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Greenwich: what are the better dining venues?

gutreactions Sep 8, 2008 07:16 AM

Would like to hear from fellow Chowhounds views on the better restaurants in and around Greenwich, CT. these days and why...whether its old or new, just a hangout, or a place to sit down and dine...all price levels.
For myself, enjoyed a 'Tasting' dinner at Solaia on Greenwich Ave. recently and it was impressive...

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    intrepid RE: gutreactions Sep 8, 2008 08:26 AM

    some of my faves are
    nessa- casual italian
    kneaded bread- bakery
    vinnys-diner food, specializing in italian-esp fridays for pasta and tripe
    fuzari pizza ( spelling ??)
    Glenville pizza
    firehouse deli- hoagies
    forget the name of the indian place in middle of port chester- good lunch buffet fyi
    bella cucina-italian deli, pizzeria-great

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      nbermas RE: intrepid Sep 14, 2008 01:52 PM

      Intrepid: Where is Vinny's , what else is goood there, looking for best fettuccini alfredo, homeade by grandma..... Stamford Port Chester too! Thanks Also I don't like spending a fortune, I only will go if it is clean, reasonable under 20 for entress and best quality ingridents....

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        intrepid RE: nbermas Sep 17, 2008 04:49 PM

        vinnys is diagonally across street from kneaded bread bakery

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          nbermas RE: intrepid Sep 19, 2008 11:46 AM


          I have wanted to go in there so many times, what else is good? I will defintely go next i go to PC. Do you happen to know where the spanish place near there is that makes there own ice cream and pops?

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            ChefBoyAreMe RE: nbermas Sep 19, 2008 12:01 PM


            I think the PC place for ices you are looking for is Palateria Fernandez. it is mentioned i a few threads on this board (often by adamcyle), so it is search able.

            The usual nbermas cleanliness caveats may apply...

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              adamclyde RE: nbermas Sep 19, 2008 06:24 PM

              ask and ye shall receive, as ChefBoyAreMe said, it's Paleteria Fernandez.

              Paleteria Fernandez
              33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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            laylag RE: nbermas Sep 18, 2008 08:54 AM

            Nessa and Kneaded Bread as well as Vinnie's are in Port Chester. Indian restaurant on Main St. - very good - is Tandoori.

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          eatermom RE: gutreactions Sep 8, 2008 11:33 AM

          In Greenwich, I tend to prefer the casual spots -- Penang (very casual, byob, pan-asian, attentive staff, freshly prepared food, etc) & Elm Street (moderately priced, fresh fish, some creativity in dishes) are favorites. Bad experience at L'Escale - do not go there. I read about Crew in the nytimes last month -- sounds promising. When we leave Greenwich, we go to FISH in Port Chester for creative reasonably priced food in a cheery environment.

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            gutreactions RE: gutreactions Sep 14, 2008 07:29 AM

            Thanks for the recs so far...my companion and I stopped in to The Ginger Man on Greenwich Ave. just for a quick fix after some shopping...We did not wander the menu; we just stayed with the burgers in the fireplace room and it was just fine...

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              eatermom RE: gutreactions Sep 18, 2008 09:09 AM

              Ginger Man has the best french fries but the limited menu keeps me from going there much.

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                momof3 RE: eatermom Sep 18, 2008 03:10 PM

                Great beer menu too :)

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              Avalondaughter RE: gutreactions Sep 18, 2008 12:33 PM

              I had a very nice meal at Palomino a few months ago. The service was great and I had some of hte best mac and cheese I have ever eaten. I only ate there once, so I don't know how consistent the place is, but based on my one visit, I would recommend it.

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                crashpam RE: Avalondaughter Dec 1, 2008 10:50 AM

                I concur - Palomino's was fantastic the three times we've been. Huge fan.

              2. jfood RE: gutreactions Sep 18, 2008 06:00 PM

                it's been a while but jfood really liked rebeccas

                1. louuuuu RE: gutreactions Sep 20, 2008 04:12 AM

                  If price no object, Thomas Hinkelman. Could be Connecticut's finest restaurant ... but largely overlooked on CH. Don't know why... maybe too old school or expensive or seemingly snobby on the edge of Belle Haven... yet few better --or friendlier -- for a special occasion and a wonderous dining experience.

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                    CTgüera RE: gutreactions Oct 11, 2008 06:34 PM

                    "better" dining in Greenwich- as in fine dining- includes classics like Jean-Louis, Thomas Henklelmann (echo earlier comment), Rebecca's (echo), Valbella's
                    other nice choices include Elm Street Oyster House (echo), Gaia, Polpo

                    most of other suggestions here are casual or informal, tho may be "better" to some in terms of good eats

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