Restaurant :: Sweet Grass Grill
We’ve lived in Greenwich for almost a year and we’re already a bit bored of the restaurant offerings here. Not to mention many of them are obscenely expensive so we have yet to find a go-to restaurant that we love and is affordable. On Friday afternoon I decided we should venture further afield. I shot a text off to Jordan asking for restaurant recommendations in the Hudson Valley. I knew she would have some good ideas for me and sure enough she came through with a couple of options in Tarrytown. Sweet Grass Grill sounded absolutely perfect.
Tarrytown is an adorable town and I immediately wanted to sell up and move. (Seriously, Westchester County if you could please sort out your exorbitant property taxes then we would never have moved to Connecticut).
The food was so so so so good. Just looking at this photo makes me want to go back and eat my face off.
They have chalkboards proudly declaring which farms the food comes from. I lap this stuff up. Oh, you drew little chalkboard chickens at the bottom? Extra tip for you.
The town itself is picturesque. We went for a walk around after dinner. I was reminded of the NY Times article about hipsters moving to the Hudson Valley. I get it. I totally get it. If I was a hipster I would want to live here too. Hell, I’m the antithesis of a hipster and I want to move here.
And look. An entire store devoted to wool.
I wore a new dress and some old wedges that I literally had to trawl through the attic to find (proof that the rule about throwing anything out that hasn’t been worn for 6 - 12 months is not one to live by).
I can’t wait to do some more exploring in the Hudson Valley.
Restaurant :: Farmhouse @ The Bedford Post Inn
On Friday we drove over to Bedford NY to eat dinner at a restaurant called Farmhouse. It’s part of the Bedford Post Inn which is co-owned by Richard Gere. The Inn is super pretty, the service was pretty good, the people watching was above average, the flowers were lovely and the food was decent (not out of this world amazing as I had expected the food to be). The drive over from our house was also gorgeous - mainly through back roads. Even though the food wasn’t amazing-amazing I still loved it and would definitely go back.
Q: I remember a few weeks back when you were looking for restaurant suggestions in Greenwich. My father and I spend Labor Day in Greenwich while traveling back and forth for the US Open and by far, the best part of the trip, is the sandwiches we get at Rinadli's in Cos Cob. You must go! It is run by the most lovely family and their sandwiches are spectacular. It is by no means fancy, but if you and Charlotte are looking for a lunch outing, it is amazing!
I just read the reviews on Yelp and I’m going to need a bacon, egg & cheese in my hands in the near future. Thanks for the tip!
It was John’s birthday last week so I made a reservation at a restaurant I had been recommended by multiple people and that I knew John would love - Rowayton Seafood.
I made the reservation for 7pm because we are old boring parents now and need to get home early to relieve the babysitter. Gone are the days of 9pm reservations. I figured we would be the only ones there at 7pm. Instead, the restaurant was already packed with people. I guess everyone eats early out here!
It is a gorgeous restaurant sitting on the banks of Five Mile River serving delicious seafood. After dinner we took a spin through the town of Rowayton promptly falling in love with the adorable Cape Cod style houses everywhere.
We’ll definitely be back.
Oh, and check me out - I curled my hair and everything. My hair is finally back to blonde after the whole brunette debacle of December 2011. NEVER AGAIN.
Bar Taco: Port Chester
I’m really enjoying exploring Greenwich and its neighboring towns. The term exploring obviously encompasses going to new restaurants and stuffing my face with delicious food (related: I have some major weight loss work ahead of me after I squeeze this baby out of me).
I kept hearing about how great the Port Chester location of Bar Taco is so on Sunday afternoon when Marc & Katy came out to visit we headed on over for a few lunch time tacos and beers.
I brought my camera to take photos and of course the battery was dead. Where is the charger? Your guess is as good as mine. So iPhone photos it continues to be on this ol’ bloggy blog.
The food was good but it wasn’t OMG SO AMAZING MUST TELL EVERYONE. However the decor was gorgeous. It has a really nice inside section with a cool bar in the middle and an outdoor terrace right on the water (and by water I mean it kind of looks like a canal but still, bonus points for being outdoors with some kind of water view). There wasn’t much action at lunch but our waitress told us that it gets so busy most nights that there is a 45 - 60 minute wait for tables.
Anyway, I loved it and would definitely go back.
Oh, and because it’s the suburbs they do stuff like bring crayons and coloring books to your table. Love.
We also had our first suburban celebrity sighting - Kathy Lee Gifford. I love celebrity sightings so I did that whole sideways whispering thing to alert everyone. My sideways whispering technique definitely needs some work because it was really obvious that I had spotted her. Oop, sorry Kathy Lee!
Basso56 on West 56th St
We have dined here a number of times and every single time I have been blown away by the food and the service. I can usually narrow down my choice to a couple of dishes but I always have trouble choosing from all the amazing dishes at Basso. I don’t bother with the menu anymore - I just wait to hear the specials. They truly are special. See what I did there?
Sushi Damo, 330 West 58th St
Sushi Thursday temporarily moved to Wednesday.
In New York (and perhaps everywhere) sushi is either really cheap and really bad or really expensive and really good. There doesn’t appear to be a happy medium. This is the best we can do - what I would call quite good and quite expensive. Sushi Damo has good sushi - good enough to keep us coming back week after week. But seriously, it’s not cheap. If anyone knows a decent inexpensive sushi in Hell’s Kitchen please tell me!
We saw Sarah Jessica Parker out of the window tonight. Ok, that’s a lie. But we did see her out the window about 3 weeks ago.
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Sunday brunch - a very late brunch because certain people who shall remain nameless needed time to sleep off their hangovers :-)
Half the gang wanted the lamb burger (which I hear is not ba-a-a-a-a-d) and there was much disappointment when the crazy waiter announced they were out of it. This forced everyone to re-pick their meals but the conclusion from everyone: fantastic food. For $11 you get your brunch + one mimosa. For $20 you get your brunch + three mimosas. You know which option we picked!
Um, I haven’t got one.