Tastes Of The Town
The restaurant business is a tough one. When you own a restaurant, there’s no going home at 5 p.m. or leaving your problems at the office. There is no life outside of work. Work is your life. Thankfully there are a lot of intrepid souls in and around Greenwich, and each month there seems to be that “new fun place” everyone is buzzing about. And, of course, there are the tried and true spots we would be lost without—the ones that hold years of our memories. We grow attached to them, often because we have grown up with them.
When decades-old favorites like Jean- Louis, Manero’s and Versailles close their doors, there’s a bit of community mourning. But it’s usually not too long before a new face moves in and becomes the toast of the town. Jean-Louis is now Le Penguin and it’s jammed. Greenwich Prime Meats stepped in for Manero’s to make sure our craving for Gorgonzola salad, garlic bread and the perfect cut of meat didn’t go unchecked. And, as of this writing, Versailles is about to open its doors yet again thanks to Marc Penvenne, owner of that other Avenue staple Méli-Mélo.
This month we explore the ever-expanding and evolving dining scene. Putting together our annual food feature is always a big job, but our seasoned food writer, Mary Kate Hogan, manages to weave together the old and new, funky and formal to give us a great overview. This issue we visit the new kids on the block; round up some terrific ethnic spots; step over the border into neighboring Port Chester to check out their eclectic offerings; get the 411 from chefs on where they like to eat; find the great deals and so much more.
Fall is in full swing and the restaurant scene is hopping. So give the pots and pans a rest and hit the town. We’ll save you a seat.