?

                    I've heard so many good things... I can't wait to try it. What would you recommend from the Norwalk location (hoping the menus are the same)?

                    by the way, back to the OP, I've seen Pasta Vera for ages, I think. Is it the place, same side as Gingerman, that looks sort of like a deli, but with fresh pasta instead? Looks intriguing and I feel guilty that when I lived around the corner, I never tried it... What's it like? Lunch and dinner? Looks like a casual place (that's a good thing).

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      We ate at Barcelona recently and have been to quite a number of NYC tapas places with which we compared it. It was good, not great, and the prices were similar. I remeber really liking some dishes, not liking some others, thinking the red sangria was good to ok, not better than that. If I can remember what we ate, I will post some details.

                      1. re: adamclyde

                        they just switched over from the summer to the fall menu but the duck confit, and steak are great each around 10. The olives are good but not worth the 3.50. hostess highly recommended the cauliflower (did not bite last time). Stay away from the ribs, they can be fatty and hard to chew. Calamari very nice, goat was excellent, portabella mushroom with herbed cheese outstanding. They have very nice bread a a pretty good olive oil for dipping. Go to the web site and take a gander.

                        Thanks for the reminder, I was supposed to make a reso for this saturday but forgot. Whew, they still had a table for me.