Primary Food and Drink, Greenwich

I recently had the pleasure of trying a new restaurant in Greenwich:  Primary Food and Drink.  Located at 409 Greenwich Avenue, Primary is the newest restaurant from celebrity chef Graham Eliot Bowles.  In addition to being a critically acclaimed chef with two Michelin starred restaurants and the more casual Graham Eliot Bistro, he is one of the stars of the reality television shows Master Chef and Master Chef Junior.  The Chicago native opened Primary with longtime culinary and business partner Merlin Verrier, who will act as Primary’s Executive Chef and Managing Partner.

Graham Eliot and Merlin Verrier

Graham Eliot and Merlin Verrier

The experience and talent behind Primary is quickly evident when you visit this unique restaurant.  The menu offers modern, gourmet takes on classic dishes such as Caesar Salad, Beef Stroganoff, and Gnocchi.  The menu is not extensive but focuses on high quality, fresh ingredients prepared artfully and with the utmost attention to flavor.  At Primary, the food really is art.  Each bite is so delicious; you can easily tell how thoughtfully the various flavors are paired together.   The Lobster Schnitzel, for example, is such a different way to serve this classic New England seafood.

Deconstructed Caesar

Deconstructed Caesar

Beef Stroganoff, made with braised short rib.

Beef Stroganoff, made with braised short rib. Image via Connecticut Lifestyles Magazine.

Food as art.

Food as art.

Each dish shows attention to detail.

Each dish shows attention to detail.

The interior of Primary is a great reflection of the menu.  It is simple and open, with some seating that allows for a view into the open kitchen.  Wood tables, leather seating, and wall decorations consisting of mirrors and understated lighting are playfully balanced by a tile mosaic floor.  The bar area also features a clean, simple look that works well with the restaurant’s modern vibe.  The waitstaff’s uniform of checkered shirts and jeans reflect Primary’s casual mood and allow the food to be the main attraction.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Bar

Bar

The tile floor mosaic with the Primary logo.

The tile floor mosaic with the Primary logo.

I really enjoyed visiting Primary and am already looking forward to going back.  You can see their full menu and make reservations at Primary’s website.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.