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Jan 26, 2010 10:13 AM

NYer seeking foodie weekend in New England

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Portland's definitely pushing the "no more than four hours away" limit. I'd go to Providence, RI. It's in the Ocean State, so beaches abound, there are amazing restaurants of all ethnicities and pricepoints and some really nice hotels. The city itself is broken into many different eating sections: Federal Hill for Italian, East Side for just about anything you're looking for, West Side for funkier bistro-ish joints, Downcity for the steak houses and a couple higher end places, as well as lots of bars and cocktail spots. Don't quote me, but I bet there are around 150 restaurants/bars/takeaways in PVD.

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  1. Yeah, you are right on the 4 hour thing. But i think if they are trying to escape the city, Providence is probably too urban. Newport?

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    1. re: EastRocker

      Newport fits the criteria, except, as in any seaside town, lots of things are closed this time of year. It's still lovely, though.

      1. re: invinotheresverde

        Is Newport strictly yachty/WASPy, or are there fried seafood shacks and other low-end delights?

        1. re: craigm

          Not in February. Newport in February can be nice, if you're up for that sort of thing -- wind, waves, the smell of the ocean, no drunk college kids. But the kind of places that manage to stay open all year are by definition a bit more upscale. Castle Hill Inn is very, very nice, but it's not inexpensive.

          1. re: Gin n Tonic

            Thanks. Someone also tipped a boutique hotel in Little Compton. Do you know if there's good eating around there?

            1. re: craigm

              I'm not very familiar with that side of the bay, but there aren't a lot of options in Little Compton even during the summer. Sakonnet Vineyard is there, and while that's worth a visit, it isn't for eating. The best I can say is that if you're in Little Compton you're a half-hour from Fall River, which has a wide variety of lower-budget "ethnic" places (think Portuguese) and 45 minutes from Providence, which has lots of choices, both upscale and down. Your call as to whether you'd want to drive 30-45 mins each way to eat dinner.

              1. re: Gin n Tonic

                the commons lunch in little compton is pretty cheap,good food,great fried scallops,etc.well worth the nice drive there.

                1. re: im hungry

                  I would recommend Newport, even in the winter. The Marriott is a great hotel. Stone House in Little Compton, pricey $175-$500/night in the winter.
                  Black Pearl restaurant or pub on the wharf has a very nice menu - diver scallops, lobster bisque. (the pub pretty much has the same menu but not so hoity toity, as the restaurant has a dress code. When I called for reservations for our October trip 2 weeks prior, I was informed that on Saturday night a jacket was requested, tie preferred, at all times no jeans, sandals, etc. We arrived on time and were promptly seated in the smallest of tables, next to a couple dressed in jeans and casual clothes,
                  We requested a slightly larger table and they were not able to honor our request. A bit snobby. Eat in the pub, you will enjoy. White Horse Tavern is also a very special venue. The best beef wellington, and home baked desserts, fireplaces that let us think you are back in the 1800's. After April, the best fried food is at Evelyn's just out of town, and the Quohag House in town. Hope you enjoy.

                  1. re: candykat

                    If you do end up in Newport, the Salvation Cafe is a fun and funky place to get a bite to eat, maybe for lunch or a more casual dinner.

                    1. re: dagwood

                      How about Mystic CT? Only a three hour ride from the city. Nice village to walk around. Some good chow to be had here and in nearby Stonington. Nice colonial seaside and country ambience all around. There are reasonable motels in the area. And if you're inclined, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are close by for a little entertainment, dining, and gaming.

    2. Newport is a good choice.

      A bit further up, but I think would fit your bill very nicely, is Portsmouth NH. Search the North NE board for lots of restaurant info. (Portsmouth claims it has the most restuarants per capita:


      While you're there you can drop by across the riven at Newburyport, ME, a charming little town I spent much time in. If you want to look at the ocean drive over to Plum Island -- and you can eat there as well: Last time I was on plum island it was legal to drive on a portion of the beach, which is fun if you have a 4x4.

      And btw, the Newburyport/Ipswich region is known for the local Ipswich clams. A board search will find you some clam shacks.