Hartford - Recs for upscale-ish/casual dinner
- Rabbit Jun 6, 2007 07:16 AM
Looking for a restaurant recommendation in Hartford (first visit).
I'd like to find someplace for a weekend dinner to catch up with a friend we haven't seen in a while... someplace "casual" insofar as you can linger for a long time, and cocktail it up, and the room will have a little energy and buzz. But "upscale" in terms of good/interesting food and drink offerings. We're late thirties/forty-ish and budget isn't a consideration.
Perhaps something along the lines of Eastern Standard in Boston or a bit-more-happening-ish Cotton (Manchester)?
Hot Tomato's is a good suggestion as is Peppercorn's. Both offer the opportunity to "retire to the bar" after dinner. Of the two, Peppercorn's is a bit more formal and has the better bar by far.
O'Porto on Park St is also a nice place to linger. Never rushed. Good food. But if it is your first trip to Hartford, you may want to stick in the downtown area.