Restaurants in North Stamford

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Hailed by none other than the New York Times for eclectic dishes that combine “a homey touch with a dash of originality,” The Pine Social throws a sophisticated spin on traditional American comfort fare. Chandeliers cast a soft glow on tables situated side by side within the tavern-like restaurant and lounge, which anchors its menu on free-range meats, ocean-fresh fish, and locally sourced produce. The kitchen’s homemade sausage and slow-braised beef short ribs are not to be missed, based on their own merits as well as their shared ability to whet palates for the dessert menu’s warm apple spring rolls. Sips of aged scotch and spiked, hot apple cider thaw jaws frozen agape at the tavern’s dark-stained walls, rustic wooden accents, and plush furnishings. Light from high-definition TVs glints off the bar’s full-service spirits station, beside which guests can treat their ears to music that pours forth from live bands on Thursday and Friday nights.

36 Pine St
New Canaan,
CT
US

A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.

70 Main St
New Canaan,
CT
US

Praised by the New York Times Thali's head chef and owner Prasad Chirnomuola quells cravings for elegant, unexpected flavors. The adventurous menu features a slew of imaginative dishes that twist traditional Indian fare and keep clingy eggplant from smothering the other ingredients with unwanted attention. Begin an edible journey by soaking baked naan ($2–$4), infused with onions, garlic, or chilies, in a bowl of mussels with Portuguese chorizo ($8–$10). Varieties of vindaloos come with a choice of fowl, fish, veggies, or lamb ($10–$24), matched by varieties of kebabs and spicy masalas. Specialty entrees show off the kitchen's creativity and ability to rip through refrigerators, with such artful delicacies as date and walnut grilled chicken breast, smothered with papaya, pineapple, and tomato salsa ($18–$22), and sea bass seared in hot tandoor spices and snuggled next to squash, lentil, and truffle basmati rice ($20–$24). Finally, cap sweet teeth with a bevy of desserts, including the shahi turkra, an Indian–style bread pudding or the prettily presented lemongrass key lime pie (house desserts are $7 each).

87 Main St
New Canaan,
CT
US

Zagat members rated La Cr?maill?re Restaurant "extraordinary to perfection" in all three categories: food, service, and decor. The chefs build their plates by drawing from a selection of seasonally available components, so that the menu rotates, sometimes from day to day. No matter what, diners can count on bold yet elegant dishes, such as the mustard-crusted grilled salmon. The cellar bursts with 14,000 bottles of wine to pair with entrees or enable guests to play "Stairway to Heaven" with a spoon and a glass. As a final course, diners choose from hot and cold desserts enhanced by housemade ice creams and sorbets.

Westchester Magazine also picked the eatery for a favorite Valentine's Day destination due to its "French country charm." Situated in a white clapboard house built in 1750, the interior blossoms with floral patterns and provincial oil paintings. In the private party room, country-style knickknacks pepper the walls, with character dolls on shelves reading newspapers, knitting scarves, or lifting one another to get better access to diners' plates.

46 Bedford Banksville Rd
Bedford,
NY
US

At Nino's Restaurant, the chef?kneads dough for handmade noodles and slides pizzas topped with creative toppings, from gorgonzola cheese to breaded chicken to lobster meat, into a brick oven.?The chef also fills bellies with other classic northern Italian dishes, including chicken and veal served eight different ways. Of course, no authentic Italian restaurant would be completely without an extensive wine list, which includes amarone, one of Italy's top red wines.?

Guests dine on crisp-linen-topped tables both inside the dining room and outside on the patio, and centerpiece candles and a romantic ambience ideal for a date or meeting with your favorite accountant.

355 Smith Ridge Rd.
South Salem,
NY
US

Carpe Diem translates to seize the day, and that's exactly what the chefs do in the eatery?s kitchen, creating a menu of fresh, upscale Italian fare. They house-cure pancetta for the bucatini all'Amatriciana, and stuff lobster into ravioli pockets. Other popular dishes include the Himalayan-salt-baked Mediterranean wild bass, and the Long Island duck breast adorned with brussels sprouts and roasted apples. Meals are complemented by Italian and French wines sold by the bottle, glass, and glass slipper.

26 Locust Avenue
New Canaan,
CT
US