Last Saturday, I visited Gemelli Gelato for the first time in Hampton Bays, located just off of Montauk Highway. There are many unique characteristics about this gelato shop that everyone will love: the array of unique, artisanal gelato flavors, nitro brew coffee, specialty waffle cones, and plenty of outdoor space for families to run about and play. Very few businesses offer such an incredible amount of ‘play’ space, while also serving some of the best gelato in the Hamptons!
Bastille is a must visit when you come to visit the Washington D.C. metro area. Set at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton, this contemporary French restaurant is on the street level of The Asher, Old Town’s chic new apartment building. Bastille, just a ten to fifteen minute drive from Washington D.C., offers a fresh take on the classic French Brasserie with a menu fit for all ages. We sat on their outdoor patio space as the weather that morning was unbeatable. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to explore the sites of D.C. Bastille has a European ambiance with the warmth of southern hospitality.
The waitstaff at Bastille was so genuine and attentive, but appropriately so. If a manual were to be written that highlighted quality service at a restaurant, it would quote Bastille throughout. Every staff member we met was so vigilant and personable. During our visit, we enjoyed Le Dejeuner, a Three Course Prix Fixe for $29 that includes one hors d’oeuvres, soup or salad, one sandwich or plat, and one dessert.
Nestled on the water’s edge of Montauk’s Fort Pond, East by Northeast is truly a unique dining spot in Montauk. Serving up Pan Asian cuisine with a hint of tasteful American influence while utilizing local, fresh ingredients, it is a perfect romantic waterfront getaway year round. I couldn’t help but imagining what it would be like to dine at ‘ENE’ during the summer season. Bring together a signature cocktail, an appetizer such as their Yunnan Pork Ribs or Organic Lolli Pop Kale Chips and an eye-catching sunset, and you have seamlessly created a memorable summer evening.
They certainly have a menu worth exploring. Aside from the Long Island Restaurant Week menu, of which my husband and I were very fond of, unique dishes that jumped out at us were the Kani Salad, the Mango Tango signature sushi roll, and Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly.
Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut encompasses every dreamy detail of your perfect restaurant: local, seasonal ingredients; friendly, genuine staff, fantastic food, and some of the most breathtaking views of the Connecticut River. The dining room as well as its outdoor dining space, including a high top table, overlooks the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets the Long Island Sound, and has a stunning vantage point of the marina. Inside, the coastal interior is very warm and inviting, with cozy corner booths and dim lighting.
There was plenty of activity throughout the restaurant and bar area when we arrived on a Friday evening in late October. Our waitress, the sweetest woman we had ever met, went above and beyond by suggesting a dish from each course from their dinner menu as well as detailing local points of interest in the area. She truly wanted us to have a wonderful experience while tasting a variety of dishes, and we certainly did!
TerraSole is an Italian restaurant tucked away in one of southern Connecticut’s most charming towns, Ridgefield, which is just fifteen minutes away from Danbury and the New York state border. This is one of those rare restaurants you would go out of your way to dine at, and one you could sit in for hours just so you had the opportunity to study their impressive and substantial dinner menu. What they offer their guests is more than impressive: it is down-to-earth fare with local ingredients and true flavors of Northern Italy.
I visited TerraSole on an early Monday evening with my grandma, an avid cook who is extraordinarily knowledgeable when it comes to Italian cooking (think if Lidia Bastianich and Giada De Laurentiis were to join forces). Upon arrival, we were greeted by the ever-present owner, Pietro Polini who hails from Puglia, Italy. In fact, just two weeks prior, he was back in his home country. He told us that he is always out to discover and hone in on culinary influences from Italy, spanning from Sicily up to the French and Swiss alps. His family still operates restaurants in Puglia & Rimini! At TerraSole, he creates top-notch dishes that are each a world of flavors and textures. I bet you have never experienced anything quite like this.