Where to Eat Now In Greenwich

WELCOME HOME

NEW ON THE SCENE
Sushi, tacos, treats and a time warp are a few of the new culinary experiences awaiting you in and around town

a fresh catch
A HIP, URBAN VIBE WITH A MENU TO SATISFY THE MOST DISCERNING DINER

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MIKU SUSHI

68 Greenwich Ave.,
203-900-7676;
mikugreenwich.com

Sushi lovers are flocking to this high-end Japanese restaurant where owner K Dong is ever- present, ensuring a dining experience that’s as smooth as the baby yellowtail sashimi we can’t get enough of. The fish is flown in from Toyosu Market (the next generation of the famous Tsukiji Market), so the restaurant features seafood you won’t find at other sushi spots. Ramen lovers will appreciate the Tonkotsu, soup based on a pork broth with different “toppings.” You can follow up one of the signature appetizers like the rock shrimp tempura or yellowtail jalapeno with a choice of forty rolls, a sushi or sashimi platter, or grilled seafood entrees served with spinach and shiitakes. The mahogany wood sushi bar is a popular spot to sit for enjoying sushi and sashimi a few pieces at a time prepared in front of you; reservations are encouraged. Coming this fall: rare whiskey tastings and sake dinners.


all in the family

A GREENWICH AVENUE STAPLEGETS A COOL NEW SIBLING

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SOUTH BAY
403 Greenwich Ave.,
203-717-1836;
southbayct.com

Harvest has been a date-night favorite for years and now the Siguenza family has opened its latest eatery, a Mediterranean-inspired cousin, just across the street. With South Bay they preserved historic details and old stained-glass windows of the building (which housed Sundown Saloon) but modernized it with a subtle nautical vibe. It now has shiplap walls and big French doors opening to the sidewalk—creating a much better connection between indoors and out. Try the rustic charcuterie platter with homemade ricotta drizzled in honey, crusty bread and pickled vegetables on a wooden cutting board. Pastas are homemade, and the chef whips up a light tasting tagliatelle with fresh vegetables. Known for its seafood and pastas, South Bay’s sandwiches are worthy orders, too. Try the delish porchetta sandwich with spicy chili mayo or the tuna burger. All desserts are made in-house too; the cheesecake is lovely.


#TBT

A THROWBACK TO THE 70S IN DESIGN ONLY—THE FOOD HERE IS OUTSTANDING

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EUGENE’S DINER

112 North Main St.,
Port Chester,
914-481-5529;
eugenesdiner.com

Here, every detail is on-point from the rec-room style wood paneling and amber colored hanging lights to the latch hook-rug wall hanging and vintage plastic cups. As the brainchild of Chef Dave DiBari (chef/owner of The Cookery and The Parlor in Dobbs Ferry), Eugene’s food earns as many raves as its throwback decor. In keeping with the diner concept, there’s all-day breakfast with pancakes more fluffy than any we’ve seen, plus unusual choices like the crispy salt-and-pepper eggs with ginger and garlic, a heavenly take on a Chinese dish. Look for double cheeseburgers, pastrami sandwiches, thirteen-inch hot dogs and milkshakes as well as the special TV dinner du jour, nostalgic with items like a beef Wellington and seared matzo but much fresher and more delicious than anything Swanson dreamed up. There are plenty of lighter, modern options, too, with specials like a market salad and market fish as well as starters like the outrageously good Brussels with crispy rice, parmesan and honey and the griddled beef and shaved broccoli salad with hoisin sauce. Don’t miss the tiki cocktails. With choices like Three’s Company, Wonder Woman and Cheech Love Chong, how can you go wrong?

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tacos: not just for tuesdays anymore
LA TAQUERIA
10 Greenwich Ave.,
203-992-1199;
taqueriact.com

At press time Mexican fans were eagerly awaiting the mid-September opening of La Taqueria at the top of the Avenue. Chef-Owner Dennis Lake has been a partner on several New York restaurants, and now the Culinary Institute of America grad and former Rosa Mexicana executive chef is excited to bring his “refined Mexican” to a casual setting here in town. It’s an airy space with several mosaic tiled bars; one will function as a guacamole and salsa bar by day and a seated bar at night. Expect solid margaritas, including a house passionfruit blend, and several less common Mexican beers to pair with your tacos. The game changers here are the Nixtamal tortillas, made following an ancient method for preparing the corn-based dough. “The smell, the flavor, it all makes such a better taco and not many people are doing this,” says Dennis. What to order? His personal favorite: the Cochinita Pebil tacos with chote roasted pork with red onion and cilantro. The veggie tacos with grilled cactus are intriguing, too. Finish with Abuelitas cookies made with Mexican chocolate.

Little Beet Table: Roasted chicken, crispy salmon and baby carrots – Photo: Front of House

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healthy refined
LITTLE BEET TABLE
376 Greenwich Ave.,
203-405-5787;
thelittlebeettable.com

This New York City-based restaurant brings fresh, healthy fare and a cool atmosphere to the Ave. LBT took over the old National space and retained some of the chic interior, making it well-suited for those who want a night out with plenty of veggie-forward options and less of that tight-pants, food-coma effect. If you’re avoiding gluten, this spot may become a new go-to; the entire menu is gluten-free, so you don’t have to make special requests or think twice about what to order. There’s a whole range of “greens and grains” with options that are tasty but health-conscious such as the crispy spirulina rice bowl and a roasted shrimp salad, plus vegetable-based starters and sides. We liked the salmon crudo, a beautiful blending of fresh fish with radishes and greens, in a pretty beet-laced broth and also the roasted corn and maitake tacos. For those who prefer meat, there’s a sesame-chili chicken salad, roasted chicken and a New York strip. Dishes like guacamole get a boost of extra greens; this one’s topped with watercress and plated with corn tostadas. Check out the fun cocktail list, which also includes a range of mocktails or natural refreshers.


work of heart

MUCH MORE THAN A COFFEE SHOP

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JOE STUDIO

185 Sound Beach Ave.,
Old Greenwich,
203-990-0479;
joestudiocafe.com

Coffee snobs: Don’t miss this hub for fresh-roasted brew, a café that also serves teas and superfood lattes, freshly made juices and pastries. It’s a lounge-y spot with comfortable chairs that encourage people to camp out with their laptops. Mother-and-son team Simonas Krystautas (known as Simon) and Jolanta Schimenti, who’ve lived in Greenwich for more than twenty years, had always talked about opening some sort of café and restaurant. Simon traveled extensively to learn about coffee and belongs to a roasting guild; he roasts all of the beans in house using “Joe,” a Loring S7 Nighthawk roaster. “We spent time in Amsterdam and saw wonderful coffee shops that also have juicing,” says Jolanta. “The idea was to bring people something new and exciting that’s also good for their health.” To that end, try the Saku Tea lattes blended with superfoods like turmeric, beet root and maca, and fresh fruit and veggie juices made in a Kuvings machine. For more of an indulgence, there are sandwiches; croissants, scones and canelés from Balthazar; macarons; and a special orange float with vanilla ice cream in fresh orange juice. You can buy coffee beans by the pound to take home.

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breaking bread
COBS BREAD
5 Riverside Ln.,
Riverside;
cobsbread.com

There’s nothing like freshly baked bread, and those who’ve been traveling to COBS on High Ridge Road are excited for the new location opening in Riverside next to Aux Délices. It’s the second outpost of the Australian franchise for the Hyden family, who live in town. Every day the staff bakes the bread on-site and from scratch using a special non-GMO flour from Alberta, Canada. Except for the challah and brioche, the bread contains no sugar. Sourdough (very low gluten), kids’ white and high-fiber loaves are among the most popular as well as the rye caraway, Cape Seed Bread and pastries such as strawberry and passion fruit scones; chocolate and raspberry croissants; and fresh apple danishes with dulce de leche. The owners have a strong commitment to charity and donate all leftover bread at the end of the day, giving to Neighbor to Neighbor, Liberation House and Alzheimer’s charities, among others, and they’re also one of the major sponsors of Swim Across America.

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beyond bagels
LENNY’S BAGELS
Mill Pond Shopping Center,
Cos Cob;
lennysbagels.com

Craving city bagels with all the trimmings? Lenny’s is the real deal. This second-generation family business started in 1978 and included locations in Manhattan and Hastings, with the flagship in Rye Brook for the past twenty-five years. Expected to open this month, Lenny’s in Cos Cob will continue the tradition of baking water bagels on the premises fresh every day. You can scoop up the classic flavors, plus newer ones like jalapeno cheddar and French toast. They also serve flat bagels, burritos, breakfast bowls (eggs with topping) and specialty egg sandwiches with all sorts of add-ons. Lenny’s is known for its hand-sliced Nova Scotia lox; when you buy a quarter pound of the salmon, you get four bagels free. There’s also a weekday bagel special: buy a dozen and get six free. Beyond the bagels, Lenny’s serves fresh sandwiches, salads and juices; lunch catering is available. The spot will also include a nice coffee bar with flavored coffees, cold brews, nitro, lattes, cappuccino and iced coffee.

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how sweet it is
CHOCOYLATTE GOURMET
121 East Putnam Ave.,
Cos Cob, 203-455-3978

There are so many ways to indulge in homemade chocolate and coffee at this Cos Cob bakery and caf. Choose from cakes, trifles, candies, hot chocolates (also a frozen version) and beautifully packaged giftable chocolates at the new sweet spot. Any chocolate fan will be dazzled by the Wonka-esque chocolate fountain just inside the door. Try the chocolate roulette cake with a touch of berries or the chocolate peanut butter brownie. For non-chocoholics there are many other treats, including a passionfruit trifle, which the owner handed out to several of us on a recent visit. The decor blends poppy modern, orange settees and white walls, with a touch of tea parlor; light fixtures are made of cups and saucers.


SEE & BE SCENE

ALL ABOUT THE VIBE
Location, location, location doesn’t only apply to real estate. Good food comes first, of course, but the setting can make your dining-out experience stellar, especially when there’s outdoor seating and views. These are a few spots where the ambience really enhances the meal

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bank on it
DOURO
253 Greenwich Ave.,
203-869-7622;
dourogroup.com

Once housed in a small below-street-level location, Douro now occupies the lofty former bank building on Greenwich Avenue, which takes the whole dining experience to new heights. The historic circa-1915 building features mosaic-tiled domes and columns, hand-tiled by Spanish craftsman Rafael Guastavino, that are still beautiful today. The old bank vaults serve as dining nooks and an upper balcony works for private events. With the renovation of the space by Christian Rae Studio, Douro changed the layout to create a showcase U-shaped bar at the center of the space, set under gorgeous, reflective chandeliers that direct your eye upward toward a center skylight. It’s a lively bar for people-watching and is often filled with a chic crowd out enjoying Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine; favorites include the grilled octopus, fritters, garlic shrimp, spicy tuna and chicken empanadas.

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patio perfection
TONY’S AT THE JHOUSE
1114 East Putnam Ave.,
Riverside, 203-698-6999;
jhouserestaurant.com

The inside of Tony’s at the JHouse, with beautiful lemon trees growing in the center and rich leather seating all around has a club-like feel, with Tony the most congenial host of the party. But the garden patio in particular, renovated last spring, has such pretty natural beauty and a wide variety of comfortable seating that it’s a true destination. With trees and plants growing all around and swinging benches and lanterns, the garden at Tony’s has serious vacation vibes. At this outdoor oasis, you can enjoy a full meal al fresco or simply hang out for cocktails and light bites. Heaters and a special pergola roofing that can be covered allow the patio to remain open into the cooler months. Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

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garden gathering
FAMOUS GREEK KITCHEN
10 North Water St., Byram,
203-531-6887; famousgreekkitchen.com

At Famous Greek Kitchen, an ivy-covered trellis leads to a lovely outdoor patio where you can linger over oktopadi, homemade dips and pitas, salads, souvlakis, special entrees and wine from the well-edited list. Recently, the chef has also been creating more small plates and tapas options to enjoy outside, and he whips up new specials weekly. In the garden there are bar-height and regular tables; the space can be set up for large groups and events such as bridal showers and birthday dinners. On weekends, guitar players perform, adding to the fun vibe. Outdoor heating keeps the patio buzzing into the fall. The FGK interior is currently getting a refresh, too. The look will be coastal Mediterranean, says co-owner Maria Katsaros. Expect decor that blends “simplicity mixed with rustic, lots of textures and small punches of color to provide a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere,” she says. Also planned for fall: a special Santorini wine pairing dinner (check the website for dates).

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a grand plan
GABRIELE’S
35 Church St.,
203-622-4223; gabrielesofgreenwich.com

There’s nothing like dining by a fire, and at Gabriele’s bar you can sit in large leather club chairs and enjoy a cocktail or a full meal while parked in front of the stone fireplace. High-tops and regular tables, plus seating at the dark, cozy wood-paneled bar make this separate room almost like a second restaurant within a restaurant (there’s a bar bites menu and drink specials on weekdays before 6:30 p.m., and live entertainment on Thursdays). In the main dining room, spacious alcoves set into the perimeter of the room with their own hanging light fixtures feel like private mini dining rooms. Perhaps the ultimate seating is within the wine room, a space that can be reserved for special events and anchors a corner of the restaurant. What to order? Steaks are big but there’s also top-notch seafood and regular specials.

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sittin’ on the dock of the bay
L’ESCALE
500 Steamboat Rd.,
Greenwich,
203-661-4600;
lescalerestaurant.com

Though the cuisine at l’escale is technically seasonal Mediterranean, there’s a distinctive French flair at this lovely restaurant with its antique terracotta tiled floor, soft Provençal décor, topiaries, and wood-burning fireplace, which make it one of the most charming dining rooms around. In season the biggest draw may be the outdoor Octopus Bar with a mosaic tile octopus and wrought-iron detailing. People love to sit here and watch the boat traffic in Greenwich Harbor while sipping the house rosé bottled especially for l’escale. It’s a popular spot for ladies’ nights and recently the setting for Pink Parties: wear pink, drink pink. There are also wine dinners throughout the year with course-by-course pairings. For a dish that matches the waterfront setting, try the Plateau Royale, a tiered tray of fresh seafood.

A stunning renovation welcomes customers at the new Douro space. – Photo: Venera Alexandrova

CROSSING THE LINE

THE HIDDEN GEMS OF PC
Port Chester has a few under-the-radar spots that you may want to keep to yourself once you try them–the décor may be simple, the authentic ethnic food is anything but

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french find
APPETIT BISTRO
540A Willett Ave., Port Chester,
914-690-2000; appetitbisto.com

Set in a strip mall just over the New York state line, this unassuming petite French eatery is often packed. Its ambience is minimal with paintings of Parisian window scapes on the wall; we liked watching the chefs at work in the completely open kitchen. You’ll sit elbow to elbow with other couples out to enjoy the menu that reads like something out of the eleventh arrondissement: moules marinere, terrine de foie gras, escargot en croute and there’s even fondue for the table. For appetizers we liked the octopus with fingerling potatoes, arugula and paprika, and white wine clams with chorizo and tomato. The Raviolis Aux Champignons Sauvages (wild mushroom ravioli) was stellar as were the seafood-based entrees of linguine aux fruits de mer and the Couquilles St. Jacques, scallops in a sage beurre-blanc sauce. Even if you don’t have room, you can’t miss with the banana split for dessert. C’est classique.

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always a fiesta
SALSA PICANTE
110 Adee St., Port Chester,
914-481-5488; salsapicantemex.com

There are the trendy see-and-be-seen Mexican restaurants in Port Chester and then there’s this authentic spot. When David Dolores and his family opened the restaurant five years ago, his mother and cousins taught the cooks their Mexican family recipes. Offerings include classics such as ceviche, alambres and Chiles Rellenos, poblano peppers stuffed with cheese, topped with a secret red sauce and served with tortillas. “It takes the longest to prepare but it’s worth it,” says David. “Everybody who comes here goes crazy for my frozen margaritas,” he adds. Most popular dishes: guacamole and steak, salmon and al pastor tacos (pork with pineapple and achiote). Every August he hosts a Taco Tonite fundraiser: $20 get you two margaritas and three tacos. Proceeds benefit area schools.

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going greek
TELLY’S TAVERNA
108 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester,
914-939-3333; tellystaverna.com

Sister to the popular Astoria-based restaurant, this seafood-centric Greek spot looks nondescript outside. Inside, subtle nautical touches blend with banquette seating for a comfortable vibe. Friendly servers seem as genuine as the cuisine; ours was from Corfu. The display of fresh fish on ice forecasts the specialties—everything from snapper, striped bass, branzini and swordfish to smelts and squid. Most is simply prepared, grilled and served with lemon and olive oil. Among the must-orders: fried zucchini or eggplant with skordalia (a potato and garlic dip), made-to-order spanakopita (spinach pie), as well as the keftedakia (meatballs). The more casual Telly’s Lighthouse, opening soon, will serve gyros and other handheld Greek food.


PROS IN THE KNOW

GETTING PERSONAL
We caught up with top chefs and local food gurus to get the scoop on what’s trending and where to eat and drink now … because who knows better than the pros? Plus, they share tips on entertaining, family outings and more

Gallia and Michael Batt
OWNERS/CHEF, FOOD DESIGN CATERING

WHAT’S COOKING
These star caterers with an impressive client list continue to create buzzed-about custom parties while also supporting major charities at events such as the Red Cross Ball. They’re poised to launch an upscale frozen-foods biz called Purest Foods.

TRENDS WE’RE LOVING NOW
Mini bites after- parties. “People have dessert and think the event is done. But later we come around with mini bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, tiny stacks of pancakes with a blueberry on a skewer,” says Gallia. “People go crazy for it, it takes them back,” she says of the idea that recalls college nights when you’d hit the diner with friends at midnight. The other party trend people are loving is mini bowls, she says. The chefs come up with five to eight different entrees and serve the mini meals in three-inch bowls, small enough to balance on top of a cocktail if needed.

PARTY PLANNING ADVICE
“Think of what the event is really about. Maybe it’s a seventy-fifth birthday that’s geared toward family bonding, having the guest of honor surrounded by her grandkids. Plan the seating and food accordingly and, when possible, serve something that’s nostalgic like a childhood favorite dish for whomever you’re celebrating.”

STORE-BOUGHT CHEAT
“There’s nothing like Michael’s homemade Caesar dressing, but when there’s no time, in a pinch he likes Marie’s brand Caesar.”

GREAT HOSTESS GIFT
A copy of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook

WHEN WE’RE NOT WORKING, WE EAT AT…
Kira Sushi, Locali in New Canaan, The Cookery in Dobb’s Ferry, The Inn at Pound Ridge

COCKTAIL RULES TO LIVE BY
“The placement of the bar can make or break an event. Be sure it’s in a spot that will encourage the flow and not block people. Also, always have a signature drink. You don’t have to come up with a clever name, just make it a fun cocktail that incorporates the season or theme.”

WHAT TO SKIP
The crudité. “We do a gorgeous crudité with vegetables in apothecary jars, but we’re still always bagging up the grape tomatoes at the end of the night,” says Gallia. A good alternative: Caesar salad on endive leaves or skewers of iceberg, blue cheese, tomato and bacon.

 

Brian Lewis
CHEF/OWNER, THE COTTAGE AND OKO

WHAT’S COOKING
After beating Bobby Flay on his show earlier this year, this James Beard-award finalist is about to serve up another restaurant. Oko, a sister to the original in Westport, opens in Rye this month. The new Oko will feature a bar, sushi counter and six-seat chef’s table for omakase, plus curbside pickup for to-go orders behind the restaurant. “We’re super excited about the design,” he says.

FAMILY-FAVORITE BITES
“My boys come in once a week with their mom and have dinner at one of our two restaurants. At The Cottage they’re all about the brisket steamed buns and the burgers. At Oko they’re big fans of the bento boxes, that’s something we’re really expanding on. They order bentos every time, plus a little sushi.”

PERSONAL PICKS FROM HIS OWN MENU
“We have a Wagyu short rib that we cook for three days in sous vide with black and white sesame with a red miso glaze, and I char spring onions into an ash and puree it with sesame oil and fermented black garlic to make a beautiful sauce underneath. Also we’re sourcing from Stonington Sugar Kelp, sustainable ocean farmers, for our special seaweed salad. I wanted to find something local.”

WHEN I’M NOT WORKING WE EAT AT…
“For family meals we like to picnic at Grace Farms in New Canaan. After church on Sundays, we get together with our friends and their kids. There are seventy acres up there, a great place to explore.”

FOOD NETWORK HIGHLIGHT
“I was delighted with the format of the show Beat Bobby Flay. They have fun, but they let you be all that you are as a chef. It was all about using your talent and passion. My goal was to demonstrate what I did best, but once I got going, I realized I wanted to beat him. I thought, This nice guy stuff has to stop,” he says with a laugh. “I’m really going to take him down.”

DATE-NIGHT GO-TO
“My wife, Dana, and I love GrayBarns in Silvermine.”

 

Rafael Palomino
CHEF/OWNER, SONORA

WHAT’S COOKING
This renowned chef and restaurant owner who’s also the author of five cookbooks is celebrating twenty years of service at Sonora in Port Chester. He also owns Pacifico in New Haven and other restaurants around the Northeast.

SECRET TO HIS SUCCESS
“I think value is huge, and you can’t take your customers for granted. You have to reinvent yourself. There are a lot of young chefs who are very sharp, so you have to be able to adapt. Some places give less during Restaurant Week, but I say, you have to give more to entice people.”

MOST DELICIOUS DEALS
“During happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., we serve mojitos, classic margaritas, capirinhas for $5 and beer for $4. Dishes like portobello tacos, quinoa empanadas and mahi mahi tacos are also $5. Our prix fixe menu is $29, Sunday to Thursday and Friday until 6 p.m. with ceviche, Argentinian beef skewers, beet salad, tacos to start and entrees including organic chicken, paella, red snapper, vegan paella and a filet mignon lomo saltado.”

CUSTOMER FAVES
“They love the skirt steak with lobster fried rice and a saffron mojito sauce; the shrimp and scallops with a homemade black bean–monterey jack ravioli; also the organic salmon with quinoa, sweet plantain, pomegranate, roasted peppers.”

WHEN NOT WORKING WE EAT AT…
“Zero Otto Nove, an Italian restaurant in Armonk. Lots of people go there from Greenwich, it’s in their backyard.”

WHERE TO SHOP FOR HOME COOKING
“The Farmer’s Market in Pleasantville and Chicos in Armonk.”

SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW
“I do transcendental meditation every day. You need to have balance. I’m eating healthier and that shows with the vegan items on our menu.”

 

Michael Geller
MIKE’S ORGANIC

WHAT’S COOKING
What started as a delivery service for organic produce has morphed into the newly renovated Mike’s Organic market, which is also a hub for food and wellness education with classes and events. This fall a concert, sheep shearing and pig roast are on the docket with farm-to-table menus and local brew tastings. Chef pop-up dinners are also in the works.

CELEB CLIENT
Martha Stewart has been raving about the corn from Mike’s on her Instagram.

PERSONAL FAVES IN THE SHOP
“Everything is pretty outstanding, but if I had to name my top five it would be—in no particular order—Rosemary Pork Chops from The Piggery, Shallot Oil from Wei Pantry, Strip Steaks from VT Wagyu, farm fresh eggs from Karl Family Farm and donut peaches from Greiner Farm.”

WHEN NOT WORKING WE EAT AT…
“Boxcar Cantina, Kawa Ni, Truck and, when we have the time, Blue Hill. We cook a lot in our house and have two small boys, so nights out are limited.”

BEST FAMILY FARM EXPERIENCE IN OUR AREA
“Our favorite place to bring the boys is Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt Manor, New York. It’s the oldest working farm in Westchester County, and Laura DeMaria (third generation) is a good friend of mine.”

LOCAL BREWS YOU LOVE
“I’m all about Two Roads Brewery. After visiting the brewery and meeting the team, I’ve fallen in love with their beers. Lil Juicy NEIPA, Cruise Control Lager and Honeyspot Road are some of my faves. I’m also a huge Maine Beer Company fan. Pretty much anything they make is dope.”


RISE AND SHINE

LET’S DO BRUNCH
These brunch spots will fuel your morning and afternoon with some delicious comfort food. Sundays never looked this good

House-baked cinnamon buns from The Spread – Photo: Venera Alexandrova

Modern Global
THE SPREAD 18 W. Putnam Ave.,
203-900-1887; thespreadgreenwich.com

Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread, who’s won multiple awards, has also been recognized for his brunch creations.

BENNYS FROM HEAVEN
Take a classically good eggs Benedict and add excellent smoked salmon and you have the Alaskan Benedict, a favorite here.

GOOD EGGS
Try the breakfast burrito with chorizo, queso and salsa or the veggie omelet served with jalapeno hollandaise, among many options.

SWEET & SINFUL
An already delicious brioche French toast is made even better with local strawberries and an almond paste, plus don’t miss the house-baked cinnamon buns.

FOR OUTLIERS
Beef tongue sandwich with arugula, truffle and a fried egg straddles breakfast and lunch. But for those who crave savory, there’s ricotta gnocchi, kale salad, a BLT and other lunch-y choices.

Add bottomless mimosas for $18; bottomless Bloodies at a Bloody Mary Bar with all the fixings, $22; bottles of wine half price

HOURS
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

American Classic
GINGER MAN 64 Greenwich Ave.,
203-861-6400; gingermanct.com

We tend to think of Ginger Man as a great spot for burgers and dinner with a lively bar, but the brunch here is on target, too, in a cozy tavern setting with seating by the fireplace.

BENNYS FROM HEAVEN
Eggs Benedict here is served with a New York twist: housemade lamb pastrami instead of Canadian bacon, there’s also a jalapeno version.

GOOD EGGS
Try the huevos rancheros, Western omelet, or steak and eggs.

SWEET & SINFUL
For a true indulgence, there’s vanilla bourbon French toast with whipped butter and Vermont maple syrup.

FOR OUTLIERS
Of course, you can still get one of the famous Ginger Man burgers during brunch as well as salads, wings, quesadillas, chicken paillard and more.

Mimosas, bellinis and excellent Bloodies by the glass, $9.50

HOURS
Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Italian American
LUGANO SALUMERIA & WINE BAR 1392 East Putnam Ave.,
Old Greenwich, 203-990-0955;
resturantji.com/ct/greenwich/lugano-salumeria-and-wine-bar/

The reliably good standard brunch at Lugano comes with a few Italian touches and some flavors of New England.

BENNYS FROM HEAVEN
One-up your basic version and dig into the lobster eggs Benedict, a sizeable helping of lobster, plus poached eggs, arugula and roast potatoes.

GOOD EGGS
With the made-to-order omelets, you can mix in less-common fillings such as broccolini, salume, provolone and red peppers among others or for the heartiest dish try the Tuscan steak and eggs.

SWEET & SINFUL
Though this brunch menu skews savory, there is French toast with raspberries and also fresh fruits.

FOR OUTLIERS
You can order from the extensive lunch menu with a choice of thirteen salads, plus pastas, or try the hot lobster roll or salmon hollandaise.

Bottomless Bloodies, mimosas, bellinis or sangria, $15

HOURS
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Southern Comfort
JUDY’S 927 High Ridge Rd.,
Stamford, 203-890-9999;
judysbarandkitchen.com

For a twist on the traditional and a diverse menu, head to Judy’s in Stamford, where you can have chicken and waffles, cheesy grits, biscuits and other indulgences with your bottomless Bloodies.

BENNYS FROM HEAVEN
The country spin on eggs Benedict, aptly named Redneck Benedict, involves ham and buttermilk biscuit, country gravy and hash browns.

GOOD EGGS
Try the Cubano breakfast burrito with pulled pork and jalapenos and a side of plantains or the Rhett Butler fried eggs with grits.

FIT FOR THE KING
Elvis Waffles kick things up a sweet notch: They’re chocolate chip waffles paired with banana, peanut butter and bacon.

FOR OUTLIERS
Those who lean toward the lunch side can opt for a Southern Skinny Salad, Steer Herder burger, fried chicken or even a quinoa bowl.

Add bottomless Bloodies or mimosas for $15.

HOURS 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


HAPPIEST HOUR

CHEERS!
The 411 on where to go when you want a drink and a light bite for a great deal

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BISTRO VERSAILLES

339 Greenwich Ave.

Every day from 3 to 6 p.m.
Beer is $5 and glasses of wine are $7; cocktails are $10

What to order:
The oysters ($1 each), parmesan-truffle fries, chicken-liver mousse with toast points for $8; the St. Barths cocktail with lemon, ginger, St. Germain, Grey Goose and cassis.


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EASTEND

409 Greenwich Ave.

Every day from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tap and bottled beer and wines by the glass are half price.

What to order:
For cocktails, try the Round Hill Road Martini or the American Dream Machine with bourbon, ginger beer and cherry. Food is regular price during happy hour and the starters change seasonally; we like the grilled broccoli with pickled vegetables and crispy shallots.


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LUGANO

1392 East Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich

Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 3 to 6 p.m.
Wine is $6 by the glass and craft cocktails are $6.50; select draft beer is $4; $1 oysters

What to order:
There’s a solid list of wines by the glass and a big range of tapas; shrimp scampi and grilled octopus are among the faves.


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THE SPREAD

18 West Putnam Ave.

Monday to Friday 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Beer is $5 and wine and cocktails are $6

What to order:
The margarita, rum old fashioned or the Manhattan; try the “perro caliente” (bacon-wrapped hot dog with jalapeno relish) for $5, spicy chicken roll for $6, wings for $9 or the tuna tostada for $12.


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TONY’S AT THE JHOUSE

1114 East Putnam Ave., Riverside

Monday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Beer, wine and cocktails ($6 to 14) are two for the price of one.

What to order:
Wines by the glass, a favorite draft or cocktail with clams oreganata, burrata or something from the raw bar.


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SALTAIRE

55 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m.

What to order:
During the “Wine & Brine” happy hour in the Oyster Lounge, clams are $1, oysters are $1.25 and there’s a whole menu of snacks like warm spinach dip for $6 and fish tacos for $7, plus sparkling rosé sangria for $8 and several $9 cocktails.

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