The contemporary wood-paneled elegance of Butterfield 8's U-shaped leather booths and lamp-lit dining room complements the menu of urban American gastropub fare. Quash your hunger with the chipotle brisket nachos, bulging beneath the tasteful weight of pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and chipotle pulled chicken ($12). Buttery mashed potatoes and crispy onions adorn the sauce-drizzled peppercorn skirt steak ($20), and the memphis pulled-pork sliders ($12) satiate mouths with bite-size morsels of flavor. Spread out in the spacious booths and imbibe the alchemical concoctions of specialty cocktails ($10) such as a dirty bleu martini, an ocean of Belvedere vodka bobbing with buoys of blue-cheese-stuffed olives, a drink as elegant as a chandelier in fur coat. Finish the feast with the chocolate-chip-cookie-dough smash, an iron skillet filled with half-baked cookie oozing beneath ice cream and chocolate sauce ($8).
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.
Few things go together as well as freshly baked pizza and cold beer. At Tom?to Tom?to Pizzeria & Pour House, cooks celebrate that winning combination with a menu of thin-crust pies and bottled brews. Choose from toppings such as fresh basil, roasted garlic, and sweet sausage, or try a signature pizza such as the Ocean Drive, which features thin-shaved parmesan and fresh clams harvested from the ocean by entrepreneurial mermaids.
Pizza and beer are specialties at Tom?to Tom?to Pizzeria & Pour House, but they're not the only specialties. The chefs also prepare entrees, including handmade gnocchi and bone-in Italian-style pork chops, and mixologists shake signature cocktails behind a 25-foot white-marble bar. The Pink Lemonade martini tempts taste buds with Abolut Citron vodka and pomegranate juice, and the Filthy Martini pairs Grey Goose vodka with tangy blue-cheese-stuffed olives.
When Showtime's The Big C needed classic bar ambiance for one of its scenes, it turned to Fiddler's Pub. It's not hard to see why?inside, the day's biggest games unfold on 10 televisions while patrons face off in their own darts and billiards matchups. Friday through Sunday, meanwhile, touring and local bands take the stage for rocking originals and covers, as do karaoke participants crooning ballads about a delicious-looking wing that was just too hot to eat. That's never a problem at Fiddler's, since jumbo chicken wings arrive coated in a choice of eight sauces, including bourbon sesame and orange ginger. More variations on pub grub abound, from 8-ounce Angus burgers topped with chili and gorgonzola to pizzas that can be decked out with over 20 ingredients like cherry peppers and shrimp.
Black Bear Saloon may have all the wood paneling of a Wild West watering hole, but it boasts many modern amenities, including plasma televisions that deliver sports from around the globe thanks to a DirecTV sports package. It’s inside this lively space that cooks keep stomachs fueled for the action with a selection of wraps, sandwiches, and Angus-beef burgers.
After a game has aired, the staff dims the lights, cranks up the volume, and turns the stage over to a live DJ every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.