What’s for Dinner?



photograph by Bob Capazzo

In her essay A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia certainly wouldn’t have had a problem thinking, loving or sleeping if she was from Greenwich. In our little town we have gourmet restaurants that rival the likes of Jean Georges, Le Cirque and the Four Seasons. But it’s not all foie gras and caviar. We also have burgers that put Shake Shack to shame and so many Italian restaurants that even Mario Batali has stayed just south of our border.

On Greenwich Avenue alone, there are more than a dozen restaurants that cater to the most sophisticated tastes as well as to the more down-to-earth palates. Stepping off the Avenue, we couldn’t even begin to guess how many options there are for dining in or taking out. To celebrate this vast culinary scene, we are happy to present you with our first annual food issue. Here, we let you in on great deals, share secrets from top caterers, highlight family favorites, and take a look at the staples in our dining lives—you know, the places that you can barely remember life without.

We also pay homage to a few fallen favorites that we would love to see resurrected (who doesn’t miss the Chopping Block?) and take a walk down memory lane to play the “what was where when” game. Given that a restaurant is so much more than just a great Bolognese or perfectly caramelized crème brûlée, we decided to talk to some of the colorful personalities who we’ve come to love over the years. They are the managers, owners and bartenders whose absence you notice right away when they take a night off. The vibe is different, something is just missing.

The dining scene in Greenwich is so vast that there is no way we could include everybody, but if we left out one of your favorites, do let us know. After all, our second annual food issue will be here before you know it. In the meantime we hope you enjoy this assortment of fun facts, tasty recommendations and fond memories.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


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