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SONO Restaurant Change - Porterhouse Out - Osetra In

jfood Feb 9, 2008 04:02 AM

Reported in the Stamford Advocate this morning that Porterhouse Restaurant will serve it's last dinner this evening since the owners have sold the space. The new owners will open a restaurant named Osetra. The new owners are father-son with the son a CIA graduate and reported to have been the Exec. Chef at Neptune Oyster in Boston.

SONO could use another high end fish restaurant to compete with Ocean Drive (who really needs to bring back it's vibe from 5 years ago)

More good news for the restaurant lovers of SONO.

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  1. nbermas RE: jfood Feb 9, 2008 11:27 AM

    I saw them looking for help, I think pastry chef's on craigslist. I thought high end restaurants come with chef's already?

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      Fairfield.Foody RE: nbermas Feb 9, 2008 02:38 PM

      What in the world would make you think that??? This place could be many, many months from opening.

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        nbermas RE: Fairfield.Foody Feb 10, 2008 05:00 AM

        Fairfield Foody: Your reply to me is confusing because it didn't answer my question. But thanks for the heads up on opening in a few months.

    2. SweetPea914 RE: jfood Feb 9, 2008 07:20 PM

      OMG, while I'm sad Porterhouse is closing, Neptune is my favorite place for oysters and lobster rolls in Boston. It's off the beaten path but so worth the walk! I'm so excited about this. if it's half as good as Neptune it will blow all local oyster places out of the water (no pun intended)!

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        nbermas RE: SweetPea914 Feb 10, 2008 04:56 AM

        Do you think that it is going to be very expensive?

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          Fairfield.Foody RE: nbermas Feb 10, 2008 05:11 AM

          Judging by the name and location...probably ain't gonna be cheap.

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            SweetPea914 RE: nbermas Feb 10, 2008 05:57 AM

            Again, just going by what I know of Neptune, it probably will be pricey. Although with seaood, I'm happy to pay for quality. We usually go to Neptune for lunch and it typically costs $75-$100. Their lobster rolls are about $20. Oysters are on par price wise with any decent place in the area, however, since we are on vacation when we go, lunch usually includes a drink or 2.

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              jfood RE: nbermas Feb 10, 2008 07:07 AM

              Jfood would guess that the pricepoint will be $23-36 for entrees, which is par for the area. Jfood is looking forward to a nice high end fish resto in SONO. It is so hard to get into Rowayton Seafood, Harbor Lights is good but a little off the beaten path and Ocean Drive needs a good self-reassessment and update.

              Jfood is very excited about this new addition.

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                winston669 RE: jfood Feb 11, 2008 01:58 PM

                I think Harbor Lights is worth the drive! Love that place!

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                  SweetPea914 RE: jfood Feb 11, 2008 04:32 PM

                  I totally agree re: Ocean Drive. I used to love that place, now I don't even bother with it.
                  Re: Harbor Lights, for us it's not out of the way at all and we often go after docking our boat. However, it is out of the way for Sono and it can be very loud during the "off" season when the windows aren't open.

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                    nbermas RE: SweetPea914 Feb 11, 2008 04:40 PM

                    Where is Harbor Lights and what type of food is it? Is it wothwhile to go? What are they known for?

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                      jfood RE: nbermas Feb 11, 2008 05:03 PM

                      continue down washington and go over the bridge. at the fork bear to the right. directly befor the sharp left are two restaurants on the right Harbor Lights and a DQ looking place (which jfood read somewhere is pretty good).

                      Serves a nice variety of fish in nice sized portions.

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                        Fairfield.Foody RE: jfood Feb 12, 2008 05:05 AM

                        That place would be Overton's. Great in the summer for dogs, fried clams, milkshakes.

                        BTW-I disagree about Ocean Drive. Still the best seafood place in the area, IMHO.

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                          jfood RE: Fairfield.Foody Feb 12, 2008 06:17 AM


                          Jfood agrees it is top 5/6 but thinks BBN has better fish dishes and jfood would say BBN is the best of the mentionables. Harbor Lights, Rowayton and Ocean 211 are definitely in the discussion and the sea bass jfood ate at Duo a few weeks ago would be a good contender as well, it was extremely good and worth a trip.

                          Jfood had the OD Mahogony Sea Bass (his staple there for 5 years) a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous. But the portion was much smaller (jfood remembers when you actually saw the wasabi mashed) and the other offerings have been stagnant. It needs a good refreshing of the menu is the point jfood was making.

                          Jfood is definitely trying Overtons this summer (thanks for the name). Went to SONO Seafood for some clams last summer for a lunch and they were disappointing and overly expensive..

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              stevel RE: jfood Feb 10, 2008 07:26 AM

              Too bad, We need all the good steak restaurants in the area we can get.

              I've yet too try Bonnie Nuit

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                lovesublime RE: stevel Feb 12, 2008 07:36 AM

                Hi All, On the subject of seafood, has anyone tried Mitchells or Salt Water Grille in Stamford? Thoughts?

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                  Fairfield.Foody RE: lovesublime Feb 12, 2008 09:48 AM

                  I've been to SWG. While others have trashed it on this site, I have always had a decent experience though I have only been for lunch. Best thing on the menu is the shrimp & grits app. Their calamari is good too...not too oily, comes with hot peppers that give it a nice kick. Good fish & chips, decent burger, excellent fries. I really liked their lobster roll, the applewood bacon was a nice touch. A couple of their pasta dishes are good, particularly the linguini w/clams. I wish the raw bar selections were more varied. The decor is very cool, sexy. The view can't be beat. Cannot wait until the weather gets nicer.

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                    Zobot RE: lovesublime Feb 12, 2008 07:54 PM

                    I've been to Mitchells once, a week or so after they opened in December. I enjoyed it, but I haven't rushed back, so I guess it didn't make it's way into the rotation.

                    There's been a good bit of chatter about it in the Stamford Town Center thread...

                    Here's my review, from the above thread...
                    Started with a couple glasses of wine and the calamari appetizer. The calamari was fine (hard for chain calamari to stand out in FFD) and the sauce was outstanding.

                    Our server was friendly, playful, and attentive.

                    My wife had a scallop dish prepared in their Shanghai style, which she enjoyed. I sampled a scallop and I didn't find it rubbery at all.

                    I had grilled tuna with vegetables and mashed potatoes. I found the fish prepared correctly and it tasted as I'd expect.

                    The prices are definitely high...I suppose Mitchell's is to seafood what Ruth's Chris is to steak.

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                  tatum1901 RE: jfood Feb 12, 2008 08:55 AM

                  The new restaurant, Osetra, is a father/sons team with one son, David Nevins, running the kitchen, and brother Doug providing the wine list and wines by the glass (around 18-20) as Doug did at Neptune as well (Best Wine List - Boston 2005). Osetra is scheduled to open late March and will have a strong emphasis on seafood. All plates will be tapas size and priced accordingly ($4 to $20). I will update you as I find out more.

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                    nbermas RE: tatum1901 Feb 12, 2008 04:01 PM

                    Why is wine by the glass so expensive? Tapas are primarily spanish correct? Is this another name for vey expensive appetizers? I hope the food is good, fresh and not a rip off.

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                      sibeats RE: nbermas Feb 12, 2008 06:15 PM

                      I think he meant 18-20 different choices for wine by the glass, not $18-$20 per glass.

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                        tatum1901 RE: sibeats Feb 13, 2008 09:39 AM

                        Yes 18-20 wines by the glass starting at $6.

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                      tatum1901 RE: tatum1901 Feb 13, 2008 11:48 AM

                      Make that 50-60 wines by the glass.

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                        sibeats RE: tatum1901 Feb 13, 2008 12:24 PM

                        I'm so looking forward to this new place! Sono definitely needs a good seafood spot. We used to go to Ocean Drive but it just went downhill. Do you have any more info on the menu? Do you know the chef/owners?

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                          tatum1901 RE: sibeats Feb 22, 2008 06:46 PM

                          I do. I am the Bar Manager, and have worked and been friengs with Doug and Dave for a long time.

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                      jp62 RE: jfood Feb 12, 2008 01:40 PM

                      There is construction already going on in Porterhouse and the other place, (Bistro Soleil???)

                      I had lunch in Strada 18 yesterday and the banging coming form both sides of the restaurant was disturbing.

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                        nbermas RE: jp62 Feb 12, 2008 04:02 PM

                        jp62 what is opening in the Bisto Soleil space?

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                          jp62 RE: nbermas Feb 13, 2008 01:15 PM

                          Don't know but the sign on the window states that they will be opening with a new staff, and a new menu. A friend at Strada 18 told me they let the entire staff go. It sounds very strange. The poster on the window has grape bunches on it. Maybe a wine bar??

                          P.S. Pasta Nostra is closing for vacation 2/18 thru 3/11 so get your fix before they go!!

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                            SweetPea914 RE: jp62 Feb 13, 2008 01:39 PM

                            Someone recently told me that Pasta Nostra sells their olive oil by the bottle and that it's really good, has anyone here tried it?

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                              amanda3571 RE: jp62 Feb 13, 2008 02:25 PM

                              Sono is missing a serious wine bar. A quiet wine bar not full of drunk folk.

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                                UWStoSONO RE: amanda3571 Feb 22, 2008 01:59 PM

                                Great idea. Really surprised we haven't seen one open there. I think Molliere tried an upscale wine bar behind their regular bar. I guess that didn't work out too well.

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                          UWStoSONO RE: jfood Feb 22, 2008 01:57 PM

                          I saw that. Looks good and could spell the end for Ocean Drive. Off topic, am I the only who thinks there may be a demand for a mid-priced, above average restaurant in SoNo? Doesn't have to be "family-friendly," but wouldn't be as uncomfortable to show up with kids. Entrees in the $12-$24 range? I'm just surprised no one has taken advantage of this untapped market. Thoughts???

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                            MasterofLightChick RE: UWStoSONO Feb 22, 2008 02:58 PM

                            Wouldn't Strada 18 fit the bill of what you're talking about? I see lots of families dining in there.

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                              UWStoSONO RE: MasterofLightChick Feb 23, 2008 07:55 AM

                              Good point. But wouldn't that prove my reasoning as well? Strada is consistently packed every night.

                              I think we need a good Mexican restaurant in Sono. One that serves everything from Burritos and great guacamole to pan roasted salmon with chile poblano risotto. Am I alone here?

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                                jfood RE: UWStoSONO Feb 23, 2008 07:58 AM

                                those are found in the Wall Street area in town. So they already exist, just notin SONO.

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                              The Chowhound Team RE: UWStoSONO Feb 24, 2008 12:20 PM

                              Folks - please keep the discussion focused on places that exist in the region now - not in NYC or that don't yet exist. The latter don't help anyone eat better now, which is the focus of our boards, and we've removed several of those posts.

                              Thank you!

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