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Mar 8, 2009 04:26 PM

10th anniversary in CT- need help with choices

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary and I am trying to find a really special place to eat that night. We have little kids so we don't get out too much just the two of us, so we want to go to a place we've never been to before and somewhere we wouldn't take the kids.

So far, these are the ones I am thinking of:

Union League Cafe - New Haven
Ibiza - New Haven
Grant's - West Hartford
Max's Oyster Bar - West Hartford
Apricot's - Farmington

Any opinion and other suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  1. Sharpe Hill Vineyard - Pomfret, CT.

    If you go, know that you need to make a reservation a few weeks in advance. Well worth it. It's over an hour from my house and we try to make it out at least a couple of times each year.

    Happy 10th!

    Sharpe Hill Vineyard
    108 Wade Rd, Pomfret, CT

    1. Having dined at all of your choices but for Ibiza I'd pick Grant's in West Hartford, especially now that the place is quieter since their renovation two years ago. The others are just hit or miss, in my opinion.

      One you didn't mention was the inimitable Cavey's in Manchester. They're a two-for-one; haute modern French upstairs and Northern Italian downstairs. Superb food and service. 'nuff said. Happy anniversary!

      1. Not sure where you are from but,you could add Carbones in Hartford, to your pick list. The food is usually good. and the place is kind of romantic.( Hope this helps. Earle Ct.

        1. I would vote for the Union League. Amazing food, beautiful, historic setting, flawless service and not as expensive as you might think, either. You'll also enjoy the quiet! And there will be no kids there. The morel mushrooms might be ready now - we usually go every spring to get a dish with morels in it.

          The food at Ibiza is phenomenal, but the place is loud and I can't stand the service - constantly trying to upsell you and turn over the table.

          I've only been to Grant's once, but I found it to be nothing special - "play it safe" food in strip mall suburban tarted up with a bunch of molding from The Home Depot. I like Bricco better, but then again you'll get the loud factor.

          I have not been to Apricots in years, but every time I have been, I've been the youngest person in the joint. It's quiet and more rustic a setting than the rest of your choices. The food was excellent, but it's been a while.

          1. I've been to ULC and Ibiza, and while both are wonderful, I absolutely adore Ibiza. I find that Union League is harder to relax in. Ibiza is intimate and certainly upscale, but it's cozy in a way that I feel Union League is not. The food is fantastic - get the short ribs, or better yet, go with a tasting. Every morsel I've had here has been wonderful. And obviously, drinks are important for a 10th anniversary! The sangria and mojito are superb. Wherever you end up, though, happy anniversary!