LI vs. Westchester vs. Fairfield
Differences? Overall thoughts about the state of each restaurant scene. Could any of them ever be as accredited and respected as NYC, at least Brooklyn? I think they all are pretty good and have more than enough going for them.
Sorry, also Northern NJ.
Interesting question, having lived in all three areas (I'm not very familiar w/ N. Jersey) I have to say that I think Fairfield county has the best restaurant scene. I'm very partial to SoNo restaurants, Barcelona and Habana are 2 faves when I'm bored with the usual Italian or Asian cuisines that are so ubiquitious.
However, to date I have not found a favorite 'blow me away" "gastronomic experience" in any of these areas. For whatever reason, as has been debated endlessly on this site as of late, nothing seems to beat a top rated Manhattan restaurant in food quality and service IMHO.