Blue Hill Farm

Located in scenic Westchester County near Tarrytown, Blue Hill Farm is a fantastic destination for food lovers and families.

Located in scenic Westchester County near Tarrytown, Blue Hill Farm is a fantastic destination for food lovers and families.

Blue Hill Farm Stone BarnsBlue Hill FarmThe restaurant, Stone Barns, is a four season farm to table affair.  The menu mainly features seasonal items either grown by the farm or sourced locally.  The building itself is beautiful and provides the ideal back drop for the food.  Rather than choosing from a menu, diners are given a list of ingredients being used in the kitchen on that day to build a unique tasting menu.  Each course is crafted to showcase these ingredients with such creativity.  In winter, you might experience smoked kale or hake with mussels.  At other times of the year, you might experience zucchini pasta or beet burgers.  Dining here is a whole experience; when you visit, you may be selected to meet the chef and watch him cook.  It’s very different, and not your traditional restaurant.

Blue Hill Farm 3Blue Hill Farm 6One of my favorite aspects of Blue Hill Farm is that it is a true working farm.  From spring through fall, you can take your kids to see how the farm is run.  In addition to the many gardens and greenhouses, Blue Hill is home to chickens and sheep.  After touring the farm, a stop at the Cafe and Grain Barn lets you recharge with snacks, salads, and baked goods.  Or, you can try Blue Hill Farm’s very own yogurt.

Blue Hill Farm 5Blue HIll Farm 1Blue Hill Farm 7To learn more about Blue Hill Farm or to plan a visit, go to their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

 

 

Del Posto

Located at 85 Tenth Avenue in NYC, Del Posto is the creation of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich.

Located at 85 Tenth Avenue in NYC, Del Posto is the creation of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich.  The restaurant’s goal is to create an atmosphere of European luxury where guests enjoy refined Italian cuisine and a world class wine list.  The menu is crafted from the highest quality ingredients and tailored to provide an unrivaled experience.  Lunch consists of a 3 course prix fixe with antipasto, secondo, and dolce.  Dinner guests can choose for their table the five course Il Menu Del Posto or the sumptuous eight course Captain’s Menu, each available with wine pairings by Del Posto’s sommelier.  Each dish is executed to perfection and so beautifully presented with a truly memorable combination of flavors and textures.  The food is pure art — as soon as you see it, you know it tastes amazing.

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Of course, I always notice the interior of a restaurant.  As soon as you walk into Del Posto, the restaurant’s design influences your expectations and sets the tone for the meal you’re about to enjoy.  Del Posto’s dining room is opulent and lavish, but also inviting.  The food is bright and colorful while the interior is a handsome and masculine contrast with dark woods and geometric floors.  The yellow hue on the ceiling provides a light counter balance, and the overall effect is just a great backdrop to the food.  Del Posto is definitely on my must-visit list!

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Inn at Pound Ridge

The Inn at Pound Ridge is one of the area’s hot spots, known for its wonderful ambiance and great food.

The Inn at Pound Ridge is one of the area’s hot spots, known for its wonderful ambiance and great food.  The elegant but down to earth fare by Chef Jean-George is the main attraction, but the decor is what I find so memorable.  The curve of the banquets, the use of leather, and a neutral palette add up to an interior that makes you want to stay for hours and hours.

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Named for the building’s history as an inn, the Inn at Pound Ridge is a refined, yet rustic, restaurant in picturesque Pound Ridge, New York.  Built in 1833 as a residence before later serving as an inn, the building has been restored and carefully renovated.  Many of the original materials have been preserved, resulting in a modern sensibility that stays true to the building’s historic past.  A mixture of reclaimed wood, zinc, and marble throughout the interior meld with artful lighting to create a truly warm atmosphere.

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In fact, the interior of the Inn and Pound Ridge was so well done by designer Thomas Juul-Hansen that it has become the inspiration for a home I am currently designing in Montana.  I love how the Danish furniture, the stone, and the wood elements at the Inn became a point of reference for a home in an entirely different state.

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To learn more about Inn at Pound Ridge or plan a visit, see their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

Fish Restaurant + Bar

We recently went to F.I.S.H. Restaurant + Bar on Bedford Rd. in Stamford and had such a memorable meal!

My husband and I enjoy trying various local restaurants.  One place we love is F.I.S.H. Restaurant + Bar on Bedford Rd. in Stamford.  The owners have two other restaurants (Quattro Pazzi and Osianna), and their experience in providing good food and good service is clearly evident.   F.I.S.H. Restaurant + Bar has an interior that makes an immediate impression when you step inside — such a cool, edgy environment.  The restaurant is small, but stylish, and has a little bit of a rustic attitude with a modern nod.  It’s very appealing.

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The food, of course, is what makes F.I.S.H. so memorable.  The menu features a raw bar, several salads, a range of appetizers, main courses with things like chicken and pasta, and, my favorite, the Naked Fish selections.  With the Naked Fish dinners, you choose your fish, the cooking method you prefer, and one of six incredible sauces.  The fish also comes with your choice of a side.

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My husband had the grilled octopus, which was so delicious.  The mussels are a must have! My fish was really fresh, and I loved having the different options for preparing it.    F.I.S.H. is open for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Sunday.

To see the full menu, visit the F.I.S.H. website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Blackstones Steakhouse, Greenwich

I really enjoy a great steak, especially from Blackstones Steakhouse in Greenwich.

When I go out to eat, I am not one to nibble on a salad.  I really enjoy a great steak, especially from Blackstones Steakhouse in Greenwich.  Blackstones has the perfect combination of excellent food and beautiful decor.  They are known as one of the best steakhouses in town and for good reason.

The ambiance at Blackstones is quite elegant.  The decor has a masculine vibe that is still sophisticated and in line with the quality of the food and the attentive service.  With a black, grey, and white palette, the interior is saved from an overly industrial feel by the softening texture on the walls and the interesting artwork.  The bright shelving behind the bar gives the space added light.  Blackstones achieves a New York City chic that is definitely welcome in the suburbs.

Blackstone Greenwich 5Blackstone GreenwichBlackstone Greenwich 4Blackstone Greenwich 3In addition to steak, the menu boasts an impressive selection of appetizers, salads, and sides for both lunch and dinner.  The bar menu features several signature cocktails as well.  As you’d expect, however, the steak is the star of the show at Blackstones.  The quality of the meat shows in the exceptional flavor and tenderness of the steaks while the extensive wine list ensures the perfect compliment to every memorable meal.  I loved that my dinner was served on a piping hot plate, something you don’t often experience anymore.

Greenwich, Connecticut interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch enjoys dining at Blackstones Steakhouse.Blackstone Greenwich 6Blackstone Greenwich Menu 2Blackstone Greenwich 7Blackstone Greenwich Menu 3Blackstone Greenwich 2To see the full menu, visit the Blackstones website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

 

 

Golden View Firenze

I recently visited a new restaurant in Greenwich called Golden View Firenze and was really impressed with everything from the food to the decor.

I recently visited a new restaurant in Greenwich called Golden View Firenze and was really impressed with everything from the food to the decor.  From the start of my visit to Golden View Firenze, I loved the fresh, exciting atmosphere of this very chic restaurant.

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Golden View Firenze

Owner Tommaso Grasso also has a restaurant in Florence, Italy.  He decided to open a second restaurant in Connecticut after a visit to the area.  Tommaso brought chef Francesco Casu with him from Florence, ensuring the food at Golden View Firenze would be a true representation of authentic Tuscan cuisine.

The decor at Golden View Firenze is intimate and based in a clean white palette.  The view to the kitchen is open, letting diners watch the chefs prepare fresh dishes, including hand-made pastas.  Shelves of wine are a prominent feature of the restaurant’s interior, but it isn’t all for show.  The staff are very knowledgeable about the wine and well prepared to offer suggestions.

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View into the kitchen.
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Simple, elegant decor.
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The impressive wine display.

Just like in any really good restaurant, the food must be the star of the show.  Everything we tasted was excellent!  I started with a wine mojito, which was delicious.  We had a cheese plate and I tried the veal dish as well as an incredible four cheese pasta.  My husband had the filet with an amazing dipping sauce.  Even the bread was perfect.  It really was like eating in Italy.  The menu is very well done and I look forward to going back soon!

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Hand-made pasta.
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Seafood pasta. Image courtesy of Connecticut Mag.
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Fresh fish with roasted tomatoes. Image via Connecticut Mag.

A review on Ilovefc.com by Mary Kate Hogan mirrors the fantastic experience we had at Gold View Firenze and describes some of the other perfect dishes.  You can learn more about Golden View Firenze by finding them on Facebook.

 

Primary Food and Drink, Greenwich

I recently had the pleasure of trying a new restaurant in Greenwich: Primary Food and Drink.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.