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Best restaurants in lower Fairfield County-Money no object

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stevel Dec 6, 2007 10:17 AM

I have a few special occasions coming up and need some great restaurants in the area. I can never seem to find anything I like(I think I'm spoiled by NYC). I usually wind up trecking into the city.

Some restaurants I've tried but various reasons didn't like include:Thomas Henkelman, Rebeccas, John Louis, Vallbella, Elm Street Oyster House, Telluride, Ocean 211. Just to list a few!!

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    tgseaver RE: stevel Dec 6, 2007 11:21 AM

    DA PIETRO'S in Westport gets my vote.

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      stevel RE: tgseaver Dec 6, 2007 11:28 AM

      Great idea! I forgot about them. A couple more if anyone has suggestions.

    2. amanda3571 RE: stevel Dec 6, 2007 12:19 PM

      Stevel - Not in FC, but close enough....have you been to Blue Hill yet?

      My other suggestion would be (again if money is no object) - take your Sweetie up to the Copper Beech Inn for a night in Essex.

      http://www.copperbeechinn.com/home.htm

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        sibeats RE: stevel Dec 6, 2007 01:10 PM

        Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. Paci in Southport.

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          stevel RE: stevel Dec 6, 2007 01:13 PM

          Thanks for the ideas. Da Pietros & Blue Hill are great suggestions!!

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            rbailin RE: stevel Dec 6, 2007 06:19 PM

            You didn't mention the various reasons why you didn't like many of the highest rated restaurants in Ffld Cty, so I'll bet that you won't care for these two suggestions either.

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              amanda3571 RE: stevel Dec 7, 2007 05:01 AM

              The Schoolhouse is a great suggestion as well. One of my faves.

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                dolores RE: amanda3571 Dec 7, 2007 05:23 AM

                Polpo, in Greenwich.

                I'd be interested in reading why you didn't like the aforementioned restaurants.

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                  stevel RE: dolores Dec 7, 2007 06:12 AM

                  I didn't want to bore everybody with my problems with the restaurants I listed but i"ll give some details
                  Thomas Henkelman-I think it's the most over rated restaurant in Ct. and maybe the most over rated I've ever eaten in. I've eaten there twice 1st 10 years ago and again this summer when I decided to give it a 2nd chance. First when I called I asked if they could email or send me a copy of their wine list. They refused. I went in person to look it over and they gave me a huge attitude. When I ordered I asked for 15:00 to 20:00 between courses. My waiter said that would be no trouble. As soon as my apps. were cleared they brought the main course. I explained my problem nicely and the waiter told me they would keep the plates "hot" until we were ready. I explained for the prices I didn't want my meal sitting under a heat lamp but a new dish. When they brought it back, it was the same dish! The head waiter apologised and explained the owner was cooking and wouldn't give a new dish. The food wasn't that great
                  Rebeccas-I love the food but find it WAY overpriced and lacking in decor for what it charges.
                  John Louis- I've never been that impressed with the food.
                  Vallbella-Good food not great and also overpriced.
                  Elm Street Oyster-It really hurts not to eat there anymore. I think the food is great. They rush you in and out and are nasty. I went with friends and had a very expensive dinner with wines and they almost pushed us out of the restaurant to make room for the next seating. We were there under 75:00 at the time. When I complained the owner came over and got nasty and told me it was a small restaurant and they had to turn over the tables fast.
                  Thats a few reasons.

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                    amanda3571 RE: stevel Dec 7, 2007 06:20 AM

                    All that mentioned....I have a feeling you'll really enjoy Blue Hill. Do the farmers feast and enjoy. (and dedicate 3-4 hours)

            2. southlake RE: stevel Dec 7, 2007 06:38 AM

              if you're looking for the "best of the best"........then there's no question.........go to blue hill......and i agree with you about all those places you had issues with.......i'm willing to pay those "rebecca type prices" but my experience must be flawless from the time i am greeted.......utnil the time when they drop the check........

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                stevel RE: southlake Dec 7, 2007 06:53 AM

                Southlake,
                Thanks. Considering were so close to NYC, I just wish we could get the same restaurant experience.
                I will definitely make reservations at Blue Hill.
                I love Da Pietros. My wife has issues because of the closeness of the tables.

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                  dolores RE: stevel Dec 7, 2007 07:01 AM

                  Thanks, stevel, for sharing. I can commiserate on the 'rushing' of courses, that's one of my deal breakers.

                  Have you been to Polpo?

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                    stevel RE: dolores Dec 7, 2007 07:13 AM

                    Haven't tried Polpo yet. Any place good for New Years Eve in the area?

              2. jfood RE: stevel Dec 7, 2007 07:15 AM

                Stevel

                jfood is glad you wrote the reasons above. Many agreements and several of yours are on Jfood's DNR list.

                Try Bonne Nuit in New Canaan. When you make the reso, ask to speak with Ro the owner. tell her that you would like a dinner with the pacing you would like and discuss your wine selections with her. if she does not have, she might offer to buy or you can BYO. Her husband is in the open kitchen cooking and he is great. It is a smallish Bistro type place maybe 40-50 seats. It can be a little difficult to get a reso with tight timing but it has jfood's full reco.

                Here's the link

                http://www.culinarymenus.com/bistrobo...

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                  stevel RE: jfood Dec 7, 2007 07:35 AM

                  I've always wanted to try it. I'll have to check it out. Thanks

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