The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.
When designing Toscana Greenwich, owner Paul W. Ardaji was meticulous in recreating the spirit of renaissance Florence. The walls are decked with vibrant paintings depicting the landmark era’s culture, and food is cooked in a wood-burning oven. Voted the Best Italian Restaurant of Greenwich 2012 by The Best of Fairfield County Living, the menu brims with Tuscan specialties and house originals alike, such as the house pizza topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon, Italian caviar, and jalapeño. High-backed booths or elegantly appointed tables set the stage for dining on these delectables, and a vibrant ring of glowing red wine bottles-turned-light fixtures hang above the front of the restaurant to contrast the classic yellow light emanating from the dining area’s sconces and rustic saucer-like fixtures.
Bruckner's Good to Go has something for every eater, whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore. The menu of items, soups, salads, and more than 70 types of sandwiches provides options for lunch and dinner. Treat your taste buds to a healthy meal made fresh to order, with range-fed meats and handpicked produce. The spicy romero can heat up a slow-moving workday, and the macaroni lulu offers guilt-free indulgence with macaroni and cheese made with range-fed chicken breast, tomato bisque, and feta cheese. For classic deli fare, Bruckner's offers items such as the turkey Reuben, the super club, and the tuna melt. Fifteen sandwich options include the lean and mean veggie burger and the black bean wrap, allowing vegetarians to quash insurgent appetites and thwart sprout-army takeovers. Bruckner's is the perfect place to sate an early-morning or high-noon stomach grumble, whether online, in person, or by phone.
With its menu of authentic Thai tastes, Thai Basil keeps taste buds and their corresponding bodies thoroughly sated and comfortably seated. While culinary classics such as chicken pad thai help diners reminisce about delectable meals past with its stir-fried rice noodles, scallions, egg, and ground peanut ($10), various wok-stirred ($12–$16) and duck ($19) provide the ground work for new eating experiences. After catching a movie or scenic glimpses of a fast-approaching asteroid, diners can stop by for bites of crispy red snapper ($20), or refuel midday with slurps of grilled-beef pho ($8).
Chris Geideman’s resumé includes nearly every restaurant-industry job imaginable—cook, bartender, general manager, wine sales, bar manager, sous chef—and it’s a career that very easily could never have happened. He got into the industry accidentally, after agreeing to cover for a friend at his dishwashing post one night. A quarter-century later, Chris is the executive chef and owner of Crew, a comfort-food bistro with dishes that can be prepared as small plates or full entrees.
The dining room is simply adorned with white linens draped over tables and a mustard-colored booth that runs continuously around the room. But guests shouldn’t let that deceive them—as the New York Times noted, “the low-key atmosphere doesn’t telegraph how creative the menu is.” It’s fitting that a man with such flexible talents has created a menu that covers a lot of culinary ground. One dish might carry an international elegance—roast-chicken paillard with tomato-caper confit—and the next may have an American ease, such as the skillet burger with homemade kettle chips.
Being a native of Italy, chef Enzo Roppo knows his way around the key ingredients that earned his country’s cuisine its international renown. At Bella Nonna Restaurant and Pizzeria, Roppo puts this knowledge to work, creating a wide range of traditional dishes and homemade desserts. After a successful 15-year stint at its first location, the restaurant now welcomes hungry crowds at its new digs on Railroad Ave. There, co-owners Tony Crudele and Joe Sandolo have re-created the warm, welcoming vibe of a family dining room, complete with regulars gathering over bowls of steaming pasta, crisp pizzas, and glasses of wine.