Greenwich Avenue, the key drag via Greenwich, Connecticut, has progressed from a suburban street of area boutiques, antique retailers and eateries into a extend resplendent with global style chains in this fabulously affluent town—with an common once-a-year spouse and children profits of $209,000 (much larger than Beverly Hills’s). Above the yrs the restaurant scene has long gone upscale, also, and, all over again, chains are using above what experienced been after regionally owned, like Thomas Henkelmann at The Homestead Inn (just shut for a yr-very long renovation) and L’Éscale, whose lease is up before long.
A couple very good upscale places to eat remain, which includes Mediterreneo and the new Macelleria Italian Steakhouse, and they are now joined by a gem of a restaurant established in a historic building prolonged unoccupied and now taken more than as SaksWorks, an revolutionary concept for a club open up to businesspeople who would like a secluded state-of-the-artwork-equipped room in which to hold meetings, conferences and soirées on a every day or weekly basis. Here in Greenwich, nonetheless, the emphasis is on the cafe, which is wholly opened to the community.
The cafe Ruby & Bella’s (named soon after proprietor Richard Baker’s canines) seems more like a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota, than an elegantly rustic eating area completed with antique wood, captain’s chairs, people pottery and seasonal flowers amidst a counterpoint of putting present day black-and-white images by David Yarrow, soft, cozy eco-friendly velvet banquettes and meticulously modulated passionate lights. So, much too, the table settings have easy white china and dish towel napkins future to good stemware.
The short, focused menu has a solid New England tilt and the substances are each first-amount and seasonal. You get the feeling that supervising chef Julian Alonzo and executive chef Jason Leckey (formerly of The Cottage in Westport) labored to generate just conceived, impeccably geared up, very handsome dishes that would impress by their savoriness without the need of any extraneous ingredients. It is the form of put that prompts women visitors to peruse their wander-in closets to pick out a casually stylish wintertime outfit that may well contain Bogner or Moncler ski jackets.
Among the 7 starters, I advise a lustrous ahi tuna tartare with sweet avocado and white soy ($21), and the two meaty lump crabcakes with a Brussels sprout slaw and tangy Pommery mustard ($21 as a principal system $40). The historic discussion as to no matter if New England clam chowder really should have a fairly thin, milky broth or a prosperous, creamy a single could end just after a spoonful of the luscious, bacon-and-potato-loaded wide variety at Ruby & Bella’s ($19), which would make for a splendid lunch all on its own, primarily for the reason that the lily is gilded with a mini lobster roll on the aspect, and the merchandise is graced with Previous Bay Seasoning and mayo with celery, carrots and tarragon. (A a lot more sufficient edition is shown at $34.) By the way, when you sit down a basket of wonderful Balthazar bread is set on the table.
There are also seven most important programs, appended with a specific or two. Flavorful skirt steak comes not with French fries but with fried rice and the lagniappe of a quail’s egg ($29). A quite generously proportioned rooster paillard with frisée lettuce, watercress and chopped cippolini onions ($26) could easily be bland have been it not for the fantastic good quality of the poultry.
I am not a massive admirer of cauliflower, so I shall report that my spouse and visitor, who are, uncovered a total roasted toddler cauliflower unquestionably delectable. Roasted whole, this softball measurement vegetable can take on a caramelized floor from a dressing of tahini-pomegranate syrup and twelve sorts of seeds. 1 night time the entrée particular ended up excess fat, silky sea scallops with Anson Mills polenta, carrots, Brussels sprouts and bacon ($36).
The provenance of the salmon, Faroe Island, is as fantastic as you can get for a farmed fish (they swim in open drinking water within just significant nets), while Ruby & Bella’s, served that day with spinach, spaghetti squash and chanterelle marmalade ($33), nevertheless lacked the flavor and texture of accurate wild salmon.
Even so strict your New Year’s food plan, take a crack and have dessert (all $12) at Ruby & Bella’s, like the homey bread pudding with citrus, pistachio gelato a pot au crème with raspberry and granola, and an irresistible plate of Cookies and Milk with vanilla ice product.
Like the relaxation of the menu, the wine list is quick, far more so than I’d anticipate for a restaurant of this caliber, and the labels, at minimum at this place, are extremely common, nevertheless mark-ups, even on Champagne, are incredibly average.
Proper now, open up considerably less than a month, Ruby & Bella’s is carefully balancing its menu and ambiance, and when this winter season of our discontent lets evening gentle to lengthen, this is certain to be the most attractive restaurant in Greenwich and very well worthy of a journey from the encompassing location and New York.
RUBY & BELLA’S
265 Greenwich Avenue
Open up for lunch and evening meal everyday.