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Jun 11, 2009 07:59 PM

Lunch in Stamford/Greenwich

I'm going to be in the area tomorrow to close on my house (yay!) and I'm looking for a nice (but not super pricey) place to get lunch. I'm craving some New American-ish/Small plates maybe - yummy cocktails are a plus. Any recommendations?

I tried searching through some threads here and I found some tapas places, but not sure if they are good or not?

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  1. I'm thinking Napa & Co. Yay or nay?

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    1. re: Syphrite

      Absolutely yay to the 10th power. Go there!

      1. re: sibeats

        I haven't yet tried Napa, but I think I should. I like EOS. It's Greek and has lots of appetizers you can share.

    2. Napa is fantastic, but may fail the "not super pricey" criteria. Butterfield 8 recently opened on Bedford St. I haven't been to the Stamford location yet, but have gone frequently to the NYC location and I think the menu would fit your criteria.

      I don't think Barcelona is open for lunch, but otherwise that would be ideal!

      1. Of course if you don't mind eating in the could always do our famous taco truck El Charrito...

        1. Napa is a good choice, but it's very easy to turn an easy lunch to a very pricey one.

          Duo might be someplace you want to try. They recently changed their concept and have added small plates to their menu/concept. They also have an awesome white wine sangria.

          There is also Market. It has been on my "to try" list for a while, but I have yet to get around to it. There has been positive stuff about the place on here, though.

          1. Three generations (not jfood) of jfoods tried the new Barcelona on Summer the other night and thought it was great. Not sure if they are open for lunch. Not as good as ome of the other places but price point, cocktails and Tapas hit the mark.

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            1. re: jfood

              Second Barca....wifey is going tomorrow night for a GNO, while I sleep in the Bridgeport Bluefish stadium outfieldin a tent with my Indian Princess daughters and a few hundred other dad's and kids.

              Also, for a very informal but delicious lunch, outside, small plates, salads, nice wine, etc, try the little Italian panini/salad/pasta place on Beford St (II always blank on the name). Delicious, authentic Italian bar/restaurant, run by an italian guy, and patronized by a lot of guys speaking Italian...high marks for quality and authenticity.

                1. re: amanda3571

                  Thank you!! I have a mental block on the name!

                  1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                    No prob :) It's my summer go-to. Very pleasant to sit outside for lunch or a leisurely dinner. Great food at a great price.

              1. re: jfood

                We went to the Stamford Barcelona last Saturday night and were impressed with how smoothly it was running despite only being open for a couple of weeks (and it was absolutely packed!). We're very frequent visitors to the SoNo and Greenwich locations and are so excited that the Stamford location finally opened. Menu is quite similar (I'd say 80% - 90% the same as SoNo).

                Our only quibble was that the red sangria wasn't quite up to par - essentially tasted like a glass of red wine with pieces of fruit floating on the top. Didn't seem like the sangria had really sat long enough for the fruit to macerate and really infuse the flavors. We're putting it down to not being able to keep up with demand. It was a warm night and we saw many pitchers of sangria going out. They were also giving out free glasses to everyone waiting past their reservation times. White sangria was up to the usual standards.

                1. re: gillyweed

                  Did you find the food quality to be the same as SoNo or better? We usually go to the SoNo one, sometimes to FFLD and have been to New Haven about 4 times...the first 3 times we were very impressed with New Haven, thought it was better than all the rest, last time we went the quality of the food went way downhill.
                  Sounds as though Stamford has a pretty accomplished chef...I wonder if that will translate into the quality of the food.

                  1. re: sibeats

                    mrs jfood said it was as good as SONO and she has been to the SONO location a dozen times.

                    1. re: jfood

                      You guys are awesome! I really dig how helpful everyone is on this board.

                      We didn't finish up our closing until after 2:30 so lunch at Napa was out and yes I was prepared to shell out a little bit extra - thank goodness for online menus! At any rate, we went to the taco truck because we were starving and its one of the things around here that people seem to LOVE.

                      It was REALLY good. I'm stoked that I'll have a go to taco joint in Stamford. :D

                      1. re: Syphrite

                        welcome to the hood. And glad you liked our little taco truck. We Stamford folks are pretty happy to have it around as it's the only source for reliable tacos since Rolando's left 4 years ago...

                    2. re: sibeats

                      Yes - I found the food quality to be just as good as the SoNo location.

                      We had dinner at Emme of Capri last night and Barcelona (across the street) was absolutely packed again. I'm glad to see it's doing so well and hope it brings more people to the downtown area!