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Any reports on new restaurants in Greenwich and Rye Brook?

OK. . . I'm going to be very vague here.

In Rye Brook, in the Food Emporium shopping center, an Italian restaurant I never heard anything exciting about is now Steve's (?) Steakhouse. Has anyone tried it?

In Byram, right over the bridge from Main St. (essentially just up the street from Kneaded Bread) what used to be a different restuarant is now Greenwich Lobster House. After years of trying lobster in all sorts of places in the NYC area, I sadly came to the conclusion that it's just a mistake. I don't actually believe that the mere act of crossing the Byram River into New England will somehow turn it all into a good idea, but, ever the optimist, I ask: Has anyone eaten there? Does it taste like Maine?

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  1. Funny - I saw the new Greenwich Lobster House for the first time this morning after my saturday morning Kneaded Bread run with the kiddies. So... no, I haven't been there yet... but it wouldn't be too hard to be better than the Black Bear Grille, which previously occupied the space.

    1. In the Food Emp shopping center they are building Franks steaks. The last time I passed by it wasn't open yet. I heard the same guy is putting in a pizza place where the coffee shop was, I think it was called the Garden Restaurant.

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      1. re: debmom

        I heard that Lidia Bastianch bought the Tarry Lodge near the kneaded bread. I heard from a good source,but have not seen anything about it. It would be wonderful to have a Bastianch restaurant in the area

        1. re: TessCooks

          I just heard this as well! It DOES make sense, though. Her son lives in Greenwich and I believe he co-owns one of Mario Batali's NYC restaurants. He's a big wine guy....

          1. re: LHorch

            Joseph Bastianich is, I believe, Mario Batali's partner in almost all of Mario's restaurants - Babbo, Lupa, Esca, Otto, Del Posto, Casa Mono.

            I do hope this Tarry Lodge rumor is true. It would be awesome to have a Lidia Bastianich restaurant up her.

      2. I didn't even know the diner by Food Emporium had closed. I drive by that shopping center a million times a week, but almost never have reason to go in.

        Bastianich? Tarrytown Lodge? Oh please, please, please let it be true!!

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        1. re: marcia2

          I heard the same thing about Lidia buying Tarry Lodge. I hope it's true.

          My husband's grandmother ate at the Garden Restaurant a lot, and she didn't know it was closing either.

        2. I also hear that Batali bought Tarry Lodge and I will be one happy camper as I LOVE Babbo and I am too lazy to schlep to the city often enough to enjoy it. Speaking of new places in the area - has anyone else noticed a new joint called (I think) Netto jut down the street from Rye Ridge Tiles? It is near JT something just past the hub of town towards CT?

          1. I just drove past the place I was asking about - it is actually Nessa and it does not look open as of yet. I'll keep you guys posted....

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            1. re: KarenNYC

              There was a nice write-up for Nessa in the Westmore News (local Rye Brook newspaper) yesterday. Last night we ventured there. The room is long, dark but pleasant. The service was efficient but on the slow side. The food was-- good, very good! It is upscale Italian with a wide variety of choices. No bread is served, you can order all different kinds bruschetta, quite yummy, $3 per slice. Paninis with fresh ingredients $8. Delicious Nessa salad, mixed greens with some pickled bits, loved it!!! Main dishes, pasta with clam sauce and fusilli pasta with sausage, broccoli rabe and fresh tomatoes. Both were exceptional, I think in the $16-$20 range. No room for dessert, but an unexpected excellent meal.

              1. re: debmom

                I saw a postcard at Varmax Wines advertising Nessa as byob. Is that still the case?

                1. re: Boswell

                  Yes, it is currently byob since they have not gotten their license

                2. re: debmom

                  They 'charge' for bread?


                  1. re: debmom

                    FYI, I heard Nessa is the same owner as EDO, the Hibachi Restaurant in Portchester. Just a little info one might like to have.

                    1. re: momuh2

                      There is a hibachi place in Port Chester??? Where is it located?

                      1. re: KarenNYC

                        Edo is between Pathmark and Home Depot on Midland Ave

                3. We ate at Greenwich Lobster House this weekend and it was disappointing. Nice atmosphere and good service but the food was absolutely average. The chopped salad was worse than basic...just romaine with chick peas and tomatoes. They have large portions but nothing was outstanding. Really disappointing.

                  1. There was an article in the Journal News confirming that Joe Bastianich did buy Tarry Lodge, but it is up in the air as to whether he will open a restaurant there or just fix up the property and sell it.


                    1. OH!!! Praying that he does not sell it. PortChester needs a jewel. Q has done wonders for downtown as has the new complex with movies and restaurants. They should do something like OTTO in that space. PC needs a good wine place!!!!

                      1. Cool new retro place on the Stamford Greenwich line, Rte. 22. Same as the one in Armonk. Similar to Lucky's in Stamford, but better food, bigger menu, bar.

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                        1. re: tdchow

                          I thought Rte 22 was HORRIBLE but Lucky's is decent and Q's food gave me a migraine from I'm sure additives but the atmosphere for a drink is nice.

                        2. I think we should start a letter writing campaing to Battali! I for one would write a bushel of letters to get him to open someplace so close to home.

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                          1. re: KarenNYC

                            I went to bastianich.com, clicked on "Contact Us" and sent an email to Joe asking him to pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease open a restaurant at Tarry Lodge instead of selling. Not deeply articulate or closely reasoned, but heartfelt!

                          2. great idea - I'll head over there to send a similar e-mail.

                            1. We ate at Frank's steakhouse this weekend. Overall, we enjoyed it. We had the skirt steak, which is apparently what they are known for (they have 2 locations on LI). It was good, and a very big portion. For sides, we had roasted garlic potato puffs (kind of like a croquette, quite tasty) and creamed spinach (good, but nothing to write home about). My husband had a sushi roll for an appetizer (it was called a tri-color roll) and said it was one of the best he ever had. The waitress said the sushi chef is from Nobu. I had the French onion soup, which was fine but nothing special. The bread before the meal wasn't too impressive. We had a half bottle of wine, which was a good amount for 2. For dessert, we had deep dish cheesecake, which was served in a cappucino-style cup. It was different, but tasted fine. They were a bit slow in bringing us the appetizer, but otherwise the service was pretty good. A fire alarm went off while we were there, and one of the managers came over to apologize. The prices are definitely on the high side, but there seemed to be plenty of customers willing to pay them.

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                              1. re: shellyesq

                                sounds weird to have a sushi chef at a steak place!