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I always feel very dissapointed this time of year about the restaurant quality in Fairfield County. For me summer is celebration time. Both my wife's and my birthday and our anniversary all fall between May and July. I hope every year a new restaurant will open that will truly excite me. I have tried them all in the area. While many are very good, none are what I would call special. The closet restaurant that I would consider for a special occasion would be X2O in Yonkers. I don't understand why Fairfield County doesn't have some thing great. I know people in this area would go. Maybe I'm spoiled by living so close to NYC, but I'm tired of having to go to the city every time for that special dinner. If they build it people would come! Here are some of the restaurants I eat regularly at in NYC that I wish we had somthing of this quality in our area. Eleven Madison Park, Craft, Gramercy Tavern, Keens, Pampano, etc.

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  1. Can you provide some context of the ones you consider "very good" but not special. It may help point you towards some that you may have missed.

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    1. re: foleyd7

      I've tried Thomas Henkelman, Napa, Harvest Supper, Da Pietros, Schoolhouse, Lolitas, Bernards, Le Chateau, le cremaillere, Mortons, Capital Grill, etc.

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      Harvest Supper
      15 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840

      Da Pietro's
      36 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

      1. re: stevel

        Is decor and formal service a main concern for you?

    2. I think there are a handful of very good/great restaurants in the area. They've all been mentioned here. Unfortunately if you don't like cramped spaces you are missing out on some of the best food around here! It's certainly not my favorite thing to be close to a neighbor, but I'll make exceptions if the food is good.
      In general I think that a suburb is just not going to have the population to keep places like you've mentioned above afloat.

      1. I recently had a good meal at Napa & Company in Stamford. We walked in without a reservation and were seated at a bar table. My wife and I shared the grilled octopus and the sweetbreads (small plates). We also shared a bottle of the house-recommended pinot noir.In short, the meal greatly exceeded expectations. We had just returned from our usual (March) stay in Rome and wanted something low-key and good. Napa delivered.

        For special meals (anniversary, birthday, whatever) we'll still seek out places in Manhattan like Daniel, Per Se, Le Bernardin, other. In lower Fairfield County and neighboring Westchester County, where we live, we have no shortage of good/very good places to dine.

        Gelato, on the other hand, is a different story.

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        Napa & Company
        75 Broad St, Stamford, CT 06901

        1. Competing with the City is tough, but Fairfield could have some very nice meals as well. Check out Gabriel's in Greenwich, ( formerly Lucas on Church St. ) You won't be disappointed, you will feel as though you are eating in Manhatten. The food is that good. ( Steaks & Seafood are perfect ) Paci in Southport is also very lovely for dinner. I would say to go during the week if possible, could get loud on a Sat. night. Let me know what you think.

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          Paci Restaurant
          96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

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          1. re: temilove

            Southern Fairfield County (Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton, Weston and Westport) probably has a best-guess population of 400,000. Further, the population is spread out over many, many miles. The numbers and the geography argue against sustaining a stable of great restaurants. We do have a number of good to very-good places that can tide us over between the fancy meals in Manhattan.

            1. re: steve h.

              I don't think it is really fair to try and compare Fairfield County to the likes of Gramercy Tavern, Per Se, Daniel, Le Bernardin, etc.
              You are basically citing the best restaurants located in the food capitol of the US (the world?) and questioning why those don't exist in the surrounding suburbs.
              Comparing NYC to other top food cities (Chicago, LA, San Fran, etc) is fair. The sheer number or restaurants, people, and (most important of all) visitors/tourists in those cities dictates that they will have more great ones than the surrounding areas.
              But if you exclude the top tourist cities mentioned above, then I would bet Fairfield County does a very nice job of representing itself from a food perspective. Of course, it helps if you enjoy Italian food, too. ;)

              1. re: foleyd7

                It does.

                1. re: foleyd7

                  Totally agree with you on all counts...apples and oranges...but regardless, it has come a long way in the past 5 years or so. There have been some really great places and some really good casual spots popping up recently that have totally changed the culinary landscape here. It's not NYC and never will be...but that's okay for me...

                  1. re: sibeats

                    Thanks for the reply's, I appreciate your opinions. I'd like to reply to a few points. I do believe Fairfield County can support restaurants of this price point. T.H. is just on example. Decor is very important. Part of the experience of eating out is the ambience. There is no excuse to pile tables on top of each other. Professional service is a must. A big problem with Schoolhouse is that they use what seems like high school students for servers. Not for a restaurant that wants to be taken seriously. I did mention special occasion but I also said I eat at all the restaurants I listed on a regular basis. These are meals I pay for myself not on a corporate account. In short "if you build it they will come"

                    1. re: stevel

                      I guess it's just a difference of opinion. I find the servers at Schoolhouse friendly and charming. Service has never been a big sticking point for me unless there is a major problem or just hovering annoying waitstaff. Quality of food is much more important to me than decor.

                      1. re: sibeats

                        Friendly yes, professional no. Can they describe the dish in detail? Do they know the ingredients? If I ask about the wine can they help?

                        1. re: stevel

                          I've never had them not be able to describe a dish...and I've never asked about wine so I can't answer that one.
                          I guess I just have more relaxed standards when going out...everything doesn't have to be perfect, but the food has to be good. If the food isn't good, I'm not going back. If there is a minor service issue, no big deal. Like I said before, different strokes...

                      2. re: stevel

                        Thanks for clarifying your thoughts on decor. In that case I have no recommendations.

                        1. re: stevel

                          Hi stevel,

                          If it were easy then it would have been done.

                          Ms. Schaffer at Napa & Company, others have worked hard to raise the bar here in Southern Fairfield County. They have gauged the market, bet serious money and have been rewarded. It would be interesting if you were to e-mail Mary Schaffer, ask her your question and share the response with us. Maybe do the same with Henkelman.

                          I'm not convinced it's as simple as "if you build it they will come". Still, I'm a diner and not a restaurateur. Maybe shoot those good folk I mentioned an e-mail.

                          Edited to add: You could always sic jfood on this pressing issue. The good doggie hangs out on ctbites.com these days. Despite the lack of opposable thumbs, he's pretty good at sniffing out a good story, retrieving the goods and typing out his findings.

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                          Napa & Company
                          75 Broad St, Stamford, CT 06901

                          1. re: stevel

                            Just go & try Gabriele's of Greenwich, on Church St. You really won't be disappointed. Also, if you would like stay in Fairfield, try Paci on a weeknight. it's much more quit, and the service is great, as well as the food. ( I would go to Gabriele"s first. )

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                            Paci Restaurant
                            96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

                            1. re: temilove

                              I agree with Stevel, I've noticed a few big differences between the restaurants in Ffield Cty and NYC.

                              First is service. Even at Schoolhouse, which has great food, the service would be considered borderline terrible in a good NYC restaurant..and they had two inexperienced college-age servers just this month. I'm not one to complain about service, but the service at the best restaurants here just don't compare with ones in NYC (even at the middle of the pack restaurants).

                              Second, I've noticed that the restaurants in fairfield county don't seem to be doing anything "unique". Even the best restaurants all have burgers on their menus and I often feel they are all very safe with cooking their food. Of course it's hard to compare NYC with fairfield county, but still. Henkelmann's food is flat out ordinary and uninspired, in my opinion. I think the best restaurants here need to do a better job of changing their menus (Schoolhouse does do a good job of this, but places like Paci seem to never change their menu and after the 3rd time eating there, it starts getting old)

                              Lastly...somewhat unrelated...but how can Napa charge $26 for their burger at dinner when what is considered the best burger in NYC (and most expensive)--the Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern, costs the same price. I think Napa's burger is good, it's just not worth any where closer to $26.

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                              Paci Restaurant
                              96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

                              1. re: wreckers00

                                I think everyone here agrees with Stevel that there is no comparison between NYC and FFLD County restaurants. You can't compare a suburb to a major city, especially NYC.
                                The difference is that Stevel is saying that FFLD county should be able to support NYC quality restaurants and others here disagree. I feel as though you don't have the population to support such expensive places on a regular basis. Which would also explain why Batali is bringing in a casual place, even more casual than Tarry Lodge in Portchester. I'm sure a restaurant group as successful as theirs has done their research and determined that the pizza/antipasti restaurant will do better than a more upscale venture.

                                1. re: sibeats

                                  Good points sibeats. All I'm saying is I'm just waiting for a "great" restaurant to break out in this area...maybe we're too close to NYC for this to happen?

                                  I've heard about or been to "great" restaurants in low-populated areas (much lower than FField County). ie; Townhouse in rural VA, elements in Princeton, NJ, plus areas like Charleston, SC or Boulder, CO or Portland, ME that seem to have some great restaurants in not-so-large cities.

                                  1. re: wreckers00

                                    I hear you...we always lament the lack of great places in the area...that being said, there are a handful of newer places that have cropped up in the past couple of years that we are very happy to go back to again and again. And it seems as though things are looking brighter for the future with more promising places on the horizon!

                                    1. re: sibeats

                                      definitely agree. I've been happy with some of the newer places (which are my favorites in the area)

                          2. re: sibeats

                            Well put silbeats! The only thing one can ask for in FFCounty is decent product, at fair prices with good service. If you can get that all under one roof you usually have a winner and that can be hard to find around here.

                    2. timely post...can't get into Le Bernardin or Daniel the night we want to go and are shifting our sights and looking for something more local. Obviously the expectations will be quite different but not sure there's anything even in the same ballpark.

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                      1. re: Ima Foodie

                        what about Rebecca's in Glenville? I personally would rather spend my birthday dinner at harvest supper or schoolhouse but if it's a "level" of service that you want they seemed to be able to tell you about the ingredients in a dish if one didn't know what it was already...

                        1. re: cubanat

                          Have you been to Harvest Supper lately? It used to be one of our favorites but found the food to be faltering when the chef left to go to Bar Rossa and we haven't been in months. Anyone have any current info? Have they replaced the chef?

                        2. re: Ima Foodie

                          ended up at Napa. Was very good, but service tapered off from great to unacceptable over the course of the evening -strange. Great 1st and 2nd courses but my entree was improperly cooked, so it put a little damper on the evening. Overall good though.

                          1. re: Ima Foodie

                            I had a great meal last night at Capital Grille. The service was outstanding and the food excellent!

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                            Capital Grille
                            230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901

                            1. re: stevel

                              Going to give Bar Rosso a try this weekend. I'm going to try Gabriele's of Greenwich but their pricing is crazy. $62 for a Ribeye? That's just ridiculous!

                              1. re: stevel

                                I am chiming in very late to this board, but I wanted to give my 2 cents. I think that Fairfield County is now ON the map. So many chefs from NYC are opening outposts since they know all the workers there reside here. I had great meals at Gabriels (2X), Napa, Da Pietro's (3X), Blue Hill Stone Barns....YUM! Tarry Lodge was great as well. New Canaan has some nice new places as well as Scena and 1020 Post for food, but casual. Capital Grille is consistent and Market in Stamford is good as well as Valbella which I ate at recently for the first time. Ok.....that is all for now :)

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                                Valbella
                                1309 E Putnam Ave, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

                                Da Pietro's
                                36 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

                                Capital Grille
                                230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901

                                1. re: taboo

                                  A couple points that I personally would like to make. BHSB is technically not in FField Cty and not even in Connecticut...that being said I do love it.

                                  I think Gabriel's is overpriced and really just straightforward. Same with Da Pietro's. They're not interesting and honestly serve very "dated" food, in my personal opinion.

                                  Capital Grille is a chain...so no point in listing them as "Fairfield County".

                                  I will say there are some interesting restaurants in Fairfield County (and I can't wait for Elm in New Canaan). As I said before on this thread, there are no restaurants that even match the 1-Michelin starred restaurants in NYC, in terms of fine dining restaurants. Would love to see a CT restaurant offer a tasting menu!

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                                  Da Pietro's
                                  36 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

                                  Capital Grille
                                  230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901

                                  1. re: wreckers00

                                    Very good points wreckers00, agree on most!
                                    Also, I believe that Market in Stamford is closed.

                                    1. re: sibeats

                                      Telluride closed...Market is open, as I just walked by the other day.

                                      1. re: taboo

                                        Sorry for the misinformation! Someone had posted here recently that Market had closed, but I guess it was wrong!

                                        1. re: taboo

                                          Market is definitely closed. It may look open 'cuz there's still alcohol behind the bar, nothing inside has changed and it's empty as usual but it is definitely gone.

                                          1. re: cwmorgan

                                            Thanks for the confirmation!

                                      2. re: wreckers00

                                        I would be interested in what type of tasting menu you would like to see. Paired with wine? Seasonal? Fixed pricing? I know that it is hard to compare to NYC restaurants, but I do believe that more and more NY chefs are going to open more up this way in the near future.

                                        1. re: taboo

                                          Simply a seasonal tasting menu would be good, with a set price-- say $80. Plus I think a tasting menu sort of defines fine dining in my mind. Fine dining often has amuses, a wide array of dishes, palate cleanser, mignardises and such.

                                          The tasting menu would change constantly or seasonally, and would limit the amount of dishes that stay on the menu forever.

                                          Somewhat straying off topic but even the "farm-to-table" restaurants in Fairfield County (and elsewhere) have dishes that sit on the menu for a year or two. In no way is that "seasonal". I think a tasting menu that's constantly changing could help fix this.

                                          1. re: wreckers00

                                            Just a quick request, folks, that you keep the focus on restaurants that actually exist rather than restaurants you wish would open. Thanks.

                                        2. re: wreckers00

                                          The Schoolhouse periodically has tasting menus. Over the years I have dined at some of the best places in NYC and frankly around the country. The Schoolhouse is no Per Se nor does it pretend to be, but it continually serves great food with seasonal ingredients and the menu changes daily.
                                          Frankly, I would rather eat there than at many of the michelin star rated places because for the most part, they are too impersonal and often over rated (Per Se, Le Bernadin, Daniel, Babbo exempted from that comment).

                                          I am also excited by Elm's arrival and the Tuscan is a nice addition to the scene (ate there last saturday). I like that the bar for quality restaurants continues to be set higher.

                                          1. re: LW1

                                            +1

                              2. Scarpetta in NYC is one of my favorite restaurants... and I think Liana's Trattoria in Fairfield is New York City comparable.

                                1. Because everyone who lives in Fairfield is wealthy and has a personal chef at home to whip them up something special anytime they like! LOL Just kidding!

                                  Actually, I agree with the other posters that it's not fair to compare Fairfield County with NYC. The populations are nowhere comparable and lifestyles are different - the suburbs are filled with families who eat at home together with the kids vs dining out all the time. (Who has the time to dine out all the time when you have to get the kids bathed, ready for school the next day etc.)

                                  Plus the fact we are so close to NYC is probably exactly the reason why - if it is a special occasion meal folks are after, odds are they will WANT to go into NYC and make the entire evening a celebration.

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                                  1. re: SeoulQueen

                                    good points SeoulQueen.

                                    I'm just hoping a new great restaurant pops up soon anyways.

                                  2. I'm not sure a "tasting menu" type place will work right now in Fairfield County.

                                    Silvermine Tavern, Cobb's Mill Inn, Three Bears, are all shuttered. While they were old-school fine dining (not exactly tasting menu), their high price point wasn't exactly attracting crowds.

                                    I have had wonderful meals in the past at both Stonehenge and Bernard's in Ridgefield. But with this economy, we just don't go out that much except for special occasions. In those rare instances I like going to a theater matinee followed by a nice dinner in Manhattan.

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                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                      The Red Barn couldn't be further from my idea of a fine dining restaurant/tasting menu type place, so the fact that it shut it's doors (to me at least) would have no prediction on the success of a fine dining restaurant.

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                                      Red Barn
                                      292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

                                      1. re: Ima Foodie

                                        Red Barn is still open I believe.

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                                        Red Barn
                                        292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

                                        1. re: Ima Foodie

                                          Red Barn is still open, but I agree with your opinion of it...and would add Silvermine, Cobb's Mill and Three Bears to that list. They were all mediocre, outdated food and it's more surprising to me that the Red Barn is still open than the other 3 are closed.

                                          1. re: sibeats

                                            I'm also not surprised they are closed. And while the food may have been outdated, they were in the fine dining category, and they were considered expensive. These places could have revamped, modernized, changed chefs and offered tasting menues, but they didn't. Will that concept work here? I don't know. Time will tell. I wish all such ventures the best of luck.

                                            In the meantime, I am enjoying what I consider great dining at Liana's Trattoria and Nicholas Roberts Bistro - two spots that march to their own beat and offer excellent dining experiences.

                                            1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                              Red Barn is still open and in no way is it fine dining.

                                              Go in there and you'll mostly see 70+ year old diners snacking on grilled cheese and tomato soup

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                                              Red Barn
                                              292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

                                          2. re: Ima Foodie

                                            The best time I had at the Red Barn was sipping single malt scotch after we took off from work at noon due to a raging snowfall. We stopped there before getting on the Merritt Pkwy for lunch (and the snowplows) & stayed there till dinner.

                                            By then the roads were clear. It was a nice afternoon by the fireplace. Needless to say we were the only customers at the time & had the attention of the staff.

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                                            Red Barn
                                            292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

                                            1. re: algct

                                              NY Chowhounder here, resuscitating this thread to ask for a restaurant recommendation for dinner for 4 on a Saturday evening in Greenwich. Good food and service are a must as is a relaxed atmosphere where we will not feel rushed.

                                              1. re: EatontheRun

                                                Rebecca's in Glenville, mentioned by cubanat in May.

                                                1. re: Greenwich

                                                  Rebecca's is way overpriced and not worth the money! Snooty service as well.

                                                2. re: EatontheRun

                                                  How about Pierangelo - small place, family feel - I never feel rushed there.

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                                                  Pierangelo
                                                  355 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

                                          3. If you buy into the notion that lower Fairfield County is a bedroom community (Westchester, too), then that makes Manhattan (and the outer boroughs to a lesser extent) the formal dining room. It's all interrelated, a point that escapes the current Chowhound demographers but that founder Jim Leff knew very well.

                                            1. I'm now in process of moving back to CT after nearly a decade in Pittsburgh, a city that was a culinary wasteland when I first moved there.

                                              It only takes one chef with the right vision to make a difference. In Pittsburgh's case it was Kevin Sousa, who started doing some molecular stuff about 5 years ago and eventually opened his own place, Salt of the Earth. When Salt opened, it was like the floodgates opened... suddenly a whole bunch of chefs found confidence and started opening interesting places left and right. The entire culinary landscape was changed in about 2 years.

                                              So it could easily happen in Fairfield County.

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                                              1. re: Panini Guy

                                                PGuy, I think you're right. Right now The Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston is shuttered. The new owner said he wants to re-open a new restaurant there. The setting is amazing, on the banks of a lovely waterfall (This historic building actually was a mill, and it looks it, completely unique).

                                                If the right chef can come to this venue it could be huge! Crossing my fingers it happens.

                                              2. Yes, I have not found any top restaurants in Fairfield Co, on the point some have made that suburbs can't support a great restaurant Blue Hill Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, proves them wrong, impossible to get a reservation though. We tried X20 in Yonkers but like Xavier’s in Piermont better.
                                                The Whelk just opened in Westport, it is a unique little seafood place worth trying, and they actually have whelks on the menu.

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                                                1. re: mla19

                                                  I have recently had a few very good meals at Artisan.

                                                  1. re: tito

                                                    I can't believe I started this thread a little over a year ago and it is still relevant! I keep hoping for something great but wind up disappointed. I had high hopes for Elm restaurant in New Canaan. The food was very good but the room noise was out of control. I'm not exaggerating when I say I had to YELL at the waiter so he could hear my order. I had a sore throat from yelling all night when I got home. I'm still waiting for something great to open in the area.

                                                    1. re: stevel

                                                      Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston is open again. No idea if it is any good. I hope to dine there soon and find out.

                                                      1. re: stevel

                                                        Agreed with Elm....we sat for 45 minutes (no exaggeration) before some one asked if we wanted a cocktail before dinner. My wife had to go to the podium to ask for the manager in order for us to get service. Durning that 45 minutes, numerous staff walked right past our table without even casting a gaze at us or in our direction.

                                                        When we finally placed our food order and wine order, it was another 20 minutes before our bottle arrived, so I made a point of calling the manger over to make sure we received our wine before our first course. As the manager walked away from out table, our appetizers we being carried out to our table. The MGR intercepted the waiter, so we narrowly avoided another miscue.

                                                        The food was well prepared and very inventive and tasty. I just hope they get the service straightened out before this place blows up.

                                                        1. re: tito

                                                          We ate at Elm a few times. Food was very good the first couple of times, not as good the last time we went. I find the service to be so fussy and ridiculous that they end up neglecting tables. One time we waited and waited for menus, finally asked one of the 4 hostesses who were standing chatting at the stand for them, and instead of turning around and giving them to us, she went to find our waiter who had to then come get them and give them to us! And if you arent' going to give menus when you sit down, at least give a wine list or ask if you want a drink.

                                                          1. re: sibeats

                                                            Four of us went to Elm when it first opened and we were not impressed. Service was abysmal, prices were outrageous and the food was just not that good. For those prices, we'll drive the extra distance to Manhattan and have a kick-ass meal.

                                                        2. re: stevel

                                                          Hmm. Taking some friends out for a 40th birthday dinner in southern CT next month; this is not the most hopeful thread! Really trying to avoid trekking in to NYC for Daniel or per se or some place, but we *do* want world-class food. Schoolhouse sounds like a good option for at least good ambience and freshness; might have tried Henkelmann but sounds as though it's not as good as it could be. Folks, if you had to pick one place for a special meal within say a 40 min drive of Stratford CT, where would you go? Thanks!

                                                          1. re: ewanm

                                                            A very fussy friend of mine just discovered Schoolhouse and has been back three times in one month, so that should be a good option.

                                                            1. re: ewanm

                                                              Schoolhouse is good, but it is very limited in the menu, only 5 options for each apps and entrees. While it is one of our regular places, it's certainly not "world class food". It is very seasonal, simple preparations, done quite well, without any fanfare. If you are looking for something on par with Per Se or Daniel then you should drive to NYC.

                                                              1. re: sibeats

                                                                Thanks, both. We've ruled out making the NYC trek, so the issue becomes what is then the next best option. Limited menu doesn't sound like a problem for a first visit.

                                                                1. re: ewanm

                                                                  My friend told me in the three times he's been there were some changes to the menu, offering a bit more choice. For a first time, why not give them a whirl?

                                                          2. re: tito

                                                            Artisan of Southport does look good based on their website, the French chef has been a top chef at many great restaurants, I made reservation for Saturday night.

                                                            1. re: AndrewMcc

                                                              It's good, not great. Had high hopes when they opened last summer, then as with so many "seasonal" places who promise a constantly changing menu, it stagnated from September through the Spring...we haven't been back in a while, maybe it's changed now.

                                                              1. re: sibeats

                                                                Have been to artisan once earlier this spring. Had an amazing house made ricotta cavatelli in a llight white sauce with fresh peas and shaved asparagus. Really fresh, really great.
                                                                We also tried the truffle mac and cheese. Super rich and decadent. Too rich to get anything more than a 1/2 order, but really worth trying.
                                                                Haven't been back, but def plan to again soon.

                                                                1. re: foleyd7

                                                                  The Cioppino is always really tasty, a little different every time, but the fish is always very well cooked. Salads have been a little inconsistent, especially the shaved veggie one. The first time i had it it was beautiful, tons of different ingredients, the next two times it was soggily overdressed and lacking in variety. The tuna tartare with eggplant and chickpeas is also really nice.

                                                                2. re: sibeats

                                                                  Artisan was ok, the food was about equal to the Whelk, service was good but there was a table of very load people next to us. Per the original poster from a year ago Artisan can not be considered great as it does not have a chefs tasting menu. I think getting a the 7 course tasting menu with the extra freebies as served by the Gramercy Tavern is what the original poster was really referring to. Xaviers in Piermont NY offers a tasting menu so it certainly is possible for Fairfield Country restaurants to offer one also, although they no longer offer a 7 only a 5 now.

                                                                  1. re: AndrewMcc

                                                                    Yep, like I said, it's good, not great...we went back last week after not having been for a few months...it was nice to see they finally had some new things on the menu. Not sure why a place can't be "great" if it doesn't have a tasting menu though...

                                                          3. Napa & Co. has a new chef. Here's the official bio:
                                                            http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.c...

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                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                              Nice resume on the new chef. Unfortunately I think Napa is way overpriced for what it is. Its pricing really needs to come down significantly. $30 & $40 entrees! that's more expensive then a lot of NYC restaurants. And lets not forget it's in the lobby of a hotel. Also I was very insulted by her (Napa & Co's) last email announcing the new chef. This is how she ended the email:

                                                              Please take a moment when you have dined with us to share your experience with the following sites because your referral is truly our greatest compliment. Be kind! I know we all love to read scandalous material but at the end of the day--this is our lives and the 34 people that work here.
                                                              Yelp
                                                              CTBites
                                                              Chowhound
                                                              Urbanspoon
                                                              Zagat
                                                              TripAdvisor

                                                              So she wants us to go to all the food websites and write reviews and guilt us into writing only positive experiences? I think she need to focus more on her restaurant then the food blogs. If she improves the customer experience the review will reflect that.

                                                              1. re: stevel

                                                                I was pointing out the arrival of a new chef. Nothing more, nothing less.
                                                                His curriculum vitae sounds good. I'll give the new chef a shot.