NY-ers in Norfolk/VA Beach next weekend, need recs
My partner and I are headed to Norfolk next weekend to celebrate my parents' 25th wedding anniversary. We're not uppity about our selections, but are definite NY chowhounds and won't settle for my parent's idea of The Grate Steak -- I've been, I know. Ambience should be fairly kid-free (not to mention gay-friendly), entrees between $25-45. Seafood and New American cuisines are preferential to eclectic/sushi/fusion/tapas.
Been reading area reviews all day and have come up with some ideas -- namely, Todd Jurich's Bistro and One-Fish-Two-Fish -- but obviously no research could come close to a local's rec.
So help. Please!
Both are delicious choices...Also in the same upscale, sophisticated vein would be Bobbywood in Norfolk and Terrapin at the Beach
The Bistro gets incredible reviews. It is really good, but very big--in my opinion, not quite as good as all the hype. Bobbywood is great and a fun place to go. Terrapin at the beach (only been once; food was not fabulous but people certainly love it) and The Lucky Star in Virginia Beach--you don't get the downtown vibe of Bobbywood or the Bistro (it's in a strip mall) but the food is wonderful.
Given your preferences, I would suggest Bobbywood....New American/Seafood plus some regional flavor (a little southern twist) and certainly gay friendly....
A new restaurant in the Ghent section of Norfolk (gay-friendly and the heart of the local restaurant scene) is "The Boot" at 123 W. 21st St (757-627-BOOT). They follow the local CSA movement of serving food from local farmers and suppliers. The food is fresh and innovative. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often.
PS - I concur on the recommendation of Bobbywood, a local chef-owned restaurant, Chef Bobby Huber. And, if you're visiting Williamsburg, try the Fat Canary, in Merchant Square on DOG St. (aka, Duke of Gloucester which runs from College of William and Mary to the Colonial Capitol building.)
Signed - north american chow hound and traveler
The choices depend upon how far you want to go from Norfolk. Assuming you are willing to drive to the Beach from "near Downtown", then, given your parameters, I would steer you towards either One Fish - Two Fish, or Terrapin. Eat at both regularly -- One Fish gets the seafood and setting vote -- beautiful views of the passing boats. Terrapin gets the "New American" vote -- chef owned, formerly of the NY's Le Cirque and Aspen's Sky Hotel. Reservations definitely required, unless you want to sit at the bar (which isn't a bad option, either). Nice elegant decor, but no match for One Fish.
If you want to stay closer to Norfolk, then you can't go wrong with the previous suggestions of Todd's Bistro for New American. For seafood, I would point you towards 456 Fish, close to the other two on Granby. Consistently excellent. One thing you might not have thought to do, is to either drive over, or ride the ferry over to Portsmouth and try either Cafe Europa (definitely NOT New American, but excellent) or Fusion 440 (excellent New American, and an easy walk from the High Street ferry landing)
Many thanks, all. Very helpful replies. I'll circle back on our final decision for the anniversary dinner -- looks as if Todd Jurich may win out -- but your responses are tempting for a second night on the town, perhaps at Terrapin.