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May 20, 2009 05:25 AM

Anniversary dinner on fri

I'm trying to schedule an anniversary dinner on Friday evening. My wife and I are huge fans of the schoolhouse, but wanted to go elsewhere. Blue Hill is great, but they do not have any reservations. We also really like French food so i was toying with the idea of trying thomas henkelmann's. any thoughts or other recommendations?

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  1. Have you tried Harvest Supper in New Canaan? If you like Schoolhouse, I think you'll love Harvest...not very romantic ambiance, but great food.

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    1. re: sibeats

      I have an it's very good. But tables are way too close for a romantic dinner. Has anyone tried X20?

      1. re: LW1

        What about La Panatiere in Rye? I've heard it's great but never been myself. I'm not a huge fan of French food.

        1. re: LW1

          Today (Friday) is also our anniversary (congrats LW1!). Last year we went to X2O and we loved it. The ambiance was great with awe-inspiring views over the Hudson, and the food was very, very good. This year we are returning to an old favorite in the city, Chantarelle, although we may regret driving into town on the start of a holiday weekend! I think you might think about that today -- roads are bound to be horribly clogged, and I am somewhat regretting that we didn't plan to stay more local!

      2. If you love French, how about Buffet de la Gare in Hastings. Pretty little place, rated excellent in NY times - classic French. Ate there last month and it was terrific.

        1. Best French in FFD county is Bonne Nuit in NC, but tables are right on top of each other. The other French you may want to consider is Jean Louis in G'wich. Chef/owner & Spouse/MOD. Then in Ridgefield there is the Bernards, very romantic for a special dinner.

          Oh, and Happy Anniversary.

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          1. re: jfood

            i love bonne nuit, we've chatted about it before. in fact, we were just there the other night for an early dinner. i got the chicken frites and my wife had the colorado rack of lamb. both excellent.
            Just looking for something a bit more special. i've heard mixed opinions of jean louis but have never tried it. what do you think vs any of Peter Kelly's places (X20)

            1. re: LW1

              JL - 5 meals 4 great, 1 not so.

              jfood never been to X2O.

              Three to consider and jfood is not offering any feedback on whether he likes or not are Henklemann, Le Cremellaire and Le Chateau.

              1. re: jfood

                i thought about Henklemann. L'Escale my wife likes but i'm mid on. someone else recommended le cremellaire. at least l'escale has a nice view.

                1. re: LW1

                  Skip Le Chateau. Ok for catering but the food is not great. It is beautiful though.

                  1. re: LW1

                    North Star in Scott's Corners. Not French, but good. Via Sforza in Westport is a great anniversary location. Also a place or two in Stamford that are special...

                    1. re: CTburgerlover


                      North Star is far from romantic. Just a head's up for a "special" dinner.

                      1. re: jfood

                        agreed. I like Northstar, but for a group of friends who want some food, beers, and possibly some mediocre cover band.

                        1. re: LW1

                          How about jazz or piano or an acoustic set?

                          1. re: LW1

                            OK, I'm down 0 and 2...need to shorten up my swing, protect the plate...

                            How about Pasquale's Osteria in Norwalk? No cover band, great food and service, and I believe there are tablecloths, just in case things get REALLY romantic.


                          2. re: jfood

                            Thanks for the heads up, but I had a very romantic dinner there last summer. "Romance", however, is subjective, as I could have a romantic dinner with the wife at McDonald's.

                            1. re: CTburgerlover


                              like you a hershey bar can lead to romance. m&m jfood's first date was a turkey sandwhich on wonder bread over a sink, and that was was almost 29 years ago.

                              but, when one gives a recommendation on CH, one needs to stay in the highest part of the bell curve. although one can have a romantic dinner at any restaurant, NS included, to call it a romantic spot is still a stretch in jfood's book.

                              1. re: jfood

                                I hear ya'. Coincidentally, my first date with the future wife was 7+ years ago at Bistro Bonne Nuit. Had some old dude at the next table practically sitting in my lap, still managed to pull it off.

                                1. re: CTburgerlover

                                  lot a ground between a turkey sammich and Ro's steak frites. :-))

                          3. re: CTburgerlover

                            Wouldn't recommend VIa Sforza at all. Very casual inside, I don't even think there are tablecloths. And the food....oy...

                            1. re: sibeats

                              Hmmm... strange post. Didn't know formality = romance. If tablecloths are needed, I surely scratch my head.

                              Never had a bad meal there, nor have I seen a bad post about it here. Please specify what you did not enjoy so that on visit #5 the wife and I steer clear.

                              1. re: CTburgerlover

                                Strange post? Okay...well, maybe tablecloths are not a prerequisite for romance, but I certainly wouldn't call Via Sforza romantic. Last time I was there it was filled with very casually dressed families. If I went there for a romantic evening I would have been disappointed. I also have read many of OP's posts before and am familiar with some places he frequents. They are also places that I love, so I thought we have similar tastes in general, and therefore my opinion might be helpful to him.
                                I personally found the food to be awful. I ordered the mozzarella with roasted peppers to start. It came with 4 enormous slices of mozz on top of 4 enormous slices of pink cardboard tomatoes and a thin strip of roasted pepper. It was January, tomatoes are out of season, I would not have ordered a tomato mozzarella salad. A bit of misrepresentation on the menu. But why would anyone serve tomatoes like that? Ever? Sorry, but that does not make for a good meal. The linguini with clams smelled so foul that we could barely stand to have them at the table, let alone eat them. So for me, the food is awful, the place is not fit for a romantic dinner. To each his own, you enjoy it, that's great, I'll go elsewhere.

                      2. re: LW1

                        I was very disappointed in Jean Louis when we ate there. As for Peter Kelly's places, not French, but I love X. I think you're too late for Piermont.

                    2. I am a huge fan of X20--I love Peter Kelly's food, and the ambiance at X20 is absolutely beautiful. The prices are not insane for what you get either (unlike Blue Hill)!

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                      1. re: Marge

                        I totally agree and I have never been disappointed at one of Peter Kelly's restaurants. X20 is a bit of a shlep for me, although it is beautiful. I love X in Congers (sentimental, too as I was a fan of Bully Boy and am always amazed what Peter K did with the place!)

                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                          I have the same problem. Need a special occasion restaurant and nothing around here gets me excited. I think I'll wind up going to Xaviars in Piermont, either that or NYC.

                          Going to Tom's Tuesday in a few weeks.

                          1. re: stevel

                            Ok, if by Tom's Tuesday you are referring to Craft on the night that Tom cooks - please, give us a full report!! Craft is second only to French Laundry for me. We are going back in about 4 weeks - although just a regular Saturday night - no Tom in the kitchen.

                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                              Huh? This sounds like a find the rest of the Board could use some insight into plz.

                              1. re: jfood

                                Actually, this is in NYC and it's Tom Colicchio's restaurant Craft. If I am right about what stevel said, he is going there for "Tom's Tuesday" where Tom himself is in the kitchen and cooks - but he doensn't cook his usual menu, he cooks whatever looks best in the market that day. Every Tuesday. Sometimes I wish I'd never moved out of the city!!

                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  thx WCG. jfood thought that was what you meant but wanted to make sure he was not missing something out here.

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    Nope - still need to go to the city for some things!!

                      2. Where did you end up? 'Twas my anniversary (or "ours") as well. We were gravely disappointed -- going to a combo of Peniche, 42 and Soma 107 in White Plains. Hope yours was better. Please let us know!

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                        1. re: lollypop

                          It's our anniversary too, on Wednesday and we are doing it up at Bedford Post. Hope it's as good as all the hype and reviews!

                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                            mrs jfood saw an article in the local paper.

                            Please post of your visit.

                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                              Thanks to everyone who gave me ideas. American Expressed called me thursday night and they were able to get us into Blue Hill at the last minute. We had eaten there once before a year ago and we were excited to go back. The food did not dissapoint. We each ordered the farmers feast which consists of 8 courses including dessert. They are sending me the exact menu that we ate so i will post all the details when I can be accurate. But it was a great dining experience once again. The service was very good too. We arrived about an hour early so we walked around the gardens and saw some of the animals, etc... very nice and very romantic.
                              For the "smart" remarks about needing tablecloths, i don't always need that for romantic, but that's what i wanted in this occassion. MY wife is 7 mos pregnant and one of the few things that makes her really happy right now is great food in a nice setting.

                              1. re: LW1

                                Glad you had a good time and good food!

                                1. re: LW1

                                  Happy Anniversary again and everyine is glad it workedout. Keep this favorite-marked for another special night.

                                  1. re: LW1

                                    And just to reply to your original post - Blue Hill is *the best* but if you are ever in the same situation, Thomas Henkelmanns is excellent. I was there for an anniversary two years ago and never felt so taken care of by staff, the ambiance was perfect and the food was delicious, delectable, yummy....

                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        It's in Greenwich, very fancy French.

                                        1. re: connbates

                                          Glad you had a good time at Blue Hill. I just got in for Saturday, looking forward to it!

                                          Tom's Tuesday is where Tom Colicchio from Craft cooks twice a month in the private dining room. It's fantastic. I was there on opening night a few months back. Only about 12 tables in the whole place. Tom goes to the market that morning and cooks whats fresh that day. A great special occasion restaurant.


                                      2. re: connbates

                                        I thought about Henckelman's but ive never been able to get good color on the place from people. Once my wife can eat everything on the menu again, we'll give it a shot.