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Help us Philadelphians find an excellent Norwalk/Stamford area dinner?

watercress Jan 16, 2009 02:00 PM

We want to celebrate our daughter and son-in-law's 30th birthdays with a really nice dinner in that area next weekend. Our tastes are eclectic-- anything's fine as long as the food's good (although a nice cozy atmosphere would be nice for this occasion). Help? Thanks!

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    sk3 RE: watercress Jan 17, 2009 06:59 AM

    friends took us to barcelona in greenwich when we were staying overnight in stamford last year - festive, and highty recommended:
    down the street, this place was cozier - might fit the bill, too:

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      watercress RE: sk3 Jan 17, 2009 01:33 PM

      Thank you! I'll check 'em out.

    2. capeanne RE: watercress Jan 17, 2009 01:51 PM

      I had an amazing solo dinner at Morello's on Greenwich Ave in Greenwich ( duh) ...veal chop to die for. Excellent wine list and although I ate at the bar, the front and back of the box looked really nice to me...

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        watercress RE: capeanne Jan 17, 2009 04:59 PM

        Thanks for the input, capeanne. Looks like we'll be deciding today or tomorrow.

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          sibeats RE: watercress Jan 18, 2009 12:03 PM

          You should post on the tristate board for the norwalk stamford area. We love the Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton, Harvest Supper in New Canaan, Match in Sono. Barcelona is always fun, either in Norwalk or Greenwich.

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        mom2 RE: watercress Jan 18, 2009 05:48 AM

        Some suggestions would be Bistro Bunne Nuit and Roger Sherman Inn, both in New Canaan. Also, Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. Post on the tristate board and you will probably get more recs.


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          watercress RE: mom2 Jan 18, 2009 04:11 PM

          thanks very much. Wish I'd realized earlier there was another, maybe better board to post the question on. Thanks for the help-- it's nice not to go in blind.

        2. jfood RE: watercress Jan 18, 2009 04:57 PM

          It depends on whether you want high end or fun. Lots to choose from in STM and if you drive to South Norwalk (we call it SONO) it is really good and fun. Greenwich is a bit mor stodgy, and New Canaan & Wilton are more Norman Rockwellian. FFD posters are a wealth of information. If you are more specific, we can as well.

          1. amanda3571 RE: watercress Jan 19, 2009 04:00 AM

            Other casual fun good dining options:

            Brasitas in Stamford

            Duo in Stamford

            Rowayton Seafood in Norwalk (near Darien

            Osetra in South Norwalk

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              nbermas RE: amanda3571 Jan 19, 2009 11:53 AM

              Amanda3571: I don't like Braistas at all over priced and poor quality food, just good for a drink in my opinion.

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                watercress RE: amanda3571 Jan 21, 2009 12:01 PM

                Thanks. Our dinner's postponed to early February (because I have chickenpox (!)), and the stepkids have been wanting to try Rowayton Seafood, so we'll probably go there. The menu turns me off a bit, but unless a throng of you say "Yuck! No! It's really awful!", that'll probably be it.

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                  nbermas RE: watercress Jan 21, 2009 12:29 PM

                  Chicken pox, that is rough as an adult, how long does that last? Hope you feel better, take care and lots of fresh veggies and fluids.

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                    jfood RE: watercress Jan 21, 2009 01:05 PM

                    jfood dined at RS twice in the last few weeks. Once was fair and the service needy, the other time was back to its old great standards. He also noticed the prices have come down from a year ago.

                    Word of advice, when you know when you are comingplease call for a reservation and ask to sit on the enclosed deck. The inside can get very crowded and noisy.

                    In case you want to see the menu:


                    Another fish restaurant a little further down 95 in the other direction is FISH in PortChester (just over the CT/NY line. The jfood were there this past weekend and really liked it.


                    Either way, feel better (jfood had chicken pox at 21) recover and come up to this neckof the woods.

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                      watercress RE: jfood Jan 21, 2009 02:19 PM

                      Thanks for the advice and healing thoughts. I should be better in a week. Is the enclosed deck at RS cozy? Festive? Pretty? Appreciate the tips.

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                        steve h. RE: watercress Jan 21, 2009 02:29 PM

                        hi watercress,
                        the deck is neither cozy nor festive when it's freezing outside. sitting near the fireplace in the winter works for us. there's a nice (big) round table adjacent. give it a shot if rs is your destination.

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                          jfood RE: steve h. Jan 21, 2009 03:49 PM

                          Can you see jfood smiling up the road.

                          When the jfoods went a couple of weeks ago they sat next to that fire (there were two 2-tops, one on each side of the 'place). It was really hot and uncomfortable and the server station was right behind jfood.

                          If you can get the table against the wall facing the fireplace (jfood thinks that is the one steve is referring to) jfood agrees with steve.

                          Jfood ate outside both times, not chilly at all.

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                            steve h. RE: jfood Jan 21, 2009 04:05 PM

                            the four-top near the base of the stairs is my favorite. all the fire without the heat :-)
                            deb and i have been going to rs for too many years. the five mile is in our dna.
                            it's all good.

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