One Saturday night, one Sunday morning in Stamford...
I'm going to be in Stamford soon for an overnight (from Boston), and was hoping someone might be able to suggest a reasonable (< $60 w/ tip, non-drinker) "downtown" dinner spot for a solo diner on a Saturday night. Someone suggested Napa & Co., but I think it might be a bit of a waste considering I don't (or can't) drink wine (and, not to mention, is probably a teeny bit pricier than I was looking for). The type of cuisine is relatively unimportant, but I already do a lot of "ethnic" (taquerías/Mexican/Salvadoreño, Chinatown, Vietnamese, et al), so... I realize I'm being a bit vague, but any thoughts nonetheless? I guess I'm trying to dine as "upscale" as possible without going over $15 apps/$30 entrees... "Better" Sunday a.m. bakeries/coffee shops downtown would also be a help. Thanks, and my apologies for my relative vagueness.
I'm glad to hear that- it was suggested to me that I couldn't/wouldn't appreciate Napa w/o partaking in the wine aspect, but I've enjoyed myself at numerous restaurants that are fairly wine-centric and never felt that I was "cheated out" of a complete dining experience. May I take that then as an overall recommendation for Napa & Co.?
Definitely, I think it is the best food in Stamford by far. I don't understand why you wouldn't enjoy it without drinking wine...it's not like it's any different from any other restaurant with a wine list. They also have lots of little "snacks" on the menu so even solo you can try different things. Great food, I'm sure you will enjoy it!
Napa is a wonderful restaurant. I can also suggest Market or Columbus Park on Main Street.
As for Sunday, I am not sure of coffee shops, but if you go right off exit 6, the City Limits Diner has every pastry and breakfast you can want and it is great.
City Limits Diner
135 Harvard Ave, Stamford, CT 06902
Main Street Cafe
345 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Also consider Bar Rosso (Collaboration between Napa's owner and the chef from Harvest Supper in New Canaan) :
For a good greasy spoon breakfast, try Joey B's Chili Hub in Cos Cob. I recommend the 'Hacksaw'. They also have a wide assortment of vegetarian, egg white omelets etc for those trying to be healthy.
bar rosso is a great place for solo. they have seats at the bar and they also have bar-type seating over looking the dining room where siolo eaters sit. ITs has a great atmosphere.
You can order a few small plates- i recommend lobster polenta, their samplig of moozarella cheese, the veal meatballs and the osso bucco. all delicious.
For breakfast you can hit up the sundance cafe across the street. it has a nice atmosphere with couches, good coffee and free wifi.
have fun and enjoy this wonderful city!
Napa for dinner hands down... and no problem with solo or non wine. Given it's DNA Bar Russo dissapoints. But Bar Taco from the Barcelona folks is fun and festive and tasty and ZaZa gastropub is really the hottest of the new openings and a great vibe.... what we were all hoping Bar Russo was going to be. Sundance does have some intereresting breakfast offerings, but if you can grab a cab to City Limits (just a mile west of downtown), this faux diner has some great breakfasts, great riffs on standards. Not many other choices for Breakfast downtown. Stamford not a b'fast town.
You might want to scout Summer, Main, and Bedford restaurant rows and check out the culinary scene. Within a three block radius of Summer and Broad are more than 60 restaurants. .. not to mention a lively club scene.
This weekend is the Bedford Arts Fair, btw.
btw... Market is shuttered. (as is its sister Match in SONO)
Wow! Thanks SO much, guys. I think I'm leaning towards Napa at this point, but remain intrigued by Bar Rosso (although less so now, after Stamfoodie's feedback) and will look into ZaZa, Quattro Pazzi and Barcelona (and perhaps another spot or two from the "more than 60 restaurants" - Oy-Vey, I had no idea there'd be so many!). Napa seems to be the place where they're doing the "least Boston-y" thing, from among the many recommendations you all have given, and that may prove to be the trait that ultimately gets me. That, and the fact that the sample menu I saw just looked straight-up yummy! Extra thanks for the breakfast (Sundance & City Limits) tips. I'll be sure to drop a line & let y'all know where/how I/things went. I had little idea what to expect from CH, and you all have blown me away, far exceeding any expectations I had.
Quattro Pazzi Restaurant
165 Fillow St, Norwalk, CT 06850
City Limits Cafe
2627 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury, CT 06704
Match in SONO is most definitely not shuttered. They are also no longer affiliated with Market.
I agree that Bar Rosso disappoints. We only went once but the service was terrible. They brought our entrees while we were still eating our appetizers and just dumped them on the end of the table. Food was decent with some misfires (raw bacon in a pasta dish). We have not returned.
I still think Napa is your best bet. Great food!
You are right, Match is still open. Reminds me of the great Bogart line in Casablanca
Renault: And what in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed
as was I.