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South End proposes to expand + take over Picador spot in New Canaan

15 Jan

Earlier in the week, NewCanaanite.com wrote that Nick Martschenko, Executive Chef and owner of South End, was proposing renovations and a new restaurant in place of Picador in New Canaan. They said that, according to building plans submitted to New Canaan, the restaurant would be called South End Uncorked.

We contacted Chef Martschenko regarding this and he told us that everything is still in the preliminary stages, even the name. “I am still developing the concept and decor,” he shared. “Actually, the deal is still not 100%.” He is referring to negotations with the owners of Picador, who currently own the space. This spot in New Canaan has a history of great restaurants like the always-evolving Picador and, of course, the wonderful and much-missed Harvest Supper where we spent many a night eating and drinking.

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Get Comfy with Seasonal Comfort Food at South End – New Canaan, CT

18 Apr

We’ve been bad bloggers.  See, we’ve been sitting on this review of South End for a while. A looooong while.  And we have no good reason for it because South End was good. Very good. It just seemed that whenever we would sit down to write it, something else came up…until now. In a moment of non-urgency we bring you South End

Before we get into our meal, we’d like to talk a bit about what South End is all about: Seasonal comfort food. This brilliant idea was born from the passion of two guys who are no strangers to good food. Let’s start with Chef Nick Martschenko.  Back in 1998 he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked at Tom Colicchio’s Gramercy Tavern.  He has also worked at Solaia in Greenwich and the old Market in Stamford.  And, most recently, Chef Martschenko did an amazing job at Winged Food Golf Club in Mamaroneck, being honored with an excellent rating from the McMahon Group.  Working with Chef Martschenko as a partner and General Manager is Keith Siskind, who we had the pleasure of meeting.  He built up some major street cred by working on Long Island (represent Strong Island!), and Tarry Lodge in Port Chester.

So, onto the reason you’re all here…the food. Oh wait, no, one last thing before the food. The service – the service here was really good. Quick (but not rushing us out at all), friendly, attentive, and thorough. Overall just a very pleasant experience.

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Warm Your Soul at South End with a Paired Wine Dinner – New Canaan, CT

25 Jan

After the closing of Pine Social in New Canaan, we were skeptical if another restaurant coming into that spot would also be successful.  When we saw the menu and got information from South End, though, we began to change our minds.  What finally made us change our minds is actually eating there.  The food was fresh, locally sourced, and the menu was very fun and playful.  For example, the tomato and mozzarella salad was one of the most unique interpretations that we’ve ever tasted with basil gelato and a tomato gelee.  While some people have complained about the menu being confusing, that’s actually one of the things that we liked most about it…it’s like an adventure.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out this New Canaan newcomer (or if you’re a well-seasoned vet), then we’ve got a great chance for you to try out the food.  On February 5, they’ll be hosting a four course wine dinner that will warm up your spirit in the bitter cold of February.  You could even think of this as an early Valentine’s Day present, if you’d like…

“Warm Your Soul” Wine Dinner

February 5, 6:30 pm

$75 pp (includes wine, plus tax and gratuity)

Course 1:  Chilled Lobster Salad

Artichokes bariguole, roasted tomato, soft herb salad

Paired with Chardonnay, Stuthlmuller from Alexander Valley, California

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