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NOIR Stamford Offers Upscale Dining With Less Pretense

NOIR Stamford features high-quality food, minus the stuffiness.
NOIR Stamford features high-quality food, minus the stuffiness. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- NOIR Stamford, spearheaded by veteran art dealer Carrin Schechter, has introduced a innovative dining style to Stamford when it opened this past November.

While the menu features an undeniable and delicious nod to French cuisine, it also takes its cues from across the globe.

Inspired by the Europeans, and now making its way stateside, Bistronomie is a progressive form of dining derived from the mashing together of bistro and gastronomy. It's upscale cuisine with much of the pretense of a stereotypical high-end restaurant.

The setting offers a relaxed yet attentive service style. Framed in exposed brick walls, bistro chalkboard menus, eclectic artwork, black chandeliers with dangling crystals and large mirrors, this eatery can seat up to 40.

Chef Francisco Ciciliano -- formerly of Baldanza Natural Market & Café and Bistro Bonne Nuit in New Canaan -- infuses vibrancy and warmth, taking familiar dishes and making them new again.

Seasonal menu highlights include

  • escargot prepared with garlic, parsley butter and toasted bread crumbs
  • tuna tartare with caper lime dressing
  • slow-braised short rib served with house-made sauerkraut, kale, lemon confit, and herb relish
  • real French onion soup gratinee, with crostini and melted Gruyere
  • crispy duck breast with sweet potato puree and Grand Marnier sauce
  • Stonington sea scallops with chive mashed potato and haricot verts
  • steak frites au poivre served with hand-cut French fries and béarnaise Brussels sprouts

A stellar wine list complements the cross cultural menu, and the beverage offerings feature top-shelf cocktails including

  • the Belvedere martini, with blue-cheese-stuffed olives
  • the NOIR, shaken with Knob Creek and absinthe bitters
  • the Jazzy Latina, made with jalapeño-infused tequila, strawberry puree, lime and Cointreau

The restaurant is located at 225 Summer St., aka “Little Summer Street.” NOIR is open for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays.

It will also offer a Sunday Artist Brunch, showcasing the talents of regional artists over spicy Bloody Marys and Chef’s Sunday hash.

For more information, click here for NOIR's Facebook page .

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