What's new and exciting in CT (Hartford or New Haven)
I'm coming home to CT for thanksgiving and am trying to figure out one great restaurant to go to. I'm willing to drive anywhere great in the Hartford or New Haven area. Basically, not willing to go as far as Fairfield County.
One of my all time favorites is the River Tavern in Chester. I like it because they have a seasonal menu and it's upscale, but casual.
So basically, I'm wondering if there's any place where there's a chef with an exciting and inventive menu.
23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412
I agree with few's picks and should add Still River Cafe in Eastford. Also, The Cottage in Plainville. Ambiance is nothing special at Cottage but food is very creatively prepared. SRC is far from Hartford but has a very invetive menu and a lovely atmosphere. SRC is also pricier than the others mentioned in this thread. Let us know where you end up and what you think.
Still River Cafe
134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242
Well if you want to try an unusual concept, you could go to Umi Sushi & Tapas in West Hartford. It's the first kaiten sushi joint in CT (sushi on a conveyor belt). I haven't been yet so if anyone on Chowhound has been to it, I'd like to know what you thought of it. They are popular in Europe and the ones I went to in Paris were quite good.
We were not happy with Umi sushi. The portions were small, the prices high for the portion size, and we were not happy with the service. Nothing was labeled, and when I asked the waitress she said "Oh, we are having a pop quiz!" As my father and I have dietary restrictions it would have been nice if the pop quiz was held after hours instead of us taking things off of the belt and asking the waitress what everything was. We had seaweed salad, four very small salmon on rice (forgot the Japanese word), two tuna on rice, and four pieces of avocado roll. We went for the experience but we won't be back