The bus staff removed dishes quietly and the evening ended with dessert and coffee. We love this place for special occasions. Morgan , the last wooden whaleship. Baltimore Style Garlic Crabs. Both bars feature a delicious and moderately priced food menu. Onions, peppers, cheese, tomato salsa, chipotle sour cream and chicken.
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All the usual Chinese dishes are here: But there are several intriguing dishes that adventurous diners should consider; certainly, the shredded jellyfish appetizer and abalone with black mushrooms fall into this category.
A great experience in a consistently excellent restaurant. Harbor View, Trump Marina. Farley Marina, with its pelicans, fishing boats and millionaire yachts. Beyond that is the full Atlantic City skyline, glittering at night. For the panoramic view alone, this restaurant would be special-but the food here stands out, as evidenced particularly in the seafood and pasta preparations.
The wine list is well chosen, too. With its crushed red velvet draperies, flickering candles and marble columns, Le Palais would be just as home a few blocks from the Champs Elysses. Diners can expect French and Continental fare here, perhaps terrine of pheasant and foie gras or stuffed quail over apple coulis. Dinner might be a braised half of Muscovy duck breast, or a perfect rack of lamb noisette.
Start with roasted red bell peppers stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto, or the fantastic roll of grilled asparagus wrapped in thinly sliced sirloin and served on a bed of field greens with a Balsamic vinaigrette.
Entrees include a beautiful sliced veal loin with wild mushroom risotto; a pork loin served with fried apples, black beans and heavenly mashed roasted sweet potatoes; double cut lamb chops coated with pine nuts and stuffed with sundried tomatoes, spinach and buffalo mozzarella; or the New York Strip served with Cajun Vidalia onions and beautiful purple Peruvian potatoes.
The Oaks, Atlantic City Hilton. This perennial favorite at the Atlantic City Hilton seems to have weathered more storms than the Jersey Shore, with all those new owners and management changes, yet still comes out on top with diners who love its combination of casual elegance with great steaks and seafood.
Casual yet elegant, with a good wine list. Some birds taste good, and some have good taste. The Peregrine Falcons for which this restaurant is named obviously fall into the latter category.
This superb gourmet restaurant, arguably the best in Atlantic City, features perpetually changing degustation and a la carte menus, depending on the season and availability of ingredients. This is a small, classically designed room, very much in the style of a New York Upper East Side restaurant, with a plush library of a cocktail lounge where guests can relax with a martini or two before dinner. Crowded, noisy, and a basket of half-sours on every table-in short, everything a deli should be.
Farley Marina and Atlantic City skyline, made all the more romantic by soft lighting and dark wood trim. This is a large and elegant room, one of the finest Italian restaurants in the city, with prices to match.
That said, the traditional menu, featuring a good assortment of veal, chicken and beef dishes, never fails to satisfy-but what makes Portofino special is its wonderful view and lush atmosphere. Consistently excellent service, too. A surprisingly diverse menu includes a smoked brisket and barbecued short rib with smashed sweet potatoes and black-eyed pea salad, pan-seared red snapper wrapped in pancetta, breast of chicken with roasted shallots and whiskey sauce, and the usual assortment of steaks and chops.
This large, almost cavernous room is made attractive with the use of Venetian frescoes, arches and subtle flower arrangements. Plenty of shellfish, too. Meat lovers will swoon over the perfect Veal Milanese, topped with a salad of wilted arugula.
A good wine list, too. Safari Steakhouse, Trump Taj Mahal. The room is dominated by a giant, drooping banyon tree decked in sparkling white lights, and decorated with zebra-striped and leopard-spotted fabrics that provide plenty of African whimsy. Apart from the slightly comedic design, the Safari Steakhouse has an extremely accomplished menu, with a separate listing of dry-aged beef in addition to the steaks, chops, duck and veal. For all the subtle comedy, Safari is a surprisingly sophisticated steakhouse.
Scheherazade, Trump Taj Mahal. Scheherazade is an exquisite restaurant that glows soft pink and amber. Litchfield Distillery has soared to the top of the state spirit scene in two short years, and the proof is in the bourbon. There are six varieties to choose from, including vanilla bourbon and coffee bourbon whiskey with an assist from Windsor-based roaster Baronet Coffee. We are almost hesitant to tell you about this one. The tacos are simple, with a clean, fresh taste.
Cilantro, onion and lime top whatever meat you want, and there are a lot of options. We recommend the carnitas and the chorizo. They are dedicated to sustainable, mindful cooking and eating. They grow organic products on their Durham farm, use them in their restaurant and compost the remnants. Visiting a winery is about so much more than drinking wine.
Connecticut has a bouquet of destinations perfect for spending a weekend afternoon. More than 1, wines are featured from the U. They are categorized by country, grape and region. Ask and you shall receive an education and recommendation for something satisfying.
Pack up the car and get to one of these spots ASAP! This fair takes over the town of Durham every year when about , people come from far and wide for all the fun they can handle. This family-run orchard is celebrating years of farming in Connecticut this year. This weekly market is a throwback to farmers markets of days gone by with fresh produce from local farms, homemade baked goods and products, artisan crafts and wares, kid-friendly activities and live entertainment.
A bit of a challenge for experienced players, this par course with wide fairways sits next to Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Rees Jones-designed layout offers a variety of holes with rolling terrain, island greens and great views.
The clubhouse and pro shop also receive high marks. Or at least it is at this mini golf course on the Berlin Turnpike. The greenery is lush, the waterfalls cascading and the streams babbling. Trail of Terror , Wallingford. The lines in October for the Trail of Terror in Wallingford tell you all you need to know about how good this annual extravaganza is. The trail opens Sept. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time for this one. There are too many great places to hike in the state to pick one winner.
Below is a list of some of our favorite spots. The wooded splendor of the Quiet Corner is on full display at this aerial forest adventure park, the sister site of the Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.
Place to See a Game: Good things come to those who wait. Very little went smoothly from the time it was announced the New Britain Rock Cats would take 9 North to 84 East and become the Hartford Yard Goats — construction delays, a lawsuit, the season spent entirely on the road. But the end result is a beautiful, 6,seat stadium in downtown Hartford.
The Leitner Planetarium at the top of the Prospect Hill neighborhood of New Haven is one of the great jewels of the city. This ,square-foot Stamford complex has it all — two ice rinks, an Olympic-sized pool, indoor water park, gymnastics training center, squash and tennis courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, basketball and volleyball courts, batting cages, an indoor rock climbing wall, trampoline fun space and a fitness center.
The journey includes three sets of intense rapids and lots of laidback drifting. Float down the Croc-O-Nile river, splash in the surf of the gigantic Bayou Bay, slide down in the darkness of Lights Out, raft Mammoth Falls and get the competitive juices flowing on the Riptide Racer. It is, simply put, a treasure. Who needs New York City? Mystic Seaport is a special place. Morgan , the last wooden whaleship. The recently opened Thompson Exhibition Building has made the place even cooler.
You can even sleep with the fishes on family and Scout sleepover nights! Or bring your toddler to storytime every Wednesday. Since , programming director James Hanley has made Cinestudio one of the most important cultural institutions in the state. Movie Theater To See a Blockbu st er: Modeled on the grand theaters of old, this majestic first-run theater was designed with the wow factor in mind.
In addition to the showstopping theaters themselves, there is also a cafe that serves coffee, beer and wine. On top of this, the Prospector is a nonprofit formed to provide job opportunities and job training to adults with disabilities. Performing Arts Venue Large: After lying vacant for some 12 years, College Street Music Hall opened in , and over the last two years has built up real credibility as the go-to place for the best artists on tour.
Acts that would normally just skip Connecticut on their way between Boston and New York now play regularly. The Pixies are here this month! Performing Arts Venue Small: The Kate, an intimate, seat theater in a historic Main Street building, is a love letter to the late, great Katharine Hepburn. It even has a small museum honoring her in its lobby. Performing Arts Venue College: Sometimes you get what you pay for. The result of that investment is a jaw-dropping space.
The main theater and separate acoustically designed musical hall are, in a word, breathtaking. While it was founded as the radio station at the University of Bridgeport in the s, WPKN has been independent since And we mean independent. Our personal favorite is Antique Blues on Sunday night from We are lucky to have such a thriving NPR affiliate producing excellent local content. After putting on three shows in its inaugural season in , the New Britain Youth Theater has grown more ambitious each year.
What started as, essentially, an after-school program has blossomed into a professionally run community and educational theater. Theater for Original Shows: Long Wharf has had an excellent season. Long Wharf has done an excellent job of attracting top-tier talent away from Broadway to our corner of the world.
Not to be confused with the bigger TheatreWorks in Hartford, this extremely small, intimate country theater packs a ton of quality into a tight space. From music superstars Katy Perry, Sept. Place to Spend Your Winnings: Should you hit it big at the casino, do you really want to sock all your winnings away in savings? Named for the panoramic views from the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino, this new fine-dining restaurant is a delicious stop after you win big in the casinos.
The cuisine is classic Continental, and each dish like beef bourguignon and veal Oscar is expertly prepared. The Avalon nightclub franchise opened a location at Mohegan Sun four years ago.
The sights and sounds emanating from the 10,square-foot venue have had clubbers, and a whole lot of celebrities, coming back every Friday and Saturday night since. Literally head to toe. This Old Lyme newcomer has made a splash in the jazz scene since it opened in In a small coup, Lonnie Smith is booked for Sept. It has karaoke, drag nights, and a gorgeous back deck that looks out over the spectacular New London waterfront.
This Tuesday open mic night sign-up starts at 7: Sign up to participate or go as a civilian to enjoy local talent. The intimate setting, just about as big as the average living room, makes it an ideal listening room. In addition to five romantic suites, the 8,square-foot Queen Anne Victorian offers a library, parlor, music room and an English garden. Each morning, a gourmet breakfast is prepared by a chef and served by candlelight in a lovely dining room.
Whether you stay in the Carriage House, built in , or the Comstock House, completed in , luxurious accommodations and an award-winning restaurant await. Perfect for romance, relaxation and everything in between, centuries of charm and elegance are evident in Essex. Each room at this ultra-sleek, ultra-modern hotel features in-room Apple iPads that control things such as room service, housekeeping and spa requests.
There is also a inch TV in the bedroom and inch TV in the bathroom, and both are mirror TVs they look like a mirror when off. The hotel also features an elegant restaurant and coffee bar. This five-star hotel achieves the trifecta — luxurious lodging, a world-class restaurant and a rejuvenating spa. On acres among the Litchfield Hills sits a centerpiece manor house surrounded by 18 architect-designed cottages, each offering a unique stay experience.
Tender duck breast fanned over silky sweet potatoes and snappy wax beans. The kitchen still had one more final treat baking for us in the oven before we left — a plate of still-hot mini-cookies traced with a chocolate smiley face. They were mirrored by our own. Before the new, hip version of Phoenixville took root, Majolica was the pioneer. This ambitious seat BYOB, launched a decade ago by Savona alum Andrew Deery, was the first project that really brought wider attention to the possibilities of Bridge Street as a nightlife district.
A fresh potato chip cradling tuna tartare got our meal off to snappy start, followed by the summer sweetness of milky white corn soup poured over tender morsels of lobster. A deconstructed take on rumaki brought luscious grilled scallops layered with chunks of house-cured bacon.
Pan-crisped sweetbreads came glazed with earthy-sweet molasses butter. Seasonal softshells anchored a sea-flavored BLT. Perfect roast duck with grilled mushrooms took on the nuttiness of hazelnut oil-dressed beluga lentils. I loved the refined austerity and subtle contrasts of a crisped dorade over a bowl of honey-braised cippolini onions.
A hearty crock of cassoulet, meanwhile, was a soulful invitation to rustic comfort, its richly flavored cannellini beans studded with tender nuggets of lamb shoulder and merguez sausage. Not a bad feast for a kitchen that numbers just two cooks and a dishwasher.
Can a serious restaurant survive and thrive at the mall? He sometimes forages the wild mushrooms for his buttery rabbit agnolotti. He gathers tupelo berries from neighboring trees to make the sweet-and-sour juice that swirls through spicy oil around the luscious pink toro sashimi. The chef even boils down ocean water from his surfing jaunts to the Jersey Shore to make sea salt to scatter over top.
If ever the case could be made for the BYOB movement as the single most effective way for one or two talented people to create a special dining experience despite a lack resources, this cozy seat bistro with slanted walls, limited hours, and an old vinyl record player spinning vintage jazz in charming downtown Merchantville is the latest great example.
But the dinner is where Manganaro struts his most sophisticated moves, from a snapper over radishes ringed with bittersweet amaro reduction to a suckling pig special of sublimely tender meat sheathed in a crackle of crispy skin.
But what an evolution this restaurant has gone through over the past 13 years! Fresh pastas are a specialty, like the tiny Alba-style plin ravioli stuffed with rabbit and prosciutto in sage brown butter sauce. But anything that kisses the grill is also recommended, from the charred octopus with celery and crisp potatoes over tonnato sauce, or the plump trout fillets whose silver skin is crisped before a pairing with crunchy raw escarole salad in hazelnut brown butter vinaigrette and juicy chunks of sweet peach.
Set in the historic bones of a Civil War-era livery attached to the Agricultural Works, this is exactly where I sipped an afternoon away over a chilly glass of vermentino, good conversation, and a half-dozen Maine oysters perfectly baked beneath a crust of bread crumbs scented with Pernod and Piave cheese.
Bar manager Jared Davis expertly crafted a perfect Corpse Reviver and paired wines with our plates. It was clear, as the meal unfolded, how much this restaurant has settled in to excellence over the past 11 years.
A decade later, son Eric works alongside him in the kitchen while his daughter Siena works the dining room alongside his wife, Susan, bringing a genuine family warmth to the space. Finely minced salmon tartare sparks with capers and preserved lemon. Seared scallops nestle into frothy lemon butter and mushroom risotto dusted with porcini powder.
An unusual corn crepe studded with chicken livers and sherry vinegared shallots is one of the oddball sleeper hits. But the array of homemade ice creams is not to be missed, especially sandwiched inside the classic choux pastry puffs of profiteroles. Caramel, vanilla, and espresso are the favored flavors, but I was wowed by the berry dark cassis sorbet.
And nothing beat the boozy Argmanac-prune — basically rum-raisin for grown-ups, and the perfect finale to a memorable meal. And amazingly, you still need to plan a year in advance to book dinner at the seat country table in the charming market dining room, and a few months out for the smaller butcher block square in the fluorescent-lit kitchen my preferred choice. But current chef Ryan McQuillan ex-Mercato, Le Bec-Fin showed his finesse for the multicourse format in the subsequent dishes that perfectly captured the spirit of local flavors in the moment.
Lightly cured scallop crudo paired with sweet-tart strawberry sauce and charred rosemary oil. Cappelletti pasta dumplings stuffed with house-smoked ricotta glazed in carrot butter. An extraordinary bouillabaisse stew poured tableside from a teapot over clams and nuggets of tile fish beside croutons of Castle Valley grits.
Onion dashi with an Avondale Hills Farm poached egg. Ice pops made from yerba mate tea. By the end, it was impossible to even think of another bite. What began a decade ago as a Belgian bar with a novel Mexican twist has settled in, refined its Euro-taqueria bistro menu, and evolved into so much more than just a great beer bar. Few, if any, are available in state stores. Chef and partner Andy Dickerson does a fine job making sure the menu is up to all that booze, tapping my most elemental poutine bar cravings with the Disco Frites tossed in Mornay sauce with Brie and demiglace gravy.
Corn-crisped long-stemmed artichokes make a sophisticated nibble, while the fricadellen give a beer-braised Belgian accent to little meatballs made from nutmeg-scented veal and pork.