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Feb 3, 2010 08:40 AM

Like Napa & Co, but not Napa

We've been to Napa and Co in Stamford a couple of times and think it's wonderful, but want to try something new for Valentine's Day dinner on 2/13.

Trying to decide what we want, we've narrowed it down to a New American Napa-ish type menu, rather than, say French or Italian. We're coming from Westchester, so locations that work are Greenwich, Stamford and maybe a little beyond.

Market in Stamford looks good. I looked for reviews here, but really could only find one mention, in which someone said Market is good, but Napa is better. Is that the general consensus?

I'm not really warming up to Rebecca's menu.

Any thoughts or are we not really going to do as well or better than Napa, given what we're looking for?

I've posted in the appropriate board to get Westchester suggestions.

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    1. Harvest Supper in New Canaan or the Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. Schoolhouse has a nicer ambiance...both are small and both have fabulous food.

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      1. re: sibeats

        harvest supper- and this is just my opinion- is so quiet and tiny- no bar, no background music- it lacks atmosphere for valentines- but thats just my opinion. food is fantastic, though

        1. re: missmar79

          I agree completely...but seemed like the OP was going for food above all else, so I threw it into the mix...and the food is fantastic...

      2. Jfood keeps tabs on ~80 restaurans in the area and he would include these in the next tier down:

        Rebecca's - jfood likes, others on the boards do not seem to share his opinion (watch the truffle supplement at >$30)
        Jean Louis - small and romantic
        The others in G'wich that others like that are just too snooty, even for jfood include L'Escale, Valbella, and La Crumy-aire (Banksville)

        Stamford - Of the 20+ restaurants on his list, he cannot get to second tier status. Someone mentioned Jean Pierre, jfood currently has on the gotta try list.

        Darien - Less than Stamford

        New Canaan - Full disclosure, jfood lives here. NC restaurants are noisy.
        -Bistro Bonne Nuit - some would complain of crowded. Food is top notch
        -Harvest Supper - Another Napa trained chef. Small as well
        -Aloi - Tuscan cooking at its finest. Pasta dishes and osso bucco are best around
        -Sole - New chef is really hitting his stride as well
        -Roger Sherman Inn - Jfood has not gone since new chef arrived. hears good things.

        Norwalk -
        -Osetra probably hits the best of list
        -Pasta Nostra - Fantastic pastas but good luck getting in.
        Some may through Match into the fray, jfood is not a fan.

        In Wilton, take a look at Schoolhouse. Amanda will give you a full run down.

        Enjoy V-Day

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        1. re: jfood

          Well, I WAS going to mention Schoolhouse...but got the following email yesterday, so doesn't exactly fit into the Saturday night criteria - try for Friday, perhaps?:

          As an update to our Valentines weekend availability, we currently have dinner reservations available Sunday, February 14 at 4:00PM and dinner on Friday, February 12. We do have a waiting list for Saturday and Sunday night dinner.

          1. re: jfood

            Re "Someone mentioned Jean Pierre, jfood currently has on the gotta try list."

            Don't bother, IMO. It is not in the same class (in terms of food quality or ambiance) as the other restaurants on your list.

            I think Napa is quite good, I just wish they'd ease up on the salt sometimes. Market is cut below, IMO.

            Thomas Henkelmann in Greenwich used to be our "special event" dinner place, but it seems to have gone down in quality in the last few years.

            I second Bistro Bonne Nuit, great place. Only been to Harvest Supper once, it was excellent.

            1. re: jfood

              nice list although it should be noted that aloi is piedmontese not tuscan. as far as valbella goes, snooty or not it just isn't very good and aren't they closed from a fire anyway?

              1. re: poppy

                interesting on the piedmont comment. need to give that a little thought...thx

                Wrt Valbella, fire or not, jfood would not recommend and has turned down dinners for the reason you gave. was not worth the calories

                1. re: jfood

                  i believe margherita is from piedmont.

                  1. re: poppy

                    Correct and worked ~10 years with Pino Luongo, a Tuscan influenced chef.

                    In any event, she can cook with the best of them.

                    1. re: jfood

                      yes, i will second that. and not to swell your head but because of what you've previously said about her i've now been there 4 times.

                      1. re: poppy

                        Not at all...jfood is glad you liked.

                        Have you had the pleasure of meeting her osso bucco? :-))

                        1. re: jfood

                          a most delightful encounter...

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              1. jfood has a good list.

                We went to Market once, and weren't impressed with the food or the service given the price point. Haven't gone back since.