MacDuff's Public House's cadre of culinary baedekers takes patrons on a gustatory tour of Scotland with a menu of authentic Gaelic and American pub grub. Limber chomping muscles with appetizers such as french onion soup anointed with bubbly gruyere cheese ($8), or potato-and-farmhouse-cheddar pasties ($8 each), a flaky pastry safe-zone where potato, cheddar, caramelized onions, and dijon-herb mayonnaise roommates confront each other about missed chores. Nosh on robust entrees such as the bangers and mash smothered in onion gravy ($15), or shepherds pie ($16), whose savory mélange of ground lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes silences indignant stomachs. An exposed brick oven and a jukebox filled with bagpipes lend a Scottish Highlands pub feel to MacDuff's.
Candles placed upon the bar and tables at Bambou Asian Tapas & Bar cast a flickering glow on dishes that blend the spices of Chinese and Thai cuisine with the cool flavors of Japanese sushi. Behind the bar, chefs tie ribbons of seaweed around ocean-fresh salmon or chomp on morsels of wasabi before searing soy-glazed chicken with their newfound fire-breath. Wines, sakes, dessert liquors, and cocktails complement hot and cold tapas selections, and chopsticks duel for elegantly plated sushi rolls at the dining room’s intimate booths and tables.
A Stamford native, Bobby Valentine made his way from All-State athlete to a professional ballplayer, manager, and analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Ever the overachiever, he went into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, and today his career serves as the inspiration at The Original Bobby V's Sports Bar location in Stamford, Connecticut. More than 100 menu items arrive on custom handmade tables in the form of nachos, wings, pastas, and 10 signature burgers. As the beer flows from the taps, high notes emerge from its imbibers on karaoke nights.
The brewheads at The Craftsman Ale House serve up tasty fare alongside specialty microbrews, keeping with their philosophy to "drink local, drink craft." Open for lunch, dinner, and private parties, Craftsmen Ale House also treats eaters to happy hour specials, brewery events, tastings, and Beer 101 classes. Taps flow with eight rotating craft brews, and the beer list comes replete with more than 50 bottles and cans of specialty imports and domestic beers.
Four white swan statues greet visitors as they approach the charming brick-and-stone façade of Duck Inn Bar and Grill. Guests won’t find any ugly ducklings on the inside either—rather, they’ll discover a mirrored wall brimming with top-shelf liquors and a menu filled with traditional no-frills pub grub. The bar platter of wings, jalapeño poppers, chicken fingers, and mozzarella sticks pave the way for hearty mains such as philly cheesesteak, chili sliders, roast-beef clubs, and honey-mustard-slathered grilled-chicken sandwiches. To complement these classic meals, bartenders fill pints or pitchers with sudsy domestic beers.
Crave's carefully crafted menus provide sandwiches, burgers, and meat and seafood entrees for lunch and dinner. Take an afternoon break from lifting paperweights or mounting executive-level tickle-fights at work with a bistro-centric selection from the lunch menu such as the chicken sandwich served with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll ($7) or the arugula salad ($7). For evening-time noshing, kick things off with a bowl of cauliflower soup ($7) before segueing to a lightly smoked Angus sirloin steak surrounded by a red-wine-pepper sauce ($28). Suckers for shellfish can opt for the mussels prepared with either a curry-coconut-milk-lemongrass broth or an Italian ragout of san marzano tomatoes, calamari, and hot pepper. The restaurant's wine cellar boasts an impressive list of bottles from three continents.