Boozing at the End of Greenwich Avenue

Eastend is way classier than this title tho.

 Located almost at the very bottom left of Greenwich Avenue is Eastend, part of the Z Hospitality Group which includes other well-known restaurants in Fairfield and Westchester counties like Mediterraneo, Terra, Sole, and Aurora.

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Here’s Juan after his GW+FF victory

I first came to know about Eastend, and its seasonal food offerings and craft cocktails through a friend, Juan Meyer, who runs the bar program there. The funny thing about all this was I knew Juan as the general manager of The Spread in South Norwalk and never knew he was a bartender until he accepted the position at Eastend. Week after week I practically drooled over the artfully crafted boozy beverages Juan posted on Facebook and Instagram, and then at the 2016 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival he took top honors in the cocktail competition as voted on by the judges. His drink was off the chain good that day—and you’ll hear more about it—but it was there that we got to catching up and when he invited me to drop by when his seasonal cocktail menu for the fall/winter was complete.

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Peep this drink menu!

The drink menu is ambitious, and is the result of Juan’s research in New Orleans and NYC, and lots of prep in the test kitchen/lab in Eastend’s basement. The result is a great mix of contrasting flavors and styles. You’ll find classics, beer cocktails, sours, punches, shrubs, and low ABV libations. There seriously is something for everyone.

I tried a lot of booze. And, of course, some food too. Scroll down, read the captions, and it’ll surely whet your appetite.

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The winning drink from the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is here, folks! Served in a “pineapple,” ice cold, is the Ashmead Kernel. It’s everything fall is supposed to be; Absolut Elyx, apple liqueur, homemade apple cider, lime juice, orange-chocolate truffle tea, spiced brown sugar simple syrup, herbal bitters, apple shrub bitters. Yeah, a lot of ingredients but it’s got a terrific apple taste, some herbaceousness for balance, and gets style points for the smoky wood chips that invigorate your senses when you open the mug.
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These grilled bronzino filets were on point. Crispy skin, flaky/juicy fish, and a touch of bright pesto to liven it up. The tender potatoes had chunks of spicy chorizo that kicked this dish up even more.
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Perfectly al dente, and house-made veal, spinach, and ricotta filled ravioli were tossed with a bright, acidic tomato sauce. Already eager to order this again.
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Just a tip: If you look at the menu very carefully, and when the bar isn’t super busy, you might just get your chance at a special drink.

If it wasn’t apparent from all the drink pics, Eastend is serving up some of Connecticut’s best cocktails. Pull up at the bar, and it’s a safe bet that you won’t be able to stop at just one drink.

Eastend
409 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 862-9200
http://www.zhospitalitygroup.com/eastend/

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