Housed in a historic building originally erected in 1829, La Serre has been described as "frozen in [a] good moment in time" by Times Union. During dinner, the formal, wood-paneled dining room bustles with conversation as plates of truffle mousse pate, lobster ravioli, and beef au poivre travel out to tables draped in white. In the more casual bistro-style bar, forest-green leather seats cushion patrons as they sip old-fashioned libations or fold napkins into swans capable of real flight.
One step inside The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar and visitors are transported to a French village complete with tiled awnings, lampposts, and yellow-brick walls that ascend into a sky-like ceiling. The authentic French atmosphere was created by founding partner Claire, a French-Canadian and consummate traveller, and French-born executive chef Dominique Brialy, whose training has taken him all over the world. Working together, their restaurant was named named Best French by Metroland in 2012, won the Award of Excellence in 2013 from Wine Spectator, and earned a mention in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. They pour attention into the eatery's details, from the rustic wall sconces to the sage-scented parsnip purée that accompanies the roasted venison. Claire's husband and business partner Sandy has curated a wine cellar filled with 2,200 bottles from every region of France and internationally sourced varietals that complement every meal. Guests may also order from a full bar that features an extensive craft and imported beer selection, as well as an array of whiskeys, single malts, and bourbons.
In the 1950's, there were a handful of inns operating on Lake Pocotopaug?Connecticut's largest natural lake. Today, just one of those structures remains. In 2003, Paul Angelico bought it, renovated it, and established it as a brand-new restaurant serving all-American food.?
Inside Angelico's Lake House, guests gather for lunch and dinner to feast on pasta, seafood, steaks, and burgers surrounded by a picturesque East Hampton setting. During warmer months, when the days are longer and water balloons fall from the sky instead of snow, the Lake House also opens its tiki bar, where adults can kick back with cold beverages while listening to live music.
Housed within casual roadside eatery that originally opened in 1962, O's Eatery an American Diner proudly embraces the history of its location. Owner Otto Maier remains committed to providing the ambiance and, most importantly, the cooking of a traditional diner. Maier's first rule for capturing the essence of this cooking: no canned ingredients in the kitchen.
Cooks prepare breakfast all day long, scrambling farm-fresh eggs to make omelets, sliding golden-brown buttermilk pancakes off the griddle, and crisping strips of bacon. As lunchtime and dinner crowds arrive, hearty sandwiches and burgers begin emerging from the kitchen. The cooks also broaden the menu's traditional diner focus by creating dishes such as risotto cakes with tangy balsamic vinaigrette and breaded cod sandwiches with marinated red onions and Cajun remoulade.
The restaurant's diner spirit is reinforced by the casual, cozy ambiance. Cornflower-blue booths?each with their own coatrack?line the walls. The stool-lined counter provides visitors with ample room to settle in, savor a cup of coffee, and discuss their favorite Norman Rockwell novel.
The technicians at Justin’s Car Wash Center don’t stop caring for cars after they’ve scrubbed windows and chassis clean during an extensive interior and exterior wash. They also journey under the hood ornament for a premium oil change, after which they complete a safety check and top off all fluids. Other automotive services keep engines running strong as the techs flush out old and expired fluids and measure exhaust pipes' CO2 and designer-perfume emissions in state smog checks. Matching interior excellence to exterior beauty, Justin’s Car Wash Center diligently details rims, carpets, and engines with three packages and express, à la carte services.