Best Restaurants in Greenwich Ct

Choosing the best restaurants in Greenwich, Connecticut is a matter of personal preference. Diners will choose and be forever faithful to a restaurant for its particular food and wine, music and decor. Customer service is an important consideration to some, as are location and parking.

Residents of Greenwich CT, an exclusive suburb of New York City, expect the best and are willing to pay for it. While they can travel to the city for the ultimate in dining experiences, Greenwich itself offers them numerous eating choices ranging from fast foods to the finest fresh cuisine.

Not only do many of the restaurants focus their offerings on the culture and heritage of their owners, but also they all feature fish fresh from the nearby waters.

French dining…

French cuisine is featured at Thomas Henkelmann at Homestead Inn, 420 Field Point Road, and Meli-Melo at 361 Greenwich Avenue offers the finest selection of homemade soups and homemade crepes. Meli-Melo’s equally impressive catering company brings their delicious foods to homes and offices and is located just down the street at 374-1/2 Greenwich Avenue.

Award-winning Restaurant Jean Louis, 61 Lewis Street is owned by Chef Jean-Louis Gerin, along with his wife Linda.

For the best in French cooking, Restaurant Jean Louis presents luncheon offerings such as poisson du jour aux copeaux de gingembre and salade d’algues et de haricots verts for $19 (only $15 for the appetizer sized portion). In English, you’ll be dining on succulent fish-of-the-day in sauce with ginger, along with a seaweed and french green bean salad.

Along with the expected fish, beef and chicken dinner entrees. Vegetarian diners can find a medley of vegetables as a Main Course with a very green pea coulis for $35.

Selected artworks of Daniel Humair, Jacque Bosser, Tony Soulier and Thibaut de Reimpre are on display in Restaurant Jean Louis.

Italian dining…

Italian cuisine in Greenwich comes in a variety of sit-down, take-out and catering establishments, such as Greco’s Bella Cucina & Express Pizza, 160 Hamilton Avenue, Pierangelo at 355 Greenwich Avenue and Polpo at 554 Old Post Road #3.

A step above some of the other restaurants featuring Italian is Osteria Applausi, 99 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich.

Osteria Applausi is the home of southern Italian cooking. Homemade pasta is prepared daily by Maria Marchetti of the Marchetti-Tarantino family who owns Osteria Applausi and two other restaurants in the Fairfield County area.

Luncheon entrees range from $18.50 to $25.50. Try the Il Branzino alla Livomese. Translated, you’ll be enjoying local sea bass sauted with onions, capers, black olives and fresh tomato. Or try I Rigatoni alla Vodka, a lighter lunch of rigatoni with vodka, onions, prosciutto, and smoked pancetta in a pink cream sauce.

Drink California champagnes and wines with your meal, or pair your Italian cuisine with Italian wines such as Feudi di San Gregorio, Vigne di Mezzo Efesto (100% Algianico) 2002 at $65.00 a bottle.

Check Osteria Applausi’s website listings for upcoming special dinners and wine tastings.

More bests…

For further variety in the best of dining, look for Latin fare at Palomino, 1392 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich. Mediterranean food abounds at L’Escale Restaurant, 500 Steamboat Rd, Mediterrano Restaurant at 366 Greenwich Avenue and Myrna’s Mediterranean Bistro, 28 W Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.

(Source: The Greenwich Connecticut Chamber of Commerce)