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Apr 3, 2007 01:59 PM

Stamford Expense Account Dinner Recommendation?

I'm headed to the Stamford area on Monday and have never been in the area. Can you recommend a fine dining restaurant - steak, seafood, Italian? A good wine list is a must!

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      1. If you cannot get in for some reason, I have never been disapointed with Telluride on Bedford Street. Have brought clients who loved it too. Please do tell how your evening was!

        1. Not sure what kind of "fine" you're looking for, but if it's fancy impress-the-client-cost-be-damned "fine", you may want to slip over the border to Greenwich for Thomas Henkelmann at the Homestead Inn, which is rated highly for cuisine. For ltalian in downtown Stamford that is somewhat casual, Columbus Park is wonderful--highly recommend their veal dishes and the capellini ala vongole. If you really want steak, I believe Bennett's puts some effort into their wine, though most agree there's no really great steak place in town. Also, do check to be sure places aren't closed on Monday as some still do this.

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          1. re: MommaJ

            Speaking of fancy schmancy places in greenwich, I wonder if Jean Louis is still good? I used to live within eyesight of the place, heard wonderful things about it, but never went, since I didn't have that expense account. But for someone who does, if it is still good, it might be another very good option for blowing a load of dough.

            1. re: adamclyde

              I have had many great meals at JL and one clunker. He can definitely cook, it is a small intimate environ and when clicking, it's great.

              They crossed the line last time we were there when everything was cold, undercooked, and were not very accomodating. I were recommend as this was a very off-experience there.

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            1. Try Morton's (steak) or Mona Lisa (fine italian). Both are good options on an expensive account.

              1. re: Ora

                Mona Lisa is a nice alternative (i could not call it "fine") but will remind you of Ozzie and Harriet. Very 1950's-60's old timer sorta place. I like the food but not exactly a memorable eating experience. Morton's, well one word, Blah!

                Or do what I do in the North End of Boston and trust your nose. Go to the Summer Street area around the Majestic and read some of the menus. You have lower end Mexican to higher end fish.

                1. re: jfood

                  I'll second Mona Lisa as a solid (not great) destination. the pasta is fresh and the wine selection well thought out. I'm guessing jfood's Ozzie and Harriet crack highlights the fact that the place is a family-run affair. It is.

                  Napa is a hot ticket. I've enjoyed dinner and lunch there. I'm targeting brunch in May. Let the record show that the barkeep makes an excellent vodka gimlet.

                  Ocean 211, around the corner from Napa on the Summer Street extension, has fresh fish and the best oysters in the area. Expect to take a serious hit to the wallet.

                  If you absolutely insist on spending great hunks of other people's money, there's always Morton's. Bennett's Steak and Fish also makes the cut at a (slightly) cheaper price point. Neither Morton's nor Bennett's can hold a candle to the steaks at Keens (Manhattan).

                  Enjoy your meal. Let us know how you made out.

                  1. re: steve h.

                    I agree w Steve on Ocean 211. Not only is the food solid, the owners are great people, used to run a manhattan fish resto. For some reason I always think of this place for lunch but not dinner.

                    WRT Mortons and Bennet's, although you are spending others' money you still have to eat it. It just ain't worth it. I have turned down many offers to eat at Mortons in STM over the years. They have a new CEO that lives in the next town over and I hope he does something with this location. I watched the grill guy there for 10 minutes one night and to be perfectly honest the grill guy at Texas Steakhouse in Bensalem PA did a better job tending to the steaks.

                  2. re: jfood

                    Jfood--I really hear you on that "fine" comment :)
                    But, I meant relative to Stamford, where high-end is scarse to non-existant really ;)

                    1. re: Ora


                      STM is getting better and they have some great little places, and one of the BEST italian delis I have ever eaten at.

                      But, I am not sure I want "fine" italian anywhere. Think Valbella's, it just doesn't work for me. Italian food should be fun, earthy and hearty. Even the lighter side of italian cuisine is enjoyable, but "fine" just gives me a bit of a brain cramp.

                      BTW - this weekend is my Hazan Marathon cook-fest. Final decision are chosen tonight while Sanjaya gets sent home. :-)))

                      1. re: jfood

                        Which Deli?? We just had an office party by one that started with an F (something like Fratanelli's??) and it was a cut above for Stamford, but not the best :)

                        I wish there were better (including "fine") restaurants on the water in Stamford, all that real estate seems wasted...

                        1. re: Ora

                          Sounds like Tre Fratelli on High Ridge. No biggie and the food has less poof than the attitude, but not bad. Probably a 4-5 on the Jfood scale.

                          WRT the deli, Giovannis. If you go down Summer and make a right at the light where Planet Pizza is. The deli is a block on the left.

                          A few guys own it and they make all the parms in the morning and they have fantastic red gravy. Order some pasta with the eggplant parm on top and a little extra gravy. Pure heaven. You better like garlic.

                          Not really a sit-down. A few tables for some of their cronies to have a buttered roll and a cup of coffeee in the morning to discuss the Yankees and the Mets.

                          Another good deli is A&S up on high ridge, near tre fratelli. They have great sausage. The chicken sausage is a little overpriced and not as good as the pork. They also have a store in Norwalk on 123 in the same mini-mall as Liz Sue Bagels.


                          1. re: jfood

                            a&s is where i go to get muffuletta fixin's (deb does the olive spread).

                            giovanni's is a "goto" wedge (grinder, sub, whatever) lunch spot in the spring. i hope giovanni's makes it: i saw some suits there last week who were clearly not there for the food. we'll see.

                            1. re: steve h.

                              Giovanni's makes a great chef or greek salad. They are good guys.

                            2. re: jfood

                              I do like A&S Fine Foods---but they push it with the prices, and no sit down area @ Stamford location. I always have to scarf down my chicken cutlet sandwich in the car because I can't wait...

                              In all these yrs in I never tried Giovanni's--has a Tony Soprano is hanging in there feeling about it...I'll finally try it when I cheat on my diet one day.