What's wrong with New England?
Why is this board so much about: pizza, hot dogs, lobster rolls and clams? Don't we have other things to talk about?? For example: tell me where to get good French food! I've been to Union League in New Haven, where else should I go??
Le Petit Cafe, in Branford has impeccable French Cuisine on par with Union League Cafe. Highly rated in all aspects, they have a prix fixe menu and it is smallish. Make reservations in advance.
225 Montowese St
Branford, CT 06405
Cavey's, in Manchester is mentioned as a good, but odd, restaurant (to me). It has French on one level and Italian on another.
I have only been in the area six years and I have both asked myself the same question (and complained), that there is a preponderance of discussions about pizza and fried clams (etc.), but think a large part of it is vacationers wanting what New England and certain spots are known for. They want to see what all the noise is about and get their trinkets, t-shirts and fill of lobsta and apizza. I know Maine people who wish touristas would stay home.
This is also "Chowhound" and like it or not, it has a connotation of discussing (good?), greasy, road food, not fancy French. This is a broad, dated and somewhat unfair generalization. Lately, I have found a fair amount of discussion about New Haven area restaurants that are definitely upscale. I just tried, and spoke of Caseus, a "bistro", with a French attitude.
Jack, with more participation, I think we could amp-up the discussion of better restaurants locally but the New England board covers a large area. Did you mean more speciffically, French in the New Haven or the CT coastal areas?
BTW, It seems strange that New Haven gets lumped in with Maine, yet Boston gets their own board. I think we would be a better fit lumped in with the tri-state board. How about a coastal CT board? ;)
This board is all about lobster rolls and clams because those are unique regional foods at a time of year when tourists flock to New England. Of course you're going to get a lot of inquiries at this time of year.
L'Espalier in Back Bay has been the reliable premium French dining in Boston forever. They're in the process of moving out of that brownstone on Gloucester Street to new digs on Boylston Street. Clio and Aujourd'hui are the other two excellent Back Bay French options. Of course, if you are in New Haven, you have relatively easy access to the very long list of options in NYC.