Anniversary Dinner near Greenwich
I left things to the last minute, which is never good, but here goes.
My husband and I would like to go out for our anniversary next Saturday night and we have a few constraints. We're dropping the chowpup off at an activity in Greenwich that starts at 8 and we need to be back to pick him up at 10:30, so I'm thinking an 8:15-8:30 reservation in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, maybe Norwalk or New Canaan.
We've been to Napa and Co several times for anniversaries, birthdays etc, so we really like it, but we'd like to try something new. But hopefully the fact that we like Napa gives you a sense of what we're shooting for. it doesn't have to be new american, but Napa is about right for fanciness, price and food interesting enough that we wouldn't take the child (who can be a reasonably adventurous eater when the mood strikes, but who is still only 11).
I did some searches on this board, so got some ideas from that, but nothing is popping so far. Thomas Henklemann looks like it might be more formal than we really want. We've never tried the Delmar, but I see that it's Provencal and Mediterranean, but we're leaving for a week in Provence later in the month, so I'm thinking we should have something else. I know people rave over the food at Columbus Park, but the menu isn't looking like anything special or unusual. Elm sounds really good, but there's nothing available at the right time, at least not on Open Table.
So, is there anything left?
I am not a fan of Columbus Park. It is definitely not Napa quality or farm to table. If you are looking for a more interesting Italian spot, I would agree with Tarry Lodge and also suggest Aria in Stamford or Polpo in Greenwich. I haven't found a favorite Italian restaurant in the area though.
I recently went to Eleven14 Kitchen at the J House hotel in Greenwich, the menu was interesting and food was very good. Not sure if its a very romantic scene though, there is alot of lounge space and has a hotel feel, yet upscale.
The chef at Napa has changed a few times in the past few years and the old ones have moved on to other restaurants. One is Le Farm (Westport), it gets good reviews, but I was never impressed. Also The Spread (South Norwalk) briefly had Napa's old chef, its a louder place with a bar scene. But both may be too far from Greenwich.
A notch up from Napa is Rebecca's in Greenwich, but check the prices to see if it's in your ballpark.
Hincklemann can be relaxed if you make it that way.
Consider Tarry Lodge in Port Chester... start off with their inventive and delicious pizzas.
Columbus Park may not be cutting edge, but it's fantastically good Classical Italian.